OPEN DISCUSSION - Updating GMTC layout, theme, front-page and more

Discussion in 'Announcements & Feedback' started by ChevyFan, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I've got some plans to update GMTC over the next two to three months and I wanted to get some feedback from people on the site. What do you like, what do you not like, what would you like to see added?

    We are still going to use the current platform for what we have now, but I want to add a more robust front-page system so we can have real articles that are not just glorified posts added to a mock-front page. I want to look at issues like screen-width, etc. There are some things that I know I must do, like limit the signature photo sizes, but there are things that we can talk about like adding links back into siggys as well.

    So, let's have an OPEN, HONEST and FRIENDLY discussion.

    Any spam, personal attacks, flaming or off-topic conversation in here will be removed.

  2. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I like the way the forum is laid out. Screen width is good to me. I would like to see a return of the chat system.
  3. barefoot greg

    barefoot greg New Member

    I've been a member for 2 years and I still barely know where anything is! lol

    Just today it took me about 20 minutes to remember how to start my own post thread lol. If you go changing it i'll be hopeless!

    One thing I really like about the site is the color scheme. The white and blue is easy on the eyes and easy to see/ read.

    When thinking about new mods its common for me to do a google image search for what I'm thinking about doing, and often i'll be redirected to a forum where the image was originally uploaded. One thing i can't stand is when the site is over the top with colors like black and red that make it next to impossible to read more than a paragraph before rubbing your eyes.

    If you do wind up changing the site, keep less than computer savvy individuals like myself in mind and try to keep it as user friendly as possible.

  4. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

    Keep the color layout the same. It truly is easy to read.

    Just to emphasize what BFG said...
    If you do wind up changing the site, keep less than computer savvy individuals like myself in mind and try to keep it as user friendly as possible.
  5. I second keeping the color scheme the same as well asbringing back the chat system.

    I would like to see a better, more functional mobile version of the mobile site. The current version makes it a bit difficult to find current threads.
  6. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    My thoughts:

    • Maintain colour scheme
    • Bring back reliable chat that allows for group and individual chat sessions like the last one did (and make sure its sessions DO NOT time out if pages are not refreshed within 2 hours ... like the last one did)
    • Move to variable width format with 1024x768 being minimum standard supported for computer users (1024x768 is so mid-90's in today's world of large, wide format, flatscreen monitors that are cheap -- so it's reasonable as a minimum)
    • Much like Google does, provide a mobile format and have the site detect mobile devices to account for tablets, smartphones, and the like so that your computer-readable, variable-width format is not influenced AT ALL by mobile device needs
      • this would preclude limiting signatures, too, since you could just eliminate them in mobile format
      • you could also eliminate avatars
      • eliminate ROTM logos (replace with text if you want to keep them?)
      • eliminate Gold/Platinum Contributor logos
      • eliminate any other space-eating graphics that mobile readers don't need
    • Cease compression of photos to lossy, sub-100kb sizes and permit them to exist in 1-2MB sizes to maintain detail levels of uploaded photos. Sub-100kb .jpg sizes are products of the 90's. 1-2MB images sizes are products of the early 2000's. 8-16MB image sizes are products of the last few years. I feel it's reasonable to suggest we move into the last decade in terms of image quality...
    • Reduce ads for Gold Contributors as incentive to be one
    • Eliminate ads for Platinum Contributors as incentive to be one
    • Give Moderators Platinum Contributor status gratis as a 'thank you' for their contribution which is made with time/effort and not necessarily with money

    I'm personally frustrated with the steady talk of reducing signature sizes since people who do not want to see them can already turn off the display of them in their profile options. (I don't like avatars so I turned those off. Instead of complaining about needing to limit them in some way I just use the tools at hand.) Likewise, if they don't want to see certain users' signatures they can block those users.

    It seems strange to me to reduce functionality for all users when a relatively small number of people who complain about signature sizes already have tools in their hands to reduce what they see, themselves, without impacting anyone else ... and simply elect not to use them or don't bother to learn about their options.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2013
  7. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    i agree with most everything here!

    also, bring back chat!

  8. jsmith4816

    jsmith4816 New Member

    I would agree with other posters i.e color scheme and mobile format. Haven't been on here long enough to get to use the chat feature, but can see it would be helpful.

    If enough people want the color scheme changed, maybe make their own page be customizable? But I like it the way it is.
  9. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    I am also for the reduction/ommision of ads depending on level of contribution. I think it would help me on my work computer (I know that I am only one of a large group).
    Chat would be beneficial also.
    A mobile format would be nice since most of my time on the net is done on my Android phone.
  10. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, this is good stuff. Keep it coming.
  11. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    I just don't know Steve.. I think they want Chat back... What do you think? [​IMG]
  12. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    I joined when the original chat was up and really miss that chat, even if it did not have all the features of the newer one that was installed and then removed because it actually made the site feel like a community instead of pulling it apart.

    I also "like" the newer layout and understand that from a revenue standpoint, you need to have the adds, but there is a trade off.

    I come to this site for information, and with the adds taking so much space, that is less space for the information I am looking for, and that in turn means I am using this site allot less than I use to which I assume you are trying to up the memberships, visitors , hits, etc.

    If I want to see add's I will turn the tv on.... or use an add free site, even if it means I need a membership to stop the adds.
  13. Jamm3r

    Jamm3r New Member

    I would like to see the technical forums split up by era rather than by body type.

    In other words most of my NBS posts apply equally to Yukon, Suburban, and Pickups. But they don't apply to NNBS trucks of any configuration.

    So I have to choose whether to post them in the pickup or SUV forum and either way they get mixed up with obs and nnbs threads that aren't related.
  14. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    This is good stuff, I'm having a lot of internal thoughts about stuff like this and I think there is something here that is pretty deep, but I'm not quite sure how to address it and make proper changes ...
  15. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    As far as the ads go, I don't mind them at all. It is not like they are intrusive. They do not mess up the flow of threads. I have been on some forums where the ads show up as posts in the middle of a thread. That is terribly annoying.
  16. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    I love the current layout and interface. I do like the idea about creating categories for each gen (OBS, NBS, NNBS, etc.) The change in the emails recently freaked me because I wasn't ready for it. The new email format doesn't put enough space between the new post and the basic text making it confusing.
  17. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Ok, the first changes will come in the next few weeks and it will address the front "home" page first more than anything else. Right now that section doesn't work very well and is very ugly to look at so cleaning that up with news & information will help a lot with the way that information flows on the site. I don't have many changes planned for the "forum" right now actually.
  18. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Where are the things that people indicated in this thread prioritized? Any time frame for those things?
  19. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, I have an entire list of things that I have planned and believe me I'm taking everyone's input ... long-term members get more say-so than a new-member for sure. I have plans to sketch out the changes and will start to roll them out in a mixture of what's the easiest to what's the most needed.
  20. 1BadSierra2011

    1BadSierra2011 New Member

    I think a change of color scheme would be nice, and maybe a new updated chat system. They have the ones where you can click an icon to chat, and it brings up a different window to chat in. And can have seperate chat rooms for the admins, for different topics, etc etc. Just my two cents!

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