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Message 6230 - Posted: 29 May 2008, 17:21:13 UTC
Last modified: 4 Jun 2008, 19:37:25 UTC

New Cosmology@Home website design test

There are still some rough edges (when posting, for example), but it\'s mostly done. This was created by our recently-departed graphics designer a little while ago, but we\'ve been holding it back until the server issues were resolved.

Please report any bugs you might find and give feedback about the look of the site.

Current Bugs
-The forum post page does not obey the correct boundaries.

Fixed Bugs
-PHP errors on the \"Top Teams\" page.
-Downloads page errors out
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Message 6232 - Posted: 29 May 2008, 17:47:41 UTC

I like it. Very peaceful to the eyes. Also fun new logo, one can find the C, the @ and know instantly what the house means. :-D

I can\'t wait..
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Message 6233 - Posted: 29 May 2008, 21:02:04 UTC - in response to Message 6230.

I love the new layout! It is easy and appealing to the eyes. This should bring in more traffic and more volunteer paticipation. I look forward when the new layout becomes official.

I hope you are also making layout changes to the message board as well.

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Message 6238 - Posted: 30 May 2008, 9:18:21 UTC

Looks really nice. I like the concept of the week on the front page. But then I\'m a sucker for science and education.
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Message 6239 - Posted: 30 May 2008, 10:57:59 UTC

The new layout looks really great!

A \"change page width\" option like in the \"old\" layout would be nice... ;)
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Message 6251 - Posted: 31 May 2008, 0:30:34 UTC - in response to Message 6239.
Last modified: 31 May 2008, 0:30:48 UTC

The new layout looks really great!

A \"change page width\" option like in the \"old\" layout would be nice... ;)


I\'ll work on that, but it may prove to be a bit more difficult that the last time.
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Message 6253 - Posted: 31 May 2008, 9:27:42 UTC - in response to Message 6251.

Really great !
http://www.cosmologyathome.org/testsite/top_teams.php is not OK.
(Warning: mkdir() [function.mkdir]: Permission denied in /home/skruger2/public_html/html/inc/cache.inc on line 22....etc....)
http://www.cosmologyathome.org/testsite/downloads.php is not OK.
(Fatal error: Call to undefined function init_session() in /home/skruger2/public_html/html/user/downloads.php on line 6)

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Message 6264 - Posted: 1 Jun 2008, 19:16:40 UTC - in response to Message 6230.

Hi Scott,

Good job for the new website~
Just wonder if we can have subscription service for RSS feed for the Message board?

Other links in the test site that might not be working:
http://www.cosmologyathome.org/testsite/server_status.php
http://www.cosmologyathome.org/testsite/wandelt_letter.php
http://www.cosmologyathome.org/testsite/top_hosts.php

Thanks~
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Message 6271 - Posted: 1 Jun 2008, 21:05:50 UTC
Last modified: 1 Jun 2008, 21:14:06 UTC

The forum buttons disappear, so the btn class might need a little modification.

Inactive input fields (like \"search_keywords\") are invisible

The table frames on the user pages would need to be at least a little brighter, black on black makes the pages look somehow unstructured.

Invert http://www.cosmologyathome.org/img/head_20.png

I like the space invaders icon :-)

The \"unread*\" icons don\'t stick out enough, the current dark yellow wasn\'t that bad there.


Basically I do like dark pages, they are environment friendly (at least on some monitor types like CRT and Plasma) ;-)

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Message 6328 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 1:28:45 UTC

Using the old thread. There\'s a big white space between the banner and the blackboard on the front page. Will that be filled in by something?
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Message 6330 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 4:02:43 UTC

This is astoundingly ugly.

Wastes 50% of the screen with useless white space - left and right.

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Message 6331 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 4:52:57 UTC

I think it looks great! A lot easier on the eyes! Now about the screen width thing like we had on the old setup, could you bring that back? Also email notification for PM\'s still not working
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Message 6332 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 10:34:06 UTC
Last modified: 17 Jun 2008, 10:40:06 UTC

Overall the site looks great. I like the colour scheme.

A few remarks:
- The font used on the home page for the \"how to join, your account, message boards and goodies\" links is really tiny. So is the text of the concept of the week. I use IE7 with text size \"medium\". Changing text size to larger or largest does not help
- There is a nasty interference in the form for making a message board post between the right vertical white line and the rest of the form.

EDIT: Additional remark:
- The icons that indicate new posts are not very easy to distinguish. We\'re so used to yellow icons for new posts on most Boinc forums. Maybe best to stick with that?
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Message 6333 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 11:07:36 UTC

\"Your Account\" from the drop-down menu loads extremely slowly and when it eventually shows, it has these errors at the top:

Warning: fopen(http://boinc.netsoft-online.com/get_user.php?cpid=57736d17ef35627a42a83c94afdd1aab) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! in /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/user.inc on line 66

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/user.inc:66) in /home/boincadm/projects/cosmohome/html/inc/util.inc on line 136
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Message 6337 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 19:32:08 UTC - in response to Message 6230.

Please report any bugs you might find and give feedback about the look of the site.


It\'s deeply, deeply ugly. Looks nearly as bad as RCN and Suduko. Black websites are for trendy media companies, not for serious science projects.

I\'m looking at a skinny third of a screen (widescreen monitor), populated with salmon pink and white. I feel like it\'s 20 years ago when these visual \'treats\' were supposed to be \'clever\'. Difficult to read too.

I\'m not surprised that your designer left. I guess he/she didn\'t want to be associated with this crock.

Well, you *did* ask ...

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Message 6338 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 19:43:04 UTC - in response to Message 6251.

The new layout looks really great!

A \"change page width\" option like in the \"old\" layout would be nice... ;)


I\'ll work on that, but it may prove to be a bit more difficult that the last time.


I would be really happy about the wider view as well, otherwise the page looks like this:



But apart from the \"wasted space\" I like the new colors. Good work! :-)))
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Message 6339 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 20:32:16 UTC
Last modified: 17 Jun 2008, 20:34:37 UTC

Change page width is very needed, some items overhang page border lines, it looks terrible.
BLACK PAGES!!!! Yeeeuuukkk. no way.
It looks doom and gloomy. buttons hard to find.
I dont post much on any projects but this makes it dificult to read,

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Message 6340 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 20:45:49 UTC

I must say thumbs up on the new look.
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Message 6341 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 20:50:52 UTC

I had the same problem as Jord. The first couple of tries did not load the black background so all the white text was invisible. It is also very slow to load, too narrow and text overhangs. Dave.

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Message 6342 - Posted: 17 Jun 2008, 22:59:07 UTC

Well, on first look the new design is nice... but that white on black makes it very hard to read through long texts.

Adding to the page width button we need a invert color button!


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