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Q: The Multiverse Database ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: The Multiverse Database
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: halejrb-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 13 Aug 2002 08:08 PDT
Expires: 12 Sep 2002 08:08 PDT
Question ID: 54044
I need someone to write a brief review of my new website
This doesn't require any research at all.  Just visit the site, check
out the functions, and tell me and others what you think when you
write your answer.  I'd prefer a researcher with some knowledge of
astronomy.  I'm going to post this question twice though, once under
science and once under general reference.
Subject: Re: The Multiverse Database
Answered By: netcrazy-ga on 13 Aug 2002 10:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello and thank you for giving this opportunity to test your website.

To be honest, the first look made me a bit uncomfortable because of
the background black color but when I was on a page for few seconds, I
started feeling good and better. Reason: This site is all about stars,
planets, galaxies and so on. So, the background very well matches the
theme. It was showing the dark sky full of stars. The red font color
gives a good readability with the black background but the blue color
gave a stress to my eyes. May be you would like to make some change
with the blue font color on the main page.

I clicked on the "About the Database" link. The page has very
informative details but it is too long to read. I’d have like it much
more if you had couple of links for each section on this page. In
addition, you can put a link to go on top of the page whenever any
section ends. This will help a user to directly go on top of page
instead of dragging the scroll bar every time.

Color combination looks very creative and artistic.

When clicked on "About Contributors", the content looks good but the
page is lengthy which is not required. There is so much of empty
space, which you can remove so that this will remove the vertical
scroll bar. Infact, this you can check for most of the pages. This
will also reduce the download time for your site and in that way, you
can increase the download speed of your site on a dialup connection.

"What’s New?" link showed me a page with a link in it saying "New
images..." but there were no images. Did you miss anything over here
or this is the way it was supposed to be shown? Just a thought.

"Add to the Database" looks very neat and well descriptive.

When I tried to do a "Search", if the search returned zero results or
just 3 results, even than the page had "Previous and Next" text, which
is not at all required. This should come up with link, only when the
result is more than the set number of records per page.

I checked for "View Database" and I’m really impressed with the type
of information you’ve collected. I’ve book marked this page for my
use. On the same lines, I checked for w/o Universe notes link, and it
also looks good.

Overall, the site is good, very informative and easy to navigate and
use. It is also user friendly. Just need some minor cosmetic changes
here and there.

All the best.


Request for Answer Clarification by halejrb-ga on 13 Aug 2002 17:16 PDT
I don't need an answer clarification.  If you know researcher thx1138
though, I'd like to get a comment from him.  He answered a previous
question of mine on astronomy.

Clarification of Answer by netcrazy-ga on 14 Aug 2002 05:41 PDT
Thanks halejrb-ga for the nice rating. 

I do know thx1138-ga and will definitely let him know about this.

Warm Regards,
halejrb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
An excellent answer from someone who obviously knows a lot about
website design.  I should have mentioned to everyone that the MVDB is
a relational database containing planets, stars, and alternate
universes from the many worlds of science fiction.

Subject: Re: The Multiverse Database
From: thx1138-ga on 14 Aug 2002 06:50 PDT
Hi again halejrb,

I very much liked the idea of the website, and you have some very nice

My observations are:

On the home page the graphics for Jupiter, Earth, Saturn, and Uranus
didnīt work (ie. I got the little red cross) Iīm using win 98 and IE5,
Iīm not really a computer geek so I canīt tell you what the problem
might be  (it is more than possible the problem is at  my end)

I agree with my colleague netcrazy-ga, the red on black was hard on
the eyes and the blue on black was even harder, however the green and
the white on black worked well.

The database is very extensive and quite well presented, and is a very
useful resource.
For me the main thing is the colours, I would seriously consider
changing the colour scheme, as you have very professional looking
information with a colour scheme that would normally make me look for
a another similar site rather than use yours.

Other than the colours and the comments made by netcrazy-ga itīs a
great site! Well done.....

All the best 


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