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InvisibleCaptain Jack
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new front page
    #1226370 - 01/17/03 11:32 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

the new front page (and subsequent subpages) lacks an effective navigation system.


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Edited by Captain Jack (01/17/03 11:39 AM)


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226385 - 01/17/03 11:39 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I agree, It appears to be missing links.


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Re: new front page [Re: Jackal]
    #1226443 - 01/17/03 12:02 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I agree, old page was really user friendly, why the change?


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Re: new front page [Re: ShrewDigsby]
    #1226459 - 01/17/03 12:10 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

what exactly seems to be wrong or missing?
maybe some constructive feedback will lead to a solution...


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226546 - 01/17/03 12:51 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The one I use has a menu:


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Re: new front page [Re: Smack31]
    #1226811 - 01/17/03 02:21 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

what is missing is the "effective navigation system"

anno's screen shot is different from what i get when i type in shroomery.org

sure skins and customization is cool but
A) it's not apparent when visiting the site that this is possible [hell i don't even know if it is, i'm just guessing so because anno has something different]
B) your average user may not go to the trouble.  if you were visiting a website for the first time would you go clicking around looking to customize it immediately?  i wouldn't.  so perhaps change the default.

or just bring back the actual effective navigation system :smile:


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226832 - 01/17/03 02:29 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

>or just bring back the actual effective navigation system

I?m repeating Smacks quastion: What exactly is it that you miss? (except for the old look)?


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Re: new front page [Re: Anno]
    #1226845 - 01/17/03 02:32 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

the menu
on the left
seemed to be a more effective navigation system


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226853 - 01/17/03 02:35 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The menue on the left is now in the middle, more or less.


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Re: new front page [Re: Anno]
    #1226908 - 01/17/03 03:00 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

placement isn't that important to me. i think the left is the natural place for a navigation system, but it's not a big deal.

here are the problems i have with it:

A) broad topics. with subcategories combined, things appear simpler, but that adds the number of clicks you have to do to get to information. some people, myself included, will back out of a site if they can't find what they want quickly.

B) yes there are initial links to subsections on the main page in the middle as you say, but that menu doesn't stay with you. so if you want to switch sections, you have to back out. a consistent navigation, be it on the top, on the left, on the right, or wherever, gives the user choices to navigate the site without going back every time.


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226942 - 01/17/03 03:18 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

>a consistent navigation, be it on the top, on the left, on the right, or wherever,
>gives the user choices to navigate the site without going back every time.

You have a valid pont here.
We?ll look into it.

Registered users can choose their template in the settings, there are some templates that incorporate a menu.
http://www.shroomery.org/forums/editdisplay.php?Cat=



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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1226948 - 01/17/03 03:23 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Under "Which template (skin) would you like to use for the main site?" Choose the template Java.

It features a javascript navigational menu, which is still under consturction though.
But It will be finished next week.


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Re: new front page [Re: Anno]
    #1227046 - 01/17/03 04:25 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

Captain Jack has really explained his concerns well.  I share in them. 

If I stumbled onto the new default homepage, I promise you I would not have discovered either the great information or community that the shroomery is.  From the perspective of a long time shroomerite maybe the change is great, but it won't be as effective for drawing new users in.  This is how I feel anyhow.    :laugh: 


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1228350 - 01/18/03 08:46 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The current default template is only temporary until some of the people working on different designs are finished.


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Re: new front page [Re: 3DSHROOM]
    #1228371 - 01/18/03 08:52 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

fair enough.
i just thought i'd bring up my concerns
since i'm like getting a degree in multimedia soon and all


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    #1228847 - 01/18/03 01:00 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1232913 - 01/20/03 06:28 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I've made it possible to have the old page design as your default if you like it better than any of the current ones.

http://www.shroomery.org/forums/editdisplay.php

"Which template (skin) would you like to use for the main site?"
-> Old Page Design


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Re: new front page [Re: 3DSHROOM]
    #1233213 - 01/20/03 08:24 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

that does nothing for the user who has never been to your site before....

that only works for users of the forum who bother to change the appearance.


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Re: new front page [Re: Captain Jack]
    #1233550 - 01/20/03 10:23 AM (14 years, 5 months ago)

I understand that...


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Re: new front page [Re: 3DSHROOM]
    #1234325 - 01/20/03 03:28 PM (14 years, 5 months ago)

The JAVA template seems most functional - and I'd suggest that once it's had its bugs worked out, the java menu should be incorporated in all templates accept one specified as "non-java" for users who don't have access to an up-to-date browser... but i don't think that's much of an issue these days :crazy:
 


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