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Dom
Dom

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Bristol, UK
Member Since: 19th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3009
Posted:Welcome to the new look Home of Poi!



You may need to hit refresh a couple of times, especially on the board. If the menu is white then this is probably the reason. hopefully!



Also note that the board has different display options that can be set in the Display Settings page. I'm still testing them all but there are a couple of options that might appeal to people:

HoP Alternate: different link colours and greyer (!)

HoP Bigger Text: for larger text.

HoP (Old & Grey): for nostalgic reason

Everybody like different things and we'll be keeping an eye on how many people use each option, so your vote counts!



I'd like to clarify that the only thing that has changed is the look. The structure and function of Home of Poi is unchanged from what it was yesterday.



Why the change?

Malcolm's been talking about wanting to move away from the grey look for quite a while, but neither myself or others have been able to come up with a new look that worked. There was something historic about the grey that defied the desire to remove it. Then Malcolm and I finally sat side by side in front of a computer in the Home of Poi lounge and started looking into what could be done. The site works as is so we immediately decided to keep the structure intact and work closely with what we had.



The result is something I believe does everything that we set out to achieve: a simple and classic design that lightens your screen and presents Home of Poi in a more professional light whilst retaining the layout, style and functionality we're all used to.



We hope that you'll all agree that this is a good move forward, although we're well aware that many people don't like big changes and will take time to settle into the new look. But compared to the last couple of changes this has been a lot easier! That comfy sofa with a depression the shape of your butt is still right there, we're just thrown a new cover over it.



If you do see anything on the site that isn't right please PM Malcolm or me to let us know and we'll sort it out as soon as we can. We'll also be making the occasional tweak here and there as we go along. My main concern is that there's a herd of random characters in the code courtesy of Seven, the Home of Poi cat, who really didn't like being ignored when I was coding!



Once again, thank you all for making Home of Poi what it is: a community. And many thanks to Malcolm, Cherry and little Jesse who gets extra thanks for all crumbled biscuits, wooden blocks and DVDs he's presented me over the past week! Thanks to him I know most of the "Blue's Clues" songs!



Dom smile

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Loki_the_trickster
Loki_the_trickster

Has sharp edges
Location: Stuck in the mire
Member Since: 1st Feb 2006
Total posts: 1266
Posted:eekwhen I first signed on I thought there was something wrong with my compy........I closed my window and reentered like 4 or 5 times then gave up and then I found this thread.......the change to the top banner is great but I must say that I tried the new look for awhile but I went back to the old grey HoP look .....It just didnt feel like home in white. Thanks Dom and Malcolm for all your hard work we all appreciate your efforts biggrin

My ADD makes it so that.....Ooooo SHINY.....wanna go ride bikes....wait....where am I.....

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Kyrian
Dreamer
Location: York, England
Member Since: 15th Mar 2002
Total posts: 4308
Posted:I had to give in and go back to the default, its what makes HoP special... Ok, its only been four years, not five, but basically I agree with mike. (Ah resistant to change we are! I nearly had a conniption fit having to use Sethis's funky coloured account... before I decided to log myself in and out instead! I am a dork dork dork dork dork.)



But I have a suggestion. I think the alternate should be the default and the default should be the alternate, because the default, whilst fun, is going to be too glary for some people and imo the alternate solves this problem, sooooo... yeah, it just makes more sense that way!



(Incidentally the alternate doesn't have the problem with the !'s being funky either)



edit: I am now playing happily with the alternate for the time being, as it really just is brighter!!

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Keep your dream alive
Dreamin is still how the strong survive

Shalom VeAhavah

New Hampshire has a point....

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roarfire
roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside
Member Since: 8th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2676
Posted:Before this change I think I had 'Hop Large' which is similar but slightly different to 'Hop alternate'.

I miss my Hop large!


.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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pounce
pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...
Member Since: 10th Jan 2003
Total posts: 9831
Posted:i'm with you UCOF...i use the frosted skin and don't have any of the problems everyone else has.

and shush NYC! if it ain't broke.... wink hug


I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:My request was noted and acted upon in record time!

Thank you Dom/Malcolm!

bounce

Did you take away the white so I couldn't clone NYC? ubblol


Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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Sym
Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
Total posts: 1858
Posted:There is a slight bug with the frosted theme. It only turns up from time to time (every 5th maybe?).


Non-Https Image Link


The HTML doesn't show any errors. Firefox 1.5.0.1 1024*768 Windows XP SP1]

Not a big issue at all, and I can't work out how or why it's doing it. But, it's started after the changes.

hug


There's too many home fires burning and not enough trees

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted: Written by: pounce


and shush NYC! if it ain't broke.... wink hug



Well it's fixed now! biggrin Thanks guys.

(I knew I should have asked for money instead! wink )


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Malcolm
Malcolm

HOP admin
Location: HOP
Member Since: 18th Nov 2003
Total posts: 992
Posted:We have darkened the default style sheet and tweeked many other things using the great feedback we got.

Big thanks to Dom who helped me with the changes, did all of the coding and debugging and got it all to work.


"May your balls always burn"

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_Clare_
_Clare_

Still wiggling
Location: Belfast
Member Since: 22nd Oct 2002
Total posts: 5967
Posted:Thanks for all the hard work Malcolm and Dom...

hug


Getting to the other side smile

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shen shui
shen shui

no excuses. no apologies.
Location: aotearoa
Member Since: 4th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1799
Posted:thank you very much for all the effort youve put in (and continue to put in).
you are WONDERFUL!!
yay!


those that know, dont say. those that say, dont know.

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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:have just refreshed and suddenly it all looks much better woot smile

back

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:I wrote a reply to you NYC, where I called you a dumbass twice but the powers that be decided you shouldnt get it and I shut down my computer without sending it first. But trust me, it was a very funny and very witty reply wink

On a side note, how long has it been that if you arent logged in, you cant see the introductions forum? umm
Its news to me.


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Asena
Asena

What a Bummer
Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2005
Total posts: 3224
Posted:A little while I think, its to keep the smutty comments to the members... smile

Something to do with PG ratings and stuff, but I might be all wrong shrug


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FireTom
Stargazer

Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:Thanks Malcolm and Dom for the effort! clap bounce

Right now it seems all bit strange to me, but I'm sure that even my brain will adapt (sooner...).

Thumbs up!


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted:erm...ok.

The only change I can see is the new banner across the top. Is that because I've used the blue ice setting since it was available?


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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Bird
Bird

now available in "advanced"
Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 25th Aug 2003
Total posts: 6086
Posted:Probably Dunc, try logging out and having a browse of the forums for 5 minutes, you'll get the idea then! smile

It took me until I used HoP at work to realise what the real changes were!


My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Dunc
Dunc

playing the days away
Location: The Middle lands
Member Since: 19th Aug 2003
Total posts: 7263
Posted: Written by: Bird


Probably Dunc, try logging out and having a browse of the forums for 5 minutes, you'll get the idea then! smile

It took me until I used HoP at work to realise what the real changes were!



So it took five minutes yeah wink

Log out?? I can't remember the last time I logged out of HoP ubblol


Let's relight this forum ubblove

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pounce
pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...
Member Since: 10th Jan 2003
Total posts: 9831
Posted:apparently i am a permanent member of HOP cause i've tried to sign out twice to see the new layout and both times it kept me signed in umm

fine by me! biggrin


I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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Mags The Jedi
Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 2020
Posted: Written by: Dom



That comfy sofa with a depression the shape of your butt is still right there, we're just thrown a new cover over it.




ubblol Nice

devil


"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:THANK YOU for putting the "uploaded by" when you put the mouse above the pictures above.

Now I can finally easily see who all the "Me!"s are.

biggrin

You're great Malcom! (And Sidekick Dom) wink


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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pounce
pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...
Member Since: 10th Jan 2003
Total posts: 9831
Posted:hey i'm not getting that frown i'm not even getting the name of the pic anymore frown

I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:ditto frown

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Malcolm
Malcolm

HOP admin
Location: HOP
Member Since: 18th Nov 2003
Total posts: 992
Posted:Which pictures are you talking about?

I have added the "uploaded by..." to the 3 images randomly shown at the top of this page.


"May your balls always burn"

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pounce
pounce

All the neurotic makings of America's lesser known sweetheart
Location: body in Las Vegas, heart all a...
Member Since: 10th Jan 2003
Total posts: 9831
Posted:ya, those don't show for me. i mean the pictures show, but not the "uploaded by..."

I was always scared with my mother's obsession with the good scissors. It made me wonder if there were evil scissors lurking in the house somewhere.

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

**giggles**

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:yep, same situation here.
On Firefox and XP-SP1 if that helps anywhat?

hug


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Gayle......!
Pooh-Bah
Location: Bristol !!!!!!
Member Since: 9th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2444
Posted:It works for me - IE6 and XP SP2

Gayle.....!

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ado-p
ado-p

Pirate Ninja
Location: Galway/Ireland
Member Since: 13th May 2004
Total posts: 3882
Posted:Im in Win 2000

Works on IE 5

Doesnt work on Firefox


Love is the law.

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Malcolm
Malcolm

HOP admin
Location: HOP
Member Since: 18th Nov 2003
Total posts: 992
Posted:Fixed title tags - should now work in all browsers.

Cheers

Malcolm


"May your balls always burn"

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FireByNite
FireByNite

Are you up for it??
Location: Auckland
Member Since: 8th Dec 2004
Total posts: 349
Posted:Works in Firefox now smile

Thanks Malcolm


Are you up for it?
wink;)

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Richee
HOP librarian
Location: Prague
Member Since: 15th Jan 2002
Total posts: 1841
Posted:
I found that new "find similar topic" link '~' is an image,
but when I turn images off, very long link text 'Find similar topic - FAQs Please read before posting' apear there, where was the link before and makes thread list hardly readable.

XP Home - Firefox 1.5.0.1

light,

:R


POI THEO(R)IST

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