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15 Jan 2014 04:15 #35097 by Markiehoe
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Not liking the new layout. The forum section is now gone from the Home page. I now have to hunt for the forums. And everything is squeezed together on the left of my now half empty screen.
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15 Jan 2014 06:14 #35098 by fats
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OK, the change to the design of the site was not taken voluntarily, the server suspended the site because the template was causing the server to be overloaded, so I had to remove it and replace it with something else, I had what I though was a good template to replace it but there was not working as I would have liked, so I've install and tested a number of themes and after many hours I've settled on this one.

Please be aware that this MIGHT change and/or the site might go down again, if you use the site from the front page you will notice that the tag cloud and web links have been removed from the front page, I'll reinstate them in the future.

I'm aware that the "Latest from the forums" module is not working, I'm looking in to that, I hope to have a fix in place later on today.

It's 0610h and I've been working on this since 1900h yesterday so I'm hoping a bit tired.

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15 Jan 2014 06:32 #35099 by algae2k
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Just use "Forum" ==> "Recent Topics" for now until fats gets the cure running. :)
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15 Jan 2014 07:34 #35100 by Dru1076
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What a day! First I find that the SWM homepage is gone, and then that Oh No Sally doesn't have enough descriptions of Sally's extreme physique to qualify for inclusion in the FemaleMuscleLibrary at DA. Can you believe that? I can't...but it's his call, and I'll respect Rinji's decision as I would any other group admin. Doesn't mean I'm happy...

But, my bruised ego aside, all's well now that SWM is back up and running! Thank you Fats!! It sure sounds like you put in the hours on this one, man. Not being able to access SWM today made me realise how important this site is to me, and how much I value it, because it made me realise how much I'd miss it if it ever went away. It reminded of the day I discovered Conceptfan's original site was taken down, and that time I logged onto Mankillers to discover that a troll had brought the house down. Two very unhappy moments in my life, it was like losing a friend on both occasions.

So thank you, Fats. It's nice to have a place where my stories are well received, and where I can find other like-minded maniacs such as myself. If SWM went away, it would be like losing a whole branch of my family tree...

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15 Jan 2014 13:02 #35103 by Markiehoe
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We are all behind you Fats, keep up the good work!
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15 Jan 2014 17:07 #35105 by JessP
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The mobile version is looking pretty fugly on iOS at the moment. Yeah, I know-one thing at a time!
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15 Jan 2014 20:10 #35106 by castor
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Some practical advice.

The black borders around the side and on the top don't really add anything to a page-i realize the side ones can help with mobile layouts, but if you have to put them make them white.

if you can push up the blog a bit-its not really on the mainpage any more.

if this layout stays around a bit, you may want to redo the logo-its not bad, but doesn't quite fit the space.

But overall getting better. This is still a better designed site then most on the web.
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15 Jan 2014 20:33 #35108 by fats
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OK, I've now got the latest from the forum module working, that was at the top of my list of things to do.

Next is the design of the site, there is a number of areas that can be tweaked colours and fonts are the mains ones along with placement of items.

I'm looking to the wider membership to suggest fonts from www.google.com/webfonts also colours as well, this template is going to stay for a while as it's reducing the load on the server.

so go nuts and reply to this thread with your suggestions.

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P.s thanks for all the kind words.

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15 Jan 2014 21:27 #35109 by castor
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by what i mean on on the main page-at least in Chrome, from the coloum with the stories and forum posts and the blog that goes underheath theres a huge swath of white space-that pushes the blog entries and the comments on stories off the top of the page. you have to scroll to get to it.
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15 Jan 2014 21:53 #35110 by Woodclaw
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Well since we are talking fonts I think that the Library might need a little tweaking, especially the "Heading 2" style, which now now produce some ridicolously oversized blocks of text.

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15 Jan 2014 22:24 #35112 by JessP
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Already looking better on iOS!
Y'all have some mad skillz!
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16 Jan 2014 11:17 #35117 by AlbertC
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Here we have an old saying that is meanwhile the wain goes, the watermelons accomodate themselves, keep walking

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17 Jan 2014 16:08 #35134 by lojack
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quasi-font suggestion- the latest forum posts font (for the links) should be the same font and weight as those in the column to the right- those of the latest stories. While I don't have a problem with the current font in use, I'll try to pop over the goog's list and see if anything strikes as a better fit for the site.

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17 Jan 2014 23:12 #35140 by fats
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lojack wrote: quasi-font suggestion- the latest forum posts font (for the links) should be the same font and weight as those in the column to the right- those of the latest stories. While I don't have a problem with the current font in use, I'll try to pop over the goog's list and see if anything strikes as a better fit for the site.


lfan has already asked me to look at making the 2 modules (latest from forums and latest stories) look the same, the issue is that both have completely different CSS files and they need to be edited so that they look alike, which is a little challenge.

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24 Jan 2014 20:13 #35280 by castor
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Like the latest remodel. I would comment i would like the top menu bar back on the left, but its overall pretty good.

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25 Jan 2014 01:02 #35281 by fats
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i've uploaded a even newer theme to the site, this one looks a bit better i need to work on the forum template next.

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25 Jan 2014 02:05 #35282 by Dru1076
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Thanks Fats! The facelift looks good!

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25 Jan 2014 12:55 #35293 by Woodclaw
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I agree this new tempate looks pretty good on both the site and the Library. I still have to acid test the Library editor but, for now, things seem to work. My only note is that the site seem to be currently optimized for 4:3 ration monitors, hence it has two large white bands when viewed ona widescreeen. It's not a major problem, but I think it's worth reporting.

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03 Feb 2014 22:58 #35420 by www1969
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Is there a way I can control the contrast between text and background on my computer? On the forum and stories, what I see is very light grey text against a bright white background, which is so hard to read I have to figure it's something unique to my settings or else others would have commented on it by now. The only practical way I have to read the stories is to "select all" and then ready the bright white letters against a dark background.
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03 Feb 2014 23:29 #35421 by five_red
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www1969 wrote: Is there a way I can control the contrast between text and background on my computer? On the forum and stories, what I see is very light grey text against a bright white background, which is so hard to read I have to figure it's something unique to my settings or else others would have commented on it by now. The only practical way I have to read the stories is to "select all" and then ready the bright white letters against a dark background.


Nope, same here. The text default text colour (assigned to <body> in the CSS) is actually above mid grey (#9399A1). The text colour for the editing <textarea> is slightly below mid grey (#6E6E6E). So yes, it's very washed out. If you hack the CSS to make both values Black (#000000) the site becomes a lot easier on the eye.


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