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    Please review my new forum offwalk.com

    Hello friends,

    With this I request you to review our new forum www (dot) offwalk (dot) com - OFFWalk - The Ultimate destination for general discussions! for General Discussion.

    Your valuable feedback and suggestion would highly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    BC
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    I think its a very colorful forum; literally and figuratively speaking. I hope to have some time in the future to join.
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    The forum looks really good and it is designed well!
    I am already a member over there with the same user name!
    I would like to see more active members there as you should promote it a lot!

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    Here's a full review.

    Design:

    OffWalk.com indeed looks quite colorful, but in a good way as the color scheme is consistent and easy on the eyes. Given that this is a general forum advertised also as a chilling place the orange look is quite fitting since it reminds of the orange juice one might want to sip while relaxing somewhere... but I'm letting my imagination run off.

    There are some things that could be improved, however and I will start numbering the issues from the top of the homepage down and into the forums and topics. Some of these suggestions are about minor issues, but made under the assumption that every detail can make a difference.

    1. The share and bookmarks buttons at the very top of the site are placed above everything in a way that creates a white strip across the top of the site, but this doesn't seem necessary. It could be put in the gray strip that is already there. On one side of the gray strip you would then have the share buttons and on the other the color scheme choice widget. In CSS position: absolute; can be used to accomplish this.

    2. The color scheme changing widget doesn't seem to work. Clicking the color seems to have no effect.

    3. Descriptions of the first and third forum category on the homepage run off the first line, at least in Firefox 3 (Ubuntu 9.04 here), causing a design of the category "handle" to break up and the text in the second line to be squeezed into a narrow black strip. Here's a screenshot of the problem:



    4. "life starts at 40" could use capitalized "L". All other OW forum names are capitalized.

    5. A little bit of the bottom margin could be added below those banners below as currently they're touching the footer.

    6. The orange rounds graphic seems to be out of alignment with the footer background sticking out a few pixels at the bottom, like on the screenshot:



    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

    Focus:


    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

    Content:

    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

    Overall:

    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


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    Wow, what a nice review! Great job, memenode.

    The comment I had planned to make is it seems like there are too many forums for such a new board.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    Wow, what a nice review! Great job, memenode.

    The comment I had planned to make is it seems like there are too many forums for such a new board.
    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    Here's a full review.

    Design:

    OffWalk.com indeed looks quite colorful, but in a good way as the color scheme is consistent and easy on the eyes. Given that this is a general forum advertised also as a chilling place the orange look is quite fitting since it reminds of the orange juice one might want to sip while relaxing somewhere... but I'm letting my imagination run off.

    There are some things that could be improved, however and I will start numbering the issues from the top of the homepage down and into the forums and topics. Some of these suggestions are about minor issues, but made under the assumption that every detail can make a difference.

    1. The share and bookmarks buttons at the very top of the site are placed above everything in a way that creates a white strip across the top of the site, but this doesn't seem necessary. It could be put in the gray strip that is already there. On one side of the gray strip you would then have the share buttons and on the other the color scheme choice widget. In CSS position: absolute; can be used to accomplish this.

    2. The color scheme changing widget doesn't seem to work. Clicking the color seems to have no effect.

    3. Descriptions of the first and third forum category on the homepage run off the first line, at least in Firefox 3 (Ubuntu 9.04 here), causing a design of the category "handle" to break up and the text in the second line to be squeezed into a narrow black strip. Here's a screenshot of the problem:



    4. "life starts at 40" could use capitalized "L". All other OW forum names are capitalized.

    5. A little bit of the bottom margin could be added below those banners below as currently they're touching the footer.

    6. The orange rounds graphic seems to be out of alignment with the footer background sticking out a few pixels at the bottom, like on the screenshot:



    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

    Focus:


    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

    Content:

    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

    Overall:

    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


    Quote Originally Posted by Arunkumar View Post
    The forum looks really good and it is designed well!
    I am already a member over there with the same user name!
    I would like to see more active members there as you should promote it a lot!
    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCheri View Post
    Hello friends,

    With this I request you to review our new forum OFFWalk - The Ultimate destination for general discussions! - Powered by vBulletin for General Discussion.

    Your valuable feedback and suggestion would highly appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

    BC
    Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    I think its a very colorful forum; literally and figuratively speaking. I hope to have some time in the future to join.
    cheers
    Thank you every one for your time and help. Very useful comments for the betterment of OW.

    @ Memonde, we welcome your suggestions. Will try to rectify our mistakes.

    Best regards,

    G!

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    You are off to a good start in your drive to create a forum, but that is being hindered by an all too common problem of 'too much too soon'. Keeping the promotion solid like you are, that may well overcome the problem, but on my visits to the forum, with so many forums it seems like there is little activity, or it may be better to state it as it looks like less than it is due to so many forums.

    I would recommend putting the shoutbox on hold for now. The reason being that you do have shoutbox activity from several members. While you are building a forum, members need to be posting to the forums, not playing with a shoutbox, and that is distracting them, IMO. Not to mention that if they are not posting to the forums, and providing reciprocation to conversations, others are going to get bored talking to themselves.

    (hmmm...thought about it, but I won't get into complaints about moderating as that more appropriately belongs on your forum and not here in reviewing your forum)

    You seem to be open to suggestions on your forum which is one of the biggest plusues you can have as an admin: the willingness to adapt to what members want in a forum, if it is feasible. Will does that here, as evidenced in reversing the post counts removal which Aquarezz started (I'm just joking, Aquarezz), and he provides a good example of how to admin a forum.

    Those are just my opinions and I could be completely wrong (weather report suggests that Hell is looking mighty cold tonight).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Menard View Post
    You are off to a good start in your drive to create a forum, but that is being hindered by an all too common problem of 'too much too soon'. Keeping the promotion solid like you are, that may well overcome the problem, but on my visits to the forum, with so many forums it seems like there is little activity, or it may be better to state it as it looks like less than it is due to so many forums.

    I would recommend putting the shoutbox on hold for now. The reason being that you do have shoutbox activity from several members. While you are building a forum, members need to be posting to the forums, not playing with a shoutbox, and that is distracting them, IMO. Not to mention that if they are not posting to the forums, and providing reciprocation to conversations, others are going to get bored talking to themselves.

    (hmmm...thought about it, but I won't get into complaints about moderating as that more appropriately belongs on your forum and not here in reviewing your forum)

    You seem to be open to suggestions on your forum which is one of the biggest plusues you can have as an admin: the willingness to adapt to what members want in a forum, if it is feasible. Will does that here, as evidenced in reversing the post counts removal which Aquarezz started (I'm just joking, Aquarezz), and he provides a good example of how to admin a forum.

    Those are just my opinions and I could be completely wrong (weather report suggests that Hell is looking mighty cold tonight).


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    @Menard

    Thankyou Menard for your kind words.
    As per your suggestion aboute the shoutbox, it was some members who demanded it and all who are loving it so it would be not right on our part to remove it because offwalk means fun and so we want all our members to have fun in every way they can.

    You are right about the shortage of posting members.
    Lets hope we cope up with that too soon



    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    Here's a full review.

    Design:


    1. that creates a white strip across the top of the site, but this doesn't seem necessary. It could be put in the gray strip that is already there. On one side of the gray strip you would then have the share buttons and on the other the color scheme choice widget. In CSS position: absolute; can be used to accomplish this.

    2. The color scheme changing widget doesn't seem to work. Clicking the color seems to have no effect.

    3. Descriptions of the first and third forum category on the homepage run off the first line, at least in Firefox 3 (Ubuntu 9.04 here), causing a design of the category "handle" to break up and the text in the second line to be squeezed into a narrow black strip. Here's a screenshot of the problem:


    4. "life starts at 40" could use capitalized "L". All other OW forum names are capitalized.

    5. A little bit of the bottom margin could be added below those banners below as currently they're touching the footer.

    6. [B]The orange rounds graphic seems to be out of alignment with the footer background sticking out a few pixels[/B] at the bottom, like on the screenshot:


    [LEFT]7. 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.


    8.
    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.


    Design Rating: 7/10

    Focus:


    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

    Content:

    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

    Overall:

    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


    @Memonde:

    1.The bookmark/share feature as per your suggestion has been put under a grey thin border to rather highlight it a bit

    2.We have also noticed that the color scheme changing option is not working and so it has been removed

    3.The descriptions have been cut short and now it looks more neater....

    4.The 'L' has been capitalised
    (Believe me I never observed it before )

    5.A whole lot of margin has been left now between the banners and the last black patch

    6.As per the suggestion of the footer image not in alignment with the background color the problem is that the theme is built keeping in mind 1024 resolution.If you reduce your resolution you will find that that is in perfect allignment

    7.The chatbox has been imported as a modification and no changes could be made in it.But if you click it you will find an outline within which you can write
    and you can even expand the chatbox boundaries.

    8.The background color of the digg button has been changed to grey.

    9. The 'Blog this' icon has been fitted into a button matching those of the theme ones.

    10.While viewing thread too you will now see the entire background and the footer image.

    11.The multiplayer games is again a modification and it has its inbuilt Css still we are trying to change the color

    12.We are also thinking of reducing the space and importance given to india section as that will definitely create problems in the future.

    13.Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake
    Corrected it too.

    14.NB is the platform who has made us and ispired us without whom OffWalk would'nt have existed.

    All the necessary and possible changes are made and
    Thank you for observing offwalk so minutely
    We are truly grateful to you for it


    Sorry for moderating some of your lines-it was just to reduce the quote


    Thankyou arunkumar , Loko and Dvduval for your kind comments

    BlueCheri
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