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    eh? critique please.

    Add your site please. Please also critique.

    http://www.imaginescape.com/
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    Comments about your site

    shock, first you need to add meta tags to your html. Also, the logo is not flush with the top left hand side of the screen when my i.e. 5.5 browser is not maximized. Lastly, I was a bit confused about the purpose of your site. Is it suppose to be another Yahoo, or more of a niche directory? Good luck.

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    I think your site looks interesting and could become a good portal for some database knowledge.

    However, I would try to improve the look of it though as the elements look a little bit all over the place and everything looks center aligned, which makes it look a bit unprofessional.

    With a little bit of tweaking you should get there.
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    The buttons across the top could do with a bit of jazzing up.

    Unfortunately, text that is below about 16px doesn't look particularly good when it is created at larger size and then anti-aliased. My advice with those buttons would be to create the button image, resize it to actual size, and then put the text on the button.

    Text (such as verdana, MS Sans Serif, even Arial) is designed to look okay at small sizes without antialiasing, and it'd get rid of that "softness".
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    Hello,

    When I look with 1024 settings, and that the screen is not maximized, it doesn't look right because the top left doesn't match (or continue) with the white table. There is some kind of jump or break.

    I would change your contact option at the top for a proffesional email such as sales@imaginescape.com instead of your aol email.

    I would move the search button up to the top because in yahoo, excite, altavista or even googles and ask.com, the search fields are always at the top.

    Hope this helps
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    Nice, neat and clean, but kinda sparse. Too bare.

    Maybe your search box can be put in a more prominent area.

    Also, it will be helpful if you could add a section on the purpose about the site, the history, and the vision or something like that.
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    add a thick (4 px) black border around the entire white portion.

    the colours in the logo, blue and yellow go very well together.
    since the background is the same blue, you should use the yellow more throughout the site

    i personally think the "looking for something particular" is repetitive. people should know when they want to use a search, since its a common thing on the net.

    also, the search should be a prominent feature of the page as users like to search. a good place to put it would be both at the top and bottom.

    nice though. i like the colours very much.

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    Well I cant help you much here. I am running Netscape and I can not even see your site. I know there are not too many of us (netscape users) left but I still think its best to optimize your site so Netscape users can access it.
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    Me:
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    I like the colours, and I think the overall concept is good. You know what you want to do with the site, and all that

    Unfortunately, all I get is a sea of blue in NS 3 and NS 4.

    I'd also go for a border around the white area perhaps. Not sure why this would make it look better - maybe because that's what the logo has got? Kind of a nice visual theme I suppose.

    On the whole I like it. Except for the NS problem
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    I was intrigued so I just had to fire up my not-so-trusty-NS6. And it worked. So it's just the earlier versions.

    Anywho, it is nice to look at but way to white. I think adding the black border will do it some good and help trap everything in well.

    It is a great idea, but I have to say it gives the feeling of just kinda sitting there, very quietly smiling sweetly. Something like www.scriptsearch.com doesn't do that. And I assume this is what you are trying to emulate so perhaps grab some ideas of them and spruce your site up. Remember you are fighting against one of the bigger boys, internet.com so your site is going to have be pretty awesome for people to keep coming back.


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    *sigh* Another of these browser incompatible sites. No matter what anyone says, there is a large group of websurfers that DO use Netscape. Here's one reason that many do, Netscape is an extremely fussy browser and does not allow very many errors in your code. It is not forgiving like Internet Explorer is. From a evaluators stand point, it is one easy and fast way to see if a page has errors, especially absent minded ones, such as missing closing tags.

    This is most often the first mistake new webmasters make, not checking cross-browser compatibility.
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    A good point. PLUS I think it was the first browser on the market (inventing their version of JS) I think. I may be wrong...
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    I made a few changes to it. But I still don't know how to correct the Netscape problem.

    Okay...now give some comments plz.

    By the way, sometimes I love critizism. It really gives me some help on what I need to change.

    Be rough this time, very rough. (but don't mention the Netscape problem )

    Use only Internet Explorer to critique...
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    rough?

    i still think the border should be thick...
    that way, the focus would be on the center, which is where the categories are...
    but if you want it 1 pixel, then the buttons shouldn't be so blurry
    they should be sharp and "pixelly"
    same with the title

    maybe add a logo to liven things up

    it looks too relaxing
    like wierdbeardmt, its just sitting there
    it should look more vibrant and moving

    i think you should add a description of the site
    i only just realised that it was directory of web-related links.

    I STILL THINK THE "LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR" IS REDUNDANT!!!
    its distracting too, because of the blue background

    rough enough?

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    No NS? LOL. Sorry I only use NS to evaluate. *grin* (I hate yellow happy faces)
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    Critique on Image Source

    I must admit, your site looks really nice and seems to flow nicely and navigate easily, but I really don't understand what it's all about and why you have designed it.

    Also, just for fun, I decided to add my website to the listing, but was confused when I had to pick a category. What types of websites are you trying to capture? There was no even remote category listing for me, since my site is informational only and deals with wicker repair, antiques and basketry!

    Like some of the other reviewers, I thought it needed a bit more punch and pizazz. I found no reference to who made up the site and why, or the mission statement. Why do you have this site set up? What's the objective and what would draw me to it in the first place? Maybe you should personalize it a bit, make me want to stick around a bit longer, draw the viewer in....

    I am viewing on a Pentium II, using Windows, Internet Explorer, from AOL server, 600 x 800 screen, what else should I add, can't remember.

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    Hi!

    Thanks a ton everyone!

    I just added a search engine at the top.

    I hope that by now it is at least *starting* to take on some shape of it's own

    Anyway, imaginescape.com is supposed to organize the "design/programming/graphics/digital artists" part of the web.

    There are thousands of those sites like endeffect.com and 2advanced.com and stuff like that. Many have attempted to arganzie these sites by bringing together communitys, such as a GREAT site - http://www.pixelcore.com/

    The problem with communitys is that it brings members and users closer than the actual purpose of the site, the sites themselves.

    I created imaginescape to organize the sites, not the people. I don't expect a huge community or incredible fascination with my site, but as a quick guide when you are looking for a type of site.

    I just want to make things a little easier for some people, not everyone. And again you have to remember, that imaginescape isn't for everyone.

    I hope that explained it a little.

    With that in mind, I will start working on some kind of mission statement for the site.

    Cya!
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    eh? Critique Please

    Thanks for the clarification, I had no idea what the site was representing or trying to do with its purpose was.

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    Okay, once again I've been making quite a few changes.

    Keep refreshing the pages every once in a while and tell me what you think.

    I've also been editing the Add pages, the only way to test it I guess would be to add some more links
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    I added sort of a mission statement thingy...(typed it myself)

    Check it out at http://www.imaginescape.com/about.html

    Read it and tell me what you think.
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    I definitely think you needed it! However, I would have written it like this.

    But there is too much text so you might want to chop some of it out.
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    Hi!

    You've got some great ideas there...I'm going to look them over and work with them a bit.

    Thanks for the input!
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    Imaginescape.com

    Shock, You got it! Now I understand completely what the site is about and why you have it on the Net! Congrats!

    I think Weirdbeard made some good suggestions in his post and revamping of the site, however one thing you might want to stay away from is underlined words in the text. In the world of the computer newbie, what's underlined should always be a clickable link, for emphasis you might want to use italics <EM> or <I> instead.

    Just my two cents worth, here.

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    A valid point - in fact the bold/underline business was entirely random, and I reckon actually there was too much.

    It was more the text I was trying to mod. - that is to say that when people read it they know exactly what's going on. That is why I used most of your text but then just simply gave you a slightly catchier opening phrase.
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    Okey dokey, thanks for the kind feedback!

    Any more things I should change?

    You guys (and girls) have really helped me out so far...
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