DiscussionatorShrink the site activity page. Remove avatars, and make the text smaller. This way you can see more than 3-4 new items at a glance.
      – Korinthian, 2008-09-04 at 18:41:58   (47 comments)

On 2008-09-04 at 18:42:26, Korinthian wrote...
I think this will be important when we get more active users.
On 2008-09-04 at 18:52:16, BorgClown wrote...
Remove avatars, are you kidding me? Without avatars we lose our e-faces.
On 2008-09-04 at 18:53:41, Korinthian wrote...
Remove the avatars *in the activity page*. I just want to shrink it.
On 2008-09-04 at 18:55:34, BorgClown wrote...
Oh, just the feeds. I can see the need for screen real state. It looks a little cramped in down-to-Earth resolutions.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:39:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I can already see 3-4 new items at a glance. You must be stuck in 1024x768 land. I bet the large version of the site logo looks enormous to you too - it looks just right for me.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:41:46, Korinthian wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: "So you can see more than 3-4 new items at a glance". And in any case, shouldn't this site cater to all resolutions?
On 2008-09-04 at 19:42:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Meh, maybe.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:42:41, Korinthian wrote...
1280x1024 here btw.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:44:04, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It'd be easier if Xfce actually told me when the window was 1024x768 like Fvwmrc2 used to do. Changing the resolution of X just crashes Xubuntu, which is unhelpful.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:45:22, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'd kinda planned to make the items collapsible like blueBoxxer does, but not really gotten anywhere with deciding exactly how it would work.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:46:01, Korinthian wrote...
If this page is going to cater to a bigger crowd, I think a feed bigger than 3 items per screen is a must.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:46:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Hey, at least it's an infinitely scrolling feed - not limited to something dumb like 10 items. (-:
On 2008-09-04 at 19:47:28, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think it just needs to lose the gap above the images - I'm not sure if there's a technical reason for it being there or not.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:47:41, Korinthian wrote...
Perhaps cutting up the Opinion title a bit? Or some kind of mouseover to see what thread someone is replying to.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:49:02, Korinthian wrote...
Yeah, the scroll is nice, but I think an overview is preferable. Perhaps a page that only mentions that thread X has been updated by member Y?
On 2008-09-04 at 19:49:06, Lee J Haywood wrote...
God, you sound like you want this site to be like another one that already exists.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:50:00, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I had dreams of making it group all the comments by their topics, but that'd be a nightmare to actually do when new comments are coming in all the time.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:50:38, Korinthian wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: It's only suggestions, no need to snap.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:52:33, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Check out this image I did... http://discussionator.com/i/13.jpg
On 2008-09-04 at 19:54:41, Nevermore wrote...
I don't like this scroll thing. Some of the boxes are too small.
On 2008-09-04 at 19:57:09, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Do you mean the site activity and watch list ones by any chance?
On 2008-09-04 at 20:00:09, Nevermore wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: those aren't so small. When I click on a topic it's way too small. Like right now. I just don't like the scroll boxes at all, really.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:00:35, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: I love the King Lee avatar, go for it
On 2008-09-04 at 20:07:49, BorgClown wrote...
@Nevermore: Did you activate the smaller logo in your settings?
On 2008-09-04 at 20:09:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm missing her already.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:10:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Wrong topic...
On 2008-09-04 at 20:36:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Okay, so you can see what the site activity panel looks like without the gap above the images over on the test site. http://discussionator.exofire.net/
On 2008-09-04 at 20:40:19, BorgClown wrote...
It looks better. Every tiny bit of vertical space helps.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:41:29, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't like it as much because it puts the image against the headings instead of the comment where it belongs, but that makes it a difficult trade off.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:51:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I found a solution - the images are now centred and the only gap is when the comment is long. So if you reload you should have more shown overall.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:55:20, BorgClown wrote...
I have a question: Why is the refresh button on it own line on the first two feeds? The topics feed gains a little bit of space by moving it beside the "Mark all as read" link.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:55:56, BorgClown wrote...
So far the first two feed look much better, but that makes the button stand out.
On 2008-09-04 at 20:57:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It kinda evolved as the different bits were added, there's not much logic to the layout of the button and links. I'll see about moving the refresh button. (I'm pretty much blind to everything now...)
On 2008-09-04 at 21:19:16, Lee J Haywood wrote...
How does the refresh button on the site activity look now, if you reload? Someone with 1024x768...?
On 2008-09-04 at 21:27:55, BorgClown wrote...
I tried shrinking the browser windows to 1024x768 and 800x600. It's curious how at those resolutions the horizontal space is better used.
On 2008-09-04 at 21:30:45, BorgClown wrote...
But just a little bit, nothing worth dedicating time. Just smaller margins.
On 2008-09-04 at 21:34:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Does anything seem to need widening though? The scrollable areas are a percentage of the window's width, so maybe some of them are too narrow on 1024 versus 1280.
On 2008-09-04 at 21:39:55, BorgClown wrote...
I'd like the scrollable areas to be wider, and the font a wee bit smaller. In Firefox I reduce the size with Ctrl- and find it better. But the usable font size depends too on screen resolution.
On 2008-09-04 at 21:42:39, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The comments are all in the default font size - yes, you have to adjust it with your browser as you would any site. I'll have to reboot into MS Windows XP to get a lower resolution, which is a pain. Which panels do you think aren't wide enough exactly, and by how much?
On 2008-09-04 at 21:46:08, BorgClown wrote...
I have no idea it if would look right, but the topics feed is my favorite, because it widens to 100%. The other two feeds seem too thin compared to it. Are they at 70%?
On 2008-09-04 at 21:48:18, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Now I'm in 1024x768 at the moment. The site activity could do with being more like 90% instead of 80% or whatever it is now. The topics is about 90%-95% so almost looks full-width. I think the comments panel looks fine - it's nice to not have a sentence stretch out into a long line.
On 2008-09-04 at 21:58:43, BorgClown wrote...
I'm also resetting my fonts to the their defaults, I had too much customization there.
On 2008-09-04 at 22:06:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Reload now.
On 2008-09-04 at 22:10:01, BorgClown wrote...
That's a lot better. The more readable text, the better.
On 2008-09-04 at 22:15:28, BorgClown wrote...
In Firefox 3 the Zoom in and out (Control + and -) resize the whole page, images and all. It's a last resort for text addicts as myself.
On 2008-09-04 at 22:17:13, Mudjun wrote...
Lee will have to hire extra hands at this rate.
On 2008-09-04 at 22:19:37, BorgClown wrote...
Or just ignore the weird requests, like my animated avatars.