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Socoder -> On Topic -> About the panels....

Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 08:54
Jayenkai
Here's something I've been wrestling with for a few weeks.



A couple of years back, I added little "Forum Panels" to make the forum look a little nicer.



Thing is, whenever I go to add a new forum section to the site, I first have to spend about 3 weeks making a new forum panel for every single theme.



It's a nice idea, and it looks neat, but damnit, it's a pain in the ass!!!



I'd like to redo a lot of the forum sections, add some new, strip the rubbish, stuff like that..
But that means either a crapload of work, or ... get rid.



Would anyone really mind if I just got rid!?


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Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 09:16
JL235
Could you swap them with CSS?
Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 09:19
Jayenkai
As in CSS per theme, to suggest how the font looks, and the background and stuff? Probably, yeah. I mean, I expected more of them from the outset, that's why they were set as .gif's. Logos and things like that done in each one.
But..
Meh, they just ended up being text in a box.. Killed the point of them.

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Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 09:53
Scherererer
Just get rid of them -- i think it would look better if you just used regular text anyway

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Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 15:06
shroom_monk
I wouldn't mind if they disappeared, although I like the idea of something vaguely more than text at the top. I think something with CSS would work fine, but yeah, I wouldn't mind if the picture bars went.

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Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 15:30
Jayenkai
On that same subject, are there any forum sections that anyone wants?

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Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 19:00
JL235
The new panels look terrible. What about removing them all together and have something like:

With the current setup the CSS is also difficult to change, like the text colour, as the a tag inside the forum_header_section div doesn't have a class.

I think maybe they should have a lightly different look since they are headers as well as links.
Posted : Wednesday, 29 July 2009, 19:15
Jayenkai
It's a temporary measure, since I can't be arsed to change, add to, sort out colours and styles, and then upload the 30-odd .css files to account for every single one of 'em, all within the space of one night.

The cogs are turning, but without disabling the old version, I knew I'd be too lazy to bother doing it.. So.. Get rid, force me to do it!

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Posted : Friday, 31 July 2009, 03:08
Pio
You can somehow automatically generate these images with PHP (docs). Of course that's more work, but you'd have to do it just once.