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  1. #16
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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Quote Originally Posted by Activate: AMD View Post
    Yea, i'm of the same opinion, it is very busy. waaaaaay too narrow on the actual forum stuff, I have huge white bars on either side of the actual content that are a massive waste of space. i have a 2560x1440 panel and it looks like this was designed for monitors from 10 years ago :\
    I could throw a whole pack of hotdogs down either side now

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    Re: PC Perspective Forums Upgrade Bug/Style Reporting Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by AMDScooter View Post
    Not real fond of the new style. Like the front page there is just too much blank space on each side of the content. Doubt you'd need much more than a 15" monitor as it only fills about 1/3 of my screen. Are you going tall and skinny to attract the tablet/smartphone crowd?
    +10000 to this. I hate the format when on a widescreen monitor. Hopefully you will allow themes with the new site (I used the old AMD classic theme) if someone makes them. Otherwise I see he forums becoming more desolate than they are now.



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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    We are looking at the mobile plugins for the site, no doubt there.

    As for the width issue, we'll see what we can do, but the change was made based on the requirement of fixed-form vs free-form site design. We wanted the the forums to match the main site - it just took us (me) much too long to get it done.

    As a user of dual 30-in monitors, I really don't understand the argument about having "too much space" on the sides - who uses a browser in a FULL SCREEN mode any more really? If you do, my guess is that 80%+ of sites are fixed width today, so this is a problem for you across the board.

    I may have Joe look into move the right hand ads "outside" the design - we'll get to that after all the tweaking and bugs have been fixed in this first revision.

    Thanks for your patience!
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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Quote Originally Posted by Activate: AMD View Post
    Yea, i'm of the same opinion, it is very busy. waaaaaay too narrow on the actual forum stuff, I have huge white bars on either side of the actual content that are a massive waste of space. i have a 2560x1440 panel and it looks like this was designed for monitors from 10 years ago :\
    Quote Originally Posted by AMDScooter View Post
    Then I guess the next logical question would be what was the intent of the site that you are matching? The content bar is narrow as heck. This format wastes a lot of space. I'll probably wear out a scroll wheel just typing this post. Seriously though.. this is "PC" perspective and most of us like to use the real estate today's wide screen monitors offer.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBlack View Post
    I could throw a whole pack of hotdogs down either side now
    Quote Originally Posted by grimmster View Post
    +10000 to this. I hate the format when on a widescreen monitor. Hopefully you will allow themes with the new site (I used the old AMD classic theme) if someone makes them. Otherwise I see he forums becoming more desolate than they are now.
    I detest this new format IMMENSELY!!!! Seriously, NO other forum I visit looks this ridiculously small! Lol, I feel like I need to go buy a 7" tablet just to read PC Perspective.

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    Unhappy Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Yep, definitely don't like the new version......well, because it's new of course. It looks fine on my Mom's 1024x768 resolution screen, but I'm sure it will be small on my 24" widescreen monitor at home. Also, I always use my browsers in full-screen mode (whether IE8 or Chrome). In fact, there needs to be an option in IE to always open all windows in full-screen if someone wants to. Anyway, that's another issue entirely. Hope the new site is modified somewhat or at least given the option to have themes again.

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Very unfriendly to wide screen viewing, basically it stinks.

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    So far I like the new format. Sure its smaller. For me its a catch up really to other sites I visit. This was one of the few places that still used the full sized stretched out style. And Id hate to see the margin's filled with advertising like happens sometimes on the Home Page.
    Right now it has a clean uncluttered look that will just take some folks a bit of time to get used to.
    Im also sure that the software designers are aware that our reading habits have indeed changed.
    We used to be accustomed to long left to right text presentations but I think those days are over in favor of a more focused L to R "look"
    And immediate improvement are the choices now included within the quick reply area.
    So far the only thing I dont see is the "forum jump" deal we used to see at the bottom of the page.
    As I recall that was something that was added after the fact last go round.
    My best suggestion is poke around with this latest effort for a week.
    The text area will seem pretty natural once our eyes are retrained.
    And what a bonus. Spell check!

    Good work Wise.

    Wait. I see the Forum Jump selector now.
    Last edited by jimzinsocal; 10-15-2012 at 09:16 AM.

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    forum jump is now called quick navigation. it is just above the quick reply box on the right. if its not there for you, let me know and i will have a look in the settings.

    thanks for the feedback everyone
    hmm...

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan View Post

    As a user of dual 30-in monitors, I really don't understand the argument about having "too much space" on the sides - who uses a browser in a FULL SCREEN mode any more really? If you do, my guess is that 80%+ of sites are fixed width today, so this is a problem for you across the board.
    I don't run my browser in full-screen mode and this one still feels particularly thin, even compared to fixed width sites I frequent. Narrow works fine on edited content sites (i.e. news/review sites) with in-line formatting and pictures, but none of the other forums I frequent used a fixed-width format. Some other fixed width sites I've seen either have white backgrounds around the content (see engadget), or non-white sidebars (see anandtech). I think one of the issues may be that the gray surrounding the content is flanked by a sharp contrast with the white that really isolates the "stuff" and make it look like just a floating ribbon vs a coherent part of the whole browser screen. Of course, I'm no graphical designer, thats just a thought


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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    so what are the thoughts on the forum descriptions below each forum on forum home?
    hmm...

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Appreciate all the comments, even the less well thought out ones.

    And hey, good to see you again JimZ!!

    We will tweak the design some this week for sure - but first we had a big spam issue yesterday we are trying to address.
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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Good to see you as well Ryan.
    Something else Im glad you guys didnt do. You avoided the hideous Facebook integration that we see at so many sites. If it was an option? Thanks for not including or choosing any sort of Facebook hooks.
    Nothing is more irritating than seeing a site slow down while loading the laundry list of Facebook crapola. Not to mention the obvious privacy irritants.

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Ryan Shrout
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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Quote Originally Posted by jimzinsocal View Post
    Good to see you as well Ryan.
    Something else Im glad you guys didnt do. You avoided the hideous Facebook integration that we see at so many sites. If it was an option? Thanks for not including or choosing any sort of Facebook hooks.
    Nothing is more irritating than seeing a site slow down while loading the laundry list of Facebook crapola. Not to mention the obvious privacy irritants.
    it is built in to this version but my thoughts were just as yours. no thanks. glad it was an option and not mandatory.
    hmm...

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    Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style


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