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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 15:50
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As salaamu wa alay kum.

I can read a newspaper upside down, have been a member of some of the oldest (non Islamic, late 90s) forums on the net, using pc's for nearly 2 decades now but I find MS a little strange.

Why:

a. Hard to navigate.

b. Too many things to pay attention to.

c. The 'recent posts' on the right side does not show the full title of the thread.

d. The sepia color tone of the forum makes me want to go to sleep.

e. The font size is too small.

f. The font size is too small.

g. The font size is too small.

h. Too many sections / sub forums or just something about them thats hard to stay focused.

i. Things like 'appreciate' 'optimistic' 'disagree' ....instant polls? Come again?

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Suggestions:

a. Consider increasing the size of the font.

b. The color tone to something more positive, the current one is drab like an old rundown house in some far away desert. How about simple white? Or light grey?

c. The forum is too 'serious' feeling. The one's browsing the net are mostly young. 

d. Remove / merge the sub-sections - keep it simple and uncomplicated. Too many sections just hinder discussions.

e. Allow larger non-animated avatars - let members get creative with it.

More to follow.

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:04
JazakAllah for your views, I'm sure admin will take into consideration the points made. The website is already set at a high standard, but improvements will continue to take place where required and where possible.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:09
Personally, I love it here. You get a warm feeling too with the correct colours. Other forums are dull, grey or blue.

No offence brother (and all those who don't get it), a few of those things you mentioned can be resolved yourself with your own settings. But, as the sister quite rightly said above, Admin will take your points into consideration.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:22
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:29

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Asslamo Allaikum,

There is always room for improvement and perfection belongs to Allah (SWT). Please remember that for a small forum with limited resources to be able to provide a Service for Android/Iphones, Islamic Radio etc is excellent and can't be matched by much bigger forums. When you want to look for serious refutations and evidence and research just look through people's blogs and posts.

May Allah (SWT) reward Mufti Yaseen, Maulana Yasin and everybody else associated with the forum (Ameen).

Alhumdolillah, I am sure Maulana will look into it. Forum is not php based like SF and other forums so yes the layout is different.

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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:30
Also, other forums are based on templates and this one is custom built.
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:39
salaam

a. Hard to navigate.

i wouldnt say hard but definitely messy

b. Too many things to pay attention to.

definitely

c. The 'recent posts' on the right side does not show the full title of the thread.

its a waste of space. i only use it to click on the 'more' link which then brings up a page with the recent posts. a 'new posts' or 'todays post' button on the main navigation would be a lot better

d. The sepia color tone of the forum makes me want to go to sleep.

the colour doesnt bother me but would definitely put off new/young users. then we complain the salafis are taking our youth with their professionally designed forums and sites

e. The font size is too small.

font is fine for me

f. The font size is too small.

check your settings

g. The font size is too small.

check your eyesight

h. Too many sections / sub forums or just something about them thats hard to stay focused.

agreed

i. Things like 'appreciate' 'optimistic' 'disagree' ....instant polls? Come again?

agreed. at the most a simple like/dislike should be enough
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:41

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custom built doesnt always mean better shaikh.

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#9 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:44
^^lol optimistic!

what does that even mean in this context?
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#10 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:47
Benefit from what you desire, and leave what does not interest you. The information is more relevant then the way it is decorated.
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#11 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:49
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Perfection belongs only to Allah.

How true.
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#12 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:51

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then why decorate at all?

and its not just about decoration, its also about navigation and being user friendly.

and its not just about old users (who probably look beyond the aesthetics of the forum) but also about attracting new users who may get attracted to deviant sites due to their design and ease of use.

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#13 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:53

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of course it does, but brother desi was not talking about perfection.

please stick to the topic everyone.

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#14 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 16:56
Having just like and dislike doesn't exactly give the right view or feeling. Also one could disagree with someone yet not have an effect on their rep, like I've done above. A thumbs down puts many people down and drives them away as you've seen. It even affects those who come to debate.

At the end of the day its quality work by all including those who are new. Alhumdulillah.


And btw, call me brother or Mr, I'm no sheikh/shaykh/shaikh. ;-)


Custom built means there's plenty of room for change unlike other sites.
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#15 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2013 17:04

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im not too bothered about it but i believe shaikh desi has a very good point.

but i do strongly feel that the design and navigation will have put many potential members off.

btw pls dont take this as an attack.

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