Your opinion on the new MSX Resource Center

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Por snout

Ascended (15184)

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21-12-2002, 01:45

and what about language option... delete it, if ya can only choose for English...

Language option has been removed for the time being ^_^

Por DarQ

Paragon (1038)

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21-12-2002, 12:10

their english site is nothing. What useful information did they not translate at alll??? soo much. their english MSX site is nothing compared to the japanese version!!!!

Por snout

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21-12-2002, 20:06

No, but you can not expect a new product to be released world-wide on the same day. Especially not magazines or emulators. Their main focus currently is the Japanese market, the English site and the international banner demonstrate they have not forgotten us (yet) Wink. Also, Nishi giving a lecture in Tilburg would have had no meaning if he wanted to keep MSXPLAYer and future revival-products Japan only.

Por FiXato

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22-12-2002, 01:54

That is true, but instead of redesigning the site (if I can rember right, the site looked different before) they could've spend some more time on translating a bit more to english.

For instance on how to order the mag.

As for not being able to ship it abroad. It is even said on their site:

From The MSX Magazine Page

and this book can be shipped only within Japan. It is because export to a foreign country cannot be performed by the contract.

But we are getting offtopic.... please split this discussion to a separate discussion and let us continue on the site:

-I for one like the new logo :) It is stylish =]

-The themes thing you mentioned is a good idea (though I think you are confusing themes with templates :)) I have had this idea for the MSX-Xpress as well and have already inplemented it in the V5 which will be launched Q1 2003 :)

- The smilies look good, but the expressions are hard to recognize... make them a bit bigger and/or try to animate some of them...

-the articles system are is not very well worked out... I do not think you should implement the choice in a theme (ie. Template), but set it as an option in the Control Panel of the users.

-Good work on changing to PHP!

oh and add a signature option to the forum... phpBB should have it

more comments later...

Por Igorski

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22-12-2002, 14:13

Well I actually LIKE the logo, it's just that I read "MSE" in it, I don't know

if that has a deeper meaning overlooked by me... oO

like the colours too, and the fact that's it got loadsa stuff about the

beloved homecomputer... so hurrah with shiny knobs on to you

Por Manuel

Ascended (18130)

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22-12-2002, 14:25

Some comments from my side:

- I also read "MSE" in the logo... I think using the MSX logo is not a problem. This is an exerpt from an e-mail from Bernard who has good contacts with the MSX Association:

Nasu zei trouwens dat de MSX Association niet moeilijk zal gaan doen

over het gebruik van het MSX logo.

English: Nasu said that MSX Association will not take action when someone uses the MSX logo.

So, it would be nice of the old logo would come back...

- I also find the front page a little less clear than before. It used to be very easy to find what the latest post is.

- Where is the direct link to The Ultimate MSX FAQ? Wink

- Where is that MSX.org FAQ?

- For the rest: it looks very good folks!

Por FiXato

Scribe (1709)

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22-12-2002, 15:18

It is easy to read MRC in it Smile

But maybe the dash under the M should be left out to make it more readable =]

Por FiXato

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22-12-2002, 15:27

Something I am missing is a Contact Us Page, preferrably witha simple form which emails the comments through the php mail()-function to the selected person (if you want I can give you a script I wrote which you can alter to your needs)

Secondly, there is a typo in your Policies:

From the Policies Page

Adjustedments

should be

Adjustments

By the way, I noticed that you are using phpBB1.4 as a module. Is this ContentManagementSystem that MRC is using based on an existing CMS which supports phpBB as module? or have you written it from the ground and implemented the old phpBB yourselves?

Por snout

Ascended (15184)

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23-12-2002, 12:49

I would like to thank everyone for their comments so far. Many suggestions will be incorporated in future updates, but some take some time to develop. I'd like to comment on a few posts though.

msxxpress wrote:

the articles system are is not very well worked out... I do not think you should implement the choice in a theme (ie. Template), but set it as an option in the Control Panel of the users.

I'm not sure if I know which articles you are talking about. Probably it is about the news posts that - at first sight - do not appear chronologically on the frontpage. Well.. in fact they still do appear chronologically. Just not the way you were used to it. Currently, the site works like this:

[most recent headline]

[most recent report] [second most recent report]

[second most recent headline]

[report #3] [report #4]

Since reports are (or can be) a lot smaller than headlines, it is nog a good idea to display them next to each other in two columns. As explained earlier, I like this way of reporting the news because both headlines and reports get more attention. However, we can and probably will create solutions for this in the future, for the people who like the old style even more.

oh and add a signature option to the forum... phpBB should have it

phpBB has it, but I'm not very fond to turn it on yet. imho, signatures are mostly cludding up the screen. Will discuss it with other admins though.

By the way, I noticed that you are using phpBB1.4 as a module. Is this ContentManagementSystem that MRC is using based on an existing CMS which supports phpBB as module? or have you written it from the ground and implemented the old phpBB yourselves?

Our CMS is based on a CMS that can run phpBB as a module, but we have rewritten and fixed many many many things Wink

Manuel wrote

[qoute]- Where is the direct link to The Ultimate MSX FAQ? Where is that MSX.org FAQ?

The msx.org FAQ has to be rewritten, and we did not have the time to do that yet. Also, we were hoping the new website was less in need of a FAQ as many things have gotten a lot clearer. The link to the ultimate MSX FAQ was removed because it suddenly felt awkward to directly link to another site from our main menu. From mails we received in the past, we noticed many people thought the FAQ was maintained by us. Also, other people were wondering if we could link to them straight from the front page. Maybe we'll find a nice solution for this in the future, without turning down sites not mentioned on the frontpage. Either way, please keep us posted on updates in the FAQ, we'll mention them on the front page.

Many people have been wondering about the logo. It reads "MRC" (thanks for spotting it, Filip) and we're not planning on changing it back to the old logo (yet). As the new frontpage, I think most people just need to get a little more used to it.

In the mean time, reported typo's were fixed, a small bug in the frontpage was fixed and a huge bug in the conversion of the user base was fixed. Thanks to all people who reported these bugs.

Por Manuel

Ascended (18130)

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23-12-2002, 20:56

Either way, please keep us posted on updates in the FAQ, we'll mention them on the front page.

Ehm, there were never any posts about the FAQ on teh front page...

Most of the updates are small anyway. The last big thing was the addition of the SCSI FAQ.

Many people have been wondering about the logo. It reads "MRC" (thanks for spotting it, Filip) and we're not planning on changing it back to the old logo (yet). As the new frontpage, I think most people just need to get a little more used to it.

A logo is not something you should get used to. It should be clear the first time you look at it. This one is not. Also, there is an ugly thing about it: the 'r' is a small letter, while the M is a capital. The 'c' could be either... And indeed, the line under the M only confuses things more.

The logo is a nice line drawing, but not good for a logo, in my opinion.

But again: keep up the good work. I'm checking MRC daily for news!

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