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Feedback: XF Admin Design

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by yessir, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. yessir

    yessir Active Member

    The admin design feels awkward to me. Stuff like this


    I don't understand why the list isn't full page length, or paginated, and why it is scrollable inside the html area. I mean, we all have scrollbars in our browser, embedding scrollbars inside scrollable windows seems redundant to me.

    Or stuff like this, opening a modal with scrollbars horizontal and vertical. If the information doesn't fit in a modal, maybe a modal isn't the best way to display it.


    Don't take this the wrong way, I want XF to be great, but the admin panel feels a bit counter-intuitive at times and I think it's something that could be improved at low cost (in time and resources) but have a big impact on users and potential buyers.
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  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It's the first time I've heard this kind of feedback towards the design of the Admin CP.

    It's one of the easiest and most intuitive control panels I've used in any software and that isn't just exclusive to forum software either.

    On the contrary, if I'm scrolling through a long list of logs, I absolutely want entries to open in an overlay so I'm not awkwardly trying to find where I was in the list each time I've read an entry and return to the list.

    As for the node list, it is deliberately not paginated as that would be completely unintuitive as it is a nested tree that represents the actual node list as displayed on the screen. Having it across multiple pages would be considerably awkward to work with.
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  3. yessir

    yessir Active Member

    That's an argument for the modal which doesn't address my issue.

    The pagination was just a suggestion aimed at keeping the page "short" as that seems to be what the goal was here, by capping the height of output regions in the admin.

    That said, my original criticism still stands, it's counterintuitive to embed scrollable regions inside a larger scrollable region.

    I realize you haven't heard this stuff before. It's unique content for the Xenforo community to look at the software critically. I'd be very hesitant to call this a great admin. It gets the job done. It's somewhat readable with the jargon-y labels, and such. But it's not top level, and the point of my post was to address ways it could be top level.
    Steve10 and John like this.
  4. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Needs to be responsive for mobile themes.
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  5. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    I do find the small error overlays annoying though. Not because its an overlay, but because its always too small and scrolling in all directions is required to copy the whole error.
  6. cclaerhout

    cclaerhout Well-Known Member

    Because it has been configured like this by default. You can change the behaviour with just removing the class "Scrollable" from the list.
  7. Lee Burnett

    Lee Burnett Member

    I agree with the OP - it would be more convenient to use the whole page vertically when I'm looking at the node tree. Simple to fix and wouldn't impact those with smaller browsers.

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