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Refreshing the look of NewBuddhist in 2019

LincLinc Community InstigatorDetroit Moderator

Last year you may have noticed I made a new logo for NewBuddhist but never did anything with it. Things continue to move slowly but surely toward updating the site.

Currently, I'm working on rebuilding our humble server from scratch on a much less expensive service. I'm taking the opportunity to update quite a few things about how it works and performing much overdue maintenance to how I upgrade our software on it, so it's taking many full days of work. A member of our sister site, Icrontic, has been pitching in as well.

Sometime in the next few weeks, I expect we'll have some brief downtime as I do the final migration of the sites. I'll post an announcement beforehand with details. There won't be any changes or data loss.

Shortly thereafter, I'll be upgrading Vanilla (we're a year behind) which will bring some new features. I'll write more about those too as they launch, but the biggest thing will be an easier-to-use text editor.

Finally, not long after all that, I'll be updating the design of the site. It will be fairly dramatic, but you'll very much recognize it as NewBuddhist. We'll swap to the new logo and have a much fresher layout, but the general color scheme will remain the same. The mobile experience will also be made consistent with the non-mobile site so it won't feel like 2 different sites depending on where you browse from.

In general, the software will still work the same. It'll just look a lot nicer. :chuffed:

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Comments

  • <3 Thanks @Linc Hope it all goes well. Good luck. <3

    @Linc haz plan ... ;)

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    It sounds like some drastic renewal under the hood and on the surface both...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    And this illustrates exactly what re-birth is all about.
    Same, but different. And hopefully, an improvement too.

    Kundo
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited December 2018

    (Btw, that logo is masterful. Can't wait to see it "in action".) This is going to look Ay-Mayzing!! Thanks. @Linc, for everything you do.

    lobster
  • genkakugenkaku Northampton, Mass. U.S.A. Veteran

    @Linc -- As always, thanks for your efforts. Without you, I'd be sunk.

    I do hope that whatever improvements you make, they will not make life too complex for computer-doofuses like me. These days, at my age, "improvement" is too often a code word for unusable. :)

    Seriously, many thanks.

    lobsterBunks
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    You rock @Linc
    🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️

    lobster
  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited December 2018

    Thank you for your dedication, Ling. Happy New Year!

    P.S. As long as you're working on an overhaul of sorts, I'd like to put in a plug for the return of the old emojis, if I may. They were cool.

  • VimalajātiVimalajāti Whitby, Ontario Veteran
    edited January 3

    IMO this is the friendliest Buddhist forum I have ever had the pleasure of participating in. Keep up the good work.

    VastmindfedericaLotusMindlobster
  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit Moderator

    Sometime in the next few weeks, I expect we'll have some brief downtime as I do the final migration of the sites.

    I'm tentatively slating this step for next Sunday, Jan 20.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Linc one thing that occurs to me that would be really worthwhile is a way to rate threads in the search results. The only way right now to see if a thread is going to have good content is to see how many pages of replies there are, which gives some indication of the amount of interest/controversy a thread had.

    But perhaps it might be possible to use the number of insightful’s, awesome’s and lol’s on a thread to construct some kind of metric to identify the more interesting threads? If there are even a couple of posts with 5+ insightfuls it is often a good thread to read, or if there is an average of 3 awesome’s per post it could also indicate a consist high quality.

    person
  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit Moderator

    @Kerome said:
    But perhaps it might be possible to use the number of insightful’s, awesome’s and lol’s on a thread to construct some kind of metric to identify the more interesting threads?

    That is a good idea.

    It's a bit beyond the scope of something I can do for 1 site (that's more a product-level feature idea) but I'll suggest it internally.

  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit Moderator

    I believe we do take the discussion score into account already, which adds up reactions for a number. That informs the order of search results, along with other factors. We don't currently display information about that, however.

    person
  • ColinAColinA Explorer

    @Linc said:

    Sometime in the next few weeks, I expect we'll have some brief downtime as I do the final migration of the sites.

    I'm tentatively slating this step for next Sunday, Jan 20.

    Is the site shutting down today?

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    No idea... I'm sure @Linc will give ample warning.... :)

  • LincLinc Community Instigator Detroit Moderator

    @ColinA said:
    Is the site shutting down today?

    No. First, I've had to delay a day. Second, it should take less than an hour when it does go down.

  • ColinAColinA Explorer

    Thank you @Linc . Wow , less than an hour! That's super efficient! 👍

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @ColinA said:
    Thank you @Linc . Wow , less than an hour! That's super efficient! 👍

    @Linc? Efficient? Doesn't cover it. You haven't seen him play 'Battleships'...

    person
  • ColinAColinA Explorer

    @federica said:

    @ColinA said:
    Thank you @Linc . Wow , less than an hour! That's super efficient! 👍

    @Linc? Efficient? Doesn't cover it. You haven't seen him play 'Battleships'...

    Remind me never to engage @linc in battleships.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Linc said:

    @ColinA said:
    Is the site shutting down today?

    No. First, I've had to delay a day. Second, it should take less than an hour when it does go down.

    Has this happened now? The site looks pretty much the same...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    No, @Linc will give ample and advance notification.

    You'll know it when it happens, the site will look different.

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