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Asking for feedback about new skin.

We finally deployed the the redesigned skin.

Author of the design and implementation is Byron Corrales, many thanks for his hard work.

Now we really will appreciate your feedback - how can we improve the looks? Any suggestions are welcome.

Evgeny's avatar
asked 2011-12-06 15:49:51 -0500
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Hi Evgeny and Biron and everybody involved in the new skin,

first of all congratulations, the facelift was really necessary. A number of comments:

  • Top bar (Home | About Askbot | ...) is visually similar to the actual top bar (Sign in, tags, ...), but functionally different --> not good.
  • Yvonne Kaffeesatz makes a nice font for headings, but shouldn't be used for body font, especially in small font sizes (use on the main page for question titles is also questionable, not very readable).
  • Core elements (block containing a question with all controls and additional info, block for answers, block for comments etc.) should stand out from the rest of the page. Suggestion: make them white blocks with borders and give the rest of the page a slightly darker tint (ie. via background-color)
  • margins seem pretty random, please rethink the grid (may also ameliorate the aforementioned issue - check e.g. the revamped youtube design, they have a brilliantly clear and readable display of comments)

Well, there's still a lot of nit-picky stuff if you want to masturbate on pixel-perfection ;-) But I think those four issues are my primary concerns.

maebert's avatar
answered 2011-12-07 14:36:48 -0500
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Thanks, very useful feedback, there are also some clearly broken things in certain more obscure states. RE: top bar - the top navigation is for askbot project - it has nothing to do with the forum itself, maybe we should use different bg color for that.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-12-07 14:50:01 -0500) edit

We have also switched from Apache to Nginx, and there are some WTF moments related to that at the moment.

Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-12-07 14:56:03 -0500) edit

Also: Controls for question (delete, flag, ...) on the same line as the "Comments" header - made me think they belong to the first comment.

maebert's avatar maebert (2011-12-07 18:01:03 -0500) edit

@maebert thanks for your comment, I will discuss with the team and try to include some of these changes very soon

byron's avatar byron (2011-12-08 12:43:34 -0500) edit

@Evgeny: what moments? can you give some details?

piskvorky's avatar piskvorky (2012-03-22 09:52:01 -0500) edit
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Thank you for this great software.

I noticed this software just today. I am a user of Osqa. I have a few community sites on top of it. But I think, I will gradually convert to Askbot from now on.

I have a few suggestions about the default skin:

  • The top bar and search bar are very dense. More whitespace would be better in order for the users to understand what elements are there.

  • I think the default colors (light yellow and purple) for the boxes of "answer" number and "view" number on home page are a bit inharmonious with light grey and blue colors of other components. It distracts my attention a bit.

mertnuhoglu's avatar
answered 2012-03-22 04:31:19 -0500
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