Ray Peat Forum: New Design

John Eels

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I don't frequent the Raypeatforum that often anymore. I hang out more on peatarian.com. I notice the new design. I find it less user friendly than the one before. I have a few thoughts:

1) I think the font is different. It's more difficult to read. I preferred the one before. Was it Verdana?
2) The color washouts in the boxes don't add anything (from dark blue to white blue). I find them rather distracting.
3) I used to be able to go through the most recent topics to the oldest ones on the portal page. Now, I count eight topics and the system doesn't let me explore topics older then those. I miss that. I used to visit the forum every three days or so and check out the topics that have been added since than.
4) This last point hasn't changed since the update. I think that the most relevant box of all the boxes on the portal is the one labeled RECENT. I think it should be on top and the box WELCOME MESSAGE second to make it for regular users more appealing who are interested in the more dynamic content.
 

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I agree with point 2)
Also I think the colors could be made a little more harmonious, I somehow have the feeling they dont fit well together, although it is hard for me to say what is the problem.

Regarding the new posts, I hotlinked this board to the following link, which always gives me the topics I havent read yet.
search.php?search_id=unreadposts
 

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1) I think the font is different. It's more difficult to read. I preferred the one before. Was it Verdana?

I just checked and the one now is Verdana. That's the font I usually use. If the font is too small then just hit "ctrl" plus the "+" sign and it will make the font bigger.

2) The color washouts in the boxes don't add anything (from dark blue to white blue). I find them rather distracting.

I have been having the same thoughts to but just have not gotten around to tweaking it. I changed it to a whitish grey which seems a little bit better.

3) I used to be able to go through the most recent topics to the oldest ones on the portal page. Now, I count eight topics and the system doesn't let me explore topics older then those. I miss that. I used to visit the forum every three days or so and check out the topics that have been added since than.

I changed it to 10 so you will have a couple more to check out. I will see if I can somehow get a click on so you can expand that search.

4) This last point hasn't changed since the update. I think that the most relevant box of all the boxes on the portal is the one labeled RECENT. I think it should be on top and the box WELCOME MESSAGE second to make it for regular users more appealing who are interested in the more dynamic content.

I will consider this.

Thanks for your input!
 

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I agree with point 2)
Also I think the colors could be made a little more harmonious, I somehow have the feeling they dont fit well together, although it is hard for me to say what is the problem.

How does it look now?


Regarding the new posts, I hotlinked this board to the following link, which always gives me the topics I havent read yet.
search.php?search_id=unreadposts

This link is also available on the portal page on the right hand side on the "menu" list.
 

charlie

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OH OK, I see what you are saying now about the blue. I will see if I can clear it up a bit.
 

charlie

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John, I made a "recent topic" page. Let me know if that works for you. If so, I will add a link on the portal page, on the menu at top left.

recent_topics.php
 

Gabriel

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Looks better Charlie! Maybe you could reintroduce that border around the whole board? Somehow it is not shown here anymore.
 

charlie

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Gabriel said:
Looks better Charlie! Maybe you could reintroduce that border around the whole board? Somehow it is not shown here anymore.

Thank you.

You like a darker border? Trying to figure out what looks better and easier on the eyes.
 

Gabriel

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Yes something that is not so hard on the eyes. Not necessarily dark, greyish would also be fine. What do the others say?
 

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Well, John says the how it fades from dark blue to the lighter blue distracts him. I do see how that could happen.
 

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The darker grey I just added seems to clear things up a bit. I could go lighter and see how it goes.
 

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Good work, it keeps improving.

I would still prefer to have the "recent post" list straight on the main page, instead of a huge page with just a few lines of quote. I don't make any use of things like the clock. I'm only on that page because there's a link to the "recent post" page, basically.
 

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