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Digital Disarray

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Dubbed Navigator, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member


    So my forum, Digital Disarray has been live now for about 6 months.

    We cater for a large variation of interests, our aim is to constantly expand this. If a user or selection of users come onboard, have an interest in something and can support it with some initial content we will cater for it.

    I did intially launch the website on a different platform but it folded as I couldnt get the staff base to help support it.

    Now we have relaunched on XF and the site looks and feels a million times better

    Id like the views, opinions and constructive critisism of the people on here please. Take the time to have a proper wander around the site as there is a lot there :)

    We are on the constant lookout for staff as well, as we have taken a beating in this area recently. If you think you may be interested, please send me a PM
  2. Chojo

    Chojo Active Member

    Site look good. Easy on the eyes!
    I just dislike the number of nodes, theres so many!
  3. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Not sure I can do much about that considering how many interests there are?
  4. Chojo

    Chojo Active Member

    New features could be a subforum in Forum Announcements & Coming Soon
    Introduce Yourself
    could be a subforum in General Disarray

    Not going to check them all, but these exemples could give you a little idea :)
    Hope it help!
  5. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    Comments taken on-board, agreed with and implemented. :)

    Thanks, I will go round the others and see what else I think warrants condensing.
  6. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Nice site - my first comment would be there's nothing to tell me when I land, what the site is actually about? Or a handy "About us" link? Apart from that it's quick, clear and works well :)
    Dubbed Navigator likes this.
  7. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    Thats interesting as I had set up a notice for guest users to do exactly that!

    Look at that again me thinks

    Thanks :)
  8. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Here's your home and forum home from my browser... a notice for guests would indeed work well to introduce your site.

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  9. ggace

    ggace Active Member

    How are you marketing this (if you are)?

    Niche sites (gaming, role play, sports, cars, etc.) all have outlets for advertising. A site that "does it all" might have a time tough getting members to stick. "Have it all" sites now days are social networking sites such as facebook. The difference is about 1.3 billion members.

    Do you have a social media outlet to help draw in members?

    Is there any topsites that you could advertise a "general" category on?
  10. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

  11. ggace

    ggace Active Member

  12. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

  13. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    Hi @Ingenious - just to let you know your comments were taken onbaord and a notice is now visible to all guests explaining what it is about :)
  14. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Almost, but no cigar ;) The problem now is the cookie message is very padded out because it's the same size frame as the welcome message, but has nearly no text in, that's a massive amount of empty space on the all important landing page. Also, the text formatting of the welcome message doesn't look too hot:

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    Could you combine the cookie and welcome message (why not?) to avoid this issue, also I would use a slightly smaller font. You maybe don't need "Welcome Guest" as a guest already knows they are a guest and I'd keep it simple, with a call to action. Something like:

    "Digital Disarray caters for a wide range of interests. Our ever-expanding list includes photography and urban exploration, outdoor activities, astronomy, IT and telecoms, gaming, automotive, music, local bands, television and film. We are a community that supports friendly reviews, advice and gives people an opportunity to show off their work. Join us today, it's free!

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  15. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    I like the idea and did orginally think of something along those lines - however I couldnt see where to edit the cookies notice?

    Do you know how I can? I completely agree with what you have said.
  16. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    To me, the purpose of the forum is too nebulous. The title alone is confusing.
  17. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    I actually take that as somewhat a compliment. Considering we have built the forum not to be specific to one hobby or interest, unless that isn't what you meant?

    Each to their own I guess, but we thought it was quite catchy :)
  18. Dubbed Navigator

    Dubbed Navigator Active Member

    @Ingenious - do you know how I can edit the cookie message?
  19. farmglitch

    farmglitch Active Member

    I liked it created a thread in the music section. Thanks for sharing!!
  20. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    I'm actually still on 1.1 which doesn't have it. From memory it's an option so you can disable it, then replace the whole thing with a notice and your own cookie message within that, OR, edit the cookie phrase itself, a quick search here brings up for example:


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