Advanced Review for Nightly Frights

Discussion in 'Community Feedback' started by Grimalkin, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Grimalkin

    Grimalkin Valued Contributor Valued Contributor

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    Site Name: Nightly Frights
    Date Opened: 06.14.2018 was when the forum started....
    Review Requested (Community Feedback, Basic or Advanced): Advanced
    Notes: Any constructive criticism is appreciated.....
     
  2. Haze

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    Hey there @Grimalkin thanks for requesting a review with us! Just before I start this - are there any specifics you would like mt o consider?


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    Your Official Review is In Progress!


    Thank you for requesting our services. I have tagged your thread and will finish an official review in less than 5 days. In the meantime, you will receive informal feedback from other reviewers and members at Forum Promotion. Once your official review is completed, you will be free to ask questions and receive feedback so long as your website remains open. You will also be able to request another review in thirty days after this Official Review is completed.
     
  3. Grimalkin

    Grimalkin Valued Contributor Valued Contributor

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    @Haze I wouldn't mind if you'd discuss what you think of the new "theme" that I added yesterday. I am open to constructive criticism that you can provide. Other than that, I'm good.
     
  4. Grimalkin

    Grimalkin Valued Contributor Valued Contributor

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    Is anyone still working on my review? It has been over a week since my review has been tagged and I haven't seen a review or heard anything about when it will be done.
     
  5. Jerlene

    Jerlene The Senseless Blogger Administrator

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    Sorry it's taken this long to get to your review. @Haze is currently on holiday and the rest of the staff will be taking over the reviews for now. I believe @Gio has chosen to take yours on. It is definitely going to be completed. Again, sorry for the wait.
     
  6. Jerlene

    Jerlene The Senseless Blogger Administrator

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    Official Review of Nightly Frights
    http://nightlyfrights.forumotion.com/
    by @Jerlene



    [​IMG] First Impressions:
    I love the colour scheme of the forum. The logo is over-sized and should be smaller. The music is a little early 2000's but I like that it doesn't automatically play.

    Average



    [​IMG] Design Quality:
    Again, the colour scheme is awesome. The theme is great. The only thing, as far as design goes, that I have a gripe with would be the header. The logo is over-sized and the girl in it doesn't make sense to me. I don't see the relation between her and the theme of the site. I also find the blinking text to be a turn off and would recommend you make it a still picture instead. I really like the moon images you're using for your forum icons. It's a clever and unique idea. I also like that you're online statistics are centered. I don't run into many forums that have it centered and it makes your forum stand out a little bit more.

    Excellent



    [​IMG] Site Structure:
    I really love the structure of the forum. It's aesthetically pleasing. I like that everything is centered, although the words are a little too dark to read. I would change the description texts it to white, or something close to white. The brighter red should be used instead of the darker red because it's also difficult to read. You should consider changing it to prevent your users from having to strain their eyes. But I do like the actual descriptions of each section. It makes it very easy to navigate through the forums. I also like that you don't have many pages listed and all of the links to your other pages are in the header. Overall, the simplicity of the structure is very nice.

    Excellent



    [​IMG] Originality:
    This forum is definitely unique in its nature. Everything, including the name, is unique. I have been using forums for twenty years and haven't come across a forum quite like Nightly Frights. Horror related forums are few and far between and I love coming across a forum that I haven't seen before. I like your approach to the niche. The forum is very focused on the theme. I think it's great that your usergroups are all related to horror. I also enjoy the fact that the forum sections are named appropriately for the theme of the forum. The images, colours, categories, etc. are all relative to the theme. You should consider renaming your registered users and changing the online statistics as well. For example, instead of:
    Our users have posted a total of 1423 messages
    We have 34 registered users
    The newest registered user is Rick Ace

    You should try something along the lines of:
    Our zombies have posted a total of 1423 threats
    We have 34 confirmed zombies
    The newest confirmed zombie is Rick Ace

    It would definitely help set your forum even more apart from the competition.

    Excellent



    [​IMG] Activity Level:
    At first glance, the forum looks like there are members there but they're not very active. I don't like seeing that the last post made in a section was made longer than a couple of days ago(at the longest), so seeing that you have a section where the last post was made in July of the previous year is a complete turn off. I would visit each section daily and make at least one post. If you have staff members, have them do the same thing. Make it look like your forum is active, not like there's only the occasional posts from a few members. For the length of time the forum has been alive, the amount of posts are quite low. But a deeper look at the content posted shows that it's a pretty high quality forum and quality goes further than quantity. Sometimes less is more and this is one of those times.

    Average



    The thing I liked the best: I've always been a fan of this forum so I really enjoyed reviewing it. The number one thing I've always liked about this forum was that it really stays true to its theme.
    The thing I liked the least: There's not much that I don't like about this forum. I guess my least favourite thing about the forum is the blinking logo, which honestly is not that big of a deal.



    Overall Mark:
    You're doing a fantastic job with Nightly Frights, Grimalkin. I really like the overall look and feel of the forum. The content is great. The interaction between everyone is great. I've been a member of Nightly Frights for several months now and I've noticed that the community is very inviting. As a new member, this is very relaxing. I think you're heading in the right direction with your forum. Good luck!

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  7. Grimalkin

    Grimalkin Valued Contributor Valued Contributor

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    @Jerlene

    1) I changed the color of the text on the index page to a brighter white. Can you tell me if that looks better on your eyes?

    2) I've had a different banner/logo made. Can you look here and tell me which one you like the best?

    3) The statistics at the bottom of the index page, I'm seeing if I can get that changed to what you specified in your review.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2019
  8. Jerlene

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    @Grimalkin The text colour is very subtle. I can't really tell that it's been changed. It's not bad or a pressing matter though.
    I wish I could go on that thread and check out the submissions but I don't have an account there. I tried signing up for this but I need a forumotion forum to do that and I don't have one. Any way you could host the images somewhere else?
    "Zombies" was just a suggestion but if you're into it then go right ahead.:) Or maybe get some activity flowing by holding a contest/or just start a thread for the best name suggestion, or something along those lines.
     
  9. Grimalkin

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    @Jerlene I added one of the new banner/logo's to my forum. Can you tell me if you like the one on my forum or not?
     
  10. Jerlene

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    Hmm. It looks pixelated, but I like it. Do you mind if I have a go at it though?
     
  11. Grimalkin

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  13. Grimalkin

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    On the first and second one, I think text may be too hard to read. The third and fourth one look better, or rather the text is at least a lot easier to see and read. Given the image you're using, I think the text from the third or fourth image would be more suitable if it was placed more at the top so it's not blocking the scary person your using (if that makes sense). Out of the images you used, the third one is my favorite though.
     
  14. Grimalkin

    Grimalkin Valued Contributor Valued Contributor

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    @Jerlene

    Okay, I've been given a fix for the text and it is brighter now. Can you tell me if it looks better to you now?

    Also, do you think I should do the same thing with the red on the index page and make it a little bit brighter red?
     
  15. Jerlene

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    Maybe just a tad bit brighter for the red. But it looks good.
     
  16. Jerlene

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    Just a heads up, nightlyfrights.com is available and you have more than enough FP$ to purchase it through Forum Promotion.