JP wrote:at the moment you can get back to the "home page" via the logo which goes to www.veganfitness.net
So what you are suggesting is that the new features would be added as just links on top of the page or something similar? That is possible. The portal software has a way to have the navigation spread horizontally instead as a side bar, so that could be on the top of the page.
The main aim here is to get new features such as articles and so on easily available and maintainable, as well as get the long awaited athlete profiles up. How the information is arranged on the home page is not set in stone at all and we can change it relatively easy.
fredrikw wrote:hm, this can very easily get confusing, since there's no clear difference between "Vegan Fitness" and Vegan Fitness Forum" for most users here. The question here is what Vegan Fitness really is, or rather should be. SO far it has been a forum. period. But what you/we are doing now is redefining this, and I'm not sure it's for the better since we are decoupling the information from the forum, which in effect is the community, but the strength here is the community and that the information is a community effort. By creating the portal thing we are making a distinction. Is this what we want to do?
JP wrote:i disagree with your assumption because everything we are building will be a community driven: articles can be written by anyone, submitted to a workflow and then published, links can be submitted by all members, every member has their photogallery and so on.
So the distinction is not what you described, community vs something else, but it is true that this will trancend from the pure forum format into something much bigger, but still community driven.
But how this is done visually has to be decided over this week. We didn't want to install all of this and then just say "there you go". Active users will be seeing this develope and grow and can have input to the direction. We might need to set up some polls as well at some point to cauge opinion.
fredrikw wrote:we're not disagreeing on this at all, I know this, what I'm talking about is how it's packaged and presented to the user. making a distinction between the forum and "the rest" gives the image that there is a difference, which obviously is false, and that was the reason I commented on this, otherwise there wouldn't be any problem.
not on your side, or anyone else that knows this, but it might be percieved this way since the forum at present seems like a part of the new features and not the other way around.
as I hope you understand my comments are strictly about the visual presentation, not about the fundamentals of the community.
Maybe at the top in the welcome section there could be copied forum highlights (by number of views) such as popular polls/threads, images, forbidden (but popular) tempests, etc?
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