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Changes 7-13-12
« on: July 13, 2012, 12:12:47 PM »
Hello GGuildies,

Gonna make some changes to the site.  Mostly paring down and utilizing the stuff that gets used the most.  Repository isn't really necessary considering all that is available and Marvel has their own bio page, in addition Uncannyxmen.net is a fantastic resource site for everything Xmen.  Lebeau Library is gonna go away.  Working on places for it to live and have been given a great idea on where it can be, will keep you up to date on where it can be found.  Fact is fanfiction.net is a better vehicle for fanfic, easier to use as well.  I won't move the LL until its got a good home, and if what I plan won't work, it won't go anywhere.

I suspect these changes will take more time than I like but the plan is to get started.  If there is something you really want and are worried about transition, grab it now.  While I will give a heads up for when things disappear, better to get it now than kick yourself later for not doing so.  

Doesn't change the forum boards and those who like to post fanfic there still can, I'm just freeing up space on the server.  The artwork takes up allot of space and its one of the things I like the most, so to accommodate it and its potential growth and along with redundancy in other places, it makes sense to consolidate the information and make better use of what is actually available.  An example being, Gambit's history becoming a link to Marvel's site.  

I have no concrete time table.  

If you want to suggest stuff or perhaps have an idea to update the front/home page, let me know.  

Thanks.
« Last Edit: July 13, 2012, 12:48:19 PM by Nekobaghira »

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2012, 02:07:16 PM »
I think there are some things that should still be kept like the fanfiction in Lebeau Library. Also for Gambit Guild, the same goes for the pages such as Do You Know, Myths and Truths, Gambit Vs (as well as Interpersonal section), Concept Art and Uniforms.
Why I think that LeBeau Library shouldn't be deleted is because some of the fanfics are not uploaded on fanfiction.net and other fanfic sites.

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2012, 02:27:10 PM »
I think there are some things that should still be kept like the fanfiction in Lebeau Library. Also for Gambit Guild, the same goes for the pages such as Do You Know, Myths and Truths, Gambit Vs (as well as Interpersonal section), Concept Art and Uniforms.
Why I think that LeBeau Library shouldn't be deleted is because some of the fanfics are not uploaded on fanfiction.net and other fanfic sites.

I'll put those things on the list.  I had forgot about those and I agree should be kept.  I'll think of the best place for that material.  

I also appreciate your views on the Lebeau Library too.  Once I get some ideas worked out, I'll post here and see what you think, as in if the solution is good enough.  I'm actually trying to find an easier way to deal with the Library. 

Thanks again Mitch.   :)

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2012, 11:48:13 PM »
I support you no matter what you decide.  This site is your baby, after all.  There's some growing pains involved, but it'll all be for the best.


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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2012, 06:03:37 AM »
Thanks, I like the idea we've got planned for the LL - it is gonna be good, a better vehicle, easier to get too and reach more people.  And most likely new readers of older really well done stories.

The other changes are small ones but even little ones help.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2012, 02:05:07 AM by Nekobaghira »

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2012, 06:50:24 AM »
Hello GGuildies,

Gonna make some changes to the site.  Mostly paring down and utilizing the stuff that gets used the most.  Repository isn't really necessary considering all that is available and Marvel has their own bio page, in addition Uncannyxmen.net is a fantastic resource site for everything Xmen.  Lebeau Library is gonna go away.  Working on places for it to live and have been given a great idea on where it can be, will keep you up to date on where it can be found.  Fact is fanfiction.net is a better vehicle for fanfic, easier to use as well.  I won't move the LL until its got a good home, and if what I plan won't work, it won't go anywhere.

I suspect these changes will take more time than I like but the plan is to get started.  If there is something you really want and are worried about transition, grab it now.  While I will give a heads up for when things disappear, better to get it now than kick yourself later for not doing so. 

Doesn't change the forum boards and those who like to post fanfic there still can, I'm just freeing up space on the server.  The artwork takes up allot of space and its one of the things I like the most, so to accommodate it and its potential growth and along with redundancy in other places, it makes sense to consolidate the information and make better use of what is actually available.  An example being, Gambit's history becoming a link to Marvel's site. 

I have no concrete time table. 

If you want to suggest stuff or perhaps have an idea to update the front/home page, let me know. 

Thanks.

I read all of this and my first thought was; You're taking everything away! But then I decided, sometimes you have to get rid of things to make other things better. So, I'm all for change.

But, as you can see, I've highlighted two things, to which I have comments about.

1. The Repository: To be completely honest, the reason why I came to the Guild was because of this very same repository. Sure you can find this information everywhere... but not all together in one place! I think the repository needs to stay.

2. The Library: I agree with Mitch, the Library should be kept. It's the one place where one can find the old stories. But, as you said, you're going to find it a good home. I trust you completely on that.  ::)  ;)
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2012, 07:19:03 AM »
I read all of this and my first thought was; You're taking everything away! But then I decided, sometimes you have to get rid of things to make other things better. So, I'm all for change.

Thanks, I appreciate that.  


1. The Repository: To be completely honest, the reason why I came to the Guild was because of this very same repository. Sure you can find this information everywhere... but not all together in one place! I think the repository needs to stay.

I'm only going to make small changes to the repository, it is saved though there is some changes coming to it.

2. The Library: I agree with Mitch, the Library should be kept. It's the one place where one can find the old stories. But, as you said, you're going to find it a good home. I trust you completely on that.  ::)  ;)

*chuckles* - you wound me woman!  Trust me, the plan for the LL is good.  It will also give it more readers, potentially new readers, and it will still be part of the GG.  It's the GG thats building the new home.  I don't want the stories lost but I do want them showcased in a natural place where people actually go to read.   If it all works out, it will have easier access, easier uploads, and those who love to read fanfic will have a ton more say in what stories can be included to the library.  And if the plan fails (which I highly doubt it will), then the LL will stay where it is.  

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2012, 04:58:10 PM »
I wound you?! *lol* I've been trying to help you since... I don't know how long! Gosh! You wound me woman! ;) I really wanted to help and I still do! (My fingers still itch to make a new design for the guild, with this lovely (existing) logo)

But seriously, I'm sure you'll make the best of it. :)
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2012, 06:40:19 PM »
How about the redesign of the "home" page.  The opening one before clicking on stuff? ;D  Perhaps with some Clay Mann art?
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2012, 10:36:10 AM »
I'm excited to see what you do to the place, Neko. Your plan for the library actually has me excited! It's been forever since I've read anything there and all this talking about relocating has got me looking forward to seeing it's new home and rereading old favorites again.

Court's Lediableblanc  also has a treasure trove of information. I don't know if everything here is covered there, but that's usually where I head for information (sorry!) so the Repository IMHO does seem like a good place to find extra space for the site.

Again... just *my* opinion.  ;)

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2012, 01:03:20 PM »
I had to look up the Clay Mann art and it's not half bad.... Well, half of it... ;)
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2012, 01:17:49 PM »
Hey, Neva...could you make an icon/avatar in keeping with your proposed redesign that is 200x200 that we could use to represent the LeBeau Library? 

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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2012, 02:44:58 PM »
With my proposed redesign? Hehehe. I could make you an avatar, but I have no proposed redesign. I got several no's on my request already. ;)

Lol!
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2012, 03:35:38 PM »
The other design was interior art, I was thinking of the splash page on the front.  We've already talked about the interior design stuff.  ;)  And the issues with it and why I haven't done anything with it.   ;)

I still don't have photoshop.

Though with the library moving, it may be much easier for me to work with, since the new location completely rocks thus far for the LL.  While its a work in progress still, as we are waiting on people to get back to us, you can find some of the stories at http://www.fanfiction.net/community/Gambit_Guild_LeBeau_Library/101440/

Currently 68 stories already moved.  The collection should stay together since its in the community portion of the comics section.  The great side is the attention the older stories will get just by being on ff.net.  

Here is the current splash page I was hoping you'd want to redesign.  
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Re: Changes 7-13-12
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2012, 03:55:08 PM »
Size for the splash page Neko?

I kinda have an idea...
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