Thoughts on the current style layout?
Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:03am

My experience as a "logged in user" is probably different than when not. For me, the messages stay highlighted if there's a new message until I read the them. So I can click on the main link and then navigate down to the new thread that was posted. Better yet, I get the daily email with new posts so I can just click on those links there or the reply notification links.

But when not logged in, I can see it being sort of annoying. If you're here within 24hrs of a message getting posted, you'll get the new thread highlight. If not, the "last posted message" column (or whatever I called it) will have the date of when a message was posted but after clicking the thread link, you still have to navigate through a potential massive tree of messages to find the new post.

It looks cleaner but I think I prefer the other way... but that might just be because we have 23 years of the same layout and change is "scary" haha.

That said, on the "Help" forum, I like this style though messages are very rarely posted there.


    • I'm not even sure if I have an account - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 18 2022 5:54am
      I think I signed up when testing or creating a board or something, but I'm not logged in now... It's hard to tell when there's a new message. I had to go digging to find these ones and can't imagine what would happen if we had a thread split into two or three pieces that were randomly replied to.... more
      • Completely agree. Changed it back-ish. - Erik_, Tue Jul 19 2022 1:35am
        Returned to having the threads expand on the main page again but added some CSS flair for fun. Agreed about finding a thread, it's sort of a pain. Also, there's an extra unneeded click to even get to the thread replies to find the new message. The "1 more message" thing is a feature from the original... more
        • It's an interesting design - Puckdropper, Tue Jul 19 2022 3:12am
          I don't hate it, but it's not instant love either. Maybe it'll grow on me? Oh. Yeah, that's right. Can't create a forum without an account. You mean you don't clear your cookies on a regular basis? I do, but only the yummy ones that you can get from the store. If a 3-pack of cookies makes... more
          • I don't "hate" it and it's sort of useful to help remember what the thread was about but it is also sort of ugly. I added a highlight to the "current thread" when you're in replies. That I do actually like. This computer, I don't really clear cookies too often. I have uBlock and other things as... more
            • It's a good idea, but maybe it needs some redesigning... - Puckdropper, Mon Jul 25 2022 2:14am
              What if you didn't make it quite so obvious? Or um maybe made it *more* obvious with actual Petunias and Roses (I'm sure there's a Unicode symbol for them... it has everything else!) I rely on uBlock because deleting cookies is annoying. Especially when you have to log in again, but if you're not... more
              • Flowers added. haha - Erik_, Wed Jul 27 2022 5:33pm
                I can't believe it was possible to do that with CSS. Looks "good" (actually bad, but what I expected it to look like) in Firefox but looks bad-bad in Chrome because it renders the unicode symbols in all black instead of with colors. ...actually, it looks like it's just my Chrome desktop browser doing... more
                • It kinda grows on you! - Puckdropper, Thu Aug 04 2022 3:58am
                  It's just weird and silly enough to be fun. You have to open the Password Manager on your device and type the password in manually on the other device. There's some cloud-based services out there, but what happens if they guess your cloud-based password manager password? You can save the file and... more
                  • Probably could be made to look nicer with some more work put in (ex: Starting the flowers not at the center of the character like they are now on the edges) Ah, so is that sort of like the password section of Firefox? It lists all the URLs you have passwords saved for and you can then click on the... more
                    • Yes, Firefox probably contains a full password manager now - Puckdropper, Sat Aug 06 2022 3:41am
                      I'm wondering if websites will just start assigning you a password that fits their requirements (I should find a "high profile" website with such restrictive rules there's only like 16 passwords available and brute force them all--then publish it.) I keep it on the computer only, anything that I need... more
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