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Pumpkin Queen said:Gaming Latest
Review by Pumpkin Queen/Teg
Hi there, Demon_skeith! I just want to say that I really enjoyed going through your forum. It's easy to navigate, easy on the eyes, and well designed! As a gamer, I feel I might be slightly more biased than I initially thought. Though, I'm pretty sure my criticism will include something constructive. The very first thing that stands out to me about the forum is the colors and layout. I love both of those two things in combination with each other!
Honestly, the design of your forum is my favorite thing about it. As a fan of dark colored themes, I really enjoy the design of your forum. The dark gray and black colors fit so nicely with the blue hues. The white; gray; and blue text, match the theme great as well. Even the logo seems flawless to me. I love how simple it is with the colors and how it stands out just enough to make the rest of the design flourish around it. The only thing that I could suggest, as far as changes to the design--since it's coming close to a holiday--is to add something unique to the logo/header related to Halloween. It would make your forum stand out and would allow your members and potential members to see that you guys care enough to recognize events such as Holidays.
The icons for the gaming related boards and the categories are a nice touch. They stand out and let the users--both members and visitors--know what is what. Aside from the overall theme, that's probably my other favorite thing about the forum.
Honestly, this was the only negative thing I found on the forum. Your site has been around since 2007. It's almost 2016. Adding to that your member count is over 1600. However, that being said, I feel like your forum should have way more posts and threads than it currently has. But, I do realize that, at times, forum activity may go down and then be revived. Even then, for as long as you've been online, you should have more posts and such. As for your staff posting, I think they're doing an excellent job. The only persons activity feed I cannot see is TooCool74.
As far as originality goes, I think you hit the nail on the head there. Honestly, most gaming forums are consistent with one specific game. It's actually annoying to see forums like that. At least for me. I've only seen a handful of General Gaming discussions that allow for the chatting of all types of gaming consoles, games, etc. So that, in itself, is original. Kudos. Another thing I like, about your particular site--that I don't see other places--is that all of your main discussion boards are towards the top of the forum with the information stuff at the bottom. I don't see that on many sites and I think it works nicely on yours.
Another thing that makes me feel as though your forum is original is the information area at the bottom that links to different things and has a small "About Us" section. It's nifty, and I absolutely love that.
Structure wise, I think your forum is sound. As I stated above, I like how the main forums are at the top and the support area, feedback, and announcements areas at the bottom. Your forum is pretty easy to navigate. I didn't notice the "Help Area" at first until I went looking for it. I think it might be a great idea to change the font color of that link so that it stands out like the "Recent Posts" link in the nav. In addition to that, maybe make the "Rules" as a link on the nav instead of having them on the Help Area page because some people might not think to look there. That page itself is appealing, and I appreciate the fact that it's done in a database style--alphabetically.
Spelling & Professionalism
Spelling and Grammar could be better. However, honestly, it's a lot better than on other forums I've viewed and done reviews on. With this being a "fun" gaming forum, I understand that things might not be perfect or too toned off so as to not give the wrong impression to your visitors. However, it's still important to use correct spelling and grammar, especially when posting announcements or answering to support and feedback related areas. It's important to remain professional as well.
Possibly till the end of the month I'll be making various changes to the forum daily, in the posts below are all the changes. Full detailed explanations will come later on.
The above quote is from the very top post in your announcements board. When posting an announcement, you should always use the full version of words. You should not use slang. The first sentence reads weird to me and sounds strange when reading aloud. Since I'm looking at the staff's professionalism, spelling, and grammar, I'd suggest the following change: "Possibly, until the end of the month, I'll be making various changes to the forum on a daily basis. In the posts below, you will find them. In the future, full--detailed--explanations for each change will be given."
I'm not going to go all spelling, punctuation, and grammar Nazi on you because that's not what I do. I just wanted you to be aware that it's important to make sure that those areas remain professional at all times.
I think your staff is doing an excellent job. They all seem to be handling themselves well and acting professional at all times unless professionalism is not required.
Overall, I love your forum. Granted, I said that at the beginning. Please keep in mind that any suggestions that I've made are my personal preferences. That excludes grammar, spelling, punctuation, and professionalism advice. I wish you the best of luck with your forum, and I'll be sure to hang around there for a bit.
Biggest like about the website?: The design itself is what draws me to the site. I don't remember this theme being there when I joined.
Biggest dislike about the website?: The rules page not being out in the open to stand out from the rest of the content.
What could I do to make you (the Reviewer) join my website?: I'm already a member.