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#1 Olivier Turbis

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:17 PM

I am talking about the icons next to the topic titles in the forum view. Are they really necessary? I think it becomes obsolete and repetitive. I think that we should replace them with the topic starter's avatar and just bold the titles if there are new answers (like it is now). I also think we should just put a tiny icon next to the topic title so we know if we have replied to that topic.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 09:54 PM

I personally like the icons but i want them to be different for each forum/category. I know there is a mod that does that but it makes since to me to have it built in. might make it easier for skinners too because if you do not set an icon just do the above suggestion. So some of my forums can be the above and some can be with a custom icon.
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 11:07 PM

Oliver we've got the icon if you have posted in a topic now or some skins have this. The attached image shows this in action in my forums.


I use custom forum icons on the forum index page. Just a matter of pasting in some html into the Topic title. However I think there should be a topic icon upload options without the need to use html or use a mod.

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 12:47 PM

Oliver we've got the icon if you have posted in a topic now or some skins have this. The attached image shows this in action in my forums.


I use custom forum icons on the forum index page. Just a matter of pasting in some html into the Topic title. However I think there should be a topic icon upload options without the need to use html or use a mod.

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Yes, but I don't think that icon should be integrated with the forum icons. My suggestion is: let's drop the forum icons because they are repetitive and we get it. I don't think there is a necessity to point out what topic is a poll, what topic is moved, etc. Instead, just use topic author's avatar to replace the 10 years old forum icon and make the topic title bold when there are new posts in that topic. If a topic is a poll/closed/moved, we could just use a tiny tag (like "PINNED" or "ANNOUNCEMENT").
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:26 AM

I totally agree with Oliver on this, it also gets very annoying making all of those images for skins.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:34 AM

I agree with Olivier too.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 04:32 PM

I may not be a professional skinner, but couldnt they just be skinned out?
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:57 PM

Love to see them go... or just be tiny !!! :) great idea !
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 10:47 PM

I agree, I don't really like them either. I really like the topic starter's avatar idea. That'd be neat.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:23 PM

I am talking about the icons next to the topic titles in the forum view. Are they really necessary? I think it becomes obsolete and repetitive. I think that we should replace them with the topic starter's avatar and just bold the titles if there are new answers (like it is now). I also think we should just put a tiny icon next to the topic title so we know if we have replied to that topic.


I agree with you that less equals more sometimes..

Sorry, I couldn't resist.. Do you mean like this:


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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:32 PM

I'm not keen on the using avatar because when you get down to it, it's just another useless image and in this case where it is not needed or makes no real sense to have there.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:29 AM

I agree with you that less equals more sometimes..

Sorry, I couldn't resist.. Do you mean like this:


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Haha, guess I'm not paying enough attention to XF. :lol:

That is a neat idea, though. I like that a lot. Definitely prefer that to the forum icons.

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#13 Olivier Turbis

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:01 AM

I agree with you that less equals more sometimes..

Sorry, I couldn't resist.. Do you mean like this:


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Yup! :D

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:17 PM

I agree with you that less equals more sometimes..

Sorry, I couldn't resist.. Do you mean like this:


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LOL, Jamie. I was accidentally reading this topic and...yes: I agree with you and Olivier :thumbsup:
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:21 PM

Uh, I have to disagree, I love the forum icons. Hovewer not sure why. Just think its pretty neat. :unsure:



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Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:02 PM

Not sure how I feel about this. I have always depended on the forum icons to let me know if there is new content in a thread. The bold title xf uses is not easy for me to detect. (older eyes) I do like the "mini-me" avatar to show I have responded to a thread. I think the key here is functionality. I have always favored skins with a flashing or changing icon that is easy to pick out. If an alternate display could be substituted, it wouldn't matter to me one way or the other. For me, the forum icon does serve a useful purpose.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:27 PM

I would really would like it if those icons were replaced by the users avatars. It's my favorite feature about XF.
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#18 Olivier Turbis

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 04:33 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback. I see that the idea is quite big fat obese red Liked!
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:10 PM

Not sure how I feel about this. I have always depended on the forum icons to let me know if there is new content in a thread. The bold title xf uses is not easy for me to detect. (older eyes) I do like the "mini-me" avatar to show I have responded to a thread. I think the key here is functionality. I have always favored skins with a flashing or changing icon that is easy to pick out. If an alternate display could be substituted, it wouldn't matter to me one way or the other. For me, the forum icon does serve a useful purpose.

Hm, I usually depend on this icon to see if there's anything new:

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It seems a little redundant to have both that and the icons.
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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:11 PM

I don't think we were referring to removing the new post icons. But the icons to the left of them, indicating the status of the topic.

Edit - It would also be awesome if someone created a mod or tutorial on how to achieve this too.
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