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Old 05-08-2013, 04:09 PM
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Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

This Thursday evening (very late) the forum will be getting a skin update (new look). It will be quite similar to the current view but with some important changes.

New skin and colors: Currently members can select from many different skin choices and some of the colors are missing key features. We are moving to three choices. The default view will be very similar to the current Dark Night theme and there will be two others (blue and crimson), both with light backgrounds. You will be able to choose these or toggle back and forth by scrolling to the bottom of the page and making a selection on the lower nav bar (over on the left side). Having fewer color available will make software updates simpler and keep the site running smoothly.

Scalable page width:The update will allow pages to be narrowed or widened with various screen sizes and allow members to toggle this choice on or off.

Right column: There will be a new right column that has extra features including a recent discussions feed, useful links and other features.

For the most part these changes should be fairly seamless and we aren't anticipating any time offline but if you may notice these changes and during the actual update may see some slowdowns and other strangeness.

Please ask if you have questions or post if you see something that seems wonky (technical term ).
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:55 PM
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:09 AM
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

Change can be good.

That said, I hope that some of the other skins return as this use of darker colors and high contrast is very hard on some of our eyes. I much prefer the more "standard" colors in vBulletin forum implementations. I haven't explored yet, but I'd like to be able to turn off that panel on the right-hand side. It's distracting and since I only visit one forum area, for the most part, unnecessary. I can "de-expand it", but it still takes width away from the actual forum topics.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:17 AM
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

I like the update, looks good. Only thing I would change is the banner on the time with the Jeeps, that's time for a change IMO.
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

Hmm, that right pane "Recent Threads" does not provide any value to me...but imposes itself throughout the site. Limits the width of each and every page, permanently consuming the right-most ~3 inches of each page.

Feels like wasted space.
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

Found a helpful setting:

UserCP > Options > Site Width Display > Fluid

Takes advantage of the full width of my browser.

That helps!
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

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Found a helpful setting:

UserCP > Options > Site Width Display > Fluid

Takes advantage of the full width of my browser.

That helps!
That's much better! I have a 27" monitor and was only using a tiny portion of it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:30 PM
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

Don't care for the tabs at top, it was easier to navigate before
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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

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Change can be good.

That said, I hope that some of the other skins return as this use of darker colors and high contrast is very hard on some of our eyes.
Go to User CP / skins

Dark blue gives me black text on white background.

I agree with turning off the right column.



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Re: Forum updates Thursday 5/9!

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Found a helpful setting:

UserCP > Options > Site Width Display > Fluid

Takes advantage of the full width of my browser.

That helps!
Thanks this helps a lot. At first I hated it, but the wider display makes it tolerable. I still wish the information on the right was on the bottom so I could get that space back, but the rest of the changes make navigating between the different model sections easier.
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Go to User CP / skins

Dark blue gives me black text on white background.

I agree with turning off the right column.



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I'm already set to the "blue" skin, but it doesn't change the posting windows which are dark gray with white lettering. The previous skins had more consistency.
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That's odd. Mine come up grey, but as soon as a click on or touch the window it turns white, and the type is black.

Go figure.
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