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Way too much forum template with little content

AnthonyCea

Well-known member
#1
I was checking out an old forum I was active on many years ago and it was almost a shock to view a thread due to the fact that the forum thread display template stood out much more than the content of the thread.

cre8asiteforums.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=77524

I guess if you like looking at display boxes and avatars this sort of design is FANTASTIC !!
 

GofD

Well-known member
#12
It's boxes within boxed within boxes. XenForo has a box, and that's it. No overkill. ;)
Actually, there are still quite a few boxes. Avatars are in boxes. So are quotes. Breadcrumbs are in a box. The number of likes and the people who liked a post are in a box. Plus the entire forum is a series of bars (long boxes) wrapped up in a large box topped with a menu bar (long box) with tabs (more boxes).

I was just pondering this morning how to go about redesigning the forum schema into something far less....horizontal without getting into the redesign backlash that Gawker is currently steeped in following their 'thinking outside the box' redesign. So far I don't have any answers, just lots of boxes.
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#13
Actually, there are still quite a few boxes. Avatars are in boxes. So are quotes. Breadcrumbs are in a box. The number of likes and the people who liked a post are in a box. Plus the entire forum is a series of bars (long boxes) wrapped up in a large box topped with a menu bar (long box) with tabs (more boxes).

I was just pondering this morning how to go about redesigning the forum schema into something far less....horizontal without getting into the redesign backlash that Gawker is currently steeped in following their 'thinking outside the box' redesign. So far I don't have any answers, just lots of boxes.
I was speaking specifically about posts. Posts aren't in a "box" so to speak, so they are open and free to run around (theoretically ;)). Likes are in a much smaller box that aren't in the way of content, as are avatars and user info.

I didn't say there weren't any boxes in XenForo, but they are far fewer and are used sparingly. The link at the start of this thread show box inside box inside box that's it's in your face rather than letting it be subtle.
 

AnthonyCea

Well-known member
#14
ALL THESE BOXES ARE DRIVING ME MAD :mad:

(and you all talking about boxes upon boxes have sealed the deal)

I need to start drinking and head to the store to buy enough for the weekend now !!

I thank this forum for reminding me that is how I deal with utter frustration on a daily basis !!
 

Onimua

Well-known member
#15
ALL THESE BOXES ARE DRIVING ME MAD :mad:

(and you all talking about boxes upon boxes have sealed the deal)

I need to start drinking and head to the store to buy enough for the weekend now !!

I thank this forum for reminding me that is how I deal with utter frustration on a daily basis !!
Don't forget to buy a 12-pack. They come in nice boxes too!
 

GofD

Well-known member
#17
I was speaking specifically about posts. Posts aren't in a "box" so to speak, so they are open and free to run around (theoretically ;)). Likes are in a much smaller box that aren't in the way of content, as are avatars and user info.

I didn't say there weren't any boxes in XenForo, but they are far fewer and are used sparingly. The link at the start of this thread show box inside box inside box that's it's in your face rather than letting it be subtle.
I agree that XenForo is much less boxy than any other forum software (and much more everything else :) ). It's that the whole schema of 'forum' has grown up on table design which tends to be very horizontal. Just musing on the what-ifs and wherefores - what if it weren't so boxy?