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« on: June 19, 2011, 09:25:25 PM »

I don't know if anyone has suggested this before, but would it be possible to make the screenshot galleries a little less manual? Opening a new tab or clicking back in between pictures makes it tedious to look through some of the larger collections of screenshots. What if clicking on a screenshot opened it in a viewer where you could go back and forth between the whole gallery? Or, beneath each picture, "next" and "back" options were added?

Just a suggestion.
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 09:41:02 PM »

I would love to do that.  Unfortunately, the process for navigating the galleries is even less manual than creating them - we pretty much have to go and create all of the HTML by hand, and it can get time consuming.  We're hoping to get things more streamlined eventually, though.
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2011, 10:05:46 AM »

I'm fairly sure there are ready to use and easy to implement javascript codes that handle this kind of thing floating around the web. Truth be told, you might want to consider switching over to a web application framework like e107 or Modx. The more functions you add the harder it will be to manage without a proper admin panel (you say everything has to be added manually through HTML so I assume you don't have one).
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« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 04:55:40 PM »

I'm fairly sure there are ready to use and easy to implement javascript codes that handle this kind of thing floating around the web. Truth be told, you might want to consider switching over to a web application framework like e107 or Modx. The more functions you add the harder it will be to manage without a proper admin panel (you say everything has to be added manually through HTML so I assume you don't have one).

You're talking to a site that didn't have a RSS feed until mid to late 2010.

If you want to look at multiple pictures you might as well open the gallery in a new window and go middle mouse click crazy on pictures you want to see.
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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2011, 06:24:45 PM »

I'm fairly sure there are ready to use and easy to implement javascript codes that handle this kind of thing floating around the web. Truth be told, you might want to consider switching over to a web application framework like e107 or Modx. The more functions you add the harder it will be to manage without a proper admin panel (you say everything has to be added manually through HTML so I assume you don't have one).

Would you like to be the slave volunteer that helps transition this site to savvy web2.0 goodness? Because we've had about seven bajillion false starts from people with good intentions and never enough time.

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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 03:08:22 PM »


Would you like to be the slave volunteer that helps transition this site to savvy web2.0 goodness? Because we've had about seven bajillion false starts from people with good intentions and never enough time.

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I would, had I the appropriate web skills to take on a project like this. Sadly, I don't at the moment, but maybe in a few months...
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011, 03:23:28 PM »

The problem is definitely time.

I've got the skills as I do that sort of thing (programming) for a living - but I don't do it for RPGFan for a living. See the difference?

The staff all works because they love the site, not because we make anything. When we've got time we do the best we can to improve things. Considering you usually get precisely what you pay for, I think RPGFan does exceptionally. But I'm biased. :-)

For my part I'm constantly looking for ways to improve the site through small increments (like the aforementioned RSS feed and sortable tables for reviews for example), but anybody that thinks it is a "simple matter of programming"... well, frankly probably hasn't done much programming.

Anyway, we've definitely looked at some of those things mentioned in this thread, particularly when it comes to gallery navigation, trust me. But there are factors to consider that you're not necessarily aware of if you're looking in from the outside.

Not the greatest answer I know, and I certainly don't want to discourage suggestions or the desire to help improve the site. Just pointing out that the biggest obstacle when RPGFan site work is our second/third jobs is TIME, not skills.

That and an absolutely massive amount of content... :-)

All of this is a long way of saying that making the galleries easier to navigate is a good suggestion, one that we are in the midst of investigating. Thanks very much!
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2011, 07:51:10 PM »

I should note that Yeager has been our best asset for improvements in a LONG time. We wouldn't have an RSS feed, sortable tables, and a bevy of other features, without his efforts!
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2011, 08:13:04 PM »

Yeah, it definitely takes the time that we don't have, like the others have already said. We'd love to and we're looking into some of these suggestions - since I create like half these galleries these days I'd love them to be more easy to navigate.

For all the stuff that we HAVE managed to implement, Dave has been a big help in all this as well. :-) (Also, Pat beat me to it.)
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2011, 08:34:37 AM »

I assumed that if it was easy, it would have happened already. Thanks for the replies though.
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 08:48:45 AM »

Seriously, thanks for the suggestion! It does help us know how to prioritize the things we're looking at when we have user feedback!
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