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    posted a message on Weekly Terraining Exercise #266: Lazy River

    Ok, let's go another week on this one, since it's gotten so little traffic. I'll try to get something done for it.

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    posted a message on Weekly Terraining Exercise #266: Lazy River

    Weekly Terraining Exercise #266

    Sorry for the delay this week in getting a new WTE up. For this week's theme, I want you to show us a nice river. I'd really like you to emphasize the "nice" bit here, not a river choked with corpses from the Zerg's predations.

     

     

    The Global Information/Idea thread for Terraining Exercises can be found here: http://www.sc2mapster.com/forums/development/terrain/14658-terraining-exercises-global-information-idea-thread/

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    posted a message on Recent Files

     Or post in the thread.

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    posted a message on Weekly Terraining Exercise #265: Happy Holidays!

    You're welcome to share any ideas you have for WTEs.

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    posted a message on Map Popularity Search

    I believe the Curse team is working on the popularity sort currently. Hopefully they'll have something for us—I like your idea, but the math behind that sort of things requires programming and I'm not sure how much of that we're going to be able to get.

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    posted a message on SC2 Mapster Upgrade Discussion Thread

    Sorry for the heavy-handed moderation, but this thread is already very long and hard to get through, so it needs to stay on topic. I've removed a couple of posts and trimmed another. Please restrict this thread to discussion of the Mapster upgrade  If you'd like to discuss other sites, please make a new thread.

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    posted a message on New Year, New Projects, New Mapster

    You'll be seeing Thoughts in Chaos this year, hopefully fairly early, even. 

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    posted a message on Weekly Terraining Exercise #265: Happy Holidays!

    Due to the forum change (and especially the file upload issues people have been experiencing), I'm going to extend the WTE by one week.

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    posted a message on SC2 Mapster Upgrade Discussion Thread

    He did say that there's a 5 MB individual file limit.

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    posted a message on SC2 Mapster Upgrade Discussion Thread

     Folks, I know it's long, but pleeeeeease read the thread before you post. We're on re-runs now and it's not helping.

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    posted a message on SC2 Mapster Upgrade Discussion Thread

    Hopefully? It's unclear right now what will be able to adjust. I know that Curse is looking at the popular project issue right now, so hopefully we can just get our hands in there.

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    posted a message on Editor Crashes

    It's a known issue and fixing it is on their development plan. Beyond that, it's impossible to say, frustratingly.

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    posted a message on SC2 Mapster Upgrade Discussion Thread

     

    I am really glad to see the new site. Losing the brutal load times is such a boon. I really appreciate that Curse brought us here, and I don't want that to get lost in my commentary. I should mention that I'm a web development professional, for whatever that's worth. I'm wiling to work on the CSS for you pro bono, since I'm going to make a custom stylesheet for myself in the next day or so anyway. I'd do markup work, too, but that's probably more complicated. 

     

    First, I'm going to join the choir on readability issues.

     

    I'm not entirely sure it's the color scheme. It's not unmanageable, and while I would prefer something a little gentler, it's livable. If I could change one thing, it would be the link color, which has the biggest contrast issue for me.

     

    I actually think a lot of the complaints about contrast are rooted in character size and line length. The latter, of course, would be addressed by the former. I haven't picked the CSS apart yet a ton, but I'd say that 16px (a fairly common base) would be a much better font size in general. I also think you should constrain the maximum width of the posts—they top out at 1000px, but that creates really long lines that are hard to read.

     

    Next, I have serious complaints about the front page.

     

    First, it hides the content really far down the page. In fact, the news posts are the very last thing. That's a really ineffective content strategy. I am glad to see popular content on the front page, but I'd like to recommend reviewing the algorithm a bit, because right now it's highlighting multiple abandoned projects. Hopefully that's something the mods can maintain in the future?

     

    Second, the "For Authors" section is egregious. There's no way that should be the first thing a visitor to this site sees—it's going to be a massive turnoff for people that come to see the maps. If you must include this section—and its benefits are rather unclear, honestly—then please put it somewhere else.

     

    A small point, but on desktop widths, you could solve a lot of issues by making the sections 50% width instead of 100%.

     

    Finally, I've lost my mod privileges, whenever you get around to it.

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    posted a message on School Project in C

    @TheUltragon: Go

    Agreed, that sounds fun. I don't do game programming, but I do work on application design and UX. Start an Off-Topic thread, for sure!

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    posted a message on Weekly Terraining Exercise #265: Happy Holidays!

    Weekly Terraining Exercise #265

    Let's get in the holiday spirit, shall we? I don't care overly what holiday it actually is, honestly: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Nothing At All Because I'm an Atheist [that's the choice of your humble moderator], or something else entirely are all fine. You might find the new Snow Refinery textures to be particularly useful here!

    Since the holidays are such a busy time with family and travel for so many, we'll run this one for two weeks.

    The Global Information/Idea thread for Terraining Exercises can be found here: http://www.sc2mapster.com/forums/development/terrain/14658-terraining-exercises-global-information-idea-thread/

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