What does kinesthetics have to do with the internet? I'm unable to touch it - or are you refering to touch screens?
Did you ever feel what you were seeing?
From a human relationship point of view, people rarely would even start a relationship with a dirty stinking bum which looks at you like she wants to rob you.warmweer wrote: ↑Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:25 amSeriously, yes, looks can be important and can be the first thing that attracts, but looking at this from a human relationship point of view: it's the content, not the packaging which increases the probability of a long lasting relationship.
In general, usability rules advise against duplicated links or buttons on screen.canonknipser wrote: ↑Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:04 amJust my personal opinion:
You mentioned the "New topic" buttons appearing on top and bottom of the topic list even if the complete list is visible:
I would prefer to stay them there. When I read on my tablet (or on my office desktop monitor positioned in portrait mode) and if I have a quite long list of topic - I prefer to have the chance to create a new topic on both ends
No, I didn't mean anything so intrusive.canonknipser wrote: ↑Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:04 amContext sensitive is a great think, but don't break it down too small.
I would avoid sites that look different every time I visit. I expect the same look and feel the whole time I'm visiting the site. Disappearing and Re-Appearing buttons remember me about the so-called "ribbon"-menus used by Microsoft office products - I hate them. The same about those newspaper sites telling you every few seconds: "There is new content, please reload" with a big popup.
It depends - there are some useful, but some "designers" misuse the system and use half of the screen for a hover menue - and thats annoying when you hit the position with your mouse pointer by accident.
When they have static content, if find them often useful, but don't make them too context-sensitive (just picking up the MS example again: when writing a text in word, you have a context menu for easy formatting - type face, table, frames, .. Great for easy access! But when the spell checker is active and you have a wrong word, those option are mostly gone and replaced by word correction hints. It is very bad when you write a technical documentation with a lot of word MS don't know - formatting using the context menu is nearly impossible.)
Isn't this taking it a bit too far? My response was about the choice between 90% esthetics + 10% content or 10% esthetics + 90% content. Suddenly you transform that as though I mentioned 0% esthetics and nothing about content . It kind of complicates a discussion.
Why the restriction to viewtopic?Holger wrote: ↑Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:45 amI have to give the OP cudos.
Over the 15 years running our phpBB-forum we have tweaked almost everything (more or less) in the style based on user-feedback.
But you have to remember, when pleasing one group of members the other group will say it was better the old way. So you have to alter the looks VERY carefully.
But overall, a less cluttered viewtopic and maybe some additional information on mouseover or hamburger-style (user details/menu and so on) would be a good startingpoint.
Preferably in UCP > Board preferences > Edit display options where you can already switch off avatars and signatures - I added several options there in my board. But I also know there are users who never go thru any setup/preferences before demanding what they want.
I agree with you but I would argue that the default interface for most forum software leaves a lot to be desired, least of which vBulletin. I think most forum administrators will want to customise the theme no matter what software they choose to use so that it fits their website or corporate theme.sttstt wrote: ↑Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:44 pmI agree. I loved using phpBB back in 2002. It was the best forum software. Fast forward to today, there are other competitive forum softwares out there with cleaner UI. That said, I'm still looking at potentially using it in one of my future projects. Just thought I'll make known what my thoughts are, been lurking around this forum for far too long.
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