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  • Started 6 years ago by The Geek
  • Latest reply from LifesSweetDrug
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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

I'm working on modifying the thread list view on the front page and other pages. Instead of just throwing the theme out there like I did last time, I figured I'd put up a screenshot and get some thoughts from all of you.

The key change is that original poster has been added to the view, and it's been changed to double-line. Oh, and I added icons.

Thoughts?

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whs
whs
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Looks nice although I am not sure what the Icons are used for. I wonder whether it would make more sense to show the number of times the item has been viewed rather than the number of posts. The number of posts you see anyhow when you open the item. Number of views gives you an idea of the interest in it or the difficulty of the subject. If a lot of people have viewed but still no answer, then you know you have a toughie.

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taybay
taybay
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I would agree with adding number of views as well. Number of posts is necessary, but a view count is a pretty common forum feature. Also, I like the icons. I'm assuming the icons would reflect whether a post is new or not. For some reason it's sometimes difficult for me to differentiate between bold and normal threads, so this would help.

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whs
whs
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Not directly related to this Forum page but to Postings I was wondering whether there was a facility to highlight sections or words in a posting - maybe in another color (except blue which is reserved for URL's). I am not pleading for a "color circus" but sometimes you want something to stand out to focus the reader on it. Just one more optional color or typeset.

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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

Personally I check out threads where I only see 1 post... definitely useful.

The views wouldn't be tough to add, we're tracking them just only showing them on the topic page. Incidentally we've had about 500k total views on the forum threads so far... that's just viewing of topics alone.

The bold / normal threads is a big problem... I've been unhappy with that for a while and plan to make that more obvious. The icons are going to be for new / old, as taybay mentioned, and also separate icons for closed threads.

As far as highlighting, do you mean when you write a post? I've been considering adding a rich text editor as an option... is that something that would be useful?

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HASH
HASH
Posts: 207

I would say both thread views and no. of posts are useful. I would prefer a whole new theme however the font that is currently used in fine.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I will concede to popular opinion on this one (I neither like, nor dislike the change). But, could the Latest Discussions on all Forums please be run over several pages. It's sometimes a job to find something you looked at yesterday and can't remember what forum it was connected to

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whs
whs
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Very true Lighthouse. Right now we are playing Hide and Seek.

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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

Yeah, I think we have a couple problems with paging, both on the front page as well as the views.

You guys are welcome to propose a different look/theme... it's your forum, afterall =)

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whs
whs
Posts: 17584

On Highlighting: Just the ability to highlight a word or a phrase here and there in the posting/answer - either by different type set, bolding or color
Paging: I think this is a real problem
Different Look: I would not change it too radically. That would alienate us. The proposal looks good if some of the smaller items could be added.

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taybay
taybay
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I'm putting in a vote for the rich text editor as well.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Hey, who's payin' for all of this?

Posted 6 years ago
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whs
whs
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It's taybays "rich" editor

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InDiSent
InDiSent
Posts: 1084

I like the original poster under the subject. It's a keeper.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Yep, InDiSent, that is good
@Sir Geek, and underneath the last post, maybe shortcut "Return to Forum" or somesuch

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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

@Lighthouse

Do you mean last post as in this page or the forum thread list page?

The only expense involved is my time =)

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

@The Geek
As in this page. To give a direct return to the forum thread list page.

Time ain't nothing but it's free

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Smashpmk712
Smashpmk712
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Maybe instead of having the icon be for new/old posts we could have it for the different sections like on the geek articles. This would make it greatly easier for identifying if an article plays to you strengths or weaknesses.

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whs
whs
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I am still not sure I understand the use of the icons. Maybe they could contain the 'number of posts' and then the 'number of views' could go on the right side of the page.
If one day we will be blessed with a "rich editor" it would be nice if it were compatible with Word. Thus postings drafted in Word and pasted into the Forum would retain their setup.

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thegeek
The Geek
Posts: 2059

@Smashpmk712: that's a good idea, somebody else suggested that to me as well.

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