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Title: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: 1fastrider on 01/03/18 06:50PM
Do you like the current forum design/layout?  Got another forum whose layout you like? Post up!
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Andy on 01/04/18 05:51AM
the other forums I read use vbulletin and xenforo.  kind of all seem the same from the user side, not sure if there's an admin/mod difference (altho I know xenforo can't split a thread).

I wish there was a 'like' button so I could interact with a thread without having to actually post.  Sometimes it's hard to know if people read/appreciate a post and a reply with a 'i agree' just seem unnecessary.
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: r0ckrat on 01/04/18 09:39AM
Check out ADVRider.com - they have LOTS of those features.

Just looked, they use Xenforo with add-ons by Waindigo. They have a "like" button for posts, and the quoting is really nice. No idea about the admin/mod side. Didn't know Xenforo couldn't split a thread... Is there a need for that?
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Andy on 01/04/18 06:21PM
Didn't know Xenforo couldn't split a thread... Is there a need for that?

when valuable thread drift happens, it's nice to split things off.  conversely, merging threads is nice for duplicate topics.
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 01/05/18 10:18AM
when valuable thread drift happens, it's nice to split things off.  conversely, merging threads is nice for duplicate topics.

So basically every other thread on OCM...
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: thepretender on 01/05/18 11:52AM
Don't much care about the layout right now if it comes up at all it's a win :)
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Diz on 01/05/18 04:28PM
I like it just the way it is.....and active!
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: thtanner on 01/05/18 08:13PM
The only thing I'd like is a "Like" button.

Other than that, just keeping up-to-date with SMF versions would be a plus (security.) I know that's made difficult with the event plugin that's used; there wasn't an updated version last I checked.
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Andy on 01/06/18 08:01AM
Other than that, just keeping up-to-date with SMF versions would be a plus (security.) I know that's made difficult with the event plugin that's used; there wasn't an updated version last I checked.

my understanding is we wrote that event/thread plugin ourselves and it's what kept us from updating. 
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: thtanner on 01/06/18 12:06PM
Other than that, just keeping up-to-date with SMF versions would be a plus (security.) I know that's made difficult with the event plugin that's used; there wasn't an updated version last I checked.

my understanding is we wrote that event/thread plugin ourselves and it's what kept us from updating.

It's a (well.. was. inactive at this time) publicly available plugin. I tracked down the old version on a test install, and tried to work on updating it. It had too many issues with the new version that would require nearly a full re-write to address.

Edit: I did find a similar plugin and was able to implement similar functionality after some modification, though.
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: nomog on 01/06/18 12:08PM
I think the forum is fine the way it is. I'm just glad it's back online.  :30:
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Organic on 01/06/18 03:20PM
Be nice to see 30 recent post when you log on.
Also would like to see the old deadwood non productive stuff go away. Old for sale items cleaned out.

Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: 1fastrider on 01/07/18 06:59PM
seems in general this format is liked but we need to update to latest (ya i know the calendaring thing but can't let that be the limiter).
Title: Re: Forum Design Opinions
Post by: Throttle Chopper on 01/08/18 08:34AM
Overall the design and images has held up over the years.  My suggestion is if you want to attract more sponsors, and as a byproduct more members, add a dynamic space on the site for ads (the goal being no member should have to put their own dime into keeping this website alive).