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Old 04-09-2013, 10:31 AM #85
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I like the homepage. Glad you didnt change how the forums are set up. I would be lost then
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:32 AM #86
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Lots of regulars will skip it. And that's fine. This is more for people who aren't forum people or are new to paintball or even PbNation.




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There is no Homepage Up to get your thread on the homepage automagically. Sorry.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:33 AM #87
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You should add a "Forum" button or something. I use to be able to click on the PBnation logo on the top left and go to the forums, now it brings you to the homepage. That is fine and all, but it would be easier if there was a forum button or something next to the reviews, user cp, locker, pursuit, etc.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:34 AM #88
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Zooming in and out in Safari is somewhat smooth. It usually rearranges into three equally sized columns, but sometimes it just reverts to one big column offset to the side leaving space for where the three columns should have been.


Otherwise, this is awesome. Kind of reminds me of the StumbleUpon format.
Yeah, there's some goofiness that goes on when going from the one column width -> maximized that I am trying to work through. Under normal circumstances people won't really be doing that and a page refresh usually fixes it so it's not a huge deal.

We're using Bootstrap + Masonry, and tbqh, Masonry sorta sucks. There's more than a few outstanding bugs that will hopefully be fixed in the nearish future.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:34 AM #89
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You should add a "Forum" button or something. I use to be able to click on the PBnation logo on the top left and go to the forums, now it brings you to the homepage. That is fine and all, but it would be easier if there was a forum button or something next to the reviews, user cp, locker, pursuit, etc.
If you're viewing a thread, just click "PbNation" in the breadcrumbs that are located above and below each thread.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:41 AM #90
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If you're viewing a thread, just click "PbNation" in the breadcrumbs that are located above and below each thread.
Ah, there we go. Thanks. That will take some getting use to ha.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:44 AM #91
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i like it. the site doesnt look so old now. it has a moremodern flow with the home page
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:46 AM #92
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at first i was scared, but it helps my wandering mind find things it likes
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:50 AM #93
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I've already seen a bunch of stuff I wouldn't have even known about before. to the new format
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:57 AM #94
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I just refreshed the page, I thought i was on a different website. looks good though
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:58 AM #95
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Great layout! Only thing I cant find is a search bar, unless Iím missing it. I like being able to search for help on markers or through forums
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:03 AM #96
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:09 AM #98
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At first I was like "wtf is this? this isnt pbnation?" But then I was like "oh I get it. Looks good."
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Overall I think its fantastic, PbNation is an extremely important part of paintball and the site moving forward to be more in line with other modern websites is a net positive.

With that said a couple of items I noticed and would like to provide some feedback and constructive criticism.

A major missed opportunity on the front page as there is nothing for, or about new players to grow the sport. If I was a casual paintball player it would overwhelm me and I would immediately close the page.

It's long been the staple of PbNation to feature the top of the forums as a new-player friendly area. Even just adding a link about new players somewhere on the top navigation bar would point them in the correct direction. Or even adding a placeholder page if not logged in on how to use the site would be helpful to them. To see what I mean maybe check out www.esea.net I realize the services are different but the idea and implementation is sound.

Right now the front page mostly features things from the news sub forum (as it should). It also features a couple of select sales threads, which in my opinion should not appear. Seems there should be more marker technical references for various marker types featured. Maybe a PbNation technical series is in order? Drive some website discussion and traffic as well as youtube traffic and discussion?
I would also like to see cool projects from the voided warranty and custom markers forums (I think these two forums should be combined as well.) Also featuring works by guys in the community like cs900, Ydna, Lurker, Super_Stanchy and anodizers like Tonsixer and MaToCa so people can see what is possible in a custom marker / marker customization in general. Put the communities "best foot" forward I guess you could say. (Sorry if I missed you! There are many talented people)

Also filters like how subscriptions to sub-reddits work on reddit. As an example; If I don't want to see what's going on in a perticular manufacturer subforum I should be able to remove it.

From a performance standpoint;
The extra ad impressions make the page load slowly through the ad server(s). This is obviously no fault of your own, you obviously can't control them, just an observation. I understand that the site absolutely needs the ads to function and exist, I just think there should be less of them on the new homepage. Would 1 less or 2 less ads be enough to have the page load quickly again? That part is unknown but as it is now it takes an additional 25-30 seconds to load which is a lifetime in the internet realm. Before you ask I am on a business internet connection that consists of several bonded T1's and I am alone in the office in the morning so it's not a bandwidth bottleneck on my end.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:19 AM #100
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Mobile version looks good too. Like it how there is just one column of news, not scrunching two or more columns together. Makes it look a lot cleaner.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:20 AM #101
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:21 AM #102
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too bad my bookmark points to www.pbnation.com/forumdisplay.php?f=13 (aka NEWS).

By the looks of the home page its going to stay that way. It brings nothing of value to me.

I do agree with Kazer, What to wear and where to find fields should permanently near the top of the list. Where to find fields was half way down the page for me.
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My only complaint is that whenever you're browsing the forum and you click the big PbNation.com logo in the top left it takes you to the homepage. There should be a way for users to choose if they want to go to the homepage of the forum or the actual "new" homepage. Other than that it gives a nice look to a previously outdated site.
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So far, I am a fan.... let's see where this all takes us! Great job to whoever did the new Homepage editing!
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My only complaint is that whenever you're browsing the forum and you click the big PbNation.com logo in the top left it takes you to the homepage. There should be a way for users to choose if they want to go to the homepage of the forum or the actual "new" homepage. Other than that it gives a nice look to a previously outdated site.
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