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    The New Forum

    Post by mystsaphyr on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:58 am

    Well, you can take a look at it~

    http://utaforum.co.cc/index/

    I'm still working on a default theme. Don't worry, there'll be a light and a dark version eventually, and those fugly orange icons will be replaced soon ^^

    Zetaboards is looking very promising in terms of moderation, features, etc. I really think/hope you guys will like it c:

    Rather than go for a real .com domain name, I opted to instead purchase some credits to remove ads for registered members for a while, just to see how long that would last XD So once the forum is open and you can log in, you won't see any large banners at the top Surprised

    Oh, and don't bother trying to register, that's locked for now~ c:

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Nanashi_Zokune on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:07 am

    i like it. it's very clean~

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by smeen on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:41 am

    It looks awesome. I really like the darker theme.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by zin on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:19 am

    i dont like change that much ;~; but i will have to made do...

    i like how this one is called the Uta forum, i feel that puting overseas in front of it makes it seem intimidating to japanese users =/

    Is ther going to be anything new with this forum

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by ThePianoChan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:53 am

    I have to agree with Zin.

    I really don't like this new change. It might turn out to be for the better. I just...get this really bad feeling. Eh, You might think I'm crazy. But my bad feelings like this are never wrong, but I trust you Myst.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by irei1as on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:01 am

    I really liked this forum but except for the -Subforums: Farewells- (that I don't like much in any forum, actually) I think the new one is ok.

    Anyway, I'm 100% agreeing with the change if it's making life easier to the mod team.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by PeppermintCereal on Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:08 am

    Hmmm... It's okay. But dark themes don't keep me interested for some reason >.<

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by moeloid on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:35 am

    ....it's a little intimidating ono;;

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by hello8bit on Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:11 am

    I don't like how wide it is. Here at forumotion the layout is a good width and it's bright and more welcoming. I'm not sure if the width is adjustable, but it would be nice if it were. Like how here you have the piano keys on either side of the posts.. I like that. ;u; It's more aesthetic to me.

    But the banner is really nicely done~ It'd take time to get used to, but I can dig it.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Ezri on Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:06 am

    It looks nice so far. ^^ I can't say I'm excited about the move, but like irei1as said, if it makes it easier then I'm all for it.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by zin on Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:06 am

    Can we make a members only section on there it's just a section that you can only see when you sign in. Its main use could be to exchange contact info.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Kiyone on Fri Nov 05, 2010 11:18 am

    It's a pretty big step in change for me,but that can go away with time of course.

    I'll have to agree with moeloid, it does look rather intimidating.
    I find the old theme much more welcoming and 'happy like.' xDD

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Trainer Conchita on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:09 pm

    I rather like it. :D I like this theme, too, probably because I like those mellower darker themes. Razz

    The only critique I have is the orange, and not just the icons; some of the font on top has it too. Other than that, I really like it. :D

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Hecate on Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:37 pm

    Oh, interesting?
    Through... We're having a site change? Aaaaw.
    I just hope it won't be HOMGLOL so different than this one... I'm used to 'Old' OU.
    Not a fan of the dark theme, through.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by mystsaphyr on Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:58 pm

    Erm...
    Did no one read my first post? ^^;
    There will be a -light theme and a dark theme- and -I'm replacing all the orange-

    I'm just working on the dark theme first for the fun of it xD; *likes dark themes, but knows others don't*

    The layout right now is stretchable, that's why it's so wide. I was planning to limit it to around the same width as this forum since the Cbox I added has a static width. That way things will be neater. Otherwise it'd be WIDEFORUMtinychatbox and it'd look all strange.

    I was iffy about the Farewells forum, too, idk if I'll keep it or not. I might remove it since I found that there's actually a nice status feature that people can use to post "going on hiatus" if they so wish c:

    And while it looks intimidating right now with the dark theme, another reason I'm narrowing it is to make the background more interesting and lighter so it's not just ....UTTER DARKNESS. Also, the orange icons aren't just gonna be replace with other-colored folders, I'm going to make them a little more interesting than that xD

    I might throw Defoko in there somewhere to brighten things up c:

    All I have to say right now is while I understand you guys are nervous about the move, it's something that needs to be done :C I simply can't stand forumotion anymore. It's hard to moderate, hard to organize, and looks super cluttered and frankly just... sucks. Really, if there was a way I could fix this one, I would. But I can't. I've tried. :C

    Thanks for the feedback, though ;u; I hope to make it look a lot better than what it looks like right now~

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by ThePianoChan on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:18 pm

    Good luck with this, Myst! Though a lot of us are nervous, or concerned, we trust you ouo.

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Hika421 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:21 pm

    I'm usually whiny about new things... but it's for the better, so... :D

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Trempush on Fri Nov 05, 2010 2:34 pm

    I don't think it'll be bad at all. Smile

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Nanashi_Zokune on Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:57 pm

    *just woke up and checks the new forum again* omg i love it! O: and defoko~~~ i do have a question though. how well will these forums do with pictures? will they stretch for the picture or cut them off if they're too big?

    and i did forget to mention this earlier cause i was so tired, but i do like that it says international instead of overseas because it makes more sense. most people i know from utau are from many places around the world so it feels more comfortable and just more fitting. *gives a big thumbs up on the progress so far*

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Haloheroine on Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:00 pm

    WHY AM I ALWAYS OFFLINE WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN WHERE I NEED TO TALK TO MYST /wrist

    xD I like Zeta boards so far, too. <3 Looks great. *Likes dark themes a lot lol*

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by hello8bit on Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:00 pm

    Looking at it now with a few updates, I say I am liking it more now! However, the static black background isn't doing it for me. My suggestion is to lighten up the feel by adding a light gradient at the top(possibly one of the purples you have incorperated? as long as it doesn't become overused), working it's way down into black. A lighter colour on top calls for something less heavy and foreboding. Black isn't a bad background colour, but it needs more balance. (In my opinion.) Though really, it is just a suggestion so don't feel obliged. :>

    The width is much better and I am sure you're still playing with colours so I'll leave that until later~

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Chasing Fireflies on Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:56 pm

    I really like the new banner. owo And I agree with hello8bit, it might look better with a bit of a gradient in the background, the solid black is a little much (but honestly I'm probably biased since I like lighter themes more). Can't wait to see it with matching icons, though. It looks nice so far! ^__^

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by Luna on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:27 pm

    The dark theme makes it look more professional... but less welcoming. I think its good that we're going to have different themes.

    (That banner looks 5000x better btw ;u;; )

    I do like that you traded the domain for the no ads. We have a .forumotion.net name now, and that never stopped people from joining in hundreds, so I think getting rid of ads will be more appreciated x33;

    For background, I think we should have some sort of border like we do now. Like a piano roll, for nostalgia. ;u;; but like invert and make it purple to fit with the theme that would be cool? :D

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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by taiwonton on Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:58 pm

    I agree with the notion of a gradient- however, I think since someone mentioned that they liked the piano framing of this forum, it might be prudent to add a fixed gradient background with piano keys on the far left and right, to make the general layout seem less boring.

    At the same time, if we used the piano keys idea, we could use a reflected gradient to make the middle of the forum lighter, and the edges darker- that way the "Dark" layout won't feel /too/ dark.

    Pure black on a layout isn't really a good idea- it looks n00bish and hurts the eyes at some point.


    Sorry for so much jabber- the GFXer in me is being torn to pieces. xD Especially that random Defoko... Not to mention the edges of the stock are so roughly cut. ._. Needs serious feathering or something- it looks like someone just took a polygonal lasso to it and massacred the edges. xD;;


    The banner does look MUCH better than the one we have now though- I would suggest extending the heartbeat line that fades off into the text- or more precisely, under the text. This would give the top banner a bit more flow and make it follow basic GFX rules a bit more. =u=b Right now the blend is a bit off- it just looks like three pieces of different tags mashed into one. xD

    I'll ignore the colors for now as well, since I'm positive these aren't final. ^^



    By the way.
    You are my goddess for getting that stretchable layout I asked for. m(_ _)m




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    Re: The New Forum

    Post by PeppermintCereal on Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:37 pm

    It's much better C: But maybe a lilac background? Or lavender colour? Seems more welcoming then C:

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