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  1. So I love skinning and making things pretty and everything. I mean DF is my tweak time fun. I'm actually working on possibly starting a custom web design company based on the influx of customer's I just got. That being said I was wondering, within the roleplay world, what are your least favorite trends? What is it that makes you cringe every time you see it used. I think mine are huge waste of space banners. I understand that they are there to be flashy and (sometimes) have the information that used to go in a sidebar but really!? Do you have to have a banner that nearly spans 1200px in height to cover my desktop screen? Favorite ones from here:
  2. On the reverse of this topic: What are your favorite skin trends? What makes you happy to go to a site every day? What makes you feel good about staring at something? I think I'd have to say... I still love sidebars. aka I can't think of anything.
  3. When I post a reply from my QuickReply box, the miniprofile looks like this: When I reload the page, however, it goes back to normal (N.B.: the following image is how the miniprofile is supposed to look): It only happens if I post from an account and using QuickReply. If I write a "full" reply it gives no issue, and guests don't have problems either. I have no idea what's wrong and I'd love if anyone could help. Just in case you want to Inspect around a bit, here's a link to my site: https://unmasqued.rpginitiative.com/index.php Thanks!
  4. My site has a navigation bar that scrolls with the page, then it becomes fixed (like the one at the Initiative). It works almost always, however sometimes when the page has not enough length, the nav bar starts shaking up and down - not sure how else to decribe it. I tried with different heights and positioning, but it still does that. Also it does not happen all the time. Sometimes you re-open the same page (typically an empty forum, for instance) and everything is fine - it just scrolls as long as it can and then gets stuck there, with a bit of header still showing (which is fine). Any idea what the issue could be?
  5. Alright guys, this is the skin I'm working on at the moment. See those hideous blue links to the right. I hate them. I don't know what to do to them. And now I am thinking about it far too much and I just can't get my brain around another option. Does anyone have any advice or ideas on what I could do to them? Should I change their location completely? Should I do something similar to what I have done for the replies and topics bit? Should I just say eff-this and make them lime green. (My brain feels like this is the most viable of my ideas so far! XD #bada55 )
  6. Hey guys, what do you think having a light skin (namely, black and white) on a horror site? I'm not talking flowerly purples and pinks and whatnot, but just something that isn't strictly dark. I really have my eye on this skin here but I don't know if it would be wise to use a skin with so much white. Alternatively, I really like this dark skin but I don't know if it's too monotonous. I have no problem with it, but I know others have difficulty with dark skins. (I only want to deal with one skin at a time. Too much coding to have two completely different skins, keep them updated with appropriate information, etc.)
  7. I'm in the process of designing a new skin for my site, and one of my main objectives is to make sure it's optimized for all screen sizes. From high res, giant desktop screens to tiny little phone screens. I have a few members who access the site pretty exclusively on tablets, others on desktops, and more on phones. And let me tell you - it's a struggle! As someone who has pretty much exclusively dealt in coding with pixels only, optimizing my website for screens that aren't my screen size is challenging. But at the end of the day, I'm not coding for me. I'm coding for my users. And I want to make sure they have the best, most accessible experience on my forum. So what advice do you have for optimizing that user experience? What problems do you regularly encounter when you view a forum on a different screen size? What do you wish more designers did to improve accessibility? And what do you do to make your forum more accessible?
  8. What do you do when you've got coding block? It doesn't happen to me often, but when it hits it hits hard. It helped me to try and code for a software that I'm unfamiliar with, since it really got the gears turning in my head and forced me to start thinking. How about you guys?
  9. So I am going to try and get some good tutorials for graphics and coding up. Specifically I'm looking to find out if there are any tutorials (things that you've seen me do and want to know how to do). Not everything I can show as some things on this site and DF are IPS framework but I'm happy to make a tutorial on anything. A few of the ones I intend to do: How to resize a gif in photoshop How to add text to a gif in photoshop Easy graphics effects in photoshop Now some of these will come with video tutorials because images just aren't enough sometimes but I'm happy to add things in and help you all out in making anything from templates to graphics that I can help you with. Thanks!
  10. Anyone have any experience with Project Wonderful? I set up an account to advertise my RP, but I was thinking of putting a couple of the small ads on my public facing pages of my game to help pay for the ads I place with them. I know some people have a knee jerk reaction to just hate all advertising, but I don't mind small static ads myself. And with the way Nova (my RP's cms) is set up, I'll be able to not put the ads on the pages my players frequently see. And if you don't have experience with PW itself, any experience with ads in general would be helpful.
  11. Where did you learn to code? Almost 13 years ago, I started coding on Neopets. Anyone else remember that place, and the pet pages you usually did character applications on? Yup! Welp! That's how I learned to code.
  12. soggymuse

    BBCode 101

    What is BBCode? Well, without getting all technical (because honestly I don't understand that part of it), BBCode is a dumbed down version of HTML that lets admins let their members fancy up their posts without also letting them get up to no good and install bad scripts. In other words, BBCode gives you a few wonderful options without giving you the entire list of HTML codes to work from. Nifty, right? Clear as mud, right? Thankfully, you don't really need to know what BBCode is to use it. Otherwise, you'd need a whole other guide from someone far more knowledgeable than me. How do you use BBCode? DF and other sites with upgraded software have a rich text editor that means you don't need to worry about all that ugly code because you can just click a button and et voilé, your text is pretty. Older sites (like the ever-popular JCINK) don't have that option so you have to use the tags. You've probably seen a bunch of <HTML> tags knocking around in your travels, and might even have used them yourself if you've installed skins or whatnot (and if you're a coder yourself, I have to wonder what you're doing here, unless you're here to judge my tutorial skills, in which case leave me alooooooone you big meanie). BBCode is a lot like HTML in the way that it isn't really like HTML at all. To use BBCode, you surround the content you want to style (eg. "does my butt look big in this") with BBCode tags. With the exception of link tags (because they're speshul snowflakes), every BBCode needs an OPEN and a CLOSE, and the tags are enclosed in square brackets [ ]. Like this: [open] [/close] (And no, there are no cookies for the Harry Potter reference because I ate them all.) The brackets [ ] tell your browser "yo dude, it's clobbering coding time" so it can read the next bit as instruction rather than content. The forward slash / in the last tag tells your browser "oh hey, I'm done with the coding stuff, you can go back to your regularly scheduled awesome". The full BBCode should then look something like this: [b]This text will be bold.[/b] What can BBCode do? BBCode (and any code, really) is basically just an instruction so your browser knows what you want it to do. BBCode keeps these instructions very bare-bones (unless you add a ton of customs) and (usually) only affects the text, but there's still a nifty list of things you can do. You'll notice that for the most commonly used, the tag inside the square bracket is made up of the initial of the style effect: [b]Bold[/b] [i]Italic[/i] [u]Underline[/u] [s]Strike-through[/s] You can also do the following: Make a link (see Links below) Insert an image (see Images below) Align your text left, center, right (see Alignment below) Change the font type (see Fonts below) Change the font size (see Fonts below) Change the font colour (see Fonts below) AND you can combine them for super mega spectacular spiffy overkill awesome!!!! (see Super Mega Spectacular Spiffy Overkill Awesome at the bottom) Links The tag for links is . You can use that as it is to actually show the full link : [b][i] [url]http://distant-fantasies-net[/url][/i][/b] which will give you an active link like this: http://distant-fantasies-net, or you can use the option within the tag to pretty your links up instead: [b][i] [url=http://distant-fantasies-net]Distant Fantasies[/url] [/i][/b] which will give you a neater Distant Fantasies. Images You can add images the same way you use the first tag: [b][i] [img=http://images.distant-fantasies.net/public/style_emoticons/default/asmile15.png] [/i][/b] That particular link will give you a kiss! But you can use anything, really, so long as it's an image file and it's hosted somewhere on the internet. Alignment Do you want a title for your post? Are you writing a traditional format letter? Well, with alignment, you can! NOTE: There are two schools of "thought" among the makers of forum software. On the one hand, you have places like IPB (on which DF is built) and Proboards, which use the simple style. On the other hand, you've got places like JCINK and... JCINK... who use the more complicated style. (I'm sure other forum softwares do too, I just can't think of any.) Simple Style alignment tags are: [b][i] [center] Text goes here [/center] [left] Text [/left] [right] Text [/right][/i][/b] That's all! It's just like using the bold, italic and underline tags. Complicated Style isn't really that complicated, it just means more typing: [b][i] [align=center] Text goes here [/align] [align=left] Text [/align] [align=right] Text [/align][/i][/b] Whichever you (have to) use, you can do nifty things like this: Fonts You can also change your font type, colour, and size if you don't like the site's default (especially useful if the site's default is 8px Comic Sans). [b][i] [font=Verdana] Teeeeeext [/font] [color=purple] Purple text is purple [/color] [size=12] HUUUUUUUGE [/size] [/i][/b] NOTE: The style of size depends on the forum software again. Some have x-small or xx-small or xx-large, etc, while some start at 0 and work up to 7, or even go into double digits. I've used 12 in this case, but you'll need to check with your chosen forum for actual "numbers". To change the font colour, you can use either colour names (like purple or goldenrod, for which you can find a list here on Wikipedia, along with HTML and CSS and various other comparisons) or you can use hex or RGBA codes instead (though I don't recommend using codes if you're going to change the font colour on a regular basis because "#DC143C" is much harder to remember than "crimson"). Super Mega Spectacular Spiffy Overkill Awesome You can combine BBCode tags the same way you can combine HTML and...other things that can be combined! [center][b][u][size=24][font=courier new]Super Mega Spectacular Spiffy Overkill Awesome!!![/font][/size][/b][/center] which would give you: Super Mega Spectacular Spiffy Overkill Awesome Pretty great for a title, huh? Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of new knowledge and a toolbox of nifty tricks! Don't abuse it. (Seriously. Rainbows are funny in out-of-character posts but not in IC ones.) Go forth and make me proud! :D
  13. How do you prevent a piece of javascript from loading for mobiles? <script type="text/javascript" src="https://pirate-rp.site/jscripts/jquery.sticky.js"></script> <script> $(document).ready(function(){ $(".discord").sticky({topSpacing:50}); }); </script> This is what I want to stop from loading. I googled and the answers didn't work for me.
  14. Hi, Just wondering if anyone has ever come across a good customizable calendar for RPGs. I guess an example would be the "donjon" one but I have no idea how to put that up on my site for my game. I'm only familiar with very basic html and css. I made my own crummy calendar using an html table, but it would be cool to find something that cycles but I would just settle for something I could edit and throw my own # of days and months in as well as editing the names for them. "donjon" is great, I just don't know how to embed it or if it's even possible.
  15. Hopefully this is the right place to ask this. I wasn't sure! Anyway, I've been poking around Discord API because I want to create bots to pool all wanted ads from different sites for easier access for myself and my staff. The problem is that my coding experience is with the visual aspect of coding. I'm great with HTML and CSS, but I'm a little lost in the woods like red riding hood here when it comes to trying to do this. But, I know it can be done, I've seen it on RPG-I's Discord. Can somebody help me to grandma's house and away from the big bad wolf?!
  16. What can you improve in your coding, and how do you plan on doing it? I'm not going to lie! I feel my coding is pretty unorganized, in the backend. I don't tend to label what things are especially if I know that no one else will be making any edits to the skin. But there are times when I need to make edits and I can't find where the frick to do that because I don't remember and everything's a mess and on fire. In the past I've made attempts to be better at this! I label my coding as I go, but it's not something I've ever stuck with. It's just a habit I'll have to try and fall back into. We'll see how it goes.
  17. Select any of the skins that you think should be updated to Jcink! Most of them are ancient... but I'm interested to see if the styles would hold up in this "new and trendier" world of RP. XD
  18. I recently moved my domain to the host I use for my personal website projects. I don't think I'll be moving my icyboards over to there because I like the support too much when things go wrong and I don't think I'd be able to handle any problems that arise if I actually moved the board, but this means that my links on the forum have broken and I know that there is a way of doing links in the html template that means that the links work, no matter what the url is, but I'm not that familiar with the tags so I need some help finding out what they are. (and, can these tags also be used in bbcode?)
  19. Hey guys, I'm looking to make my very first skin for JCINK. I've been taking coding classes, and intend to be building websites and skins for extra cash and income for my household. I need to just buckle down and make one for the purpose of practicing and getting to know what I'm doing. I intend to exclusively offer it to Initiative members to use as a freebie skin, but I intend to put a lot of work into it. So I need the following: A color scheme A theme Some kind of unique idea The first person to throw it at me in this thread will be the deciding factor! I'll be posting updates in this thread on how it's coming along, as well.
  20. I'm not going to lie, I bork up my coding all the time. It happens typically when I'm coding late at night, which is basically always. I get really frustrated and start talking to my code: "Why the heck you actin' like that? Huh? Who authorized you to do that? It certainly wasn't me! Where do you think you're going? Get back here!" And then after we fight for a while I realize that nothing is showing up how it is supposed to because I made the thing an id but wrote it in the HTML as a class. Amazing. So! What are some times when you've borked up your code?
  21. Where do you write your coding? I know some people make use of CodePen, but I've literally never used it for testing my own codes before. For me, I do it... all live on the forum directly LOL.
  22. What it says on the tin! What do you think should be the most important factor? For me, it is always going to be the usability of the skin- that it is intuitive. You don't have to guess where hovers might be lurking or click on a bunch of things to open up the navigation. Everything important is out in the open and not hidden away. I will always, always, always value the functionality of a skin over how pretty it looks.
  23. I'm adding the discord widget to my site & I was wondering how to get it to show the most recent messages in the channel I've chosen to display rather than just the online users? I've seen this on sites while advertising as a guest, so it wasn't anything to do with being logged into the channel or anything. Thank you! Edit: Meant to post this in the coding help forum.
  24. How do? Yes. Me. Again. 😔 I am rewriting the poster section of the display.template to create nicer looking mini profiles. I want to display certain custom fields, not as a block the way the code currently does. I want some of them above the avatar, some below, etc. And I cannot, for the life of me, figure out the PHP bits to make this happen. I know the names for my custom fields, I know where I want to put them. I just cannot figure how to get the value of specific fields to display. Anyone feel like pointing me in the right direction? p.s. I appreciate you all so much smart people thanks so much
  25. Hello everyone! I'm trying to find a way to make signatures visible. I'm not sure what that takes, if it's a matter of ticking a box or something more complicated... but either way I would appreciate any advice! Site: http://xmenacademy.jcink.net/index.php?act=portal
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