When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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dimspace wrote:
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AZgl1500 wrote:
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Also, the Xenforo Advanced Search is faster than Google's Advanced Search, and the results are even more impressive than what google suggests.
One thing Xen is very good with is indexing without massively impacting the server. Having built and run a forum myself, the search is a balance.. set the indexing too low and search results arent good enough, set it to high and results are better, but server performance can be impacted. (All rather depends on the resources of the person running the forum as to what level of server they can afford).
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They had us on Google Cloud for a while, but even that was too slow, and I have retraced all of the Moderator updates, and the change to our current cloud server must have been just before they moved us to Xenforo... as I can't find any reference to it any more.

I like that the server is reporting search times below 2 seconds, and often times down to 0.1 second.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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You can tell I've been bored today. Messing around with CSS in Stylus.

Didn't actually change much. New header (colours same as the LM Blog), with new logo. All fonts modernised and increased in size to 12cpi+. Separation between posts added and rounded corners removed. Avatar and profiles made bigger.
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I actually quite like it, but, it does end up looking like any other forum on the internet..
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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dimspace wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:38 pm
You can tell I've been bored today. Messing around with CSS in Stylus.
I really like how that looks.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Had a play around this evening. Have put what I've done so far on userstyles. https://userstyles.org/styles/178826/li ... forums-wip

Havn't changed any structure, just changing colours, removing gradients and the like and making things green (instead of random yellow and blue)

Forum Index - modernising, bigger font, padding. Rollovers now green instead of yellow/blue. Icon change.
Threads - bigger fonts, green hovers instead of blue, layout changes
Other: bigger buttons throughout, all rounded corners gone.

But I havn't even touched user control panel, messaging, member lists, polls, and goodness knows what else.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Ever notice every now and then, somebody makes their one and only post on this forum, and it ends up being 5 or more pages long, just like this one?
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Schultz wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:22 am
Ever notice every now and then, somebody makes their one and only post on this forum, and it ends up being 5 or more pages long, just like this one?
Haha. I noticed back on the second page the OP hadn't been back since making the post. Told myself I'm not gonna get sucked into this one!!! Oh wait .. oops. :roll:
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I quite like this forum. It's easy to read, easy to navigate, totally usable on my phone as well and doesn't make me wait too long for it to load
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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handsomegenius wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:57 am
I quite like this forum. It's easy to read, easy to navigate, totally usable on my phone as well and doesn't make me wait too long for it to load
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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handsomegenius wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:57 am
I quite like this forum. It's easy to read, easy to navigate
Exactly. Another thing .. it's not a "load-on-demand" (LOD) site such as the likes of Reddit, the Manjaro Forum etc., I find those LOD sites hard to navigate and also they can not be pre-loaded for offline reading later. This severely inhibits my use of such sites. For example I have been running Manjaro as a daily driver on a couple of machines (including this one) for well over a year but rarely participate in their Forums, simply because the layout is quite alien to me. I use it more than Mint but I'm at home on the Mint Forums.

This site is like reading a book; these "modern" LOD sites are like reading a very long and often very narrow scroll. :|
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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BG405 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:34 pm
handsomegenius wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:57 am
I quite like this forum. It's easy to read, easy to navigate
Exactly. Another thing .. it's not a "load-on-demand" (LOD) site such as the likes of Reddit, the Manjaro Forum etc., I find those LOD sites hard to navigate and also they can not be pre-loaded for offline reading later. This severely inhibits my use of such sites. For example I have been running Manjaro as a daily driver on a couple of machines (including this one) for well over a year but rarely participate in their Forums, simply because the layout is quite alien to me. I use it more than Mint but I'm at home on the Mint Forums.
And what's more, in my case that is (almost) all problems I've had in the past have been solved.
These are a bunch of nice guys here on this forum, helping each other unconditionally. That is important..!!

Don't change a thing...pe-lease moderators..!
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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I oppose any change to the forum
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Schultz wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:22 am
Ever notice every now and then, somebody makes their one and only post on this forum, and it ends up being 5 or more pages long, just like this one?
Still at '1 post', he never bothered to reply here. odd...

As I said before, leave it as is.
These guys here on the Mint forum are doing a wonderful job.
Love it here. A few times now I got stuck in my 18.3, and every single time they manage to find a solution.
This forum as is, simple, clean, nicely ordered as it should, no more no less.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Is it not about time the mods closed this pointless diatribe?
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Still at '1 post', he never bothered to reply here. odd...
YEP...another "one and done"...lol...i like the forum layout just like it is...DAMIEN
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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lsemmens wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 7:09 am
Is it not about time the mods closed this pointless diatribe?
Well, yes and no.
The mods need to know how we think about such issues.
Delete this thread and soon another guy, posting one post and never return ever again, start this silly and pointless discussion all over again.

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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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Chriske wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 11:19 am
Delete this thread and soon another guy, posting one post and never return ever again, start this silly and pointless discussion all over again.
Yeah, that was my thinking, too. Plus, it's a chat thread... as long as it's within forum guidelines, there's no harm done.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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handsomegenius wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:57 am
I quite like this forum. It's easy to read, easy to navigate, totally usable on my phone as well and doesn't make me wait too long for it to load
Living up to the second part of your forum name :)

It is also VERY usable on desktop/laptop, a pleasure of functionality over modern trends. I think this thread and the 'Is Linux Mint Ugly' thread are both some kind of black-ops by current/former Microsoft Windows 8&10 GUI designers ;)
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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ZakGordon wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 4:39 am
It is also VERY usable on desktop/laptop, a pleasure of functionality over modern trends.
This is why the Forum should stay as it is.

A few cosmetic tweaks here and there don't hurt (as has happened in the past) but I definitely say NO to phablet-formatting (where every page element is the size of a tile so people with tiny screens and sausage-fingers can still click stuff .. 3 items per page etc.). No, just No. :roll: :mrgreen:
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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One of the reasons I turned to Linux was graphics overload. I like the site as it is - clean, easy to navigate and quick-loading.
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Re: When will this forum site get a new modern design?

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I have no issue with the forum software etc.

I do think (and others have said the same to me when I've pointed them to LM) that the forum and website looks very old fashioned because of the colours.

I like what dimspace has done (his post in Januray, above). Looks fresher.
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