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Old 09-09-2008, 05:41 PM View Post #1 (Link) Visual Update (Sept 2008)
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Last night we tweaked a few things on the site, mainly related to either navigation or advertising. I won't go into details for everything - there are only a few important things to note.

Top Navigation:

There are two navigation strips at the top. The Stores link now has a dropdown menu, and the Amazon stores have been embedded in the site.

In the bottom strip, we added a link to the SBS Magazine blog and removed some other things. Overall, it's less crowded.

When nobody is in the chatroom, the Users Chatting link will disappear. When people are in the chatroom, you can see who's in it by clicking the [Number] that appears. Guests still cannot see who's chatting.


User CP Navigation:

The sidebar in the User Control Panel now has buttons that let you hide or reveal certain parts. For example, if you never use Subscriptions, you can click its blue button to hide all of its links.


Advertising and Sponsors:

We've put some advertisements and sponsor links on some pages to help pay for the site (which is going somewhat poorly at the moment). We will NEVER use ads that move, make noise, or pop up, and the ones we have added, we've tried to make as un-annoying as possible.


Bugs and Such

It seems Internet Explorer is having some minor issues with the new navigation at the top. It's nothing major - just that the dropdown menus are not properly aligned. I will try to fix this later today when I have access to a Windows computer.

If you see anything else that doesn't seem right, please send me a message.
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Old 09-09-2008, 06:03 PM View Post #2 (Link)
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Not sure if I prefer it. I don't exactly mind, it's not like it affects the site's awesome-o-meter. I think the ads are easier on the eyes and they don't all look terribly like scams.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:00 PM View Post #3 (Link)
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Okay, I think I've fixed the Internet Explorer bug. Since the button's text was aligned in the middle, it figured the left side of the menus should be aligned in the middle as well. I also made the borders less thick and dark for IE - it should look less like someone took a piece of charcoal and smeared their borders.

If for some reason anyone's still seeing weird things, please let me know.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:22 PM View Post #4 (Link)
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Could you make the Users Chatting part of a drop-down menu that drops down from the chatroom link?

Just a thought.

Otherwise ... yeah.

It'll take a while to get used to the new navigation, but it's not like we don't have a while.
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Old 09-09-2008, 10:28 PM View Post #5 (Link)
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Sure, good idea. I'll do it later when I'm near an IE computer.

Not much has changed, really. Everything's near where it's been before.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:11 PM View Post #6 (Link)
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I'm not really a fan of the big blocky navigation on the top, I really dislike the random empty boxes...it just looks unprofessional.

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But everything else is pretty cool. Hopefully the new ads will bring in some money for YWO.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:32 PM View Post #7 (Link)
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Would anyone else be in favor of removing the box edges at the top? Like so? (Ignore the messed-up Community description).

Or maybe have them evenly-spaced?

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Old 09-09-2008, 11:37 PM View Post #8 (Link)
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waaay better without the line spaces?
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:47 PM View Post #9 (Link)
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Yeah, I definitely approve of the evenly spaced one. The random gaps make it look like there should be a link there but it isn't loading or something. (I've had massive internet issues lately, so I'm a bit paranoid about that sort of thing.)
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:48 PM View Post #10 (Link)
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Shaun and I were contemplating putting small text ads there - yes, there was a reason for the spaces.
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