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Re: New Forum Comments

#291 Post by richb » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:22 am

Utopia wrote: Didn't realize how much you have thought about this,
The team has had some discussions on this.
1. To get more red paint, balancing the blue-gray. This could be achieved in many other ways, not just by a red headline.
2. To look very friendly. The Mepislovers had Silverbears old, half amateurish logo that gave such an impression.
This can be made in many different ways, keeping business look, but adding white somewhere to let in more light.
If these changes can be made to look more subtle, I would be amenable. Only way to judge is to see it.
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#292 Post by Utopia » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:32 am

Subtle is definitely the way to go for the professional look to be preserved. Maybe just a red line somewhere, near the headline or under the site announcement?
White background for site announcements and no big and red headlines?
Will make everything brighter but no one will notice it.
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#293 Post by Jerry3904 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:34 am

peregrine wrote:I can make the background white by editing the css.
Good to know, thanks. I am in favor of such a change, we'll see how others feel.
I prefer the Red welcome line to be no larger than it is on the site at this time. The larger we make it the further down the page we push the content.
Agreed.
I am not a fan of welcome messages.
Will be less needed after the transition period is over.
When the first beta is released: I would also put out for consideration that we replace the welcome message in red and the regulars message with the Release of the first beta and put that in red - but not too large.
Sounds good to me. We would also want to say something about testing and where/how to post results.
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Re: New Forum Comments

#294 Post by richb » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:35 am

Utopia wrote:Subtle is definitely the way to go for the professional look to be preserved. Maybe just a red line somewhere, near the headline or under the site announcement?
White background for site announcements and no big and red headlines?
Will make everything brighter but no one will notice it.
Henry
That is along the lines of my thinking.

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White background - yes
Beta announcement -yes, perhaps with a link to mepis.org where there is more detail on the release, (link in word format)
You know how I feel about the "Welcome", I am not a fan of them either.
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Re: New Forum Comments

#295 Post by richb » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:42 am

This thread is getting quite long. I suggest new topics be started for specific issues on the site in this forum.
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#296 Post by Utopia » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:25 am

I suggest new topics be started for specific issues
Agree.
how I feel about the "Welcome"
If the page itself is welcoming, there's no need to write it out in letters.
Some more white and a touch of red will take care of that.
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#297 Post by lucky9 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:40 pm

I'm not a graphics artist, or for that matter, any kind of artist. But I have some thoughts.

I'd like to see a major whitening of the site. All the blue-grayish seems a downer to me. Plus it is physically hard to read for me and I'd bet for others.

Remember that a Welcome announcement is for those who have not been here. It should give enough information that someone can navigate fairly easily and make them feel.....welcomed, wanted, made to feel at home!!!! Thought about and planned for.

I think the judicious use of red is appropriate for making something important to look at.
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#298 Post by KrispyKritter » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:34 pm

I am in agreement of making the background lighter, but a pure white background is hard to look at will cause eye strain if viewed for an extended length of time therefore not a desirable situation. I know it happens to me when I spend a lengthy time editing and do not take breaks. What is desirable is the highest contrast between the text and the background, not necessarily just black and white.

I have noticed a trend of making a light gray background and then putting a darker gray text on top. I think that practice comes from the "Artistic" designers who think that the "text" makes their web pages look ugly. They forget that the purpose of what they are doing is conveying information not just making "pretty" pages. As a web designer I know how hard it is to get a good balance.

As for the "Welcome" banner I feel that there should be something there to welcome first time visitors to our site and let them know even if they are not members they are welcome to search for answers here and if they like the site and the help they find here they might be convinced that MEPIS as we already know it the best. ;) I think it could include important announcements to the community IE new releases.

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#299 Post by richb » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:38 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR. :rolleyes:
HAPPY NEW YEAR :grin:
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#300 Post by lucky9 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:21 pm

I wish all a happy, safe, and prosperous New Year! :needcoffee:
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