Time constraints have prevented accomplishing what was discussed in this 10 month old thread -
SEEKING MEMBER INPUT: ATS.5/3 - give your feedback
Not to mention, it's just me doing the work.
However, some promising new progress has been made.
New board home - screen shot
Site home page - screen shot
Recent posts page - screen shot
While the above examples show a dark-on-light execution, do not fear, logged-in members will have the option to select a light-on-dark alternative
that will be much more fully integrated than the last time we tried that.
Also, with our new approach at a modern CSS3/HTML5 web app execution, all of those screen shots combined use only two image files -- we're greatly
reducing the "weight" of ATS pages for faster loading, especially on mobile devices.
As the daunting task of propagating the new clean user experience into deeper pages such as threads, I need to know how much of ATS legacy features
will break your heart if we loose or otherwise alter them. These include:
1) Mini-profile background images:
Yeah, I love this one too. But the added complexity it brings to normalizing the visual design makes it hard
to bring the new clean simplification to the display of threads.
A few of the newer/modern forum systems - and updates to existing systems - are doing away with signatures on posts altogether.
This is another aspect that impedes creating a new, highly readable and clean design for the display of thread content.
3) Profile custom colors:
This was one of the very first tweaks I added to the ATS code back in 2005... and I personally like it. But again...
with two options for full-page background colors, this could be problematic.
---- possible solutions to the above three is to offer two versions of each, one for the light option and the other for the dark option -- or only
display those in the dark option... both add their own versions of new complexity.
4) MyATS favorite forums:
I confess to having never used this... even though I spent a lot of time creating it.
How many use the favorite
forums list on the left-side of the MyATS page? Would a better option, for those who use it, be to display new activity in your favorite forums in a
list-view similar to that of recent posts?
That is all for now. Thanks for helping with your input.