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Usability Whining
Topic Started: Jul 11 2010, 10:04 PM (70 Views)

When I first hit the forum home page, I don't see anything interesting.
Just a huge alpha release notice and then advertising. I have to scroll to the bottom of the page to find out if there are any new posts that interest me.

This is a turn-off. It discourages passer-bys from lingering. Imagine a store front in which the display window was 50% legal liability notices and 50% advertising for the liquor store down the street.

And using the 'missing shade of gray' as the default theme is probably a mistake too. I know users can change their theme, but that is no excuse for choosing the dingiest one as the default. I'm not suggesting anything wild like "Miami Vice Pastel", but upping the contrast on the default theme is probably not a bad idea. Imagine that same store front in the previous paragraph, but now in a dark alley and all painted in dim gray tones.

Look sharp! Bright eyed and bushy-tailed! You'll attract a larger audience.
This forum looks more like a dorm room around 4am Sunday.
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