I see it is easily possible--just look at Jive's forum!
Some major issue I see with the 700px or so size you're currently using.
* Code blocks are practically useless for indented code.
* Put it into threaded mode and have a good laugh at the 250px wide stuff columns by the time you get down to a 4th reply.
* You're already losing 240px to the annoying "Actions" right-hand column. People with theater-proportion screens could at least ameliorate this issue slightly.
* I believe you're using a large font than they are the Jive site, so your content already flows longer.
* It's frustrating to see 300-400px of dead space that I could really be using just sitting to the right of the forum.
> Put it into threaded mode and have a good laugh at the 250px wide stuff columns by the time you get down to a 4th reply.
Threaded view is only viable for short threads - I think people will have problems if they leave that as their default. If you bring up a thread with hundreds or even thousands of posts, you have to wait quite a while for it to display the lot - then you have to scroll...
>Threaded view is only viable for short threads - I think people will have problems if they leave that as their default. If you bring up a thread with hundreds or even thousands of posts, you have to wait quite a while for it to display the lot - then you have to scroll...
"OK the big one" thread is only 3 pages long (easily viewable in thread view imho) and it gets 10 replies deep (wow, I didn't realize they had gotten that deep that fast!).
Just to note also that I wrote a long response in Bob's thread about why I don't think 550 is a readable width
in a forum environment (or 300 wide by the time you get to the 10th reply or so).
Switch to threaded view in the new forum and bring up http://adobeforums.adobe.com/thread/295059?tstart=0 - go make some coffee, or even watch a nice strong cup of tea brew. You won't see pages (or at least I don't) - you see 700+ posts in one huge page.
Now that could be because it's imported. Dunno. But threaded view is not good for that kind of thing.
Yeah, I do see what you mean, although to be honest it still only takes about 10s here to load, which is not too bad. In the final analysis though, I am just trying to strengthen my case that there should be some option to go flexi-width for users that want it. B)
Unfortunately, they have bought off-the-shelf junk software and neither Adobe nor Jive seem to be prepared to put any effort into tailoring it to meet the requirements of us their Customers (the people who ultimately pay their salaries!).
Mostly, it would just be nice if they made the new forum at least as functional as the old one.
I personally wouldn't call the Jive forum junk. But I do think that the Jive guys designed it to be used in a wider format than the area the Adobe designers have allowed (visit the Jive forums to see what I mean--they are flexi-width). And at any rate, since Adobe specifically generated a sub-forum soliciting feedback, I think it is valid to make requests and hope they will pay attention.
And my request (to get back on track) is that the designers at least allow flexi-width as an option even if it is not the default.
(Oh, and make some way to view only new posts to a thread!)
I had to install the stylish add on, but then it worked fine. Can this feature be used to change anything else (like to not display avatars). If this approach would work for a lot of these things, it would at least provide a back door fix for many of the requests and maybe bring some calm to the forum. The only one that I think that will remain in such a case is the back button. Bill