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Operation Front-Page Redesign
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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 06:06:17
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Simply put, the front page could use some updating. For one, the front page does not need to include the option to join or the introductory graphics for the site sections if you're already logged in.

Another is whether or not that's the best use of space at all.  Is there something that would be better served as highlighted on the front page?  Is the ticker relevant?

Let's see some creativity.  Make a mock-up if you're so inclined, even if it's just of a specific feature and not the entire page.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:08:08
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Apologies ahead of time, I am exhausted.

I use the front page to see the latest activity on the site, including the ticker. So I like it as it is.

But, as always, I am never opposed to change.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 07:10:34
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The ticker looks cool, but I never actually read it. The latest comments is a must, though.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 18:08:15
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I'm actually opposed to having the last comments section, I'd much rather see a latest threads one instead. And yeah, perhaps things could be arranged a bit differently. Let me see if I can do a lame mockup and scan it later in the afternoon. Love the ticker.

Can we put a link to Metacritic's site in the bottom of the page? Centered?

I'm using the light skin right now, and the contrast with the main color combination is a bit jarring. Perhaps we could change that to a combination that looks good with both the dark and light skins.




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Fri, 08 Jan 2010 19:53:54
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I'm going to work on a mock-up later today. I have some ideas.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 01:54:23
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SteelAttack said:
I'm actually opposed to having the last comments section, I'd much rather see a latest threads one instead. And yeah, perhaps things could be arranged a bit differently. Let me see if I can do a lame mockup and scan it later in the afternoon. Love the ticker.

Can we put a link to Metacritic's site in the bottom of the page? Centered?

I'm using the light skin right now, and the contrast with the main color combination is a bit jarring. Perhaps we could change that to a combination that looks good with both the dark and light skins.

There's a lot coming with the skins in the near future; it may be another month or so, but there'll be a lot more to it.  It's part of the overhaul of the front page redesign as I'm looking at cleaning up the site colours.

You're going to have give a little more info on the Metacritic thing.  I mean if you just want to be able to go to Metacritic, save a bookmark or something.  If you've got some ideas on integration, I'm open though I'm not sure they offer any sort of API to make it practical.  Or make your case as to why we should have a external links section, what purpose it serves the site and how to integrate it.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 03:08:25
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^Yeah, I don't also get the metacritic link.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 04:12:07
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SteelAttack said:
I'm actually opposed to having the last comments section, I'd much rather see a latest threads one instead. And yeah, perhaps things could be arranged a bit differently. Let me see if I can do a lame mockup and scan it later in the afternoon. Love the ticker.

Can we put a link to Metacritic's site in the bottom of the page? Centered?

I'm using the light skin right now, and the contrast with the main color combination is a bit jarring. Perhaps we could change that to a combination that looks good with both the dark and light skins.




You mean the thing that's there now on the left? I actually use that all the time! Sad

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 19:32:38
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Yodariquo said:

You're going to have give a little more info on the Metacritic thing.  I mean if you just want to be able to go to Metacritic, save a bookmark or something.  If you've got some ideas on integration, I'm open though I'm not sure they offer any sort of API to make it practical.  Or make your case as to why we should have a external links section, what purpose it serves the site and how to integrate it.

We have a heavy emphasis in reviews, a lot of our members review games on a constant basis, and considering the importance that reviews and score aggregates have overall for the industry and audience (including a lot of our own members, much to my dismay), I thought it would only be fitting to have an external link to what arguably is the most important score aggregator in the industry. I think it gives the site a more professional look.

Something like this, at Zentendo:


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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:09:15
SteelAttack said:

Yodariquo said:

You're going to have give a little more info on the Metacritic thing.  I mean if you just want to be able to go to Metacritic, save a bookmark or something.  If you've got some ideas on integration, I'm open though I'm not sure they offer any sort of API to make it practical.  Or make your case as to why we should have a external links section, what purpose it serves the site and how to integrate it.

We have a heavy emphasis in reviews, a lot of our members review games on a constant basis, and considering the importance that reviews and score aggregates have overall for the industry and audience (including a lot of our own members, much to my dismay), I thought it would only be fitting to have an external link to what arguably is the most important score aggregator in the industry. I think it gives the site a more professional look.

Something like this, at Zentendo:


I like this Zentendo feature:

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare ssi_shutdown() (previously declared in /home/zentendo/public_html/forums/SSI.php:197) in /home/zentendo/public_html/forums/SSI.php on line 199

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Gotta give a no-go on that one.  We are in no way affiliated with those sites.

Edited: Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:10:29

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 20:11:33

Yodariquo said:
SteelAttack said:

Yodariquo said:

You're going to have give a little more info on the Metacritic thing.  I mean if you just want to be able to go to Metacritic, save a bookmark or something.  If you've got some ideas on integration, I'm open though I'm not sure they offer any sort of API to make it practical.  Or make your case as to why we should have a external links section, what purpose it serves the site and how to integrate it.

We have a heavy emphasis in reviews, a lot of our members review games on a constant basis, and considering the importance that reviews and score aggregates have overall for the industry and audience (including a lot of our own members, much to my dismay), I thought it would only be fitting to have an external link to what arguably is the most important score aggregator in the industry. I think it gives the site a more professional look.

Something like this, at Zentendo:


I like this Zentendo feature:

Fatal error: Cannot redeclare ssi_shutdown() (previously declared in /home/zentendo/public_html/forums/SSI.php:197) in /home/zentendo/public_html/forums/SSI.php on line 199

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 No one here cares about Metacritic. No point in putting it in.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2010 23:57:18

Iga_Bobovic said:

No one here cares about Metacritic. No point in putting it in.

Bull fucking shit, Iga. Everyone here cares about scores and reviews.

Yodariquo said:

Gotta give a no-go on that one.  We are in no way affiliated with those sites.

Fair enough.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:34:48
I still owe you a mock up.  I have not forgotten.

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Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:07:13
Although I agree with steel that latest threads would be better on the front page. Latest comments I have been finding increasingly useful as I can find where the discussion is being held moment to moment and track you elusive bastards throughout the site.

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Thu, 21 Jan 2010 04:27:34

gamingeek said:
Although I agree with steel that latest threads would be better on the front page. Latest comments I have been finding increasingly useful as I can find where the discussion is being held moment to moment and track you elusive bastards throughout the site.

This, keep latest comments

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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 00:11:42

Dvader said:

gamingeek said:
Although I agree with steel that latest threads would be better on the front page. Latest comments I have been finding increasingly useful as I can find where the discussion is being held moment to moment and track you elusive bastards throughout the site.

This, keep latest comments

Nooo!

I want two huge tits in the front page.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:00:21
So you and Foolz on the front page am rite? Nyaa

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Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:26:12
No pron guyz.
Edited: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:26:27

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Fri, 05 Feb 2010 00:04:15
I could use some recommendations on icons.  Some ideas I have would be much simplified if we could get icons that worked well to identify a comment versus a blog versus a review.

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Fri, 05 Feb 2010 19:52:28

^as a part of the latest comments area?

Comment would be a word bubble.

Blog could be the page of text icon.

Review maybe a Yellow Star?

Check this out.

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