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In an effort to make my theme site better I asked for opinions on it and got a lot of good opinions. There was one thing though that I could not change or am not sure how to change it.

CharlesM said

1. You might want to consider making the letters "O" and "C" the dominant focus of a new logo. The letter "O" could be represented in the form of a planetary globe of some sort, with perhaps the letter "C" placed into the hollow interior of the letter "O," or perhaps with the letter "C" playing the role of the planet's satellite/moon. The words Online Community could take the form of planetary rings. Alternatively, the letter "C" could take the form of an island or continent atop a water-blue global letter "O." Also, the letters "O" and "C" could make a unique and colorful favicon website icon for your site's web browser. 2. Your current choice of thematic colors does not hurt the eyes, when I just sit and stare at your site's front page for an extended period of time. That is a plus. However, the current overall color scheme yields a rather bland feeling, when I visit your site. Is your online community bland? If not, then why send that message visually to new site visitors to your site? They don't have to read anything, to "feel" how bland your site is upon your site's front page loading for the first time. 3. Your current blue-lettered is legible, but it suffers from contrast failure, when I look at it atop the index page to your site's forums. It stands out more on your site's front page than on your site's forum index page. If you will use an edging effect on your logo's lettering, then it will "jump out" more and grab the site visitor's eye better. 4. The blue colored speech bubble/balloon in your site's current logo is a good example of how the overuse of color diminishes the impact that something as simple and subtle as a speech bubble/balloon can have on a site, from a visual perspective. If you will hollow-out that speech bubble/balloon, and leave a medium-to-thick outline of it in that same color, then I think that the same, basic image will yield a more positive visual impact upon the site visitor. 5. Your site's front page makes very little use of imagery to stimulate the site visitor's visual sense. Accordingly, no real sense of vibrancy is translated to the site visitor, even though it is supposedly an online community. Are there even any people in your online community? Then why have you failed to "visually introduce" at least some of them to the new site visitor to your site? 6. The header area of your site is dull. Dull translates into boring. If the focus of your site is "online community," then eliminate the dull. An online community perceived as dull, whether rightly or wrongly, has a head start on dying. 7. Your site's front page is too long, for the information that is found thereon. Shorten it, rather than punish the site visitor with having to scroll down through that rather lengthy dungeon of monotony. 8. In the Site Statistics block located on the right hand side of your site's front page, I tried to click on where it said Galleries. Unfortunately, that morsel of text that caught my eye proved to lack the interactivity that a direct link to your galleries would otherwise provide. Now, the site visitor, already disappointed, must engage on an expedition to find out how to access your site's galleries - assuming that they have not already lost patience with your site and moved on to their next destination along the Internet highway. 9. Eliminate the white text "Site" link near the upper left corner of your site. It does nothing to enhance the aesthetics or the functionality of your website. It amounts to needless duplication of the Front page link listed over on the left hand side of your site. 10. The News items listed on your site's front page make zero use of white space advantage. Your news items drown in a Sea of Needless Blue. This drags the visual impact of your site's front page into the negative range. In summation and in a nutshell, revitalize your site's front page. Inject it with some energy and life. Otherwise, consider changing the name of it to Boredomville.
The part about the stats where the galleries is not clickable how would I make that clickable.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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BLOCK_SIDE_STATS_SECTION…

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{+START,IF_NON_EMPTY,{CONTENT}}
<div>
   <div>&#8729;
      {+START,IF,{$EQ,{SECTION},Community}}
      <a href="{$BOARD_PREFIX*}">
      {+END}
      {+START,IF,{$EQ,{SECTION},Galleries}}
      <a href="{$PAGE_LINK*,site:galleries}">
      {+END}
      {SECTION*}:
      {+START,IF,{$EQ,{SECTION},Community,Galleries}}
      </a>
      {+END}
   </div>
   <div class="associated_link_to_small">
      {CONTENT}
   </div><br />
</div>
{+END}

I modified it to have links on Community and Galleries. It could be further extended as wanted.


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Community saint

Thank you very much.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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