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Cogito, ergo procuro.
Fri 7 Apr 2017
Why change? I believe without some changes that RPoL runs the risk of stagnating. Google, with their search engine dominance and ability to stipulate pretty much whatever they like, have clearly stated that unless you have a responsive layout as well as https (which is already available for testing via https://rpol.net or https://www.rpol.net) then your website will be ranked lower. I don't want to introduce anything that will alienate the existing player base, but I'm also realistic and know that if there's not a reasonably steady flow of new members then the site will slowly wither.
So what's this war and peace post all about?
This requires more text. Sorry!
I've tried adapting the current layout to be responsive, but as soon as you give the directive to mobiles/tablets to do this, everything goes awry. I tried updating the current table-based layout to be responsive, but I was pushing a round peg into a square hole and it was getting messy, unreliable and really time consuming.
Why the trepidation? A few reasons. Firstly I realise that some people have a lot of fondness for the existing layout, myself included. For desktop browsing it's not broken, though it certainly could benefit from some readability improvements. Secondly the beta site is very unfinished, but despite that I want to give you all the opportunity to see what's in development, and I think that will cause issue for some. Lastly it's been designed from scratch, so it doesn't carry over much that's... familiar.
If it's unfinished what's to see?
A few things. Though it's not many they're the important parts.
What's not finished?
OMG it's so different, and for that I hate it.
Sure is, but give it time and it'll hopefully grow on you. Besides the adaptive layout there's some major changes that aren't responsive centric.
What do I expect from you?
Remember, if I wasn't interested in your thoughts and input as well as trying to find a compromise that will please as many people as possible then I'd just roll out the changes and not bother posting here.
TLDR version; Step 1: check http://beta.rpol.net, step 2: don't panic.