New Branding / Cosmetic Reforms

Discussion in 'Suggestion Box' started by PhillipJLee, Oct 2, 2013.

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  1. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    Only if it is sung to the tune of 'House of the Rising Sun' (and be nice, or I'll provide a youtube link.)
     
  2. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    I rarely even look at the main forum page. Just bookmark the control panel: PB and after checking for threads I have subscribed to with responses I just select the New Posts
     
  3. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    The first paragraph was everything trendy that I could think of in the church work field. It helps that one of my kids pastors a large church with a coffee bar in the lobby and big screen televisions featuring the rockin rifs of the worship band.

    The second paragraph with the marketing jargon consisted in stringing together all of the things I have to listen to from our web consultants. And, yes, they really talk like this. It is everything I can do to keep from laughing at them.
     
  4. sevenzedek

    sevenzedek Puritan Board Junior

    Who needs change when we have just received refurbished black and white Theologian Portraits? Isn't that enough? Besides, while the desktop version of the site has black and blue options, Tapatalk has me covered with an additional black or red theme on my iPhone that goes well with my fair-trade Macchiato. Macchiato? Scratch that. I've moved on to the mocha pot for the home brew cheap-o. If I add a little pumpkin spice for a seasonal flare, all my concerns about themes goes away anyway, but I wouldn't be opposed to a well done update. Hey! Can we have our own church sign too? Of course, the sign would need to be edited by our PB moderators who already govern the threads very well (has anyone seen the present chaos of other web forums? Run away now!). We wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that Jesus is frantically searching for Facebook likes.
     
  5. PhillipJLee

    PhillipJLee Puritan Board Freshman

    I wouldn't have expected a notion as updating PB to have gone any differently than it has, considering our Reformed heritage, but it is interesting to see how quickly a connection was made from technological user-friendliness to seemingly liberal ideology?

    User-friendliness is sometimes subjective but I see some areas that I think could use improvement if there was an opportunity and context to seriously consider a "clean up" or revision. In my opinion, technology, unlike theology, does not always work best conservatively or traditionally -- even though there is nothing necessarily wrong with a horse and carriage, I'm sure most of us drive an automobile? I appeal to the logical inference of the illustration, nothing more :)
     
  6. Covenant Joel

    Covenant Joel Puritan Board Sophomore

    I'm hardly one against change or updating of technology. But perhaps you could be specific as to the changes you'd like to see? Mostly what I hear is that what we have seems to be working, so unlike a church website (which should be regularly updated and reflect current technology if possible), the forum is laid out in an easy to use manner. I similarly just use the "New Posts" feature to check things here.

    But if you gave some specific examples or a sample somewhere else online, perhaps PB members would be more interested in the idea.

    :2cents:
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    If you wanted to do something helpful, you might work on the plug in for the 'Helpful' button. In the old days, it would show who clicked it and give credit for a post. That was lost in one of the upgrades to the underlying software, and it's certainly beyond my skill level.
     
  8. jogri17

    jogri17 Puritan Board Junior

    Sudden graphics or sound clips? I haven't seen those on sites since the early 00s.
     
  9. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    I thought that was disabled on purpose?
     
  10. Somerset

    Somerset Puritan Board Junior

    When you enter the site of one of my competitors, a pink butterfly flits across the screen. "Flit" is being optimistic - takes for ever to load.
     
  11. anotherpilgrim

    anotherpilgrim Puritan Board Freshman

    I would agree with Philip that the board could use a bit of redesigning.

    And I don't mean it needs anything flashy and colorful; I mean mostly with regard to typography.

    The main content of this board is words, and I have to admit, with the current typography of the board design, it was very hard for me to read through and follow long posts and discussions.

    After a while, I actually installed a browser plugin called 'Stylish' which let's us on your own computer restyle websites the way you want, and I've tweaked a few things to help the readability for me personally.

    I'll try to post pictures of what I mean with regard to readability; it may be better to show than tell in this case =)
     
  12. anotherpilgrim

    anotherpilgrim Puritan Board Freshman

  13. Logan

    Logan Puritan Board Junior

    Anish,

    I will say that your layout looks easier to read. Sometimes I shrink the width on my browser because if there are really long posts I have a hard time reading (lines are too long). Looks like you've got it down to about 60 characters or so?
     
  14. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

  15. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    For one and 3 I get two white rectangles with a vertical bar between them; for two and four, the rectangles are black.

    They may be using some sort of scripting that I block.
     
  16. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    Possibly. I got a tiny vertical line on the left of my screen, but when I hovered over it, I saw the magnifying glass. Once I clicked it, it enlarged to "normal viewing."
     
  17. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    That's 'cause they are images. Screenshots, essentially.

    It is a personal preference situation. I don't like Anish's improved versions, but I'm sure it is simply personal preference. It's the same reason I could never warm up to Firefox as a browser over the years. The font layout bothered me too much.
     
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