MRC2k11

MRC2k11

par wolf_ on 18-12-2011, 16:27
Sujet: MRC
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If you've ever entered one of the game contests of the past decade, you'll know the feeling after you submitted your entry at 23:50. It's that feeling where suddenly all the stress has gone, the feeling that at last you can go to bed again at decent hours, and the joy of awaiting the first reactions under the relevant newspost. Us presenting this whopping new website to you gives us the same feeling, pleasure and energy. On your screen is the all-new MSX Resource Center, at last! And the words 'at last' are truly there for a reason: it wasn't an overnight process, far from it.

It started with snout and Wolf chatting about which aspects could be improved towards the old website (which we refer to as MRC2k2). The concept of making an MRC2k7 was born. The first internal version of the new MSX Resource Center actually looked like MRC2k2, with the old menu at the right being wider and the difference between large newsposts and small newsposts gone. Years went by; MRC2k7 became MRC2k8, and later on it was renamed to MRC2k9. Sander van Nunen noticed that even activity at concept level had stalled and suggested to talk Jorito into the project. Sander started sketching his vision about the revamped MRC and quite soon his sketches looked somewhat like what you're seeing now. From that point Jorito started implementing these sketches, step by step, with admins looking over his shoulder and sometimes steering a bit. While admins have had their role in all of this, it's only fair to point out where credits are due: Sander van Nunen for the visual and functional design, and Jorito for all the hard work coding this new place and tactically ignoring further feature requests that would have moved this project to the year 2014. As game developers will know: sometimes just being a coder isn't enough, you need a manager too who knows when to pull the right strings, and these two gents certainly showed their management skills during the process.

So, obviously a lot of new things for you to discover here, let's introduce you to some of these!

  • An all-new look, warping the MSX Resource Center to present day standards. The news is represented using headlines rather than having all the news on a large page, a big conceptual change.
  • There is YouTube integration which presents you the latest MSX-related videos automatically.
  • There is a new CMS for the admins (yay!), and there is wysiwyg editing for everyone - no need to learn the classic html tags any more!
  • We have added a spotlight section for news which we consider important. Typical examples are fair announcements, contests, and major releases of products. This way, MSX fans that don't visit us daily (why?!) don't have to miss out on the most significant MSX news.
  • News tweets. These are basically one-liners for news facts that would've been too small to write about, or would've been ignored on the previous website for not being 100% relevant or interesting for a wide MSX audience. In short: anything goes, and thus the news tweets should result in more news than before.
  • You can finally have your own avatar.
  • There is a new ranking. If you'd hoped to, at some point, reach the status of MSX Legend, MSX Guru, MSX Master and such, then you're too late. Long live the new ranking!
  • We have added new search functionality. Try it, you'll love it.
  • We have added a wiki. Once again: try it, you'll love it. The wiki is perfectly in line with our wish to preserve MSX information, and frankly: it's simply great fun too. The brand new scene wiki has been Wolf's wish for many years and was in fact the original reason why he joined the team. There are over a hundred scene groups already, and that's probably not nearly the end of it. A lot of articles are stubs however, as some groups have been lost in obscurity. If you know things about such groups or if you are or were actually part of such groups, by all means: make the wiki complete. Add trivia, add funny stories, complete the credits, make the wiki an interesting read for newcomers and old MSX people who might return to the MSX scene.
  • Manuel Bilderbeek kindly donated his MSXFAQ to us, with the intention to have people converting all the information into separate and 'living' articles. Also present in our wiki are new articles about creating content, making it a place where both experienced and novice MSX developers could take a look. NYYRIKKI deserves a fair credit for adding his vast technical programming knowledge to our wiki. Designer and crew member Robert Vroemisse is currently working on articles about drawing for MSX, aimed at both experienced and novice artists. Some of our admins will moderate the wiki and keep things tidy and structured. There are stubs everywhere, the wiki is a big place and we could surely use your help. It's Christmas soon, how about you adding something to the wiki during these days? A wiki update is automatically placed onto the frontpage, so your efforts will be seen!
  • We have a twitter page now. News which we consider relevant will be tweeted around the globe.
  • The photo section has been improved greatly, with higher resolution versions of photos where possible.
  • No more individual language pages, but everything together, cosy! Speaking of languages: you can now provide translations to newsposts - just click a dark flag in the header of a newspost and off you go. If your hands are itching to translate something, feel welcome to do so!
  • We've added Japanese, Korean and Arabic to our set of languages.
  • New versions of our smileys.

Without doubt, you may encounter a bug here and there. Don't worry, it will get repaired, and the best way to have it fixed is when you report these. Don't forget to mention the URL, your OS and browser (+version). And now: enough with the talking. Have a look at our brand new website and most of all: we hope you enjoy it!

Commentaires (63)

Par anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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18-12-2011, 17:01

первыйнах !

 

Par msd

Paragon (1372)

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18-12-2011, 17:16

Great stuff guys!. jeej.. my first post on the new mrc!

Par Huey

Prophet (2644)

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18-12-2011, 17:54

Congratulations. Santa

Is it normal that the pengo border does not fit on my screen?

 

Par Oscar

Guardian (567)

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18-12-2011, 17:21

Hi!! Congratulations for the new page... and Merry Xmas!

Par The_Engineer

Master (158)

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18-12-2011, 17:27

Congrats! Well done! Big smile

Par ro

Guardian (4109)

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18-12-2011, 17:34

yeeeeh Smile the frontpage font is kinda small, hard to read without zooming on my phone Sad I'll explore the site this evening and will do a quick review Smile
Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Par Edwin

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18-12-2011, 17:35

Congrats on getting it live!

Already found bug. Tongue

The little history list under the menu doesn't always link to the most logical page. Like "News" linking to the front page where I would expect the news archive. But in the "Home » Articles » General" the "Articles" link gives you an error. Probably worth fixing.

Par Manuel

Ascended (15694)

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18-12-2011, 17:45

Congratulations!

Par out168

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18-12-2011, 17:51

congratulations!

looks very goodSmile

Par wolf_

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18-12-2011, 17:54

Right! Now, let's look forward to MRC2k16! Hannibal

Par mars2000you

Enlighted (5497)

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18-12-2011, 17:58

Excellent work and very good design ! Big smile

Huey : 2 solutions to the background problem

a) disable it in your settings
b)(under Firedox) CTRL and "-" together

Personnally, as I prefer reading comfort, solution a) is better ! Hannibal

Par Edwin

Paragon (1182)

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18-12-2011, 19:07

Some initial comments so site devs have something to do during the Christmas holiday Santa:
 

  • Translate page should be layouted side by side. On top of each other looks terribly inconvenient.
  • [BUG] For some reason, I get the "Edit" option twice when I hover above my previous post.
  • When clicking on a topic (I clicked the "MRC" news topic), it appears to be unsorted.
  • I would like to see some personal configuration of the front page. I, for instance, don't care for Trading, but would like to see a wide forum list with the forum included.
  • Articles appear to be unsorted and (almost) uncatergorised. Is there actually a reason for them to be separate? Seems to fit just as well in the Wiki.
  • The settings section says that the "Public e-mail address" is visible to MRC members. But it's actually visible to everyone.
  • The pages in the spotlight section only like through the displayed title. Since it's a box, it would be nice (and logical) to make the whole box a link.

That's probably enough for now Tongue.

 

EDIT

Well maybe not :-)
 

  • Check the code in this post.
  • In the forum it uses three rows for the "last post" column. That could easily be done on two. Resulting in less scrolling! Yes, I'm lazy. B-)

Par Sama

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18-12-2011, 18:14

Still sipping the champagne... (wolf_: "sipping?!")... I was told that MRC2k2 was launched on exactly the same date as MRC2k11 by the way. Shouldn't be left unmentioned!

Par mars2000you

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18-12-2011, 18:16

Spotlight section has its advantages and disadvantages.

I prefer to see directly the list of recent news. So I've used AdBlockPlus and Element Hiding Helper to make invisible the spotlight section !!! LOL!

Par Abi

Hero (595)

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18-12-2011, 18:25

Congrats guys!! thumbs up!

Par mais1976

Master (169)

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18-12-2011, 18:48

Congratulations Smile

Par mars2000you

Enlighted (5497)

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18-12-2011, 18:52

There's a bug in the search engine : it seems to ignore results between now and beginning May 2009.

If I search for "blueMSX", first result is blueMSX 2.8.1 by wolf_ on 03-05-2009, 11:31.

If I search for "blueMSX 2.8.2" or "blueMSX 2.8.3", no any trace ... Sad

 

Par Sama

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18-12-2011, 18:52

the search engine is still indexing the massive database, it will take a few days before all content is properly indexed.

Par ARTRAG

Enlighted (6239)

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18-12-2011, 18:57

I'm exploring the new site right now...
 

Par mars2000you

Enlighted (5497)

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18-12-2011, 19:10

LOL! I've just found your twitter !

http://www.twitter.com/msxorg

 

Par Lord_Zett

Paladin (807)

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18-12-2011, 19:35

damn k you ppl are happy finaly new site. but i do not like it. it looks horrible.
never seen that many jpgs and collors on one site.
 

Par AuroraMSX

Paragon (1901)

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18-12-2011, 19:35

Congratz! Cool to see th enew site finally at work!

But... I get an "internal server error" when trying to download any of the MP3s in the download database (using Safari) 

Par wolf_

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18-12-2011, 20:38

Jorito will fixor all your desires!

Running Naked in a Field of Flowers
(still the best icon!)

Par Jorito

Mr. Ambassadors (1761)

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18-12-2011, 21:00

Thx for the feedback. I'll fix most of the issues in the coming days. So please keep on reporting any other issues you encounter!

Par evulopah

Hero (661)

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18-12-2011, 21:04

Nice work guys! Looking great! Keep up the good work!

Par Jorito

Mr. Ambassadors (1761)

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18-12-2011, 21:13

Okay, I've created a forum topic where you can leave your feedback and reports. You can find it here.

Par DanySoft

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18-12-2011, 21:45

Congratulations on this the new website! Big smile 
I'll leave one important detail to become even more easy to identify:
And 'using the "!" Best placeholder instead of the white square ...
But you know it's important to point out all the new comments .... and does not report the old ones.
Ok?
Good Luck! Wink

Par Sander

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18-12-2011, 22:16

LOL!

Par Dreamerm42

Hero (621)

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18-12-2011, 23:18

Good Luck, welcome new version MRC!!

Par max_iwamoto

Champion (466)

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19-12-2011, 07:38

Congratulations!

Par Sky_hawk

Champion (267)

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19-12-2011, 10:01

Looking good guys,
functional question: I always wanted to search the forum for a keyword, listing the results most recent on top, because thats a quick way for reading up when you have not read the forum a while. I have requested this feature in the past, is it implemented yet? planned? well thought over and decided not to implement? I'm curious as to the status Smile

Greetings,

Jan

Par enribar

Paladin (996)

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19-12-2011, 10:32

WELCOME 2 THE DAWN! O(+>

Par ro

Guardian (4109)

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19-12-2011, 10:50

I had to reset my birthdate in my profile. it was set at "19 dec 2011" o_O
further more I'm missing the "poll" on the frontpage, peanuts.
there's something with the comments when switching languages.... check my comments on this post when swithing to Dutch Wink

Other than that and all other mentiond buggs/annoyances it's cool! Santa

 

Par Creepy

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19-12-2011, 11:03

Nice new site you guys have here Wink Congratulations on a job well done!

Par NEV.rus

Resident (39)

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19-12-2011, 11:11

Захожу на msx.org...

...и вместо аккуратного профессионального дизайна вижу аляповатый кусок говна в стиле «моё задание по информатике». Который ещё и тормозит раз этак в десять сильнее.

У того, кто додумался вот так всё испортить, явно нет мозгов.

Увы, но пользоваться этим нельзя - с грустью удаляю из закладок.

Par ro

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19-12-2011, 11:15

Захожу на msx.org...

...и вместо аккуратного профессионального дизайна вижу аляповатый кусок говна в стиле «моё задание по информатике». Который ещё и тормозит раз этак в десять сильнее.

У того, кто додумался вот так всё испортить, явно нет мозгов.

Увы, но пользоваться этим нельзя - с грустью удаляю из закладок.

that's what I mean, I see mutli langual comments while I choose "ENG" as language. what up

Par RamonMSX

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19-12-2011, 11:20

Congratulations to Jorito and the rest of the team. The new site looks great!
(also on iPad Wink)

 

Par Konamito

Paragon (1028)

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19-12-2011, 11:27

Congratulations to all the MRC crew for this new website. I like it.

Par mars2000you

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19-12-2011, 12:03

Just for the fun, this new website is activated by the VDP 9948 ! Wink

http://msxresources.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/v9948.jpg?w=...

 

 

Par TheWhipMaster

Expert (115)

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19-12-2011, 14:18

Nice work to all !!!
One quick remark , in the log in box it mentioned E-mail instead of pseudo / log in ...LOL!

Par wolf_

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19-12-2011, 14:25

You can use both username and email in that field. Although I believe Jorito will hug you all if you will be using your email.. Tongue

Par Hydragon

Paladin (691)

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19-12-2011, 14:36

considering the hug.. I decide to login using my nickname xD.

Par Arjan

Paladin (714)

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19-12-2011, 16:18

Very nice! Cool

Par SolidEric

Champion (332)

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19-12-2011, 17:10

Congrats! A great site! Keep up the good work guysMurdoch

Par anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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19-12-2011, 19:19

Publier un nouveau commentaire.... Voila, J'ai mis juste ca. Je voudrais tester si cette reaction va être visible seulement dans la section francaise...

 

Par mars2000you

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19-12-2011, 19:35

Publier un nouveau commentaire.... Voila, J'ai mis juste ca. Je voudrais tester si cette reaction va être visible seulement dans la section francaise...

Et bien, non ! Hannibal

I think multilingual discussion is better (no need to explore all parts of the forums).

 

 

Par edoz

Prophet (2171)

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19-12-2011, 22:38

very nice website!!! thanks! ..

Par Bart

Paragon (1423)

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19-12-2011, 22:49

Congratulations guys! It took you guys some time, but the result is excellent. Great job, I love it! The new smileys are great as well btw!

Par Latok

msx guru (3672)

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19-12-2011, 23:12

Thanks Bart Smile

Par Sander

Ambassador (1845)

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20-12-2011, 08:03

Thnx!!

Par Rataplan

Master (214)

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20-12-2011, 11:52

Great work guys, and congratulations!

I would love to have a wider view though. I have a (default nowadays) 16:9 screen, and I actually have borders on the sides, and just a small stripe of actual text in the middle. Any change to have a style-sheet-select or something like that?

Par Manuel

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20-12-2011, 23:38

I agree such a fixed width is killing for widescreen... But I made this point in the past and I didn't get a very positive response Tongue

Par mars2000you

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20-12-2011, 23:50

Width needs to be fixed with percentages, not with pixels.

All depends from the options available in the used theme, including the css files.

 

 

Par Jorito

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20-12-2011, 23:52

Have a look at the big sites in your country or in the world, and you will notice they almost all stick to a width of ~1000 pixels. This is done for 2 reasons:
 

  1. Usability reasons; having a website that is, say, 1600 pixels wide means that the content area will be very wide as well. Which means reading over such a wide area is too hard and unpleasant.
  2. To allow the widest range of visitors to view the website properly. You'd think that nowadays you can use higher resolutions than 1024x768 easily, but with the popularity of tablets (and in a lesser regard smartphones) it's best to stick with this.

Other than that, changing mrc for wider screens is a lot of work and would involve a redesign. Since we still have to work out some issues in our website and also have new features planned, changing the design and width of the site is very low on my task list. I wouldn't wait for it at least Smile

Par anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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21-12-2011, 00:00

I have a 27" widescreen (1920x1080) and I've actually zoomed my firefox for MRC, making it wider and getting a pleasant font size. So, there's a solution: browser zoom!

 

Par mars2000you

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21-12-2011, 00:12

Jorito has right when he speaks about tablets and smartphones. I see the tendance with WordPress : there are more themes or plugins to make websites compatible with mobile devices.

So, indeed the general solution for widescreens is CTRL + the key "+" with as eventual result, the need to hide the background.

 

Par poke-1,170

Paragon (1756)

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21-12-2011, 01:01

Wow, it's finally there ! congrats chaps on the new design, there's gonna be a lot to explore ! Great work !

Par nanochess

Master (218)

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21-12-2011, 18:59

Really nice design, congratulations!

Par Manuel

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21-12-2011, 22:50

Zooming doesn't help, as it also zooms the characters. So you just get everything oversized, not more useful space.

Anyways... I can live with it. I think Tongue

Par J-War

Champion (412)

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26-12-2011, 10:32

Let's run ! Running Naked in a Field of FlowersSanta

Par KdL

Paragon (1222)

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01-02-2012, 12:22

into the main page there is a "register now" location bug when you are logged out...

 

Par Jorito

Mr. Ambassadors (1761)

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01-02-2012, 12:36

I've already fixed that, and it will be part of the update that will be released soon, along with some other sparkling changes.

Par snout

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01-02-2012, 12:48

thx for reporting, though! Wink