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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #360 on: October 12, 2009, 08:08:36 AM »
I strongly feel that any of the menu items that have drop downs need some sort of indicator that they are -- just a small arrow or something. It took me a while to figure out that some menu items are drop downs at all!!

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I support your idea 100%, because i also experience the same problem.

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« Reply #361 on: October 12, 2009, 08:12:49 AM »
Just noticed the buttons. Not sure what happened here as the problem doesn't affect the Charter release of RC2.

Regarding the menus, it's the same as it was with this site's previous theme. ;) You should be used to it by now.
Really you can't use any of the menu without hovering over a button anyway, and as soon as you do that any drop menus will appear. I fail to see the need for indicators.

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« Reply #362 on: October 12, 2009, 08:18:16 AM »
Regarding the menus, it's the same as it was with this site's previous theme. ;) You should be used to it by now.
Really you can't use any of the menu without hovering over a button anyway, and as soon as you do that any drop menus will appear. I fail to see the need for indicators.
Yes I guess. But I got lost in the forum profile where you have changed that layout to tabs instead of a list. I think there should have originally been a drop down icon simply because it affects user experience.

(Btw, "Buddies/Ignore List..." opens and empty drop down :P)

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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #363 on: October 12, 2009, 08:21:16 AM »
SMF Devs,...FYI,....

While using the iPhone, attachments on RC2 breaks the forum.  Seen here on SMF and SMF-Media.

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« Reply #364 on: October 12, 2009, 08:27:49 AM »
Your monitor is too small. :P
My suggestion is move to upshrink image, and resize the site title maybe we can replace title to smf logo. Because we need to think future. :P Maybe we need new items in here.

And 1024x768 is a web standart and mostly user use that.

I have it on 1024x768 and what I see is this:



Besides this, I think there are some improvements needed in font-size of different post elements (like for example each post title has the same font-size as the post itself, being the effect a lack of "visual priority" if I can describe it that way whenever you read a post).

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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #365 on: October 12, 2009, 08:30:13 AM »
anyway, and as soon as you do that any drop menus will appear. I fail to see the need for indicators.
Admin may get use to it, but not a forum newbie register members, you can't grow a forum without thinking about the forum newbie members, for they make up 70% of your forum traffic.

The forum here is mostly use by forums admins and techies who can easily find there way round.

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« Reply #366 on: October 12, 2009, 08:32:39 AM »
@Paracelsus: Yes the custom menu will need rearranging. I disagree about the "visual priority" though. The heading is bold and IMO that is sufficient. I wouldn't like to see a bigger font there myself. In fact when reading a thread I pretty much ignore the post headings as there is no need to read them, so why make them bigger than they need to be?

Kenny, when I first came to this site I was completely new to SMF and it was running the previous menu, which had drop menus with no indicators. I found it perfectly easy to use. Never bothered me at all.

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« Reply #367 on: October 12, 2009, 08:35:48 AM »
Yes the custom menu will need rearranging. I disagree about the "visual priority" though. The heading is bold and IMO that is sufficient. I wouldn't like to see a bigger font there myself. In fact when reading a thread I pretty much ignore the post headings as there is no need to read them, so why make them bigger than they need to be?

Actually, I didn't mean bigger but smaller instead. ;D Like you, I find them quite irrelevant comparing to the post itself, that's why I think there is room for improvement in these tiny elements. ;)

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« Reply #368 on: October 12, 2009, 08:36:54 AM »
Yes the custom menu will need rearranging.
Thanks for taking note.

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« Reply #369 on: October 12, 2009, 08:45:53 AM »
Kenny, when I first came to this site I was completely new to SMF and it was running the previous menu, which had drop menus with no indicators. I found it perfectly easy to use. Never bothered me at all.
The point is not everyone will. In fact, more people won't than other people will, simply because it is standard across the web and OS for dropdowns to have an arrow or indicator. You shouldn't rely on people having to "find" things like this out by accident, especially since they are an important part of the menu system.

Anyway, I've taken a bit of another look around and noticed some inconsistencies with table headers and their fonts. In the PM center, the Date and Subject headers have a different font/size to the From (and the rest of the forum), and in other places like Who's Online, members list, etc. This is probably due to old templates or something, but anyway... =)

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« Reply #370 on: October 12, 2009, 08:57:20 AM »
just my opinion but i think the font colors thru curve doesnt work well with the background colours - everything seems to just blend together when you look at the screen and isnt clear and precise and could be difficult for visually impared people to read

the

a:link, a:visited  -  color:#334466; - should be a little darker

i feel is too light and isnt clear enough against the window bg's

same as the main font and windowbg font of color:#444444; just dont seem clear enough, again should be darker

obviously these are just personal preferences but the fonts throughout the theme dont seem as clear as in core or in smf.org's previous theme

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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #371 on: October 12, 2009, 11:46:44 AM »
For bugs with public theme elements, please post in the Bug Reports board. For all other bugs, please post in the Charter Members board.

We are working on the new site theme still, so please refrain from bug reporting concerning this site for about 24 hours unless there is a major functionality issue, and that should go in the Site Comments board.
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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #372 on: October 12, 2009, 11:58:49 AM »
When is it going pub?

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« Reply #373 on: October 12, 2009, 12:05:49 PM »
When is it going pub?
Ahem, allow me: "When it's ready" :)

(I think historically releases have gone from charter to public about 2 weeks later, is this right?)

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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #374 on: October 12, 2009, 12:09:35 PM »
I'm feeling sorry, coz I am not a Charter Member  :(
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Re: SMF 2.0 Release Candidate 2 is out for Charter Members!
« Reply #375 on: October 12, 2009, 12:17:30 PM »
Normally, there is about a two week delay. However, we are working to clean a lot of the Curve bugs being found before making a public release. This might extend the delay a little bit.

While you're all waiting, why not go to a Curve-enabled site, test the theme out, and post bug reports to the correct board? That will help make the public release much more stable and bug-free.
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« Reply #376 on: October 12, 2009, 12:38:10 PM »
Take you time guys to sort it out.

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« Reply #377 on: October 12, 2009, 01:00:02 PM »
Grats on the new design. It's very elegant.
I'm so excited and made a small animation(my sig) lol.

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« Reply #378 on: October 12, 2009, 01:02:37 PM »
Your animation is great. SMF need to employ you for there new logo  ;D

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« Reply #379 on: October 12, 2009, 01:02:55 PM »
Your monitor is too small. :P
You're wrong, my monitor is large and big, i'm using a PC and not a laptop.

I do suggest to reduce the size for the "forum name" in the defaut theme before the final release. It look too big at the moment.

That's happening for me too and I'm using a 26 inch monitor.
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