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[Suggestion] Thread/Post Starter Highlight/Marker

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Peter, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Peter

    Peter Active Member

    When a member create the thread/first post, everyone knows he/she is the original person who started it all if there is some type of author "marker". That way, posts spanning over multiple pages, the original poster is known.
  2. Peter

    Peter Active Member

    After watching some of the videos, I would like to know if the color palette can be used to mark a thread starter? Maybe a different color around the profile box compared to all replies? Maybe a different color post box around the thread started posts? Just posting my thoughts.
  3. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    this is a good idea actually. reddit does it. there are some wordpress templates that does it (for the author of the blog post). i have no idea why no one thought about it on forums!
    Akela and krstep like this.
  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

    It'd be a simple template edit I reckon. I'll try and post one when I get my hands on the software.
    OperaManiac likes this.
  5. Peter

    Peter Active Member

    It'll be easier for non developers to toggle it on/off without making edits that may be lost in upgrades.
    Shanj and OperaManiac like this.
  6. Lojo

    Lojo Active Member

    I support this idea:).
  7. Peter

    Peter Active Member

    How about a text indicator below the avatar (see screenshot attached) or have the post box colorized somehow? Any other ideas?

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  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member


    This is how they do it on xda-developers.com
  9. Tanax

    Tanax Active Member

    That looks awesome! However I'd rather place it above the avatar. If the admin enabled more information to be printed out, that information will be printed out below the avatar thus this suggestion will make it quite "cluttery". Above the avatar will keep it nice and clean.

    An important thing to think about is that while this suggestion is very great, will it be visible enough for the viewers? Yes sure if you scroll through slow but if you want to scim through the thread fast, is it visible enough?
  10. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You should be able to use the templates to create a simple workaround. You need to use the $firstPost array to grab the author then style all posts by the author (just use a different colour). I'd create the modification if I had the software :p
  11. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Ah, just done a quick dump thanks to a friend's XF installation and you should be able to use $firstPost.userid OR $firstPost.username to identify the OP, then you should be able to apply that inside the foreach that displays the post. Something like:
    <xen:if is="{$post.username} == {$firstPost.username}"> /* do something */ </xen:if>
  12. Shanj

    Shanj Well-Known Member

    I'd like this as quite a few times I've had to go back to find out.

    Could also highlight the avatars of those I am Following. Seeing them turn up is always a good feeling.

    I'd suggest coloured borders for the avatar and postbit below.Not to thin either.
    Red or bright blue border for OP with maybe a little "OP" at top left corner.
    A cream or buff for my Follows with an "F" at the top left corner.
  13. vkams

    vkams Active Member

  14. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  15. vkams

    vkams Active Member

  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  17. vkams

    vkams Active Member

    Brogan, do you mean this forum dead link' author permission or the author of russian link? I can ask only the second one.
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I mean the original thread here, which is where the add-on was originally posted.

    The thread on the Russian forum you have linked to references the thread here, so I suspect they have reposted it.
  19. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    A lot of the fansites do this, even when it is specifically noted in the original thread that reposting of the resource isn't allowed.
  20. vkams

    vkams Active Member

    I don't know, I'm not Sherlock Holmes. Attachments have been removed for the sake of fighting for the copyrights?! It will be better to include this code into distributive:
    1. Upload the icon to thread_starter.gif to styles/default/xenforo/
    2. Edit your "message_user_info" template

    Admin CP > Appearance > Templates > Search for 'message_user_info' > Click 'message_user_info' to edit

    <div class="avatarHolder"><xen:avatar user="$user" size="m" itemprop="photo" /> 
    add below:
                 <xen:if is="{$thread.user_id} == {$user.user_id}">
                <br />
                <dl class="pairsInline">
                    <dd><img src="styles/default/xenforo/thread_starter.gif" alt="Thread starter" /></dd>
    save it.
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