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Compared to other forums (vB), I think this is a tad bit too minimalistic. I think it would be beneficial to "soup it up" through the more traditional vB look, or even your own LinuxQuestions.org full-fledged one! Perhaps skins, where low-speed and high-speed internet users can be happy.
Great site! This site has helped me a lot, even before I registered, because others seem to have the same questions as me usually!
edit: in fact, i think this is an old version, but i'm not very familiar with vB.
Simplicity is usually more elegant. For websites its faster and uses less resources as the bandwidth for this site is not free, but costs a lot of money to maintain. The ads and contributing members cash flow doesn't always pay the bills and it comes out of the owners own pocket if it doesn't.
Personally I think the site could use less than it already has, I hate those sites that have a gazillion graphics to download and view just to make a border around some text, pointless to me and half the time it's even ugly to the eye. Call me a simple type of guy, but content over looks always wins me over. A good logo and clean layout is always better than cool looking borders and the like. But I think the main focus for a site that has around 1,000 plus users browsing constantly 24/7 would be, fast loading and content, not all about looks or skins.
The vote went to the NO!! crowd. couple of points:
1) the site has a unique look.
2) the site has a broad audience- including older people, people with vision problems (me! sore eyes from monitors) and ESL (english second language) people. All of these benefit from a simpler, "minimalistic" cleaner design.
3) The site is about content, not graphics
4) jeremy has hacked the code so much it's not really the same code anymore
5) the stuff trickykid said about bandwidth
I agree- the site IS great- you can really get some useful info. Let's keep it so we can get to the info with out fancy stuff getting in the way.
Hey, haven't you watched changing rooms/other design show lately? minimal is IN!
this is a site that a lot of people are passionate about, so you might feel like you are getting flamed. Don't Panic, we are actually quite friendly here- you just picked the wrong topic
Originally posted by titanium_geek good for you! you stated your opinion, when it got slammed, you SMILED! that is a mature step my man, and I respect you for it.
YAY! a user who didn't get in a huff!!
A 100% pure 'just my 2 cents' comment:
TG / Charred - "slamming" new LQ'ers who "picked the wrong topic" to ask a question about really isn't the LQ style. I think that LQ always welcomes all questions about the site itself from its members (ie, there is no list of "wrong topics" to post about) and while it's true that some questions may have been covered in other threads (sometimes extensively, and sometimes more than once), there's no need to come down hard on member who registered less than 24 hours ago. I can only speak for myself, but personally it kind of bums me out to see new LQ'ers posting back to more or less say "sorry I posted" - this just doesn't mesh very well with the main purpose or philosophy of LQ, which is to help out fellow Linux users. If the OP was deliberately violating the LQ Rules by spamming, etc, or had no actual interest in Linux and was using LQ to drive traffic to his/her site, then Yes, a stern response would be justified. That's not the case here though - a new member just had a question about the site in general, and if a new LQ'er asks a question, I'd say let's be helpful without smacking them down about things that "everyone ought to know". (The smilies may cushion things a bit, but not entirely) Sure, after visiting LQ for a while, there are certain things that seem 'obvious', but not to the newest members.
Moogey - Welcome to LQ! As you have noticed, the site is undergoing an upgrade, but the focus will remain on content rather than flashy graphics or other cosmetic things. If you have suggestions about how to make LQ a better forum, please share your ideas
sorry- what you quoted was said in total seriousness- I wasn't being sarcasitic- I was really impressed with Moogey's attitude and wanted to commend him for it.
However, if my words came across another way, I apologise to you, Moogey, and to the others reading it.
what I meant by "wrong topic"- wasn't to say "BAD USER" but what I meant was that he picked a "hot topic"- one that users are passionate about.
Again just my opinion but to be honest I was bothered by the phrases "you picked the wrong topic". While I understand now that you meant "you picked a hot topic", at least for me that wasn't really the way it originally came across, which prompted my earlier reply. Anyway my main point was just that I think LQ is and has always been open to comments and suggestions from its membership on ways to make the site better, and I think we should always encourage folks to share those thoughts and ideas