Recent discussions on the right side of forum index

Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    What do you think, is it a good addition or does it make things too crammed together? If you like it, would you rather see only threads you've posted in shown there or all recent discussions?
     
  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I like it and I like seeing all new threads, not just the ones I have posted in because I'm sure I'd miss out on some interesting stuff.

    Is there an option to view new threads from the top menu bar, as well? I have been using "new posts" to try to stay up on things, but "new threads" with the option to mark them as read might be handy, too.

    P.S. It may be because I am not used to the site yet, but I find going to "Home" to be a confusing view because it doesn't give me an overview of the board, but instead shows recent posts individually, as well as having the right side forum index. Maybe there's a way to make the "Home" page simpler visually and still give people the "big picture" overview of the site, while keeping the sidebar to catch their interest in the recently active threads?

    I also notice that you said the side bar is collapsable - which is great so those of us who like it can keep it visible, while others can do away with it.:wink:
     
  3. voyager

    voyager  

    104
    Dec 31, 2009
    Can't you put it on the bottom?
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I think that new posts and new threads would give the same information, no? I'll look into having the option to mark them as read. I'm pretty sure I can enable that...
     
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I don't think people like to scroll to the bottom, but it is easy enough to put it there. What do others think?
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I just made the column size and font smaller on "Recent Discussions". Does that look better?
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I like it!
     
  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I guess you're right. I just went back to the site I used to be a moderator on and took a quick look. There are so many little tweaks you can do and it takes time and testing to figure out what works best, I know. (Picture a nodding head emoticon here.:smile: )
     
  9. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I like that as well. After decreasing the font size, I just modified the module to show the 50 most recent discussions instead of the 20 most recent. That, coupled with the little icons which show which ones I've participated in, is working pretty well for me.
     
  10. voyager

    voyager  

    104
    Dec 31, 2009
    50 really ruins the layout of the page since it goes too far down. 25 might be a good compromise.
     
  11. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Amin, this may be a step too far - but could you add the right panel to forum thread views too?

    So, in other words, have the panel visible here... it's one less click to go back up to the main forum view to see what's new - just look to the panel on the right...

    Make sense?

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  12. voyager

    voyager  

    104
    Dec 31, 2009
    Make it visible on all forum pages would be nice.
     
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    It does look off balance with 50, but I like the functionality of it. Let's give it a little time and see what everyone thinks. We can sack that whole column if most people don't like it. Remember that if you find it an eyesore, you can always click on [​IMG] and collapse the whole module.
     
  14. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Okay, I'll do that right now. I think it may distract too much from the photographs, but let's give it a try!
     
  15. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Can you make it collapse to the right? to give more room for the photos?

    I'm using a wide screen, so it really works well for me... it's great that we can collapse it for the more narrow screens.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    So far I haven't found a way to do that. However, on more narrow screens, it will default to showing you the left part where the posts/photos are to the exclusion of the module on the right, so I think it works. Haven't tried it on my iPhone yet - maybe Shooter can address that :smile:.

    If the layout isn't working for anyone, please be sure to say so!
     
  17. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Well, I suspect that having the panel to the right will increase your page views dramatically Amin - it's quite addictive tracking multiple threads!

    Well Done, I think it's working extremely well (if you can get it to collapse to the right, that will be icing on the cake ;))

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  18. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I don't like it. Makes things too crammed for me.
     
  19. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Well, I'm using it on the tiny iPhone display and it doesn't look cramped.

    Which browser are you using Bullfrog?

    If on Firefox, remember the fonts are scaleable... Press Ctrl-0 to reset to 100%

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  20. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Cramped is maybe the wrong word. "Off" is better :) It's perfectly readable but the offset to one side just throws my eye a bit.