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Topic # 34090 18-May-2009 12:24 Send private message

Using Google Chrome, I now see a lovely white box appearing beside the first post in a thread.

Over there ----->

what is it?




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  Reply # 215576 18-May-2009 12:25 Send private message

Aaaaaaaaaand after posting that, the actual content appears.

more ads. yay.




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  Reply # 215578 18-May-2009 12:33 Send private message

It is an ad box - if you don't see ads, nothing will show up there.

We moved the box from the bottom of the page - to make it more visible and to reduce the length of the page.





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  Reply # 215595 18-May-2009 14:23 Send private message

Ugh... it wasn't so bad at work with a high resolution wide screen display, but now it really intrudes onto the forum at 1024x768.. Still a valid resolution, sorry :)

It's the wide left hand sidebar that makes it really obvious.

Now before someone mentions it, no, I will not subscribe *just* to be able to turn ads off (noting that that doesn't mean I won't ever subscribe).. for GZ I'd rather not turn ads off anyway, so that impressions still gain income.




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Reply # 215597 18-May-2009 14:25 Send private message

mjb: more ads. yay.


There are no more ads. Just moved one position.




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  Reply # 215599 18-May-2009 14:32 Send private message

freitasm: There are no more ads. Just moved one position.


Sorry, I realise that. Not complaining about the number, that doesn't bother me. In fact, you could add more (to the bottom of the page) and I wouldn't care. It's just the layout that is bothering me. If it won't be changing, that's fine.. just a shame, I'll live with it.




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  Reply # 215600 18-May-2009 14:33 Send private message

The idea is that if it performs well enough we could even remove one of the other blocks...





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  Reply # 215601 18-May-2009 14:34 Send private message

freitasm: The idea is that if it performs well enough we could even remove one of the other blocks...



Interesting... which one were you thinking?




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  Reply # 215602 18-May-2009 14:36 Send private message

Perhaps the bottom one... Still tweaking - at least a week to see any change in performance.




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  Reply # 215603 18-May-2009 14:36 Send private message

Oh... just occurred to me, how does that ad block behave if someone posts a wide (within reason) image?




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  Reply # 215604 18-May-2009 14:37 Send private message

It should work... Just.




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  Reply # 215606 18-May-2009 14:39 Send private message

For space optimisation, have you considered moving the translate/subscribe/listen live bits of the sidebar elsewhere? they'd work better down the bottom.. this is of course if the feedburner summary can be narrowed by 10-20px.




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  Reply # 217929 26-May-2009 09:59 Send private message

In our continuous "tweaking" efforts I am trying to "shorten" the length of pages. We could reduce the the number of replies per page, but this would give people more pages to load - with consequent waiting time, etc.

So I am still tweaking the ads. I have changed the ad format at the bottom from leaderboard to a square, and moved it next to the "Related topics" list. This reduced the page by about 200 pixels while keeping the number of ads.

I am currently running a couple of remnant ads there to have a feel of space, load times, return, etc...

Also as part of this I have reduced the forum script by about 5%, and optimized some of the conditions in the logic. This should improve performance even more.

Still a couple of things to change (and fix - I know about the problem of users not being able to delete their own posts and will work on this).



Keep an eye on that space.




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