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I don't like the webpage design, all the empty space on the sides and the orange colour, it sucks. The community idea is great though it just needs a better portal.

Here are my proposed improvements:

- Expand the columns and get rid of all the empty space on the site, sides, top and bottom empty space.

-Get rid of the orange colour and go back to blue.

- Linux.com logo is a square, delete it and use Tux as logo

- Searchbox on the sidebar not on top of the page

To see a well designed Linux portal see Linuxjournal

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I donno, I like the visual design.. And please, give poor Tux a rest, he has to be in so many places now he recently broke down and had to have a temp stand in for him from Tasmania :P

The interface design could use some work though

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I think that It looks much nicer and more professional. The ads don't bother me so much... it's not like they're inviting us to shoot ducks to win a prize or to take the ULTIMATE QUIZ!!!!!1!!! or something like that.

I think that the forum topics need some revision.

There should be a "General Discussion" that could house linux news discussions, etc. Under hardware, there should be an "Other" category that would accommodate questions about hardware not listed or general hardware discussions, such as "What MoBo is the best to build a 64 bit Linux system?"

Most of all I think it's a terrible idea to divide the discussion into specific Distros or to ask for a "favorite Distro" to register. Here's Why:

1 - There is no way to list every distro. I'm currently using elive, which is based in Debian, but my home computer uses Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, which is also in turn based on Debian. What Distro would I pick?

2 - As stated above, many people use multiple distros or switch frequently. I've also extensively used Mandriva and Sabayon (which is based on Gentoo, which is not even listed in the forums).

3 - Individual distros already have their own communities, forums, wikis, chatrooms, etc. to discuss all sorts of aspects related to that specific distro. If someone has a Distro-specific question or comment, it will almost always be better off posted at one of those resources than here.

4 - Many of the "distribution" questions that people have here are questions about which distribution will serve them best, or comparisons between distros. What forum should they post in?

Basically, it just doesn't make sense ideologically or practically to have the forums divided this way. It has the potential to create disparity in the wider Linux community, and it doesn't serve the needs of the people who use this site.

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nice layout. it's clean.

forum breakup?
it's ok; the major distros are listed
so if one has a distro specific comment, there it goes.
===or one could only have debian, slackware and red hat,
the top-level distros, so to speak.
other types of threads drop into appropriate categories.


colors?
well, everyone loves blue, but sooo many sites are
based on that fact.
orange and gray is a well-known, acceptable color combo.

there's a lot of top level links for me to chase, so, it's off i go...

thx for listening! :lol:

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mthomas wrote:

Complete with Flash ads. [i]Great[/i] ....

That is easy to fix-get AdBlock or Privoxy or a similar tool.


This forum suffers from design flaws on virtually every level. More space is dedictaed to buttons and superfluous crap than content...that on top of the whole user info on the right insanity.

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malcarada wrote:


- Expand the columns and get rid of all the empty space on the site, sides, top and bottom empty space.

http://www.alistapart.com/articles/whitespace


- Searchbox on the sidebar not on top of the page

http://www.useit.com/alertbox/reading_pattern.html

"Users first read in a horizontal movement, usually across the upper part of the content area."

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