Increase Search Button Prominence

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Increase Search Button Prominence

Anyone that has been around on the forums for a while, will have seen that we have an issue of multiple posts about a single topic.
At any given time, on the main page for the suggestions subforum...one can see that there are usually 3-5 new topics detailing suggestions that have already been suggested many many times before.

I believe that one of the reasons for this, is that the search button blends in with the site navigation menu and doesn't readily appear to correlate directly to the main forums.
I know that this site is built off of a template, so I'm unaware of exactly how much "free space" you have to work with.
However, if possible...I would like to see something put in place to make this search feature more readily available to users.

Which should help to cut down on the number of topics and consolidate every reply into a singular topic.

So, can you make the search button bright red and flashing?

Spoiler: Highlight to view
Sorry, web developer joke. ;P

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I think I can do that. I've made some changes to the layout so a search module appears above the forum pages. Maybe the fillable text field will be more eye-catching than just the blue link?

Dan Fedor - Founder, Blue Bottle Games

Yes, that's definitely better.

It's something new that appears when you first go to the forums, so it automatically catches our eye better than the nav menu which is always there.

It would be better if the text could be changed to something like: "Search For Forum Topics"
So users know exactly what it is that it does.

Much better already though,
Thanks.

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