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Old 19th February 2013, 07:57 PM   #81473  /  #1
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Featured Art

The technical feasibility test worked on the forum home page. Getting it to work on the portal is more complicated than I assumed and may take some time to figure out. But, we could do featured art in a static weekly format very easily.

So I think it's time to talk about what we want to feature, how we choose it, how long it stays in rotation, etc.

In the MR! What's it Good For? thread I suggested that members nominate works to be featured, we ask permission, and then include them. That could be part of an overall process.

This thread is to figure out how we want this to work.
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:14 PM   #81474  /  #2
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For now, perhaps start a nomination thread. where members can post their nominee, and just take them on a first come first featured basis.

I'd not like to see it become competitive, and I don't think it will, so just impartially going down a list provided by members ought to work.

What about every two weeks change the featured piece?
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:17 PM   #81476  /  #3
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We could feature multiple pieces randomly, though I think it would be good to keep the list fairly short so they show up frequently. 2 weeks for a static feature on the portal page sounds good to me.
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:24 PM   #81477  /  #4
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We're not brimming over with a ton of available artworks atm, and permission might be a thing for a couple people.

I wish I could get my connection to let me upload pics to flickr or one of them, but it hasn't been possible so far, too slow out here in the woods.

I don't understand why I can upload an avatar but not photos bigger than that to anywhere. Well... see above.
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:40 PM   #81480  /  #5
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can you upload an image at TR?
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:10 PM   #81488  /  #6
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What, from my computer? I didn't think that was possible.
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:12 PM   #81489  /  #7
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Would it be possible to put images behind the Mindromp logo? If we have the artworks (assuming quantity and permissions etc.) ahead of time we can change the colour scheme to match the artwork. I can do it if you tell me how.
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:23 PM   #81499  /  #8
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color scheme changes are easy, but coming up with a palette that is pleasing to the eye can be a pain (for me, anyway - I usually futz around a while before I get something I like). Maybe a very neutral pale grey or tan scheme that wouldn't distract from the art?

I think the mindromp logo over an image would make it difficult to appreciate the image.
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:26 PM   #81504  /  #9
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What, from my computer? I didn't think that was possible.
You can attach an image to a post. There's an icon on the advanced post box on TR that looks like a paper clip. -->

click that and upload your image.
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:36 PM   #81512  /  #10
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Well now I feel technologically unfit.

Thanks ob, I'll give that a try later.
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Old 19th February 2013, 11:51 PM   #81542  /  #11
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btw, featured art shouldn't be limited to visual art/photography. music, poetry, prose, etc. could be featured.
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Old 20th February 2013, 12:05 AM   #81548  /  #12
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We should revive the poetry thread. There are some nice chunks we could pull out of what's already there.
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Old 20th February 2013, 12:10 AM   #81551  /  #13
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Would it be possible to put images behind the Mindromp logo? If we have the artworks (assuming quantity and permissions etc.) ahead of time we can change the colour scheme to match the artwork. I can do it if you tell me how.
I like this idea .. including photos .. if it's doable.
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Old 20th February 2013, 01:20 AM   #81565  /  #14
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I could put images behind the mindromp logo. Are you thinking that the rotating featured art would go behind the logo? I don't think that would be as effective as setting the featured images apart.

Maybe we could do a collage as a permanent addition to the logo image.
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Old 20th February 2013, 01:36 PM   #81640  /  #15
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I could put images behind the mindromp logo. Are you thinking that the rotating featured art would go behind the logo? I don't think that would be as effective as setting the featured images apart.

Maybe we could do a collage as a permanent addition to the logo image.
oh yeh, a separate thing, I thought.
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Old 21st February 2013, 09:00 AM   #81767  /  #16
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My first visual was an image of a finger stirring up water in the bg of the logo.

There is a hack for displaying random album images on the homepage in vb. I think you can create a specific album from which the images are chosen and it will display three thumbnails at a time. If so, you could put original art from forum members into said album and the display will alternate them at random.
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Old 21st February 2013, 06:26 PM   #81824  /  #17
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very cool visual. I did a google image search and didn't come up with anything that really matches my mental image.

I think freethought forum has that hack. the gallery pictures are displayed at the bottom of the forum homepage. I wonder how easy it would be to have the images near the top of the page instead.
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Old 21st February 2013, 09:50 PM   #81870  /  #18
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I've seen it at the top on another forum.
They had the banner full top, then forums listed in narrow left column, gallery center of wider middle with recent topics underneath, who's online and today's posts in narrow right column.

Aside from having the gallery display anything from member's albums at random it looks really good. forumgarden.com
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Old 22nd February 2013, 03:05 AM   #81940  /  #19
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I think the format you're describing is the portal, not the forum itself. It does look very nice.

wow. huge number of subforums!
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Old 22nd February 2013, 08:54 AM   #81962  /  #20
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Ah, yes. I thought you were looking at designing a portal page with a gallery.

Lots of sub-forums has it's good and bad points. I asked for them to break up the religion forum pretty much so that we could restrict bible quoting to the Christian forum. I stopped short of suggesting the Christian forum be called Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
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Old 14th June 2013, 04:26 AM   #100744  /  #21
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Featured art .. It's a great idea .. are we going to go with it?

Snippets of FMM's and ficus's prose, borealis's and ob's story telling, dev's commentary on life ... photos, themed and unthemed .. evocative paintings by gonzo, artworks by eric, fractals by imp ... philosophical pondering .. musical knowledge ... a series of associated haiku (can we bump that) .. some D&D creativity .. and more!.. items to whet the appetite and imagination ... to encourage more creative contributions to feature ..

Can we do this, please?

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Old 14th June 2013, 02:30 PM   #100826  /  #22
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Yes, yes we can.

Does anyone use the title page? I don't. Would up top of every page next to the logo be better?
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Old 15th June 2013, 08:19 PM   #101184  /  #23
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lol I keep forgetting about this and haven't prodded borealis to help me work out the details. I'll work on it later today, starting with a thread for suggesting snippets and images.
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Old 16th June 2013, 12:04 AM   #101228  /  #24
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yay!

ob, will it help if borealis has admin tools too?
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Old 16th June 2013, 12:06 AM   #101229  /  #25
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Also, it'd be fun to have a selection of 'frames' to hang the creative works in ..
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