Topic Poll - Add a header link to go directly to your profile?
29 Sep 2015 00:16
And change the existing smaller head and shoulders, to several behind each other, indicating friends?
You're still using pretty much the same motif for two different things. I think you'd be better off ditching the kennel and using something else as a drop down to stories, profile and whatever home page the user has defined - a link that says "Your Lush" maybe. IF you must have a cog there, make sure it's only for changing user settings. Here's an interesting piece on how icons aren't always the right answer http://uxmyths.com/post/715009009/myth-icons-enhance-usability - there's loads of other interesting UXD stuff on there that's well worth at least a scan through.
I'd also ditch the first magnifying glass and re-build the search stories box to allow search for members and authors
I'm pretty sure I know the answer already but have you done any studies of user habits*?
*(no, not those habits)
Topic 10 Popular Grammar Myths debunked
02 Sep 2015 01:35
Fowler's is an excellent read (if very dated). I had a copy on my bookshelf at one of my old jobs; if ever I was to look something up in it I'd probably still be reading it half an hour later.
Topic Beta Blockers and Exercise
02 Sep 2015 01:20
The beta blockers shouldn't stop you from enjoying a good long walk. Even on the drugs, your body will tell you if you're pushing it too far; listen to it and either slow down or stop.
Unless you're really trying to maintain a high heart rate the blockers shouldn't interfere with your exercise. Walking has so many benefits for mind as well as body, maintaining a good walking schedule should help you come off the beta blockers when you're ready.
Topic First time calling a man Daddy
14 Aug 2015 15:08
Hilarious, since when are put downs and mud slinging "honest opinions"? Go tell this to the gays and lesbians after you finish telling them what twisted perverts you see them as being. Then, you can move on to those who are "into" feet or latex or... But hey, your spanking thing... why... there's nothing wrong with that, right? You have a right to FEEL whatever you please and do or NOT DO whatever you please. BUT, when you start chucking rocks you really need to make sure YOUR glass house is rock proof.
Spanking is weird. People are well within their rights to think it's fucking gross - and if they want to do that, fine. I wouldn't bleat about them judging anyone who does like it. I've never hidden the fact that my name and avatar are merely there to attract attention - and it works brilliantly.
Feet, latex... pantie sniffing... all signs of some kind of arrested sexual development... perversions. Things that, ostensibly, should not provide sexual gratification.
As I said, comparing kink to sexuality is a flawed argument. Being gay or lesbian or bi or straight is about what you are fundamentally; kinks are just a subset of those.
Topic First time calling a man Daddy
14 Aug 2015 09:22
What a sadly predictable thread. Someone posts something about a particular kink, some people give their own honest opinion on it and then a load of people jump on those opinions and start screaming "DON'T JUDGE ME! YOUR OPINIONS ARE WRONG! YOU'RE NOT IN THE LIFESTYLE YOU WOULDN'T UNDERSTAND!"
Of course YOU know it's nothing to do with incest but can you, with 100% certainty, know that your partner thinks the same. That's when, for me, it's starts to get creepy.
Comparing your kink to sexuality, is a flawed argument. Actual paedophiles try to use the same argument to defend their kink.
No one likes to be told they're weird and creepy but just because you don't see something as weird doesn't mean it's not. For me, family play - no matter how innocent - belongs in the same subset as scat, knife play, rape fantasy, asphyxiation and similar. Yes, consenting adults should be allowed to practice these if they so wish (within reason) - but I will defend my right to judge people who like that (often literal) shit as freaks and/or perverts.
"It makes me feel loved and special when he crimps one off on my tits!"
I could expand, go through the psychological dangers of infantilising sex and dehumanisation (don't even get me started on pet play) but I can't be arsed.
Topic Body Language.
10 Aug 2015 01:04
Foot position can be an indication that someone's mind is elsewhere. There's a theory that because they're the furthest thing from the brain they are the things act the most naturally and most likely to give you away.
Next time you're in a room full of people, note how many feet are subconsciously pointed towards the most attractive person in the room
Topic Why do men...
08 Aug 2015 13:46
Maybe they're attracted to the tease. The aloof girl - she who seems unobtainable.
It's easy to be attracted to something you can't have, you don't have to think about what you'll do when you finally get it.
Do you even know what you want from him?
Topic Mr. and mrs
07 Aug 2015 14:30
At school I was told to use full stops for abbreviations, when I started working in publishing in the early 90s I was told to never use them.
They're messy, especially at the end of a sentence (eg, "In 1972, they joined the E.E.C..").
Topic Public Service Announcement, Okay?
07 Aug 2015 14:18
The Guardian Style Guide says "OK is OK, okay is not"
The Oxford Manual of Style prefers OK
Collins dictionary is happy with both but refers to "okay" as a variant
Topic The Misogyny Book Club (Radio 4, UK)
07 Aug 2015 06:30
An interesting 5 part series that played this week on Radio 4
The series looks at how women and sex have been portrayed in fiction over the centuries. From the Bible, through Shakespeare and fairy tales and right up to date with Twilight and 50 Shades.
You might not agree with the conclusions that are drawn (or not drawn) but it certainly invites discussion.
Apologies in advance if the player doesn't work outside the UK
Topic Write what you know VS Experimentation and the great unknown?
06 Jul 2015 01:38
Sci-fi and Fantasy are probably easier to write about because who's going to correct you? Most good writing in these genres deal with readily identifiable conditions and situations - fighting tyranny, political intrigue, love, revenge etc - the setting is usually just a backdrop to make things more exciting for the reader.
Writing outside of a sphere of knowledge is great if you're the sort of writer that loves research but if you're not, why make life harder for yourself? The key things we always back to though is characters - you can create a very believable environment but if the characters suck your story will too.
Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
06 Jul 2015 01:06
I know many people seem to have an issue with the size of their forum signature. As of now, it only says no more than ten lines. Okay, that's cool, but it doesn't help if you're using a photo as your signature. How do you know when you've reached the "ten line" rule. It should say in the area where it says ten lines, what size height and width are acceptable, so it's there for anyone to see and not be confused when making their signatures, as some put a lot of time and effort into making nice ones and don't want them deleted, or to get in trouble. Could it be possible for this feature to be added?
One of the best additions to the site recently has been the option to turn off forum sigs (Settings>Settings/Privacy>General)- it makes the forum significantly less crap-looking
Now they they just have to give us an option to turn off all those shitty animated avatars that are currently stinking out the place
Topic Gif Avatars
16 Jun 2015 03:53
you probably pop the balloons at children's birthday parties, don't you?
Given that around 5% of the population have adverse reactions to latex, having balloons at a children's party is just irresponsible.
Topic Gif Avatars
16 Jun 2015 03:11
The point of the competition is to maximise the number of unique hits on your profile page. Things like animated avatars and eye-catching forum signatures are just part of the fun. Bandwidth restricted users have the option of using the mobile version of the site if they have problems with data allowances. I would think this option would be preferable on a PAYG contract anyway, no? Using the full version of the site on a mobile device would load everything, and large images are plastered all over the forums anyway.
You can make an animated gif without it being so stupidly large. Nicola's is just 66k and it's very eye-catching
Topic Lady chatterley's lover...
16 Jun 2015 02:59
I found it to be an enjoyable read - not just the relationships, but the culture.
This is an important point. The book was shocking not only for its content at the time but also for breaking social taboos. The themes covered in the book have been so well-trodden since that it's hard to see what all the fuss is about when looking back.
It's not a book about sex. In a similar sense, anyone reading The Well of Loneliness expecting it to be page after page of hot lesbo action is going to be in for disappointment http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0609021.txt
Topic Am I in an abusive relationship?
16 Jun 2015 02:40
my Lucy Slut is performing above expectations
What a charming term of endearment for someone so obviously at their lowest ebb.
How fortunate you were there to take advantage of the situation care of her
Topic Gif Avatars
16 Jun 2015 02:35
Calm down. The attention whore comp ends in 14 days.
So anyone viewing Lush on a PAYG contract should come back July 1st?
Topic Gif Avatars
16 Jun 2015 01:42
Ideally they need to be no bigger than about 150px square and less than 1mb in file size.
Does your image meet those requirements? Could you post a copy here for us to check?
1mb seriously? yours just sneaks under that at 995k - if everyone had an av as obnoxiously large as that this place would grind to a halt
Come on people, do you seriously need avs of over 100k?
Topic What is the best Mid Range DSLR Camera for your money?
10 Jun 2015 06:02
The reviews and forums here are an excellent source for research. There are sample galleries with all the cameras reviewed, and reviews for many of the older models above are still online and allow you to compare how the technology and performance of various models have changed from one generation to another. At this point I'm pretty much a convert to the Fuji X series, but then I don't shoot a lot nature/landscapes, but shoot in low light a lot.
You might also want to look at micro 4/3 cameras. Panasonic and Olympus have some excellent cameras in this category.
Mirrorless does seem to be where the next big things are going to come from. For me they are an obvious step forward with the technology but you still can't stop people wanting to have an SLR to look like a "proper" photographer. That said, who's going to argue with someone carrying one of those gorgeous Leicas?
Topic My ass hates me
02 Jun 2015 07:24
I think my ass needs a bit of a workout OMKN. Wanna bring me a protein shake on your way over here?
I always understood that your protein shakes brought all the boys to your yard
Topic My ass hates me
02 Jun 2015 07:01
I'm doing the walking thing now. It was the gym sorry my brain is a little off I'm working an over night not my usual shift
That's not going to help, your body needs good quality sleep to repair itself. Pick up your protein intake as well to help with your recovery
Topic What are your erotica pet peeves?
02 Jun 2015 03:32
The tiresome, awful habit of some poor, unimaginative writers who constantly, unnecessarily pepper their droning, long-winded prose with superfluous, pointless adjectives.