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Changes Made

I removed a couple outdated links in the sidebar.

Changed from scrolling marque to static text message above the center of the forum table.

Made the Warhammer Quest community logo image have transparency to show background for a smoother, more professional appearance.

To give a more fluid/smooth overall appearance, I made the forum table, topic table, and post main table to be transparent and the main table on the home page to be borderless. This is a test! Any complaints, please speak now. emoticon Some of these borders and/or backgrounds could return depending on the overall scheme used in future updates.

I added a rainbow color hover-over effect for all links on the board. Ready for feedback on that... emoticon

Edit: The main background seems to interfere with my own comfortable reading of posts, since I made the posts' to have transparent background. Therefore, I changed to a solid color background for the posts themselves.

New colors chosen for links and visited links. I am aiming for a clear enough distinction that people can see which links they have recently used, while keeping color coordination.

I have replaced the sort of drastic, experimental hover-over-link rainbow background effect with a single color highlighter background effect. Current color choice is a light green shade -- quite different from most of the color scheme to help offset where the curser is pointing.

The new sidebar is tentatively complete. I await feedback. emoticon

I am wondering whether I should add back a thin border to the master tables to make things look more balanced with the new sidebar, the top of which is flush with the master table on each page. However, once a large image is added to the top, this might help to balance things out.

EDIT: I added a temporary image (sort of a dungeon entrance look) -- until I can get something copyright-free or with the artist's permission, that will be much more Warhammer Quest-like. emoticon


Future Plans (tentatively close to finished)
(subject to ability, opportunity and changes {of course})

1. Sidebar Update -- Make sidebar have drop-down menus instead of all the individual links. Also, make the side bar more color-schematic/thematic and/or use an image (or images) within the sidebar. (check!)

2. Add a nice, large image to make the board more appealing. (looking for this)

3. Look into revamping the color scheme(?). (mostly done!)

4. Add a quick reply box(?). (probably NOT emoticon )

5. Make the design more friendly to mobile devices. (might not be needed -- awaiting feedback)

If anyone wishes to make any suggestions, feel free to post here or send me an email or pm.

EDIT: I am close to done with fiddling... However, I still need a nice no-worries (no copyright issues) image to use....

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Re: Changes Made to this Board's Design & Future Plans


Ditch the quick reply box idea.
Always found them more trouble than they were worth.

Otherwise, it all works.
The flashing rainbow took me off guard at first, but it certainly helps you to know where your pointer is at.

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Thanks for your thoughts, Warrior Monk. Feedback is always useful in these matters. emoticon

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Completely agree with you and Warrior Monk. Perhaps something less dramatic than the rainbow for the flash effect. Hard to look at. Makes me want to take the mouse off it.

I really like the background colors and shades!

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quote:

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Completely agree with you and Warrior Monk. Perhaps something less dramatic than the rainbow for the flash effect. Hard to look at. Makes me want to take the mouse off it.

I really like the background colors and shades!



Well, the rainbow effect was an experiment I have wanted to try for quite some time now. I thought it possible that it could be a little too drastic. emoticon

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With the help of a couple Runboard staff members, Pastor Rick and especially Lesigner Girl, the coding expert, I have made much progress on a nice drop-down menu sidebar. I hope to get the code in place soon -- gotta get bugs worked out in a test board first. emoticon

By the way, I have not seen any problems yet with using this board on my ipad. If anyone has issues with their mobile devices and this board, please let me know.

My main trouble has been getting the new sidebar to work with IE, but that seems to have been resolved today. emoticon

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Finally! The new sidebar is ready for use. I can always modify it a little more if needed.

I added to the Important Stuff section of the sidebar a link to a new topic: Introductions Please -- to encourage getting to know one another a bit.

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I miss the rainbow. emoticon
But I do like green! emoticon
Thanks Old Warrior for all you do.

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quote:

Warrior Monk wrote:

I miss the rainbow. emoticon
But I do like green! emoticon
Thanks Old Warrior for all you do.



Well, I think the rainbow effect always gets mixed ratings. emoticon

Your welcome, Warrior Monk.

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Very nice, and very green *grin*
But the rainbow was shocking, green is better.

One thing I'd change, cosmetic really, is the background under menu items. The honey-like color is a bit too close to yellow text and it is not in the color scheme anywhere else on this board (or I haven't noticed).
I'd use the brown you use for (unvisited) links, and make menu text a tad smaller so it doesn't touch the borders.

I's a matter of taste, of course and it depends on you monitor setting, just saying (you asked). emoticon
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