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NewsMaster
12/21/2013 8:06:13 PM


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Gradual Site Re-Design

In the next several days we'll be updating the site's design. During this period you may notice that some sections/pages will have the new design while others will have the old design. Despite the design differences, the site functionality remains the same.

Today we updated the front page section. It's the most complicated one as it pulls a lot of data from many other sections.

Feel free to post any thoughts/bugs/suggestions here in this thread, as it's still very much a beta version
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Independents
12/21/2013 8:13:38 PM


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If you still did not setup your site avatar, you are strongly advised to do so, as the new FN will use avatars in most sections.

Here's a link to upload and setup an avatar.

If an avatar is not setup, the system will show a default avatar for your account:
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MsgtBob
Republicans
12/21/2013 11:07:46 PM


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I like the new look of the home page, but I think the trophies should be visible as default and disappear when you mouse over (instead of the reverse). Just personal opinion of course.
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silvercanine
Independents
12/22/2013 12:53:04 AM


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congrats Vlad for the new theme really awesome ellegant look..."and freakingnews turned blue"thats cool"i like the new icons "Trophies and medals alot"...i agree with bob its important to show the trophy and the details permenantly and when u hover the mouse in the entry it should disappear "reverse the action"plus the text of picture of the day should turned Blue color or may be red"..in my humble opinion...Viva FreakingNews
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HoHouse
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12/22/2013 3:41:16 AM


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Merry Christmas there are no Happy Holidays Looking Good Vlad
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PSMandrake
Independents
12/22/2013 6:26:01 AM


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Hi mate Vlad! Compliments! "Updates theme fantastic!"
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pcrdds
Independents
12/22/2013 8:50:22 AM


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Looking GREAT so far, Vladster! Keep up the good work!
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Xaos54
Independents
12/22/2013 11:23:00 AM


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Love the new look! AAA+++ from me, Vlad!
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SplatShot
Independents
12/22/2013 1:50:49 PM


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Looking Sharp/Crisp Newsy!
I like the mouse-over links in the header, but most of all I love the (align = center).
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IcyAllEyeCan
Independents
12/23/2013 5:36:20 PM


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NewsMaster
Independents
12/23/2013 6:28:04 PM


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Thanks again for the compliments, guys!

I take them as a credit for the rest of the site re-design. In fact today I was about to finish the new "entry page" design, but decided to do it Tuesday. It's well worth the wait though - I personally love the new entry page design - when you see it you will know why

Keep checking Tuesday
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Independents
12/23/2013 6:31:24 PM


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And in case you are interested - all the design is done by your obedient servant from scratch. No third party templates were used. Though I did get some inspiration from the facebook comment style.

[Edited by User on 12/23/2013 6:29:03 PM]
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12/23/2013 7:28:16 PM


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On 12/21/2013 11:07:46 PM, MsgtBob said:
I like the new look of the home page, but I think the trophies should be visible as default and disappear when you mouse over (instead of the reverse). Just personal opinion of course.



Bob and silvercanine, I tried the trophies shown by default and they overlap the small thumbnails too much. I also tried then shown under the thumbnails, but they break apart these nicely grouped thumbnails. Either with hovers, or after clicking through to the contest page, the winners and trophies are shown in all their glory though, so lets keep it this way for now.

by the way, the contest page redesign is coming too. Will be launched before the new year for sure.
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Independents
12/25/2013 2:48:40 PM


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After several days of blood and sweat, finished the entry page redesign. Hope you likey!
Next to be redesigned is the entry full view, then the contest view pages.

Post any bugs you notice here.

Merry Christmas!
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MsgtBob
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12/25/2013 10:14:42 PM


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On 12/25/2013 2:48:40 PM, NewsMaster said:
After several days of blood and sweat, finished the entry page redesign. Hope you likey!
Next to be redesigned is the entry full view, then the contest view pages.

Post any bugs you notice here.

Merry Christmas!



When I first clicked on comment under an entry, it was really crowded, with other pictures from the contest filling up the right hand side. It was too crowded-looking to me. I tried clicking comment again, and now that page is all screwed up (on all entries), with disconnected text running down the page, until you scroll down and finally get to the image, then under that the comments, but the avatars are way bigger than the comments, and it really is not appealing.
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NewsMaster
Independents
12/25/2013 11:32:44 PM


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On 12/25/2013 10:14:42 PM, MsgtBob said:

On 12/25/2013 2:48:40 PM, NewsMaster said:
After several days of blood and sweat, finished the entry page redesign. Hope you likey!
Next to be redesigned is the entry full view, then the contest view pages.

Post any bugs you notice here.

Merry Christmas!



When I first clicked on comment under an entry, it was really crowded, with other pictures from the contest filling up the right hand side. It was too crowded-looking to me. I tried clicking comment again, and now that page is all screwed up (on all entries), with disconnected text running down the page, until you scroll down and finally get to the image, then under that the comments, but the avatars are way bigger than the comments, and it really is not appealing.



I know what you are talking about - I was a bug for several minutes that screwed up all entry pages. It's all fixed now - please check again.

About the "crowded" part - maybe it looked too crowded because of the bug. The new design does show the thumbnails from other entries. If we remove them the right side there will be empty and lonely...
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MsgtBob
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12/25/2013 11:49:06 PM


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On 12/25/2013 11:32:44 PM, NewsMaster said:

On 12/25/2013 10:14:42 PM, MsgtBob said:

On 12/25/2013 2:48:40 PM, NewsMaster said:
After several days of blood and sweat, finished the entry page redesign. Hope you likey!
Next to be redesigned is the entry full view, then the contest view pages.

Post any bugs you notice here.

Merry Christmas!



When I first clicked on comment under an entry, it was really crowded, with other pictures from the contest filling up the right hand side. It was too crowded-looking to me. I tried clicking comment again, and now that page is all screwed up (on all entries), with disconnected text running down the page, until you scroll down and finally get to the image, then under that the comments, but the avatars are way bigger than the comments, and it really is not appealing.



I know what you are talking about - I was a bug for several minutes that screwed up all entry pages. It's all fixed now - please check again.

About the "crowded" part - maybe it looked too crowded because of the bug. The new design does show the thumbnails from other entries. If we remove them the right side there will be empty and lonely...



Yep, the glitch is fixed. I still think it looks too crowded with the other images. Maybe if you make the comment text larger that could take up more of the empty space left behind if you remove the images? (just the comment text though, you can leave the blue text as is - just my opinion).
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DesignerKratos
Republicans
12/26/2013 2:25:59 PM


Status: Commander in Chief
Wow alot off things has changed since my last entry in this awesome site & between my Family here in FN !!! i Miss you all guys !! I liked the new look of site Vlad !! Really Amazing
Wish i could get some free time to join with you again guys !!
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NewsMaster
Independents
12/26/2013 8:52:18 PM


Status: Commander in Chief

On 12/25/2013 11:49:06 PM, MsgtBob said:
Yep, the glitch is fixed. I still think it looks too crowded with the other images. Maybe if you make the comment text larger that could take up more of the empty space left behind if you remove the images? (just the comment text though, you can leave the blue text as is - just my opinion).


Even if we make the comment box wider and comment text bigger it will not take up all the space, and it will actually look awkward because most comments are short and thus the right side of the wide comment box will be mostly empty.
I played about with the comment box width before setting it on the width it is now.
Dunno, the thumbs of other images look nice to me actually, not crowded, but my opinion may be biased since it's my own design


[Edited by User on 12/26/2013 8:52:49 PM]
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Independents
12/26/2013 8:54:14 PM


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On 12/26/2013 2:25:59 PM, DesignerKratos said:
Wow alot off things has changed since my last entry in this awesome site & between my Family here in FN !!! i Miss you all guys !! I liked the new look of site Vlad !! Really Amazing
Wish i could get some free time to join with you again guys !!



Wow, this is a blast from the past! Nice to see you again, Kratos!
Even if you are busy, visit FN from time to time to at least browse new contests, if not entering.

Happy Holidays to you!
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Independents
12/26/2013 8:55:50 PM


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The Full View entry pages have been updated too - take a look!

Next to do are probably login pages and forums.
The contest pages are very complex and will take longer to update, so we'll do them beginning of January I think.

[Edited by User on 12/26/2013 8:56:04 PM]
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