At least, this is the approach I would use. Feel free to ignore this and make a mishmash of scrapped-together, unreviewed PHP to control the inner workings of your site, then point fingers at me when you get 0wned.
As for the update, I like the new layout. The FA now seems so bland and stale. I don't mind using it and I am not about to complain for a free service but the new layout is very promising. I have never used IB or SF or any other furry sites so I dunno about their faults 'n such but I hope that with the new system will beef up measures to counter attacks and hopefully put more of an end to unexpected down time as well as prevent leaks and problems within staff.
Dragoneer, you're going out of your way to ignore important issues (case in point: you disappear from this thread around the time I posted this); you're only responding to the fluff and to announce future promises of planned plans.
If you want to fix your site, as you state is your current priority (above cash, even), you need to start with the current major issues. To wit:
Security. Not the cargo-cult "lots of magic values hashed together" kind that yak keeps pushing.
Database redundancy. It's nice that you've got some fat storage servers, but you are bottlenecking at the database.
System architecture. Why do you have a load balancer when your webapp isn't redundant? (don't tell me SSL, I know that's BS)
Again, if only you had someone whose day job is helping secure redundant web apps offering to help you fix your insecure, non-redundant web app... If only!
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I am also seeing Dragoneer skip over security questions here.
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The homepage preview doesn't look particularly appealing to me, and knowing people don't like change, I designed my own that keeps the general layout of the current one and uses or references existing elements found elsewhere in the new UI. It also has my idea for how stories and/or music should be displayed and Twitter integration, and a slight shadow on submissions.
EDIT: My thoughts about the "News" section:
Typically the "News" section never contains anything that is important days after it is posted, so my design only shows the most recent. In some cases, however, it is nice to have access to old news, which could be accomplished either by having a dedicated news page and/or having a next/last series of buttons in the news element that lets you browse through the last 5 or so.
Also, I hope mood can be more easily changed, for all those emotional folks out there.
It's wonderful what 2 years in the fandom can do. Now I'm a bigger maniac.
I like the look and feel so far of the update!
I have a question a lot of users and myself are wondering:
With the new update, will you integrate the possibility of changing usernames? It would be extremely helpful!
It was stated here that it was "in the works" http://help.furaffinity.net/article/...-username.html
So I am wondering if we should expect it with the new update this summer? If not ,when? Thank you!
It is extremely obvious to me that only the userpage was designed by Zaush, and the rest has been retrofitted by a non-designer to kinda fit the general page layout. That doesn't bode well.
That said, I'm less interested in the UI and more interested in: what has been done and what is still planned? Dragoneer, you've been very hand-wavey every time this has come up. Yes, we get it, there's new commenting supposedly probably coming, or whatever. Please be more specific. We have no idea what's actually been accomplished and no idea what's holding up an open beta.
Wooooowww... It's a good thing that the pure immaturity of people never amazes me anymore. Because reading through this thread I am just repulsed by the pure rudeness shown by so many people. Honestly, some of you are just nasty. I see some people on this topic that are the reason people hate furries. If you don't like the new UI then go to a different site. Are you serious? There are things called manners that some of you idiots could stand to learn. It's sad really that we live in a world where people think it's okay to say whatever they want because they are hiding behind a computer. I bet any amount of money that if you were face to face with Dragoneer you would be too cowardly to say it to his face.
Aw poor baby, you don't like the new UI, aw poor baby he won't discuss security issues, Well honestly, would you like him to say OH YES we are fixing the security by doing this, this and this? just so people know exactly how to breach it? Woww you guys are god damn morons. -.-'
I personally love the new UI, I don't see how it is 'a copy' of any other site be it inkbunny, sofurry or any of those other sites that I don't give a flying flea about.
Keep up the good work Dragoneer, I can't wait for it to roll out.
i don't want this update, i just want the old UI and improved under-the-hood code.
FA is good as it is when it comes to styling, please focus on the code instead?
There are alot of security issues to be fixed, focus on that before switching themes.
imho, it looks like inkbunny raped Deviantart, and then something spawned out of that....
no offence, but really, it's too copy-catty.
Fix the issues, listen to what eevee, pi and i have to say, and then give users the OPTION to switch to the new UI.
Last edited by Xaevo; 07-01-2011 at 01:45 PM.
I'm definitely excited about the update; to put it bluntly, the current UI is boring and the backend leaves much much much to be desired...
By the way, one thing I noticed in the process of creating this post that's a tad irksome -- the forum isn't linked to the main site at all. ^^; Is it possible that the future will include integration so that FA users won't need to register a second time to access the forums? x_x
Providing multiple skins is a fool's errand; it significantly increases the workload required for adding or changing virtually any feature, and more roadblocks are the last thing FA needs.
Seeing as how most of this stuff is still not yet 100% factual yet and many of the questions I wondered have been asked already;
What about site efficiency? The great thing FA has over alot of sites is how fast and easy to navigate it is. I don't have to wait for stuff like DA, SoFurry or all that jazz with this jumbled stuff of useless features and codes and the UI is friendly for all connections.
Will this new UI change that?
Also, if tags ARE introduced, will they be alot more efficient than the other sites? Its a major turn off that I'm wasting time having to do tag formats in a silly specific format JUST to submit my works.
Heaven forbid I can't do C/P or miss a comma. I really hope FA doesn't go down that road.
The drop down menus are quick and easy to navigate to and find what you want as well.
You know for the amount of changes you are making to this thing maybe it would make more sense to start from scratch with a web application framework.
You could call it Project Ferrox
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