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Extensions to our little fountain pen nut house on the digital prairie

Posted by wimg , in Board Talk 14 March 2011 · 5,146 views

Have you ever wondered about the skin we're using as the main board skin, and what ever happened to the old one, that nice paler blue and cream one, which was easy to read, with distinct differences between pinned topics and normal topics in each forum?

Well, we were stuck with this because it was the new Invision default skin, while the other was the old Invision default skin, and not compatible with later versions of the software. That essentially gave each of us just the following options:

A) IP.Board default skin
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:D IP.Board Mobile skin
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C) Lo-Fi skin
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And each of the latter two skins are rather limited of course, due to the fact that they cater really for as simple forum access as possible.

You could, and still can, change the skin used to display the board by scrolling down to the bottom of any page, f.e., like this:
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And right underneath the birthdays you'll find the skin selection box (red arrow), with just next to that the button with the downwards pointing triangle (blue circle and arrow). Clicking on this would present you with the three options ilustrated above:
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Resulting in the above dropdown and selection list. Just click on either, and that determines how your FPN experience is.

Well, not being all that happy about these options, we decided to build a few extensions to our little digital nut house, make it look small from the outside, but extend it to a mansion from within Posted Image. The rebuilding is more or less complete, so we would like to introduce to you a few new rooms and spaces, besides IP.Board, IP.Board Mobile, and Lo-Fi. There may still be a few hiccups here and there, as happens when extending a house, and of which we are aware, mostly, but we didn't want to keep these from you any longer regardless.

Therefore, let me present to you our new extensions:

1) The Library - a room (skin) Posted Image with the luxurious feeling of brass, wood paneling and leather, in marvelous shades of green, brown, cream and yellow copper, with an occasional red highlight.. This room is where you may find admins and moderators alike when they are relaxing after a hard day of moderating and administering :D.
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2) The Vault - very much a technically oriented room, in the basement of the nut house, the place where we keep our server and software, where technical stuff resides. No distractions there, except for a few flashing lights.
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3) The Zen Retreat - you can almost hear the grasshoppers chirping away here, while emptying your thoughts in a most pleasant and peaceful green-tinted environment with lovely paper lampshades and bamboo twigs all over the place.
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4) The Armoury - our gun-metal grey room where we don our suits to fight spammers, hackers and other unwanted intruders. Sparse and relaxing somehow.
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5) The Hangar - a high tech blue tinted place where we store our Virtual Space Exploration machinery, and any other transportation equipment we need on our treks.
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6) The Pebble Garden - This ornamental stone garden in colours and textures is tingling with the (almost) sound of small brooks, taking one away on those dreams of beautiful skies and beaches somehow in the confines of a space feeling very secure.
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7) The Pink Pavillion - This is the place to go in order to get this summer feeling again, looking through a window frame from the pavillion, and getting enraptured by the rich green and pink colours of all that is in flower and bloom at the glorious height of summer time.
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Well, so far our extensions here. Why don't you join us in one of these new rooms and places?

Try them out for yourselves, by scrolling down to the bottom of this page, and select any of these places (skins) from the drop down list you'll find there, the new extended one that is.
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Warm regards,

On behalf of the admin and moderator team

P.S.: Guests, i.e., those not signed in, will only benefit from 1 additional skin, namely Vault.

Hi Wim,I've looked at all of them. Thanks for making them available. I think I am a Pebble kind of guy....at least for now.Dave
Mar 14 2011 03:28
Wow, what neat changes! I'm in a Zen mood myself, and so.... This is cool!Thank you, Wim and all, for all your hard work!
Excellent ....
Thank you guys, and gal :embarrassed_smile:.We've tried to add some quality skins of which we hoped there would at least be one to fit with one's tastes and moods :D.Warm regards, Wim
Mar 14 2011 14:45
Nice. I'm in the Library.
Thank you, they're very nice, now I have another decision to make (probably will change my mind every day :embarrassed_smile: ).Just one suggestion--in the Library, Vault and Zen, I'd suggest that the forum names be in a larger or bolder font if possible--just as they are in the other skins. Make them a bit easier to spot. Great work!
Mar 15 2011 00:54
I'm loving the Library skin! Thanks for the great additions.
Love these! Thanks Admin team!
Pen Is Mightier
Mar 15 2011 04:02
Oooh the Library one is so pretty...now if you could only replicate the smell of old books to go along with it!(Does this make me weird?)
It was KCat in the Library with a bottle of Baystate Blue...
Wim, et al.,Thanks for the welcome treat of new skins, and for all the hard work and time you and the other elves put in.As I looked over the new rooms, I started thinking not only about which one(s) I would settle into, but also about which ones some of the Forumites I know would like.All in all, a nice new dimension to this diversion.Joe
Mar 16 2011 02:03
Col. Mustard in the Pink Pavillion with the candle holder!
Thank you so much, this is a great addition. I can change my mind depending on my mood - love it!
Hey!Great idea. I love the library (go figure) and also the vault, for some unknown reason...Thanks y'allT
Mar 18 2011 14:34
Oooh - way to go, library!
Outstanding!! Great job ... I'm definitely in the library ... at least for now. This is wonderful, giving us choices as you have. BRAVO!!!
Thank you moderators for all the time and effort you put in to our forum to make it better each time! :thumbup: I'm on my way to find the way in our new pen nut house to see which room will get a first stop....I think I'm heading for the library.:embarrassed_smile:
Many thanks for adding skin capability; much easier on these old eyes of mine.Always appreciate all of the hard work you guys do for us.Regards,Inkster
Thank you all! We love the changes too :embarrassed_smile:.Warm regards, Wim
Hi Wim,My compliments on the skins! I sure makes working on this board a lot more attractive. It was a lot of fun already to be on FPN, but now it's... wow! :clap1:I am trying them all!Thanks for the hard work!:embarrassed_smile::thumbup:

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