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look and feel improvements for september 2016

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We have a new home page at that looks a bit like this:

And we get our forum software from my other website, coderanch, which used to be javaranch.  Both and got home page overhauls:

Olof did all three designs.

Olof also made a suggestion for changes to the forums look and feel:

Right now is a really good time to figure out where we might want to go from here for the forums.  I think we need to follow two big steps:

step 1:  figure out where we want to end up.

step 2:  make a list of about a dozen changes to we get there.

Anybody wanna take a stab at an alternative look for the forums that would work for both permies and coderanch?

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I know I'm usually the one to dig her heals in and say "No CHANGE!", but this time, I like the new look.

I like that it's bright.  Off-white background with dark letters is a must for people with language disabilities.  From what I can see, it looks clean and intuitive to use.

One thing that strikes me is that there isn't much space on the page for the forums.  It would be difficult to navigate on a tablet - but there is a mobile view which gets around this problem.  Would this be a gateway to the forums or the actual main forum?  I still like the clean table style for my main browsing, but I think this would be a great introduction for people new to the site.

ps, also is it fast to load for people with limited internet?
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What would be very practical when doing a search on the Search page is to have the "forums" selection box given more height as it is difficult to find the right forum.
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