Site Redesign

Discussion in 'Site Problems & Feedback' started by Aprox, Sep 6, 2006.

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  3. Content only, not visually

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  1. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    There have a few threads in the last couple months that have briefly touched on the subject of redesigning the OSNN site. But I felt there should be a dedicated thread on the subject. I realize I am not a influential member by any means, but it only takes one person to start something & get the ball rolling.

    I think in the light of Vista coming out in the coming months and this being an Operating System website I think a design in that style would be appropriate and fresh. I think it would not only breathe fresh air into the site but might encourage more users to visit the forums and so forth. Maybe if we also added more guides and other useful information that visitors could use as well as promoting and updating these features. Perhaps software reviews, and stuff along those lines?

    We have a lot of talented coders and graphic designers on this site, and I don't think we would would have one ounce of trouble doing this, that is of course if we have the permission from the appropriate people. :nervous:

    Let me know what you think, and any ideas or suggestions on designs, content stuff like that. Hopefully this will take off, and we can make it a community project. We can give back to the site that we have enjoyed all these years.
     
  2. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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  3. BouncingSoul

    BouncingSoul Stranger Than Fiction Political User

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    Web 2.0 is the most annoying phrase in the last 2.0 years! Oh god it's spreading ... 2.0
     
  4. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    OSNN has been due for a rework for a while now. We (EP) have looked into but it but nothing has panned out.

    I, too, would love to see a new look and I'd be interested (services have been offered before) in helping out.

    EP is a busy guy (obviously) and when he has the time I am certain something will happen.
     
  5. X-Istence

    X-Istence * Political User

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    It will happen eventually :p when we change domain names again!
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    It needs to be done, it's needed to be done for a long time.
     
  7. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    its been in the works for some time. always something that gets in the way. plus it hard to comeup with a good design that both looks good and has good usablity. For both front page and forums, its a challenge :)
     
  8. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    If OSNN got a 2.0 makeover it would be sweet. No matter what you say about the whole 2.0 crap, it looks amazing.
     
  9. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    While a design probably will eventually happen, I don't really see anything wrong with the current setup, except for the fact it's been this way for awhile.

    EP will handle it and it will be great, just a matter of when.
     
  10. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    aha! resurrect the name thread! someone!!

    (or did it get lost in one of the crashes? ;) )

    Let's see what .net it can be this time - I doubt there is much room for improvement, but we could take a new one and redirect the old - surely the only WTG at this stage - what about OSNN2.0 or OSNNv2 ? :D
     
  11. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    If it does change, can rest assured that we won't suddenly lose the old name as we have done in the past :)

    I see that XP-erience and NTFS have both been renewed until 2007, I mean why bother? :s
    Neither of them actually points anywhere
     
  12. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Renewed by Sir McWaddus O'Twattery ?
     
  13. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    how bout a choice in skins...I think mac people would get a kick out of the latest os skin and vista users would get a kick out of vista theme...maybe the board would recognize safari and automatically default to the mac skin, same for ie

    firefox users could get a firefox skin?
     
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  14. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Bad idea. "Automatic" can also be seen as forcing. I actually don't like skins which resemble an OS at all anyway. The problem isn't so much the visuals (We could go out and install 300 free skins, and even buy some) but rather that the site needs it's own look, a unique style.
     
  15. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    good point...I'm no graphics genous expert, that's for sure
     
  16. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I honestly don't have much of a preference either way. So long as the content is fresh, that's the most important thing in my mind. I'd welcome a new design, but I don't necessarily see the need to change what is here now.
     
  17. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    Well I am glad to see support for the idea, what do you think it would take to get the ball rolling on this? If someone did some mockups and showed them here perhaps?

    Thats actually what I do that for a living, so I am thinking about creating a design or two, but I just wanted some ideas & feedback from the community and powers to be before I did such a thing. Also I didn't want to hastily jump into it just to find out an update is never going to happen or that I wasted my time... etc etc.
     
  18. X-Istence

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    I don't know how Electronic Punk feels, but I think that if a design is created by an outside party, it should still be Copyright osnn.net, so that if that person later on has a fallout with any of the admins, or the site they can't go "You are using my copyrighted design" and **** us over.
     
  19. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    Thats Fine, I completely understand what you are saying.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2006
  20. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    no more domain changes. im just starting to remeber oszn.net