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Lack of Interest [Suggestion] Sidebar Toggle Feature.

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Vossi, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Vossi

    Vossi Active Member

    How about an option for showing/hiding the right side with online users etc (at startpage of forum)?

    This would make the forums screenwide. Its just my personal taste, but maybe it makes generel sense.
    xf_phantom, krstep and yavuz like this.
  2. Sonic2k

    Sonic2k Member

    online users etc. should be at the end of the forums imo. It`s mess up the design.
  3. Cam2

    Cam2 Member

    I'm sure many of these features will be controlled in the admin cp.
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    I like the online users being in the sidebar.
  5. Sonic2k

    Sonic2k Member

    In communities with many forums, it will look ugly.

    Here is a good example:


    There will be a useless empty space. Thats why it should be placed at the bottem.
  6. Lewis P

    Lewis P Member

    I wouldn't say that looks ugly, I think it's a good use of space. If you remove that sidebar, how much horizontal space are you going to have in the forum rows that can be used for something a lot better - ie, the sidebar.
    Grover likes this.
  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I was surprised by how nice it looks. But there could be a cut-off if it's super busy. I like how it is split in:
    Your stuff
    staff online
    users online
    room for additional blocks

    Perfectly fine with me :)
  8. Tigratrus

    Tigratrus Well-Known Member

    Empty space? No problem!
    Just let admins put blocks in there to hold other content, highlights for important articles, links to other parts of the site, relevant advertising etc.
    There's a reason why so many larger forums go to a right column layout, actually there's several reasons, but the point is we really should have a way to build/use a right column out of the box, 300x250 ads are the best paying adsense format, and have been for awhile. ;)

    I'm hoping/assuming that, based on the presence of multiple widgets/info boxes in the right column already that we'll have the ability to arrange what order things show and add our own custom choices to show there.
    jonsidneyb likes this.
  9. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    Where is my (y) smilie?
  10. Floris

    Floris Guest

  11. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    I like this idea.
    Floris likes this.
  12. Floris

    Floris Guest

  13. Accreal

    Accreal Member

    While many like the look of the forum (xf). I believe that users should have a choice with the sidebar, or view the entire width of the form. I do not propose to kill the sidebar, I propose that option. On the other engines seemed to have the opportunity to choose. Yes, can not be strudno will own a little change a template, but not everyone can, much easier when you can just make the settings. In general, I think it would be nice if you can choose. that was an alternative layout of the forum
  14. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    A general 'collapse functionality' has been suggested and devs are aware of the need for this :)
  15. Accreal

    Accreal Member

  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Do you mean on a per user basis or an admin setting which gives the same view to all users?
    Which other forum solutions allow the user to configure which sidebars are shown or not on forum home?

    I'm not sure collapse means the same thing as remove though.
    A collapse usually involves a toggle on the header which then expands the section again.

    If a section is removed completely then how would the user re-enable it?
    It would need a whole new UI to deal with the layout.
  17. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    He seems to be talking about a user setting:

    'I believe that users should have a choice with the sidebar, or view the entire width of the form.'
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    So as I said, it will need some kind of settings page to achieve that as you will need to be able to switch stuff back on.

    At the end of the day though, it's up to the site owner how they configure their site and they can't try to please everyone, as we have seen here.
  19. Accreal

    Accreal Member

    That is so for example:
    That the admin panel was a function sidebar off or on.
    If enable this option, so that was an option allow or deny the user hide the sidebar. In ipb3 like can be so.
  20. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Make 2 styles :) And link in the sidebar to the second style that doesn't have the sidebar :p
    It's one of the few options to turn it on/off.

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