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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164430 is a reply to message #164429] Fri, 04 February 2011 21:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
The Witcher is currently offline  The Witcher   United States
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What kind of ideas do you have in mind?



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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164432 is a reply to message #164430] Fri, 04 February 2011 22:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That's music to my ears.
We use FUDforum because it's the most powerful, but it definitely not the prettiest forum around.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164438 is a reply to message #164436] Sat, 05 February 2011 09:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm afraid you lost me after "CSS", but new themes and schemes would be really nice.

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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164440 is a reply to message #164439] Sat, 05 February 2011 13:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The CSS styled buttons would be a nice change, its something that has already been mentioned favorably several times.

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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164452 is a reply to message #164442] Sun, 06 February 2011 11:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like it! We can introduce a new postbit as part of the default template set (ts), or as a skeleton ts similar to the current "user_info_left" and "user_info_right".

The current templates are relying too heavily on HTML tables, it would be great of your design can either be table-less or at least use it sparingly.

The "time ago" functionality can be introduced with jQuery. I was thinking of introducing it into the next release myself.

How do we proceed?
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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164454 is a reply to message #164442] Sun, 06 February 2011 12:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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How would this affect the display of geo-location flags and assigned user tags/images?

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Ok, and from the looks of it creating different colored themes should be relatively simple to implement. But would it be compatible with current themes?



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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164459 is a reply to message #164458] Sun, 06 February 2011 14:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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There are only a dozen or so themes that I am aware of and most of those are mainly modified via the CSS as opposed to any real changes to the overall forum structure. You are right about compatibility with older themes but that will always be an issue.

I would be more concerned that the proposed changes would be beyond the comprehension of the average user admin like myself, to adjust to.

As for Gitorious I could care less, I'm just now becoming familiar with Source Forge so that would be a naudefj issue to decide for or against, otherwise I'm not much into "What's in right now" if I was I probably wouldn't be using FUDforum.

One of FUDforums major draws for me is its uniqueness but I see some users who see it as a draw back so dragging it forward might not be such a bad idea.



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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164461 is a reply to message #164460] Sun, 06 February 2011 15:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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If I understand it 3.0.3 isn't slated until summer of 2011, so I assume you're speaking of this being completed sometime in 2012. But by that time would your proposed changes be outdated, or do you believe they would still be in sync with common usage?

I see people still using versions 2.7.6., 2.7.7., 2.8.0., 2.8.1., and 3.0.0. Most of which are rather established forums which have been modified on their own and I doubt the Admins plan on upgrading to 3.0.2 anytime in the near future.

So might it be worth considering making the switch in one fell swoop leaving version 3.0.3 a transition version from Classic FUDforum over to the Modernized design and look, it could be re-branded at the same time since there has already been discussions of renaming it to remove the perceived negative connotation associated with "FUD"?

I've been trying to visualize your proposed changes against the "Classic view" of the forum as it is now and it really does not seem to be all that radical, of course it's hard to visualize at this point.



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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164463 is a reply to message #164462] Sun, 06 February 2011 16:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A 10 year anniversary sounds like a good idea, as for more frequent updates that would again be a naudefj issue, The same applies to a dedicated forum or wiki.



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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164496 is a reply to message #164463] Fri, 11 February 2011 22:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Lirodon, I trust you are making good progress with the new theme.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164654 is a reply to message #164496] Wed, 23 February 2011 18:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The whole idea behind keeping the poster info above the post is to maximize screen usage and to keep the layout modular.It is quite hard to design for dynamic content, you have to put thought into every piece, why it is there, etc...
Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164666 is a reply to message #164654] Fri, 25 February 2011 09:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Could definitely see this forum being a great resource if you had a homepage with more how-to type articles and news/developments on FUD.
Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164669 is a reply to message #164666] Fri, 25 February 2011 16:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The current templates are relying too heavily on HTML tables, it would be great of your design can either be table-less or at least use it sparingly...


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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164708 is a reply to message #164705] Wed, 02 March 2011 05:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ernesto wrote:
You are definitely getting there, a skin like that would be better than the current one I am sure. I'd still feel that your design is still a little old, sort of 2006.


So, how should a 2011 design look like?
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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164742 is a reply to message #164666] Fri, 04 March 2011 05:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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carlton wrote on Fri, 25 February 2011 09:29
Could definitely see this forum being a great resource if you had a homepage with more how-to type articles and news/developments on FUD.

id second that !!!

its been a great forum to use over the years, but for us mere mortals, a little more 'higher level' howto's would really help.

Is there any *we* can help at all? testing releases even, if you have test plans we could follow....even maybe write?

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andy_scouser wrote:
id second that !!!

its been a great forum to use over the years, but for us mere mortals, a little more 'higher level' howto's would really help.

Is there any *we* can help at all? testing releases even, if you have test plans we could follow....even maybe write?


More howto's would indeed be great. Instead of complaining, why don't we all write one or two? If we do, we will soon enough have a bunch of them.

I'm not aware of any test plans, it would be great if you can maybe start working on one?

After all, FUDforum belongs to all of us and everyone is free to contribute to it.
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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164751 is a reply to message #164750] Fri, 04 March 2011 23:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Lirodon wrote:
Anyway, here's a new look, kinda went for more of a soft metal motif. And, I also hid profile info away in a new pop-up "miniprofile"


Absolutely stunning!

Lirodon wrote:
I would expect copious amounts of jQuery in such an end product, am I right?


Not necessarily. jQuery code is quite compact. And, if you do the HTML, I can always help to patch in the jQuery bits.

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and yes, I do agree we need more involvement. Distributed version control can seriously help. I think you can do git and hg on SourceForge too though. But I'm not sure of their GUI cloning implementation is as good as Gitorious and the like or not.


Why don't we open a GIT project for this theme? We can always move the main repository later once we all understand GIT a bit better.
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Re: Modernize the design and look [message #164865 is a reply to message #164750] Mon, 21 March 2011 20:39 Go to previous message
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just my 2 smokes, but that looks real nice.
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