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Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:38 pm

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Conclusions

  • Upon arrival at your forum I had to give a small laugh at the cookie monster displayed in the banner area as its not often you see that on someone's. My first impressions however have to be on the average end because I've got to take into account the overall forum, especially things like design, usergroups, layout and originality which your forum wavers on. I also wasn't sure of the forums purpose as it seems to discuss YU-GI-OH! more than anything as opposed to anything else.

    The design is quite nice, the black and gold colours fit nicely with each other to create quite a competent design but having the cookie monster instead of a real banner took the classiness away from your forums design and as well as having a button in your navigation bar not matching the rest of the forum.

    The activity of your forum is quite good, I worked out the average post ratio to members and it came at 60 odd posts per member which is very good. Just make sure all forums are kept posted in regularly and you'll be fine. 

    Staff and usergroups were a bit tricky to work out, I checked the group descriptions and I couldn't really find much information on what each group meant. Plus you have moderators listed for each forum on the index and I see in some areas you have a lot of moderators and some with just two, I don't know if there is a logic behind this but you might want to reconsider how much staff you need. 

    In terms of originality your forum isn't too original as you get many forums like this. Your layout and organization is fine and so is your spelling and grammar although you might want to check this category: Fun Deck Discussion as I think there is a 'For' in the description that shouldn't be there. 





Forum Strengths 

  • Good Layout and Organization 
  • Good Forum Activity 
  • Grammar and Spelling is Good



Forum Weaknesses

  • Design is quite basic and average and could use attention in some areas
  • Usergroups and Staff needs more clarity 
  • Forum isn't very original 





Average Review Score: 6.42



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Re: Forum Review...

Post by Omni~Mage on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:41 pm

I honestly can't expect the forum to be anything BUT unoriginal given that it's free software.

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:45 pm

Omni~Mage wrote:I honestly can't expect the forum to be anything BUT unoriginal given that it's free software.

Yeah, and the fact that we're basically DGZ... except our YGO talk is awful compared to theirs, and they have way more members.  Mad

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by The Supreme King on Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:29 pm

64% is still passing. I didn't know they would literally come by and grade us tho. 

I wonder how much Cookie skewed the posts per person ratio?

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Post by The Supreme King on Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:36 pm

I think we got graded down because each admin is using a different user group to change their name color. And you can't tell the admins from anyone else because the admins are basically the only posters...

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:21 pm

Another review...



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Conclusions

  • My first impressions over you forum were mainly with a smile on my face. Since i saw the logo i laughed happily but then i realized that it didn't fit the design. I could see a small in length forum and that the categories of the forum are specific. 
  • Something i kind of didn't like is that i only saw one image to the entire forum appearance. That image is the logo. The logo could be modified in a way that the white part of the image wouldn't be displayed. (example) Mostly your forum is black something that i personally don't really like. I'd prefer your background a grey-ish color and the forum with a lighter black-ish color. Also i'd prefer the forum width to be smaller and to have widgets at the right hand site.
  • As for the forum activity i cannot say much because i cannot see how many members have logged in during the days. Although i can see you have some activity to your forum due to the fact that i can see a lot of posts made by you and your members during the past days i was checking the forum. So i'd prefer the element that shows how many members have logged in during the past XX hours to be activated.
  • The staff and usergroups i can see as a guest are fine. The only thing i didn't like it was the Moderator group color. I'd prefer it to have an other more clear color so that members can read the names and the group name easily. Also the color of Lords group could be a green color so that it is not a light red that Champions group have.
  • The forum is quite similar to other forums as for the originality of the skin and how the forum is displayed. I'd prefer to see something different to make it more unique and mark it with the forum's id (as for the skin and not the content).
  • The categories have a beautiful color at their category title which is something that i really liked. Although i'd prefer to see some more images in your forum and here is the spot you could add some. By adding avatars to the last post column it would add some more images so that it brakes the whole "text" thing it's been displayed to a guest. Also the moderators who have rights to each category i believe it is not necessary to be there. 
  • No grammar and spelling mistakes spotted.



Forum Strengths 

  • Categories Title Colors
  • Mainly Staff Group Colors
  • Text Colors
  • Spam Content



Forum Weaknesses

  • Logo
  • Menu Bar
  • Categories Layout
  • Activity
  • General Forum Colors





Average Review Score: 7 / 10 ( Pretty Good Job! )

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:22 pm

The Supreme King wrote:64% is still passing. I didn't know they would literally come by and grade us tho. 

I wonder how much Cookie skewed the posts per person ratio?

Actually, I requested the reviews. And yeah, around 40% of the posts are mine. Wink

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:23 pm

Link to review thread; http://help.forumotion.com/t138892-spamhaven-review#941988

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by ThePowerfulStaraptor on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:34 pm

Hmm... interesting...

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:35 pm

Indeed.

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by The Supreme King on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:38 pm

Let's make this place better!

What should the mod color be? We should also come up w/ a standard admin color (not that anyone will use it).

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:54 pm

The Supreme King wrote:Let's make this place better!

What should the mod color be? We should also come up w/ a standard admin color (not that anyone will use it).

That's the spirit!  Very Happy
Mod color should be... green. Admin color will be red. I'm working on improving the forum via admin panel right now.

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Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:01 pm

Aww, that green color is nice!

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Re: Forum Review...

Post by The Supreme King on Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:03 pm

Done and done. Is it possible to put little images where those red and brown squares are on each category? And where can we activate the images on last post like the second guy suggests?

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Post by #assassin on Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:06 pm

Yes, you can edit the little red and brown squares; admin panel --> display --> pics management --> advanced mode --> icons for the forum OR icons for topics --> change the pic to whatever --> voila!

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