Some theme changes to Icrontic
I had a good ol' theme revision night at ICHQ.
- Nuked half the categories
- Added category navigation to sidebar
- Removed lots of stuff from the sidebar
- Moved "Mark All Viewes" to a sidebar button
- Spaced out pagination for easier tablet poking
- Closed weird gap above/below page title
- Ooooo rounded avatars on the discussions list
- Comment count & "NEW" now in a separate column
- Number of discussions added to Categories page
- Cleaned up sidebar navigation to be more coherent
- Fixed some styling glitches to the sidebar on the front page
- Did not break site in the process
Though, while I appreciate the bold new look it gives, I kind of wish the total number of comments were always visible instead of being hidden by "ALL NEW" or the number of new comments (until you click on one). It was nice to see at a glance to what threads were heavily active.
(I'm sure it's all fine, although the new comments changes are currently DRIVING ME BATTY)
Believe it or not, the usability and ux of Icrontic are things that I think about all the time, though the fact that I am nearly powerless to do anything about it is a source of embarrassment to me. I know a lot of people aren't happy with Vanilla but I think that it is entirely for ux reasons. If you guys could have a perfect Icrontic, how would that look? How would it act?
Also, the big buttons do not tell how popular the thread is by total posts AND new posts, both could be shown. I use a combo of both to decide if I want to read the thread right away.
Bottom line is that I love the new look, but I strongly wish to always see how many total comments there are. This accomplishes it while still looking snazzy.
I've been using a similar style on another site for close to a year, and I discovered it actually doesn't matter at all if you can't see the total comments next to "X new" on discussions you've already looked at and I never think about that anymore. It's the completionist in you revolting at losing data. I was the same way when the theme changed, but I don't think you'll actually notice in a week or two when you're desensitized to it (my potential necessary revision above not withstanding).