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Rant: I hate the Forum Home, it sucks.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Digital Doctor, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    aka, this page.
    http://xenforo.com/community/

    It's so long and boring.

    It's not a Xenforo thing. It's all forums. Every one of them.

    I compared all the forum homes previously [see here]

    What does your look like ? Did you mod it ?

    Surely something better could be done ?
     
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  2. 3rd AnGle

    3rd AnGle Well-Known Member

    Like removing off-topic forum so that we don't get to rant & troll :p
     
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  3. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    It's not really trolling. It deals with an important topic which is relatively central to forum software.
    I think what you are saying is you have no ideas ? :)
     
  4. 3rd AnGle

    3rd AnGle Well-Known Member

    Heh i just noticed something... just as i posted my last comment and clicked "what's new".. i got an alert for the like.. It's too fast to be believable.. it was not even 3 secs since i posted..o_O Is there an auto-like feature or something?
     
  5. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Something weird just happened to me as well.

    xenforo.bug.smile.popup.jpg

    When I refreshed, (just before the last image) it resolved.
    Some javascripty glitch ?

    ok. rlly l8 now.
     
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  6. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    I hate that the "home" button on the forum sends you to xenforo.com, rather than the forum home. It just doesn't feel naturally.
     
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  7. euantor

    euantor Well-Known Member

    Same with clicking the logo. I always click the logo of a site to go to the index. It feels unnatural to go up a whole directory.
     
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  8. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Quite a few of my members tell me they don't really use the home page - they just read the site via the What's New? navigation link.
     
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  9. Brandon Sheley

    Brandon Sheley Well-Known Member

    Change the home page up if you don't like it.
    I've seen some rather impressive setups, people take the time to organize the sections with different colors, as well as unique icons.
    I think those two things will help tremendously ;)
     
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  10. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Why not just write your forum index to something else (like recent activity or what's new) to make it more interesting?
     
  11. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    ... or maybe a "Jump to Random Post" add-on that just plonks you in the middle of a thread somewhere ... (y) - could be fun! :)
     
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  12. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Mockup.

    xenforo.im.feeling.lucky.jpg

    heh.
     
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  13. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  14. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    Most of my users sit in the recent activity area or on the xenporta portal home.
    I hate to say that most of my users aren't forum savvy and that's why they resort to this. Something about clicking a category seems to complicated for them. It's insane.

    I was debating building a new page that kinda of is pinterest/facebook group/twitter inspired. Theirs two development turtorials that could be modified to make this happen. I think that if that was my forum index. I'd get a lot more activity.

    I think it might be too many queries or too much load though. Unless I narrowed it down to under 5 topics and had a way to truncate all posts until the most recent pots (like facebook does)
     
  15. kkm323

    kkm323 Well-Known Member

    I do agree with you maybe we should add recent activity and recent post and threads in widget either in the sidebar or in the top of forum-list
     
  16. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Last 10 active threads would be a good sidebar widget. (y)
     
  17. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Trending topics (most busy in past X hours) widget?
     
  18. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    What do you envision that it should look like?
     
  19. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    I think it's up to admins to make the forum home page look more interesting. We integrated pictures from the gallery which helps a lot and is a good way to increase photo traffic.
     
  20. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Its butt ugly
     

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