Recent Downtime (11/02/2018) – Forum Upgrade

Girls wIth Guns

Stand User
I just want our large avatars back... I'm not going to bother using them if they're going to be so small. Just get used to my turd-brown G.

And like Buzzkillington stated above, I also vote for a selectable dark theme option, this bright background is killing my eyes.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
I can't even think what the major differences are (caches and WayBackMachine are proving useless for comparison as they won't load the formatting, just walls of text) I mean the old site was light greys and whites too, right? There must be something though because the new site does seem a little... low contrast, perhaps, on a large screen? But as I mentioned above text does look way clearer now.
 

Teapot

Warrior of Light
Administrator
@ayase @Girls wIth Guns To clarify, regarding the avatars: The larger avatars we had before was a mod, which I haven't yet replicated for the new forum. I'm going to take a look at doing so and enlarging the avatars here when I can – so no promises regarding the timeframe, but it's something I actively want and that I'm looking into. :)

Regarding a dark theme and this theme's contrast: I hear you all loud and clear, it's definitely on the list to sort out! As I mentioned before, the theme we're using right now is the forum software default with some very minor tweaks, so there aren't too many easy improvements I can make without some fairly major theme surgery. However, I am currently working on a new theme to match the main site and AUKN's brand, and I will be endeavouring to include your feedback as part of that process. Building a theme from scratch is a big job, so I wouldn't expect it anytime soon, but it is very much on the cards.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
That all sounds very promising @Teapot, I’ll watch this space with anticipation. I use dark themes on some websites, but I’m not sure I would here, I’m so used to AUKN being grey and blue.

To add some positive feedback as well, I think the new forum works and looks great on mobile, which I gather was a major goal of this redesign and in that respect it’s certainly succeeded. If you can manage to tailor the avatars and formatting to look equally good on desktop, that will be great.
 

Captaaainuniverse

Guild Member
@ayase @Girls wIth Guns To clarify, regarding the avatars: The larger avatars we had before was a mod, which I haven't yet replicated for the new forum. I'm going to take a look at doing so and enlarging the avatars here when I can – so no promises regarding the timeframe, but it's something I actively want and that I'm looking into. :)

Regarding a dark theme and this theme's contrast: I hear you all loud and clear, it's definitely on the list to sort out! As I mentioned before, the theme we're using right now is the forum software default with some very minor tweaks, so there aren't too many easy improvements I can make without some fairly major theme surgery. However, I am currently working on a new theme to match the main site and AUKN's brand, and I will be endeavouring to include your feedback as part of that process. Building a theme from scratch is a big job, so I wouldn't expect it anytime soon, but it is very much on the cards.
as awesome as fixing the look to fit the site sounds, I'm probably going to go for the dark theme as soon as it's there
 

D1tchd1gger

Chuunibyou
Woot my posts from my first account which disappeared from my Account Post Search are back. Nothing too exciting, seems I mainly posted in Gaming, Manga Force thread and the AnimeCentral thread.
Also sign-upiversary 🎉 First Post

PS @Teapot the post disappeared again when I went away from this page to check whether my link worked. Might be something to do with Preview, maybe the system thinks the message has been posted and no longer needs to saves?
 

Teapot

Warrior of Light
Administrator
Wow, fast work on the avatars, Teapot! Yay!! Well, bigger, but not allowing tall rectangular avatars as of yet - but still better than those tiny avs.
Still working on that. I don't know if we'll be able to do it as easily on the new forum, if at all – I'll spend some time investigating it and see what we can do.
 

Teapot

Warrior of Light
Administrator
I'm guessing custom themes is off the cards if you're working on an AUKN theme?
Not at all. At the very least, we'll eventually have light and dark variants of the AUKN theme, so I see no reason why we couldn't offer other variants too if we wanted.
 

Teapot

Warrior of Light
Administrator
What's the avatar size now?
The forum software does some manipulation of the images, so it’s best to upload an image that’s at least 192x192px, but I just upload the original and let the forum deal with it these days. The upload limit should be high enough that most images will upload without needing any manual alteration.
 
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