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DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser?

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cyberdiva:
....Right now we have a slightly schizophrenic situation where we have a true community forum that is fairly diverse in its interests, and an old school static website (that is much harder to update) with more narrowly focused software.
In many ways these two aspects of the site complement one another -- but in some ways they don't and create friction and confusion.
-mouser (March 03, 2015, 10:09 AM)
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I'm a software enthusiast but not a coder. I find DC an invaluable source of information and discussion, with an unusually welcoming atmosphere.  The site is also amazingly easy to navigate; even though the forum is very active, I am often astonished at how quickly and efficiently I can find the threads that interest me.  I'm mentioning these things because I hope that any changes to the site will not come at the expense of the features I most value. 

wraith808:
Test if the format needs to be more adapted to smart-phones.
-Curt (March 02, 2015, 06:12 PM)
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There is a mobile version of the site.  It's all text, however- not sure if SMF has mobile forum themes.
-wraith808 (March 02, 2015, 06:49 PM)
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Where can I find the mobile version?  I'd like to compare it with the "normal" version of the site that I see on my Android tablet and my Android phone using the Pale Moon for Android browser.  It shows me the site just as I would see it on my desktop computer, but smaller.  I see the same layout, the same graphics, etc.
-cyberdiva (March 03, 2015, 12:26 PM)
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this is built into smf.

for example this thread in dif mobile modes:

* wap mode - http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap;topic=19208
* wap2 mode - http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap2;topic=19208
* imode - http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?imode;topic=19208
samples of more pages in wap mode:

* unread replies: http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap;action=unreadreplies
* unread posts: http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap;action=unread;all
-mouser (August 26, 2009, 10:36 AM)
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mouser:
Should we put a link to the mobile pages at the bottom of each forum page?
To elaborate on what wraith says, you can visit the main forum in mobile mode like:

* http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap
* http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?wap2
* http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?imode

Gwen7:
i have to agree with cyberdiva. the donationcoder forum functions more as an educational social network than anything else for many dc members. i hope nothing is done to change that.

i used to love a website that had a similarly great open-ended forum. but a few months ago its operators got tired of it being used that way. so they instituted unwelcome restrictions to provide more 'focus.' most of us migrated over to mewe.com to keep the social circle we had created there intact. mewe is similar to facebook, but without the privacy problems fb has. groups and users on mewe can be completely private. and even hidden if you want. it also has very granular controls to easily control exactly who gets to see what.

rjbull:
I'm a software enthusiast but not a coder. I find DC an invaluable source of information and discussion, with an unusually welcoming atmosphere.  The site is also amazingly easy to navigate; even though the forum is very active, I am often astonished at how quickly and efficiently I can find the threads that interest me.-cyberdiva (March 03, 2015, 12:42 PM)
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That's my position, too.  One of the things I routinely check is Show latest topics.

I'm mentioning these things because I hope that any changes to the site will not come at the expense of the features I most value.  -cyberdiva (March 03, 2015, 12:42 PM)
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This worries me too.  The BBC changed the nature of some of its classical music programs years ago now, perhaps some suit's idea of making them more friendly to youth /newbies, and I no longer listen to those programs.

I wonder about the "newbie experience" on DC.  Are there any real newbies?  In the sense that, people will only come here if they're already interested in software anyway.

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