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Re: Forum layout

Postby Shuggy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:27 pm

margarath wrote:Don't forget the bouncer! :evil:

We're starting to run out of smilies now...

Damnit! More smilies Cassie!

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Cassie » Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:48 pm

Good grief, I've only been gone a few hours and you're having a smilie war :P <---you're right, he does suck. Smilies is also on the list...

I'm off to slap some forums together.

Oh and LMFAO at your smilie descriptions btw ;)
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Re: Forum layout

Postby margarath » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:19 am

Ah hah! There are forums. But they keep moving every time I refresh the front page, so I'll refrain from commenting on them yet :P

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Re: Forum layout

Postby margarath » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:21 am

PS: Once we've got the layout fixed, everything needs silly names. None of this 'Tolkein' > 'Books' malarkey. Far too easy to understand.

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Cassie » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:34 am

Haha, yes sorry to anyone trying to read as I was moving stuff.

I'm finding a large problem - this is turning into a huge number of forums :shock: If we keep it anything like this I think we need to go the sub-forum route, OR if you guys can see a way of condensing/moving this around, speak up. I just threw these out there, as you can tell by the names (especially in the Games area lol), so suggestions please.
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Re: Forum layout

Postby margarath » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:39 am

Yes, I noticed that it's a little unweildly - maybe the best thing to do is to start with more general areas and to specialist if and when we have a particular interest in certain areas?

I guess we don't really know what the emphasis of this board will end up being... We need to keep a designated Tolkein one somewhere though.

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Shuggy » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:27 am

Seen the new Forums - damn fine start! :D

From a purely aesthetic POV though, should the General Forums be at the top? It just looks a bit odd the first time you log on and see 'General' and 'Food' on what's supposed to be a 'Geek Site'! :lol:

Maybe this won't look as odd once we have some banners and graphics, etc...

OK - some suggestions for Forum Names. Change the 'Movies' forum to 'Silver Screen' (or anything else! ('Mythril Screen'?! ;) )

And the sub-forums thusly:

'Tolkien' to 'Cameras in Middle-Earth' or 'Big Eye on Middle-Earth'
'Classic' to 'The Gold Mine' or something :?:
'Fantasy' to 'Here Be Dragons!'
'Sci-Fi' to 'Set Controls for Uranus!' (Just think - if we call it that and someone posts something about sci-fi films in the wrong Forum, you'll be (legally) allowed to say "I'm putting this in 'Uranus'." :lol: )

Obviously you can caveat them with a little description as previously on RB.

Also under 'Movies', we need 'Larger Than Life' - for Comic Book and Action/Adventure Films.
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Re: Forum layout

Postby margarath » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:38 am

I agree on the General point. We should work out what the most geeky thing is and put that at the top.

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Niamh Sage » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:11 pm

Cassie, in the writing forums please can we also have subforums for Fan Fiction, Original Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction?

I don't know whether we'd need to split up the art forum yet - maybe wait and see how the traffic goes, but some potential suggestions would be to do a 2D/3D split, or split it by fields, i.e. Photography/Multimedia/Illustration/Graphic.

Should the Movies forum have a section for animated films? I'm thinking Pixar stuff of course, but there's lots else out there too.

Okay, I've squeezed my brain dry for the moment, I'm off to watch Wall-E for the [ insert large number here ]th time with Emrys. :P

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Cassie » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:13 pm

Sure Niamh, I just added a couple to see what it looked like. Also, this isn't the final order of everything, just how it came out when I was adding it. The welcome area will be at the top and workshops at the bottom but that's as far as I know for sure lol.

But it IS coming out too large. I don't want it looking like TORc does (like 50 forums showing). One thing to be said for sub-forums is that it does look neater, and easier to look at/navigate. I think I will fiddle some more later or tonight and put it into sub-forums. Let's see if we like that and if not we can try something else. Once that's sorted we can change the names of the forums and I'll add descriptions (like the suggestions Shuggy lol).
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Re: Forum layout

Postby Niamh Sage » Tue Mar 23, 2010 3:59 pm

Cassie wrote:But it IS coming out too large. I don't want it looking like TORc does (like 50 forums showing). One thing to be said for sub-forums is that it does look neater, and easier to look at/navigate. (like the suggestions Shuggy lol).


That was what I was thinking too, especially if you get down to (e.g.) subforums books-fantasy and suddenly there are all these different fandoms coming up everywhere like weeds. :P I like the way you set up the writing forum with its subforums - you can click straight to them without having to first click into the writing forum (must stop typing 'lick' instead of 'click', that's not exactly the image of myself I'm aiming for :D ).

Eeee! This is v. exciting. :D :D :D

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Re: Forum layout

Postby Cassie » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:05 pm

Y'know Niamh, that post was going really well until you mentioned your typo. Now that's all I can think of :lol:
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Re: Forum layout

Postby Cassie » Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:14 pm

Ok I am afraid of screwing something up if I try to move stuff around here at work, so I will alter the forums when I get home. I think I'm going to add a category called "Hobbies/Interests/whatever", that will be changed, and I will put forums under there for Movies, TV, Tolkien etc, and then put sub-forums under them and see how that looks. Because there are still forums for Writing to be added, and a few forums need an "other" forum in there too, so let's see how they work out as subforums. Only problem is that you can't see a description for the sub-forums....but I haven't added any, so maybe I can :D
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Re: Forum layout

Postby margarath » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:03 pm

Hmm if only we could mod the basics enough to javascript it up, so you can mouseover a forum/subforum name and some stuff happens.

Out of interest, is there a way to change the front page layout so it's not just a long list down the page - everyone not using the internet on a phone tends to have a decent screen width resolution, so it's probably reasonable to have 2 columns. I don't know if that's possible, but it'd make the page appear much shorter and less cluttered.

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Re: Forum layout

Postby PatriotBlade » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:42 pm

There ought to be a general fiction section within the book forum as well, perhaps?
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