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  1. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Active Member

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    Tracy Perry submitted a new Showcase Item:

    Astrowhat.com


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    Nice forum @Tracy Perry :) Only time starry night sky background would work on a forum! :)

    See you haven't left the scene entirely. :D
     
  3. Tracy Perry

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    Thanks.... I debated a more detailed actual photo of a nebula or such, but file size and transfer speed would be an issue without some serious work.
    And yep,I still keep playing around. Recently got some really nice astro equipment and plan on learning to use it, so figured why not also utilize the domain and the XF site to document it with. Was debating on upgrading XF and Showcase, but decided to buy a new color camera in addition to the monochrome with filter wheel I just got in. If the site gets some traction I'll upgrade it then.
     
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  4. Tracy Perry

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    I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and (even though the site isn't active currently) upgraded XF (and the 1st party addons) and Showcase to the latest versions... that way I could kick up to a newer version of PHP also.
     
  5. Tracy Perry

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    Just something I took recently with a new camera. Still need some spacers for better focusing.

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  6. Tracy Perry

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    Have added several of Bob's add-ons along with ShowCase to the site.
    AMS
    Classifieds
    Link Directory

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    And we are getting some nice images uploaded by the users. Tried to post a few examples but they don't show up.
     
  7. Tracy Perry

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    Tracy Perry updated Astrowhat.com

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  8. JMX

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    I really like the look and feel of the forum. Especially the colors of the navigation!
    It just feels well-rounded overall - the only thing I would criticize is, that the forum list looks a little bit crowded and not easily scannable because the eye jumps around between all the colors and indented texts.

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    Would it be possible, that you list everything you used to build the forum? I'm looking into building one my own, and it would probably send me in the right direction!
     
  9. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Active Member

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    and that's one of the hazards of using prefixes that really should be different color/style from others in an area. If all of them were the same, they would not be as easy to pick out in a page of threads if you were hunting for a specific telescope manufacturer as an example.

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    The entire purpose of the prefixes is to make it easier to quickly find the topical item you want.

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    The downfall is that they also show on the landing page and may be distracting to some.. but some may consider that a benefit instead of a negative (I am amongst that group). I personally believe that easily identifiable prefixes are preferable over a "generic" same color look in which only the text differs.
    I make HEAVY use of prefixes on the site to reduce the number of necessary nodes to target the end user.
    Basically:
    XF
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    PixelExit Blackened Pro as an option
    the following Bob's add-ons:
    Classifieds
    Link Directory
    ShowCase
    AMS
    Reviews
    Truolong (also previously known as Notiba) Group addon (and it really sucks hind teat in many ways but is all that is available).

    And for XF 1st party
    XFMG
    XFRM

    Then there is customization to certain aspects using the item Field options that allow such as below:

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