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What do you think about XF's decision to hide user info in postbit?

Discussion in 'General XenForo Discussion and Feedback' started by dutchbb, Aug 27, 2010.


What do you think about XF's decision to hide user info in postbit?

  1. I completely agree with it and will keep it that way on my own (XF) forum(s)

  2. I agree with it, but I'm still going to add more user info in the postbit on my own (XF) forum(s)

  3. I disagree with it, I think it's too minimalistic

  4. Not sure / no comment

  1. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    XF is all about minimalistic and clean design, something that also seems to be the latest trend on the web. But what do you personally think about the decision to hide most of the user info in postbit? Please cast your vote in the poll.
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  2. bookmark

    bookmark Well-Known Member

    That's the philosophy of Xen,simplicity.:)
    I completely agree with it.
  3. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Superb decision :)
  4. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    I think for this community it suites it perfectly although letting the owner who paid for the license make the final decision is even more grand :).
  5. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    It's an excellent improvement. :)
  6. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    The one feature that truly grabbed me and impressed me most when I first saw xF... Brilliant!
  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    I think it's both daring and brilliant. I will definitely keep it this way on my forum.
  8. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I am all for it. I actually strip a lot of nonsense from other providers and love pre-made designs that use a minimalistic approach to existing softwares, IPB and VB. I actually refuse to use one of these forums that is cluttered and completely overwhelming with content boxes, information. I was always taught, clean navigation, clean design, reaps best results. Game forums are some of the worst I have ever seen for clutter...
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  9. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    And a lot of gamers don't care about most of that information :p.

    I used a very minimalistic style on my vB3 board, and most of the users were fine with it (Some really enjoyed it, because they don't care about most of the information). 
  10. Awesome-o

    Awesome-o Active Member

    I think it's going to be the hit of the Fall season.
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  11. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Amen. However, I'd like a toggle button for turning on postcount, join date, location, etc.
  12. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Just click on the Avatar. :)
  13. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    At first. I wasn't to keen on the postbit data being hidden but the longer I browsed and remained here the more I thought this decision was justified. The benefits I find right off is that it reduces bloated data in an area where content should be the first focus point, content being key and being the content. Secondly, the idea of bloating the posting area just attracts your eyes to data which is not that important which can otherwise be hidden or one click away (membercard). I would class the data in postbit as "curiosity data" because in most cases, people glance towards it wondering how many posts that member made, where they are from, whether they are online. Normally, and I can only speak for myself. If a posting has interested me and I've read what I have to read I then commence in viewing the member card where otherwise I'd normally glance mid-reading if the postbit data was there present in the postbit which I feel disrupts your reading and in some case can be the prominent focus point when it shouldn't be.

    I would say it gets some getting used to with the data being hidden but it doesn't. It was actually a very smart and brave move which worked out very well.
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  14. KURTZ

    KURTZ Well-Known Member

    awesome choice.
  15. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Nice, didn't know that, I thought it only worked with the username.

    I wonder if this hiding of user info save a query in postbit btw, that would be another argument to keep it that way.
  16. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I don't like having to click on the users avatar to see this very important information. I also miss not see if the member is online or not with the indication of a little green image.

    This will hopefully be an admin setting to be able to view information below the avatar. If not I'll need to make template changes.
  17. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    This sort of thing is likely to be a template edit issue - all the data is exposed, so it's not going to be a difficult thing to achieve, but adding admin options for this sort of thing really only serves to make the base product more subject to bugs and unexpected behaviour, not to mention the performance penalty of carrying around so many options and having code to support them.
  18. Markos

    Markos Well-Known Member

    I disagree with that decision, too minimalistic. As a user, i like to see the number of posts, the provenience, the join date etc. of other members...
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  19. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    I hate it
  20. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Right now, the poll shows 72% or responders like the data where it is(n't), so it may not be a good candidate for an option, but should it arise that there are significant numbers of people who want the info and equally significant numbers who don't, then it would become something for which we'd look at providing an option.
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