Member Rara Avis
Hello Craig -
You had to be the first, didn't you!
Seriously though, I'm glad it was you. This gives me the perfect opportunity to kind of throw my two cents worth of example into showing a possible direction for this particular forum.
Firstly - Excellent job on the Flash. The menu option balls are particularly well done (I love cool sci-fi type effects!) The color scheme is consistent as is the navigation.
What do you want to do with this site?
If it's a "play-site," one where you show off what you can do, then I'll stop right here.
However, if you're interested in the usability for others (and care what they think, lol) then you may want to consider a few things.
As both Ron and I can tell you, people who read poetry on the Internet don't seem all that interested in keeping up to date with the technology. Many of their browsers still don't support much of what's available.
While I do like the navigational effects, they could prove clumsy if someone wants to return for a specific poem. They'd be required to wade through the buttons to find it. (Perhaps "numbering" them for ease of recollection...?)
Non-Flash version... might be a good idea if you wanted to put that kind of effort into it. Again, all depends on your purpose. If you're looking at trying to rank in the Search Engines, for example, you'll need one.
These are just a few things. Most of it depends on what you plan on doing of course, and much of what I said might not apply. It's mostly to give ideas to others, to help show a few ways we can provide input.