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owliwar

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but hey
Gifs are nice
edit: is there a way to delete posts?
 

Valantar

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A minor piece of feedback perhaps, but is there no longer a way to distinguish unread from read threads in the forums now? It might be that my brain is playing tricks on me, but I can't find any indication of whether a thread has new posts or not. There are "New" labels on the subforums, but not on threads ...


More generally, while I like the idea of having the most recently posted-in thread on the front page, the current layout is rather chaotic and messy. Mainly there's no visual distinction between what's a subforum header and what's a post/thread (where one definitely belongs within the other, and as such ought to be distinguishable). Several solutions are possible: shift the posts slightly to the right (like a multi-layer bullet point list):

dim the colors:

put a visible frame around the most recent post:

etc.

The grid layout also becomes very weird when there's an odd number of subforums within a group, with the bottom one twice as wide as the rest. Making them equal "boxes" would look better.

I also just noticed that it's near impossible to distinguish selected text from regular text in the text input fields thanks to both being a dark grey background with a brighter font.
 
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cleveland

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where's the option to ignore threads?

do i need to "rewatch" the threads i was watching or was it imported to this new DB along with my account's data?
 
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BaK

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This and this:

Solo said:
Also the miniscule avatar size.
owliwar said:
I dont know anymore how to reply to comments
(Had to quote manually)

Default font is also very tiny on a monitor, probably because we are on SFF ?
 

ignsvn

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Apr 4, 2016
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Yeah I find it difficult to adapt:
- Font size is a bit too small.
- Layout is somehow weird on mobile.
- Blocking a text in the text editor should use a different background color other than black.
- Too much text elements floating here and there.
- There isn't much contrast between different block elements.

Edit
- I'm not a paying supporter, but the banners (eg Silver Supporter) look a bit sad ?
 
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rfarmer

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I'm also curious to see how to quote and I am also not seeing a "new" tag on threads.
 

BaK

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to start a quote: '['quote=cleveland']' or simply '['quote']'
to end a quote: '['/quote']'
all that without the '
 

PlayfulPhoenix

Founder of SFF.N
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Feb 22, 2015
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One question. Will the main url now be sff.network?
Forgot to respond to this! Yes, at some point in the near future that will become the new root domain. All our existing domains will still work, however.

A minor piece of feedback perhaps, but is there no longer a way to distinguish unread from read threads in the forums now? It might be that my brain is playing tricks on me, but I can't find any indication of whether a thread has new posts or not. There are "New" labels on the subforums, but not on threads ...


More generally, while I like the idea of having the most recently posted-in thread on the front page, the current layout is rather chaotic and messy.

The grid layout also becomes very weird when there's an odd number of subforums within a group, with the bottom one twice as wide as the rest. Making them equal "boxes" would look better.
There will be some re-jiggering of the forum directory that should ease all of these issues. The defaults are not great.

where's the option to ignore threads?
Believe it or not, XenForo doesn't provide this functionality natively; we relied on a third-party add-on previously to do this. Since XF 1 add-ons aren't compatible with XF 2, that feature regressed as a part of this update. But I'm actively working on a replacement, since it's so handy. I should note that the original developer for the Ignore option did not/has not released a XF 2 version, so there is no way for us to bring over those configurations unfortunately.

A similar thing is going on with inline replies to posts, but I think that will be fixed tonight. Fixed!

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One quick update: Just to ease the transition while I build a final template for the 'Dark Red' theme, I've developed a 'Dark Blue' theme and published it, so folks should be able to select that now on the bottom-left of all pages. I've also tweaked the typography sizing and line heights site wide to help with legibility a bit. I think this blue theme is substantially more legible and easier on the eyes; I'll be making tweaks in a similar vein with the Red theme.
 
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Brian_Buckley

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Personally a big fan of the redesign and the new color scheme. Obviously there are improvements to be made over time but I really like the shades of white and grey chosen for the text and background. The thing with dark themes is you actually don't want too much contrast as it becomes harder on the eyes. That's why off-whites and darker greys are nice like this.
 

dcbn

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Aug 20, 2018
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The "original" layout is back!

At least for me, It's much easier and comfortable to read as well to distinguish the sections and threads of the subforums.

Thank you and congratulations for all the work you have been doing!

Have a nice time you all. :)
 

confusis

John Morrison. Founder and Head writer SFF.N
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For reference;

The red has been the main brand colour of SFF Network since we launched the news site way back. The blue was kept for the forum for posterity - this place isn't just a community but a new and reviews package as well!

Since we have been representing the red at events and in the content that really helps us draw in readers, it was time to simplify our branding structure. (believe it or not, we used to have red, blue, green, orange and purple cubes across sites).

So TLDR; the red is our brand, not just a styling choice.

If you haven't seen our review work before, check it out at the front page at SFF.Network
 
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Windfall

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For reference;

The red has been the main brand colour of SFF Network since we launched the news site way back. The blue was kept for the forum for posterity - this place isn't just a community but a new and reviews package as well!

Since we have been representing the red at events and in the content that really helps us draw in readers, it was time to simplify our branding structure. (believe it or not, we used to have red, blue, green, orange and purple cubes across sites).

So TLDR; the red is our brand, not just a styling choice.

If you haven't seen our review work before, check it out at the front page at SFF.Network
Glad quoting has been fixed.

Love the blue theme, and I get the branding thing, but the blue is a LOT less harsh.