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Published on November 20, 2017 By Frogboy In Forum Issues

I have requested the new changes you now see on the site that make the forums cleaner visually.

The next step is to have a lot more data presented when you mouse over an item.

I know some people won't like the changes, but as someone who lives on these forums, I really need the site to be cleaner and quicker to navigate through.

 


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on Nov 22, 2017

Frogboy

1. Showing the avatar of the person who posted the post

2. Showng the avatar of the last response

They are necessary for Admin purposes...

on Nov 22, 2017

1. Showing the avatar of the person who posted the post

2. Showng the avatar of the last response

They are necessary for Admin purposes...

Though, most spam posters don't have any avatar.

 

on Nov 22, 2017

Frogboy

Though, most spam posters don't have any avatar.

All I need is a name....'to point the gun at'...

on Nov 22, 2017

Frogboy

Though, most spam posters don't have any avatar.

Paul is always on top of the situation.  

on Nov 22, 2017

 really cool

on Nov 22, 2017

Frogboy

Instead of bolding the font we put an icon on the left and we eliminated the display of an icon if it's simply a post you've never participated in before to clean that up.

The two areas we are looking into:

1. Showing the avatar of the person who posted the post

2. Showng the avatar of the last response

Plus, tooltips.

Thanks for the explanation.  I get the code now.

on Nov 23, 2017

Here is the name you requested Jafo.

It is not the only one.

I found it on a news site.

146.20.132.176 

20,040 Bytes per second going out.

 

on Nov 24, 2017

Bring back bolding of unread posts - much simpler to determine what you have or have not seen as yet. Had the same change happen at another site and the condemnation of that change was deafening.

on Nov 24, 2017

To tell you the truth when I saw the 'new' forum I didn't think it looked 'cleaner', I thought it was broken - had to refresh the page twice convinced it had not finished loading or something. Then I noticed this thread.

Yes, sometimes less is more, but I don't think this is one of those cases. Did anyone ever complain that the forums looked cluttered?

EDIT: Well, looking at it again, I guess people eventually get used to (almost) everything.

on Nov 24, 2017

We are going to add the article post and last responder info back but in a way that that allows it to be a single row.

on Nov 25, 2017

brett4536

Bring back bolding of unread posts - much simpler to determine what you have or have not seen as yet. Had the same change happen at another site and the condemnation of that change was deafening.

 

That was my opinion at first as well. Think I've changed my mind. I like that the new system gives 3 states rather than two. Knowing I've never looked at the thread is helpful info that I don't think the old system ever gave. Glad to hear last poster info is being brought back though!

on Nov 25, 2017

Does "having read a post" constitute "having participated in?"

Just trying to get the new iconography pinned down.

Thanks.

 

And I'm coming around on the bolding thing and agree with BSDM.

on Nov 25, 2017

This is how I think it is working:

No marks at all: Have never made a post in that thread. No tracking of whether or not there are new posts.

Empty box: Have made a post in that thread, no current new posts.

Box with comment bubble: Have made a post in that thread, there are new posts.

 

So it would seem you have to make a post in the thread to watch it for new postings now. Guess that is one downside as compared to the old system. the old system tracked whether you have read it or not, no matter if you have posted or not.

on Nov 25, 2017

BlackSmokeDMax

This is how I think it is working:

No marks at all: Have never made a post in that thread. No tracking of whether or not there are new posts.

Empty box: Have made a post in that thread, no current new posts.

Box with comment bubble: Have made a post in that thread, there are new posts.

 

So it would seem you have to make a post in the thread to watch it for new postings now. Guess that is one downside as compared to the old system. the old system tracked whether you have read it or not, no matter if you have posted or not.

You should be able to tell if you're read it.  There will be a blank icon if you're read it but not responded.

on Nov 25, 2017

Frogboy


Quoting BlackSmokeDMax,

This is how I think it is working:

No marks at all: Have never made a post in that thread. No tracking of whether or not there are new posts.

Empty box: Have made a post in that thread, no current new posts.

Box with comment bubble: Have made a post in that thread, there are new posts.

 

So it would seem you have to make a post in the thread to watch it for new postings now. Guess that is one downside as compared to the old system. the old system tracked whether you have read it or not, no matter if you have posted or not.



You should be able to tell if you're read it.  There will be a blank icon if you're read it but not responded.

 

I'm definitely confused now. Seems like the 'no icon at all' threads consist of both threads I have read with no new posts and posts I have never read at all.

 

edit: I take that back. Decided to try a different website. Seems to be working correctly (i.e. shows the 'empty box' icon for both types) when I am using the GC3 site, but not with the elementalgame.com site.

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