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Xelation Forums!
by Xelation
05 Jul 2002 16:09

After months of waiting with nearly 50 hacks installed and over 200 template edits its here! Xelation forums have officially opned it's doors!

http://www.xelation.com go ahead check it out, tell me what you think :)

Michelle69 05 Jul 2002 16:21

Beautiful!

Xenon 05 Jul 2002 16:57

wow, looks very good.

nioce colors, and good buttons.
also the postbit is very intresting but looks very good

5 of 5 :)

heretic 05 Jul 2002 19:09

Extremely well done

except int he postbit, do you really need to have a sig break that says "signature"?

RichardON 07 Jul 2002 11:27

I love the whole forum, its great. 50 hacks! That alot, how long have you been working on this for?

Chris M 07 Jul 2002 16:12

Excellent:)

Satan

g-force2k2 08 Jul 2002 07:30

great job xelation :) very nice ;) good job on everything that you've done so far...

g-force2k2

Dyntheos 10 Jul 2002 01:25

i've found out myspef much to my dismay that heavily skinned sites do not resize very well, as the graphics start breaking up on a font change larger than medium.

I see that you forum home has the cats all the width of the page so this can work around a specific size such as the post bits.

Did you ever work on a fixed size for your categories smaller than the width of the page?

Overall a very excellent design. Your forums inspired me to make a huge effort in producing a fully skinned forum, although I had to the post bit I had made due to the resizing issues.

Do you get graphic wrapping and breaking up problems for the post bit when large pictures are used in the [img] tags or do you disallow these tags? I noticed the post bit breaks up on font sizes larger than medium.

Xelation 10 Jul 2002 03:04

Quote:

Originally posted by Dyntheos
i've found out myspef much to my dismay that heavily skinned sites do not resize very well, as the graphics start breaking up on a font change larger than medium.

I see that you forum home has the cats all the width of the page so this can work around a specific size such as the post bits.

Did you ever work on a fixed size for your categories smaller than the width of the page?

Overall a very excellent design. Your forums inspired me to make a huge effort in producing a fully skinned forum, although I had to the post bit I had made due to the resizing issues.

Do you get graphic wrapping and breaking up problems for the post bit when large pictures are used in the [img] tags or do you disallow these tags? I noticed the post bit breaks up on font sizes larger than medium.


you have to make your post bit strechable, you cant just set it for pixel sizes, you need to use percents and you wont have this problem ;)

Dyntheos 10 Jul 2002 03:33

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in a fixed size forum this does not work tho.

the text size as i stated warps your post bit, on your forums.

have you been able to make the background graphics for each table stretch? merely setting the tables to 100% stretches the tables only not the inserted background graphic that makes up the skin.


If I were to post a 1024 x 768 desktop picture within your postbit are you saying that it wouldn't affect the graphics of your postbit?

I ask this because the answer eluded me for hours and in frustration gave up. If you have been able to do this i would like to know how as a font size change does warp the graphics.

Re: Xelation Forums!
by Arkham
11 Jul 2002 17:51

Quote:

Originally posted by Xelation
After months of waiting with nearly 50 hacks installed and over 200 template edits its here! Xelation forums have officially opned it's doors!

http://www.xelation.com go ahead check it out, tell me what you think :)

It's all really good looking, though a bit too ornamental. Not as functional as I'd like to see, esp. on a narrowband connection. Can't wait to see the narrow theme!

I like that you've gone back to a vertical header, with user/post info above the post. Anyone who puts it at the top instead of the side gets high marks from me. There are only a couple forums out there doing that, and I myself have been planning this since day 1. (It was one of the first threads I posted on vbulletin.com last year - Ah..memories...). I much prefer that style, since it's the 'original' BBS layout. (Ha! Let's see InfoPop claim to have invented that one too...)

There's far too much dead space on the right hand side, though. Tighten it up and it should look better.

Unfortunately it's Yet Another Site with all that visual pollution in the header. ("PS Tutorial Header Syndrome", even if it was made from scratch.) That style was cool on '95 desktop themes, but it's far too common now. (Though your landing splash page is gorgeous... Here's to the Blob!! Whoohoo. I'd like to see that in the header instead.)

I think the default text size overall is too small, but then again it fits in with the techy feeling of the site. Good clear font anyway. Thread- and post-wise it's balanced nicely.

Too bad you're using that ugly font on the buttons, though. That style's getting a bit tired too. Way too many buttons out there using it; but hey, if you like it...

To add a bit more punch to the forum listings, remove the moderator column. Unless there are very specific reasons to have it there, I think it's a waste of space. More ego-stoking than anything, and it's visually intrusive.

All in all, a gorgeous theme with good colour balance (some of the postbit gfx could be defined better, but hey... it's supposed to be dark.)

Radon3k 15 Jul 2002 19:12

Wish I had gfx skills like that...I really wanna learn gfx... :(

kontrabass 18 Jul 2002 14:19

How much can I pay you to design my site for me? (seriously! :D )

Velocd 20 Jul 2002 21:13

Logo is alittle too big I personally think, even on by 1400x1050 res, but the colors are excellent! The postbit is alittle too much :lick:

TrueVenture 20 Jul 2002 21:56

absolutely beautiful.. :) top stuff mate.. :)


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