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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:20 am

I don't really have any decent suggestions beyond what's already been said. There does seem to be a lot of pointless sections that could be gotten rid of. Tosche Station has too many sections. It could all really be under one heading with maybe a stickie up top outlining what can be posted. Same thing with the bootleg section. It doesn't need three sub sections. The Sales Forum should be moved up under the Vintage Chat section.

It also seems to me that the customs and bootleg threads were more active before they got their own homes a few years ago. I noticed as soon as the custom section was created the amount of new content pretty much died. Not sure if it was the guys making stuff moving on to other things or because it wasn't on the section that's visited most. Same with the bootlegs section. There was usually a decent amount of stuff going on in it's own thread but as soon as it got a home of it's own it died off.

I always liked the scrolling banner with the little facts.

Oh and this place needs a Hulk section Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Sun Aug 23, 2015 1:56 pm

Stickies are odd beasts because you want to put them up there to highlight (especially to new members) important threads, but they do seem to get missed a lot even though a new post alert within a stickie gets a 'new post' light the same as any other post.

Out of all the Mods here I've surely been the most guilty of making stickie threads Embarassed But I promise to calm down now, honest cheers  As others have suggested it'll probably work better to have a 'main' stickie containing some of the more important threads. We have one in the TIG Content and reference library section but it's probably been missed as with other stuff here. I'd tend to agree now after consideration that we have way too many sections going on overall.

@Rich - hi Rich, thanks for posting and for the offer of any Devs to link up with the podcast. I hope you get some takers and maybe you'd like to talk about the Vintage Rebellion Podcast here at TIG and promote the good work you and the other guys have done? Feel free to make a thread.

Regarding the Project Outside The Box thread for vehicles, play-sets etc,.. it's been on hiatus for a while but I'm looking to get that moving again soon with new entries. The thread can be found as a stickie in Vintage Chat.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:19 pm

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Finally, we've had Paul on our podcast before if any TIG developers want to come on and talk about an update/revamp and sell TIG then by all means let me know.  

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Rich - I'd like to see TIG interact more as well. I think forums in general need exposure. If you want to discuss that as a topic I'd be interested

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Mon Aug 24, 2015 12:29 pm

I've never had a problem with the site layout and the stickies have always made things easy to find. And I always see the new posts. But I use a home computer. It takes just seconds to scroll through the whole site.

I guess my question would be, is the site layout an issue with smart phones & tablet (iPad) users?
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:39 am

I just refreshed the main page and noticed the changes.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:42 am

Commander Clint wrote:
I just refreshed the main page and noticed the changes.


Just trying a slimmer look. Thoughts?

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:49 am

It definitely slims down the main page. But I'm not sure if it made any real changes. I still have to follow the hierarchy of sub sections to find the threads being discussed.

I'd like to hear what everyone else thinks.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:02 pm

Definitely a lot easier on the eye and the classifieds is more noticeable but I hope you will take this constructively, the main thing I've noticed is that you have just hidden the sub forums from view rather than integrate them into chat. I notice the bootlegs are still separate even though there hasn't been a post in any of the 3 sub sections in 3 months. And same goes for customising. I didn't find figure of the week so presume that went back into vintage chat? I think the key thing should be integrating some of the sub sections back into chat with the aim of invigorating the conversation a bit more. Simply moving and hiding the sub forums won't achieve that.

Anyway hope my comments are taken constructively and you don't think I'm being picky. It's just one opinion and others may not agree. I'm just trying to offer some honest feedback.

I liked the old forum menu before all the subsections started appearing.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:21 pm

Clint and Oli, this is just a start to what we have been discussing. We are still discussing what to combine and where. far from finished at the moment, but the front page will likely show like this with only main sections present.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:36 am

I went looking for the FOTWs as well Oli- top of the reference section Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:32 pm

I like it , but the old way was good too. I think more condensed is a bit easier to use though
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:07 pm

You may have noticed a new main section on the front page. It is still being talked about, but I think tosche station is going to be incorporated into that new section with some other stuff possibly.

The main thing I want everyone to notice and speak on at the moment is the vintage chat section. Thanks to the hard work of Paul and the voices of our members we have a new sticky that took all the old ones and linked them all on one page. I think this really improves the look of the main vintage chat page and Paul really hit a homerun on that. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:22 pm

I don't even see the Tosche station anymore ?

Frankly , I don't care for the changes . From what I can see they are being made to please people with smart phones and as I only use my home computer I have no need or use for the changes .
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:26 pm

ourchickenshack wrote:
I don't even see the Tosche station anymore ?

Frankly , I don't care for the changes . From what I can see they are being made to please people with smart phones and as I only use my home computer I have no need or use for the changes .

You cant see tosche station? scratch When you click the home tab on the top bar it isn't the second main category? It is showing up for me, I wonder if others have this issue? Can you see the new Jabba section?

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:32 pm

ourchickenshack wrote:
I don't even see the Tosche station anymore ?

Frankly , I don't care for the changes . From what I can see they are being made to please people with smart phones and as I only use my home computer I have no need or use for the changes .


James - Can you do a screenshot? I want to see what you're looking at. It should be there!

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:44 pm

I like it, but still no Hulk section Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:46 pm

I see it now cyclops
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:14 pm

kisstour03 wrote:
I like it, but still no Hulk section Sad


Paul, just open a "Hulk awesome" thread or something in the off topic section and it won't take long to fill it with loads of Hulk goodness cheers



Here's a comic cover to get you in the mood



and more here:

http://thevintagetoyadvertiser.org/2014/12/30/the-mighty-world-of-marvel-incredible-hulk-cover-art/

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:08 am

I have been myself very quiet lately on the forum. I have to admit I did spent a load of time on FB. Such a shame honestly. I just agreed (with myself) that I will always from now on post things first on this forum, where everything started (at least for me). Just to be fair and maybe give it a kick. I am mostly using FB to sell stuff as it is really working good for that! Long live to TIG cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:16 am


I just joined! I hope it's not too quiet on here.

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:03 am

Long time since i visit tig
I guess facebook helps my sw fix on daily basis
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:13 pm

I just discovered the FB page for TIG. Either I am not clicking on the right places, or the FB page doesn't seem like it is taking away that much traffic from the web site. I think there is just a lull in the action right now. I am on ebay everyday searching for figures I need, and for the last couple of months, the amount and quality of vintage stuff has dried up. People may just be busy right now, or waiting until it gets closer to the movie to pick up again.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:46 pm

beachboy19 wrote:
I just discovered the FB page for TIG.  Either I am not clicking on the right places, or the FB page doesn't seem like it is taking away that much traffic from the web site.  


No you're spot on. We want the FB page to simply be a way to get people interested in the site and come to the forum. Ultimately, we want the content right here

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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:42 pm

That is kind of what it seemed to me. The FB page is nice because it has some highlights of what is going on, but for long discussions or real reference content, the site is superior.

Another thing to think about, and I am new so I don't know about all the political stuff that went down, is that all the "old timers" may have just about all the vintage items they have been trying to get so the need to post has decreased. An influx of newbies like myself who have really just ramped up their vintage collecting is what we need around here. I've been collecting toys in general since the early '90's, but I decided to get serious about my vintage Star Wars stuff in January of this year. That got me here and eventually to sign up to be a forum member.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello is anybody there?   Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:02 am

Just wanted to bump this again. We changed the layout again, moving some stuff like the classifieds up, made it so more was on the main home page and not having so many subsections hidden within a section. There are still some sections broken down a bit further like the tosche station, and the outer realm. I think it is good the way we have it now and a lot easier to find everything, but let us know what you think.

Also if you haven't seen the thread about it, an easier way to post pics has been discovered, and for Facebook guys you can log in using Facebook. If you are a new guy set up your account using the Facebook login, but if you are a guy with an account already you can go into your profile and on the Preferences tab which is the second tab in your profile, there is an associate Facebook account option which will then allow you to use the Facebook account login. Since the Facebook option is rather new the mods with Facebook are still figuring out how the likes and all that sort of stuff translates to the forum.

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