I'm digging up this thread as this is more or less a continuation of the discussion, albeit a rather late one.
I have tinkered quite a bit with programming and web development over the years, and the state of Dragnix as a web page is quite awful. The issue I brought up about the background repeating horizontally hasn't been fixed, but rather bodged. Which of course, on my shiny 4k monitor isn't much of an improvement
. With the adoption of ever higher resolutions, adding more pixels to the width of the background image isn't going to make it stop repeating.
Looking at the HTML code behind the main page is like entering a museum. The practices and technology used is from the '90s. 15 years later and the technology and tools available have improved greatly. For instance, to set the background to a page that doesn't repeat, these days CSS would be used.
With a stylesheet with this code, the page will have a background that doesn't repeat in the horizontal axis no matter how wide the page is, now or in the future. The technology has progressed a lot since that was possible, now days it's possible to create the above gradient with CSS alone.
linear-gradient(to right, rgb(96, 104, 140), white 160px);
Not that I would use something like that, gradient backgrounds like this has been out of style for a decade. It also makes the text harder to read. A redesign of the main site is long overdue. The same goes for linking the different sections of the site together.
The move of the main page to dragnix.net (and the duplicate .org, and .com domains) has had a profound negative impact on this sites ranking with search engines. Before this, a search for "dragon" or "dragons" would list this site somewhere around no 6. Today, neither of these search terms list this site in the first 20 pages of results on Google. Even a search for "dragon message board" doesn't make this site show up. Mainly this is due to the fact that most sites that used to link here is still linking to the old colba.net/~tempest page. The duplication of this site under .com and .org makes this worse, as search engines will classify all 3 domains as worthless content aggregators since they contain the exact same content.
To unify [the] design, I would need a template and recode the entire site with this in mind. It's not an impossible feat but as the different designs across the websites have shown, I have a hard time sticking to something specific. I goes [sic] with whatever I have in mind at the moment, I don't say this because it's better but merely to explain the strength and weakness of the person who play the role of janitor, cop, mayor and judge around here.
Really Tempest? Having a logo for the site stuck somewhere near the top of every page that links back to the main page would go a long way into making this feel like one site. It can't be that hard to accomplish.