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Post by Ascendant on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 1:46 am

Since you don't have a suggestions board, I'll just post here.

First of all, Ho-Oh's Realm, Jolteon's Hideout, The Cave of Dragonflies and the rest of the links in your "Affiliates" are NOT affiliates; they're links. If someone told those sites about this, you would have a lot of trouble on your hands. I suggest either removing them, or renaming the box to "Links" or something like that. And to add to that, you've horribly stretched the images; they're all 88x31 and shouldn't need to be stretched. In case you fail hard at HTML, the code should be:

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<div align="center"><img src="http://www.site.com/image.png" /></div><br />
<div align="center"><img src="http://www.site.com/image.png" /></div><br />
<div align="center"><img src="http://www.site.com/image.png" /></div><br />
<div align="center"><img src="http://www.site.com/image.png" /></div>

And so on.

Secondly, your theming sucks. That grey box around the chatbox? Hell no, get rid of it. It's not that hard. Your usergroup (admin, mod, etc.) colours? They blend in too much with the background, as showed by the legend. The default member colour? That's just as bad; you never have it as black. Choose another colour, even a dark grey if you have to. Also, the banner at the top with the text next to it is just horrible. Remove the text and remake the banner so it stretches across the entire top page. And jeez, those SIDE BARS just don't fit in. At all. And the general forum colour (sharp-edged boxes around the forum and everything) sucks. Please, make some images and replace them so they actually look somewhat decent. At this rate your site is going to suck harder than my first.

Configurable options. I have to congratulate you on enabling Quick Reply, unless it was activated by default (haven't used forumotions for a long time now so i'm not sure), but you still have other options you should activate. In your administration panel, go to Display -> Structure and Hierarchy -> Hierarchy and put "Show Last Topic Titles On Index" as yes. You can leave the length as default or change it to whatever you like. It's basically how many characters are shown. It's your choice though, and that's only a suggestion. Also, enabling reputation is a good idea as it's a nice option to have, but once again, that's optional.

I also suggest that you enable the portal: Modules -> Portal Management (you'll need to install it with the click of the button unless that changed). The portal is like a main site. If you want an idea of that, have a look at http://ho-ohrealm.forumotion.net/portal.htm and see what Shiny-Ho-Oh and I did with the portal. If you have a portal, you can get rid of those damn annoying forum widgets. Seriously, no one wants them hanging on the side.

By the way, copying TST's user levels won't get you anywhere, lol, be creative and make your own. I learnt it the hard way, and it wasn't that nice either. Seriously, don't have the "don't copy" others motif hammered into you like what happened to me, because I can guarantee it's not a nice experience. Honestly, I don't find copying that bad as long as you give credit, and it is flattery, but some people will take offence to it and bawww all over you.

As I haven't used forumotions for quite some time I am rather rusty and I can't remember what else should be change, but yeah, that's the majority of what I think right now. You've actually done a decent job on the configuration as most people just leave forumotion's crappy defaults and you've gotten most of the options configured, so well done.

If you want any help, I'll be willing to work on this site with you, so long as you don't question what I do. Not to brag or anything, but I do have a lot of experience with site administration, especially in regards to forumotions as I started out using it. Of course, it's begun to degrade over the years, sadly, but it's still okay.

Overall, a decent effort and nice site, but you still have a lot of improvements to make. I'll hang around and watch your progress with interest, something which I haven't had for a very long time now.
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Re: Suggestions

Post by Wyvern on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 8:54 am

Oh my, I never thought of a Suggestion board...Oh well, this isnt the wrong place to post it anyway, It helps us.

First, Silver was the one who added the Affilate banners, so you should let her know. She made the site, so you should try to talk with her. I removed most of the sites, and I only left Kecleon´s Island since its a friend´s site, Light Umbreon. About the theme, I cant really do much about it, even as a Admin I have to ask her permission to do so. Quick Reply is alredy activated, too. I also checked the "Show Last Topic Titles On Index" as you said, and enabled the Portal. The Portal was on before, but somehow it dissapeared.

User Levels? I´ve seen a couple of sites with the same Levels. But ill try changing them to something, well, better. I have never been a Admin before so im kind of getting used to having to watch over the forum while Silver cant. We are still trying to make it better, and I kind of know that you´re experienced with this, so... I was kind of thinking we should make you a Mod or something, I´ve seen what you done on Ho-Oh Realms.

Im sorry if you have trouble understanding me, My English isnt very good. Im trying to improve.

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Re: Suggestions

Post by Ascendant on Thu 07 Apr 2011, 1:56 pm

I never said to remove it, only change the affiliates title to "Links" instead of "Affiliates".

Also, I said that you already activated Quick Reply, and I congratulated you on that. You also need to fix the colour for the profile text legends (Age:, Gender: etc.), because that white is killing my eyes. Not good on light blue.

And as I said before, I don't really mind; I'll help you if you want me to, or not at all. By the way, try not to backstab people in your chatbox because others can see it...

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Re: Suggestions

Post by Sunny on Fri 08 Apr 2011, 5:44 am

do you own ho-oh's realm? do you want to affiliate? (I know only admins should ask this, but I'm preemptively popping the question just in case xD )
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Re: Suggestions

Post by Ascendant on Fri 08 Apr 2011, 5:57 am

I am an administrator, Nightshadow, of Ho-Oh's Realm. Yes I could put your button up, but this site needs more improvement before I'd be willing to even propose it.

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Post by Sunny on Fri 08 Apr 2011, 9:00 am

sounds good, I trust the admins here will do an amazing job ^_^. Arent they doing it already? What a Face
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Re: Suggestions

Post by Ascendant on Tue 12 Apr 2011, 11:13 pm

My eyes D:

You guys need to fix the admin username colour...or change the background. Try using a light green maybe? Same with mod.

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Post by Wyvern on Thu 14 Apr 2011, 4:55 pm

Im just testing some colours, im sorry for not changing them. Will try to change right away.

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Post by Ascendant on Thu 14 Apr 2011, 8:02 pm

The current green clashes with the background (the mild blue background in the legend specifically). Same with the orange.

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