GMC: Logo, final verdict?

Mark Overmars has formally expressed his opinion on the subject of the YoYo Games logo placement. This has been a topic of controversy lately as many users have become frustrated with the fact that the YoYo Games logo is not only dominating the forum, but also unexpectedly redirecting users to yoyogames.com when they accidentally click the logo in an attempt to read the board index.

Mark says

Familiarity with the old way is not a good reason for not making changes. It would stop most progress in the world.
You will soon be used to clicking on the image to the right rather than on the left.

So I really don’t think we are going to change this.

 He also notes that the traffic to the YoYo Games site significantly increased yesterday, but does not attribute this to the accidental image clicks. He also indicates that in order to generate more revenue, they have to find ways of increasing traffic to the YoYo Games site, and one of those ways is to place the logo in the GMC’s header.

Off topic: Instant Play is not compatible with Firefox 3 Beta 4, which is now considered a stable release ready for the average user. It will be formally released as a non-beta in the upcoming months. Since most games on the site no longer have a download option, there doesn’t seem to be anyway of playing the games with this soon to be popular browser version.

 EDIT: Mark is getting a little annoyed now about all the criticism concerning the logo placement, he writes:

It seems that whenever we make some improvement (at least in our eyes) we get this discussion. Maybe we should stop making improvements and go back to the old server with its security issues and errors.

GMC: The logo chaos

Ever since the new GMC has come to light, many users have started complaining about the fact that the YoYo Games logo now dominates the forum, appearing very large and on the top-left of the page layout. It is essentially the first thing users see and it makes some users feel the board is becoming the ‘YYGC’ rather than the GMC.

Apart from the ‘YoYo Dominates & Own’s this place’ effect that this strategic image placement is causing, the image itself is linked to the YoYo Games website, and not the GMC. This has become quite the issue for many users as the GMC Logo which used to be positioned there was linked to the board index of the community. This means the majority of users are used to clicking the graphic to return to the board index, but instead are unexpectedly redirected to the YoYo Games homepage. Even staff members have complained about this.

After some community discussion, Chronic (an administrator of the forums) decided to make a formal poll to see just how many members want to switch back the logo placement. As of the time this article was written 87% of users want to have the logo placement switched back to the ‘norm.’

So the question is, who is it that decided to switch the logos in the first place? As far as we can see only about 1 in 10 users were willing to accept the new logo placement, and staff members have also pointed out the awkwardness of the new layout. After further investigation, it has come to our attention that correspondence between certain user(s) and the GMC staff shows that Sandy Duncan did not only insist that the YoYo Games logo be placed on the left,

I’ve had word back from the YYG Staff and Sandy likes your header but is insistent about having the YYG logo on the left, and the GMC logo on the right.

but also insisted that the logo be made much larger so it was clearly visible.

Sandy was wondering if its possible you could make a larger version of the YYG logo image.