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Shadows on posts: yes or no?

MikeMike Hummus-Fuelled WhovianLondonPosts: 2,173 Staff Moderator
edited January 22 in Anything Goes
Hey folks!

Excitingly, we've got the ability to add slight shadows to posts and avatars. They add a bit of visual depth to discussions, make things feel a bit more modern and posts look a bit less static. In addition to that, we can round off the corners of posts to make them a bit less square.

This is how that looks on desktop:

This is how it looks on mobile:


Vote on the poll to say whether you'd like to give this a go. No change would be permanent - this is just to try it and see what we reckon. We quite like it on the staff team but we want to see what y'all think.

At the start of next week we'll decide what to do, based on these results. :)


Shadows on posts: yes or no? 21 votes

Yes, let's give it a try
90% 19 votes
Nah, not keen
9% 2 votes
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Comments

  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,672 Boards Champion
    As much as i like the idea of forums to keep looking out of date and not modern - it does look pretty cool lol so i put yes
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
    Mike
  • AidanAidan Potato Posts: 1,598 Postholic
    I like it, looks cool and modern :+1:
    Mike
  • Kathleen07Kathleen07 Posts: 1,936 Postholic
    It's quite cool and I don't personally take against it, but I also feel like the boards are nice the way they are.

    I wouldn't mind the shadows, but if you do that, I think I'd like the change more if you put the avatar size back to normal or maybe made it a little less big than it is right now. I'm sure I'll adjust either way :)
    Mike
  • MikeMike Hummus-Fuelled Whovian LondonPosts: 2,173 Staff Moderator
    @Shaunie said:
    As much as i like the idea of forums to keep looking out of date and not modern - it does look pretty cool lol so i put yes
    @Aidan said:
    I like it, looks cool and modern :+1:
    Thanks both of you. :) Looks like there's a lot of support for this idea.

    It's quite cool and I don't personally take against it, but I also feel like the boards are nice the way they are.

    I wouldn't mind the shadows, but if you do that, I think I'd like the change more if you put the avatar size back to normal or maybe made it a little less big than it is right now. I'm sure I'll adjust either way :)
    That's a super reasonable thing to want Kathleen. Change can be difficult even in small amounts, so there's definitely an argument for taking these things slowly/gradually. And of course, for those who just prefer a more retro style, that's okay too. :)

    The avatars will most likely stay the size they are, just because they were arguably a little too small to make out or read before, depending on the image. The new size also makes better use of the space to the left of posts, so it was a practical decision overall.

    We'll see how we do with the poll. Again, definitely an argument for either making small changes or making bigger changes gradually. :)
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    Kathleen07
  • GreenTeaGreenTea The moonPosts: 2,032 Mega Poster
    It looks good, very Morden feeling. I sometimes feel like the current design is very old school and lacking its modernization
    Mike
  • MikeMike Hummus-Fuelled Whovian LondonPosts: 2,173 Staff Moderator
    Thanks @GreenTea! Looks like the majority of people agree. :)

    Given the poll was such a landslide, we implemented these changes today. Feel free to leave your thoughts below if you have any, and do check out the mobile view if you usually use desktop!
    All behaviour is a need trying to be met.

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  • BubblesGoesBooBubblesGoesBoo Sunny ScotlandPosts: 3,203 Ultimate Poster
    Woahh, I was all for this but it's so different 😂😂
    ' So I put a bullet where I shouda put a helmet, and I crash my car cause I wanna get carried away, that's why I'm standing on the overpass screaming at myself 'hey, I wanna get better''  
  • Millie2787Millie2787 Carer/Craft Lover Posts: 2,548 Mega Poster
    edited January 28
    Woahh, I was all for this but it's so different 😂😂
    I mean same @BubblesGoesBoo on my phone looks so strange 😂

    Personally I feel like on a mobile the avatar pictures look too big 
    “ I believe that you have the power to achieve whatever you put your mind too, You are living a life’s most people won’t  ever understand but that’s what will Be the root of all your determination and success. You have a soul full of love and kindness and I just know that despite all the hardship, a life’s of happiness awaits you and I’m very proud of you, just keep holding on” 
  • BubblesGoesBooBubblesGoesBoo Sunny ScotlandPosts: 3,203 Ultimate Poster
    Can we change messages back? Sent a message and had to check like 3  times it was an actual message and I wasn't posting on a thread 😂😂
    ' So I put a bullet where I shouda put a helmet, and I crash my car cause I wanna get carried away, that's why I'm standing on the overpass screaming at myself 'hey, I wanna get better''  
  • GreenTeaGreenTea The moonPosts: 2,032 Mega Poster
    I really like this!
  • *BananaMonkey**BananaMonkey* Lyrical Poster Posts: 5,214 The Mix Elder
    It looks ace :smile: 
    " And everywhere I am, there you'll be, your love made me make it through, oh I owe so much to you "
    " So I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing, who can live without it, I ask in all honestly what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me "
    '' It's a beautiful day and I can't stop myself from smiling "
    GreenTea
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 7,672 Boards Champion
    I feel like i can work out people's pictures more with out having to click on their profile so makes it look bit more interesting
    Stop imagining fake scenarios and hurting your own feelings 
  • *BananaMonkey**BananaMonkey* Lyrical Poster Posts: 5,214 The Mix Elder
    Shaunie said:
    I feel like i can work out people's pictures more with out having to click on their profile so makes it look bit more interesting
    I thought this too, everything is a lot more clearer :smile:
    " And everywhere I am, there you'll be, your love made me make it through, oh I owe so much to you "
    " So I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing, who can live without it, I ask in all honestly what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me "
    '' It's a beautiful day and I can't stop myself from smiling "
    Shaunie
  • Kathleen07Kathleen07 Posts: 1,936 Postholic
    Hmm... I'm not sure what I think of this. On my first glance I was like, "this doesn't look good, it feels weird with the rest of the site's design", but now I'm looking more closely and I think it looks cool and maybe better than before. I think it looks nice in itself but I'm split on whether it feels to me like it fits, if you know what I mean. I don't really know, it's interesting to see.
  • MikeMike Hummus-Fuelled Whovian LondonPosts: 2,173 Staff Moderator
    edited January 29
    Awesome to hear you guys like it overall! Thanks to those who have given constructive feedback. :)

    Woahh, I was all for this but it's so different 😂😂
    I mean same @BubblesGoesBoo on my phone looks so strange 😂

    Personally I feel like on a mobile the avatar pictures look too big 
    Hmm, do you think you might adjust to that Millie? Or would you say they look intrusively big?

    Can we change messages back? Sent a message and had to check like 3  times it was an actual message and I wasn't posting on a thread 😂😂
    This is a fair question Bubbles! It's worth noting they were the same when they were both flat, but there's probably an argument for making PMs and and discussions feel a little bit different anyway.

    If this is a popular request we can consider it for sure. :)

    Hmm... I'm not sure what I think of this. On my first glance I was like, "this doesn't look good, it feels weird with the rest of the site's design", but now I'm looking more closely and I think it looks cool and maybe better than before. I think it looks nice in itself but I'm split on whether it feels to me like it fits, if you know what I mean. I don't really know, it's interesting to see.
    Interesting point Kathleen. You could certainly argue that the rest of the styling (e.g. on the homepage) could do with a tweak to make things feel more consistent. We'll be working on that at some point in the future because it's a bigger project, and we'll be getting you guys involved to vote on what you like. :)

    Thanks for your thoughts guys! It's definitely a change that might take some getting used to but it's awesome to know this is generally something we're liking.

    Would it be useful to do a poll a bit later (e.g. in a month) to see if we still like it?
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  • GreenTeaGreenTea The moonPosts: 2,032 Mega Poster
    I don't think messages should go back to the old style. It would just look werid going to and from the old and new style. The boards need an update in style and I think it looks really up to date and cool. I think some will take longer to get use to the  new style than others. 

    Either way I like the new style for the boards and PM. I think it works really well and is fun and feels more Morden
  • LaineLaine Llama Mama Posts: 1,511 Postholic
    Defo worth a go it looks good to me :)

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  • MikeMike Hummus-Fuelled Whovian LondonPosts: 2,173 Staff Moderator
    @Laine @GreenTea - thanks both of you. :) That's useful feedback!
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