Its time to plan for the future, if Luna smiles upon us then the start of Season 2 will begin this fall, and its time to preplan our futures here at DerpyHooves.  This site has come a long long ways from what it was, only a few people will remember what I call “Derpy 1.0”, and man was it horrid.  2.0 and 3.0 is what you see today, 2.0 being the tableriffic original site, and 3.0 being the switch to php done by our webmaster Jaller.
As always I thank everyone who visits this site often, and even if you don’t, I still thank you.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d end up with a site like this, and more or less be at the bottom floor of a fandom that bloomed in front of me.  And the fact I didn’t get put in the grave by EquestriaDaily, since we both started at the same time.
So anyways, I figure now is the time to plan for the future, namely what are we going to do here site wise for Season 2.  So my basic question is, what would you, as DH readers, like to see happen with this page?  Be it adding sections, what to change around with the front page (add, remove, etc).  Basically if you had control of this place, what would you change or do?
Certain things of course remain, namely the links.  Speaking of which, I need to update these, so if you know of a site that isn’t listed and probably should be, post up in the comments.
Either way, in general we plan to keep chugging in the direction we have been news wise, with a few changes.
So lets hear what you go?
  • RoboPlop

    First!
    One of the things that I'd change is the layout of the main page. Since the sidebars are so long, I can scroll the middle section all the way to the bottom yet still not see it because the sides reach further down. I think it'd work better if you removed the separate scroll section for the middle in favor of a single, flat page.
    Just my two bits.

  • pyritie

    Stop using an iframe or whatever is in the middle of the page with scrollbars everywhere

  • Zeetermin

    What the other two people said. But aside from that, keep doing what you're doing. I love the site.

  • Plaster

    personally, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a widescreen monitor these days, having it a little wider would be nice too.

    It'll be nice to have bigger pictures and videos in the page

  • derpymaths

    ^ i guess the scroll bar thing is a good suggestion – tbh ive just gotten used to it at this point- meh, i luv dh.com i wouldnt change anything. you should probably be getting ready for a crazy season tho this fall cuz the pony madness is undoubtedly going to ramp up a thousand fold when S2 starts.

  • frith

    There is something in the Javascript which borks my browser (Firefox 3). So when I come here I turn off Javascript until I need it (like to see the Luna Bombs Ponyville video or to comment). I also open the center column in a new tab to be able to read the whole page without juggling two parallel scroll bars. The main page used to crash my browser every time, but I fixed that by turning off Javascript.

  • DerpySquad

    @Frith – Have had no other reports of problems with javascript and firefox users, I test the site with multiple browsers, and just checked with FF (latest version). Got no errors. The only thing that uses java is the twitter feed, and that can go away since we don't really use twitter.

    SCROLL BAR seems to be the number one complaint, and I'm with you guys in the boat. Its there because of an issue with the middle section, namely the blog changes length depending on posts. We can disable the scroll bar, but if the blog gets really long, it'll disappear at the end of the site. Our old solution before the PHP was having the site just really long, sometimes ending up with a void at the bottom. The void I guess would be better than a scroll bar though.

    Besides that I guess clean house, maybe do a graphical change on the background since that's really simple to do, just need somepony with graphical skills. Compact a few things, remove a few things, and prep for Season 2.

    @Plaster – I know what you mean, but I try to keep the site as the 'internet standard' for screen size, since the page doesn't auto-width itself and there are I'm sure people out there with non-widescreen monitors. What could be done is, remove the scroll bar and the whole right side of the page, place it under the left side, and it would give us all that space. I'll experiment.

    Suggestion box is still open, so far my list stands as…

    – DESTROY EVIL SCROLL BAR.
    – Clean and Organize everything.
    – Check links, add new links.

  • frith

    @DerpySquad My Javascript is on and I can't reproduce the error I was getting before. Did you already remove the Twitter feed? If the error comes back (the blog portion was getting replaced by an extreme close-up of some pony or pony-related material) I'll take a screen-shot. 8^)

  • frith

    Error result reproduced! Uploading screenshot.
    hxxp://farm6.static.flickr.com/5270/5888654740_d8fa8556ef_b.jpg
    I shrank the view to show the problem better. Text "myskinsoft pony remover" appears at the top, the giant image is the same as the Rainbow Dash in the column of videos to the right. Problem is resolved by turning off Javascript and hitting refresh.

    Blogger won't accept the img tag in the html provided by Flickr. So here is a direct link to the image instead. Copy, paste, replace xx with tt, press return, profit.

  • Plaster

    it definitely looks like it might have something to do with the youtube embeds on the side panel there.

  • DerpySquad

    Interesting…

    From the looks of things, the middle section which is the "iFrame" part is for some reason loading the Mineskinsoft Pony video. If you stretched the middle section out, sooner or later I bet you would find the youtube playbutton. Is the title Mineskinsoft clickable or anything?

    I'll have to take a peek at the code later. I've never seen the error, but there are two wires getting crossed there.

  • DerpySquad

    And god damn what resolution is that? The page is so tiny.

  • frith

    Did you just update the Myskinsoft Pony Remover video link? It looks different.

    I used the view>zoom>zoom out feature in my Firefox browser to shrink the page to see as much of the gigantic image of Rainbow Dash in the iFrame as possible. If or when I manage to get that bug again I'll see if the title is clickable. The Firefox zoom feature is useful in getting a higher resolution screenshot of scalable images, such as those generated using Zefrank's Scribbler.

  • frith

    Both the "Myskinsoft Pony Remover" title and the play button for the embedded video are clickable. The former sends me to Youtube and the latter shrinks the video to normal size in the iFrame, but in a sea of black. The only other thing visible in the iFrame is a few numbers at the bottom.

  • Plaster

    oh hey, on topic of graphics. we could hold some sort of contest to get more derpy pics to redesign the site or something.

  • derpymaths

    ^ i'd recommend acquiring some pony figures – ppl love to get pony figures as a prize especially one-off or custom ponies.