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Author Topic: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)  (Read 14060 times)

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2011, 09:47:44 AM »

No problems with asthetics and appreciate the effort in trying to tie in with the landing page scheme.

From a usability point of view reckon can benefit from some tweaks.
Dark backgrounds need slightly larger font, all other being equal
see http://www.angelfire.com/super/badwebs/monkeyspaw.htm as an example

or http://www.angelfire.com/super/badwebs/main.htm

It also limits the colour you can use - realistically on black/dark grey, you can only use fonts of grey/white and MAYBE yellow (yellow on black has the same effect as red)
The red border is a bit distracting because red is a very prominent colour - and it naturally grabs people's attenton to the the boundary of the frame rather than the content. When they try to focus on the content the background wouldn't 'stay' in the background constantly showing up competing for attention in the field of view.

I think there's a chart on priorities people assign to colours at first glance, and this priority should ideally to be consistent with how the typical user browses the site (which may change depending on the section) Not saying to customize every page but you get the picture, these considerations put certain constriants and that's why the UI colours now produced by Microsoft or Apple are very similar.
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2011, 09:50:47 AM »

It's mostly a contrast issue.  If you were to bump up the black to #1a1a1a or even #222222 it'd actually subtly reduce the black/red contrast. Not a huge change, but not bad.

Personally I think the grey background and look of pages such as the Recent Posts page is nicer than the general thread page colours.

I don't mind the new theme, but change is, as you've mentioned, always hard. ;)

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2011, 01:25:57 PM »

You might also want to have an alternate version that has very little color for people who are colorblind. Just thought of that...

Yeah, I tried it for about an hour, then switched to the older version to avoid straining my eyes. Then I photoshopped an alteration that I posted on the first page that's MUCH easier on the eyes for long-term reading.
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2011, 03:53:04 PM »

I like the new theme when using my laptop, but not so much when using my iPhone :(
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2011, 04:35:08 PM »

Lol really ive found it to be rather good on my phone lol buts mines half the size of an iphone :p

Obviously sone tweaks will be in order we are taking notes and I will tweak the theme further wen uni does down :) this is why we launched in beta hahaha
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2011, 04:47:08 PM »

Dig it, much better than the grey. must be a good sign the forum is goin strong.
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2011, 12:02:46 AM »

ive given it a few days, and i just find the old scheme more agreeable, I cant really say what it is that I dont like about the colours, I do like the background, but the colours just dont agree with me
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #37 on: August 21, 2011, 12:56:36 PM »

@FD it's a custom theme designed for GAF. If you've seen it, it's probably at the Gundam Australia splash page http://gundamaustralia.com

Yes, that's entirely likely.

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #38 on: August 23, 2011, 08:14:59 PM »

Your session timed out while posting. Please go back and try again.

Anyone getting this?

I get it continually when I try to log into my admin panel to screen new member requests..

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #39 on: August 23, 2011, 08:41:18 PM »

I don't get that but I get asked to re-enter my password quite a lot. I've noticed the forum timing out from time to time over the last few days as well. I try to refresh a page and it comes up with the dreaded try again, page not found. Every time I hit the try again it loads perfectly.
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #40 on: August 23, 2011, 08:49:13 PM »

Not sure either of those are theme related but im not getting either issue :s
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #41 on: August 23, 2011, 09:17:29 PM »

I get the password incorrect a lot of the time which is strange as about 75% of the time it works fine (saved in the browser). No biggie really but I have had it happen since GAF reopened last year.

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #42 on: September 03, 2011, 09:51:49 AM »

I've been thinking, & I do have 1 suggestion. Nothing major, just a little helpful item...

Most other forums I've been to have a "Next" & "Previous" button for their pages, providing a quick way to move to the next or last page in a topic, obviously :P plus it gives you a bigger target to click on. I've noticed there isn't one on here at the moment, could prove useful, but it isn't a must have, just a useful-to-have.

Other than that, I'm still liking the theme...
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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #43 on: September 03, 2011, 04:05:49 PM »

I think I turned that off actually.

Fury I'm missing my admin panel at the bottom of topics. It's there in boards, but not in topics.

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Re: Welcome to GAF 2.0! (Beta)
« Reply #44 on: September 03, 2011, 04:18:16 PM »

Fury I'm missing my admin panel at the bottom of topics. It's there in boards, but not in topics.

Didn't you get the memo, Kevin  >:D
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