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Implemented [Suggestion] Read-Unread Thread Icons

Umit

Active member
#1
I loved the new thread view page and avatars there, however it may be confusing for users. How about to add read-unread icons? Please check example images below;






Or, can we do this easily with template manager?
 

Cezz

Well-known member
#2
I don't like this idea... It adds too much extra to the page... A suggestion that is floating around is that the avatar's become faded or even grey scaled when the thread it read... However I am almost sure you would be able to add this to the template system manually.
 

Cezz

Well-known member
#5
Grey scaled is bad idea imo, would look confusing if member uploaded black-white photo of him/herself.
But it is only an additional indicator, the thread title is bold/un-bold as standard so doesn't really need additional identifiers but the profile pic being faded/greyscaled or anything else would add just that for you...
 

Kier

XenForo Developer
Staff member
#7
The star already shows whether or not a thread has new posts, as does the emboldening of the thread title.
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#11
Preferably, instead of a start I'd rather have a little paper with a shine mark on it or something. Maybe it's just me but seeing a start did not automatically associate it with new posts right away.
 

Umit

Active member
#14
Star image is the biggest confusion imo. New post? Or watched thread? Or thread that rated as 1 star?

I am not convinced that bolded text is enough too. How about something like this;

 

Onimua

Well-known member
#15
Star image is the biggest confusion imo. New post? Or watched thread? Or thread that rated as 1 star?

I am not convinced that bolded text is enough too. How about something like this;

I kind of like that as an alternative.

What about if the icons were on the left of the title? Or would it be confused too easily with the avatars right next to them?
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#16
I hope any icons are user definable.
I prefer the clean, uncluttered look.

The star I agree is also superfluous, especially in the "Unread Watched Threads" view as only unread threads will appear.
 

Mike

XenForo developer
Staff member
#17
What about if the icons were on the left of the title? Or would it be confused too easily with the avatars right next to them?
If you mix read and unread threads, you get the title moving back and forth, which is something we wanted to avoid.
 

Tigratrus

Well-known member
#19
If you mix read and unread threads, you get the title moving back and forth, which is something we wanted to avoid.
Agreed.

Personally I find the vb statusicon system to be a less than useful bit of clutter. Most folks have no clue what they mean, and making site specific icons is a nightmare for graphic designers when there are sooooo many different values :eek:.

Almost everyone on the internet is familiar with the darkened/non-bold text indicating something old that they have seen, I tend to think that relying on that existing schema (in the psychology sense of the word schema, rather than the DB sense) is a better bet. It also has the side effect of being cleaner, less cluttered and producing faster loading pages :).

Obviously YMMV widely though, so as long as it's easily turned off whatever floats your boat is cool.

:: tosses two shiny coins in hat ::
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#20
Maybe for "you posted" the title could become Italic? Not sure if that was mentioned or a good idea worth a look I suppose. Referring to the thread display area this would be applied to.