Welcome to the ALL NEW Toyark.com!
Toyark.com has gone through a top to bottom redesign aimed at making the site more enjoyable and easier to use for you guys. Let’s get right into what’s new around here:New Theme & Logo
We upgraded the color scheme and logo of the site. Now, you can actually see the whole thing :). We’ve moved away from the red and black, as that’s being used in other places around the network, and thought Toyark should have a feel of it’s own. Say hello to Black and Yellow (and blue and gray)!
We also have put image links on the right sidebar to the core areas of the site – Marvel, DC, MOTU, Star Wars. Links to both news and the forums. Easy to jump in from anywhere on the site now.
We have also reverted to a more traditional forum layout. Name, Avatar on the left. System links up top. Login box on top right. Just like all the other sites you are used to.New Forum Structure
News and Rumors
We have moved to a method for news, and discussion of news, that we use on the other network sites. There is now a Toy and Action Figure News and Rumors forum. All discussion related to news that shows up on the front page will be posted there. If you guys find news around the web, related to toys, you can start a new thread in there. We will scan that forum, and front page anything you find before we do, with credit of course.
One Line Per Thread
To help consolidate the scattered discussion around the site, we took a page from the TFW2005’s “Mother Toyark” forum and created a “One Line Per Thread” sub forum. For each toy line, there will be one thread. This forum will be listed alphabetically, and all new threads will be moderated by staff before appearing. Don’t worry, you can still use AFGD to talk about specific things, but we wanted to give this option for the casual fan who just wants to jump in and out on a specific topic, see some cool pics, and be done.
Featured Toy Lines and Properties
We have separated out what we think are the most important areas of the site: Marvel, DC, MOTU, Star Wars, Video Games/Movies. They are now under their own heading. On top of that, we have expanded their discussion scope. Now, in each of these, you can talk about ALL aspects of those lines. There are sub forums for Toys (same as before) Movies, Comics, and a GD for each. This will allow you to talk about everything Marvel, or everything DC, all in one spot.
Sightings have been consolidated. There is one Sightings Forum, and each state has a thread. All toy lines should have their sightings posted in the thread for your State/Area. That way you can follow what’s new and where for everything without having to bounce around.
Customs and Fan Art
Now have preview thumbnails when looking at the thread list. So make sure to attach at least one image if you start new threads in there, the people you want to see your stuff like looking at pretty pictures first! :)
Lots Of Other Things
We also did a lot of other less visible, backend, and small tweaking around the site. Nothing worth spouting off about. One thing of note though – we’ve pruned our users. All members imported from TFW2005 back in 2008 that have not logged in have been removed. We’ve also removed all members who signed up themselves, but haven’t logged in for over a year. So our registered members have been thoroughly chopped down. But what is left is you, the real members of TOYARK. A clean fresh start for a new fresh layout.
We welcome anyone who had an account removed, or who hasn’t signed up yet, to sign up today. You guys are what makes these places on the web special. Why not use this relaunch point for The Toyark to join the action and make us one of your regular stops on the interwebz.
That’s about it, feel free to hit the discuss button and let us know what you think!