IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby Dan Landrum » Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:54 pm

Bruce Ford, Stephen Seifert and I will be performing site maintenance installing a new set of clothes on Everything Dulcimer beginning around 8am eastern time Friday, February 19 (I accidentally type April, instead of February in the previous note). We anticipate being down until around noon eastern time.

We are abandoning the Affinity template (the shiny green look) for a warmer color palette which is not just easier on the eyes, but easier on those of us working behind the scenes. The Affinity template presented a few insurmountable coding challenges in our efforts to get the best of both worlds from the old ProSilver template (stretchable, efficient use of space) and an integrated, site wide menu system. If all goes as planned tomorrow, we will return around noon with a forum that looks and acts a lot like ProSilver (stretchable, etc.) , but has the same menu system as the rest of the site.

We have also uncovered some scripts that were causing intermittent slowdowns when accessing Everything Dulcimer. These are being squashed.

Another friendlier element will be teacher, builder and merchant listings that present instant by state sorts without the need for searches.

The number of new people joining Everything Dulcimer on a daily basis borders on the overwhelming these days. I've been learning from the questions they present in regards to site navigation. We're combining this knowledge with the suggestions of our veteran posters in implementing this update.

I know that not everyone will be happy with everything. That is impossible. I just ask that you give the new look a few days to sink in and offer any reasonable suggestions gently and patiently. Dan
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby Dan Landrum » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:01 am

. . . It's 2am. The combination of Bruce, Steve and I put in nearly 40 man hours on this project since starting Friday morning. We hit a couple of really steep walls in the process but didn't give up. The site is back up now, though there are still a few rough edges for us to smooth.

Much of the time spent was in integrating ProSilver like features (the discussion forum default theme) into the forum design. This is a nod to those of you who've been asking for these features. We hope you'll give everything a few days to settle in, let us get some rest, and then we'll continue tweaking.

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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby Nancy Seifert » Sat Feb 20, 2010 4:58 am

Love the new look Dan.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby mrchips » Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:55 am

OUTSTANDING job. The text is real easy to read at 4 am after a 300 mile drive. :lol: The overall look is far less visualy confusing too.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby WaterPig Master » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:10 am

Hi there

Wow - it's come out brilliantly! Looks a lot better - ED's come such a long way, even in the short time I've been here!

Thanks a lot,
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby daffytaffydulcimer » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:55 am

WTG! You guys desire a huge pat on the back for perservering and making this a better place for everyone.

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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby Bonnie » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:21 am

Congrats. This is very nice.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby dulcimerduo » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:27 am

Wow, I didn't think it could be improved, but, this is wonderful! Much warmer, and "countryer" if thats a word. lol What I mean is, this seems to fit our "roots" of dulcimer playing better.

Yes I missed you ED. But it was worth the wait.

You all deserve a huge THANK YOU, and pat on the back for all the hard work. Well done!
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby KenH » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:35 am

Great Job Guys! Love the new look and faster speed.

Minor quibbles under Helpful Articles. At the top of Member Articles, the first line should read "contributed", not the way you've spelled it. Third line should read "Everything Dulcimer Author" not "Every Dulcimer Author"...

Biggest thing in that area is, IMHO the articles should be organized alphabetically by Author, not the order they were submitted in. A Subject Index would be nice too.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby Dan Landrum » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:38 am

I just corrected the typos Ken. Seeing the articles in alphabetical order sounds like a good idea. I think I've found a solution. Be right back . . .

Update: Ken, just click on the column heading, Article Title. This sorts them alphabetically. You can also sort by clicking the Author and Hits titles.
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby island-girl » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:06 am

FANTASTIC!!!!!!! Love the new look and lay out!! WTG... now go play!
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Re: IMPORTANT: Please Read This 2/19/2010

Postby matanuska » Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:31 am

Thanks for caring enough to make the effort for ongoing improvements. I thought the site was great before, but I think you have achieved a warmer, more user-friendly environment yet! Very nice; thanks for all your work.
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