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Site UI, UX and formatting

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homeworld1031tx
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Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby homeworld1031tx » 11 Nov 2016 09:55

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Ctroy, thank you so much for getting the site back online. I'm a huge fan of the site and have been a daily user for the last 7 or so years - which I think shows how much value I attribute to the site and its content.

That being said (uh oh...), I think there's a good conversation to be had about the new site's usability, mainly pertaining to its design. Its interfacing is quite good, once you get past the design layer, but because of the design and layout, the UI is still negatively impacted. I've posted two screen shots below to help illustrate my frustrations with the design of the site. Please keep in mind that I view the site on a 13" laptop with a very hi res screen, so I have to have default windows zoom options enabled, but I think this is the norm for anyone viewing the site on any modern laptop. Browser level zoom is not enabled on my computer. Viewing on an updated Chrome with 100pct (default) zoom settings.

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1) The header banner is absolutely massive and is visible on every page. It's a beautiful shot, but a pic that big and intrusive should really only be on a landing page. Once someone gets to the site, they know where they are and don't need to be reminded every time.
2) The social media links being displayed at all times on the side bar are distracting, and when zoomed, overlap with page content. Most of those links are also completely static so they don't need to follow the user around. If it was an option to 'share' your current page, I could kind of get it (but personally still wouldn't like it), but considering that they are static links to the same page everywhere you go, I think they're extremely redundant. I personally don't need a facebook link to the cotton belt line facebook page crowding out my content when I'm trying to read a 20 post long page.
3) This is probably partially a result of my global zoom settings (but again, as with most laptops if things were set to default I wouldn't be able to read anything) but there is no content immediately available when you land on a topic thread. This of course goes back to point 1 about the banner, but also relates to a further point in the next image.
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1) Individual post headers are MASSIVE (cannot overstate that enough) and extraordinarily repetitive. Once someone is within a thread, a single larger header for the thread title can be at the top of the page, but definitely does not need to be in each individual post.
2) Related to point 1, the content is completely unfocused. This is probably mostly a result of everything else having extra weight and focus, but the content of the post is literally the least focused and apparent thing on the screen.
3) This is definitely a minor thing but the post creator information being on the right side of the post just feels off. While it's partially a result of it just being a 'change' from the original forum, it also goes against the convention of every other forum platform I've seen, so it's just weird and distracting.


Anyway, it's hard to talk about UX/UI stuff without coming off as condescending and hipsterish, but I really wanted to get my point out there because I think it could help other people enjoy the forum more. Content loss aside from the old forum, I find myself checking the new one FAR less frequently than I did the old platform, and I think it's mostly just because it's a chore to parse out all of the information on the page
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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby homeworld1031tx » 11 Nov 2016 10:08

Just for a quick comparison, this is what the site looks like on at 1920x1200 res screen, with no zoom options enabled either in windows or in the browser. definitely better, but most of the points still have bearing.

Also, there is no easy navigation options to go back once you're within a thread. If I'm in the 'deep ellum v1' thread in the 'urban dev' section of 'the metropolis' subforum, there is no way to navigate upwards through parent hierarchies of your current view. I have to scroll all the way (first world problem, i know..) to the top of the page and click on the tiny DFWU Home link that's floating above the header image. The old vbulletin forum (ugly but oh so functional) had a nice "DFWU Forum > The Metropolis > Urban Dev > Current Post" link list at the top of every post that made navigation a breeze.

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 11 Nov 2016 10:44

^...what he said. I access the forum from a regular old desktop computer, occasionally a laptop but never from a mobile computer.

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 11 Nov 2016 10:44

homeworld1031tx wrote:FIRST THINGS FIRST: Ctroy, thank you so much for getting the site back online.


especially this

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby homeworld1031tx » 15 Nov 2016 11:10

Could we get the "Dm" icon link at the top left (with the social media posts) to link t dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com instead of dallasmetropolis.com. would be a good stand in for navigating to the forum homepage isntead of having to scroll up to the very top. just a thought

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby The_Overdog » 30 Mar 2017 08:41

I don't know much about internet security or if anything changed recently, but the site is getting a "not secure" tag from Chrome, and is now blocked on my company's internet for the same reason.

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 30 Mar 2017 09:32

at home, Chrome is fine with the site....

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 30 Mar 2017 09:32

at home, Chrome is fine with the site....

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 30 Mar 2017 09:32

at home, Chrome is fine with the site....

It's running slow and choppy, though

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 30 Mar 2017 13:22

I am not getting any warning from Chrome at home or at work for me.

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby Hannibal Lecter » 30 Mar 2017 17:45

You'll get the Not Secure message if you try accessing the site via https://dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com/. Use http://dfwu.dallasmetropolis.com/ and you don't get it.

Ironically, you really are more secure using the HTTPS link. That way everything is encrypted. The warning is because the name on the server certificate (*.prod.iad2.secureserver.net) doesn't match the site URL.

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby I45Tex » 25 Apr 2017 03:25

So I used the insert URL option in the Full Editor, and all I got was a lousy t-shirt (and two bracketed plaintext URL tags on either side of a non-working link). Can we get a button for HREF tags, or are they somewhere that I haven't noticed?

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby DPatel304 » 25 Apr 2017 08:48

Works for me. I added https:// to the beginning of your link. Most likely the website just didn't recognize it as a website without http:// or www.

https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby f4shionablecha0s » 29 Jul 2017 20:48

Seriously, what can we do to fix the coathanger abortion of a user interface this forum has now? What exactly is the purpose of the "Dm" black bar currently obscuring part of the text entry box I'm using right now? Why is the banner at the top of the page so ludicrously huge? Why do I have to click on a picture of the mobile interface to enter the forum?

It's just bizarre...

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Re: Site UI, UX and formatting

Postby tamtagon » 23 Oct 2017 10:25

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Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached.


when I try to attach an image, I get this message. Anyone else getting this?


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