Thanks for offering to consider improving the "new and improved" version of the site. My requests for your consideration:
Everyone has mentioned reducing the waste of vertical space, and I agree. Your previous .css file (on top of the unimproved site) was perfect in this regard.
I really like how the quotations (of other peoples comments) look now, with the nested blocks. I absolutely hated the huge double quote marks that were used before. So please consider leaving this part as is (to the extent that I have a vote
If it is easy to let the avatar completely go away, kindly make that an option, please. No avatar. Just the name of the poster in yellow as it is, and if they are a crew member, the red box that says "crew", the yellow box that says "Topic Author" where necessary, the number of posts. For the Joined field, if it is possible to drop the actual time of day (ie show only the date), that would be great. My main complaint is I would like to (have the option to) completely get rid of the circular avatar part. It is needlessly distracting to me. I want the flavor of the thread to be the specific issues under discussion, not the personalities of the people who are doing the discussion and the avatar tilts the emphasis too much towards the latter, IMHO. I believe that if you want to know more about a specific person, it is okay to be able to click on their name and see their profile, including their avatar. But I (personally) don't want to see someone's avatar 20 times if they make 20 replies.
Also, I would have no problem if you moved these pieces of information that are currently grouped with the avatar back into the header, if that is possible. But I can live with having it on the left as it is now, provided I can turn off the actual avatars.
Thanks again for the good work!
ps. To add one more detail. Probably .css can't do this, but I'll mention it anyway in case the DM site designers see this post. For the Joined field, I think it is too wide (making the avatar box also too wide), and it has very little use to me (personally). I would prefer to see something approximate with ONE number, such as the most appropriate one of the following:
Joined: 233 days
Joined: 32 months
Joined: 8 years
(Here, I'm not addressing Speedbored but rather the original site designers): most often we do not absolutely need to know, the exact minute someone joined, when this event of joining happened a very long time ago. It is fine to have the exact date inside the profile page for the user, but the bit which appears to the left of every post can be approximate -- just the number of days, OR the number of months, OR the number of years is enough. With a simple rule that you have to be on for a certain number of days in order to get your age quoted in months, and you have to be on for a certain number of months to get your age quoted in years. The only use of the date information that I can think of, which is to convey some sense of "rank" on the forum, is achieved better by this approach than by stating the actual exact date, because you get a sense of the poster's longevity more readily than having to do the date math in your head. And even if you did the date math, chances are, you would not come up with an answer like "10 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, 12 hours and 5 minutes", but more like "oh, ballpark -- 6 years, I see, cool". So just display that and save the reader the math. For the 98% of situations where users don't read it.
But thanks for your work Speedbored. You are really helping to improve the user experience of the site.
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on Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.