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Keep the layout and colours as they are

This is the cleanest forum on the web

     
4:10 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My 2 cents: do anything you want but, please, keep it look as it is now ;)
WebmasterWorld has always been a place where everything was clear and easy to read. It would be great if it could stay that way.
5:34 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I disagree, kind of.... It'd be nice if you could get rid of those pesky font tags, clean the code a bit and use CSS, not a priority though, keep its nice simplicity but unclutter the code.
5:41 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I agree, backgrounds should remain backgrounds, not the focus, contrast is good for our old eyes.

Not real happy with the pink for O.P. and green for "my posts", too much of a discord, were those Hawk Girl's choices? :-) (Just teasing . . . . ) A more subtle shade of those two that relates to the neutrals would tone it down nicely.
6:02 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes, neutral and clean are a good way to describe what works about the layout. This ultimately ties in with the question of advertising [webmasterworld.com] on the site.

Not real happy with the pink for O.P. and green for "my posts", too much of a discord...

I very much agree. They serve a function which I've come to appreciate, but they need quite a bit of toning down.
6:44 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I just love the "old school" look of the site.

Please no Web 3.0 bells and whistles or at least leave it to the users (maybe using a template switcher).
6:54 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Agreed. The old format was better.

Less is More. :)
7:07 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I see that when user pref customization comes back we can choose our own color schemes. As stated several times before my cataracts (about to be dealt with) work better against darker backgrounds. Meanwhile the forum, as is, works quick, neat, and precise.
7:12 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I like everything the way it is except the menu on the front page was better when it was on the right, it looks a little skinny and cramped to me now, it was wider before. That was better.
8:31 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Can you look at a slightly fresher look, maybe a wordpress style update?
8:34 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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+1 to the OP.
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+1 to OP.
9:28 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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+1 to the OP.
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Keep it simple and elegant. People don't visit WebmasterWorld for eye candy.
9:46 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Don't confuse "clean" with "dated". I too like the simplicity and cleanliness, but it wouldn't hurt to do a little sprucing up - eg perhaps more subtle colours, etc
9:52 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I would say changing the look is fine as long as you make it simpler and cleaner rather than more complex and cluttered. I think it would be possible, with skilled design, to make the site look more modern, easier to read and more professional by making it simpler and messing around a bit with typography and CSS.

Don't change it radically, we like it for a reason -- it's simple and clean. Changes should be designed to make it more so.
10:00 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Keep it simple.
Don't like the recent addition of pink
Liked the old style home page or whatever it was better than the current one that came a few months ago.
Don't need more icons
[edit] ooh don't like that green when I posted this either
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I like all sorts of modern designs, in the right setting, but this is a technical site and I think the stripped back look is appropriate and successful.

There may be a few minor details here and there, notably the small icon graphics and logo, but the colour scheme, layout and basic functionality should stay im(design graduate)o.

Another thing is I think the outdated look actually helps deter the trollish users you may find on other sites, thankfully WebmasterWorld is very direct and to the point, I'd hate to see it descend into the battleground some sites are.
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imho, there is too much whitespace in short posts due to the 3 button images in the left pane. (user profile, sticky mail, and print msg) Here is where some of that new-fangled jQuery stuff can come in handy with "show tools" to click on or something which shows the 3 buttons.

I read a lot of posts in the feedback/suggestions wanting to KISS, which I'm all about. I try to code as much of my site(s) in simple html+css to speed page load times, etc. jQuery is great, let the visitors' computers do some of the work. They're probably 99% underutilized cpu anyway. :)

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I would say changing the look is fine as long as you make it simpler and cleaner rather than more complex and cluttered. I think it would be possible, with skilled design, to make the site look more modern, easier to read and more professional by making it simpler and messing around a bit with typography and CSS.


Absolutely. I'd like it as a 2 or 3-column CSS centered layout with a max-width applied for starters. On my 24-inch screen, I have to turn my head to read any post over 1 line. This would also take away a bit of the white space introduced by the left buttons as mentioned above.
The green and pink (together) have to go. :) That combo, always seems... unfinished?.
11:07 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Personal posts (color framed) tells you where you left off. I like this. I'd also like an option (user prefs) that allows not only OP color and MY color but textarea width which won't break when zoomed in browser. And a pref for 100 recent posts (spend most of my time there, not front page).

Brette and co... don't f' it up. Golden as it is.

And thanks for hosting it as long as has been done. Thanks!
11:22 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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@ the site "design":
WebmasterWorld is about content, site design is about "form"
Please keep it focussed on content.
I treasure the lack of 1998 (re-invented as "web2.0") clutter.

@ At being "professional":
A professional gets paid. These forums are free.
So I wonder if people really mean "unfashionable".
See above.

@ the pink/green.
Yes, a bit of a shock. Not my favourite colours.
... and if that's all there is to complain about ... ;)

WebmasterWorld team, please don't be pressured into directing efforts into design that has no connection to function.

At some point this "design" will likely be fashionable again - and the point is that this is one of forums likely to still be around.
A longevity that isn't currently "fasionable" either ;)
11:30 pm on May 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Go for the Wikipedia look. Their new redesign is super smooth, and very easy to read all the available information. Check out their usability page here > [usability.wikimedia.org...] for further ideas.

via [mashable.com...]
12:50 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just move the bottom navigation bar up a bit.

Apart from that I'm perfectly happy with WebmasterWorld. Then again I'm into "plain vanilla".
6:46 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)

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imho, there is too much whitespace in short posts due to the 3 button images in the left pane. (user profile, sticky mail, and print msg) Here is where some of that new-fangled jQuery stuff can come in handy with "show tools" to click on or something which shows the 3 buttons.


+1