Right now: -"new messages" is the addition of a tiny paper in the folder. (low visibility = low importance) -"popular thread" changes the colour of the whole folder from yellow to red (high visibility = high importance)
Personally, I find "new messages" to be a higher-priority-to-know-about than "popularity", although both are nice-to-know.
I would suggest changing the priority to this: -"new messages" changes the colour of the whole folder from yellow to red (high visibility = high importance) -"popular thread" adds a blue "+" sign to the centre of the folder (whether red or yellow). -get rid of the little-paper-thing all together, it's just too small to add any significant visual difference -the locked folders are nice, keep them and hopefully add the CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED when possible
Individually, this means:
Thread is open and has no recent unread messages.
-Currently: a yellow folder -Suggestion: a yellow folder
Thread is open and has recent unread messages.
-Currently: a yellow folder with tiny red paper thing -Suggestion: a red folder
Thread is open and very active, but has no unread messages.
-Currently: a red folder -Suggestion: a yellow folder with a blue "+" sign in the centre of it.
Thread is open, very active, and has unread messages.
-Currently: a red folder with tiny red paper thing -Suggestion: a red folder with a blue "+" sign in the centre of it.
I'm not very good at actual icon creation either. But I should be able to edit the icons you have into the ones I've described above if the suggestion is of any use. Let me know.
I also suggest removing the larger roman-building-type icons from the forum list and replace them with similar, smaller folder-type icons. I personally find those larger roman-buildings to be just a bit too distracting/busy.
In other words, congratulations on the big move! And welcome to all the whiny needs and desires! Whoo!!
Overall, I find the additions to dBoard 3.0 be more helpful then the losses. Especially if you plan on re-implementing most of those nice-to-have losses anyway. A lot of these comments remind me of the words of Stewie Griffin as the house is torn apart: "I don't like change..."
Can anyone confirm that this problem predates that change?
No, sorry. But I'm seeing it too.
It used to be that if your cookie settings remembered you had been in that thread, then the arrow would work correctly. But if your cookie settings did not know that you had previously been in that thread, then the arrow would bring you to the first message.
Now it seems to be either working correctly, or if your cookie settings do not know that you've previously been in that thread... then the arrow brings you to the last message.
Is that correct? The sporadic workings of the arrow could just be from varying cookie memories.
Is it possible to have different icons for the arrow depending on if a cookie-memory for the thread is found? That is... a blue arrow would indicate that a cookie-memory was found for that specific thread, and it would work correctly in bringing you to the last-read message. But, perhaps, a black arrow could indicate that no cookie-memory was found for that thread, and therefore you will be brought to the last message.
Such a difference in icons (if possible) may also help debugging?