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Matt Barton
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How do you like the new look of the forums? I just installed the "Advanced Forum" module, and it looks great to me. Let me know what you think!

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Comment order
Bill Loguidice wrote:

As for the comment viewing options, would changing that change it for blog post comments too? If that's so, then I'll just leave it as-is. Like I said, it would be nice to have comments for forum posts default to the order it was posted, while comments for blog posts to default to most recent comment. After that, it would be up to the individual change either/or to how they wanted it.

That's a good question. I'm not sure if those are separate settings or not. I see settings to change the topic order, but not the individual posts.

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Forum comments and Blog comments
Matt Barton wrote:

I figured out how to make the first post look different. I changed the background color of the top bar of the first post; if that's too subtle I could do anything else, really.

Also--don't forget you can individually change your "comment viewing options." That option appears just below the last post on each thread.

It *might* be too subtle having a dark blue versus a light blue, but I'm actually OK with it now, thanks. Maybe we should get other opinions, though.

As for the comment viewing options, would changing that change it for blog post comments too? If that's so, then I'll just leave it as-is. Like I said, it would be nice to have comments for forum posts default to the order it was posted, while comments for blog posts to default to most recent comment. After that, it would be up to the individual change either/or to how they wanted it.

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I figured out how to make the

I figured out how to make the first post look different. I changed the background color of the top bar of the first post; if that's too subtle I could do anything else, really.

Also--don't forget you can individually change your "comment viewing options." That option appears just below the last post on each thread.

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Clarification
Matt Barton wrote:

I don't understand what you mean, Bill. Isn't it obvious since it's at the top of the page?

It probably is, but it's not as clear as perhaps it should be (in my opinion). It looks exactly the same as the comments, so it MAY not be as clear that the comments are ordered below it. Most forums (phpBB in particular, since that's the standard), have the first forum post, followed by the first comment, followed by the second comment, etc., in a logical order. The way we're set up now, it's the first forum post followed by the latest comment, followed by the second latest comment, etc. We've been set up like that for very good reasons in the past, but I'm wondering now - if only for the forums and NOT the blog posts which are still clearly delineated - if we should change it to a purely sequential order? Of course I could be the only one who feels this way...

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Ah, I think I see what you

Ah, I think I see what you mean. I'll try a few things out.

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I don't understand what you

I don't understand what you mean, Bill. Isn't it obvious since it's at the top of the page?

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Thank you, that looks pretty

Thank you, that looks pretty nice. This is really one of the better looking forums out there. Some sites, I open my debugging tools and find that a megabyte or two is transferred on each page.

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All blue boxes
Matt Barton wrote:

I found out how to shrink the boxes. I took off 100 pixels--do you think that's enough? I could clip it further if need be.

Does it have any way to perhaps put the first post in a different color or something else that distinguishes it as the starter (other than the number)?

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I found out how to shrink the

I found out how to shrink the boxes. I took off 100 pixels--do you think that's enough? I could clip it further if need be.

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Annoying
Catatonic wrote:

It looks cleaner. I'm not a fan of forum software in general, though. Too much extraneous crap everywhere. I have a 24-inch screen and can only see 2 comments at a time, even if they're one word long!

Yes, that is annoying. There are different skins for the advanced forum, but only one (naked) shrinks the tables the right way. Unfortunately, it's also pretty hard on the eyes. I'd like to go with this one but find out how to shrink it, at least removing some of the empty space.

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