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  • #20353
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    Sean Collins
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    Hi everyone,

    So to make this short, I have volunteered to help upgrade and update the site in whatever way possible. I will be posting updates when I can on my progress but I also hope to hear your input on what the site needs or a feature you may want.

    #20354
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    Sean Collins
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    Goal:

    To make improvements that both increase and improve functionality while making the site more user friendly for guest, current members, and potential clients.

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    #20355
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    Sean Collins
    Participant

    Current Progress:

    • Connected to FTP and transferred theme data
    • Created a new local MySQL Database for Testing
    • Working on integration of LEGO mini-fig head emojis
    • Sketching out a new front page layout
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    #20356
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    Sean Collins
    Participant

    Updates:

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    #20357
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    Sean Collins
    Participant

    Approved For Roll Out:

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    #20358
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    Sean Collins
    Participant

    Suggested Ideas:

    • Redesign of website front page
    • Icons next to topic names to see who posted last
    • Search feature for old posts (user specific)
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    #20374
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    Tim
    Participant

    One feature that used to exist was that a tiny avatar of the last poster appeared beside each Topic heading in the “Recently active topics”. You could then see if anyone had responded to your last post without actually clicking on the topic. If you saw your own avatar, there were (obviously) no further updates. If there was an easy way to bring that back, that would be great.

    Another discussion is that the front page needs to be updated. Josh did a great job when originally throwing up the site, but it would be neat to have some of our groups awesome photos on the front page at the top. The text could use a bit of refreshing as well, although there will probably be much debate on the exact text to be used.

    #20376
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    Greg Schubert
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    but it would be neat to have some of our groups awesome photos on the front page

    Agreed! The LUG main page should be more visually inviting to people interested in becoming new members or to people who are curious about what we do. There should be photos of SteelCity MOC’s covering the home page.

    #20378
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    Sean Collins
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    One feature that used to exist was that a tiny avatar of the last poster appeared beside each Topic heading in the “Recently active topics”. You could then see if anyone had responded to your last post without actually clicking on the topic. If you saw your own avatar, there were (obviously) no further updates. If there was an easy way to bring that back, that would be great.

    I imagine this feature may have been removed to help increase loading time. Maybe I can do something like a mouse roll over where when you put your mouse over a topic it’ll show you that information

    but it would be neat to have some of our groups awesome photos on the front page

    Agreed! The LUG main page should be more visually inviting to people interested in becoming new members or to people who are curious about what we do. There should be photos of SteelCity MOC’s covering the home page.

    This was a topic of discussion when I proposed my help to Josh, so since this seems important to not just me I’ll make this my first priority. Considering its not a small upgrade but a redesign I’ll be taking my time with it.

    Also quick note this section of the forum (Site Admin) doesnt seem to be private.

    #20454
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    Matt Redfield
    Keymaster

    Also quick note this section of the forum (Site Admin) doesnt seem to be private.

    Oh noes!

    #subbed

    #20474
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    Matt Redfield
    Keymaster

    I made this comment elsewhere, but thought I’d bring it over for clarity:

    IDEA: could we put a link to the Activity & Challenge thread‘s first pos on the homepage, so it’s always easy to find?

    Actually, it might be nice to have certain key / longstanding threads highlighted, outside of the “10 most recently active threads” list, so we can keep things on the radar even if they haven’t been commented on lately. I’m thinking of how when we have several events upcoming, plus other “noise” threads (#threadjacking) going on, sometimes one or more slip out of the most recents and get forgotten for a while… So the list could include Next LUG Meeting, LUGBulk 20XX, Build Challenges (could be quickly pulled up from anywhere you have people and bricks and need ideas), and Upcoming Events & Displays. And maybe something else I’m forgetting…

    #20502
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    Sean Collins
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    I made this comment elsewhere, but thought I’d bring it over for clarity:

    IDEA: could we put a link to the Activity & Challenge thread‘s first pos on the homepage, so it’s always easy to find?

    Actually, it might be nice to have certain key / longstanding threads highlighted, outside of the “10 most recently active threads” list, so we can keep things on the radar even if they haven’t been commented on lately. I’m thinking of how when we have several events upcoming, plus other “noise” threads (#threadjacking) going on, sometimes one or more slip out of the most recents and get forgotten for a while… So the list could include Next LUG Meeting, LUGBulk 20XX, Build Challenges (could be quickly pulled up from anywhere you have people and bricks and need ideas), and Upcoming Events & Displays. And maybe something else I’m forgetting…

    I saw your Tag and yeah its possible. My only concern is how to identify those key topics as everyone has their own idea of what maybe important. Maybe we should do a Favorite or Bookmark type of thing. This way we could give everyone the ability to choose what is important to them.

    #20503
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    Matt Redfield
    Keymaster

    My only concern is how to identify those key topics as everyone has their own idea of what maybe important. Maybe we should do a Favorite or Bookmark type of thing. This way we could give everyone the ability to choose what is important to them.

    NO. I’m the Ambassador, and what I say goes. Set in stone. #jokesnewguyswillnotget

    Maybe a blend – certain things we keep visible for everyone, then allow for bookmarks too?

    #20504
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    Benjamin C Good
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    >> as everyone has their own idea of what maybe important.

    True. But one thing that’s always important – and is also especially important for people coming to the website for the first time – is when the next quarterly meeting is. Off the top of my head, every other LUG website I’ve ever been to has had ‘Next scheduled meeting’ information prominently displayed, and we should do the same.

    #20506
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    Sean Collins
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    NO. I’m the Ambassador, and what I say goes. Set in stone. #jokesnewguyswillnotget

    Yep, way over my head.

    Maybe a blend – certain things we keep visible for everyone, then allow for bookmarks too?

    True. But one thing that’s always important – and is also especially important for people coming to the website for the first time – is when the next quarterly meeting is. Off the top of my head, every other LUG website I’ve ever been to has had ‘Next scheduled meeting’ information prominently displayed, and we should do the same.

    OK so this means we would need two sections. One for Events the LUG is doing and one for Bookmarked topics.

    #20508
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    Matt Redfield
    Keymaster

    Yep, way over my head.

    You’ll learn, padawan. You’ll learn…

    So… there are 5 pages of “set in stone” posts on our forums. But this is the first one, the one that started them all. I think it spawned our first LUG fight…? Luckily, it was quickly resolved once people recognized typos for what they were…

    #threadjacking – hey, there’s another inside joke!

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    #20778
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    Benjamin C Good
    Participant

    One thing I really dislike here is the limit on scrolling through my own old posts. I don’t know if this a WordPress limitation or not, so I don’t know if we can do anything about it. For example, tonight I was scrolling through old posts (yes, I was looking for something specific; no, it wasn’t a trip through memory lane, dorks; no, I didn’t find what I was looking for), and you scroll down to the bottom, and then if you want more, you click ‘Load More’ and it brings them up, and you keep doing that… to a certain point. Then it reverts back to the beginning and lists the most recent posts again. I don’t know if the limit is set by time or by number of posts – I clicked ‘Load More’ multiple times and the posts went back about 2 months. So if I want any post older than that, I would have to manually search through the forums to find it.

    #20779
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    Benjamin C Good
    Participant

    Because I was searching through the forums today though, it did occur to me that another change that can be made is redoing how the topics are organized. Things are somewhat messy now, certain topics can be difficult to find, and people creating redundant threads is a problem. I assume that Josh laid everything out the best he could in 2012, but with 4.5 years of hindsight, I think it can now be done better. I can certainly propose something.

    One issue would be what to do with old topics though, since presumably moving them would break all the links that connect them. So I’m guessing they’d have to be filed off somewhere under ‘Old Forums’ and then have a new system going forward. But I don’t know enough about the technical side of things to say for sure.

    #20792
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    Sean Collins
    Participant

    I’ve been sick the last few days and before that i was taking care of my family cause they were sick so sorry for the late reply. I can look into a search feature for old post that shouldn’t be hard. As far as archiving old outdated posts we would need to manually have each topic archived. And with 4.5 years of data on the site i would believe changing forum systems now would be a real pain. possible but work intensive and in the end cause more problems than it would solve until everything was integrated.

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