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https://watchgtg.com/ - Social Watch forum

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Los, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Los

    Los New Member

    Hello all!

    So I've been a forum admin for a whopping two weeks or so, and it's been wild just to get it up to where it is now. I still know pretty much nothing, so I'm putting it up here for a trial by fire.

    Please rip it to shreds so I can make a list of what I'm doing wrong, and hopefully I can Google my way to some fixes. I know pretty much nothing, and am starting to feel bad for Jake and Mike at Audentio having to troubleshoot my stuff- they're pretty awesome. :) I've also asked for help on a couple of other forums, so hopefully I can get some things fixed before the critique, ha!

    https://watchgtg.com/

    Thanks in advance for your advice!

    Take care,
    Carlos
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 21, 2016
  2. Dr.Who

    Dr.Who Active Member

    I really like the way your site looks, except for the background image. I just find it's a bit busy for my tastes. I do like the colors used however.

    Like the logo, somethings up with it though , gets cut off:
    upload_2016-3-24_16-53-39.png

    I assume this isn't intentional since the logo links to this...
    upload_2016-3-24_16-55-3.png
     
  3. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    Nice theme and I'll also reiterate what @Clever Moniker said about the logo it gets cut off at least on mobile cause that's what I'm on atm. Is that a custom theme from Audentio or you have them customize an existing theme? Either way other than the logo it looks awesome to me.
     
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  4. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    I'd blur and darken the background.
     
  5. Los

    Los New Member

    Thanks!

    The logo is the biggest outstanding issue I'm working on. I obviously found where to added the logo, but can't figure out why it gets cut off. I've tried to add a padding above the logo, have moved around the navigation and login bars several times, but can't figure it why it does that. it's not just mobile.

    It's the stock Rekt theme from Audentio. I haven't done anything that didn't involved changing a number, or checking a checkbox. :) I don't have any coding experience.

    Thank you both for the blur suggestion. You're now three who have told me to blur that. Just have a better understanding of the style choice behind it- why should I blur it (and darken it)?

    Thanks,
    Carlos
     
  6. Mark87

    Mark87 Active Member

    It makes your site hard to read and hard to post on. The easier on the eyes the more people post and interact IMHO.
     
  7. Solidus

    Solidus Well-Known Member

    The focal point should be the content, not the background. Try this -> http://gfxf.net/images/2016/03/24/drive2-min.jpg
     
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  8. Los

    Los New Member

    Thanks!

    How's it look?
     
  9. Los

    Los New Member

    Or rather, does the the site look better now?

    I really appreciate the advice.

    Thanks,
    Carlos
     
  10. Los

    Los New Member

    After our Cincinnati watch group become part of the official Red Bar group, we were also told the Red Bar group actually had a private forum in the works.

    I went ahead and re-branded the forum to Watch GTG, since that is essentially what it is all about. (Get To-Gether in "watch idiot savant" terms)

    I still haven't gotten much traffic, so I've been steadily putting out content, and hoping that eventually people stick around. Since the re branding, I've added XenPorta 2 (thanks @Jaxel - the Add On is awesome, and even an idiot like me could install it. :) ) , and have gotten a few compliments on the site.

    I'm still taking in all the advice offered. ;)

    Thanks,
    Carlos
     
  11. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Works great for your site and content. Good move !
    I guess.
    I found the name watchGTG odd.

    At the bottom of the landing page ... can you add some links to Latest forum threads ? Manually link to some of your most popular threads ?
     
  12. Los

    Los New Member

    Thanks!

    Yeah, I'm not sure where it came from, but a quick search shows it showing up on forum threads as far back as 2012.
    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f325/watch-gtg-some-mkii-content-653851.html

    I'll get on that! :)
    XenPorta 2 gives the option to put it pretty much anywhere, so I'll try the bottom, and if not, see how it looks as a sidebar.

    Thanks,
    Carlos
     

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