New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

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New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 12:21 am

Would it be possible to add a new 'new post icon' to the different forums of the board index? It would make things so much better to see if there are new posts, instead of opening every single forum every time. Although there is an icon for unread posts, the difference between the darkened contour and the normal one is barely noticeable.

This improvement would be very useful.
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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by mikenz66 » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:09 am

Hi Samseva,

I'm not completely clear what you are asking. It may be slightly tangential, but are you aware you can use the "Quick Links" menu (three horizontal bars if the screen is small e.g. on a phone) to select "new posts" or "unread posts" or "active topics"?

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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:30 am

Something along the lines of this would be great (3rd and 4th post).
https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2218201
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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by Ben » Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:51 am

Hi Sam,
The way that I use the forum is to go to the quick links icon and select 'new posts'
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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:30 am

Thanks for the alternative. However, browsing the new posts via the forums has useful advantages, like seeing old posts and reading forum to forum (rather than jumping from one forum to another and back again). I was assuming changing the icons would simply require changing a few things/lines of code.

One simple way to do this would be to rename these two files
http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... unread.gif
http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... bforum.gif
to 'forum_unread_original.gif' and 'forum_unread_subforum_original.gif'.

Then upload, to the same folder, the following icons (or your own edited icons):



Preview:
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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:40 am

Here is another version.

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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by retrofuturist » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:56 am

Greetings,

It certainly "can" be done.

At one point we changed the icon for "shadow topics" (i.e. the breadcrumb left behind in the original forum, when the topic was moved elsewhere) because it was too similar to the other icons. This change was lost at some point - probably during a software upgrade.

I would have no problem with it being done, though on the other hand, I am now also used to the current symbols and don't (personally) need the additional contrast.

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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:20 am

retrofuturist wrote:I would have no problem with it being done, though on the other hand, I am now also used to the current symbols and don't (personally) need the additional contrast.

Metta,
Retro. :)
That would be great! The one above is a bit too dark. Maybe these would be more subtle.

30% opacity:
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25% opacity:
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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:58 pm

retrofuturist wrote:...I am now also used to the current symbols and don't (personally) need the additional contrast.

Metta,
Retro. :)
Also, the change would only affect the board index icons, since the forum icons are different (and they don't need new ones, due to the small brownish box for unread posts).

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Re: New 'New Topic' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:20 am

retrofuturist wrote:I would have no problem with it being done, though on the other hand, I am now also used to the current symbols and don't (personally) need the additional contrast.
Hi retro,

Here is the 25% opacity version. If you would prefer the 20% opacity version instead, don't hesitate to ask.

http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... unread.gif
http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... bforum.gif
Rename to 'forum_unread_original.gif' and 'forum_unread_subforum_original.gif'.

Then upload these to the "/styles/prosilver/theme/images/" folder:
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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:28 am

Greetings samseva,

It will be up to the administrators whether they adopt the new icons.

Metta,
Retro. :)
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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:45 am

Oops, edited it by mistake, but wanted to make new post.
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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:58 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings samseva,

It will be up to the administrators whether they adopt the new icons.

Metta,
Retro. :)
I was thinking, maybe we could do a poll? It would be democratic. :smile:

Sorry for nudging about this. It is because this small feature would make the forum so much more enjoyable to navigate. The "Unread posts" page works, but it is just a long list of posts in random forum order. For the people that use the "Unread posts", it wouldn't change anything for them.

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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:18 pm

Is there an update for this? I am eagerly waiting to be able to use the different forums, rather than the "Your Posts" and "Unread Posts" quick links, which basically removes the purpose of having different forums in the first place.

Making this very simple modification would make the forum sooooo much better.

Pleeeaaase?

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Insctructions:
http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... unread.gif
http://dhammawheel.com/styles/prosilver ... bforum.gif
Rename to 'forum_unread_original.gif' and 'forum_unread_subforum_original.gif'.

Then upload these to the "/styles/prosilver/theme/images/" folder:
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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by Ben » Tue Oct 20, 2015 1:18 am

Hi Sam,
Both David and I have been distracted with some other pressing internal matters. I'll raise the issue with David and hopefully we can get back to you shortly.
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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by DNS » Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:52 am

Sounds good. Some updates sound easy but actually create glitches; something with the phpbb software, so we're always weary of rushing to make any changes.

Some more pressing items take precedence of course, so some things tend to get left on the back burner. Nothing about the merits of the ideas, just the problems with glitches with this software.

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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:31 am

Ben wrote:Hi Sam,
Both David and I have been distracted with some other pressing internal matters. I'll raise the issue with David and hopefully we can get back to you shortly.
Kind regards,
Ben
David N. Snyder wrote:Sounds good. Some updates sound easy but actually create glitches; something with the phpbb software, so we're always weary of rushing to make any changes.

Some more pressing items take precedence of course, so some things tend to get left on the back burner. Nothing about the merits of the ideas, just the problems with glitches with this software.
Okay, thank you. No worries. Happy to know it is on the to-do list. :smile:

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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by DNS » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:21 pm

It is done now.

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Re: New 'New Post' Button for Board Index

Post by samseva » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:27 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:It is done now.
Cool! Thank you. :smile:

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