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  • April 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm #525614 Back to Top REPORT
    indychris
    Indychris

    Joined: 6/22/2004

    My opinion is we should all just be happy to have the forum, and as long as we can read it and post it looks great. ;)

    This, of course, is THE answer.

    I will only add, from my perspective as a semi-pro[/i:3373kymm] Web designer, that fixed width is generally the desired format over a fluid or flexible width Web page. (I know forums have traditionally been fluid, but even that is changing.) This is mostly because a designer can tightly dictate how content is displayed with a fixed width layout. To many, fluid (changing) width pages make for a “sloppy” feel to a site when viewed at certain resolutions. This is often considered a worse thing than seemingly having too much background showing to the sides.

    Obviously, if someone has an enormous, wide screen display then they will really feel there is a lot of “wasted” space. But, as the designer, you desire the control and often go with what the industry standard or most common visitor(s) to your site have as a screen resolution for your fixed width size and live with it. After all, folks with an enormous display and high resolution are surely used to seeing “narrow” sites as most are fixed width no wider than 1024 pixels. (The commonly accepted “standard” today.)

    Personally, even on my large flat panel display I do not surf the Web with my browser maximized. I keep it “windowed” and custom sized to nicely display a 1024 width site with a little extra on the sides. This affords me easy access to my desktop and other apps while surfing and also ensures that virtually every site I visit “looks good”.

    :2cents (Even though that was more like a dime’s worth.)

    Needless to say I voted I like it better now. I will say that if I somehow had a say in it that I would push for even more continuity between the “main site” and forums. The black forum background would become some matching shade of brown from the Reezen-edition home page, for example. But, that’s just me. :)[/quote:3373kymm]

    Those a great points, Jeremiah. And given that the fastest growing segment of computers right now (probably even more so among those who use forums/chat/etc) is portables, then having something like this that is a solid compromise between a design for large desktop monitors and smaller notebook/netbook screens is a logical way to go. :thumbup

    April 27, 2009 at 6:55 pm #525615 Back to Top REPORT
    antler365
    antler365

    Joined: 12/25/2008

    Don’t really care either way…

    But I still wanna know who went beghind My back and changed it without My permission [-X[/quote:i5tlpwhi]

    I think with the change your record is now clean :^O

    April 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm #525616 Back to Top REPORT
    andy7yo
    andy7yo

    Joined: 2/18/2005
    I liked the old better, the whites on the side is just too bright.
    April 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm #525617 Back to Top REPORT

    Jeremiah

    Age: 37
    Joined: 7/2/2004
    Location: PA
    View My Bows

    My opinion is we should all just be happy to have the forum, and as long as we can read it and post it looks great. ;)

    This, of course, is THE answer.

    I will only add, from my perspective as a semi-pro[/i:1ephcm1j] Web designer, that fixed width is generally the desired format over a fluid or flexible width Web page. (I know forums have traditionally been fluid, but even that is changing.) This is mostly because a designer can tightly dictate how content is displayed with a fixed width layout. To many, fluid (changing) width pages make for a “sloppy” feel to a site when viewed at certain resolutions. This is often considered a worse thing than seemingly having too much background showing to the sides.

    Obviously, if someone has an enormous, wide screen display then they will really feel there is a lot of “wasted” space. But, as the designer, you desire the control and often go with what the industry standard or most common visitor(s) to your site have as a screen resolution for your fixed width size and live with it. After all, folks with an enormous display and high resolution are surely used to seeing “narrow” sites as most are fixed width no wider than 1024 pixels. (The commonly accepted “standard” today.)

    Personally, even on my large flat panel display I do not surf the Web with my browser maximized. I keep it “windowed” and custom sized to nicely display a 1024 width site with a little extra on the sides. This affords me easy access to my desktop and other apps while surfing and also ensures that virtually every site I visit “looks good”.

    :2cents (Even though that was more like a dime’s worth.)

    Needless to say I voted I like it better now. I will say that if I somehow had a say in it that I would push for even more continuity between the “main site” and forums. The black forum background would become some matching shade of brown from the Reezen-edition home page, for example. But, that’s just me. :)[/quote:1ephcm1j]

    Those a great points, Jeremiah. And given that the fastest growing segment of computers right now (probably even more so among those who use forums/chat/etc) is portables, then having something like this that is a solid compromise between a design for large desktop monitors and smaller notebook/netbook screens is a logical way to go. :thumbup[/quote:1ephcm1j]

    The future (which is really already here for some) is resolution detection which automatically dumps users into different skin sets or style sheets based on their needs. I look at most search engine and Web mail sites and see that they have “mobile” portals specifically for hand-helds and phones etc. (example: http://m.google.com) For simpler sites, it is just a simple automatic CSS choice. Many web forums these days are already using detection to automatically force all search engine spiders to crawl the forum using a low fidelity skin to save on bandwidth. This is simply being expanded. (I can see it also being useful to detect connection type/speed so there’s no more need for a “High Bandwidth | Low Bandwidth” selector some Webmasters provide on the index of intense Flash Web sites.) I think that eventually most sites will be using this. Fluid design can then be used when appropriate, fixed when appropriate, and even really streamlined formats where appropriate without having to ever bother the user to make a choice.

    What a wonderful Web it will be.[/i:1ephcm1j] :p

    April 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm #525618 Back to Top REPORT
    mq1hunter
    MQ1hunter

    Joined: 1/9/2007
    It might be a bit to white which may be to distracting to some …

    but I am not found of dark colored side, possible because of the COD gaming forums are dark.
    Like others I just window it anyway ;)

    April 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm #525619 Back to Top REPORT
    huntinghusker
    HuntingHusker

    Age: 50
    Joined: 9/9/2004
    Location: Nebraska
    If it will keep photos from being lined up sideways and stretching on and on across the page, then I’m all for it!!! Other than that, I couldn’t care less how it looks – with all due respect to those who said they have trouble reading it. (That is certainly an understandable objection and is the basis on which I’m lobbying for a big ol’ flatscreen tv in the family room! Think it’ll work Chris?!? :-B :p )

    But to me, it’s the people on the forum who make it worth visiting, not how it looks. :thumbup [=}=][/size:2n4fwceq]

    April 27, 2009 at 8:31 pm #525620 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    I really like it, I think its more integrated, and it will keep posts from
    streching out sideways to where you have to scroll horizontally to read
    the whole post! :thumbup

    Thanks Symo!

    April 27, 2009 at 8:45 pm #525621 Back to Top REPORT
    rem270
    Rem270

    Age: 43
    Joined: 2/2/2005
    I just want them spinning things back :p
    April 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm #525622 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    I just want them spinning things back :p

    #-o :^O :^O :^O :^O

    All We Do Is SELFILMED
    April 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm #525623 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

    Joined: 9/15/2006
    Location: Call me...867-5309
    I just want them spinning things back :p

    :^O :^O :^O :^O :thumbup

    I can’t seem to get used to the white around the edges. Kinda makes me sea sick for some reason….. :oops: :oops:

    The end is near....
    April 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm #525624 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 63
    Joined: 11/14/2007
    Location: Ohio
    View My Bows
    My opinion is we should all just be happy to have the forum, and as long as we can read it and post it looks great. ;)

    I agree, but I am old and I don’t like change. :^O

    April 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm #525625 Back to Top REPORT
    vtmtnman
    vtmtnman

    Joined: 5/8/2008
    my only complaint is that the window is too narrow… other than that, there really isnt much difference to me… :smt69

    x2

    April 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm #525626 Back to Top REPORT
    thunderchicken21
    thunderchicken21

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
    hmm…it appears the background was changed back now? It is much easier for me to read now if that is the case :thumbup
    All We Do Is SELFILMED
    April 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm #525627 Back to Top REPORT
    aoudad
    aoudad

    Joined: 8/25/2006
    hmm…it appears the background was changed back now? It is much easier for me to read now if that is the case :thumbup

    :smt15 :smt15

    April 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm #525628 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    :D You looking at this in the blind with yer lap top again…thats real bush #-o

    :p
    Neil

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