NeoGAF 2.0.0.1 Update: A Space Odyssey

EviLore

Expansive Ellipses
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Hi folks. Since our announcement back in June, the team and I have been hard at work on a comprehensive design overhaul for NeoGAF across both desktop and mobile browsing experiences. Today we're excited to unveil the NeoGAF 2.0.0.1 update (short for 2.0.0.1 Patch Level 9 Release Candidate 56; we've been at it a while). This update focuses on bringing you a polished, modern look, fast rendering and efficient use of screen real estate, intuitive navigation, vastly improved mobile foruming, and will serve as a strong foundation for all the custom features we still have in the pipeline. We've given it a few extra months of beta testing, iteration, and bug squashing to deliver something we're confident you'll begrudgingly tolerate today and probably even enjoy by tomorrow. and made sure to have full parity between your choice of light and dark themes ready for launch.

First, let's blow everything up with some surprise scheduled maintenance, and when we return we'll jump into further detail about the new design and accompanying features, explain how it all works, and open it up to community feedback.

Thanks!

-Tyler
 

Avasarala

Emoji Emperor
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Surprise!

What we begin with is a clean, responsive, modern look that bears enough similarity to the existing site that you'll feel right at home.





My photos have been taken across a variety of platforms and operating systems. I'm here today to showcase some of our new features and highlights, and since it's already live, you'll probably be exploring them already.






The design itself incorporates a few important changes that streamline the general flow of site navigation. First and foremost the top and left areas have been replaced with auto sizing and orienting navigation panes, keeping all of the most important site navigation tools immediately accessible. We've worked hard to customize both themes with active rollover highlights, as well as high contrast color choices to emphasize readability.


To the immediate top left, a hamburger menu (It's an industry term, I swear) opens or closes a left vertical navigation pane. The Forums dropdown defaults to open, with Gaming, Gaming Communities, Off-Topiic, and Politics clearly visible against the dark background. Below are quick navigation tools, including the the new trending link! This is an automated section that populates with the latest and most popular threads on Gaf!


Within the Forums themselves, logged in users will immediately see their avatar next to the 'New Thread' active bar. Click New Thread -> post. Please make the most out of this convenience! :nougat_rofl:

After posting within a thread, you will now also see your avatar next to the OP's; it's clearly visible that you've participated in the thread before!

Additionally, there are now bookmarks available near the watch thread controls. You can now save posts to your profile for later reference.





Last but not least, you may have noticed but gaming communities is now a forum rather than a component of gaming. Off-Topic Communities is still within Off-Topic, just not visible within the site's main navigation menu.

Without intentionally understating things - Communities will be receiving further updates in the future to add new ways to discuss the latest games and connect with other users.

Look forward to seeing everyone on the live site!


:hidden_Þ:


 

Musky_Cheese

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Gaf Staff... you are awesome. Looks real good.

*Going to explore the site on PC & Mobile

Dark theme is tits for mobile. But I like Light theme for PC. But it doesn't save that preference. If I go Dark on mobile it's Dark on PC. Is there a way to set it for each individual type @EviLore and @Avasarala

Overall tho...
 
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May 22, 2018
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Nice. My only complaint is that the difference between the bold text that shows a thread with new replies versus the regular text that shows no new replies is too subtle.
 
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so actual feedback

add a divider/gap between sticky threads and regular threads
add buttons to gaming/offtopic at top and bottom of pages pls
the font when u are typing in the quick reply box is different than your post which is odd to me
 
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Wow. Very different but first impressions are good. looks very similar to Discord. Seems to be running/rendering quicker as advertised so that is good.

I'll update if I have any issues. Good job mods/admin (you did the upgrade very quick!).
 
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It has more pizzazz to it, but it also feels a little disorganized. For instance, there isn't as much of a clear distinction as I like between sticky and regular threads in the indices. A horizontal bar will suffice.
 
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Honestly it's running very smoothly and looks quite sharp.. Maybe make it so don't have to scroll down on front page to access all forums? (mobile)

Edit also it would be nice to be able to see notifications on mobile

Great work
 
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Jun 26, 2013
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I have one recommendation. In the thread indices, how about you alternate between different shades for every other thread? What I'm trying to say is that, for instance, you follow a "gray, dark gray, gray, dark gray" pattern in the index. It makes things easier and more pleasing on the eyes, imo.

Edit: I found a good example of what I'm trying to say here.
 
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Likes: Kadayi
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I like it a lot. Everything looks, feels and responds well. The interface is more intuitive than before.
The only thing I dislike is the round shape of avatars. I think the square shape was much better,
 
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Yeah. I really hate it too. this is the same thing as the chrome update and the youtube update and the reddit update. which I all install plugins for to revert them

this just hurts my eyes. am not using this website anymore sorry
 
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Looks good.

My first kneejerk reaction is that the navbar on the left takes up too much screen real estate (I'm viewing on a laptop). I might feel differently after getting used to the new design but that's my first and strongest impression.

Overall looks really good though.

EDIT: I just figured out how to close it. THERE WE GO. Looks way better.
 
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