Pixel Joint v3


After roughly 4 years of fiddling we're getting ready for a major site update....

  • Fully responsive site...  phone, tablet and desktop should all function properly.
  • MSSQL to MySQL conversion. This will have some transition issues with extended character set (characters like ü and ñ and ó might not convert properly). Apologies in advance to our members who will have their names and comments mangled a bit, but we don't want to hold off on this upgrade any longer. This will not be a problem going forward and it will always be possible to fix the rogue characters once the site has transitioned to MySQL.
  • Optimizations including caching, script/style consolidation, (some) minification, image compression and web fonts.
  • Design touchups. 
  • Removal of unused sections. 

Testing should wrap up today or tomorrow and we'll be pushing site up soon after. The site will be fully offline for a couple hours at a time over the next few days and there will almost certainly be a few issues over the next week or so. Please bear with us.


Posted by sedgemonkey @ 7/22/2015 14:36  |    85


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Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 7/23/2015 14:26

Jal, oh you

Search isn't working for me even before v3. I miss the old search (the one at the bottom) where you could pick "user/piece/etc", this google one is not precise enough.

Also, I wonder if could be possible to add an endless scroll on the news and galeries. Or putting back the buttons for the page numbers.

jeremy (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 7/23/2015 14:21

re rank icons: I think that's just an oversight; those are the old ones we used to have.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/23/2015 14:18

Jinn you have no reason to complain. You are back on the featured list :p

eishiya (Level 6 SWAT) @ 7/23/2015 14:13

Seconding Jinn's complaint at the dead space. It's the worst in galleries/anything that has art, but I feel like the design overall could be more compact. Too much padding all over the place.

What happened to the old rank icons? The new smaller ones aren't as well-pixelled as the old ones, and I'm not digging the 2x display in profiles. I'm a noob! Still, hoping we get the "old"/new ones back soon.

Enjoying most of the other changes though! Glad to see that this is just an update and not an overhaul into unusability like many other sites tend to have.

Edit: Search isn't working for me either. No idea whether it worked before, I'm more the browsing type.

Edit2, since I'm making edits anyway: Could there please be mouse-over text for the various icons on the site (e.g. "Use as avatar", "Edit", "Tweet", etc)? Most of the icons aren't that universal.

Meapers (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 7/23/2015 14:09

Search bar isn't working for me. Anyone else get this? gyazo.com/63b2e816bb2a3c99013807eed7308fa3

Mr_Hk_ (Level 5 Sniper) @ 7/23/2015 14:08

Yeah ! responsive PJ \o/
Kudos to you guys for this cool upgrade. Much appreciated !

I would only back Jinn on the dead space / new pixels. Submit a piece and beeing the cursed 7th it's quite painfull =)

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 7/23/2015 13:44

My only two complaints for now is that there's too much dead space. And also, only 6 new pixels showing in the main page is a scandal, too little showtime. Other than that, I'm digging the new layout.

Zizka (Level 10 Deep Blue) @ 7/23/2015 07:59

Super awesomefest. Didn't think this was ever going to happen. 

luvya (Level 1 Rookie) @ 7/23/2015 07:53

Awesome news! 

ParkerBabyDiaperCompany (Level 2 King Checker) @ 7/23/2015 06:06

Mandrill (Level 9 T-rex) @ 7/23/2015 05:33

This promises to be amazing. Thanks for all the hard work!

Theoden (Level 9 Federal Agent) @ 7/23/2015 04:43

Sounds exciting. I have mixed feelings about this. I feel like I will both miss the old site design and enjoy the new one. Can't wait to see what you have in store.

Retronator (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 7/23/2015 03:36

Niiiice! Just when I thought PixelJoint will be stuck in the past forever. :)

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 7/22/2015 23:29

sedgemonkey is still alive?

Nevercreature (Level 9 Whale Shark) @ 7/22/2015 22:06

Great!! That's good!

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 7/22/2015 22:01

well i'll be!

Shackhal (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/22/2015 21:55

Nice. This is an improvement.

Congrats for the upgrade. I want to see it already 

eigenbom (Level 4 Deputy) @ 7/22/2015 20:53

Oh wow, so awesome! :D 

CELS (Level 7 Lotus) @ 7/22/2015 19:36

Congratulations! Kudos to everyone involved.

DragonDePlatino (Level 5 Detective) @ 7/22/2015 17:51

Sweet! Will the new site update also fix the issue with bicubic resizing on gallery items?

If not, could this Google Chrome plug-in be featured prominently on the front page? I just discovered it today and I had no idea how I got by before I found it!

8 Bit Dreams (Level 10 President) @ 7/22/2015 17:43

I think I saw the update a little while ago, looking forward to it! Congratulations!

Strazt (Level 5 Werewolf) @ 7/22/2015 17:27

Super excite! :D

StoneStephenT (Level 8 Ruby) @ 7/22/2015 17:16

Whoa, new site tiem. Niiiiiiiice. (Also, agreeing with Jinn about a better Hall of Fame sorting.)

Paddy (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 7/22/2015 17:10

Free speech man, this is murica!

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/22/2015 17:05

This news item is an announcement not a request for ideas. 

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 7/22/2015 17:01

Speaking of trophies, there should also be a better way to sort the Hall of Fame.

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 7/22/2015 16:54

I agree with this, it's really frustrating when people delete amazing pixels. Especially when so many members spent time to comment and rate/vote to get it where its at. There are some quality crits and edits on some that I still go back to learn from as well.

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 7/22/2015 16:28

I don't think pieces that won trophies (Monthly, weekly top-3 etc.) should be deletable...they ought to be considered part of a permanent PJ-history. 

Paddy (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 7/22/2015 16:15

Taking my rights away, man!

SpeedyCube (Level 1 Depressed) @ 7/22/2015 16:07

I liked this version better :/


Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 7/22/2015 15:56

@Damian: not a mod approval, thats too dictating, but maybe the possibility to state a reason as to why one wants to delete his gallery, or maybe even the function to deactivate ones profile or specific sections like comments, favorites, buddies (invisiblity) 

as for the buddies system, currently it automatically adds people to ones friendlist without needing the approval

maybe implement a proper friends system and a follower system aswell as sharing functions for other major socialmedia sites

I'm very happy to see this being done!

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 7/22/2015 15:39

That's great!! Let us know if you need any help!

surt (Level 11 Godfather) @ 7/22/2015 15:07

Awesome news.

Damian (Level 10 Operative) @ 7/22/2015 15:06

I think they should implement mod approval for deleting entire galleries. That would prevent silly people removing good shit from their galleries! Not going to name names though( Paddy).

Paddy (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 7/22/2015 14:41

psssstttt.... change the order of the damn emoticons, they make no sense. 

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