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What would you want on the front page???

16 Jun 2016 18:04 #48600 by fats
Hi all,

I'm looking for suggestions as to what you would like displayed on the front page of the site, the template has grown in power in the last few versions to such a point that we can display data in tabs, in an accordion, in slideshows and slidesets, there is a lot of new ways for data to be displayed. I've enacted one new feature and it's called sticky menu, you will find when scrolling that the menu will remain at the top of your screen, this only works on the desktop it will not work on a mobile device.

There exists other stuff that will be useful for story writers where they can use different formatting options that are previously not been in use.

So please tell me what you want on the front page of the site, do you want the excellent tracker there, a slideshow of some images, let me know and if there is enough interest I'll make the changes.

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16 Jun 2016 18:20 - 16 Jun 2016 18:31 #48603 by LustMonster
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the template has grown in power


Very appropriate for this web site. :)

One thing I'd like to see is a "Random Story" button, like the "Random Article" link on Wikipedia. Click it and navigate to a story at random within the library. Would be cool, though, if it were configurable by tag, so I would always get something tagged "Super Strength", for example.
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16 Jun 2016 22:35 #48619 by Woodclaw
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LustMonster wrote:

the template has grown in power


Very appropriate for this web site. :)

One thing I'd like to see is a "Random Story" button, like the "Random Article" link on Wikipedia. Click it and navigate to a story at random within the library. Would be cool, though, if it were configurable by tag, so I would always get something tagged "Super Strength", for example.


I second the idea of the random story, it would be a nice way to introduce people to some of the older/less loved bits from out repository.

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16 Jun 2016 23:01 #48622 by fats
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on the idea of a random story (I love the idea BTW) a few ideas have come to me, we could have an "I'm feeling lucky" button that displays a random story, a module on the FP that displays a random story or lastly a module that displays a list of 3-10 random stories.

Please of there is any other idea, post them here.

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17 Jun 2016 00:41 #48626 by inactive
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More "recent topics" links from the forum. With only the top 5, I feel like things fly by too fast.

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17 Jun 2016 12:25 #48634 by Woodclaw
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fats wrote: on the idea of a random story (I love the idea BTW) a few ideas have come to me, we could have an "I'm feeling lucky" button that displays a random story, a module on the FP that displays a random story or lastly a module that displays a list of 3-10 random stories.

Please of there is any other idea, post them here.

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I think that having a single story reloading on each access might be better than having a button in terms of look, although it might require more resources.

Other suggestions I think are worth considering are:
  • moving the PM notification to a more visible part of the front page
  • building the modules based on a similarity logic (i.e. forum posts on the left column, stories and comments on the right reserving the middle part for the random display and the blog)
  • evetually change the menu bar to a different style, making it a pop-up sidebar

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17 Jun 2016 16:21 #48638 by castor
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I am honestly not a super big fan of the sticky menu at the top. I think i said it before, i would really work to make it one row of things as oposed to one row and one miscelanious item.

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17 Jun 2016 16:57 - 17 Jun 2016 16:58 #48639 by LustMonster
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castor wrote: I am honestly not a super big fan of the sticky menu at the top. I think i said it before, i would really work to make it one row of things as oposed to one row and one miscelanious item.


I agree. The floating menu should never be more than one row high. It should pull things into dropdown menus as necessary to maintain that.
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17 Jun 2016 18:45 #48641 by LustMonster
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Also, does "Chat Room" really need its own separate item in the menu? Does anyone ever use that?

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17 Jun 2016 19:06 #48643 by Woodclaw
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LustMonster wrote:

castor wrote: I am honestly not a super big fan of the sticky menu at the top. I think i said it before, i would really work to make it one row of things as oposed to one row and one miscelanious item.


I agree. The floating menu should never be more than one row high. It should pull things into dropdown menus as necessary to maintain that.


Well, I believe that the might rather soon-ish.

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17 Jun 2016 20:44 #48645 by fats
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I've made some changes to the menu, is this what you are talking about.

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17 Jun 2016 21:44 #48646 by Woodclaw
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fats wrote: I've made some changes to the menu, is this what you are talking about.

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Very nice, but not quite what I had in mind. I was thinking something like a side tab that scrolls down along the left side of the page, with the menu poping out when you click it.

Something like these

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17 Jun 2016 23:31 #48647 by Markiehoe
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I like having the menu float at the top no matter how far you scroll down.

If you need to free up some space:
Instead of having the banner across the top taking up 1/4 of the page just put a logo in the upper left corner.
You can put items like the login button and donation button up there.

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18 Jun 2016 14:58 #48649 by inactive
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Much as I hate to say it, I feel like the logo and banner area at the top does take too much space and is a little busy.

This is how it looks on my laptop (1600X900).



Maybe an arrangement like this?



Not sure how that would work with the floating menu, but it would free up a lot of real estate when you first hit the page.

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18 Jun 2016 15:32 #48652 by fats
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I do like what R5 has done to the forum modules on the front page, he had some ideas and I said run with it, on the matter of the masthead it needs to be looked at, we might run a design competition for it.

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18 Jun 2016 16:41 #48656 by LustMonster
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I like the most recent changes to the floating menu - it looks good now, and is just the right size.

I also like the current masthead. Perhaps it could be shaved off the top (just above the superheroine's head) and bottom (just below her feet), to make it less tall.

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19 Jun 2016 15:29 #48675 by circes_cup
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I second (or third or fourth) the idea of a random story link on the first page.

I also wonder whether you could post a link to whichever story has not been visited for the longest period of time (although for all I know, search bots make lots of visits and may make the distinction meaningless).

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19 Jun 2016 17:30 #48678 by shadar
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I like the way the various form lists scroll on the front page now. Nice.
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