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Title: Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 05, 2011, 03:48:20 pm

We here at Always & Forever know how popular and user friendly our forum has been over the years, but like most things, as time goes on, it has become outdated.

We would like to put to you, our readers and especially those who frequently use the forum, a discussion whether to update it. If we were to update, that would most likely mean a complete change. New software means a new look and it will change the navigation. There would probably be some disruptions as the new software is being implemented.

Would you like to see this change made or would you like to keep things the way they are?


Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijahs Impact on October 06, 2011, 08:12:50 am

I personally think an update/change would be beneficial to the forum. I've been here since 2005 (gosh, that long?!) and nothing here has changed.

I have no suggesstions as to how the forum should change exactly just now, but I would just like to make a plea :) Since I have been here my profile has always been set to Le Elvish Mohawk I use this because it's dark and easy on the eyes. I know that there were several people a little while ago who said they agreed about the darker screen being better.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 07, 2011, 08:12:57 am

thanks for the move wheatley. :)


Quote:
I've been here since 2005 (gosh, that long?!) and nothing here has changed.


well, not exactly. it was probably in '07-'08, there was a major reconstruction of the forum. we cleaned up and condensed a lot of topics which use to be all over the place and we got a new layout too.


Quote:
I have no suggestions as to how the forum should change


depending on the general response from users and if the change were to happen, we don't know what new software will be used or what it will bring to the forum. we're taking it one day at a time.


Quote:
there were several people a little while ago who said they agreed about the darker screen being better.


thanks for your feedback on this. we have several layouts/skins available to choose from and if the change were to take place, hopefully we'll still have those options for users to pick. elvish mohawk a great layout and tried it once myself, but i found the lighter ones more to my liking.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijahs Impact on October 07, 2011, 01:19:49 pm

[quote author=Deenan (O.L.C.) link=board=12;threadid=34288;start=0#msg1199104 date=1317989577]
thanks for the move wheatley. :)[/quote]No problem :) Once again, sorry for posting it in he wrong section :)


on 1317989577, Deenan (O.L.C.) wrote:
well, not exactly. it was probably in '07-'08, there was a major reconstruction of the forum. we cleaned up and condensed a lot of topics which use to be all over the place and we got a new layout too.
Yes, sorry let me clarify what I meant :) Not much of the appearance has changed other than those added sections and the tidy up.

Also (just throwing this out there) if you others members don't add your own suggestion(s) to this thread then you can't moan about not liking it. If you didn't try to help then you can't complain.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 07, 2011, 02:43:47 pm

[quote author=Wheatley link=board=12;threadid=34288;start=0#msg1199105 date=1318007989]

Also (just throwing this out there) if you others members don't add your own suggestion(s) to this thread then you can't moan about not liking it. If you didn't try to help then you can't complain.
[/quote]

excellent point! and it's good a member of the forum has put it out there. :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Elijahs Impact on October 07, 2011, 03:18:25 pm


on 1318013027, Deenan (O.L.C.) wrote:
excellent point! and it's good a member of the forum has put it out there. :D
Thank you :) It just annoys me when people are asked for their opinion, don't give it and then bitch about the result.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: elijah fan on October 07, 2011, 03:38:13 pm

Well I for one wouldn't mind a change :) I think it would be exciting. Don't really have any suggestions though, whatever you decide to do.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Lorienel on October 08, 2011, 03:32:15 pm

You do as you wish, but I wouldn't mind changes happening. :)

As I told before - changing site is a living site. Providing the latest ways to the users will attract more people to register, and shows that you keep the maintenance well.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: redstar1 on October 09, 2011, 12:26:39 am

I don't mind at all, really. If you're willing to change the design of the forum, I'm game!

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: maryd on October 09, 2011, 06:18:17 am

I don't feel like I'm here enough any more to really qualify to have a view, but I'm going to say anyway: I think a change is a good idea. Even just a bit of a different layout to make the forum look fresher would be nice. :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 16, 2011, 03:18:23 pm

thanks so much for your feedback so far, but we need a lot more input from people. this only represents a small portion of users here. if you of others who use the forum, encourage them to chime in on this.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Jayo.Zayo on October 16, 2011, 03:37:54 pm

1. Make a section for polls.
2. Add more Elijah photos for us to make it as our profile picture.
3. Allow us to add some videos if possible.
4. Change the whole design of forum. Put bright colors.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on October 17, 2011, 12:28:13 am

a poll section and the ability to post videos sounds great. if this happens it'll be seen if these will be possible though i can't see why they wouldn't.

if we get new software, the look would most likely change. right now, on this forum there are multiple skins to choose from, so if you want something bright, there are some here. i hope the option for users to choose different skins would still be available.

not sure what you mean by adding more photos of elijah to use as a profile picture. we don't supply the photos. that's left up to users to find the one they like. there are over 16,000 photos on A&F alone. :)

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: mskaityw on October 17, 2011, 01:34:52 am

I haven't been here very long so everything here still looks pretty new to me! A change is always nice though! If you want to take on the task, I wouldn't mind at all!!

Kaity

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Lorienel on October 18, 2011, 08:36:04 am

[quote author=Jayo.Zayo link=board=12;threadid=34288;start=0#msg1199138 date=1318793874]1. Make a section for polls.
*snip*
3. Allow us to add some videos if possible.
*snip*[/quote]

If you know Shivtr (former MMOguildsites), they have some kind of new BBcode for YouTube videos. They can be either scaled to thread or popped up on the page. Polls, also with multiple choices, have been available for a long time in many boards.

So these days, lots of things are possible in forums.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**UPDATE: PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on January 08, 2012, 10:06:46 pm

Update on forum revamp

Thanks to everyone who left feedback on how to refresh our forum. We all would like something up to date that will allow members to be more active but changing the software won't just bring the forum to a standstill, it will eliminate everything! Comments, threads, members... poof!

The forum has been around for ten years and it wouldn't do much good to wipe all that time away.

However, we know the current software is outdated and a new look would be welcome, so we pose a couple of options.

1) Keep the current software as it is but adding fresh colors, graphics and fonts.

2) Go ahead with a new software service and with your help, pay for those services that will move all contents over without loosing anything.


So, this is where it stands for the time being. Once again we ask for your input and feedback on the above choices.

Thanks!
Deenan & Jochen

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: ambree on January 11, 2012, 03:52:52 am

Option 1 (cosmetic change) is fine by me. I think it would be best not to change the way in which you navigate through the board too much. People would become confused.
If you choose for option 2, I would be willing to contribute with the costs.
The poll and video suggestions from another member seem a good idea.
Good luck with the changes and thanks!

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Hobbitsan on January 11, 2012, 10:26:38 am

A poll would be a good idea :)
But I would go for option 1 as I like the navigation of the forum page as it is.
Thanks for keeping the website going ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Karin Woywod on January 12, 2012, 12:50:37 pm

[color=Red] I would vote for the second option, but I'd like to know first : Is it only a one time payment or a recurring payment, month after month after month, long after the forum had moved ? And second : What WOULD be the actual costs ? What range are we talking about ?

Love,

- Karin. [/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on January 12, 2012, 09:11:21 pm

it would be a one time payment if the second option was voted on. anyone willing to chip in, they would pay whatever they could. we would keep the payments open until we reach the amount of the software, which according to jochen could be as much as $500.00.

jochen would know more on how it would work but this is my understanding.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Jayo.Zayo on January 15, 2012, 05:07:21 am

Option 1 : changing the graphics and colors but keeping the same software! ;D

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Karin Woywod on January 15, 2012, 12:59:43 pm

[color=Red]Option 2 it is, then ! I'd be willing to contribute majorly to the costs.

Love,

- Karin.
[/color]

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: deenan on May 19, 2012, 10:34:31 am

Since the best solution for the forum is to revamp it instead of shelling out lots of money that's contributed by members, sometime within the next few weeks we will be changing the skins.

We know you have grown to like certain images and colors but what's a fresh look without some changes? The biggest change that will occur is the banner header. Besides the default banner, the other skins will be changed. We did our best to at least keep the color scheme within those skins so you can still have the mood you like. So if you see a difference when you log on, that's what's happening.

Hopefully within time Jochen will take a look at the more technical side of the forum and make his changes there.

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: Robby Vendelin on May 21, 2012, 06:08:11 am

I come :D :) ;) :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: fairydust1974 on January 29, 2013, 03:45:34 pm

i thinks its perfect just the way it is :D

Title: Re:Forum Changes**PLEASE READ**
Post by: arwen_olc on February 02, 2013, 01:31:16 pm

such a long time I've been here... I forgot writting in english wich is not my language but I have to come back here when I saw elijah in the hobbit I remembered this wonderfull website... I'm happy to see an Old Lady is always (and forever !) here. I hopeshe will recognize her and a big hugg if she can read this...


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