In regards of posting -I hardly ever use the post news anyway so as said above - what ever makes the admin's life easier here ... On other hand - as also already mentioned by elser - I like the current front page layout - use it both for scoping throuh the news since my last visit (usually like a half hour ago ) as well as well to see the latest forum posts.
OK, I have +Rep'd everyone who shared some feedback since my last "checkpoint" in this thread. To reply to some specifics now:
Originally Posted by EiKii
Well that would work fine, i have submitted 2 news in members section area, non has been brought up they just disappear and never heard of kinda. So IMO yes that would be nice, tho there will probably be some posting in wrong section etc but hey that's whats mods are for ^^
Keep up the good work.
Generally when we nuke threads I PM or leave a visitor message to the OP to let them know. However, these are pruned via cron periodically so odds are if you didn't see them you won't now.
You are correct though, posts in the wrong sections can be moved with a few clicks so that isn't an issue for us really.
Originally Posted by adrianc1982
Seems like you already have the answer to the question boss.
True hehe, I just wanted to make sure before I go removing it that most of the active members here won't miss it for some reason I may not be seeing, etc. So far it sounds like most are in agreement that the Member News section won't be missed too much.
Originally Posted by OneWhoWantsItAl
No disrespect, but the main page background looks a little busy to my tired eyes. I'd like to see that part a little easier to read. All of the items look like front page news. By reducing the font it could help have more real estate on the screen, navigate easier (being able to see the bigger picture), and generally make it faster to scan the news. It could be a real treasure when looking for the right information at your fingertips... just my 2 cents worth. Keep up the great work.! You obviously care about this site and want to improve it.
I do appreciate the feedback OneWhoWantsItAl, and this is actually something that CJPC often tells me as he's on a higher resolution monitor. However, due to my own monitor and preference I tend to like to keep the fonts larger (as they were in the past) but I am sure the day will come when I buy and get used to a larger-screen monitor and then I will update them like most sites these days have it.
Originally Posted by heartagram62
I think posting directly is a good idea. That said, they would have to be checked for correct grammar and spelling to keep the high standards which this site tends to keep.
Definitely, we will not "mainpage" any user-generated post/thread until it's formatted for the main page with a proper title and grammar/spelling, a picture (most forget these) etc.
Since we are on the subject of the mainpage, I have been meaning to mention a bug in the text alignment. Maybe it was intentional, maybe it's just my browser, but it just doesn't seem right to me and makes it harder to read the headline when it is all misaligned.
See attached picture below for an example. I highlighted the problematic headline alignment from the article.
Notice the text "makers Sony is rumored to start production" is right aligned right while the text below it "of the PS4 console at the end of 2011" is left aligned? It can be awkward reading it when it is like that. Not a huge deal, but perhaps something to look into.
If I had to guess, that is being caused due to a missing (or blocked) 300x250 ad that is normally to the left of the article text. If this isn't the case, let me know your browser type and version and I will try to replicate it here to fix it.