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Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #203

One of the biggest pieces missing in our new site is a nice, clean, intuitive forum design. I think the rest of the site has a nice coherent flow, but the forums are definitely lacking in this department. If you have any suggestions or links to forums that have particularly clean and intuitive designs; post it here. Once I get the rest of the issues knocked out, I plan on tackling a redesign of the forum software. Thanks.

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #204

For starters, I'd like something at the top of this thread that tells me I'm in Forums > General Discussion. And they should be click-able, so I can go back to those pages.

Second, I'd like to see the "new posts" option back. Just like the old MacScene had, where it showed all the threads with posts I haven't read yet.

I'm sure you'll get more ideas as people start using the forums more.

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #205

Yeah, if we could make the orange "New" notification on a forum's index page clickable, and it brings you to the newest posts in that topic, past the read posts, that would be great. Plus, there's no icon that indicates that a post is new or read already.

Also, change your name from "admin".

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #206

Sorry, had it set to use 'usernames' not 'real names'. Admin now equals Niemann.

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #209

Speaking as a CSS dork, is the main site done? Will that be the color scheme? We should stick to that if it is. I'd love to help with it -- you also might want to decide early if you want to have trendy web 2.0 stuff (rounded corners, shiny buttons, Lucida Sans) or a modern theme (CSS 3.0 stuff, lots of Helvetica) or do something TOTALLY OUT OF THE BOX.

And honestly, I haven't really come across any great forum designs out there, though granted I don't frequent that many of them. I noticed that the forum is table-based; is it just a matter of theming, like with the old phpBB system?

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #210

I would love to have something outside the box...as long as its intuitive. I agree that I've never seen forums done pleasantly and intuitively; it seems you can only have one and not the other. I have much more control over how these forums operate (as opposed to the old MacScene, phpBB-based forums); since it's based on Kunena and heavily modified by...well...myself.

I haven't heard any complaints about the overall color scheme of the site, which honestly surprises me...I am not a designer. I also haven't really heard from anyone who has been in charge of the site over the past few months (I held the MacScene.net domain and had done the coding two years ago, IUG was paying for the hosting, iBatman was doing the posting, erise, shiggy, and Em seemed to be doing a lot of posting). I hate to feel I'm highjacking the site from whoever has been most active.

If you're interested in putting together a static proof of any ideas you might have, I'm happy to code it myself and see how it works. There's actually only a few pages needed for the forums (forum index, category threads, individual threads, Post New Topic, Reply, and a couple others). I'm happy to use any javascript and any 'Web 2.0' technologies (I'm a coder in the 'screw IE 6.0' camp). Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

Re:Forum Design 8 years, 1 month ago #213

The colors should be something like what the macs look like now. I think you should use the metallic gray with white, like on the minis and new keyboards.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #286

Is it currently possible to delete your own forum post?

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #289

It doesn't seem like you can delete a post.

But you can Edit your post and just put in something else like "Comment Deleted".

EDIT: Why does the forum mark my own posts as new? I don't need to re-read what I wrote; that's what the Preview button is for.
Last Edit: 8 years ago by Squirrel.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #299

Just so you know Niemann, you cannot log in via PS3, because there is no button to click after typing your username or password.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #301

IUG wrote:
Just so you know Niemann, you cannot log in via PS3, because there is no button to click after typing your username or password.

Wow, that means I won't be able to logon to the site with the Lynx browser.

Yes, sometimes I do things like that.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #302

It's a bit awkward that the QuickReply button pops a field within the post you click. I almost prefer all reply buttons at the top & bottom of the page rather than in each post.

Also, as far as color... what I realized a few days ago is the new site looks very like facebook, only with macscene stuff between the header and footer rather than fb stuff. Fwiw.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #303

seanstar wrote:
Also, as far as color... what I realized a few days ago is the new site looks very like facebook, only with macscene stuff between the header and footer rather than fb stuff. Fwiw.


That's not entirely by accident. I didn't really spend any time putting together a design for the new site, and facebook is a great example of extraordinarily simple design. So while I didn't copy facebook, this 'design' for MacScene was done with similar goals in mind.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #331

I just uploaded a modified version of the default forums my company uses. This should include all the features you would expect, although I'm sure there's a number of additional 'MacScene-friendly' features we can still add. The design also isn't fully integrate into MacScene like I would like it, and I'll be doing that this weekend.

One thing I do need some assistance on is updating the ugly multi-colored buttons for 'Reply', 'Quick Reply', etc. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Update: Just made a lot of changes, I'm pretty happy with the way it looks for now. Still some tweaks here and there, and those multi-colored buttons need to be updated. But it's a start.
Last Edit: 8 years ago by Niemann.

Re:Forum Design 8 years ago #338

Here's an attempt.

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Nice work on the new features!
Last Edit: 8 years ago by Squirrel.

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