Site suggestions

Discussion in 'Site Problems & Feedback' started by coathanger007, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    First off, I'd like to thank all the staff at NTFS for the maintenance and upkeep of this site. I've said this before but I'll say it again. Sounds like you guys don't get enough thanks around here - so much so that you assume every suggestion is a criticism. I'd especially like to thank Jewelzz for her efforts in continually updating the news on the frontpage. Seems that her rock solid persona took a bit of a hit from my last comments which was not intended (my smilies were completely misinterpreted). I've also recevied a lot of helpful tech support from you guys and given back in return - that's how a community forum should operate.

    Secondly, I'm now in the 'Problems & Feedback' section so I hope I don't get flamed like I did in the 'News Headlines' section. And I have also posted all comments in a single thread so I don't end up hogging the entire page as I did in the great coathanger007 updates train :D

    Thirdly, these are suggestions not criticisms. Don't let my avatar scare you. Perhaps if you envisaged me as a cute, cuddly teddy bear, you'd interpret my comments in a more positive light. I'm not a mod/admin (and after a couple of disputes I prolly never will be) so I don't know what has been discussed amongst you guys so please forgive me if I'm repeating points here.

    Having got that out of the way, here are my suggestions:

    The fonts of the news headings at the top and the navigation links at the side of front page could be enlarged (this is most noticeable in Firebird). You might like to change the navigation links into more prominent buttons.

    The scrolling news summaries could be shortened so more news content can be viewed on the front page. e.g. 3Dgamers.com

    The submit news button could be placed on the separate news category pages or redirected to a sub categorized 'New Headlines' section so there's no multiplicity of postings.

    You might like to incorporate more personalized skinnable interfaces. Lots of sites now have this feature - especially since grey (previously black) is not everyone's favourite colour.

    There's a good chance you're getting more hits in your forum than your front page. So perhaps instead of clogging up the front page with adverts, you could spread them over to the forum.

    Popup notifications are standard but most people now have popup blockers. Maybe members could download a messenger-like utility for PM notifications and customizable content - e.g. Gamespot.

    Your forum does get clogged up with pictures. You might like to set up a separate picture gallery for members (not just confined to pictures of members themselves) e.g. Tweaktown.com

    You have a limited number of smilies so not all emotions can be expressed e.g. :cry:

    You have a Nvidia FAQ section in the forum. Yet ATi is getting more popular these days. Could add both of these to a subcategorised Graphics section.

    So there you have it. I have a couple more but I'll leave you with these main pointer for now :D

    Have a nice day :D
     
  2. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    there are some good points in there + comments are always welcome :cool:
     
  3. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    agree with some of those, I have to say I havent noticed the frontpage fonts thing myself, but I rarely go to the front page :p
     
  4. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    I hate everyone :D
     
  5. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Glad to be of service. In the unlevel playing field of the world wide web, innovation is the key to survival :)
     
  6. Corvette

    Corvette Sauske!

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    Well I have a good emoticon that may be best suited for this site: [​IMG]
     
  7. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    my suggestion would be: please fix the left table layout bug that occurs with firebird.
     
  8. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    X-Istence and [e]-Punk were working on that last night
     
  9. Tabula Rasa

    Tabula Rasa Stranger Than Kindness Political User

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    Awwww, I hate you back sweetie.
     
  10. Corvette

    Corvette Sauske!

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    Does anybody like the smiley smashing the pot of spam emoticon?
     
  11. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    :eek:

    are you suggesting that all we do here is spam ?
     
  12. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    No
     
  13. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    There's already a 'Report' button for spam. It's up to the Mods to filter spam out (whether they do a good job of it is not an argument I'd want to get into). A spam emoticon would just fuel community disharmony (and there's enough of that going round).
     
  14. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I personally don't believe that there is really an argument... I think the Mods do an excellent job of keeping the real spam under control.
     
  15. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

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    Good ideas. A long time ago i suggested the public photo area idea. Some nice software for that includes PhotoPost:

    http://www.photopost.com/indexpro.html

    It integrates with vBulletin, and lets users post and view pictures. All posts can be moderated so mods can check out the pics for content before adding them, Maybe we could set that up and add some people to "Photo Staff" that moderate photos.

    JJB
     
  16. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    That's exactly the same software used in Tweaktown:
    http://www.tweaktown.com/photo/
    So there's a real good example of how it's implemented. Not the best moderation though.:D
     
  17. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    This is something we do think about but we don't want them to be too big.

    Either way we would still have 10 posts on the frontpage.. but we do have multiple categories.

    The submit news link is on every single page in the menu and I am encouraging my news posters to add a link to the module in every single user submission made.

    Having a category of user submitted articles is not currently possible in virtuanew 1.0 but I have an idea of what would be good in future and will suggest it and hopefully it will become part of virtuanews 2.0

    Well we do have multiple themes at the moment, 4 currently. I am regularly making changes to these, once they have settled down and I no longer have to make changes I may add more. Modifying 4 themes at the same time, on both the forums and the main page is ALOT of work.

    This is something that I considered but don't really want to write vbulletin 2.0 hacks now that vbulletin3, which must be fairly close now, is so close. Once vb3 has been final for a month or so we will be switching. As soon as it is final I will begin work on it.

    Add ntfs.org to your "whitelists", as long as I am around I am going to battle to make sure that ntfs never has popups

    No need for this really, hopefully the increase in forum speed makes this even less necessary. Persides, we really really can't afford to shell out for more software ;)

    I like my smilies to all be part of the same set and have the same look about them, I would be quite happy to add more of them.

    The nvidia section is for nvfaq so it made sense to move all the nvidia stuff into there. I can definatly see where you are coming from and considered it myself, but we don't want to make the graphic card forum totally redundent as to be honest, who else is there these days in the market that is worth bothering with!
     
  18. X-Istence

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    We fixed the issue of the huge side bar in FireBird.
     
  19. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Re: Re: Site suggestions

    Thanks for your response. I think what you meant by your last comment is bunching together ATi with everyone else. Fair enough...until Ati becomes more popular then you may have to switch titles :)

    :

    I realize implementing my suggestions will take time - so, guess we'll play the waiting game :)
     
  20. Terrahertz

    Terrahertz Extinction Agenda Political User Folding Team

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    I really like the halloweeen theme with the bats and ghost. Very nice stuff guys. :)