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Post by Joseph » Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:20 pm

South Park Jesus wrote:upgrades are good. have to have a dark template.
If we do the upgrade, and now it is an "if", there will be what there is now: a dark and a light version of the same template.
but dude why bother? this place is slower than shit
A valid point.

It has been four days since anyone (other than you, a troll) has posted. Everybody logs in every day. No-one posts. Every time I mention closing the forums, people protest. Then they complain to me, via PM or MSN, that the forums aren't active enough. But the same people complaining are the same people not posting. Pot. Kettle. Black.

I am now seriously considering closing the forums.

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Post by Marcus » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:49 pm

I haven't been online for days and it's annoying to see how stuff is so slow. I make a thread and what I get? What do the forum get? What do Joseph get who pays for this place?

A half finished conversation, Discussion.

I made threads, I awoken old! I try to start discussions with my wicked, diffrent opinion in most things. But have I scared people away... I'am sorry if I am troublesome, if that is how it is! :cry:

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Post by Joseph » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:38 pm

Well folks, Janmanden and I hope to have the forum upgarded this weekend. These are the choices. Do keep in mind that we will be be having two templates as we do now, a dark version and a light version so we'll be customising them a bit.

Please give us your opinions on the five "finalists" below...

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/in ... tyle_id=26 - ProNight - Rating 4.86/5 - My opinion... functional yet boring.

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/in ... tyle_id=60 - twilightBB - Rating 3.6/5 - My opinion... most similar to our current forums but the icons are HUGE

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=10 - Black Pearl - Rating 3.79/5 - My opinion... One of the best looking but not sure how customisable

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=30 - Acid Tech (Blue) Rating 3.09/5 - My opinion one of the best looking I think...

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=11 - Dark Fantasy - Rating 3.81/5 - My opinion... visually the best but not sure how customisable it is...

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This also means that the forums will be offline for a few hours this weekend... and if the mass email I'd just tried to send had worked, you'd all know but as usual, our host's server doesn't get along with the email function of the forums. So let's hope the upgrade fixes that. :roll:

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Post by Marcus » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:47 pm

They look really odd to me the forum today, weird, fat and wide forum sections.

But I like 3 and 5...hard pick hard!

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Post by AngryKidJoe » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:05 pm

Dark Fantasy. No competition.
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Post by D. Sauzi » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:55 pm

Hmm 5&1 > 3 > 4 > 2, and i guess 5>1 if you can solve the clearness with the grey background/grey buttons/black text.

what are those ratings btw, are those your own grades with two decimals ;)?
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Post by Joseph » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:54 am

I like 5 as well, but I think it's going to be next to impossible as far as coming up with a dark and light version of the template or inserting our own logo in that banner across the top.

And the ratings aren't mine dousi. I'd have no need for the decimals. ;) Those are the ratings on the phpBB site, based on people who've tried them apparently.

So... that's #5 as the favourite and one vote each for #1 and #3.

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Re: Public Service Announcement...

Post by Joseph » Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:49 pm

Well, as you can see, we've upgraded to phpBB3 and so far... I absolutely hate it.

The Admin Control Panel is NOT user friendly.

And yes, the template is shit... No clue how long the customisation will take or even where to start... *sigh*

But... we will have a dark and light version with something other than generic icons.

We've also, as you'll notice, lost the quick reply and custom title mods. Those are key. We'll hopefully have those back ASAP.

EDIT:

Well, we have a quick reply built into this version of the forums. Nice. I just activated it.

And there's an option for creating custom profile fields. I used that to create a custom user title field... Unfortunately it puts it below the avatar instead of above.

And if you have a rank tag, you also get the text of the rank tag... redundant but again... all things in time. ;)
The biggie is customising this ugly generic monster and creating the dark template. Don't know when we'll get that done but hopefully soon. :)

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Re: Public Service Announcement...

Post by Runenklinge » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:16 pm

Holy eye cancer Batman :eyebrow:


reminds me of the original WW template though

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Re: Public Service Announcement...

Post by Joseph » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:27 pm

It was indeed a painful vision.

But as you can now see, with the exception of some of the post/sticky/announcement icons, the light version in complete.

The dark version will hopefully be done for next weekend.

And all thanks goes to Janmanden for his hard work.

Thank you Jan. :)

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Post by Jan » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:01 am

There are still some issues due to a more evolved/convoluted phpBB and more placeholders and bloat, but they'll have to wait until the santa hunting season starts.

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Post by D. Sauzi » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:38 am

looks great already! cant wait for the dark template to arrive as well.

ooo and lovely color buttons!
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Post by Satan's Onion » Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:13 am

Not bad, all things considered. I like how things look so far.
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Re: Public Service Announcement...

Post by Jan » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:39 pm

I just made a swift markup of the dark version, but it's pretty clear, that it requires more work especially all the images. Strike that. Less than clear that it requires a little more work.

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Post by D. Sauzi » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:07 pm

Hmm, there seem to be some quite good little enhancements in the interface with this upgrade, for instance, posting a very large image no longer fops up the layout of the whole page, just of the post that contains the large image/text. Nice!

That first draft of the dark version doesnt look bad either, maybe the clarity of posts due to those white borders is actually a good thing as well.


(hmm, one little thingy is that the color of the Admin tag is of such a hue that you cant read it in dark)
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