EDIT: I think this topic has been resolved, so please read all posts before responding.
I've been recommending that people who are members of my Facebook paper model collectors' group visit this forum for all its papercrafting goodness. One of them just left this comment (which got a Like from someone else):
"in my opinion this cardboard warriors website should be more visual like your website [davesgames.net] is... i like the idea of the miniatures but i lack on willing to search that website, and probably others do so."
Truth be told, my website takes a long time to load and isn't set up very well. So maybe they're just talking about the simple black-and-white color scheme used here at Cardboard Warriors.
The choice of colors here has never prevented me from using or enjoying this forum, so I was surprised that this was an issue at all. Just thought I'd bring it to your attention.
Being me a ...."pratical person" (dunno how to say it....) i'm more sensible to the lack of features of the forum, than the lack of art. I mean that i'd like more emoticons (and them being coherent with what you type), multi-quoting, perhaps a up/down-load area hosted here so the links to the images of the old post does not become dead...
I concour that the forum look is a bit "dry". But some forums are so rich of art and decorations and background that makes me cry after 10 minutes of replying. But i also see how ppl with an eye to aesthetics (as the artist and modelers obviously are) could like somewhat less basic than the current look.
Anyway, this all is related to the time that Sanity Studio is able to dedicate to this aspect. I don't see a Labrat sketch from months, and Nik seems busy as well, so, unless some volounteer will keep the ball and do the "texturing" of the forum, i don't think it will happen.
(These are all my guessing, i really don't know anything about what the guys at Sanity Studio are doing).
Post by bravesirkevin on Jan 18, 2013 16:42:17 GMT -9
As forums go, I'd say this might be one of the better ones I spend time on.
I think the blandness comments might be less about the design and more about the fact that one has to click through at least 2 pages that have almost nothing but text before one finds something pretty to look at (not counting the awesome Kobold Encounter at the top). Because there's such a wide variety of styles represented here, there's also a very good chance that one is going to click on something that's very different from what actually appeals to one's particular tastes, so for a newcomer to the site this place might seem like an endless wall of text filled with things they don't care about.
It's tough to arrive here and see a hundred different boards with names that are completely unfamiliar and know where to start. There's no indication of what's actually in any of the boards unless you're already familiar with the artists in question. True story, I'd been a member here for over a year before I saw what David Okum, Mesper, Reivaj and the rest were doing. Most of the time I stuck to Dave Graffam's board and Billiam Babble's because they're the only names that were familiar to me when I got here, and were thus the only boards that I knew I'd find something that actually interested me. I occasionally checked out the other boards, but most of the time I found stuff that wasn't really the kind of stuff I liked so I didn't do that very often.
Perhaps the best way to promote the forum to outsiders is to send them to the threads that are likely to get them interested, like the Monthly Hoards or one of the particularly interesting development threads, where they can see what the community is actually all about. Just my two cents worth.
I didn't see the FB post as a knock against the styling of the forums. I thought it was a ding against how hard it can be to search and find something specific you might be looking for.
When I was brand new to the forums, it was pretty overwhelming the sheer volume of stuff nestled in all the different sub-forums. Even now, having read through just about everything, I often can't remember where I saw something. Perhaps the person who commented on FB didn't know the hordes are well laid out on the onemonk site, or perhaps they were commenting that it's hard to "find" the specific thing they're looking for.
I recall at some point a herculean effort to index all the different figures available, though I couldn't quickly find the topic. Even that, though, might fall short of what the poster was looking for - a visual encyclopedia of all the CW forums has to offer.
For me it was worth reading all the posts and seeing what people go through. For people passing through, though, it might seem a bit daunting.
Post by cowboyleland on Jan 20, 2013 14:52:52 GMT -9
The Herculean effort was by Kiladicus and the result was the Hoard Lexicon which can be found under Hoard Files on the forum homepage.
If you are telling newbies about the forum and want to give them some visual goodness, I suggest sending them to the Onemonk page and tell them to click on the "Forum HOARD" on the left hand side, then they can appreciate the Hoard Lexicon and start digging deeper.
I KNOW what we need (I don't know if it is possible, or even practical), but we need a SEARCH BAR!
I know there was a conversation about plastic bases for figures, but I can't find it. I have a "collegue" that I am working with and he is looking for some various ones... This conversation listed LITKO and ROLCO bases (among others). I could type in the "key words" and pull up the link.
So, there you have it! ;D
[EDIT:] I noticed there is a search bar for each category (Industry News, etc.) but nothing site-wide.
Last Edit: Jan 24, 2013 3:56:57 GMT -9 by kiladecus
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