Comments on the new layout of the Forum FAQ

Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I change the layout of the Forum FAQ a bit. Since the FAQ is read-only for non-moderators I moved the actions down, I don't see the point in a Top participants widget since it is all managed by JC anyway, so I was able to give the discussions the full width allowed by the template:

http://forums.adobe.com/community/general/forum_comments/faq

How do you like it? Is this something to try for the Forum comments forum as well?

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Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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It would be an improvement for all the forums.

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Advisor ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Agreed.  They should all be full width like that.

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Advisor ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I would rather the action box stay on the right, but the forum stretch the full width of the browser window. (like many of us do with the local css code)   I wouldnt like scrolling to the bottom anytime an action is needed.

And many forums have placed helpful links to associated forums to the right, which are very convenient.  This design would remove all that.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I suppose that's true, but only the Action box is really needed, I think. Maybe that could be at the top - there's a lot of wasted space by that massive black box.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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... and links to associated forms, that's true.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Curt Wrigley wrote:

I would rather the action box stay on the right, but the forum stretch the full width of the browser window. (like many of us do with the local css code)

So would I, but that is not an available template.

I wouldnt like scrolling to the bottom anytime an action is needed.

And many forums have placed helpful links to associated forums to the right, which are very convenient.  This design would remove all that.

The actions at the bottom is a major downside. That is really only possible for the Forum FAQ since it is essentially read-only. For here I am more thinking about a three column header at the top by putting some HTML in manually. One column for the current sticky topics, one for the actions available for everybody and one for the subforums. Or two columns with the actions and subforums underneat eachother. Then the discussions in full width, and at the bottom a regular actions block which includes the privileged actions. I

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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The FAQ layout would be a great improvement in all forums. The only thing from the right needed at the top is Start a Discussion.

A certain contraction, and it would be even closer to the fair forums.

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Jacob Bugge wrote:

The FAQ layout would be a great improvement in all forums. The only thing from the right needed at the top is Start a Discussion.

A certain contraction, and it would be even closer to the fair forums.

I've been dabbling with the idea of making a single column layout for the Overview page on the Photoshop Windows forums but i don't know if it would make much of a difference because it would still change to a 3 column layout inside of the threads themselves.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Is it not possible to do more or less the same in the threads?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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not with our access levels, we can only modify the Overview pages.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Does anyone at Adobe have higher levels of access?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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of course they have, but i didn't get a chance to see what options they have that we don't For all i know it could be as simple adjusting the Overview page or as complex as having to modify the code to make the necessary changes.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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OK, I was thinking that beyond a certain point maybe you have to ask Jive to change things. Do you have to ask anyone, or could you go ahead and modify the Overview page at least? Of course, in here the Overview page is very similar to the Discussions page - right down to having an 'Overview' link

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I could but i won't. I keep the moderating to a minimum outside of the Photoshop forums, especially on the forums that already have hosts so ask Jochem. And besides, the stickies take up enough space as it is, making the Overview page single column would likely push the thread listing completely below the fold. That's also why i didn't implement this in the Photoshop forums, it would require way too much vertical scrolling.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I borrowed the Testing forum to show 2 possible designs. Do you prefer one of those over the current layout of the Forum comments forum?

http://forums.adobe.com/community/general/forum_comments/testing

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LEGEND ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Hi there

I tweaked it a bit. Popped in an image with a transparent background. (The white stood out too much against the blue)

Cheers... Rick

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Advisor ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I prefer the least possible info at the top.  Starting every session by scrolling down is annoying.

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Engaged ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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The top one needs tweaking to display properly in IE7:

testing_forum_fubar.PNG

If the idea is to have the Subforum and Actions boxes side by side (as opposed to one above the other like the lower one), then that would be a good solution. Is it possible to have both - so there's room for useful links in a third box, say?

Noel

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I prefer the top version, and both are far better than the present one.

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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is the author column actually needed on the left? i could live without it.

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Advocate ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Changing the options in the column list is not an option the templates offer. And at this point I am not willing to go the way of overriding the stylesheets provided to hide the column that way.

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Guide ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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Inasmuch as this is all I see, it suits me fine. 

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Advisor ,
Aug 07, 2009 Aug 07, 2009

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I agree with Ramon.  Id rather use the local css mod to allow full browser width, than to load the top of the forum.  The proposed layout would consume too much  vertical space; meaning little to no posts viewable without scrolling.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Aug 19, 2009 Aug 19, 2009

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If the Actions & Notifications box to the right were moved just a tiny bit up, we could have the same wide thread list in this forum as in the FAQ section.

I should like that. And then the same in the other forums, of course.

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