I have gotten soooo many mixed opinions lately, and I was wondering what you guys thought of the current style. Please be brutally honest. I'm not talking about "It's missing a link in a convenient place" or little functional things that can easily be changed/added/removed. I'm talking about the color scheme, the main navigation, the aesthetics, if it's pleasing to the eye to look at for a long time, etc.
First off, kudos for asking for input. The world would be a better place if everyone did.
I think the Navigation and Layout are as good as any others I have seen on other sites.
I have done some user selectable theming on another forum, and after letting the community chose the most popular test themes to go live, 2 years later we notice only a small percentage of users using anything other than the default. LOL a lot of work for very little payoff.
At this point in internet evolution, where most sites have made the www2 jump years ago, and many sites have made the www3 jump already, I would recommend to anyone considering theming to skip the idea of just moving web elements around and changing some colors and devote the time to produce a www3 theme that basically allows the member to design their own theme/layout easily.
As far as aesthetics, I am a fan of dark themes, so the current white and light grays isn't my favorite :P
Yes, its a helpful feature for people like AD who want to comment on a posts worthiness without instantly sending a member into the red in terms of rep points.
Its virtually identical to the (previous) system of rating threads by a star system.
One thing, can we please give the button with the little man on a text label.
And i LOVE the new profile page with the statistics.
Also, a bar along the bottom with IM chat and notifications (e.g of replies to subscribed threads) like on facebook would be AWESOME.
P.S a way to see only the reported posts which were a) unsolved and b) in forums I moderate would be a great addition for staff. Its hard to go through the reported posts board and manually pick out the ones that need attention.
Reputation is straightened out. Sorry about that everyone!
> Did members express interest in the idea? Yes, a good number of members were looking for an easy way to vote a post up or down without it affecting the user's reputation. I took that idea and combined it with a Digg-esque feel.
It was designed much more around actual functionality; it didn't have these silly "share this", "syndicate that", tags, votes, even reputation kind of took a back seat. Everything was much more focused around what I came to see in the first place: the posts.
Now, when I view DaniWeb I see a confusing array of features which, although have (some) relevance to the whole forum aspect, are hindering my ability to read and write content here. And if I find it confusing, I can only imagine how newbies must feel.
Aww, that was a nice design, brings back memories for me :) I always HATE the current design, and then I come up with something new and I love it for awhile. And then I always tend to like the old one better, even though back then I hated it and loved the new one.
i think your changes are inspired by a lot of good ideas :)
but like some other i also think it has added the perception of too much clutter.
i think the most grievous offender is the row of "share this" "send that" "bookmark" "yadda yadda" buttons... I think they're ugly and extremely distracting/annoying. i would get rid of all that, because i never use any of that stuff. i think it would go a long way to cleaning up the clutter.
also, the arrow design for the up/down voting... the voting concept is cool, and i think will improve the site, but the arrow buttons are just ugly and stick out like a sore thumb. perhaps something more discrete, like small unobtrusive thumbs-up thumbs-down icons ... and also perhaps making the numeric for the up/down vote count a bit less prominent.
finally, I'm not happy that my rep power went to only +5. Maybe i would like it better if i could understand how the new rep-altering formula is calculated.
>>I'm not happy that my rep power went to only +5. Ohhh. I see mine went from 60 to 24, and negative from -30 to -12. I'm happy about the negative rep because afterall that's what I asked for in the other thread I started here. I can live with 24 positive rep too because I thought 60 was a bit excessive too.
>>i think the most grievous offender is the row of "share this" "send that" "bookmark" "yadda yadda" buttons. Agree. I don't know what those buttons do and don't want to press one so that I can find out. I'm on twitter, but I don't know what the twitter button will do. Oh! Well I just clicked it and found out what it does. Not sure how useful it is except in places such as blogs.[/edit]
>>i think the most grievous offender is the row of "share this" "send that" "bookmark" "yadda yadda" buttons. Agree. I don't know what those buttons do and don't want to press one so that I can find out.
I disagree with you two. The buttons are quite essential to get the newsstories (blogs) shown on slashdot and digg. I'm a frequent visitor/user of both sites and these buttons help me submitting (or digging) articles :) So they can stay!
The 'share' buttons are useful for forum posts beyond just news and tutorials, for the following very good reason: they can help get good threads in front of more people, beyond those who are already visitors here.
That's not only a good thing, but an essential thing. The more people that are exposed to high quality DaniWeb content, the more people will visit us and the more members we will end up with - which means it is more likely that the DaniWeb you know and love will still be here, in the same free to use format, in five or ten years time.
If you don't want to share content, that's also fine - but the buttons are hardly that intrusive in the overall scheme of things, so just ignore them if they are not your thing :)