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Old 09-27-2008, 10:17   #26
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Keep up the good work, Eric!

I look forward to enjoying all of the new changes!
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Old 09-27-2008, 16:36   #27
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Does the banner change based on time of day?
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Old 09-27-2008, 16:47   #28
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Does the banner change based on time of day?
Yes. Sometimes it makes funny faces too, when you aren't looking. Eric
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Old 09-28-2008, 06:16   #29
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I like the new smaller look ...

I like the new smaller format makes it easier to follow left to right without having to move the bar accross the bottom. Looking forward to your for sale section changes.

Eric, you know, I know, how frustrating people can be - So here's a +1 for all your hard work, everything looks great, and I consider my money here well spent ...
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hey Eric,

i have both a widescreen and an old squarescreen (800x600) and noticed that before the work began, the pages used to auto-compress in my squarescreen (columns got narrower/deeper, horizontal link list at top would stack if necessary) so i didn't have to use the horizontal scrollbar to get the full posts in my screen. as it is now on my squarescreen, when i get the whole post in the screen i lose the avatars on the left, and when i can see the avatars i lose the rightmost bit of the posts, so i'm constantly shifting side to side.

any chance of restoring the auto-squeeze function? not sure what kind of page editor you're using but i think it's a pretty easy option to set.
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Old 09-29-2008, 20:52   #31
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Is there still a non-glock firearms forum/topic?

I can't seem to find it after the upgrade.
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Old 09-29-2008, 20:58   #32
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I can't seem to find it after the upgrade.
It is now called the Firearms Forums. It is near the top of the page and many of the firearms-related clubhouse forums are being relocated under it. Eric
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:05   #33
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As a site owner myself I can appreciate all the hard work thats being put into the site for all to use. With that said, I'm not sure if I'm digging the forum index page as this is the first time I'm seeing this(I cruise a good 15 forums regularly.) Have to give it some time. Also, I'm not seeing the "Non-Glock Forum"...or am I missing it? I'm also a fan of doing numerous smaller changes over time rather than a lot of changes at once. For a lot of users, big changes at once gets em confused so to speak and they're initial reaction is to lash out and say it all sucks.

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Old 09-30-2008, 11:59   #34
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Eric, I apologize if you have addressed this elsewhere and I missed it. I did look for it, though.

Being able to search the WantAds by zip code and radius would be really cool. It would eliminate several problems with that section and make it more user-friendly.
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Old 09-30-2008, 14:45   #35
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Eric,

The new format is fantastic, thank you so much.

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Old 09-30-2008, 15:02   #36
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Eric,

I very much like the latest change with the TABS taking user to general areas. That's a good way to organize and it is very fast.

One suggestion re TABs: Have one tab bring up the 4-6 most popular subforums. Make that tab a different color.

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For your left skyscraper, suggest you stick with IAB standard 160x600.

See: http://www.iab.net/iab_products_and_...1421/1443/1452

I think most effective ad sizes (among stds) are 300 x 250 IMU - (Medium Rectangle), and 728x90 leaderboard. I've also seen some 600 wides. That would be a nice size to fit between thread entries. Some forum guy are doing this now... inserting a banner AFTER the first post in a thread.

Also consider exit ads (pop-unders). These pay well.
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Old 09-30-2008, 16:10   #37
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Prefer no-tabs, myself. I've perfected the proper # of pg-up, pg-dn's to get to where I need to. Now I have to find stuff all over again. LOL

Honestly, don't gussy it up for us. Do what YOU need to do to make it work best.
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Prefer no-tabs, myself. I've perfected the proper # of pg-up, pg-dn's to get to where I need to. Now I have to find stuff all over again. LOL

Honestly, don't gussy it up for us. Do what YOU need to do to make it work best.
The changes to the main page are not being done for cosmetic reasons. The default setup for this and most other messages board systems is incredibly wasteful of space and resources on the front page. The purpose of the forum index mod was to put all/almost-all of the original forum index into a substantially smaller footprint. Now, i have the rest of the page for the new left column and for all the new content that is about to fill out the rest of the main index page.

The new layout will allow me to turn the main page into a more comprehensive start page for the site, it will require much less processing power to build each page and it will use much less bandwidth sending out the index page to everyone. Eric
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The changes to the main page are not being done for cosmetic reasons. The default setup for this and most other messages board systems is incredibly wasteful of space and resources on the front page. The purpose of the forum index mod was to put all/almost-all of the original forum index into a substantially smaller footprint. Now, i have the rest of the page for the new left column and for all the new content that is about to fill out the rest of the main index page.

The new layout will allow me to turn the main page into a more comprehensive start page for the site, it will require much less processing power to build each page and it will use much less bandwidth sending out the index page to everyone. Eric
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Feedback given

Since its been asked, here is my feedback.

I write this with respect, but I have to state I do not like the new changes to the website. The casino was a nice change, but I dont see the need for social groups, an army war thing or woman's issues, etc.

I like things simple and easy and now there are more categories, sections and places. Sometimes more is better, but it is just too much for me.

I would rather like just a firearms area, non firearms and just a miscellaneous area. I would rather there be some consolidation, not more sections and areas. I come here for Glock information and some side stuff and that is all. I got other sites for the other the fluff stuff. Please bring back simple, bring back the basics.

Thank you for listening.

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Old 09-30-2008, 21:12   #41
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How about a customizable tab? One you can put just handful of your favorite forums in so you don't have to dig through the menu structure?
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How about a customizable tab? One you can put just handful of your favorite forums in so you don't have to dig through the menu structure?
I'm working on adding a member's subscribed forums list to a tab, actually. Eric
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The way it looks right now looks nice, good job man
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The way it looks right now looks nice, good job man
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The changes to the main page are not being done for cosmetic reasons. The default setup for this and most other messages board systems is incredibly wasteful of space and resources on the front page. The purpose of the forum index mod was to put all/almost-all of the original forum index into a substantially smaller footprint. Now, i have the rest of the page for the new left column and for all the new content that is about to fill out the rest of the main index page.

The new layout will allow me to turn the main page into a more comprehensive start page for the site, it will require much less processing power to build each page and it will use much less bandwidth sending out the index page to everyone. Eric
Wouldn't that be a "Home" page vs a "Forum Index" page?

Heres my Home page vs my forum index:
http://sportbikeaddicts.com/
http://sportbikeaddicts.com/forums/index.php

Another great feature is a Shoutbox. Keeps a lot of the clutter and random thoughts out of the forums. I have one at the bottom of my forum index page.

Keep up the great work!
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Wouldn't that be a "Home" page vs a "Forum Index" page?

Heres my Home page vs my forum index:
http://sportbikeaddicts.com/
http://sportbikeaddicts.com/forums/index.php

Another great feature is a Shoutbox. Keeps a lot of the clutter and random thoughts out of the forums. I have one at the bottom of my forum index page.

Keep up the great work!
If I could run something like vBAdvanced, I would be doing so. The forums were moved up into a forums directory to make room for a front page/portal software. Unfortunately, vBAdvanced and vBPortal both pushed my servers' server loads through the roof. When I installed vBAdvanced, my primary server's load jumped to over 200 and I had to block traffic to the box at the firewall in order to recover control of the box.

vBulletin needs to build this sort of functionality directly into their software and make the performance overhead for using it realistic. There are plenty of cool things out there for vB systems, that simply won't work on a site as big as mmine. Eric
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Old 10-01-2008, 22:21   #48
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Eric, the site is looking better and better. I'm spending more time on here, much to my wife's chagrin....

One suggestion, one question:

On arfcom, you can search for new posts and select what forums you want to filter. I'd love to be able to see new posts while filtering the threads from RI or PI. On the few occasions that I feel the need to hit myself in the head with a hammer, I'll head over to those forums manually.

What happened to the my threads/replies link? That's one of my favorites, as it prevents me from having to subscribe to too many threads. Is it gone, or am I just too stupid to find it's new location on the pages?

Keep up the good work!
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I, for one, would really appreciate that. I've already found myself starting to post in the wrong forum because the big GT at the top doesn't take you to the main room tab, it takes you only back to the last tab you were in. I've gotta get used to that.

But then again, if we can make our own tab, then I'll have the ones I peruse as the primary tab only.

But on the other hand (okay, Tevia) I won't see any new forums added nor will I poke around in forums I'm not normally in like I did when it was on one page.

-eh- I'll get used to whatever it ends up being, I guess.
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