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A few changes here:

  • The quicklinks are visible by default now

  • Removed the "forums" link in the top bar, because it's pointless

  • Removed the "favorites" link in the top bar, because it's pointless

  • Everything on the quicklinks with the exception of site forums or the NIFE stuff have been merged into 8 forums:

  • Video Games News & Discussion -- all games forums pretty much

  • Politics & Religion -- World + Spirituality

  • General -- Real Life, Pointless, and Drunjk

  • Entertainment & Media -- Entertainment/Music, Animated/Japanese, Creative Outlet

  • Roleplaying -- RPG chat's new name

  • Science/Math/Technology -- no change

  • The Sports Center -- merged with Wrestling

  • Nostalgia forum -- The axem and jedi sith forums still exist, they're just now links from this forum.

  • The new quicklinks also look quite a bit better and make more sense.

    I plan on phasing out the site forums and the NIFE row at some point by integrating them into the site better.

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    I will miss having individual game forums. But I think it is for the best with our overall site population.

    Posted April 21st by Vandy
    Vandy

    I was actally just about to ask about this; to be honest it looked like a rendering error when I fist saw it with the giant text and everything.

    Posted April 21st by Black Yoshi
    Black Yoshi

    it looked like a rendering error when I fist saw it with the giant text and everything.


    I had the same thought. Consider making them uniform in terms of size, and maybe put them in a grid at least?

    Posted April 21st by Cetasaurus
    Cetasaurus
    AKA: Kyogre

    Things are better on mobile and on tablets now. My responsive skills are kiiiiinda rusty so they don't scale perfectly, but they're pretty good.

    Posted April 21st by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    he tested the uniformity fo rme and I agree that that looks beter IMO.

    Posted April 21st by tnu
    tnu

    Also if you guys *really* don't like the display of the new quicklinks, there's a plugin to revert back to the old style with them here:
    http://gtx0.com/user/plugins.php

    Posted April 21st by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    Xhin, you're a brilliant webmaster, but I don't know how anyone can like the display of the new quicklinks. The images are very small, the text ranges from reasonable to massive, and everything is left-justified, so you're not making good use of the screen and users need to scroll way down in order to see the forum title. The biggest text literally says:

    GeneralAlso for the drunk & pointless

    [sic]

    Can this information be shown using less space? Perhaps it would be best to have a single horizontal bar with 8 icons and uniform text sitting a row above or below, center-justified in their cells, and have this stretch based on the monitor width. With padding on both sides.

    Posted April 21st by mariomguy
    mariomguy

    Whatever you just did is a huge improvement!

    Posted April 21st by Cetasaurus
    Cetasaurus
    AKA: Kyogre

    Apparently the new css wasnt showing up for some people as well, and this has been fixed.

    Posted April 22nd by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    Apparently the new css wasnt showing up for some people

    I think that's what was happening my way.

    Posted April 22nd by Cetasaurus
    Cetasaurus
    AKA: Kyogre

    My biggest issue is it looks messy. I think it's because there isn't a consistent font size.

    When I'm at my PC I'll check how it looks there .

    I would also suggest changing the icon for Entertainment as you're using one that's very iconic to the Jedi Sith forum (If I am remembering my original GT correctly) and so could confuse returning oldies.

    Posted April 22nd by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    Oh I see the icons are based on the forum image and so they rotate randomly...

    I would definitely say don't do that. Each one should have a single specific icon thst doesn't change. It's fine for forum images, but this is the main navigation for the site it needs to be as consistent as possible.

    I would also recommend trying to get icons thst have the same art style and look. Animated ones also look bad for this part of the site.

    Posted April 22nd by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    Looks terrible, and I'm sad to see some of the smaller forums go.

    Posted April 22nd by Orion Nebula
    Orion Nebula
     

    Agree with Moonray's points and will fix.

    Posted April 22nd by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    Why did u change the site it’s looks awful now

    Posted April 22nd by Brandy
    Brandy

    My biggest complaint is that the link I use the most (Hottest) is still teeny-tiny.

    Posted April 22nd by Count Dooku
    Count Dooku

    Does anyone remember what the old GameTalk looked like way back in the day? This is miles ahead.

    I mean....Just look:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20060324073152/http://www.gametalk.com/talk/ngvs/

    Edited April 22nd by Q
    Q
     

    Why did u change the site


    Mainly, it looked like garbage beforehand and was full of forums that were either dead or not quite dead but still not active enough to justify their existence.

    Streamlining the forums makes it look less daunting to new people, reduces the number of questions about forum-appropriate content, makes each resulting megaforum feel more alive than the previous separate forums and literally brings the community closer together.

    The people that have been here for years understand how that list built up and why those forums were there. Now, those forums are not active, so there is no reason to keep them. To new people that are just coming in, there's a massive list of dead forums. It makes the site look cluttered and inactive.

    The deliberation over this decision was reasonably long. Just be thankful that my first idea got the veto.

    Posted April 22nd by nullfather
    nullfather

    I'm completely on board with this decision, but have a request. Could it be made clearer that the Entertainment forum can also be used a place for people to post their own creative work?

    Posted April 22nd by Cetasaurus
    Cetasaurus
    AKA: Kyogre

    Just be thankful that my first idea got the veto.


    Out of curiosity what was your first idea?

    Posted April 22nd by Moonray
    Moonray
     

    Glad you finally got around to do this. I think it will be better for the health of the community to condense the forums like this. Making the links the same size would make it look nicer but overall good move.

    Posted April 23rd by MarvaIo
    MarvaIo
     

    I suggested elsewhere that the quicklinks should be customizable on an account basis. The current layout can be the non-account / default forum layout. But those with accounts should be able to control their quicklinks layout.

    I'll never use a forum like sports center, so it makes sense to allow me to replace it with Jedi Sith since that forum is actually relevant to my interests.

    Posted April 23rd by Count Dooku
    Count Dooku

    @Xhin:

    Wait a minute you

    Removed the "forums" link in the top bar, because it's pointless

    This is a bad change. I liked being able to be at the bottom of a post and instantly summon the quicklinks. Definitely makes my site navigation worse now.

    Posted April 24th by Count Dooku
    Count Dooku

    I would also suggest changing the icon for Entertainment as you're using one that's very iconic to the Jedi Sith forum (If I am remembering my original GT correctly) and so could confuse returning oldies.

    It's actually one we still use even, and I am not sure why Entertainment has it when Jedi Sith isn't in that group.

    This is a bad change. I liked being able to be at the bottom of a post and instantly summon the quicklinks. Definitely makes my site navigation worse now.

    That and it's harder to get to the forum you want. I doubt it's attracting newbies, more likely just confusing oldies.

    Posted April 24th by Trever Leingod
    Trever Leingod

    Some of these issues and ideas will be done over the next two days. Not sure how much because my schedule for tomorrow in particular is pretty packed as is.

    Edited April 24th by Xhin
    Xhin
     

    After allowing a few days to mull over the new quicklinks design, I don't like the looks of it. I'm holding off on final judgement until you sync up the rest of the quicklinks as you've stated needs to be done. I'm not a fan of websites catering aesthetically to tablet and phone users over those using PCs by making everything bigger and easier to touch with your fingers. Also I don't think images look good in the quicklinks area.

    I think you should start by simply downsizing the quicklinks (this has been done) - but keep the design the same. At least until you have a better idea of how to make it all look uniform.

    Posted April 26th by Vandy
    Vandy
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