This Friday December 19th marks the beginning of our implementation of StrafeRight 5.0. It has been just over two years since we launched 4.0 and while it is a great looking site, we just can't stop ourselves from blowing up your lovely.
We would like to make a few comments about the new design so that everyone understands what we're up to.
5.0 is designed from the top down to be much more mobile friendly. We see the three emerging mobile platforms (Android/iPhone/Palm) becoming hugely popular and wanted to create a StrafeRight that didn't sacrifice the user experience at the hands of mobility. You will see less graphics, less eye candy, less flare. But you will also see a much lower code footprints which leads to quick page loads and correctly rendered pages in all browsers, including those of the mobile flavor.
We will be launching 5.0 with a specific layout on the homepage, but we are going to be asking all of you to give us feedback as to where you'd like to see certain widgets and apps placed. The new site is capable of being manipulated quite easily and we want to make sure everyone likes the layout and finds everything easy to navigate and use.
Please understand that we're only so many people with so many hours in the day and that the hard working people like DanForth and Teck (who make up the entire IT force @ StrafeRight) have real lives, family, careers, advanced degrees to earn, ect, and that they will do their best to fix any bugs and implement your suggestions as time permits. Rest assured though, we will create a place for you to submit suggestions, we will read them, we will reply to them, and we will do our best to make StrafeRight 5.0 as comfortable a place as it currently is for you.So that's pretty much it for now. We will be working on the site over the weekend and you will probably see it up, down, unwilling to allow posts and other wonky things from time to time.
The forums are getting a major overhaul. Plain and simple. We're adding sections, removing others, changing viewing permissions on others (more on that at launch), and overall we are providing you more places to talk about more stuff. We think you'll quickly see how and why we're changing some of the forum structure once it is live.
I just wanted to take a moment to personally and publicly thank everyone who gives their time to keep StrafeRight going. Without the trained professionals that give up their weekends and week nights to keep SR evolving we would have nothing. Teck and DanForth are but two of the names mentioned here, but there are others out there (you know who you are) that contribute greatly to the upkeep of this website. For that (and I speak as a member here), thank you!
And for you members out there that think enough of this website and community to be part of and contribute to it, I sincerely thank you as well. Without the members, there is nothing here but a bunch of graphics and code. I only hope that StrafeRight is doing its part to repay you with at least some rofl entertainment and e-nerd news from time to time.
So there it is. 5.0 is coming, you guys rock, and we're ready for 2010 and all the cool stuff that we'll be talking about around the StrafeRight forums!