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    Also, white on orange on blue is not easy to read. I know what the buttons are from where they are, but it's still headache inducing.
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    I already have bad eyesight and I have to wear glasses.
    I just hope the colours don't blind me...
    I guess I'll have to wear sunglasses when I use TSR.
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    (Original post by study beats)
    u still havent added the "my threads" tab, which was the most important thing.......what kind of bull crap update is this student room ? answer me
    An update which affects style, not functionality...

    (Original post by Stiff Little Fingers)
    It's not bad - not too sure on the colours: certainly the blue and orange don't seem to contrast particularly well, but on the plus side the blue doesn't seem as cold as it used to :dontknow: Likewise the post-bit colour and rep button colours need a bit of playing with, but I don't know whether that's just a case of adapting, because I'm sure people said likewise last up-date and they seemed to be fine.

    The font - I'm not fond of arial, much prefer verdana. It's a tad squished, but not impossible to read for me, but as has been said plenty of people are having problems with it - so it might be worth looking at that.
    It gets much easier to read only if you increase the font-size by 40%

    (Original post by River85)
    You've only quoted three mods. Two of those three actually said something negative (as well as positive) so not "absolutely amazing". Moderators are individuals and have criticised changes to the site in the past.



    As you probably know, Morgsie, this is something I am sympathetic to and will discuss with the appropriate people. However, it is not the moderators who develop and approve changes to the layout and design of the site. Also, as far as I'm aware, there's nothing in the website which limits accessibility for people with disabilities. Admittedly the font and size is not ideal (people have brought this up on this thread and these concerns will hopefully be listened to and acted on) but it is a plain font, Arial, which many disability organisations recommend.

    Things like moving text aren't used, which would cause a problem for text to speech readers. If you can think of anything other than the font and colours then please let me know.
    As per PQ's post, then it gets a fairly high number of errors and warnings when checked using a web accessibility tool, and the site would be very hard to navigate using the keyboard.

    (Original post by Morgsie)
    It is reassuring that some acknowledge this issue but it should have raised during the design stage, not me kicking up a fuss like this.

    I am short sighted in one eye and this new layout is straining it aswell being too bright which is my main gripe.
    Join the TSR Testing Group so it can be raised during the design phase. People who don't have disabilities affecting their use of the site are less likely to be able to identify problems them those who either have problems themselves or are specifically training to take into account disability issues. I consider myself a reasonable programming and designed - but when I ran the accessibility checker on one of my own websites a number of issues were raised (which I intend to fix ).

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    I think it is more initiative to link 'originally posted' as opposed to the user name to their post. The user name link suggests it links to the users profile.
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    Ironically, the April fools this year - the micro debating forum actually went down fairly well with users, and still receives a reasonable amount of posts even now. The style changer, a serious change, has been received in a much worse fashion.
    This is true. I myself did find the micro debating forum delightful.

    However, whilst I did mention earlier that I found the new design monstrous, I got so caught up with my creation of a long thread in "Religion" that I simply got used to the site! Just great - now I can't lead the resistance and protest about it anymore - because I've lost the driving force behind it; in other words, I've now gotten used to the site in a very, very small amount of time! :lol:
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    Not sure if it's just me, but I'm only my phone (iPhone 4s) and I can't touch to show spoilers. It just doesn't work. It's bloody irritating; spoilers are half the fun :unimpressed:
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    (Original post by RK)
    I can't say if we will be implementing any of your changes as they do go against the designs we had created, but it's great you're able to continue to make the site more to your own tastes. Everyone's views are different so whatever the design, we'd have some liking it more than others. That said, we are taking on board feedback like always, but today has been more about reading it, responding to some posts and recording what people are saying. I can't say what, if any, adjustments might be made as no decisions have yet been taken.

    With the rep gems, we have a whole range of gem colours like before ranging from various red and green ones, to grey. Yellow would for if/when anyone gets more than 10 positive green gems (like in the old style rep system) and we might even still have a blue one for if someone has exactly 0 rep points.
    Yep - blue for 0 rep such as here.
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    (Original post by The Optimistic Ram)
    Nothing is wrong with Cbeebies as it's designed at its target audience of young children. TSR's audience is predominately students, hence the name 'The Student Room', I guess that the ages 16 to 24 are a fair chunk of the users here. It makes sense to design the site for them not someone else.
    I am eagerly awaiting the rebranding to 'The Kids Room' so I can feel all warm and young inside...
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    (Original post by rmhumphries)
    As per PQ's post, then it gets a fairly high number of errors and warnings when checked using a web accessibility tool, and the site would be very hard to navigate using the keyboard.
    Well I have been out much of today, only using TSR briefly before I made that post (and tired as I'm unwell). I appreciate the difficulties of using it when navigating a keyboard, as well as the font and text size and some of the high contrast colours.

    I wasn't sure if there was much else that would make it more inaccessible, when compared to the previous layout, but I am clearly not an expert on all different kinds of disability and how every single user who has a disability is affected. So if someone does have specific problems and suggestions then I hope they can post here and, if they want, contact me privately.
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    (Original post by Magnum Opus)
    I am eagerly awaiting the rebranding to 'The Kids Room' so I can feel all warm and young inside...
    This basically.

    I find the design has become even more childish than before. I stated this when it first got rolled out. If I were a new user, I wouldn't join. As it is, it makes me less inclined to post.
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    Just posting again to say how bright everything is now... I'm pretty much sitting here having to wear sunglasses
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    (Original post by RK)
    I can't say if we will be implementing any of your changes as they do go against the designs we had created
    Right. That's a sensible attitude to take.

    His suggestions go at least some way to ameliorate the horrible unreadability and garishness of this design. Everybody likes them. Quite how you could even consider not incorporating them baffles me.

    I don't know what possessed you to put 'fun', childish styling over practicality on a forum which is mostly used by sixth formers and university students, but, fair enough, people have different opinions on what looks good. To ignore unanimous negative feedback, however, is as close to objective stupidity as anything I can imagine.

    A complete misunderstanding of your target audience's desires is perhaps forgivable before it is made explicit. After that, you're just wilfully damaging your brand.

    edit: The following considerations should be taken into account when you realise that no-one's signing up any more and you need to redesign:

    The theme should not be a feature in itself. It does not need to be entertaining. Your market -- students -- do not require or want constant stimulation by happy colours. It need not, and preferably should not, be completely dull, but it should be functional above all.

    It should be possible to read for a long time without your eyes starting to hurt. Buttons should be discrete but clearly visible. Fonts should be informative, not enormous and 'friendly'. An abundance of garish colours should be avoided. So far as possible, within a sensible format, as used to be possible on here, users should have the ability to choose the colour scheme of their board to the one they find most readable.

    You should keep in mind at all times that this board is used by students, to a large extent for serious debate and to receive serious advice. It should look appropriate. Potential new users who look at the board should get that impression. They should not get the impression that they are looking at a board on which infants talk about who had the most fun this afternoon and what their favourite colours are.
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    This is so much harder to read... Blue on orange clashes.
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    The shiny gems from 6 reps onwards was definitely better than it is now.

    And the spoiler button is definitely too big. In fact, every orange button is too big now (and the thumbs, like mentioned before) - sticks out far too much. We come here to read posts, they should stand out more than anything. But it seems like the complete opposite.

    Has the font of the title gone smaller as well? When you read it on the thread, not on the forum page? I think that should be a bit bigger than the same font as the text in posts, and not just made bold only.
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    (Original post by Nick1sHere)
    Just posting again to say how bright everything is now... I'm pretty much sitting here having to wear sunglasses
    I think I need a new pair of ordinary glasses, I'm having to magnify TSR on Chrome.
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    Smilies are appearing over the text box when I type a PM
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    Is this a website or a watercolour painting? :lolwut:
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    (Original post by Waterstorm)
    The shiny gems from 6 reps onwards was definitely better than it is now.

    And the spoiler button is definitely too big. In fact, every orange button is too big now (and the thumbs, like mentioned before) - sticks out far too much. We come here to read posts, they should stand out more than anything. But it seems like the complete opposite.

    Has the font of the title gone smaller as well? When you read it on the thread, not on the forum page? I think that should be a bit bigger than the same font as the text in posts, and not just made bold only.
    Thinking about it - I agree with the gem comment, having the 6th-10th gems are meant to be more special than 1-5, but now they just look like a watered down version.
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    This puts me off from buying a subscription
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    Actually, thanks TSR. I have some new google chrome sunglasses, and now I hve the opportunity to wear them.
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    I like some things.

    e.g. The new spoiler button.
    Spoiler:
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    look it's cool

    And the new "Skip to page"
    And the new numbers on the watched thread thing.

    My only constructive criticism is the lack of capital letters on the buttons on the bottom of the screen. I know you want to go to "Sentence case" but then Surely the first letter of each button should be a capital?
 
 
 
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