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Font Size and Site Design Tweaks

Due to reader feedback, the default font size on metalunderground.com has been slightly increased and is now closer to the original font size prior to the redesign that rolled out earlier this month. I've since discovered that Mac users viewing the site in Safari have a smaller default font than other browsers, so the small type was especially hard to read for them. In the case that text (or specific parts of the site such as the new releases, which is very small text) is not legible, some customization features have been added, which you can currently access in the footer of the page (they need a more prominent placement eventually). There, you can change the font size by clicking on the "small," "medium," "large," and "XL" links and your preference will be saved to a cookie on your computer.

In general, there are still some minor tweaks being made to the entire site, and each section is being addressed one at a time in order to uncover any problems and polish them up. If you have and serious problems with a part of the site aside from some text looking weird, please let us know. Thanks for your feedback and your patience.

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1. Mike writes:

definately like the font size buttons, I use firefox and the font was kinda small, and the blue on black that small is kinda hard to read. Large helps out alot, thanks guys!

# May 25, 2006 @ 9:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. RememberMetal? writes:

muchos gracias, the new post format is excellent!

# May 25, 2006 @ 10:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. broken face writes:

not 2 keen on this layout personally

# May 26, 2006 @ 6:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

On the comments part or the font size? And regarding the font size in Firefox (above comment), it should not be any different than IE really. I've tested in both and they appear identical.

# May 26, 2006 @ 9:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. jwwolf writes:

for firefox users get playpus its and extension to use with greasemonkey where oyu can modify the websites and add a css element to it and make it look how ever you want and ever remove parts you dont want to see
that is what i did now it the font i want the size i want and the colors i want
also removed that annoying sidebar

# May 26, 2006 @ 9:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. deathbringer writes:

The sidebar has lots of useful/related info on many pages though! Like the upcoming releases...

# May 26, 2006 @ 9:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Acidbitch writes:

i love it, seems neater, easier to read, thanx

# May 26, 2006 @ 10:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. zMETALlica writes:

oh so much better!

# May 26, 2006 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
9. SPIRIT OF THE ELDER GODS writes:

"ditto"

# May 26, 2006 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
10. slayerhead writes:

Deathbringer - i hate to sound like an a-hole and * im only speaking for MYSELF when i say this *... but i think you should put more effort in the cd release section update wise and stray away or do away with little things like road reports, just for fun, latest interviews, latest reviews, band updates, latest links, etc... cause im just saying all i look at on here is the metal news and releases section... theres alot of major bands missing from the release section still (unearth, hatebreed, lamb of god, etc.) Keep in mind... i have no clue if your running this site solo or what but if you are id stray away from the little things i mentioned above and just focus on the metal news and release date section. Keep up the good work, only trying to help.

# May 28, 2006 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
11. slayerhead writes:

To back up my last post, i only said that bc you said the release section was "just another thing to try to keep up with"... well if you completely got rid of everything else on this site and only updated 2 things: the "news headlines" section / "album release" section... - the workload would be way lighter on yourself im sure. Since finding this site i've only used it for:

- browsing the "metal news headlines" on the homepage
- browsing the "album release section" on the homepage
- looking at the latest news for a band i like in the "bands" section

If you took all those other things away, the site can only get better bc youd be keeping up with what really makes this site special, plus everything on the homepage wont look so crammed like other people suggested in the past if you only had 2 things on it ya know.

# May 28, 2006 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. deathbringer writes:

Those bands aren't missing - they are too far out to show on that small snapshot of upcoming releases on the home page. I'm working on the full-listing page.

# May 28, 2006 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. zMETALlica writes:

the number next to comments should be smaller and be easy to read without having to highlight it, it can also get in the way while selecting other text.

# May 29, 2006 @ 5:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. psythe writes:

I like.


well done.

# May 30, 2006 @ 5:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BLACKDOG writes:

DB I just thought of this & perhapse the site already has this ability & I'm somehow unaware of it.Is it possible to look up articles via key word's in the title as well as by band names ?

# May 30, 2006 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RememberMetal? writes:

A mass delete and mass bann for admin to use on people like red devil that spam "rip coco hahahaha"....
Deleting them one by one is a b****....

If an IP address spams it not only deletes the post but forbids that computer from ever posting ever again.

# May 30, 2006 @ 7:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. RememberMetal? writes:

Red devil = IP: 138.89.22.114 needs to go........

I need to go wash my hands I feel like a tattletale and the dirt wont come off...

# May 30, 2006 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. rulin kmadd writes:

that's probably what happened to my comments on the SYL cause of that jerk red devil
i see.

# May 30, 2006 @ 7:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. deathbringer writes:

Blackdog, the search by keywords is on my list, but pretty far down it since searching by band will get you what you need usually. As for the spam, I am careful not to delete anyone else's posts but the offender and will put some more tools in place to make it even easier to quickly clean up such a mess.

# May 30, 2006 @ 10:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. RememberMetal? writes:

I too am careful with my deleting....Only mindless spamming goes.

I'm almost positive I havent deleted anything that wasn't some childish offense. so Rulin, your missing post remains a mystery.

# May 30, 2006 @ 10:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. darkangelrocks writes:

i like the new format and i disagree with slayerhead that "road reports, just for fun, latest interviews, latest reviews, band updates, latest links, etc... " should all go. The site is not for cd releases info only. i use it more to read about the latest metal news. However most bands don't have any updates and they're major bands too...I'd like that some history about the band is posted. And what do you think of a multimedia section where one can download stuff?

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. psythe writes:

lol, do you realise just how long it would take to write a comprehensive history of every band listed there?

as for the downloading stuff, I'm happy with the current way of doing things; you guys tell us where to download it, but don't actually supply the song/album/artwork etc yourself. works for me and it's quick and easy and wonderfully useful.

I have one small complaint - we can't comment on the album reviews. I just read RM?s 10K Days review and wanted to congratulate him on a wonderful job well done/said, and realised I couldn't. lol, so I hope you read this, RM?. good stuff.

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 10:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, I'm going to restructure it so that the band bios are more optional, but we'll have more relevant links too. (There are over 4000 bands in our database, so indeed, it is a lot of info to gather.) That's like our approach to downloads and multimedia - that stuff requires TONS of bandwidth, so for now, we'll continue linking to new songs and videos when hear they're released.

As for reviews - I am torn between allowing user reviews or what to do. I certainly don't want comments on reviews to get like some of the news post comments do. I think a forum would be the right place for it, so I'll have to work on that too...

# Jun 2, 2006 @ 11:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. psythe writes:

yeah, I understand why you wouldn't want review threads to end up like news threads inevitably do. maybe it should be a feature that requires membership, or you could appoint someone who can allow permission as they see fit to post on reviews and such. you know like, if they see someone posting smartly and not being a general idiot about things, they could grant that person permission to post comments on reviews, as a sort of reward... although, that's sounding more complicated than I originally intended now that I think about it.

# Jun 3, 2006 @ 3:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. darkangelrocks writes:

i dont think that the general public should be allowed to post for reviews because as you said, it will definitely end up as the other threads with some very downright stupid childish remarks. i think its better if it stays as it is. thanks for thinking about restructuring the bios. wikipedia has some excellent (in my opinion) bios on all sorts of metal bands...i don't know maybe you can copy some of their stuff (without breaching their copyrights, i don't know)

# Jun 3, 2006 @ 12:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. RememberMetal? writes:

Thanks for reading psythe.
I have reviews for the new Moonspell (fantastic record IMHO) Megaherz and Lacuna Coil up as well.

I should have reviews for the new Shadows Fall and Strapping Young Lad shortly after they come out among others.

# Jun 4, 2006 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. psythe writes:

thanks for reviewing :P

i look forward to hearing what you have to say about moonspell and SYL particularly.

# Jun 5, 2006 @ 6:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Anonymous Reader
28. slayerhead writes:

the full list cd release link says page not found when i click it...

# Jun 7, 2006 @ 8:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. deathbringer writes:

Psythe - "related reviews" and "recently reviewed by..." are now on the reviews pages as well. so if you like RememberMetal's review, you can easily follow up on other stuff he's reviewed recently.

The CD release page - my bad. I uploaded a new Home page with some changes and that link was not supposed to be in there. I guess I'll have to finish the upcoming releases page shortly :-)

# Jun 7, 2006 @ 10:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. kady_666 writes:

hay goood site hay im new so to me its great site i will always come back to this now
rock on guys

# Jun 8, 2006 @ 5:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. psythe writes:

great news, deathbringer, thanks for the update. definitely a tool i will use. good luck with the releases page (i'm not sure where you get your info on upcoming releases, probly a myriad of sites, but www.theprp.com has a pretty decent listing to work from - sorry if I'm telling you stuff you already knew).

# Jun 8, 2006 @ 6:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. psythe writes:

hey deathbringer, I'm not quite sure what the deal is with suggesting news for you guys to post, but I just heard a new metallica song, if you're interested...

# Jun 8, 2006 @ 6:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. deathbringer writes:

You can send it in through the contact/news submission form. We get a TON of email, so if it's not newsworthy, credible, or enough to make a story out of then you might not see it get posted. It might take a day or two even if it is newsworthy though.

# Jun 8, 2006 @ 8:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. psythe writes:

ahh, ok, so that thing does work - I wasnt sure, coz the rest of the profile stuff isnt ready yet. I'll send it through that, then. It sounded damn credible to me (it's live, and there's video footage too, if you want to see that, or you can just go for the mp3). anyway, i shall, as i said, send it.

# Jun 8, 2006 @ 9:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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