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We're trying out some new tech this weekend

I'm testing a new bottom navigation bar this weekend.

It will help people to connect on Dieselpunks by using their existing Twitter and Facebook accounts. So, once you're logged in, you can connect with other people regardless of what network they're on.

We also updated the page translator with a more accurate engine, and added the ability for people to donate to Dieselpunks on any page.

Check it out, play with the new toys, and let me know what you think.

If you like it, we'll keep it here full-time. If you hate it, let me know and I'll switch it back.

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Comment by Larry on September 25, 2010 at 3:44pm
Keep this bar.
Comment by Tome Wilson on September 25, 2010 at 3:41pm
I just received a noticed from Skysa (the developer of our old bottom nav bar), that they're going to be charging a separate monthly hosting fee for their plug-in. That's what promoted this change.

While Skysa integrates nicely into our framework, Wibiya is free and offers 90% of the same functionality.

What does everyone else think? Keep this bar or go back to Skysa?
Comment by Larry on September 25, 2010 at 3:23pm
Thanks for the info Tome. I think you've made the right choice on all of this.
Comment by Tome Wilson on September 25, 2010 at 12:14pm
"I don't understand the "Connect" feature."

It allows you to log into Facebook, Twitter, etc. directly from Dieselpunks without leaving our site. This means that you're able to chat and share and view all of our sites on the social networks in one spot.
Comment by Tome Wilson on September 25, 2010 at 12:12pm
"Click here to share" stripe on every image seems a little bit annoying."

Agreed. I didn't even know it was happening. It's been turned off.

I liked being able to see who was online and being able to send them messages.

Agreed. This new bar by Wibiya doesn't sync as well with our site's framework. I liked that feature too.

I like placing the Donate button there simply because it makes sense. My one concern is that since it's always on the side bar is that a little redundant?

No one ever uses the Donate button in the top-right. I think Captain Tony was our one and only since we started Dieselpunks over a year ago. Anything that helps bring in funds to help us with our hosting would help. Otherwise, I need to take on more freelance projects to afford everything, and those take time away from working on Dieselpunks.

The other option is advertising, which I'm loathe to do. I hate running ads for people who don't contribute to the site.
Comment by Larry on September 25, 2010 at 11:57am
My review.

I agree with Lord_K about the "Click here to Share." Although I use FB I found it annoying.

But I like the Share button in the tool bar. The small window of icons are nice and clear. I tried the email feature and it worked great.

I like placing the Donate button there simply because it makes sense. My one concern is that since it's always on the side bar is that a little redundant?

I like that I can remove the bar with the little down button, though I wish it was a little more explicit of it's function. It needs at least a tag like the other buttons that pop up to say "hide tool bar."

I don't understand the "Connect" feature. Plus, it seems rather big and conflicts with the appearance of the page.

Finally, I share Lawren's opinion on seeing who was online. I like that because if I saw you online, for example, and wanted to contact you right away I knew I could.

Those are my thoughts. Keep up the great work, Tome! It's very much appreciated all you do for the Forum and dieselpunk in general.
Comment by lord_k on September 25, 2010 at 7:45am
"Click here to share" stripe on every image seems a little bit annoying. Especially for those who (like your humble servant) do not use Facebook or Twitter.
Comment by Larry on September 24, 2010 at 8:35pm
Cool. I'll give them a drive around the block and see.
Comment by Lawren H.B. on September 24, 2010 at 4:30pm
I like it. However, I liked being able to see who was online and being able to send them messages.

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