7. Albeit this is a minor complaint I wasn't at first sure where the typing area of the chatbox. It's quite cool the way it's made, but there is no distinction between the typing box and the background of the chatbox.
Moving on deeper into the forum, index of forum topics looks good (neat, clean, no issues), but on forum topics display there are a few things that may be worth fixing:
8. At the top of the thread there are facebook share, tweet and digg buttons. Tweet button seems to fit alright, but the facebook share and digg button require some tweaking. The facebook share button has a standard facebook blue background only when hovered, but then it has no border. It would probably be best to make it look the same regardless of whether it is hovered or not with a mild white border for both.
Digg button simply needs a background change and I think the text color of "digg" could be changed as well (so it's not black on black). If not, the background could be made gray which would still fit the black background better than it does now while the black "digg" text would still be visible.
9. "Quote in PM" and "Blog this post" buttons in forum posts don't look consistent with the other buttons. It's probably best to create buttons which are of the same style as the others so there is consistency which makes it look cleaner and more professional.
10. In thread view there is no footer background and the footer logo image
ends up looking lonely there.
11. Multiplayer gamers area background color is really sharp blue which might be a little too harsh on the eyes. A milder nuance of blue would probably be better there.
So there's a bunch of stuff to improve which isn't to say that this is a badly designed site. The theme is good and the logo and header look really attractive which are probably the most important elements on a vB based site with regards to design anyway. However, some polish of theme details can go a long way.
Design Rating: 7/10
One might assume a site dedicated to OFFtopic and general talk is all about opposite of focus. :) However the way it presents its purpose as an offtopic forum still matters and the selection of forums and topics also has some significance.
That said, the name "OFFWalk" with "off" in its name suggests "offtopic", albeit it's not really clear what "walk" in there means. In any case the slogan is clear: "The ultimate destination for general discussion".
There is a wide variety of forums covering stuff like current affairs, gaming, technology, health, food, sports, business and.. oddly enough India. :) That actually might be the only oddball given the focus of the site since it would naturally tend to attract more of the indian population to OFFTalk than others since it's most represented.
This isn't necessarily bad of course, and India does have more than 6th of the world, but it may still be worth noting. As the forum grows at some point this may be impetus for adding more regional forums, either by major language groups or regions.
Focus Rating: 9/10
Judging by the number of threads in forums which is below 100 in all of them it's clear there's ways to go, but then again there are a lot of forums which need to be filled which means that just having any activitiy in all
of these forums may be a good sign. At the time of this review there were a few people viewing some forums right now and some even saying hello in the chatroom.
Sampling the forum topics it appears there already is an active and growing community and much is being done to incentivize such growth, such as the $50 dollar "Friend in demand" contest and best thread creator of the week. A quick note though, the friend is mispelled in the announcing topic as "Frined".
In addition to the topics, contests and a growing community there are additional sections such as news which is apparently showing the latest topics, a blog, music section and gaming sections (arcade and multiplayer gamers area).
All in all, it is perhaps a young, but growing community with quite a bit of potential. Admins seem to be doing the right things in terms of content and community development.
Content Rating: 8/10
Decent design, albeit it could use some polish and what seems to be the rapidly growing community with admins doing their best to incentivize its growth should make OFFWalk.com a successful general discussion forum. It may be interesting to note I'm seeing OW quite a bit on NetBuilders, usually on signatures.
Overall Rating: 8/10