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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 · 4,790 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.

It's a pleasure!Warm regards, Wim
Mar 29 2011 22:45
Thank you Wim,I like the earthtoned pebble! It's more comfortable than the default one. Another :embarrassed_smile: from an FPNer!
Mar 30 2011 23:43
Oh wow, this is really cool. Thanks for giving us these options. :unsure: Being a voracious reader, I am in -- where else? -- the library. Ahhh, the smell of old leather. :-) Claudette
Apr 01 2011 18:02
in no particular order- vault- zen- pebble gardenbased on- design not distracting from content- interface clarity
Apr 06 2011 12:23

Nice. I'm in the Library.

Me too- my avatar looks great in the library.Must be the place for psych-type- dudes :D
Ooo, how very cool! Now I can change the look as often as I fiddle with the colors on the other parts of my computer! :D I'm trying Zen first -- awesome!Thanks, guys!Julie
Apr 16 2011 19:03
Great idea in giving us the option of being able to utilise new skins on FPN for us fountain pen aficionados! Love the Library in particular, and I also like the Vault. I am at the moment reading in the Library, but may change my mind later at whim. Many thanks, Mario
Thank you all for your kind words!Warm regards, Wim
Apr 25 2011 17:12
Now using Hangar skin which I think is one of the best - very neat and clean! Great! Many thanks,Mario

Great idea in giving us the option of being able to utilise new skins on FPN for us fountain pen aficionados! Love the Library in particular, and I also like the Vault. I am at the moment reading in the Library, but may change my mind later at whim. Many thanks, Mario

Hats OFF to the Library skin compiler. Its so easy on the eye :headsmack:
Thank you, Mario and Force!Warm regards, Wim
Very cool, thanks for putting all the work in this!
WoW! I am just getting around to seeing these options. Wonderful! I like the original skin - but Zen Garden is calling.
Like the new Library :headsmack: Thanks !!!!
I love the Armoury. Thanks, Wim and all!With aloha...
May 22 2011 00:37
Thank you so much! You folks do an outstanding job! The Library is the place for me.
Sailor Kenshin
May 31 2011 20:04
Pebble garden PRETTTYYY!
Love the pebble garden :thumbup:
My compliments on the selection of skins. Now everyone can modify their pages to their own taste. Thank you.
Great work! Thanks :)

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