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General => General Discussion => Topic started by: kendall on March 24, 2014, 07:29:29 am

Title: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on March 24, 2014, 07:29:29 am
Per a few requests I've started messing with the forum CSS ("cascading style sheets" for those who don't know) in order to make it less harsh on the eyes. It was previously quite bright so I've tried to tone it down a notch. Please give me some feedback and let me know if there are any elements that need fixing. For example, some of the buttons don't show up as well right now so I'm going to work on those next.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 24, 2014, 07:38:29 am
Can't say I noticed the change, but that's normally the case with subtle changes when you have no side by side comparison.

The:-

Quote  Modify  Remove  Split Topic

Buttons could probably do with moving to the left a little .. or is that what you meant ?
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on March 24, 2014, 07:53:42 am
Can't say I noticed the change, but that's normally the case with subtle changes when you have no side by side comparison.

The:-

Quote  Modify  Remove  Split Topic

Buttons could probably do with moving to the left a little .. or is that what you meant ?
I see a few changes the outer border is a little darker tan, and now a see see a silver gray sub border, the white was toned down a notch and not as bright...
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 24, 2014, 07:57:10 am
I've just noticed...

Didn't the posts used to alternate in background colour .. like this:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=11514.0

Did you tone down the bright one without toning down the other ?

I'm not bothered just wondering really ?

I quite like the slight red tint to the background (edges of screen) :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: Degsy on March 24, 2014, 08:01:02 am
Seems to me that there is less of a glare now, I think it is a definite improvement. Agree the Buttons could stand out a bit more.


Degsy
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on March 24, 2014, 08:52:18 am
I'm working on the buttons. I had an 11:00 meeting so I didn't quite get everything done as soon as I'd hoped. Also, I think whoever did the CSS for the buttons may have been drunk or something when they wrote it.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on March 24, 2014, 09:08:28 am
I think I've got the buttons about to where they should be. Let me know if there are any other hurdles.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 24, 2014, 09:31:56 am
I'm working on the buttons. I had an 11:00 meeting so I didn't quite get everything done as soon as I'd hoped. Also, I think whoever did the CSS for the buttons may have been drunk or something when they wrote it.

Heh :)

Which buttons ? .. the Quote  Modify  Remove  Split Topic links are still right up against the right hand side .. they could do with a small gap after them if possible ?

Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: mac on March 24, 2014, 09:50:24 am
Quote from: Degsy
Seems to me that there is less of a glare now, I think it is a definite improvement.
Agreed.   Thanks.
"You've all done very well."  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on March 24, 2014, 11:20:40 am
The buttons seem to be looking much better now also...  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: MNFrozenfish on March 24, 2014, 12:09:33 pm
Quote from: Degsy
Seems to me that there is less of a glare now, I think it is a definite improvement.
Agreed.   Thanks.
"You've all done very well."  :)
Agreed, the pure white was rather harsh but this is much nicer.
Good work
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: VinDSL on March 24, 2014, 07:54:04 pm
Hrm...  Well that's odd.  :)

I awake @ 3:00 AM.  This morning I logged-in using my Ubu +1 desktop box, and yes, the whites were V bright.

Now, it's almost 8:00 PM, and I'm on my Dell Latitude.  I didn't know you had changed anything, until I read this post.  This laptop looks the same as 24 hours ago, except the buttons are further to the right.

Soooo, I just navigated to this site on my desktop box, and the colors are quite different than this morning.

Moreover, the background looks to be a rather pale plum color on this laptop, but the same screen on my desktop box is a pale flesh color.  Put another way, the background looks purple on this laptop, and pink on my desktop. LoL!

I might mention, I'm running an Intel GPU on this laptop, and nVidia GPU on my desktop.

They both look fine -- easy on the eyes, et cetera.  I'm just at a loss to explain the difference in color(s).

 

Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 25, 2014, 03:57:09 am
A good example of how colour reproduction varies from monitor to monitor :)

Just in case .. try clearing your browser cache .. though I doubt if that's the problem.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on March 25, 2014, 04:11:55 am
Alright, I see the button group that is smushed to the right a bit. I'll get on that.

And yes, color varies dramatically between monitors. On my desktop where I do my photo processing, I have two IPS display LG monitors and I have to use an external color calibrator once a month in order to keep them not just accurate between each other, but as close to actual color as possible. This is a huge deal when doing any sort of photo printing. Most notably almost all monitors (at least the reasonably priced ones) have the color temperature set too cool by default. I should probably see if there's any support for that color calibrator in Linux. The only time I ever boot my desktop into Linux is to play Minecraft as it's otherwise a dedicated photo processing machine (i.e. lots of Adobe, DxO, and Topaz Labs software).
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: VinDSL on March 25, 2014, 04:39:56 am
Yes, indeed, that's the situation...

I noticed that the background color, here, is similar to the LinkedIn 'sign in' page, so I did an A-B-C comparison.  It, too, looks 'cool' on my laptops, but 'warm' on my desktop box.

I forgot that I had color-corrected this monitor, when I first purchased it.  Actually, this display was my first non-CRT monitor, and it was driving me crazy.  I eventually learned that you aren't supposed to 'calibrate' a LCD monitor for at least 10 minutes (preferably a half-hour) after turning it on, in order to give the backlight a chance to stabilize.

What I was doing was turning it on and immediately adjusting it.  An hour later, I needed sunglasses.  LoL!  So, I would 'calibrate' it again.  On the next start up, everything was dark, and so forth, and so on -- it was a vicious cycle.

Anyway, mystery [solved]  :)

BTW, I'm short on time, so I'll just ask here... Is there a way to turn on 'multi-quoting' on SMF?  Or, am I just overlooking a button?
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 25, 2014, 05:03:12 am
Dunno .. I'll have to look up what "multi-quoting" is first  :-[
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on March 25, 2014, 05:32:40 am
Alright, the quick buttons for quote, modify, etc should no longer be pushing up against the edge.

BTW, I'm short on time, so I'll just ask here... Is there a way to turn on 'multi-quoting' on SMF?  Or, am I just overlooking a button?

I'm really not sure. Perhaps PCNetSpec will offer some insight as he knows this thing WAY better than I do.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 25, 2014, 06:00:24 am
@ kendall .. that's much better, thanks :)

Multi Quotes - There is a Multi Quote MOD, but it currently hasn't been updated to work in SMF 2.0.7 .. I can install it, but apparently it enters the mutiple quotes in a random order in SMF 2.0.7

If you remind me every now and again, I'll return to check if it's been updated.

Or you can check yourself here:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=2360
and if/when you see 2.0.7 listed let me know
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: VinDSL on March 25, 2014, 06:58:04 pm
Dunno .. I'll have to look up what "multi-quoting" is first  :-[

Sorry, I didn't mean to be enigmatic. :)

Multi-Quote allows you to flag more than one post, for quoting.  Then, when you click a regular Quote button, all of the posts you flagged  will come up in the editor.

For instance, I wanted to reply to both you and Kendall in a single reply.  Without 'multi-quoting' I would have needed to manually copy and paste one of your posts into the editor.

Hope that makes sense.  It just saves a lot of time and trouble when you want to combine multiple quotes into a single reply.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on March 25, 2014, 07:12:32 pm
I'll implement it as soon as the MOD gets updated.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: MNFrozenfish on April 01, 2014, 11:30:28 am
One more question regarding the layout of the new forum, is there a way to bookmark a topic like there was on the old board? I can't seem to find one, but it is a handy way to build a sort of personal archive of useful information.
If there isn't one then I can stop looking for it.  :-\
TIA
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 01, 2014, 01:11:21 pm
There is now .. look at the top/bottom of the page, there's now an "ADD BOOKMARK" button

And in the Red Toolbar at the top, there should be a "My Bookmarks" link.

That do ya ?
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on April 01, 2014, 01:30:29 pm
There is now .. look at the top/bottom of the page, there's now an "ADD BOOKMARK" button

And in the Red Toolbar at the top, there should be a "My Bookmarks" link.

That do ya ?
Hmmm  I logged out and logged back in, and it is not showing here on my end in the top or the bottom?
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 01, 2014, 01:39:25 pm
Gimme a sec .. probably a setting I've missed somewhere.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on April 01, 2014, 01:42:15 pm
Gimme a sec .. probably a setting I've missed somewhere.
No problem take your time, I just wanted you know about it, probably a setting like you said for the general users....  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on April 01, 2014, 01:45:07 pm
Its there now It just popped up...  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 01, 2014, 01:51:37 pm
Yeah, found the permission setting :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on April 01, 2014, 02:00:22 pm
That actually works very well, now I can bookmark all my threads so I can relate back to them at a later date, almost the same as having the view your own posts button...  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: MNFrozenfish on April 01, 2014, 02:19:13 pm
Perfect!...TYVM ;D
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 01, 2014, 02:43:50 pm
I have that mod on the other Linux forum, I personally never use it .. but if you guys want it........

You can already see your own posts .. view your own profile summary, and it's there on the left "show posts"
(you can do this for any user including yourself)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: rjm65 on April 01, 2014, 03:04:44 pm
You can already see your own posts .. view your own profile summary, and it's there on the left "show posts"
(you can do this for any user including yourself)
Yes the profile one shows all posts though, but this bookmark one you can bookmark just the thread, rather then individual posts...  :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 01, 2014, 03:14:45 pm
Cool .. if you're happy with it, then so am I :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: kendall on April 02, 2014, 12:22:14 pm
Awesome! Thanks for adding it.
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 02, 2014, 12:53:10 pm
You're most welcome :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: perknh on June 13, 2014, 05:30:54 pm
Peppermint Nation,

I have more fun in this forum than any place else online. 

Peppermint forum is my favorite place online.   ;)

And, if I could add one feature to this forum, I'd add a Save Draft feature to it.

I've now experienced countless times when I've began writing within some interesting thread, and then something urgent comes up, and I have to abruptly stop what I am writing.  Then, usually hours later, I have to start all over again in order to write within the thread.   Or, if I don't want to do this, I find myself posting my hastily written piece until a later time when I can revise what I had written earlier.

I know I would find a Save Draft feature an extremely helpful tool for this forum.

Thank you,

perknh
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: VinDSL on June 13, 2014, 05:40:14 pm
I've now experienced countless times when I've began writing within some interesting thread, and then something urgent comes up, and I have to abruptly stop what I am writing.  Then, usually hours later, I have to start all over again in order to write within the thread.

Are you clicking the "Always stay logged in:" box, @ login?

If you have this box checked and/or you haven't logged in on another machine, your session should remain active until you logout.   ;)

Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: perknh on June 13, 2014, 07:02:29 pm
VinDSL, and PCNetSpec!

Am I smoking wacky tobaccy here, or do we now have Save as Draft?

Peppermint forum has just blown my mind!

 :o

The "test" gets an A+, blue ribbon, and a gold star. 

I don't see Save as Draft on the second rewrite, but I did see it in the first one.  It's in the works, and it's obviously working very, very well.

This Save as Draft option will be very helpful to many, many people.  I'm sure.

Wow!

¡Mil gracias!

Many, many, thanks!

perknh



Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on June 13, 2014, 07:28:52 pm
We do now...

When making a posting, or starting a topic, you'll now have the option to "Save as Draft"

To access you drafts, go to Profile > Summary > Show Drafts .. from there you can select to edit or post the draft.

Also, any time you open a post dialog .. any drafts you have will be displayed underneath where you normally enter text

Enjoy :)



At first it screwed up the "automatically return to topic after posting" so I uninstalled it to see if that fixed things .. it didn't .. but I discovered I could reset that anyway so I've reinstalled it .. all's well with the world again
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: perknh on June 14, 2014, 03:33:05 am
Quote
We do now...
--PCNetSpec

I woke up this morning, turned on the computer, and I went to Profile > Summary > Show Drafts,  and it's all there, just as PCNetSpec has said in his post above.

Peppermint forum now has another wonderful tool, Save as Draft, alongside our other two tools Post and Preview.  We can now use this handy tool when we're in the process of posting, and then find ourselves suddenly ushered away from our writing.

I do believe that when Peppermint 5 is released, Peppermint 5 itself, along with this new Peppermint forum, are both about to knock everybody's socks off.

Friends at Peppermint Nation, it just doesn't get better than this!

Thank you, PCNetSpec.

 :)


Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: PCNetSpec on June 15, 2014, 05:55:50 am
You're most welcome :)
Title: Re: Forum look and feel.
Post by: DerrianWolf on September 18, 2014, 01:10:57 am
I have to admit, I gave up using SMF on my own sites/sites I manage for other people, shortly after 2.0 went stable, the development is excruciatingly slow, and a lot of mod authors seem to have given up and finding regularly updated mods can be a PITA [emoji21]