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  • Dabney Grinnan
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    Welcome to All About Romance,

    AAR was created in 1997 and since then has offered unbiased book reviews, author interviews, industry commentary and much more to romance readers.

    We are a team of readers and writers from all over the world who share one thing: a love of books, especially those focused on romance–and sex and love and intimacy–you get the gist! Our goal? To be the place romance readers come to read about and talk about romance novels.

    So whether you’re here for the reviews, the interviews, the message boards, the blogs, the steals and deals, or just to tell the world what you think, we’re glad you’re here. We hope to see a lot of you!

    Dabney Grinnan
    Publisher
    All About Romance

    BJ Jansen
    Participant
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    I think is wonderful – clean and crisp but friendly as well. I can’t wait to see comments directly under reviews and see the message boards start to fill up. Well done Dabney and team.

    Mary Skelton
    Guest
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    I think the new site is much more user friendly. All of the tabs are relevant and being able to comment directly on the review page is a huge plus in my opinion. I cannot wait for the world at large to see the new AAR.

    Maria Rose
    Guest
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    I love the new look! Easy to get around and very functional, while at the same time pleasing to the eye. All the hard work to get it set up will definitely pay off.

    Sonia
    Guest
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    I like this new look but will take time to get used to it.
    Will the threads from the old forum be saved, would the old forum be available for read only? What abut the cover cafe archives?

    Sarah
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    Will there still be a forthcoming list on the new site? And if so, where is it??

    As for the new site, it looks really nice – crisp, clean, & modern. I do have a couple of comments & suggestions –

    first, I find the font, against the bright white, is a a little (to a lot, depending on how tired I am) hard to read unless I really increase the size of the page (thus increasing the size of the font). I love the font, which is gorgeous to look at, but it’s a bit light/thin for easy reading. If there’s a medium weight, it might be easier to read; if this is the medium weight, perhaps a demi bold would work. This is going to especially be a problem for anyone with even the slightest vision issues – I know my 89yo MiL could never read this as there’s much too little contrast between the letters & the background.

    second, on my first glance at the home page, I wasn’t sure where I was or what the site was because all I saw were the books (which look like the Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought section of Amazon) & the colored dots with grades in them. Those two sections are SO much more vividly colored that the rest of the home page that I didn’t even notice the rest of it at first. I was also quite confused as to what all the circles with grades in them were at first as there’s no header for them ( as in “Newest Reviews” or “Most Recent Reviews” or even “Recent Reviews” or whatever it is these are). Once I figured it out, it was ok but having things clear for a new user, or an very old one (like me) who sees the new site for the first time, can make a big difference as to whether someone stays & explores your site (yes, I used to design & review sites so sorry for going on about this! I guess I did it so long it’s become habit!!).

    And finally, the ‘if I had my d’ruthers’
    – I’d love to see the On the Blog section in the sidebar above the comments section. For me, personally, I’m much more interested in seeing what’s on the blog without having to click through than I am in the comments (though I’m likely the only one).
    – And I would love to see the Also New at AAR section back as part of the home page. I know the reviews are really important but I loved having a quick glimpse at what else was going on around the site!

    So, congratulations on both the new site & the new URL & I’m looking forward to exploring the site further!

    Sarah
    Guest
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    Whoops – I just saw your link to the Beta Testing form in the other forum. Should I post the above there?

    PatW
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    Is there a way to move from a Topic thread back to list of other Topics on the message board without using the back button on my browser? I found that a very handy feature on the old message board setup

    Sandlynn
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    I’m not sure how one registers to post to this board. I’m just going to write a message and see what happens….

    tigz
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    Welll since you asked…

    Regarding the new layout of the site, the font color/weight is horrible. It needs to be darker.

    The forum has lost functionality in comparison to the old forum since you can’t view users’ profiles or send PMs, keep track of unread posts through a single link, and can’t quote messages. If I’m somehow overlooking where these functions are and they are present, apologies. I’d be glad for someone to correct me.

    Blackjack1
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    I agree the font is too light.

    I have been having trouble copying and pasting text into the comment box in that the system is not permitting. Also, it would be helpful to be able to edit text. Not sure if that is possible though.

    Eliza
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    I’m reposting here what I posted on the older board:

    Maggie AAR wrote:
    First, my apologies for the confusion and kerfluffle. As a staff member I registered but right now users don’t have to register. Sorry.

    1. Go to the boards, which are located under the header Connections
    2. Choose the Msg. Board you want to post under. We essentially have the same ones as before.
    3. To post to an existing topic you enter your name email(called Mail on the site) and the message. Then hit submit. You should be good to go!
    3. To post a new topic you enter your name email(called Mail on the site) Topic Title and the message. Then hit submit. You should be good to go!

    They really are very similar to these boards, so you shouldn’t have any problem.

    Thank you for the info. I have a couple more questions if you don’t mind.

    1. What is the “login” feature at the bottom of the home page for then?

    2. There is checkbox there that says “keep me signed in” and although I keep trying to eliminate the check mark in the box, it always reverts to staying logged in. Is that a bug or am I doing something wrong? Also what is that Log In feature for if we do what you just described?

    3. On the message board threads, once you enter your name and website it remains there without anyway to delete it that I can see, which I take as still being logged on. Is there a way to log out from the message boards that continue to have your name and email?

    Some different questions:

    1. Will there be a PM option?
    2. Will there be an edit function for when one (1) realizes a mistake that needs to be fixed, or (2) the ability to ETA to add additional information to an existing post without having to repeat parts of the topic in a another new post?
    3. When one writes a post, there are icons at the top to use. I obviously know b, i, and ul, but could you tell us what the other are for. I apologize if it is obvious to everyone else, but thank you for your help.
    4. One last likely dumb question–sorry–Is the reply bottom on each post a replacement from hitting “quote” on this board?

    I apologize if I’m missing the obvious but sincerely do appreciate your help.

    ETA: I just fixed two typos I made when I first posted this. Mark it up to my having been an editor. Smile

    ETA2: On this news site, I tried a reply but it didn’t indent. Is that correct?
    :
    ETA3: I agree that the white background and font chosen is tough on the eyes.

    ETA4: I also find it hard to distinguish between a comma and a period since both are so small.

    library addict
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    ETA2: On this news site, I tried a reply but it didn’t indent. Is that correct?

    While direct replies can be nice, I’m glad the comments aren’t threaded. New posts always at the bottom are so much easier to keep track of.

    ETA3: I agree that the white background and font chosen is tough on the eyes.

    ETA4: I also find it hard to distinguish between a comma and a period since both are so small

    I’ll second or third both of these.

    Eliza
    Guest
    Post count: 299

    Thank you, maggie, for your answers, The links you gave me looked like HMTL,
    something I’m unfamiliar with, so I hope you don’t mind if I try out bold, italic, underline and quote–
    those I’m most likely to use here.:

    Boldface
    Italic

      Underline

    Quote

    Eliza
    Guest
    Post count: 299

    Okay, UL is something else, How about <U> for underline?

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