I share the dude's feeling about this. Paying for a theme sounds as good as an investment as paying for a ring tone. If someone truely wants a paid-for theme, then why not just buy it (or send the money to Doug so he can do it), but my advice would be to create one to your own taste if nothing free pleases you.Good grief... You've even got to pay for the themes? :tdown:
I share the dude's feeling about this. Paying for a theme sounds as good as an investment as paying for a ring tone. If someone truely wants a paid-for theme, then why not just buy it (or send the money to Doug so he can do it), but my advice would be to create one to your own taste if nothing free pleases you.
There are free themes out there, I don't know if any of them are decent. I doubt it would be that complicated to build a theme: https://www.vbulletin.com/docs/html/main/styles_and_templates
I'll add an item to my list to improve the default icons.
Might I propose:
Contains unread posts: Blue open envelope
Contains no unread posts: Grey closed envelope
You have posted in this thread: Green arrow
I don't think we have a need for anything else.
That would be easy-enough to do now. I would just remove the red version of the icon which is used to indicate a "hot" thread. I doubt anyone cares about that here, but I could be wrong. I still think it might be more helpful if there was more contrast between the open envelope and the closed envelope. I could put a dash of red in the open envelope to catch the eye.
Fine with me, or just up the saturation of the blue a little. The grey will blend pretty well with the existing background already.
Seconded, IMHO. I like the new icon-ing. "Hottness" is of secondary interest. (Also, my personal preference as a "minor-leaguer" here is for smaller icons.)I agree with ddrueding; high contrast for forums/threads with new posts, low contrast for those without.
You missed the main concept I was after, but that makes me think that the way I browse the forum is different than other might. Let me spell out my method:
1. On the main page, see if there are any new posts in a forum. The easiest way to check this is if the icon stands out from the background (blue) or doesn't (grey).
OK, so it looks like the problem is that the "hot" threaded icon still shows up blue even when there are no new posts which makes the usability less clear.2. If there are new posts in a forum, go there and see how many there are. The easiest way to check this is if the icon stands out from the background (blue) or doesn't (grey).
3. Jump to the unread posts of a thread by using the little "Go to new posts" button (green maybe?)
The most important property of a thread is whether there is new content in it or not.
By making threads without new posts the same main color as threads without, you are eliminating the color as a useful indicator of the main thing that matters (new posts or no).
Threads without any new content may as well blend in with the background.
I may be way off base, and feel free to correct me if that is the case.
Sorry, but I just recursively use the new posts button at the top left of every page, then click the blue arrow to get to the new content. Therefore I can totally ignore the icons.
Correct, whatever change you make won't affect me at all, since I pay no attention to them.Will the icon changes proposed affect your typical use case of the forum? I'm assuming not since you ignore them anyway, but wanted to get clarification.
I don't want to derail this thread, but can you post a screen capture or something of what you're seeing? I am able to easily see text that was highlighted blue and knew it was a linked referenced in the post. If you're seeing something different I'd like to be able to also see it so I can try to fix it. Feel free to post the example in the feedback section so I can leave this thread as-is.