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FUDforum Layout Contest!!! [message #26425] Thu, 21 July 2005 13:02 Go to previous message
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In the past few years FUDforum has grown quite a bit in both the offered functionality and the user base. However, aside from a few tweaks the layout of the forum has remained largely unchanged. While the current layout works quite well for most people, there is a clear want to update the layout to something more interesting. Hence this contest, the goal being to devise a new better, faster and prettier default theme (layout) for the forum, which would improve the user experience. Aside from a new and improved default template some additional templates maybe included in the stock distribution to give forum deployers greater flexibility as far as appearance out of the box.

So, if you have some spare time and would like to help to improve FUDforum please submit your design entries.

There are few requirements from the design and I ask that you consider them when making your changes:

  • The design should be based on CSS, you can make use of tables and so on, but the formatting should be done in CSS as much as possible.
  • The design should work in all major browsers, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Konqueror and Safari.
  • Try to keep the design as generic as possible so that it can be applicable to almost any situation the forum is used in. We want to allow people to use the forum without having to tweak the design every time.
  • Be original, don’t port layouts and themes of existing bulletin boards.

How to submit your ideas?

  • Send a patch with your changes (please indicate the forum version the patch is based upon).
  • Send an archive of all the modified files.

The submissions can be either attached as replies to this topic or sent to me via e-mail at forum(at)prohost(dot)org.

Timeline:

It is my hope that we have some suggestions within the next 2 months at which point via the use of public opinion we will determine the best entries.

Licensing Issues:

In order to use your template ideas the license needs to permit its distribution with FUDforum, the acceptable licenses are: GPL (FUDforum’s license), LGPL, BSD, Apache and PHP license.

Prizes:

For the winning design that becomes the default theme for FUDforum aside from my gratitude (as well as those of other FUDforum users) the winner will receive a 4GB Ipod Mini. Authors of designs that get adopted as optional FUDforum themes, will all receive 512 meg Ipod Shuffle.

It should be noted that the authors will be given their due credit inside the FUDforum’s CREDITS file.


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[Updated on: Thu, 21 July 2005 14:53]

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