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Discussion in 'Other Stuff' started by QUALTHWAR, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    Haven’t updated my site in about a year and a half. Posted new site today, looked it over, but it’s like reading something you’ve written yourself where you read right over your own errors. See any major errors with your browser?

    http://web.tampabay.rr.com/qualthwar/
     
  2. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    oh, i forgot. i'll be addig a whole bunch of dancing babies soon!
     
  3. Twrecks

    Twrecks Spectacularly Lucky

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    Nalicity nolonger rates even a byline?
    500 reviews and not a word... very un-Q
     
  4. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    We’re a dying breed.
     
  5. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    No, the thing is, I have my site posted on my resume and I’m just wondering if it looks okay on other browsers. Don’t want companies looking at a messed up site. I have some browser check errors for some older browsers, but I allowed the errors and didn’t fix them because they are like trivial background colors errors, or border color errors.

    But I’m not sure how the site would display on these older browsers. I have Mozilla, and it’s not an updated version, but it looks fine on that; I can’t check everything.
     
  6. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    this site has a pretty good utility to get an idea how fast web pages load. But it looks they have a glitch with their unique object check. They showed a list of unique images on my site, but they listed some of the same images more than once, so that isn't "unique."

    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

    Check this out: the first image is how fast my page would load and the second is how fast NC would load. :)
     

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  7. Rabid Wolf

    Rabid Wolf Piano Man Ghost

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    omit needless words!

    I can't imagine anyone from HR (outside of the educational/strictly scientific peer field at least) bothering with even starting to read all that.
     
  8. QUALTHWAR

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    people don’t have to read all of it. how many times do you read everything on a site when you go to it? you pick out the info you want and read that.

    the info in the right column just gives a brief overview of the different professions. People don’t have to read that if they don’t want to.

    the middle column gives info for HR people. Most want to know your skill set, highlights of your qualifications, and something about the person they are thinking about hiring.

    The rest of the page is just links.

    The links are there to give more details about education and experience. Again, if an HR person is interested in you, they will want to know this stuff, or some of it.

    --But the main thing is-- the only part of the individual pages that change is the middle column. So if you’ve read the right column already, you don’t have to read it again. Or don’t read the right column. The info is there if you want it.
     
  9. Nachimir

    Nachimir Crony of Stilgar

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    Works fine in Opera, latest Firefox, and IE6
     
  10. QUALTHWAR

    QUALTHWAR Baitshop opening soon.

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    Great! Thanks. That's the info i needed to know!
     
  11. Ironblayde

    Ironblayde Director of Misanthropy

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    I don't know if you're interested in any design advice, but to me it looks very cluttered. The number of text blocks on the front page and their close proximity to one another and to other elements of the design gives a bad impression. I don't know if this will make sense, but my immediate thought upon seeing this for the first time was akin to what I think when I see a page full of advertising. I see that someone has obviously tried to fit as much information as possible into a small space, and my brain automatically assumes that most of it is probably trying to sell me something, and shouldn't even be read. I imagine that most people who use the Internet as much as we in this thread do have gotten used to tuning out advertising, and now it seems like that sense is turning against me! :)

    For starters, I'd definitely suggest killing the rightmost column. The information there is so general and so basic that it adds absolutely nothing to the site in my opinion, and its presence on every single page is severe overkill. If you really want to have those little blurbs on there, why not put each one on its associated page and nowhere else? Use the extra real estate on your screen to space your elements out a bit so it doesn't look so cramped, maybe take a bit more of a graphical approach.

    I'm not a very good designer myself so I won't attempt to go any further, but there's my opinion if you want it. And if you didn't, then feel free to send me a virtual kick in the ass. :)
     
  12. QUALTHWAR

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    To begin with, I appreciate your opinion, but I wanted people to do browser checks, not to try and be Web designers.

    The site is a basically a resume site. Let me make an analogy that might help.

    A person walks in for a job and hands the company a resume with a half-page of text on it. Someone else walks in with a resume with 4 pages of info. Let’s say both resumes are structured with bullets and such to make them easier to read. The person with the half-page resume doesn’t look like they’ve done squat. I need to look like i've done stuff.

    The homepage probably looks cluttered because of all the small text on it. I can make the text larger, but that will push it down the page and I don’t want to do that with the mainpage. If I get rid of the right column to space out the page, I'll have some pages that will look goofy because they are so bare. Take the mathematics page, for example. There’s hardly any text on it, and removing the right column will make it look even worse. Most of the pages have enough text so the left, right, and center columns align without too much difference in length.

    I can come up with different stuff to put in the right column for each page to get rid of the redundancy, but then the site has even more verbiage and would take longer to read. It would make the site seem even wordier.

    The site isn’t really that difficult on the brain. Again, the only column that ever changes from page to page is the middle column. The top has degree info, the left column has courses I’ve taken, info about my education and experience, colleges I’ve attended, more personal info, and some scientific links that only I'll probably use, but it’s my page and I want the scientific links there for easy access.

    I have a couple of sentences in the middle of the page to sum things up so you know what the page is about.

    Compare it with Nali City. NC has links across the top, dates, color code info, 3 columns about review stuff, hot lists, search features, featured map, ads, screenshots, news…well, look at it for yourself. If you have a lot of stuff, you have a lot of stuff. You can’t get around it.

    My challenge was I had a lot of info to display on certain pages, but not enough on others, so I had to design a compromise.
     
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    Evil_Cope For the Win, motherfather!

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    Walls...closing in. So Cramped...


    :stupid:
     
  14. QUALTHWAR

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    Ok, when I get some time, I'll clean up the clutter.
     
  15. Ironblayde

    Ironblayde Director of Misanthropy

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    Very true, but unless the guy with the four-page resume is one in a billion, chances are that his resume is poorly crafted or has been artificially inflated to seem impressive. Lots of career specialists still say you should keep it down to one page, though others say two if you're experienced and need the space. The point is, there has to be a happy medium between the two extremes.

    That said, I realize you weren't looking for commentary like mine, so I'm sorry if I was out of line. Good luck with your job search. ;)
     
  16. QUALTHWAR

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    I’ve had others look at it (friends) and they think it’s too cluttered as well, so I’m going to mess with it when I have time and get more white space to clean up the clutter. One said it looked too much like a commercial site. Another said they didn’t know where to focus first. etc etc I’m busy working on other projects that make me money right now, so the site will have to take a back burner.
     
  17. QUALTHWAR

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    And the resume thing became a long discussion between a friend and me the other night. He mentioned the one-page thing, then did some research and realized that the one-page theory was a standard in the late 90’s. I pointed out that the year 2000 was 6 years ago, so his info was older than that.

    After further reading, he found out the 1-page/2-page thing is not really a standard anymore and longer resumes are acceptable. Mine is 3 pages long. A friend of mine who’s been in IT for 30 years had an 8-page resume 2 years ago, and it wasn’t complete then, and he’s only added to it since.

    This brought up the point about various professions influencing the resume size. If I worked as a roofer for 20 years, I could probably keep my resume to a page or 2 (not that a roofer would have a resume). But IT demands that you provide a certain amount of info.

    People want to know where you’ve worked and for how long, your skill set, education, and a little something about the person they plan on hiring. As a roofer, education doesn’t really come into play, your skill set is relatively limited, employers aren’t as inclined to worry if you have good communication skills, and a short paragraph could probably sum up where you've worked.

    If I tried to cram my resume down to 1 page, I’d have nobody calling me about jobs. In fact, my resume makes me look better than I am. I’ve wasted a lot of time, money, and energy going to interviews, talking on the phone, etc. because my résumé makes me look more skilled than I really am. I’m not lying, I just have it worded to market myself.
     
  18. Cat Fuzz

    Cat Fuzz Qualthwar's Minion. Ph34r!

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    This statement seems odd to me. Bad grammar, or something.
     
  19. Nachimir

    Nachimir Crony of Stilgar

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    electronics > it
    electronics > them
     
  20. QUALTHWAR

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    It's weird because it's a crop job. On my old site, the paragraph was longer and i cut it down to fit in the space i had.



    i could say without this technology, there would be no...
     

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