- Jim Leff Jun 24, 2006 05:06 AM
Does anyone else feel that the "NEW" flag (in board view and in thread view) is just a bit too unobtrusive to easily notice when scrolling? I wish it could be colored or something to stand out just a bit more conspicuously
This would also stave off the mods and I needing to explain to everyone to look for those flags.... :)
more info: http://chowhound.com/topics/show/304172
Jim, I don't want to sound like a broken record (I brought this up earlier), but if the software is capable of flagging what is a new post or reply to you, then it is capable of not showing you replies that were already up when you were last on the board. (Most boards that include this option show you the original post and all replies since the last time you went to that board, and this seems perfect to me).
Of course, some would want the ability to see the whole thread even if they've had the opportunity to read it, and could so toggle, just as you can sort threads now by time of original post or by last reply.
There's no other feature for hard-core users of boards to speed up the process, and it solves most of the negatives of threading.
If I may be so bold, I work with documents all day at work with the goal of making certain items stand out. Due to that I am constantly working with various colors and shades thereof to "tickle" the eye to have the reader focus on something.
Looking at this site, you can easily distinguish the "New" icon by giving it a contrasting color. I heartily suggest you go with something about two shades lighter than Navy Blue. It will tickle the eye, but won't grab its full attention.
But, please, do not make it blink or move or anything that will force the eye to focus on it relentlessly.
"New" icons in thread view have disappeared for me. I still see them in the title lists but the icons have disappeared from the threads themselves. Only way to tell which posts are new is to search for "hour."
This is all great feedback guys. We really tried to strike a balance between notify and natural. We actually want to make the new posts different colors, but that takes some real CSS olympics to make that happen. Our main CSS guy had twins two weeks ago, so we've been without him on this last stretch. When he gets back, we'll do a few different versions on a test basis to see what works best.
As we've said, this is a work in progress. We really want to build a great forum for Chowhound, and building from scratch was the best way to do that. It will be interesting to see how the software develops over the next 3 months...
Tatum, as you continue to work on this, please keep in mind the suggestion posted by Melanie, above. Here is what she said:
1 day ago Melanie Wong replied, "It works for me in board view. But in thread view, it should be out on the left margin where a quick scan can pick it up easily. After the posters name is not a good position, since it shifts position in each reply."
I continue to think this is the very best idea suggested by anyone so far. With NEW at the left margin, it will not matter so much what color you use or anything else you may do to make NEW show up better. For me, I think that would solve the problem.