PJ wrote:There have been extensive off-line discussions regarding the architecture of the E-Playa as experienced by contributors.
Nothing springs to my mind that wasn't also complained about on-line, however the discussions were spread about in a great many threads, most of them begun early after the system switch.
Yep. Our bad for not creating the feedback folders until after the switch. We're reading through as much as possible.
Thanks for sharing the offline feedback.
PJ wrote:The bulk of the points made off-line were of the following sort:
• "Page layout needs much more white space."
• "Posts are boxed into little 'cubicles' which interferes with human interaction and insightful communication."
• Fonts too small.
• Excessive non-communication-related graphics (unnecessary borders, redundant info both iconic and label-related).
Plus the items you listed above, the most egregious of which by popular opinion is a lack of a reliable way to view only as-yet-unread posts.
Our question is: are the graphics a done deal? These aren't like requests for bug-fixes--addressing this stuff would have no effect on system reliability or functionality. Still, many thoughtful people feel very strongly about them. Are complaints regarding the "look and feel" of the new E-Playa pointless because the builders of the system are committed to sticking with the look-and-feel that they've already worked to create?
If an alternative look is a possibility, suggested formats were those of Table Talk as well as the old E-Playa.
One of the coolest features about this tool is that it's skinnable. This is just one skin, which some folks did work on to make better (and they did, oh lord you should have seen the out-of-the-box one, yech). We want to create at least a couple of other, lighter, non-graphic- y ones, and we invite anyone else to create their own to share. We've just not had the time to decipher and publish the skinning instructions form www.phpbb.com .
In my sugarplum dreams, graphics folks from all over the burn community would create skins as varied as themecamps. Heck, they cold even BE themecamps.
p.s. permanent disabling of smilies on a user-by-user basis is also being looked into. Of course, they wouldn't be a problem if people didn't use them...