OK, I removed the Yuck! from the title. Was not referring to the visual nature of what you've done with IBP or all the management you do behind the scenes. I think what you've done looks wonderful and I echo Ralph's comments on your contributions. You Go Dean!
Thanks for looking into the GoogleAd thing. (FYI: Now it's gone altogether (for me at least) and that certainly wasn't my intent.)
The site has a lot of content and I know you work very hard at it. Please view these comments as tiny little tweaks and treat them any way you want.
### Usability from the FWIW department###
Please let me run through an example. You're welcome to click along in another tab if you'd like (I encourage it).
A brand new Eto user (a php dev) is checking things out at http://www.etomite.com
. Looks through the nav items on the left and clicks through them one by one. Since he's a php dev he's interested when he sees the snippet library. Next, he navigates to the documentation section and reads the bit about snippets. He says "wow this is cool!" (just like we all did) and looks to the left navigation bar. He thinks...hmm...I know I clicked a link that said snippet something. Then realizes there isn't a [Home] button either and starts wondering about snippets (amongst other things). So he hunts around and finds the link at the top that says 'snippets/templates' and clicks that. Wow! Where'd the left nav go...this isn't that same snippet page. (
I'm lost) Now how do I get back to where I was before?
This navigation design is not in the best interest of the community. If don't agree, please stop reading. Otherwise...
Two applicable measures of usability:
1) Visual consistency. You've pretty much nailed this...until one uses the navigation links on the left
2) Navigational consistency. This needs help.
If you punch up [Forums], [Documentation], or [Etomitized Sites] from the left navigation menu, visual consistency goes awry. No big deal. Navigation consistency is shot and is a big deal. Punch up [Forums] and the entire left navigation goes away altogether. Punch up [Documentation] and the entire navigation scenario is changed to the extent that you cannot use the same [Home] (et.al.) button that exists on every other page (except for the forums). Punching up [Etomized Sites] simply links to the forum topic so this is the same result as [Forums].
The technical limitations of Etomite or IPB shouldn't be a factor that makes a design inconsistent. A non-Etomite person will go to the documentation page, click on any of the topics and see a hierarchical menu. They'll try to navigate back home and...uh.....get there somehow. The "somehow" is not relevant since it is inconsistent with the rest of the site in regards to the left navigation menu. Then the person will wonder...hmmmm....why couldn't the documentation stuff just be a sub menu on the main menu just like on the documentation page does it. It can be; it's just HTML and JS.
I realize the top 'network' menu is there but these comments address consistency of the left navigation menu.
### Snippets ###
1) I'll put a suggestion in a separate post to request a <textarea> for reviewing the code just like the old snippet library.
2) What will it take for you and I to reduce the snippet locations to 1? Let me know and I'll do my part.