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    BikeForums Founder Joe Gardner's Avatar
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    New colors / Layout

    I haven't changed much, but the site needed something new, I got rid of some of the text (Subscribe | New thread | Read new) text on the main page, and replaced them with icons. This actually should make the page load a bit faster, but not by much, only dropped 3K in size.

    I also changed a few colors, mainly the light grey and dark grey to light blue, and lighter blue With the color change, I changed the icons to match the new layout, a lighter background.

    I have also changed a few forums, I moved all threads in the Bike Messengers forum to the Open Discussion forum. I have also moved the racing forum to a sub forum of the Road cycling forum.

    Im also looking to add a few more sub-forums to the current forums, i.e., a Down Hill / DS, Single Speed to the mountain biking forum. A travelogue sub forum to the Touring forum, and a new Online journal forum for those who would like to keep an online journal of there cycling adventures (blatantly stolen from Jon's Bike-A-Log, thanks Jon!).

    If you have any thoughts / ideas for the site, please, let me know!

    I hope you like it, possibly look for a new logo next week, or sooner!
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    Hey Joe,
    Great work on the site!Keep it up!

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    I'd like to see who's currently online, at the top of the home page instead of the bottom. I always have to scroll (page) down to see it, and I always want to know....

    Re: logo, I like the elliptical one you showed us last week, but would prefer not to have the straight edges on top and bottom (as I already said). The only other thing that comes to mind would be a bike wheel for the letter "o" in "Forums," which I think would be cute but maybe too cute for some. (Or maybe not! Look how popular the cute smileys are! )

    Re: online diaries--I've seldom been stolen from (knocks on wood) but having the Bike-A-Log "stolen" sure feels better than when somebody liberated my Gitane those years ago! I hope lots of people will want to share their daily miseries, triumphs, and boredom....
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    BikeForums Founder Joe Gardner's Avatar
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    Good ideas jon, moving the active users to the top is easy to do. Im still working on a new logo. i too dont like the stright edge on the top / bottom, but im not much of a graphics person

    Any other ideas?

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    Only one thing to say: smooth
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    I like it Joe, just when I think things can't get any better, you do it!:thumbup:
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    Yep, Joe, you definitely are a hard worker!

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    Joe, I like the new sheme much better than the last. It is a lot sharper!!!
    Booyah!!

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    Thank you fubar

    I have also just added a cool little feature, when in a forum, click on the Replies number, and you will get a small pop-up box with who posted in that tread, and how many times. Its a neat little feature, fun to play with.

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    Hey, that is cool Joe! The new look is really clean looking.
    Ataboy, Joe!
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    Joe!!! That new little feature is the bomb!!! I love it!!
    Booyah!!

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    Good job Joe! This site is great and it keeps getting better!

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    Now, these new colors would look good on a jersey!
    If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!

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    Servus!

    I have to be brutally honest here- I don't like the colors. When Joe tweaks the functionality (there's an IT word...) the site just keeps getting better. But the colors reminded me of something and it hit me last night after my shower but I think I'll hold my tongue on that revelation.

    Kudoes to you Joe for making the site work infinitely better, colors need a change in my opinion.
    Figured I would come back to RF cause I don't get enough ***** about being overweight anywhere else...

    Ranger Jake

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    Originally posted by Ranger
    But the colors reminded me of something and it hit me last night after my shower but I think I'll hold my tongue on that revelation.
    I bet I know what the colors reminded Ranger of. But I won't say, either, lest I give away the secret. Besides, I could be wrong!
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    RAGBRAI. Need I say more? Steele-Bike's Avatar
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    Joe,

    Everything looks great, except....I like the date better when the month was written out. I know, I know... I am just nit picking.

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    Joe, did you change the size(width) of the website? It doesn't fit inside my screen anymore, I have to scroll over.
    Booyah!!

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    Fubar, i didnt, i just changed the colors / buttons, and front page layout. Do you need to scroll right on all pages, or just some pages? and what resolution do you run? 800 x 600?

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    For the record, nothing changed width-wise for me. I have 1024x768 resolution and am using IE 5.5.

    Fubar, what browser are you using? Could this be something that affected Netscape and not IE, as so often happens?
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    I use internet explorer. I think my dads computer is messed up, because here at work it is fine.
    Booyah!!

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    Fubar,

    Check his display settings, a 1024x768 resolution is pretty much standard these days.
    Recumbents rock!

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    Hi Joe,

    Site looks great..just one point I noticed..when you enter a forum with new replies, they aren't always at the top where they used to be.

    They seem to be appearing two or three 'old' posts down.

    Not really a problem, just a pointer

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    Rich, theres a few posts with the word "Read" infront of the post, these are posts that are stuck to the top of the forum, currently the "Who are you?" thread, and the "One of our unicyling guy passed away." thread. Everything else is the exact same, shouldnt have any problems.

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    Joe,

    As usual you are doing a great job!

    JonR said he would like to see who is currently online at the top of the page.
    Maybe I'm the only uninformed person here, but I have never seen the "who's online" information listed anywhere. Where do I look? Thanks.

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    Originally posted by RonH
    ...I have never seen the "who's online" information listed anywhere. Where do I look? Thanks.

    Ron
    It's at the bottom of the home page, requiring tedious tiresome troublesome manipulation of the scroll bar or page down key! When it's at the top of the page, life will be perfect! (For five minutes.)
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