I think that the display sub-forums in the column is a relic of the past. Also, again intuitively much easier when the sub-forums are displayed in this manner, as Kier planned.
A dropdown that is often passed by without the user realizing it is a dropdown is far from intuitive. Relic of the past or not, a grid or list of subforums that is easily accessible is much more intuitive, if somewhat more bulky.I think that the display sub-forums in the column is a relic of the past. Also, again intuitively much easier when the sub-forums are displayed in this manner, as Kier planned.
Nope, not an opinion imo you hit the the nail right on the head. The current dropdown of subforum serves exactly that, cosmetically focused without practicality. The aim for the subforum dropdown was to save space and reduce clutter and therefore any usefulness of the subforums was compromised. Severely.The current dropdown menu is more a cosmetic feature than it is a feature of usability, but that is just imo.
Exactly.Nope, not an opinion imo you hit the the nail right on the head. The current dropdown of subforum serves exactly that, cosmetically focused without practicality. The aim for the subforum dropdown was to save space and reduce clutter and therefore any usefulness of the subforums was compromised. Severely.
I think you've touched on the crux of the problem. What may seem obvious to you and me may not be so obvious to users who aren't as computer literate. On our old vB forum a lot of members never figured out the "Go to first unread post" icon. So I'm sure there would be a number of users that I would have to draw a picture with circles and arrows to explain to them that there are sub-forums there. So the grid listing would be helpful for those members.its the lack of not seeing what submenus are behind this symbol. specially for new user who do not know what kind of threads are in the forum. my user missed them from the beginning after switching to xf.
Agreed, I like the way sub-forums work in XenForo. Also, in the past sub-forums in vBulletin listed below main forum had severe limitation done that way and hence why people used a mod to line them up vertically below one another to fit more sub-forums in (but that then created a huge gaping void with too much forum retail space used). Go check TheAdminZone to see what I mean by that? Now the drop-down is displayed inline, so no unwanted space is created at all, and it's fast to access sub-forums via the drop-down menu list with pretty much one click still.What functionality has been lost exactly?
Infinite levels with the correct nesting.
A single click to go to any sub forum, no matter how many levels down it is.
I'm struggling to see exactly what doesn't work with the default system.
I far prefer the dropdown to having numerous sub forum icons & links displayed on the forum home page.
Bare in mind the modification that controls this is infact in my mind has it limitations. For sure, that screenshot at adminaddict is a poor poor example how to number your columns vs x amount of subforums.
That's right!...drop-down menu list with pretty much one click still.
That would certainly be nice the optional route. In the meantime I myself am restricted to not deploying subforums to my site. Your never quite 100% sure (with subforums dropdown menu) on index which forum have the new post in so your guessing.Although I can see the merit of the new drop-down display style, I think it would be best if there was a style option in the Admin Panel that would switch between the two.
This could be especially helpful for large vB forums making the transition to XF (who are the most likely to have the subforums displayed as a list on the homepage).
Also, I think we should never underestimate the power of laziness. Just because we might know or find it more elegant to use a drop-down doesn't mean that a lot of other people do as well. Some people are just too lazy to move their mouse over to open the list and would rather just click the link their interested on the homepage.
So, again, I believe a style option in the Admin Panel to switch between the two display options would solve this small "issue".