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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by corsair on Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:35 am

I say leave 'em there for a week or two and see if that makes a difference. I'm not sure about it either, but I'm also happy to see stuff being tried, and feel that we owe it to the site to see if it sticks. If, in a week or so, it's not universally popular, then it will be re-visited...

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:47 am

Warrn wrote:Is there any way to move those things elsewhere? Like on a horizontal line with the little ad links? As is they cause a bunch of empty white space once you scroll past them.
No. The forced layout of the site dictates that widgets can only appear in either column one (the current left side position) or column three (far right), or not at all.

That white space probably seems worse than it is because of having the Avatar also on the left, which "pushes" the post further to the right. Perhaps moving the widget to column 3 might minimize the feeling of wasted white space since we read from left to right and it seems like a long way to get to the text.

I'll move it over to see if that helps. I can remove the scroller altogether, but I do not wish to give up the Translator unless the membership doesn't want it. I personally think it's a valuable service but unfortunately it has to reside in one of the columns.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by hoax on Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:55 pm


Hey Barry

That is much better where it is now. It doesn't seem to constrict the page width. Sorry to be a moaning pest and thanks.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:20 pm

Not at all Graham.
Lord knows I try..Chores1
But it's your site not mine eh?
Happy to hear this is working out better for you...Warrn, whatcherhthink?

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Warrn on Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:35 pm

It's definitely better on the right. It also centers each post between columns, kind of balancing it out. I'm not certain how I feel about it yet, but I think it'll grow on me.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Guest on Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:59 pm

I think the home page should have warrn's pic - beer, goofy face, and a westone - perfect

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Guest on Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:27 pm

I see latest topics scroll on the right along with a google thing - I gotta vote no on that - just my opinon

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Iceman on Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:37 pm

Post width seems to have been reduced all along each pane as well due to the scroll thingy.

At least on my phone format. But I am viewing the non-mobile site.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:41 pm

Yeah, post width is reduced by the widget column on the right and it's currently set at the minimum.

The scroller has also been reduced to as small a size as is practical. I'll remove it if it's more of a nuisance than a help, but the Translator would remain along with the column of course, so nothing gained. This has already helped one of our members so I think it's earned its keep.

Meantime I'll keep looking for a way to relocate this useful function.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Iceman on Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:08 am

Well then Barry, mebbe load up that unused space on the right with pics or sumpthin? scratch

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:36 am

Iceman wrote:Well then Barry, mebbe load up that unused space on the right with pics or sumpthin? scratch
Workin' on it. And I'm trying to effect a code which will at least allow the widget to "travel" down the page as you scroll. That would help. But as I keep saying, I have no direct access to the site code so what should work in a normal situation doesn't necessarily translate here. (sigh) Rolling Eyes

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New Features Update...

Post by Barry on Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:13 pm

OK gang, I've been busy today.
Managed to solve a few outstanding problems and likely have created some new ones!

So take a deep breath, and away we go. In no particular order here's what's changed:

  • The Topics Scroller has been removed since it seemed to annoy more people than it helped.
  • I was not able to relocate the Translator widget, so I've added more "stuff" instead to try and fill up some of the empty space! Razz
    To whit:

    • Social Bookmarking. The usual suspects plus: Like / Tweet / G 1
    • Key Words search cloud--the words change in size to reflect the number of hits
    • Finally! Figured out a way to add a link to the WestoneGuitars.net information web site!
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  • A News/Alert Scroller was added to the home page to let visitors know that I'm "tinkering" with the site. (Yes, tinkling too!) This may or may not become a permanent feature, and it only appears on the home page.
  • Editor/Post changes:

    • I've changed the editor so you have the option to switch to WYSIWYG mode. No more struggling with code for those who are technically challenged with such things! To toggle the format, click on the new button on the far right of the menu button (shows Switch Editor Mode when moused over, and changes to red when engaged)
    • you can now change the Topic Title after the fact (authors/admins/mods only). Eliminates confusion and re-posting.
    • you can now also change the colour in the Topic Title (see title of this post). Please exercise restraint with this or the site will look like a kid's colouring book! Sorry not working at the moment.
      Well, it was working but as feared it looked awful so I've removed this option.


    • a Multi Quote button has been added which allows you to quote from more than one post. For some reason it displays in French! Haven't figured out why yet. Anyway it's blue, and currently says "citation multiple" (sigh) FIXED! Now displays in English!
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  • I've added a Quick Reply function which appears at the bottom of the post page.
    So, if you just want to make a *ahem* smart arse comment you can just type it in the box and move on. No need to load the full editor unless you want to do something more fancy! You still have access to all the emoticons and the WYSIWYG function.
  • Finally(?) I've solved the clipped image problem reported by Westbone...
    Anything over 800x600 will automatically downsize itself and add a "click to enlarge" link. Hope that works for everyone


Now, where did I put that bottle of Shiraz??


Last edited by Barry on Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:49 pm; edited 5 times in total (Reason for editing : Turned off colour topic title option.)

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by hoax on Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:29 pm

I like the bit about smart arse comments. I think I might be able to use that.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by corsair on Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:26 pm

You da man!

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:01 pm

corsair wrote:You da man!
Cheers.

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Iceman on Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:38 pm

corsair wrote:You da man!

+1 !!!

Barry what is that citations multiple cloud next to the quote hotkey for?

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Barry on Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:53 pm

Iceman wrote:...Barry what is that citations multiple cloud next to the quote hotkey for?
Sheesh! Read the New Features Update post above...

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Re: No, You're Not Seeing Things...

Post by Warrn on Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:35 pm

sarcaster wrote:I think the home page should have warrn's pic - beer, goofy face, and a westone - perfect
I would agree! That certainly describes the general mood on this forum, at least. Very Happy

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