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Title: Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on August 08, 2007, 09:26:20 pm

For a while, the administrators and moderators have been discussing ways to make the A&F forum more organized. We have reached the stage in which changes will be made. Over the next few weeks you will see the remodeling we have decided upon. Some sections of the board will be moved or merged as well as threads within those sections.

As it presently stands, there are obsolete sections and many redundant threads. Some threads will be eliminated and a few sections will be merged. You may have all ready seen some minor changes, but before any major alterations take place, we want members to be aware of our intentions.

This reorganizing of the board in no way is a negative reflection on the site, the forum or its members, but a better way for you to navigate the board and for us to manage it properly.

As soon as we start making these changes, an addition to this announcement will be made.

~The A&F Staff

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: mayadeprei on August 17, 2007, 12:45:19 pm

I saw some changes already, that's looking good mods! Thanks for all the effort and time you spend to make this forum even better! :-*

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijahs Impact on August 17, 2007, 12:47:21 pm

Even though I'm not a fan I like the new Harry Potter section, it seems right for the Potter fans to have their own section.

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on August 17, 2007, 12:49:43 pm

Thanks Victoria & Artanis! We talked a lot about having a separate Harry Potter section. It's good to see that it's appreciated.

The process is still ongoing and it will take some time before everything is up-and-running so please be patient with us.

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijahs Impact on August 17, 2007, 12:52:29 pm

We or at least I appreciate most of the things you guys do, it's not easy looking after a forum/website.


Oh and the seperate Elijah/Photos/Films section is great! No more sifting through pages and pages of pictures just to find a thread called 'Elijahs Hobbies' ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: emilys_star on August 17, 2007, 05:28:19 pm

This is great news!!! keep up the good work cant wait to see what it will all look like!. :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: LijFrodo on August 17, 2007, 06:02:32 pm

This is greaattt news.It will be better.Thanks much for your workings.Well done !! :-*

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on August 18, 2007, 12:26:07 am

[quote author=Victoria ~GLEAH~ link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=0#msg1113707 date=1187369549]
the seperate Elijah/Photos/Films section is great! No more sifting through pages and pages of pictures just to find a thread called 'Elijahs Hobbies' ;)
[/quote]

that's the whole purpose. to make things easier. we're glad you like the changes so far. :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: jillo_loves_dom on August 18, 2007, 12:54:01 am

This is awesome news, I cant wait to see what its going to look like!!! Thanks so much for working on it! Great work!! :)

Love

~*Jillo*~

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on August 18, 2007, 01:33:52 pm

[quote author=Cristiel link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=0#msg1113706 date=1187369383]
We talked a lot about having a separate Harry Potter section. It's good to see that it's appreciated.
[/quote]

I[color=Purple] love it! :D for me, the HUGEST Harry Potter fan (that's true, right?) this is a very GREAT news! :D I'm going to love it! ;D it's my fault sorry ;D 8)
Good work on the other parts of the forum ;) Thanks Mods & Ads..sometimes I wish I was a moderator :-[ [/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Misz_Mii on August 20, 2007, 05:45:14 am

Ooooh I only left for a week and the whole place has changed! I'm going to check it out!!

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on August 21, 2007, 08:12:38 am

Whoa, major reconstruction work while I had 2 weeks away! Nice work mods, easier to navigate all round, I think!

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: magicdancer on August 21, 2007, 08:06:08 pm

Glad to see that you like the changes. We're neatening up the forum and moving some threads so they're in more logical sections. You may have noticed we're also locking the really long threads, then creating a new "Part 2" thread. It's faster for the server when it doesn't have to open extremely long threads.





Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on August 22, 2007, 04:29:21 am

The whole webiste runs a lot faster for me now, thanks!

Just one question - in the old newbies thread, we all used to introduce ourselves to the newbie who opened the thread - is this now allowed any more?

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on August 22, 2007, 07:32:09 am

Of course you can still introduce yourself to newbies, nothing has changed there.

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on August 23, 2007, 02:47:21 pm

oh, OK, it just seemed to be mainly the newbies first comment on the new thread....

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: alanah5115 on August 26, 2007, 03:29:27 pm

The changes are really good. I`m glad to see you made a section for Elijah. I always wondered why there wasn`t one before, after all it is an Elijah Wood forum... (I didn`t understand why we had to go to the"Other media" section to find info on his movies) .
I like all the changes; much easier to navigate now. Great job!

Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: magicdancer on August 26, 2007, 08:37:58 pm

Thanks, alanah. I'ts nice to know you like the changes. 8)


Title: Re:Forum Changes **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on August 31, 2007, 08:10:08 pm

::Special Announcement!::[/center">

The moderators and administrators have been hard at work reconstructing the forum, and we are very pleased you are happy with the results. We feel that with these improvements, a new look should come to A&F as a whole, which means a new default header on the main page (http://always.ejwsites.net/index.htm). It's the image of Elijah at the top of the page.

A&F is a fan site and we believe the fans should take part in not only the livelihood of the site, but also the look. What do you want to see when you log on and what would appeal to those surfing the net? As a fan, I took it upon myself to design new headers. I worked on quite a few, but the moderators, administrators and technicians have narrowed them down to five choices.

1
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/header1.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/th_header1.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

2
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/header2.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/th_header2.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

3
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/header3.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/th_header3.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

4
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/header4.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/th_header4.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

5
[URL=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/header5.jpg][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v392/deenan/banners/th_header5.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

Please take a moment to look over the designs and decide which three are your top choices for a default header for the main page (http://always.ejwsites.net/index.htm). Give your first choice 5 points, your second choice 3 points and your third, 1 point. The design with the most points will be the new default header.

Example: Header #3 - 5 points, header #2 - 3 points, header #1 - 1 point.

You can email your choices to me at deenan@ejwsites.net. The voting will last one month ending on Sunday September 30, 2007 EST. Vote only one time please. Votes received after midnight September 30th EST will not be counted. In case of a tie, Lucy our webmistress or a top administrator will make the final decision.

There will also be a new header here on the forum. That has already been decided on by the moderators and administrators. As soon as our technician and site administer, Jochen can implement the design and layout, you will see these changes. Until then, you will have to sit tight to find out which ones will be used here and on the main page.

We hope this will be fun for the fans and members of A&F, so put in your vote and keep our site the #1 Elijah fansite on the Internet! One other thing. DO NOT repost these images. Thanks!

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on September 01, 2007, 03:59:08 am

Beautiful headers Deenan, I'm quick off the mark, I already emailed you my choices....can't wait to see the new look! ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: elizabeth coffey on September 01, 2007, 09:41:22 am

I sent you my choices Deenan this is gonna be really good as all your choices are really nice :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: chuckie3d on September 01, 2007, 12:15:49 pm

I just voted as well; I really struggled with two favorites. Good selections Deenan.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on September 01, 2007, 12:41:38 pm

thanks for sending in your votes, and thanks for the compliments about the headers. it was fun for me to do them. :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: emilys_star on September 01, 2007, 04:26:48 pm

I sent my votes too. :-*They are all really good and it hard to choose and hard to put any down. :P

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: tafika on September 02, 2007, 03:35:07 pm

I don't know if this is a problem at your end or mine, but the headers are showing as just one red pixel. Even when I click on them ???
Just thought I should let you know in case it isn't just me...

Edit:
I must say I'm a bit disappointed at the way this has been done. I think it would have been good to have a competition that would be available for any member to enter and submit their designs. We have some very talented artists here, and it would be nice to see something like that to wake up the fan art section (as well as create a new look that has been done 'by the fans for the fans'), as it has been somewhat lifeless compared to how I remember it a year or two ago.
On that note - any plans to revive the fan art competition idea again? I used to really enjoy them...

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on September 03, 2007, 08:22:01 am

I like taf's idea too!! :D and I voted for the headers, when I was them on the main site, I hope my first choice is the one with the most vote ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: LijFrodo on September 03, 2007, 09:56:44 am

Done !! Sent my votes ... I hope,my choice will be header ! :-* thanks ...

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Culpie on September 04, 2007, 12:26:42 am

I just read this section after noticing the changes. :D Needless-to-say, I like the changes too and am very excited to see what the new heading will be....

Thanks so much, mods, for the re-org! I certainly appreciate your hard work keeping the site functioning so well! ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: tafika on September 06, 2007, 12:16:41 pm

Helloooo?

Still can't see them...

They're very pretty red pixels tho. Yummy almost. ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: magicdancer on September 06, 2007, 01:13:26 pm

[quote author=tafika link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=15#msg1117888 date=1189095401]
Still can't see them...
[/quote]
Tafika, go to the main A & F site home page. The banners are posted there, too, as clickable numbers. Maybe that will work for you.



Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Spaders55 on September 06, 2007, 06:00:03 pm

[quote author=tafika link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=15#msg1116892 date=1188761707]
Edit:
I must say I'm a bit disappointed at the way this has been done. I think it would have been good to have a competition that would be available for any member to enter and submit their designs. We have some very talented artists here, and it would be nice to see something like that to wake up the fan art section (as well as create a new look that has been done 'by the fans for the fans'), as it has been somewhat lifeless compared to how I remember it a year or two ago.
On that note - any plans to revive the fan art competition idea again? I used to really enjoy them...
[/quote]
That certainly was an option. Initially, Deenan made some new headers and that is what started the discussion over changing the current headers. We did discuss having a contest, but have decided against it. For one, the last art contest didn't have very many participants. Secondly, we once did a contest (for the 'skins' option on the forum), and in total we had about 10 winners. Maybe more, I can't remember. Some of the winning banners were made into skins, but the others didn't. The coding behind changing the design is a lot of work for Jochen, and he is the only staff member with the level of skill in html to do it. (And it is, of course, his site) We didn't want the possibility of it either taking a long time or maybe not getting done to upset the winners. Since Deenan had already made banners, we went with hers.
Does that help any, Tafika?

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: tafika on September 06, 2007, 06:47:19 pm

I understand why it was decided that it should be done this way. But from the point of view of a Graphic Design student on her 4 month long summer holiday with nothing to do... it would have been a good distraction for me ;)

I've seen the banners now, thanks for pointing it out that they were on the main page. I never go there.
There are some good designs there :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: nettie on September 18, 2007, 11:14:21 pm

[color=Green]Ok Ms Deenan, i voted! and i want you to notice the date - it is 9/18. i made it with days and days to spare. ;D

pick #3, pick #3, pick#3, pick #3 ;)[/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on September 28, 2007, 07:50:16 am

just a couple more days left to put in your vote if you haven't done so yet. sunday, september 30th is the deadline. 8)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Joanie on September 29, 2007, 01:07:24 am

Sorry guys.....haven't been here for ages. :-[ :-[

The forum looks great thanks to all your hard work! thanks for doing. :D :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: chuckie3d on September 30, 2007, 08:47:47 am

[quote author=Deenan (O.L.C.) link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=30#msg1121371 date=1190980216]
just a couple more days left to put in your vote if you haven't done so yet. sunday, september 30th is the deadline. 8)
[/quote]

So today is the day for the big announcement...or would that be tomorrow? In any case the drumroll please...

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on September 30, 2007, 09:15:34 am

[quote author=Romeny link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=30#msg1121543 date=1191156467]

So today is the day for the big announcement...or would that be tomorrow? In any case the drumroll please...
[/quote]

well, yes and no. today is the day, but we're going to tease you a little. a vote count will be given in a few days, but the actual header will not be known until jochen can work it into the site. so it's going to be a looong drum roll. ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on October 25, 2007, 11:52:10 am

I'm really looking forward to the new header - any idea of when it'll be ready, Deenan? Had a really funny dream the other night where it got put on the site and it was just a stick figure with 'Elijah!' written above it! ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: LijFrodo on October 26, 2007, 01:52:08 pm

[quote author=maryd link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=30#msg1124493 date=1193327530]
I'm really looking forward to the new header - any idea of when it'll be ready, Deenan? Had a really funny dream the other night where it got put on the site and it was just a stick figure with 'Elijah!' written above it! ;D
[/quote]

I am soooo exciting about it too ... I hope,I am gonna see my fave header.Have fun everybody ! :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 27, 2007, 08:31:12 am

[quote author=maryd link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=30#msg1124493 date=1193327530]
I'm really looking forward to the new header - any idea of when it'll be ready, Deenan? Had a really funny dream the other night where it got put on the site and it was just a stick figure with 'Elijah!' written above it! ;D
[/quote]


LOL! that's too funny maryd! ;D i hope it won't look like that.

cristiel and i are working on the layout, but we need information before things get really cooking. hopefully soon you will see the change. we're concentrating on the main page, but we're hoping to change the forum and enter page at the same time.

i never posted the results of the voting. i won't give out which one came out on top though. ;)

5th place header - 118 points
4th place header - 134 points
3rd place header - 141 points
2nd place header - 199 points
1st place header - 275 points

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijah-x on October 27, 2007, 11:45:38 am

I think the forum looks great. and the layout choices are good. I always like a change in the colours

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on October 28, 2007, 06:01:10 am

Oooh, I got a lovely surprise opening the main page and seeing the little teaser - good job, Deenan and Brenda! :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on October 28, 2007, 06:53:57 am

I'm currently changing the default layout of the forum. Please don't panic when something is not working the way it should, I'll fix it asap.

Also, please don't open a thread to let us know things don't look right, I have eyes as well ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Enara on October 28, 2007, 08:15:13 am

[color=Blue]Hey, Ive just seen the changes. It looks great. This header was my third choice when I voted, but Im happy with the way it looks...
Very nice.
And again congratulations to Deenan!![/color]
;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 28, 2007, 08:19:32 am

thanks ladies! it's been both challenging and fun to make the changes. we're very pleased you approve.


Quote:
This header was my third choice when I voted


ah, but it's not. the header on the forum will be different from the one on the main page. that's still to come. ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on October 28, 2007, 08:24:32 am

The new layout on the main page will go live on November 1. In the meantime, check out the home page for a small preview (http://always.ejwsites.net)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Enara on October 28, 2007, 08:25:03 am

Hahaha... Ok so I still have to wait and see the other one. Anyway, I loved them all, so any choice will be perfect.

:D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: chuckie3d on October 28, 2007, 08:43:18 am

Yes indeed, as Enara said this does look great Deenan and Cristel; you guys and all the moderators have really been working hard on this site and I think the changes have been for the best. Hmmmwe still have to wait for the new header, I think the one on the main page was my 2nd choice so Im really looking forward to seeing the new forum one.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on October 28, 2007, 08:57:25 am

I think I need to clear things up a bit... There are 3 different things:

1. The Homepage (http://always.ejwsites.net)
2. The Mainsite (http://always.ejwsites.net/index.htm)
3. The Forum

The headers of the Homepage and Forum have now been changed. The Mainsite will go live with the new header on November 1.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: frolijahlover on October 28, 2007, 10:08:01 pm

Wow! The forum looks totally new! I like that new header so much, its tons better than the old one. (can't wait to see the new mainpage)

Thank you so much for your work :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Celebrian on October 28, 2007, 11:37:49 pm

I just came to the forum and it's stunning! :D Lovely ladies. Thanks for the new look.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: mumi on October 29, 2007, 12:14:40 pm

:)

Thanks for the new look,the is GORGEOUS you girls had did a great job ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on October 30, 2007, 05:01:00 am

I like the two-toned posts on the threads! Looks lovely, well done to the moderators! :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 30, 2007, 09:32:41 am

you don't know how much your words mean to us. we've worked for a long time on the entire site, not just the forum. things needed to be spruced up a little.

btw, there will be a new announcement soon. ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Enara on October 30, 2007, 01:19:37 pm

[quote author=Deenan (O.L.C.) link=board=12;threadid=32605;start=45#msg1124998 date=1193751161]
btw, there will be a new announcement soon. ;)
[/quote]

[color=Blue]Now you get me trying to guess what that announcement will be about...
Bad girl!![/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on October 30, 2007, 03:06:48 pm

[color=Purple]Thank you so much Deenan and Brenda! :D Looking very good!
The boxie looks very good also!! ;) ;D I like it, you like it, we like it! ;D
and Ohhhhhhhhh..what's the new announcement! ;) [/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: tiram90 on October 30, 2007, 05:26:52 pm

This forum is getting so great in many ways! All the changes, and now the new look! Seriously, I've begun to look forward to logg on just because of stuff like that! :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: elizabeth coffey on October 31, 2007, 03:35:15 am

Thanks from me also loving the new pics and colours, blue is my fave colour ;)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on October 31, 2007, 04:55:50 am

The new forum header took my breath away, thanks mods! I'm actually sitting here staring at...hypnotising! :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on November 01, 2007, 03:58:37 pm

I sound abit silly but...I don't see the new forum header :-\ :-[ I mean where should I look for it? I saw the news page's header but not this one :-[

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on November 01, 2007, 03:59:37 pm

You have to set the skin you're using to default.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on November 01, 2007, 04:05:20 pm

Oki I did, but the header is still the same, isn't it? ???

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on November 01, 2007, 04:06:46 pm

No, it's not! The previous default header was totally different. This is a brand new one.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on November 01, 2007, 04:09:44 pm

but I see the previous header with some new blue colors! :-[

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Cristiel on November 01, 2007, 04:21:52 pm

It's because of the browser you use. If you delete cookies, it should be solved.

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on November 01, 2007, 04:27:06 pm

Oooooooh nO!! You spot something!! I know nothing about cookies and what are they :-[ I'm dumb :P ::)

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on November 02, 2007, 08:43:23 am

cookies are bits information from sites that you visit. your computer keeps track of passwords and such. since thing are new, you may have to delete the old ones.

take a look at this site to find out how.

http://support.lexis-nexis.com/nexis/record.asp?ArticleID=wg_delete_cookies

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: LijFrodo on November 02, 2007, 02:29:44 pm

OMG OMG OMG !!!! :o These new layouts are really GREAT !!!! Congrats much ! Good job ... These layouts are my choice ! Thanks much much ... :-*

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Caz on November 02, 2007, 05:14:22 pm

The new layout is beautiful - I set it to default immediately! :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes - New Headers **PLEASE READ**
Post by: Nutella Sister on November 03, 2007, 04:34:30 pm

[color=Purple]Thanks Dee! :)

I didn't check the link but as I opened the forum the new heder showed up itself! ;D haha! :D [/color]


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