Rebel Squadrons

Open Season for the Website

By FA Licah Fox
Unit: The Rebel Squadrons
General Announcement, Dec 26, 2008
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I noticed there has been a bit of a lack of news recently, so I thought I'd get some communication going and provide our new members with something that they can dig into, especially for the Beginner's Path point for news comments. This activity is open to everyone in the RS. Post a news comment to participate. Here's the question:

What would you like to change about

Any submission on which the Internet Office works will earn a Merit Commendation.

Great submissions, and/or efforts working with the IO to fix an item, will be eligible for the rarely awarded RSIO Assistance Medal.

Rear Admiral Licah Fox
RS Internet Office


COL Kane "Kid" Dev Redron - Fri Dec 26 2008, 10:51pm
I know this will sound redundant, but...
Could the left Nav Bars be changed to look like in Design #4? :P
Also, I'd like to have the possibility,(Though I know it's gonna take a lot of bandwith, probably...If it's too much, please ignore :P) to change the banner on the design #0 to #3(Those are the ones with banners, sorta), and have it personal? This is just an idea, of course.
RA Himm El-Syna - Sat Dec 27 2008, 4:00am
A couple of things I'd like to see:

- Have direct links to any mission reporters we use for the various games directly on the main page. It would help to point out the fat that this is actually a gaming club + it would be easier for me when I've got reports to make, to just have it on the main page.
- Fix the Whos's on IRC thing, or at least make a sort explanation or something to tell me what I do wrong/what I have to do to have the page show when I'm on.
ADM Kirghy Lommax - Sat Dec 27 2008, 4:46pm
--There are links to the RID SP and MP reporters on the RID main page that aren't buttons like the rest. If we could get those "buttonized", that would improve the look of the RID site a bit.
--On some of the pages on design #4, the light grey vertical side borders don't go all the way to the bottom of the page. This goes for both IE 7 and FireFox 3.0.3
COM Wes Belden - Mon Dec 29 2008, 12:13am
Hi :)

A few ideas:

List the top squadrons from a fleet on the front page; just have a looping cyclem of squadron names and uber active individuals.

Conversely, list the most inactive squadron(s) and members in a name'n'shame bananza! :P

A cycling list of deadlines showing as part of the menu bar or something would be handy too...

Lastly, the wiki feels entirely detached from the main website. Having links on the main page, and from fleet sub domains to specific articles, sections and catagories in the wiki might see it actually getting used more often.
FA Licah Fox - Wed Dec 31 2008, 12:42am
Thanks to each of you for contributing to this activity! Tonight I had a chance to look into each suggestion and respond to it. Each item is listed below. I'm still accepting submissions from all Rebel Squadrons members, so please post a comment to be eligible for shinies :)


(Kane) Fly-out nav bars for all designs: Completed. All five selectable website designs should have identical nav bars now, and hopefully the colors match decently - I'm partially color-blind, so please let me know if you would prefer something else. :P The fly-out nav bars only appear when you're logged in.

(Kane) Banner options for all designs: Pending. I'm not quite sure what you mean, especially by "personal". As for the banners, designs #0 and #1 have different ones than #2 and #3 simply due to the different background colors and color schemes intended for them. If there is enough demand, we may be able to make all banners available on all designs, with appropriate color adjustments.

(Himm) Direct links to mission reporters: Completed. VSG and RID added; PSG does not yet use a web reporter. Added below "Recent ITOD Reports" heading.

(Himm) Who's on IRC: Completed. Hover over the new "as seen by MrBot" for an explanation of how to appear on the list...hopefully it should be clear.

(Kirghy) RID website reporter button: Not completed. I couldn't find any original PhotoShop-type source files for the buttons, and my graphical skill is not good enough to do it from the current .jpgs. I did find this interesting version which seems to have been created by Giz in late 2006, but was never made live: I recommend Kirghy or anyone from the RID CS contact LCL Terrak Jace ("TJ") for further pursuit of this matter - since it only involves a division website and not the main RS site, I won't pursue it further, but you are welcome to request TJ's graphical assistance.

(Kirghy) Design #4 border: Completed. I'd noticed this too on pages where the content wasn't long enough to reach the bottom of the page. I've fixed almost every part of this problem except when using Mac Firefox there's a very slight difference in background color on short pages - it's displaying as #333333 instead of #343434. I can find no reason for this - all images are 34, and code specifies 34, but yet it insists upon 33 - and will leave the small problem there for now.

(Giz) List top or bottom squadrons: Pending. Great idea, but this involves division COs more than the IO. I would support something like having a featured Squadron of the Month on the main page, including links to their website and a page dedicated to why they were chosen. I will bring it up on HC when the FC deliberations are complete, if not sooner.

(Giz) List deadlines as part of the menu bar: Already existed, as I pointed out to Giz :P... see right nav bar of any non-Roster page.

(Giz) Wiki feels detached from main site: Pending. Another great idea, one that requires people to actually maintain the wiki. I will put it on the proposals list for the new FC. I would do some of this myself, but unfortunately I don't have enough time to comb through the website and the wiki and see what can be matched up. I will be happy to accept specific submissions about this, however.
MGN Adam Mieter - Wed Jan 07 2009, 1:39pm
Hey there!

I have one idea in my mind since september: I think the RS World Project deserves to be on the main page, something like "Read us in your own language: fr/ge/esp/hun...etc", and if you click on one of the language abbrevations, it takes you to the appropriate wiki World Project site. It could be very helpful to new members and/or non-members, who wish to know more about the club, but their english knowledge is limited.
MGN Adam Mieter - Wed Jan 07 2009, 2:19pm
Oh, yes, I almost forgot another "idea": umm, dunno if it is a bug, but the "Today's date" section of the main page is frozen to 44:7:30. I mean it's 44:7:30 since errrm...october?
FA Joshua Hawkins - Wed Jan 07 2009, 9:46pm
That's the fictional date, and it's manually update by the logistics officer, of which technically we have none. So I think for now we're going to just temporarily disable it until we can get someoen to figure out vaughan'stimeline progression.
LJG Belisarius - Thu Jan 08 2009, 12:22am
Maybe different options designs for the website?.?.
2LT Steven Balkarian - Sat Feb 07 2009, 9:56pm
I have an idea perhaps a report mission button in the academy section. It would help some. Just an idea.