We would like you input on which skin you'd like to see as the default.
Other than appearance, what are differences in the two skins? (Is the functionality identical?)
Functionality is identical. Prime is about 10-12% faster and has the mainpage sidebar.
I'd go with Prime if it didn't have the sidebar, or if there was an option to remove the sidebar and have the "Who's Online" and forum stats stuff at the bottom of the forum index, as it is right now in Nexus. But as it stands now, I'll go with Nexus.
If prime is faster, I go for prime as well! But I admit that Nexus looks better.
If it's faster, and will help get back the preview window (), then Prime's my choice--all things being equal (see below). I'll take function over form any day. (It's a bit cleaner looking, anyway.)
I don't like the main page sidebar, but I almost never use the mainpage anyway. But without the "forum jump" feature that used to be at the bottom, I'm forced to use the mainpage. If that feature's not coming back, then I'll stick to Nexus.
If that sidebar is removed, Prime wins for me.
I'm voting with Doc Al on all of the above points!
If Prime is faster - i.e. if it uses less bandwidth, which seems to be an issue - it would seem practical to make it default.
I prefer Prime anyway.
I like Prime... with the sidebar. I think an option to turn it on or off would be nice... as long as the sidebar is available. Which of the two is the default doesn't matter... as long as Prime isn't the first of the two skins to be replaced.
I too would like an option to turn off the sidebar on prime, or to move it to the bottom. Other than that, prime is great!
Just to let you two know, I don't have any plans to make the sidebar a user option, sorry.
Prime is my default setting. I find the sidebar a causing little crowding though.
If you are using firefox you can remove the sidebar using an extension called, "remove it permanently"
I thought everybody would vote for Nexus What was the design before the original Prime?
I haven't been on Prime since we got Nexus, and now I see it has changed. The usernames are less thick, color scheme is modified, etc.. and it does look very nice! Only thing is I think you should have kept the old shockwave banner up at the top. The current gifs as banner look cheap, and childish (no offense :uhh:). I'm sure you planned on having it replaced if we crossed over.
You can't please everyone
Prime, for all the above reasons.
I definetly prefer Nexus: I don't find that it cuts down on my speed very much. The little gimmicks and graphics make it worthwhile.
I'd go for Prime if we could get rid of the sidebar. It just makes the page look too cluttered.
IMO, one nice feature of the sidebar is the blog listing, which can raise more awareness of the blog and direct more traffic to it.
IMO, there should also be a feed to a PHYSICS resource (not just to SCIENCE and to ASTRONOMY). I'm not sure what is out there... I've stumbled upon feeds from
Now that "forum jump" is back, I've switched to Prime. I kind of like the sidebar on the main page.
I'm sticking with Nexus, it has a less cluttered look. The side bar is too distracting.
If you're going to insist on keeping the sidebar on the main index page, then perhaps some rearranging of the order items appear in it could be considered. I'm thinking of it in terms of relevance to PF so people's first view of the site isn't something that takes them to a link off-site. I'd put the Who's Online, Forum Stats, and Birthdays to the top of the column, then the top 10 recent posts just below that, then the physics blog next, and then after all that PF-related stuff, put in the news feeds.
Good ideas, Moonbear!
The reason the sidebar doesn't bother me too much is that I never use the mainpage! (I'll go to the mainpage once in a while just to check the sidebar stuff, if I have the time.) But I think it would be pretty distracting for the average user.
The sidebar was really distracting at first but I've finally got used to it!
I like the sidebar: more functionality from the main page with a sort of "executive summary" of what's on the site today. It doesn't look cluttered on a wide screen.
I preferred the look of the Flash header which is refined and professional compared to just a plain text title. Removing the animation may contribute to saving bandwidth, but a GIF/PNG reminiscent of it (or a single frame) could be a suitable compromise.
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