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Add small banners for forum projects / lists?
Yes 82%  82%  [ 9 ]
Yes but with some suggestions (please post) 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
No 9%  9%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: 29 Apr 2012, 18:43 
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We have some really great projects and resources here on this forum, providing a great information for both our members as well as visitors. Examples are our blade weight and blade composition lists, our reviews index, our clubs map, rubber mass database, video index, and the list goes on.
I thought a great way to make people aware of these lists would be to have some banners at the top of the forum (or in other locations) to highlight the project or list, so that more people will become aware of it and use it, but also to encourage more participation to add to the resource, and the people that maintain the list might feel a bit more appreciated as well!
Most people can weigh their rubber or blade after they buy it, so why not remind them to add it to the list?
The banner would simply point to the thread in question, so that a click would take you directly there. I would propose a banner for each project/list, and on every page load a new one appears, and this way we rotate through all of them. Banner are only for internal forum projects, lists or events.

Three example banners are shown below:
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The banners are not big, and will add only minimal time to load. They fit in with the forum colours, so it should not detract from the forum view.

Do you like the idea?

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PostPosted: 29 Apr 2012, 19:32 
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Good idea. Spreading it in time instead of spreading it on screen.

That way we get reminders for all the useful stuff without cluttering the display (like global stickies would).

I like the idea, but for users of mobile units (including me at times) the added loading time and data size (however small) may be significant. Perhaps a checkbox in the user profile to toggle this element?

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PostPosted: 29 Apr 2012, 19:51 
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keme wrote:
Good idea. Spreading it in time instead of spreading it on screen.

Didn't even think of it in those terms, but you're quite right! :up:

I'll see if it's possible to exclude mobile viewers. The banners above are only 11kb, which is quite small, so it's probably not a great impact anyway, but I'll check.

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Didn't realize we had a review index. Hm......I guess that makes my vote a yes! :D :D

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PostPosted: 30 Apr 2012, 07:58 
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I think these banners could be really useful. It's so easy for vital information to get lost. I'm all for organising the best features like this. :clap:

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PostPosted: 30 Apr 2012, 11:22 
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Didn't realize we had a review index. Hm......I guess that makes my vote a yes! :D :D

There sure is, and you can find it here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5367
li2so4 has been looking after it and maintaining it, doing a great job :up: :up: :up: and it's a great resource, so all the more reason to make more people aware of it so that they will use and appreciate it!

Thanks guys, sounds like you agree it's worthwhile! Although I'm sure a lot of people have not seen this thread, they certainly will as soon as the first banner goes up, so if there are strong objections, they can make them then and there. 8) :lol:

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PostPosted: 04 May 2012, 14:32 
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I've added three of the banner. Does it look OK? Not too intrusive? A click on the banner will take you straight to the section.

I can move the banners to other positions too, like underneath the first post of a thread for example, which means you'll only see it when you're reading a thread, and won't see it on the home page. Possible banner positions are:
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Below Header (current position)
Above Posts
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After First Post
After Every Post Except First
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Below Footer

For any of us that are well aware our our projects and resources, and/or who does not wish to see any of these for whatever reason, just let me know and I can disable them for you. Anyone that accesses the forum via phone may wish to be on that list too, as the small screen makes space a premium.
You can also do this yourself, by going to your Control Panel, go to user Groups and join the "No-banners" group.

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PostPosted: 04 May 2012, 14:53 
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Looking good! First I thought I wasn't logged in and that it was an advert. I reckon I'll get used to it. I think it's the start of something really useful ... perhaps other main threads will get their own banner. If that's the case, then they might have to made smaller. Just a thought. :clap:

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PostPosted: 04 May 2012, 15:00 
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Yes I can make a banner for any topic that we feel are worth extra attention. We can either display them all randomly, or display one at the time for say a week (so that it gets all the attention), and then go onto the next one.

I'm fully open to suggestions here... this is just an idea that I felt was worth trying,, and it can easily be changed or even removed.

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The banner looks OK, but the positioning is unbalanced between the text at the top and the text at the bottom. It doesn't look right.

We need a MNNB Blog banner.

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PostPosted: 04 May 2012, 15:07 
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Perhaps I can just centre all the text to make it look more balanced?

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This is what I mean. The top is the way it is currently. The bottom is equally balanced.

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Ahh I see what you mean... it's hardly noticable on my current screen as it's very wide, but on a narrower screen like you've shown it's more obvious.

Don't know how hard it's too change that, I'll have to have a look, but if it's too hard I'll just try a different position on the page, see if that's more balanced.

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Perhaps we prefer not to have the banner on the home page, but only shown in a thread?

I've moved them to be shown only after the first post of a thread... better?

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PostPosted: 05 May 2012, 10:03 
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haggisv wrote:
Perhaps I can just centre all the text to make it look more balanced?


I think centred text would be more balanced.

I wonder if the best place for these banners is on the Board Index. When I visit the site, I usually go to 'View active topics' and then Board Index. Just a thought.

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