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I created Invision Power Board Site Gallery  IPB website design gallery showcasing the best IPB websites, templates and resources. Simple filter and regular refresh screenshot.  See this URL

http://gagadaily.com

My movie site: http://fcine.net/  work in progress

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52 minutes ago, Guitar Gathering said:

Thanks!  You can embed videos into the forum?  How?  I was just using a third party plugin that brings in your YouTube channel.

- Steve

 

Also I'd recommend making your forum icons smaller, if you was to check using the default theme, they take up the whole screen. You shouldn't need them any bigger than 50x50 really, and even then you can use TinyPNG to make the files even smaller.

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21 minutes ago, Guitar Gathering said:

Thanks.  I'll check it out.  Also, do you know how to get the background to be transparent like I mentioned in my previous post? (I doubt the original poster MgtMadness will see my question since they haven't logged on since September.)

Thanks.

Steve

With some simple CSS:

background: rgba(16, 17, 29, 0.812);

Here's a good start: https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_image_transparency.asp

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My site is called Poetry Magnum Opus The most important part of the site is the Forums of which the Member Poetry and Member Poetry (overflow) forums are most popular. These are the two forums where most activity is concentrated, where members can showcase and discuss their poems. There are other forums for discussing literary and general/misc. topics. 

One of my key members has devoted considerable time and effort into constructing a comprehensive Reference Section for various poetic forms. Only this member who has painstakingly built this Reference Section is allowed to post within its forums. I have received communications from university professors who have told me they refer their students to the Reference Section, and from time to time I see guest IP addresses that resolve to various colleges/universities. The member who built the Reference Section told me that she has found her Reference Section work copied verbatim into Wikipedia usually with small acknowledgements at the bottom crediting my site.

Another forum I included in the Poetry category is called the Member Archive. Each member who wants to is allowed to create one topic within the Member Archive to serve as an index to his works on the site. Part of my vision for my site is for the site to serve as a means for members to promote themselves and their work. A member's index can include whichever works he wants. That way when the member wants to share his works with someone (a publisher or whomever), all he has to do is pass along the one link to his Member Archive topic. He doesn't have to tell someone to go to the site and use search to find his works. He might not even want an interested party to find every work, only those works included in his own carefully curated index. And no one has to make Member Archive topic. Not everyone even has to share the same vision I do insofar as posting works on the site or Member Archive topics themselves are concerned. This is merely the vision I have for my own Member Archive topic, and I want all my members to have this added value. There's no pressure; the members can do as much or as little as they choose. They can make any of their topics as basic or elaborate as they want.

I also have a "Reading" section. It contains a couple of forums ("A Poem I Read Today" and "Favorite Poets") where we discuss the greats. This is where we discuss Frost, Yeats, etc. and it's one of few areas where one must be logged in to read and participate. Here we're sharing various works for the purposes of discussion, not publishing them for non-members and copyright attorneys on the prowl. 

My site is small, and it's exclusive in the sense that one has to ask to join. Instructions for joining are in an Announcement visible to guests. This isn't because anyone gets denied -- all who have a genuine interest in poetry and writing are welcome to join -- rather it's so I don't have to deal with spammers. Prospective members who follow the instructions and write to me are admitted. Spammers are unlikely to do that, and so far I haven't had anyone who hasn't been legit ask to join. I don't like ads, and I'm pleased that I haven't had to resort to ads to fund my community.

I really love IPS, and I'm excited by its elegant community software, the inclusion of quality features, and all the reliability and value delivered year after year. I have zero love for fb -- See? I won't even spell out the name! -- and I'm not even on it. Forums/communities are where content is created. I have one member who will sometimes send me a private message saying he wrote a particular poem he shared in my community for a particular contest. He'll include a link to the contest, and he'll ask me if I think his poem is good enough for the contest. When I check out the link, I'll usually find that poetry, in that site/publication, is an afterthought stashed somewhere between Home & Garden and Lifestyle. I can reasonably conclude that the contest will probably be judged by someone who has no clue about poetry and that the winner will probably be a friend who also happens to mention the local hardware store (e.g. if the contest calls for a poem about the locale where the publication is based). I'll answer this member the same way I always do: "Is the contest good enough for your poem?" I, myself, only publish my own work on my own site -- on my IPS forum.  :wink:

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A new project using only Pages: https://uea.facila.org/ The site is set up to present short, easy-to-read articles for people who have started learning the language Esperanto.

The front page is a couple of record feeds based on @opentype's Supergrid templates but with a couple of tweaks. For example, if one of the team posts the article, then we get the usual "posted by" message with a link to the poster's profile, but if we indicate that we're posting on behalf of a guest author, then the message becomes "Written by John Smith".

I've added an upload field so that staff can embed voice recordings of an article within its body if they want to. There's an example above the article text here: https://uea.facila.org/artikoloj/homoj/la-esperantisto-joseph-rhodes/ Now learners can here the language spoken whilst reading the content!

We also have a database containing short films: https://uea.facila.org/filmetoj/ The rating displaying on the listing is actually the uploader's own one, indicating how easy she thinks it is. You can see it under the title in the record view: https://uea.facila.org/filmetoj/esperanto-film-la-teo-kiu-venigas-amatinon/ Readers can give their own ratings in the usual way at the bottom. Although I only wanted the uploaders to use YouTube, I've had to expand it to allow them to post links to videos hosted elsewhere.

I think my favourite page is the one where the staff present themselves: https://uea.facila.org/kunlaborantoj/ I love the simplicity of it and its clean look, and how the order is random so that you don't always see the same people in first place. I also quite like the wordlist, where we show the words which you should aim to use in articles: https://uea.facila.org/vortlisto/ So much nicer than the one long list which it used to be.

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Very good Job, like it. Congrats.

17 minutes ago, Meddysong said:

The rating displaying on the listing is actually the uploader's own one, indicating how easy she thinks it is.

It is a bit confusing, it more looks like the articles are rated bad on a first view. Maybe you could replace the stars with something else to express the meaning.

18 minutes ago, Meddysong said:

 I love the simplicity of it and its clean look, and how the order is random so that you don't always see the same people in first place.

Agree, looks cool.

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6 minutes ago, Ramsesx said:

It is a bit confusing, it more looks like the articles are rated bad on a first view. Maybe you could replace the stars with something else to express the meaning.

Funnily enough, the uploader has to choose from a dropdown which says "difficult, fairly easy, very easy etc" and I've made it output as stars. So perhaps I could display it using the what she actually selected instead.

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4 minutes ago, Meddysong said:

Funnily enough, the uploader has to choose from a dropdown which says "difficult, fairly easy, very easy etc" and I've made it output as stars. So perhaps I could display it using the what she actually selected instead.

You could easily do this with badges having different colors, for example easy green, difficult red etc.. , search for @opentype topics, he has explained this in detail or here.

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Oh, sure, I can do that 🙂 But you still have the question of "what does red mean? why green?" So that doesn't solve the problem of conveying things clearly.

On the record itself, for instance, we explain the scale:

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So our users will be used to it. But if the concern is that it won't be clear to new people then that'll hold for the colour scheme too.

To be honest, why don't I just brighten up the page by explaining that we rate them and "How do you think we did? Let us know by rating it yourself!" alongside the explanation of the scale? 🙂

 

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