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Discussion in 'Mid West Regional Discussion' started by DarthJurist, Dec 4, 2004.

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  1. DarthJurist

    DarthJurist Admin Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    [link=http://beta2.theforce.net/]The Force.Net, v2.0 [/link]

    Personally, I hate it.

    But look! You can buy a Master Replica!!!

    Oh! And join Hyperspace!!!

    :rolleyes:


    ~H~
     
  2. General Kenobi

    General Kenobi Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Yeah, I'm not a big fan of ads in the banner.

    I like the old layout better.

    p.s. But is it bad if I already own a Master Replica and belong to Hyperspace?
     
  3. DarthJurist

    DarthJurist Admin Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    no, not at all. ;)

    My issue is that the placement of the ads makes it look much less like a fan site, and more like a corporate or business site.
     
  4. Hazmatt

    Hazmatt Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I don't like it either.

    Besides the issues already stated (which I agree with), there is the text size. This is probably great for those running 800x600, but I think that by and large people are using 1024x768 now, and I think that as the core audience being what it is, probably even higher than that. I am using 1280x1024 only because my LCD won't let me go to 1600x1200. The text is very small.

    Also, some of those colors they picked...for Episode 2, FanForce, and Video Games they are using white text on a yellow background. I think only a full color-blind person could read that. The values are too close together.

    I think it's nice to have the news broken up into the latest headlines in each categories, but the Latest News box up at the top is far too small. The way they have been going, they won't post anything for days, then they post 15 news items at once. The new box can hold, um, about 5. I don't want to have to search through every category at the bottom just to find out what's happening.
     
  5. darthgoat

    darthgoat Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I too think it sucks.

    The text size is a major problem and it is just too damn cluttered.
     
  6. Dex_Luminara

    Dex_Luminara Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Oh so none of you have been hearing the rumors in the last few months that TFN is now under the control of the almighty Lucas. The more corporate feel has been hitting the TFN fans on EVERY freakin level. Just try to get some info out of people who were once resourceful and willing...you'd swear they were slapped with a cease and desist. Subtlety is just a lost art, I guess.
     
  7. Le_Penguin

    Le_Penguin Jedi Youngling star 4

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    I haven't visited tf.n's homepage in years, but the little news-box at the bottom of these pages has been looking less like Star Wars News and more like LFL Press Releases for quite some time now. No real shock, I know; just seconding Dex's observation.

    As far as the design, it's text-heavy to the point of nausea. I was gonna compare it to the IRS's homepage, but a quick look reveals that the IRS has cleaned up their design considerably since this time last year.

    Man, when a government site looks good by comparison...

    -Le Penguin
    "Oh, this is gonna be sweet!"
     
  8. flippingyodacola

    flippingyodacola Jedi Youngling star 2

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    It looks just like Hyperspace... Just less Lucasfilm-ie.
     
  9. ZOOfo-Dyas

    ZOOfo-Dyas Jedi Knight star 6

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    [face_worried] :( That's ummm... Well... BAD TF.n! [face_shame_on_you]

    I totally agree w/ the text/display size comment... I don't like having to use my cross-stitch lens to read a website [face_not_talking]

    And the over-commercialization of the front-end is also very displeasing o_O
     
  10. ThomSolo

    ThomSolo Jedi Padawan star 4

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    You mean there's more to TheForce.net than these boards??? No way!
     
  11. Schph_Gochi

    Schph_Gochi Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Well....to me there isn't really ....I never go to the main site anyway...just usually the Boards...and that's pretty much it...
     
  12. darthgoat

    darthgoat Jedi Padawan star 4

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    " I was gonna compare it to the IRS's homepage, but a quick look reveals that the IRS has cleaned up their design considerably since this time last year. "

    When the IRS beats you in terms of design, you know your number is up as a designer.
     
  13. shwanzi

    shwanzi Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Ya, that new layout sucks balls. 'Tis poo.
     
  14. Bosh_Talk

    Bosh_Talk Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Seven banner ads and several links to SW.com (which has become nothing but ads itself) on the front page. And even their current poll is asking which TV Ad appeals to fans the most.

    I do have to say that none of this has changed my opinion of TFN in the least.

    Bosh

    "Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the Lunch box, Spaceballs-the Breakfast Cereal, Spaceballs-the Flame Thrower."
     
  15. Sithman

    Sithman Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    Well, they made the official switchover today. I suppose if I still visited the TF.N main page (which I don't due to spoiler issues), I would be pretty annoyed.

    But as it is... *shrugs*
     
  16. Bobafemme

    Bobafemme FF Jedi Council Member, Chicago IL RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The new Fanforce.net page licks wookiee armpits! I dont' have this forum bookmarked at work and I have to go to fanforce.net to get to the forums. Now it takes more clicks and it's not visually pleasing. I thought I was on a LFL site!
     
  17. Dex_Luminara

    Dex_Luminara Jedi Youngling star 3

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    The proof is mounting.......
     
  18. JediAutobot

    JediAutobot Jedi Master star 4

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    femme, just do boards.theforce.net and you avoid the ickiness
     
  19. JediJeff13

    JediJeff13 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Some parts okay. Most parts crappy. I hate it.

    And TFN stopped being a fan site a long time ago. Can you say "Star Wars Ventures"?
     
  20. darthgoat

    darthgoat Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Can you say Cease and Decist?

    That costuming section has the potential to produce more C&Ds than we've ever seen. Bad bad bad move TFN.
     
  21. DarthJurist

    DarthJurist Admin Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I didn't even realize there was a new costuming section...

    ~H~
     
  22. Bosh_Talk

    Bosh_Talk Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I like how the TFN Headlines at the bottom of this page are in a .00005 point font.
     
  23. ZOOfo-Dyas

    ZOOfo-Dyas Jedi Knight star 6

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    Personally, I'm more irked at the double standard they've used w/ the new Winter Banner for the JCF main screen :mad:

    I'm really glad that there can be no depiction of homosexuality in any form in the FanFic boards, yet we can have it on the Banners... No implied nudity in FanArt or FanFilms, but we can on the Banner [face_plain] And don't even get me started on the St. Patty's Day Banner [face_plain]
     
  24. Bosh_Talk

    Bosh_Talk Jedi Padawan star 4

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    It still amazes me how such a well-hated site became, and remains the centerpoint for Star Wars fandom and information. I mean I don't get the idea that fans have such a love-hate relationship over at OneRing.Net
     
  25. Bobafemme

    Bobafemme FF Jedi Council Member, Chicago IL RSA Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I suspect it's part laziness and part habit. I would rather go to one site and click on all the cities I want/need I guess.
     
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