Don't Panic!

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Pardon our mess...Pardon our mess...As is no doubt already abundantly clear, Armchair Arcade has received an upgrade. Hopefully this upgrade will address all remaining performance issues from too much site activity. Unfortunately, in the mean-time, it will take us some time to get the looks and menu structure back to more or less what it was. We appreciate your patience and sticking with us through what will hopefully mean a vastly improved experience.

-Bill

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Matt Barton
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Yes, please do be patient.

Yes, please do be patient. This upgrade was far more substantial than I thought. At this point, I'm just happy that all the content seems to have transferred without a hitch.

We will need to start customizing a theme soon, and I don't think many will miss the old one with the boxes that didn't expand properly on wide screens. I've talked to a few people, and their advice is to start with a pre-built theme that looks pretty close to what we want, and then merely tweak it with our logos and what-not. To that end, please (and this means you) visit this link and make sure you have 5.x selected. Then tell us which theme you think would be the best one to use as a starting point. Or, if you like the current theme (I know I do), you should know that it's named "Garland." I'll enable all the other default themes as well, in case you want to try them out here. You can select a theme by editing "my account."

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Bill Loguidice
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I like this theme and think

I like this theme and think the yellow logo should go nicely with it, though probably in a smaller version than the last time (the last header in general was too large).

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
(A PC Magazine Top 100 Website)
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Matt Barton
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I agree. You may have to

I agree. You may have to upload the logo again (after tweaking it), since I believe Charlie deleted the old theme directory. I do have a backup if we need it.

One advantage of sticking to this theme is that it should be very easy to handle upgrades and such in the future, since they will always support the default themes in new upgrades.

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minna (not verified)
Amadou is kind of cool. But

Amadou is kind of cool. But this one is nice too!

Matt Barton
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What do you guys think of

What do you guys think of this logo? It was designed by Elizabeth.AA Logo (Elizabeth): What do you think?AA Logo (Elizabeth): What do you think?

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Mark Vergeer
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Like Elizabeth's one a lot!

Like Elizabeth's one a lot! But also the bright yellow one would explode nicely on the piecefull blue serene surroundings of the current theme.
Perhaps have some javascripted videogame bitmaps moving about somewhere. Stuff like small colourfull icons will work great with this sort of pages.

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Mark Vergeer - Editor / Pixelator
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
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Bill Loguidice
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The logo is fine, but

The logo is fine, but obviously we can't have a background. Also, the "E" is weird.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
The changes are subtle, but

The changes are subtle, but work pretty well.

One suggestion might be to have a link for Forums along the top of the page, next to "Issues" or something.

I like Elizabeth's take on the logo. If you took that font and made the color white to place on our light blue color scheme, it might fit better.

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dragon57
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So, for inquiring minds,

So, for inquiring minds, what happened on the back end that solved the Drupal problems?

Bill Loguidice
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Well, we can't say for sure

Well, we can't say for sure that the problem is solved, but the site was upgraded to the latest version of Drupal, which apparently acknowledges its past performance issues and features many optimizations. We'll see how things go once we start to get the place back in order. What stinks is that we lost several items (pages) in the upgrade not related to blogs or forums.

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
Armchair Arcade, Inc.
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