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post #31 of 546
Thanks, that worked. Anyway, we'll see. I tried the script in IE7Pro but it doesn't work.. I like the way IE8 handles tabs and private browsing and don't want to deal with plugins. Plus, I tend to spend less time on the internet when I use IE8. That's a plus for me.
post #32 of 546
Can we do something to improve the signatures? They look like shit. I used to enjoy reading the funny quotes and lines in people's sigs. Now, its a headache.

Also, can we get some larger avatar's? I can barely even make out those tiny pics.
post #33 of 546
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Can we do something to improve the signatures? They look like shit. I used to enjoy reading the funny quotes and lines in people's sigs. Now, its a headache.

Also, can we get some larger avatar's? I can barely even make out those tiny pics.

What don't you like about the signatures? You have to be a little more specific if we are going to be able to change things. I can't really go back to the developers with "yo, fix this shit. I dunno, so that they look better."

We decreased the avatar size in order to get better post density. I think that most people preferred this tradeoff.
post #34 of 546
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What don't you like about the signatures? You have to be a little more specific if we are going to be able to change things. I can't really go back to the developers with "yo, fix this shit. I dunno, so that they look better."

We decreased the avatar size in order to get better post density. I think that most people preferred this tradeoff.

You mean that's now how you normally talk to people? puzzled.gif

The old signatures used to have kind of a box-shading around them and stood out against the forum. The new ones blend in perfectly so you can barely tell that there's a signature there. Its just grey text lines.

The smaller avatar size is good but there is still a ton of blue space around them. If you're not going to shrink that area, can we make the pics larger to fill that out?
post #35 of 546
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You mean that's now how you normally talk to people? puzzled.gif

The old signatures used to have kind of a box-shading around them and stood out against the forum. The new ones blend in perfectly so you can barely tell that there's a signature there. Its just grey text lines.

The smaller avatar size is good but there is still a ton of blue space around them. If you're not going to shrink that area, can we make the pics larger to fill that out?

Thanks. We'll consider your suggestions.

That's pretty close to how I talk to people in real life. My internet personality is a moderated version of my real life personality. I'm both more polite and much more aggressive, depending on the situation. Sort of the opposite of most people, from what I've seen.
post #36 of 546
I know LA Guy really likes underscored links (everywhere!), because of their "old school computer nerdiness", but I would like to ask again if it's technically possible to have my browser (IE9) block the underscores and show the links without them, like it succesfully does on most other sites. I don't need underscores to show me what I can click (like thread titles), and they make the pages a lot busier and thus less legible.

I mean, look at this:

underscores.jpg


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And shortcuts for Preview (Alt+P) and Submit (Alt+S) would be great too.
Edited by NOBD - 8/14/11 at 3:26pm
post #37 of 546
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I know LA Guy really likes underscored links (everywhere!), because of their "old school computer nerdiness", but I would like to ask again if it's technically possible to have my browser (IE9) block the underscores and show the links without them, like it succesfully does on most other sites. I don't need underscores to show me what I can click (like thread titles), and they make the pages a lot busier and thus less legible.

I mean, look at this:
underscores.jpg

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And shortcuts for Preview (Alt+P) and Submit (Alt+S) would be great too.

lol. This reminds me of one of the "great uprisings" back in 2007 or so. That was when J and I changed the look of the site a bit, and took away the underlines for links. There was a huge outcry against this, and we ultimately put them back. It's probably possible to make this a toggle option, and I could probably go in and take out the underlining, but honestly, it's not one of the things on our agenda right now, and popular sentiment leans the other way.
post #38 of 546
Hope I'm not being an idiot and overlooking something, but the two WAYWT thread links stickied in streetwear both link to the same page (the one with comments/discussion).

http://www.styleforum.net/forum/list/13/streetwear-and-denim
post #39 of 546
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My internet personality is a moderated version of my real life personality. I'm both more polite and much more aggressive, depending on the situation. Sort of the opposite of most people, from what I've seen.

Opposite Santa
Alpha as Fok

You know what to do.
post #40 of 546
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lol. This reminds me of one of the "great uprisings" back in 2007 or so. That was when J and I changed the look of the site a bit, and took away the underlines for links. There was a huge outcry against this, and we ultimately put them back. It's probably possible to make this a toggle option, and I could probably go in and take out the underlining, but honestly, it's not one of the things on our agenda right now, and popular sentiment leans the other way.

Ha, before my days... A toggle option (somewhere in the future) would be great!
(You listen to popular sentiment...!? smile.gif)
post #41 of 546
The problem with these types of threads is that it is difficult to distinguish between the noise (of all the minor requests) and the really big issues that all members can agree on. One way to get around this would be to make a big list of issues people list, put them in a poll, and ask posters to vote for the ones they most want to see amended. That way precious mod/programmer/Huddle time would not be wasted on tweaks that only irk one or two posters.

By far, the largest issue on the new forum compared to the old is the wasted vertical space. This has been mentioned many times. The best way (and so easy, btw) is to just remove the "last post preview" or shorten it to half the maximum characters it is now. This message preview, which is relatively useless, always adds an extra line per thread listing on a forum page. If this could be changed, and the page numbers gray boxes be moved up slightly, 33% space could be saved. This would mean an easier user experience when it comes to reading each forums topics, and would be visually more similar to the superior thread layout of VBulletin.

Thanks.
post #42 of 546
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Originally Posted by MetroStyles View Post

The problem with these types of threads is that it is difficult to distinguish between the noise (of all the minor requests) and the really big issues that all members can agree on. One way to get around this would be to make a big list of issues people list, put them in a poll, and ask posters to vote for the ones they most want to see amended. That way precious mod/programmer/Huddle time would not be wasted on tweaks that only irk one or two posters.

By far, the largest issue on the new forum compared to the old is the wasted vertical space. This has been mentioned many times. The best way (and so easy, btw) is to just remove the "last post preview" or shorten it to half the maximum characters it is now. This message preview, which is relatively useless, always adds an extra line per thread listing on a forum page. If this could be changed, and the page numbers gray boxes be moved up slightly, 33% space could be saved. This would mean an easier user experience when it comes to reading each forums topics, and would be visually more similar to the superior thread layout of VBulletin.

Thanks.

We are actually working on this. There are more issues than it seems (for example, taking away the previews decreases SEO traffic, which is the lifeblood of the community to bring in new guys who are actually interested in clothes), but there should be some interesting developments in the next release, and a couple subsequent, that implement ideas similar to yours.

As for prioritization, Jeremy and I are doing that. There will be no polls. As a professional poll-maker of sorts, I know that they are remarkably difficult to do well (i.e. get accurate results from them.) This type of format is actually much better, especially in this setting.

Cheers,

Fok.
post #43 of 546
A (working) Preview button for Private Messages would be much appreciated. Or is it already there and did I miss it?
post #44 of 546
Speaking of PM's - is there another way to get them to display? Currently, when you reply to a PM, it shows your avatar and that reply on top. So, every time I check my Pm box, every convo has my avatar on it. Its weird. Any way to keep the avatar of the person you're communicating with?
post #45 of 546
one thing I really hate about the new b&s is when I am 10 pages into it and I click a link to view a listing. I will read the listing and decide it isn't for me and go back to the listings page. But wait, when I hit back, it takes me to the first page of b&s. This sucks because I have to open a bunch of tabs in order to browse which is quite annoying. Is there somehow to change this?
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