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created by toledolen on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:51:44 am     Site-related     Comments: 20

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Will add a forum list later that resembles something like this. Nothing big change-wise is coming. Steady as she goes. All the other sort options or views will remain.

The old version of Toledo Talk had forums. I'd thought I would add them again to organize the posts, so that a therapeutic, political rant doesn't get mixed in with posts about food or pets.

posted by jr on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:09:39 am     #  

I like you just the waaay you ahhhrrrrrrrrr

posted by justareviewer on Jul 12, 2009 at 02:15:52 pm     #  

noice. will it change automatically or do we have to do something? I'm used to PHP boards, lol.

posted by nana on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:51:05 pm     #  

The great thing about this change will mean threads that are most active will "bubble up" to the top. And those that aren't active will fall by the wayside naturally. Like everyday conversation.

posted by toledolen on Jul 13, 2009 at 02:03:02 am     #  

I like it. I agree with toledoen that the more frequented threads will rise to the occasion. Keep up the good work jr!

posted by got2bfit on Jul 13, 2009 at 09:04:03 am     #  

I created the columnar message board view http://toledotalk.com/bb several weeks ago.

But this non-columnar message board view http://toledotalk.com/ra was created last September or October, and it's the view I used most of the time until the column version.

Both sort the same way. Behind the scenes: same module, different templates. Either one is fine with me. Is one easier to read than the other?

It seems most traditional message board or forum software displays the list of discussions or topics in column format. Local examples:

But the Vanilla software discussions on its Web site displays the discussions in a simpler, non-column format. I know modules exist to display Vanilla discussions in other views.

upso, do you have links to other Vanilla-based message boards. I cannot find such a list on the Vanilla Web site. I wanted to see how other Vanilla-based message boards were displayed.

Also most message boards display the forum or category list first while the Vanilla app displays all the discussions first.

And most message boards display a "views" count for each thread. I never understood why. Why does it matter how many times a thread was viewed? The old version of Toledo Talk tracked view counts for each discussion, but I never displayed that info. I just started tracking view counts a couple weeks ago on this version of Toledo Talk, but I may choose again not to display the info.

posted by jr on Jul 13, 2009 at 12:22:52 pm     #  

JR, i'll send some examples soon...

posted by upso on Jul 13, 2009 at 12:43:06 pm     #  

From a pure readability standpoint the columns on /bb are a preferred layout. It's one of those typography rules—type size vs. number of characters vs. letter and line spacing.

posted by toledolen on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:11:22 pm     #  

JR, there are a ton of examples on google, if you search for: "vanilla is a product of lussumo"

but here are some ones that all are styled very differently:
http://forums.makezine.com/
http://www.cleeseblog.com/Vanilla/
http://terminatorsalvationthegame.com/forum/ :)
http://www.sploder.info/

posted by upso on Jul 13, 2009 at 03:03:51 pm     #  

Thanks for the links, upso. I like the color scheme for sploder.info.

posted by jr on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:28:18 pm     #  

"It's one of those typography rules ..."

Speaking of typography, did you see the Jul 13, 2009 Slate article titled Down With Verdana! - "Typography on the Web is basic and dull. A startup called Typekit will fix it."

posted by jr on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:54:32 pm     #  

agree with upso...vanilla is pretty tight and easy to set-up and mod.

also as cool as I think @font-face is going to be...i can see it getting seriously abused.

posted by transcom on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:33:18 am     #  

I'll have to enable it so a user can choose a different color scheme or theme to use here. This would be at the individual level. The current color pattern will remain the default, but I like the funky sploder color theme, and I would like to use it when I'm logged in. I've been using this at Toledo Talk for the past day or so.

simple blog view at Toledo Talk


message board view

posted by jr on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:40:25 pm     #  

Yes, I love the switch but an ability to upload and share css styles would be awesome.

posted by toledolen on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:40:36 am     #  

I made a "slight" change in the default view for the home page. For the moment, anyway. A test.

The old default home page view of showing posts in the order of Recently Created is available in the sidebar on the home page.

posted by jr on Jul 19, 2009 at 01:29:43 am     #  

Thanks for all of your hard work jr!

posted by corky on Jul 19, 2009 at 02:03:37 am     #  

I like the fact that topics with current comments get bumped up to the top.

Once topics fell from the first page, I rarely followed them again. I'm sure I've missed plenty of follow up/response comments to things along the way.

posted by mom2 on Jul 19, 2009 at 03:58:33 am     #  

It's good!

posted by holland on Jul 19, 2009 at 06:16:56 pm     #  

looking good jr

posted by upso on Jul 19, 2009 at 09:38:29 pm     #  

GREAT JOB!!

posted by Darkseid on Jul 19, 2009 at 10:02:38 pm     #