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Unread postAuthor: PCGUY » Sat May 03, 2008 5:52 pm

How important are different visual styles on the forum to you guys?

As you know, SpudFiles is a very very customized forum. So is Theopia. I plan on adding tons of other cool things when the move to phpBB v3 happens. But there are some problems.

I have been working with phpBB v3 and have quickly realized that having multiple highly-modified styles for Theopia and SpudFiles is going to take me FOREVER. Every time I install something and get it working the way I want it to, customize it, test it, etc I have to go between every style and do the same. It's making things very slow and hard to support. From a technical standpoint, it also makes things tougher since problems can come from a lot more places with multiple styles.

On SpudFiles when I had 2 different styles available to use, only about 50 of over 5000 active members used the alternative style. I am really starting to think it's not worth my time to continue to try to build various styles for such a small percentage of people to use.

So what would you guys rather have, big changes quicker or more style options (aka 2) but a much longer wait?
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Unread postAuthor: SpudFarm » Sat May 03, 2008 5:57 pm

it is no need for multiple styles...
the only thing i ask you is not to use dark colors
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Unread postAuthor: daberno123 » Sat May 03, 2008 6:03 pm

Multiple styles aren't necessary, but if you do decide to change it, I agree with Spudfarm, keep it something that isn't dark. It just makes it so much easier to read.
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Unread postAuthor: Antonio » Sat May 03, 2008 6:05 pm

Bigger changes quicker:) I dont want it to look like some kinda myspace or something, i think you have to keep it a bit formal if I get what u mean. My request would be a better searchsystem, I always have troubles finding stuff back. Is it possible that you could add a personal favorites place for each user?
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat May 03, 2008 6:06 pm

I vote "big changes quicker" been waiting for the new.
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Unread postAuthor: Pilgrimman » Sat May 03, 2008 6:12 pm

I have always liked the way spudfiles is now, so something similar to this would make me happy. The only thing I would change is the search function.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Sat May 03, 2008 6:39 pm

I only seldom use other styles on forums, and even then it's not a big thing, whichever one is easiest to read.

The current design here is just fine, so I say leave it on just the one style.
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Unread postAuthor: potatoflinger » Sat May 03, 2008 6:41 pm

I don't think you should go through all of that trouble, especially when only 1% of the forum population actually uses it.
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Unread postAuthor: ALIHISGREAT » Sun May 04, 2008 12:07 pm

i would never change the style... it just looks wierd once you have become used to one style...
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Unread postAuthor: Lentamentalisk » Sun May 04, 2008 12:14 pm

Forget new styles and do as everyone has said, work on the search function.
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