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  • #24552
    sojournstar
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    Might I suggest that you at least move the video box from the bottom of the front page to the first thing you see on the top left, under the menu, and above the news and forum feeds.

    The impression I would think you would want there would be to show off the generator and what it can create, not the general news etc… which some I might add is months or even years old, outdated and dead, which is not what you want people to think when they arrive.

    #24554
    Kelemelan
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    Well, where I stand old doesn’t mean outdated or dead.

    Plus since the forum feed is always the most current trend on the website I’d definitely expect to see it close to the top.

    Just my perspective but the video box you’re referring to is the oldest part of the front page so this definitely feels extremely odd to me. :

    #24555
    greg
    Participant

    We wanted the community part of the homepage to be at the forefront.
    To promote activity on the forums.

    And news should be every two months or such, about our latest pack.

    We had several iterations, about the length of the news and number of latest forum topics, with 7 latest the video was on the first page… but the news got long, so I adjusted the number of topics, and here we are. 🙂

    #24558
    sojournstar
    Participant

    Kelemelan,
    when I say outdated, I am not talking about pictures or news in general, I am referring to the forum feed which blatantly shows the lack of activity and participation here for a very long time.
    This is one reason I personally have tried to make that front feed more active, by posting some activity here on the forums. I have placed promotion for this site, and the generator on my widely spread internet feeds, and am hoping to direct some traffic AND participation here, as I like what is here, and would really like to see it progress more.

    Greg,
    Your first line in your response is:
    We wanted the community part of the homepage to be at the forefront.
    To promote activity on the forums.

    And this is one of my points exactly…. in order to promote activity, there must be a reason for people to want to join in…. no one wants to go to the dance, and be the first one on the floor, if you get my analogy….

    AND my personal oppinion is that when I go to a website that involves art in any fashion, the first thing I want to see is art… strikingly awesome art, and I do not consider the video outdated (how can it be outdated with so many combinations to create lol) but it is an awesome visual to see upon arrival of the front page…. unfortunatly I and others have to scroll all the way down to find it, which most won’t do when overwhelmed with text.

    There is plenty of room IMO to shift some of the boxes a bit to highlight the art, and the news/forum…. It is not like the video box takes up the whole front page, very little actually, but from my perspective the text does…. it takes up my entire screen, except for the thumbnails at the very top, the text is overwhelming…..

    BUT, if say the video box and text areas were switched, I would actually see the entire video box AS WELL as half the news and forum text… For me, that is a much nicer visual experience.

    Too much text, especially paragraphs worth of it, have been proven to turn potential customers or members away, because (proven) the mind needs to see an ad/sign/paragraph of text at least 5 times before it actually sinks in, this was proven in retail, and it also proves true in website business…. when encountering a page of text the first time, the instinct is to move on, because the attention needs to be hooked and reeled in before you can get someone to take the time to read….

    Visuals on the other hand, even if the person is more audio, or sensual then visual, is a much better way to grab a persons attention, AND strike a chord in thier (insert whatever here, I choose souls) Visuals also make you want to see more, then create yourself in this case… Visuals were something I used often when my goal was to strike up excitement for the bands and shows I used to put together and promote. Text is dreary, visuals cause excitement and curiousity, which leads to reading, (under the visuals 😉 LMAO)

    Anyway, just trying to help create a bit more life here… and they are only my oppinions after all.

    Regards

    #24559
    Kelemelan
    Participant

    I can’t help it. I’m an old fashioned pen and paper roleplayer. A few months isn’t much to me… ^_^

    #24560
    sojournstar
    Participant

    LOL!!
    I get it, but so was I… When I was a kid, games like this one, or playstation, had not even been a seedling in someones brain yet 😉

    My first games were things like jacks, cards, and Parchesi, then stuff like Monopoly, and on to scrabble etc…

    My first role playing game online was actually in DOS, called Kalandria….

    BUT, I am 66 years young in 2 weeks…
    and this is the internet age, and if I don’t at least try to keep up,
    I will get trampled like a rug LMAO!!

    #24561
    Kelemelan
    Participant

    I roleplay because I’m not exactly happy with the real world 😉 . I need a flesh and blood gamemaster (and even then, many GMs won’t fit the bill). I feel way too limited by the scripted nature of computer games.

    #24562
    sojournstar
    Participant

    lol, I understand, pc can really make a recluse out of someone lol,
    and I wish there was a kudos button here, cause I would have said it on your post because I totally agree 😉 LMAO!!

    #24563
    Kelemelan
    Participant

    Personal Computers and Player Characters… 😛

    Both are a capricious bunch at times.

    #24566
    sojournstar
    Participant

    LBandy and staff, Just read this little article and thought it made great points. Much of what I was referring to also. Maybe give it a read and see what you think…

    Link is long, so CLICK FOR ARTCLE

    #24570
    greg
    Participant

    [quote=”sojournstar” post=3748]Might I suggest that you at least move the video box from the bottom of the front page to the first thing you see on the top left, under the menu, and above the news and forum feeds.[/quote]

    Let’s give it a try.
    Video is on top, until you press the login button (it’s a bit down, but the positions where I can put the video is fairly restricted)

    Then it goes under the news / newest.

    How does everyone like it?

    #24571
    Kelemelan
    Participant

    That could make sense.

    Just one thing. Once logged in how long until we get logged out ?

    Could it be possible to increase that delay?

    #24572
    greg
    Participant

    For security and server stability reasons the timeout is 15 minutes.

    But if you tick Remember Me at login, you get a cookie with an expiration of 60 days. 🙂

    #24573
    Kelemelan
    Participant

    Ah, yeah, cookies… not a big fan of these, I’d rather remember my passwords 😛

    #24574
    sojournstar
    Participant

    [quote=”greg” post=3776][quote=”sojournstar” post=3748]Might I suggest that you at least move the video box from the bottom of the front page to the first thing you see on the top left, under the menu, and above the news and forum feeds.[/quote]

    Let’s give it a try.
    Video is on top, until you press the login button (it’s a bit down, but the positions where I can put the video is fairly restricted)

    Then it goes under the news / newest.

    How does everyone like it?[/quote]

    I don’t see that it has moved Greg, still in the same place.

    Are we on the Same Page lol….
    the front page http://epicgenerator.net/

    as this is the first thing people usually see when they find you on search, and this is your static url

    Unless I have to clear cookies, I don’t see the vid at the top on that page

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