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You know, it's been 6 months since the big forum migration, so we'd really appreciate it, if you could take a moment to let us know how we're doing in our occasional feedback thread. :)

It's been 6 months since the migration...

GuerrillaGuerrilla416 HelsinkiPosts: 2,426Administrator
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... things are running smoothly and everyone seems to be more or less settled in, so now seems like a good time to spend a moment asking What do you want?

Is there anything you particularly like? How about dislike? What would you like to see more of? What new features (or old features) would you like to see? Is there something that would totally make you visit more often? Is there something keeping you from visiting more often? Should we use more social media? Less social media? Did you even know we have a bunch of social media accounts? Do you only use the Discord? Do you want challenges? Video content? Live streaming? Podcasts? Reviews?

Basically, let us know, how we're doing, and what we should be doing instead. :)
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  • GuerrillaGuerrilla416 HelsinkiPosts: 2,426Administrator
    edited August 14 #2
    Some interesting (well, to me) facts and figures:

    678 members have been active on the forums, since the move.
    157 new registrations.
    44 46 spammers banned.
    3 spam messages have had to be cleaned up.
    0 reported posts.

    219 active threads.
    Work in Progress perhaps unsurprisingly, the most active forum.
    7 model releases.
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  • McCMcC196 Posts: 659Member
    1. I love that the forums have been revitalized and there's an active crew maintaining things again. :heart:
    2. I'm also very glad that the forum layout is still a forum layout. Too many sites (looking at you in particular, Blender Artists) have embraced this ultra-weird, unnavigable tile approach to a discussion forum that is supposed to look "slick" or whatever, but ends up just being hard to read. (I wrote a Tampermonkey script to turn that layout back into a regular forum layout, because it was so cumbersome to me).
    3. On the layout front, this is a tiny, tiny quibble, but a slightly more compact layout on the main forum overview page would be helpful (at least to me!). The header takes up a bunch of space, then the text title below the header that just repeats the header graphic logo in a less interesting way, and says "Welcome to our cool Science Fiction 3D Art Forum!", then the thick section banners, then the big gap between sections...it all ends up eating vertical space in a way that means when first landing on the page, I only see five forums and miss the other five unless I scroll down.
    4. I don't seem to receive e-mail notifications of my threads, despite having configured that in notification settings. That may not be a forum thing; it may just be my own e-mail server being finicky. Figured I'd mention it anyway.
    5. Any chance the signature character limit could be bumped up? I certainly understand the desire to not have signature messages grow to enormous sizes and eat up more vertical space! But right now, it feels very tight.
    6. This may be out of scope for this discussion, but there appears to be a tiny "bug" when switching back from Preview to Edit mode, where the text box will be the same size as the Preview window, but the actual Edit text content is much shorter, and sometimes entirely off-screen. Clicking into the box resizes it properly, so it's a very, very minor thing, but it's a thing all the same.
    7. Is there something that would totally make you visit more often? Is there something keeping you from visiting more often? Not really; I've visited pretty much daily, ever since I got the e-mail about the revamp having happened!
    8. Should we use more social media? Less social media? I find most social media integrations to be cumbersome and unhelpful, myself. If a site offers them, I usually go out of my way to ensure they're turned off in my settings, if that's an option, or configure browser-side blocks, if not!
    9. Did you even know we have a bunch of social media accounts? I did not! But knowing it doesn't really affect anything for me, so... :sweat_smile:
    10. Do you only use the Discord? Not at all, but the Discord has been hugely valuable (hm, does Discord count as social media? feels like chat systems are a different thing to me...) in not only helping me maintain motivation on my own projects, but also in getting excited about other people's projects, and just getting to know members of the community better.
    11. Do you want challenges? Not...yet? It might not ever be something I participate in, either, simply based on time available, but I know they can be pretty popular with folks inclined to pursue them.
    12. Video content? What sort of video content? Not really sure what form this would take, as a "regular feature" sort of thing. Video tutorials or something?
    13. Live streaming? Podcasts? These could be cool. I've thought a lot about live streaming my own modeling sessions to Twitch or similar, if anyone would find any value in that.
    14. Reviews? These could be cool, too; certainly one of the many great things about the Discord has been the presence of the #cg-tech-discussion, #cg-resources, and #inspiration channels for increasing overall awareness of helpful tools and resources that might not otherwise be known about.

    TLDR, though, I'm really happy with the revamp and really happy that things have been revitalized around here!
  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180665 Posts: 8,467Member
    edited August 13 #4
    I'm with @McC, the place looks great. I also love the forum layout, as opposed to some weird wannabe social media site. I've long been a fan of forums, and this was one of the first I ever joined. I was so thrilled to hear you had taken it over and that it had gotten some much needed TLC. I personally don't do social media, discord or any of that stuff.

    By the way, I love the rotating banners. Whenever I hit the homepage or Recent Posts, I like to look at the top to see which one is up. :)
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  • FreakFreak451 Posts: 3,451Member
    The Forum looks great and the layout perfect.
    I too don't really use Social Media. I only check Facebook and post links to my art there so friends and family can see it.

    Like Chris I too love the rotating banners. I know it take time to create them, but I look forwards to seeing more version of it in the future.
  • MadKoiFishMadKoiFish1038 West of the right nutPosts: 3,718Member
    edited August 14 #6
    Wots social media?





    eh yeah, hah seriously do not use it. Forum seems to be fine with all the extras in and tuning done. Cannot think of anything to add that isnt small niggles that have been mentioned or I have not created with my client.

    6months damn heh older you get just farting eats up a week it seems. . . . . .

    wonder how many can see the animated hex pattern in the bg?
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  • GuerrillaGuerrilla416 HelsinkiPosts: 2,426Administrator
    edited August 15 #7
    McC wrote: »
    Any chance the signature character limit could be bumped up? I certainly understand the desire to not have signature messages grow to enormous sizes and eat up more vertical space! But right now, it feels very tight.

    I bumped it up to 280. Hell, Twitter did it too. :tongue:
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  • evil_genius_180evil_genius_180665 Posts: 8,467Member
    edited August 15 #8
    Is there anything that can be done about the thing where you eventually get logged off, even if you select "stay logged in?" I was on my way to work last night (on a bus, not using my phone while driving ;)) and I pulled up the site on my phone only to find out it had logged me off. I didn't have my password with me, nor remember it off the top of my head, so I couldn't post or anything until I got home this morning. :(
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  • AresiusAresius337 Posts: 4,124Member
    Took me a few days to get the bearings right and adjust to the new layout, but after that I can really only agree with the others. It's nice.
  • LonewriterLonewriter228 Posts: 1,031Member
    edited August 16 #10
    It looks great and I am so glad the downloads are back. The one thing is the blue border takes up a lot of screen space. I agree about the stay logged in not working and I had to look around to find out how to edit, other than that, great job.
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  • rojrenrojren292 Louisville, Kentucky USAPosts: 1,464Member
    Everything that I've tried (Which is admittedly, not all that much) seems to work, and it's been quite a while since any unsupervised children with access to a pseudo-imitation jihadist design kit have hacked the site.

    For me the main improvement is that the site is again being operated by people that are taking an active interest in the site. Thanks, by the way.
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  • ashleytingerashleytinger216 Central OhioPosts: 320Member
    Is there anything that can be done about the thing where you eventually get logged off, even if you select "stay logged in?" I was on my way to work last night (on a bus, not using my phone while driving ;)) and I pulled up the site on my phone only to find out it had logged me off. I didn't have my password with me, nor remember it off the top of my head, so I couldn't post or anything until I got home this morning. :(

    This would honestly be my only complaint. I dislike having to login again but that might just be an expired cookie on my end. Everything else has been great.

  • Lizzy777Lizzy777243 PNWPosts: 412Member
    The only issue I have with the forum is the notification menu on the right-hand side. I click an icon and the pop-up is half off of the screen. I haven't tried it with any other browser than Chrome, and I'm using a 1440x900 rez monitor.

    Other than that, it works like most other classic web forums. And that's good enough for me.
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  • RekkertRekkert480 Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPosts: 1,642Member
    I'm really happy the forum got revitalized and the new life it's getting from new members. :)

    I already listed my list of (very inconsequential) "issues" here, but those are very small and don't really affect my enjoyment of the site or visit habits.

    As to what new or returning features I'd like to see, challenges are probably at the top of my list, but even that is by no means a "must have" in my book.

    Regarding social media, I know it's there but I don't really care one way or the other. :p
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