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To note - I opened that Lightbox image a few posts above, but couldn't scroll right to see the rest of the image.

If you remove overflow-x: hidden; from body{} in the CSS, it resolves that, and allows horizontal scrolling again, BUT it also has horizontal scrolling when it's not necessary (something to do with negative margins on the sidebar)

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All feedback noted everyone, i'm tweaking / improving all the time so we should get to something that looks great and suits everyone. :blink:

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PS There's a lovely mobile skin when you hit the site from your device (plus Tapatalk support of course!)

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Even after I found the hide sidebar button (it really is quite tiny!) scrolling is still incredibly CPU intensive. When I sit and read the page my Core i7 Q760 sits at the default 1.6GHz on all 4 cores. If I scroll around in Firefox 5 it ramps up to 2.13GHz!!! This doesn't happen on other sites. The scrolling also feels to be somewhat "lumpy".


Something similar happens to me, too. Opera Next (latest) on win XP 32, Core 2 Duo laptop. Task Manager shows 50 CPU usage when scrolling, on other sites it's around 10.


The hide sidebar arrow doesn't change when clicked (still points outwards), wouldn't it be better if it pointed inwards when the bar is hidden?

There is no option for 24 hour format.

Edited by watrill, 11 July 2011 - 05:52 PM.

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All feedback noted everyone, i'm tweaking / improving all the time so we should get to something that looks great and suits everyone. :blink:

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PS There's a lovely mobile skin when you hit the site from your device (plus Tapatalk support of course!)


I didn't see that at all! The mobile skin is fantastic! If anything, that was the most needed part of the design. It's nippy, even on my lethargic blade.

Also, mighty impressed by Facebook and Twitter logons :huh:

EDIT: No skip to last page on the mobile site. I'd say that's pretty crucial on anything bigger than 2 pages :)

Edited by Victor von Zeppelin, 11 July 2011 - 05:53 PM.

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I have a bunch of the fancy caching, minimising etc. turned off on the site while i'm working on the update, not to mention the 1.3m posts rebuilding in the background, so hopefully once these are sorted it'll inject a bit more oomph into the site. :blink:

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Thanks, i have another question about my phone but i will PM you about that.



Problem:


I was trying some new ROMs for my phone, (vodafone845 aka huawei u8120) then I arrived at a CM7 Beta with bad screen calibration so I decided to search a bit for it and i found touchrecalibrate.apk for the g-tab tablet its an app wich calibrates the screen for you without touching it, after I did this the calibration only was worse so i went back to eclair(100% stable) because i wanted a daily use ROM, but when i did a nandroid backup and i booted up my phone the calibration was still the same so i tried formatting recovery and data and system after I did this I hang my phone to computer and did a compelete software update( from the official huawei site wipes all data system and erases recovery) and nothing happent the calibration is still bad and the calibration tool from the stock ROM i cant use beacuse the calibration is so bad that it says to try again cuz he thinks im am too far away from the point i need to touch. plaing calibration files on sd card and in /data/calibration didnt work either.
Do you know a solution for this it would really help me cuz my phone is unusable atm

thanks in advance


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Horizontal scrolling on all pages?

What screen res are you running?

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All pages, 1600x1200

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I didn't see that at all! The mobile skin is fantastic! If anything, that was the most needed part of the design. It's nippy, even on my lethargic blade.

Also, mighty impressed by Facebook and Twitter logons :blink:

EDIT: No skip to last page on the mobile site. I'd say that's pretty crucial on anything bigger than 2 pages :huh:


the mobile site is good readable maybe because of oversaturated and overcontrast of oled (what i miss there is that i cant do pitch to zoom in any browser anymore) except the quotes are broken in android browser and opera mobile .... but to browse on desktop blows now


the best thing to read text is black on white each post/topic separated by some color bars and if you want to play a bit with colors than change either background or textcolor but not both

currently its all just low contrasted greys with attention focusing on userprofiles (due to colors and contrast) rather than on post content

Edited by iNoobz2Droid, 11 July 2011 - 06:41 PM.

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Not at this time, sorry! I'll bear a 'retro' theme in mind for when i've got the site back to purring along though. :blink:

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Thank you, that would be nice for those of use who prefered the old theme!

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Right, I'm gonna do an analysis of the changes, if that's ok? I feel I can pick out some points here and there.

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Firstly, good job, just the right size to be out of the way. Not really of big import, so I'm glad it's smaller.



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I feel colours here are just wrong, as is the actual style. I'd say the bar is too dark, and contrasts the text badly. Also, the curved style is slightly archaic now. It looks like the mock aero style incorporated in slow Vista machines.



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However, it's amzing what positioning and shape can do. I think this is perfect where it is, and with it's current shape. Just the way it stands alone makes it more visually appealing.



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I know you love the MoDaCo guy, Paul. But really, having that 90s throwback up there completely clashing with EVERYTHING colour wise looks hideous. New logo time?



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This is good. I like the idea. However, I think you could improve it by adding a personal pinned topics section, and having it float in relation to how far you've scrolled the page, so it's always visible. That way, I could flit between, and have bookmarked, my favourite topics.



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Far far far too small, I didn't notice they were there, actually.



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I think each block here just takes up too much space between posts. Just taking a few pixels off each area will help make the site look less stretched apart, I think.



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I think the name section on posts is just perfect. Good job!



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I like the way the default colour has been desaturated a bit in the sig. Looks good. Also, up and downvoting is a welcome addition.



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On a general criticism of the colours...I think they don't work together. There isn't enough contrast and they look really dull together. Maybe more white is needed. and definately less gradients. Everything is become less gradiented these days. Or, moreover, gradients are still wildly popular, but incredibly subtle. Look at:
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the gradients are much subtler than what has come before, but now it looks like colour is playing off a matte surface, instead of a strong sheen.



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Currently does nothing. I guess this should be hidden for non-mods, yes?



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Finally (for now!) too cluttered! It looks hideous and hardly anyone uses half of those sites. Either collapse them down to a pop-up, or begone with them entirely. Just leave the Tweet, Facebook, and if you think it's worth it, Google+



Other than that, those are some areas I picked out by just browsing one page of this thread. If I spot more, I'll try to add to this list :blink:

Hope it isn't too much for you, Paul. Good job on even attempting such an overhaul, all the same.

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the mobile site is good readable maybe because of oversaturated and overcontrast of oled (what i miss there is that i cant do pitch to zoom in any browser anymore) except the quotes are broken in android browser and opera mobile .... but to browse on desktop blows now


the best thing to read text is black on white each post/topic separated by some color bars and if you want to play a bit with colors than change either background or textcolor but not both

currently its all just low contrasted greys with attention focusing on userprofiles (due to colors and contrast) rather than on post content

Quotes will be fixed once the background rebuild is done.

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There needs to be clear seperation between the Pinned Topics and "loose" topics, otherwise it gets a bit confusing. Also it isnt clear what the read and non-read topics are, colour contrast is weak.

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Thanks for the input VVZ. Stay tuned as I refine things over the next few days. But beating on poor MoDaCo Dude? Aww.... :blink:

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Tried to upvote Victor's post because everything he says is spot on and this happened... "Action failed: You have reached your quota of positive votes for the day"

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Tried to upvote Victor's post because everything he says is spot on and this happened... "Action failed: You have reached your quota of positive votes for the day"


Even I can't upvote so I think it's a bug.

Thanks everyone for the reports so far :blink:

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Voting fixed, MoDaCo dude shrunken, clearer colouring on top options (will make a further change to make if clearer they are breadcrumbs), more 'white' in the background mix, subtle font resizing in the main forums to make announcements slightly more subtle, changed line spacing to fit 'more on screen'... the work continues... :blink:

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Thanks for the input VVZ. Stay tuned as I refine things over the next few days. But beating on poor MoDaCo Dude? Aww.... :)

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Yeah...welllllllll..... it's not the best design in the world, and anyone will say it does stick out like a sore thumb, reallllly.


Also, new feature request. Can the bar at the top (with Recent Topics, Shared Links, Watched Content etc.) be collapsible? It's pretty much devoid of useful content, and just gets in the way. I don't use the features it has, and stuff like "Latest Files" hasn't been updated since late 2010.

Voting fixed, MoDaCo dude shrunken, clearer colouring on top options (will make a further change to make if clearer they are breadcrumbs), more 'white' in the background mix, subtle font resizing in the main forums to make announcements slightly more subtle, changed line spacing to fit 'more on screen'... the work continues... :huh:

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That's looking better already. Especially the top bar. Good stuff :blink:

Edited by Victor von Zeppelin, 11 July 2011 - 08:05 PM.

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VvZ... 'personal pinned topics' = 'my liked content' no?

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VvZ... 'personal pinned topics' = 'my liked content' no?

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Ah yes, that means the actual infastructure is in place, but I mean actually have one of the panels containing those links, so it's only one click, so you can zip from post to post.I was thinking each of the headers there can roll up, so you can have just what you want. I would, therefore minimize "Useful Links" and have a big "Liked Content" pane

I mean, these are only ideas, I know some of this could be a massive pain in the tits to code.

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Hi,

Are links to zips working? On this guide there is a link to "shrink_cache_sane.zip" but it redirects to an index page.

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