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Posted by Sayak
April - 22 - 2012

Last month, Ingo Malchow blogged about Bugzilla and Neverland. I’m happy to announce that another site was added to the Neverland category: the KDE Community Forums have been migrated to our new Neverland theme and also undergone a major revamp at the same time. The main changes are:

  • KDE Brainstorm has been fully integrated with the forum: a decision was reached to discontinue the old software due to maintenance reasons. The voting interface is still partly driven by AJAX, but the rest of the interface has been merged with the main forum structure.
  • Collapsible forums: You can now hide the categories that you don’t use.
  • Visual navigation: Jump through various sections on a page without having to scroll.
  • Hierarchical navigation: Go through a folder’s hierarchy using the new tree style navigation.
  • A new look for the user profile and control panel.
  • A re-designed online friends system and an easy way to send them messages.
  • Context based navigation everywhere for a clutter-free UI

… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We are really excited about the release and we hope you like using it. If you encounter any bugs with the new design, please file a bug report at bugs.kde.org under the forum.kde.org component.

Here’s a link to the official announcement: http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?t=101660
Take a tour of Neverland here: http://forum.kde.org/tour.php

3 Responses to “KDE Forum gets Neverland!”

  1. hoko says:

    I like the desing and especially the idea of unified web infrastucture. The focus on issues and solutions is also nice and new.

    There are areas that are in need of polish though. The old brainstorming forum was nice as you could rate and see the entire idea without opening it. That made quick rating possible. Now I don’t see myself using it anymore as it very hard to get good idea just by reading headlines and opening each and everyone is too tiresome.

    Then there’s the black bar at the bottom. Honestly I don’t see any need for it. It takes less than a fraction of a second to scroll to the top or bottom at any given moment. The black bar is a bit inconsistent with the rest of the page and takes valuable space.

    Even more unification with bugs.kde.org would be cool if it’s even possible.

    Anyhow awesome work and I can’t wait for what is coming next! :p

  2. Sayak says:

    I agree with you regarding Brainstorm; But with new updates coming for our board software (phpBB), the AJAX interface had become a maintenance hazard for us (and was slowing moving towards a security concern if and when phpBB changes something major). I did the AJAX interface years back and had to closely observe everything w.r.t the board software and keep it in sync, which is, an inefficient model. Therefore, we decided to merge it back with the forum.

    Even though the KDE webteam is trying hard to keep the design in sync, it’s not feasible to keep everything similar since the needs for each website are different (for example, we don’t need a big header for paste.kde.org, so I didn’t use it there).

    The footer has some important links like breadcrumbs and a visual navigation for which one had to scroll up/down before. Perhaps we’ll provide a way to collapse the floating footer in due course.

    But well, thanks for the constructive feedback! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one that has a hard time reading the names of the Forum sections (“news”, “kde brainstorm”, etc)? Pale blue over a white background is pretty unreadable.

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