Stephen Forrest

Mr. Stephen Forrest

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Just out of curiosity, are we actually intending on using the content rating tools, or are they there as part of the default Drupal installation? I ask because the rating boxes (e.g. here) take up a reasonable amount of screen space, and never seem to go away, even after one rates the page. I would expect the rating box to go away or change after I've rated something. At the moment I find the rating boxes distracting, since I'm more interested in the user-provided text.
I find the font/colour combinations make posts a bit hard to read sometimes.
  1. The title colour for comments and times is a light grey, while the colour of comment text is a darker grey. These can be hard to read against a white background. With occasional exceptions, non-coloured text against a white background should be black for maximum contrast.
  2. Distinct comments should be visually separated from each other somehow, either by a horizontal bar or by using a different background colour for comment headers. (The latter is what is done, for example on Slashdot).
According to the information on message formatting, all posts are formatted using HTML tags. This will prove problematic for people posting snippets of Maple input, which is likely to happen often. For example: ========================================================= > p := piecewise(x
The XML icon for the site's RSS feed appears on the left-hand side of the screen, and the feed works when I add it manually as a Live Bookmark in Mozilla Firefox. So the site is certainly capable of RSS feeds. However, I think the convention is that sites with RSS should also advertise this fact by adding metadata to the page header, which MaplePrimes doesn't yet do. An example of this metadata is: <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="" /> <link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="RSS .92" href="" />
I'm not sure what the snail-mail addresses are going to be used for. In any case, if they're going to be requested, it would be helpful to include a field for province/state information there. We currently have just "City" and "Country". As it is, there isn't enough information to create a mailing address from what's provided. (There's actually a Waterloo, Quebec, as I'm reminded of every time I go to site.)
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