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Re: Forum Update

Post by valis » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:07 am

John Cooper wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:49 am
Nice work Valis. Great to see the latest phpBB bringing a responsive and more modern design. I know this transition wasn't a trivial undertaking, and I appreciate you keeping the forums alive and kicking.
-John
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Re: Forum Update

Post by valis » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:30 am

jksuperstar wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:57 am
Looks great on the mobile platform. Each post does have a "Re: Subject" in fairly large font, which separates the member's name from the post a bit much. A small thing, really.
Tweaked this, let me know what you think. The FIRST one is still larger (it was 1.6em it's now 1.4, and the others in a thread were all 1.5em and are now 1.3em). Added a touch of padding too....

Also tweaked post boxes a bit, underlined the title/name/date section to make it easier to see by demarcing that area from the post body, and adjusted signature lines (dotted) and the bottom line below that (on posts that have it) to be a subtler green/grey and blend better.

What do you guys think of the icons for posts/mainforum area that show things as already read (darkened), should there be a smaller orange outline to keep it consistent with the "NEW" items that are very bright right now?

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Secret Test Kitchen » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:50 am

I really like this new design! So much progress for the platform! Really great year for us. Thank you Valis for this re-design and thank you Holger, Gary, Ocean Swift, dNa, Space F, Sur-audio lab, and everyone else that made so much XITEment this awesome year.

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Re: Forum Update

Post by valis » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:52 am

Smilies should be fixed now...

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Nestor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:06 am

John Cooper wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:49 am
Nice work Valis. Great to see the latest phpBB bringing a responsive and more modern design. I know this transition wasn't a trivial undertaking, and I appreciate you keeping the forums alive and kicking.
-John
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Re: Forum Update

Post by Nestor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:19 am

I think the logo is nice and adequate to the page upgrade. Being new, at the same time it is capable of kipping the "vintage" taste of the iconic year of 1999, when we started it all. This logo is, after so many years of looking at it daily, sort of a strong anchor to the Scope history and platform itself, which is our own history too.

I think the solution to the mp3 attachment problem is that every member takes care of their own files so it is not a heavy load for you. All that is needed is to upload again the same files. I would say, leave the forum as it is right now and give this job to us, please. The following mp3s or similar files to be uploaded into the new scheme, anyway, should have no problems. (Z brothers, let us do this little job in a “personal” level, so to skip this long and tedious job on Valis, this is my humble suggestion)

I don’t see any green or light gray background as you asked for…

You asked: “What do you guys think of the icons for posts/mainforum area that show things as already read (darkened), should there be a smaller orange outline to keep it consistent with the "NEW" items that are very bright right now?” I like it very much as it is right now, for me, no change needed.

I will now post a few icons, because I see them still with some white pixels, let see what happens if we post them here...

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Nestor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:20 am

Cool, white pixels are gone!
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Re: Forum Update

Post by Nestor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:29 am

Wow, it really flies, it is VERY responsive. Now I am more conscious of it after surfing several topics for about 30 minutes, this alone it is worth the update! :wink:
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Re: Forum Update

Post by Marco » Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:39 am

This forum is not really better. I search the same functions now. But I will survive it.
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Re: Forum Update

Post by Ambient Source » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:17 am

great update: faster, nicer and more modern

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Nestor » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:21 am

I have even updated my avatar to match! :D
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Re: Forum Update

Post by Mikael-R » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:46 am

I think it would be slightly better to have the avatar icons on the left side of the page like before. Since you start reading from the left it's nice to immediately recognize the poster without having to move the eyes.

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Re: Forum Update

Post by faxinadu » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:20 am

Mikael-R wrote:
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I think it would be slightly better to have the avatar icons on the left side of the page like before. Since you start reading from the left it's nice to immediately recognize the poster without having to move the eyes.
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Re: Forum Update

Post by cortone » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:45 am

Thanks for your work Valis, and thanks to John Cooper for his long-time contributions. Most of all thanks to all the Scopers who make this place happen, and keep the community alive for two decades and counting.

I really miss having a single-click link to "Active Topics" at the top of the page. Any chance that could come back? I found it under the Quick Links, so I don't feel stranded.

Everything esle is great, even if it might take some adjustment on my part. :P

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Re: Forum Update

Post by John Cooper » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:15 am

Thanks nestor and cortone for the good vibes. I don't come round here very often anymore, but it's always nice to see the Scope community still lives on and thrives here!

That new logo is a nice update, but I'm a little concerned about asteroid impacts :)
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Re: Forum Update

Post by sunmachine » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:24 am

Oh, another great surprise! Thanks valis! Love it!
And a big thank you for keeping our familiar colors! :)

I noticed that the small grey left arrow before the "Return to" links is a little bit hard to see.

I'd also like to have the user area of the posts on the left side again. I really don't care about Ableton... :lol:

And yes, it would be really great if you could bring back the "Active Topics" links to its previous prominent place.
I almost always use that link.
valis wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:30 am
What do you guys think of the icons for posts/mainforum area that show things as already read (darkened), should there be a smaller orange outline to keep it consistent with the "NEW" items that are very bright right now?
These are probably not the icons you're referring to, but those big yellow icons in front of the posts on the index page don't really match the overall theme in my opinion. Maybe you can change their color and make the border smaller/lighter? What do all these icons mean anyway...? :lol: I find them a little bit distracting sometimes.

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Liquid EDGE » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:18 am

Cool update. Nice work.

Yeah I think it’s time to drop the planetz name. Makes no sense really. It made sense when the scope forum was part of johns planetz.

It’s now just a forum for scope and sonic core.

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Re: Forum Update

Post by John Cooper » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:22 am

Yeah- I wouldn't be offended if you guys choose to rename the forums. Up to you.
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Re: Forum Update

Post by sunmachine » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:29 am

If any, we could name it "Planet S" with a reversed Z in the logo... :P
No really need for a change, though. This would only confuse us "old" people here :lol:

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Re: Forum Update

Post by Mikael-R » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:56 am

Some design nitpicking :) : The width of the avatar area seems a bit unnecessarily wide. It could be cut down by 50 pixels I think to make it a bit more tidy looking.

I would prefer a darker color outside the posting area rather then a brighter. Maybe something like #061820 could work nicely which is a blend between black and the current posting area color.
Or it could be completely black which would look retro and go along with the space theme.

I think the name planetZ is nice as long as Sonic Core doesn't run the forum.

Anyway, thanks. It's nice to see things moving forward. I will donate something because of dNa's offer.

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