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Title: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Oviraptor on September 14, 2005, 07:30:59 pm
Steve, I was wondering, are you going to eventually make your forum's look, look unique? Like the stuff in here: http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?board=34.0

If so it would be cool. Somehow it should be done. Just asking.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on September 14, 2005, 07:56:26 pm
I am working on it. It is a ton of work to update the look of the forums, but they are being worked on!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Oviraptor on September 15, 2005, 04:39:45 am
Cool! I imagined it would be. Can't wait to see them, whenever you finish them, that is. But I can wait, I am patient.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Oviraptor on March 21, 2013, 01:26:14 pm
I guess it pays to be patient.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 21, 2013, 01:31:10 pm
So it's a few years late ... doing a few other things as well on the site, but this was the "big one".
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gec on March 21, 2013, 01:32:41 pm
8 years of waiting has paid off! So this what life is like in the future.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Oviraptor on March 21, 2013, 01:33:09 pm
It'll take some time to get used to, but I'm glad we finally have a unique look.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on March 21, 2013, 02:17:28 pm
I feel so un-mainstream.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on March 21, 2013, 02:26:36 pm
Huh. It's like wearing a new pair of glasses.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Ultimatum on March 21, 2013, 02:26:47 pm
Sweet.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on March 21, 2013, 02:29:39 pm
Well, wearing a new pair of glasses made of orange.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: sgore on March 21, 2013, 02:30:19 pm
I am intrigued by these new and shocking developments.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 21, 2013, 02:42:21 pm
Ick! I liked the old forum layout.  :(
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Mr. Wizard on March 21, 2013, 03:12:40 pm
Hey Steve, thank you for updating. Can you install a few theme options for us? It would be great if you could.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 21, 2013, 04:03:19 pm
I will try. Updating the themes is actually a lot of work. Just making this one work correctly was several hours of work. But I'll see what I can do.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Plank of Wood on March 21, 2013, 04:21:45 pm
A thing!

Hurrah!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: eropS on March 21, 2013, 08:02:25 pm
Awwwww yeeeeeee this is nice.

And cool ubergeekdom moved!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 21, 2013, 10:52:24 pm
But what really matters.

Spore moved.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Flisch on March 22, 2013, 04:31:46 am
Into the abyss.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Didero on March 22, 2013, 08:45:13 am
Ick! I liked the old forum layout.  :(
There's always somebody :P
Just let the change sink in for a bit. Immediately demanding the old style back makes sense, since that's what we're used to and change is scary.

I thought the forum looked weird when I just saw the new style, but now, a few hours later, it's kind of grown on me.
Signatures and the user info next to posts seem to take up more space now, and some things are a bit harder to find, but overall it's a good change in my opinion.

EDIT: Oh hey, new smilies! They look pretty good!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 22, 2013, 09:23:11 am
The design was carefully selected and adjusted. I wanted something that was "different", went with the overall colors of the site (finding white, black, and orange is NOT easy) and yet was clean and simple to use.

Yeah it's a bit harsh compared to the old "default" site and layout, but that was sort of the point.

The main text area is still white and simple to read and more or less hasn't changed, it's just the headers and highlight colors that changed a bit, but's actually more or less the same site as before.

Did anyone notice/try the Facebook, G+ or Twitter buttons on the first post? Anyone want to give those a try?  :)
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 22, 2013, 10:52:38 am
So what else is on your list of things to do, Steve? Anything you can tell us about?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 22, 2013, 01:10:57 pm
Ick! I liked the old forum layout.  :(
There's always somebody :P
Just let the change sink in for a bit. Immediately demanding the old style back makes sense, since that's what we're used to and change is scary.

I thought the forum looked weird when I just saw the new style, but now, a few hours later, it's kind of grown on me.
Signatures and the user info next to posts seem to take up more space now, and some things are a bit harder to find, but overall it's a good change in my opinion.

EDIT: Oh hey, new smilies! They look pretty good!

Seriously Orange? I think I am going blind from the Orange font on White background text. Same goes for White text on orange background.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Oviraptor on March 22, 2013, 04:10:45 pm
It's like an orange creamsicle!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on March 22, 2013, 04:47:05 pm
Of course, what kind of awful forum wouldn't have orange creamsicles?

(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n125/Krakowsam/Terezi_zpsebc395c9.gif)

Not one I'd want anything to do with.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 22, 2013, 05:03:33 pm
I like orange.  What color would you prefer?

Sure it's the orange making you go blind?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: ilikesanta on March 22, 2013, 08:06:26 pm
I like a wedsite that endorses my dutch pride.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 22, 2013, 08:26:48 pm
Also my Tennessee pride.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Cobra on March 22, 2013, 11:41:53 pm
Yeah More orange, to stick it to the Irish.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Didero on March 23, 2013, 03:23:18 am
Seriously Orange? I think I am going blind from the Orange font on White background text. Same goes for White text on orange background.
I don't see any orange text on a white background.
Also, if you're being blinded, you may want to turn down your monitor's brightness :P


And I'm the most Dutch here, since I'm actually living in the country. So y'all got nothin' on me.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 23, 2013, 09:08:42 am
Wait, so is this all just to keep Celdur away?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Brandonazz on March 23, 2013, 09:37:40 am
Not Dutch enough.

EDIT: Fixed.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on March 23, 2013, 02:21:50 pm
I'm Dutchier than you.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 23, 2013, 04:33:33 pm
I like orange.  What color would you prefer?

Sure it's the orange making you go blind?

Black on Orange or something. Not white on orange. Alternatively white on a dark color like black, blue, etc.

its just hard to read those types of colors.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: eropS on March 23, 2013, 05:03:16 pm
Where is there orange on white, though? Black and orange is mostly what I see. White on orange is also perfectly legible.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gec on March 23, 2013, 05:25:15 pm
I can read it just fine. Unless you're really sensitive to the color orange, well that's unfortunate.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 24, 2013, 09:33:04 am
Full disclosure: I hate this new color scheme; it's awful, makes my eyes bleed, and I want to kill myself. But whatever, I can manage.

There is one problem that should be checked on, though. And I think resolving this will make things a lot better. The difference in color between posts isn't large enough. The Babylon theme that I used to use had a very distinct color difference between consecutive posts. It alternated from white to gray. This new color scheme does alternate, but the colors are a little too similar.

Do you think you could increase the difference between the colors of posts? It would make the forum much easier to read. Out on the individual section pages sticky topics are an orange color and are very easy to tell from non-stickies. A degree of difference like that would be great.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Yuu on March 24, 2013, 01:23:59 pm
Same here.

Shade's way too similar.

As far as yellow is concerned, I've always had problems reading it so it's not much of an issue for me.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: eropS on March 24, 2013, 05:35:24 pm
Take a screenshot of the home page and highlight/show what you want changed...
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 24, 2013, 11:45:40 pm
Where is there orange on white, though? Black and orange is mostly what I see. White on orange is also perfectly legible.

Hyperlinks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_%28fruit%29) are all orange so if you highligh over a title you cannot read it.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: LadyM on March 25, 2013, 04:51:59 am
The design was carefully selected and adjusted. I wanted something that was "different", went with the overall colors of the site (finding white, black, and orange is NOT easy) and yet was clean and simple to use.

Yeah it's a bit harsh compared to the old "default" site and layout, but that was sort of the point.

The main text area is still white and simple to read and more or less hasn't changed, it's just the headers and highlight colors that changed a bit, but's actually more or less the same site as before.

Did anyone notice/try the Facebook, G+ or Twitter buttons on the first post? Anyone want to give those a try?  :)

I didn't notice but went back and looked and did a test tweet. It works.

Forum looks good, colors are fine, change is always takes time to adjust. Thanks for doing it and for moving Spore to the bottom.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 25, 2013, 06:34:28 am
Full disclosure: I hate this new color scheme; it's awful, makes my eyes bleed, and I want to kill myself. But whatever, I can manage.

There is one problem that should be checked on, though. And I think resolving this will make things a lot better. The difference in color between posts isn't large enough. The Babylon theme that I used to use had a very distinct color difference between consecutive posts. It alternated from white to gray. This new color scheme does alternate, but the colors are a little too similar.

Do you think you could increase the difference between the colors of posts? It would make the forum much easier to read. Out on the individual section pages sticky topics are an orange color and are very easy to tell from non-stickies. A degree of difference like that would be great.

Perhaps, it's not just changing the background color (which would be simple) but changing some graphic files as well. Also there isn't just one grey color to deal with, there are multiple greys that have to be calibrated -- the two different background greys, the quite grey, the header for the quote grey, and the background for the forum. If I go "too far" with one color it will mess up the others.

I'm also not seeing the same things people are talking about. The links are orange for me and easy to see both normal and when you rollover (the color doesn't change). I see differences it the post colors, and so forth. My monitor is extremely accurate so perhaps on other monitors the subtitle differences between the colors aren't coming through as much...
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 25, 2013, 07:07:56 am
Right, you're not gonna do anything. Understood.

It looks alright, I'm sure I'll get used to it as I use it more.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 25, 2013, 08:17:32 am
Right, you're not gonna do anything. Understood.

It looks alright, I'm sure I'll get used to it as I use it more.

Wow, that is harsh. I've been installing and updating a new theme for you to choose from this morning... But I guess I'll do nothing instead.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 25, 2013, 08:24:50 am
That's a bit babyish. >_>

Forgive me if I've gotten used to... nothing. It's just a little odd and sudden to see all these changes without really knowing what your goal is. Why the push all of a sudden to change things and get stuff going? What do you intend to do? Is this going to lead to anything? It'd be nice if you didn't just up and vanish again. We like it when you're here. And it's disappointing every time you disappear.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 25, 2013, 08:39:56 am
I've disappeared in the past because I've been busy and, quite frankly, changing/updating the site is extremely time-consuming/complex to do. I always wanted to update the site and modernize it, but it's extremely complex to move a site of this size to an updated system.

Also you guys might not realize it but running this site since it's inception has personally cost me more than $20k in hosting fees. Yeah the ads help a tiny bit, but what I make in the ads in one year is what I pay for a single month of hosting. So I came to a crossroads recently where I would either keep the site going on a newer, cheaper server or removing it completely.

I didn't want it to die so I am in the process of moving it to a newer, cheaper server and during this time I decided to update and change the site to a modern codebase (and lower the costs a bit, but it still isn't free to run this site). I hired some professorial developer friends of mine and we've managed to move the site over and I think it looks pretty good.

I will continue to update and change the site as much as I can, but doing something as "simple" as updating the layout costs me a couple hundred dollars in development fees as I can't do it all myself anymore (my programming skills are a bit rusty, I'm more of a manager at this point).

So everything you guys request I have to see if 1) I can do it myself, 2) how long it will take for me to do, 3) if I can't do it myself how much it will cost me to have it done. I am trying to add a new theme for you but I hit a wall and I'm waiting for my programmers to get back to me for now...
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 25, 2013, 08:45:56 am
All your time and money is appreciated, really. This is a great place to hang out and chat. My hope is that after this we'll be seeing more of you! It's fun to talk with you and hear what you have to say. And more than a few of us are still holding out hope for another podcast, though just having you post is enough. We love Steve! And we miss him.

And if there's anything we can do to help, I know there are quite a few enterprising folks among us that would be happy to assist! :D

I know Didero had found something about a horizontal post separator in the forum code that made the site easier to navigate. He might be someone you want to have a chat with. But yeah, if you need anything from us, let us know. Just don't disappear again!! ;)


**EDIT**
Also has the timer for the "this post has been edited" text been reduced?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 25, 2013, 11:24:34 am
It's always good to have Steve around.

I would just like to say that for any that for any future changes or site downtime, it would be nice to let us know in advance.  I was a bit concerned when the site went down with no advance warning.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 25, 2013, 01:31:12 pm
Well we're having a really really strange server error right now, so I can't quite update the layout just yet. Basically the forum and the server are using different permissions -- which is a nightmare to fix.

For now I'm just going to finish the move (I have other files I need to move over), delete the other server, and then go back to this.

As for doing a show ... I'm not against doing another show. It's just gaming is so different now. It's hard to even do a show to talk about anything as things are so fragmented and segmented now there is no one topic I can really talk about in the world of gaming.

However ... I have just gotten directly involved with a new venture in which you might be hearing from me A LOT more ... a lot more. Like tons. Like "you are going to get sick of me" amounts. Like "there is another reason I'm getting the forum back up to speed"...
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on March 25, 2013, 01:43:13 pm
(http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n125/Krakowsam/Macros/ITBEGINS.gif)

IT BEGIIIIINS!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on March 25, 2013, 01:57:56 pm
Hey Steve, if you're around more and posting about your projects you can bet that we'll have your back.

Can't wait to see what you've gotten yourself into! ;D
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gaming Steve on March 25, 2013, 02:27:39 pm
Think WOW or LoL ... only bigger.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on March 25, 2013, 02:29:01 pm
Oh god, I hope not TESO D:
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 25, 2013, 03:21:05 pm
Well that's certainly a thing.  I guess we'll be waiting, then.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: LadyM on March 25, 2013, 09:10:53 pm
Elder Scrolls online?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on March 26, 2013, 01:22:32 am
Oh god, I hope not TESO D:

Anything but Transcription Error Scrolls Online!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Hydromancerx on March 27, 2013, 02:41:19 am
That's a bit babyish. >_>

Forgive me if I've gotten used to... nothing. It's just a little odd and sudden to see all these changes without really knowing what your goal is. Why the push all of a sudden to change things and get stuff going? What do you intend to do? Is this going to lead to anything? It'd be nice if you didn't just up and vanish again. We like it when you're here. And it's disappointing every time you disappear.

Pat has a point. For a forum called Gaming Steve we sure don't see a lot of you Steve.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on March 27, 2013, 07:19:57 am
Well hey, at least he's here now.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on March 27, 2013, 08:25:03 am
It's kinda weird, actually.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: sgore on March 27, 2013, 11:12:54 am
I continue to be intrigued by these new and shocking developments.

And I am happy to see you back, Steve! It has been quite a while and I hope you are well.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Gungnir on March 31, 2013, 01:28:19 pm
....eSports.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on April 18, 2013, 12:56:49 pm
Hey, so when I make a link...

Hey look, I'm a link to Google! (http://www.google.com)

The link isn't underlined. This makes it very hard to pick links out of large chunks of text. It can be remedied by adding an underline to the text of the formatted link, but that requires several more steps that the old system seemed to take care of automatically. Is there a box or something you can check behind the curtain to automatically include the underline on links? Or is there something else you can do?

Just wondering. It's a convenience thing and a nice little feature that we seem to have lost in the transition to the new template.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on May 03, 2013, 10:42:48 am
Hey, so uh....

What just happened here?
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on May 03, 2013, 11:56:18 pm
Fair question.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: LadyM on May 06, 2013, 07:21:43 am
He restarted the server. Simple fix in the end. He was out of town when I first messaged but managed to get him the next day.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Inkling on July 16, 2013, 09:14:47 am
Hey, so uh....

What just happened here?

I know a couple of us were having the same problem, whenever we would try to open the site, it would try to open index.php.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: GroxGlitch on July 16, 2013, 09:32:54 am
Hey, so uh....

What just happened here?

I know a couple of us were having the same problem, whenever we would try to open the site, it would try to open index.php.
I've got that problem happening constantly, still.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on July 16, 2013, 10:02:09 am
Probably gonna take a little bit for the tubes to update. It should stop for you soon.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Yuu on November 05, 2013, 02:43:44 pm
(http://i.imgur.com/4Zot6WN.png)

Is everyone else getting this?

By "this" I mean the weird inverted color thingy in the home tab.  :/
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on November 05, 2013, 07:22:04 pm
No. It looks like a picture of a person.

Did you have another window open or something? Sometimes elements from other tabs and pages can stick. Might be worth your while to clear out your temporary internet files so your browser re-downloads the button.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Yuu on November 14, 2013, 07:57:00 pm
Well, this is odd. It seems even in a totally different system and IP, I'm still getting that weirdly colored home button to the left of the help tab.

Hmm...


Anyways, thanks for the assist Pat.  :)
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Rysworld on November 14, 2013, 09:24:30 pm
I get that too, but didn't notice it until you pointed it out.

Damnit, Yuu, now it'll bother me.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Yuu on November 14, 2013, 10:27:00 pm
Sorry. >_>
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Didero on November 15, 2013, 12:53:34 am
What browser are both of you using?
I'm using Firefox, and I've got a normal Home button.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Yuu on November 15, 2013, 12:24:50 pm
I'm using Firefox too, oddly enough.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Rysworld on November 16, 2013, 01:15:28 pm
I noticed it on Chrome, and Safari has the same thing.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on December 01, 2013, 03:25:56 pm
Forum has been active lately.

How about all those totally unique, definitely-not-bot members we have now!? I can't wait for one of them to post something.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on December 01, 2013, 03:34:38 pm
This is best advice I've had in a long time. Thank you my friend.
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on December 01, 2013, 04:00:42 pm
Nike shoes (http://www.nike.com/)
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: PatMan33 on December 01, 2013, 04:21:28 pm
They look so comfy and warm! I bet I could jump... TEN FEET higher!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Slinky on December 02, 2013, 09:18:27 am
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Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: eropS on December 02, 2013, 10:50:29 am
My uncle is his manager!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: Krakow Sam on December 02, 2013, 10:57:42 am
Your uncle must be loaded!
Title: Re: Unique Forum...Stuff
Post by: eropS on December 02, 2013, 10:59:46 am
Yeah, they really are. I don't see him much because he's busy as hell even during the holidays. My cousins are all kind of... unique; in some good and bad ways. My aunt just loves her life though haha.