joined:June 15, 2003
I'm starting this thread as a place to post quick fixes. Meaning SUGGESTIONS
for changes that makes a difference without requiring a lot of work (suggestions; as opposed to discussion of changes)
Ie. We all know that quite a few voices have advocated going from table based layout and HTML formatting to a CSS based layout. However, that is NOT an "easy win" as that will require a major software overhaul. So, name those little things that should be easy in stead. That is, relatively easy as far as we know... BE EXTREMELY SPECIFIC
Remember, these are all suggestions. Feel free to disagree, but post your own suggestions in stead of discussing in this particular thread. This thread is for suggestion posting
To get the thread started, I'll post a few of those items I've noticed myself, as well as a few I've picked up in the threads: New logo: Change nothing but the logo and the user experience will be different. Easy.
Move "user navigation" apart from "site navigation" (top of page): Put "control panel", "log out", and "subscribe" on same line as member name and "[inbox]". Makes things a lot easier.
Move logout link far right on page (or move it far right in top page navigation list): Most websites have the logout link in the upper right hand corner. A convention, just like the door knob is usually to the right. Makes things easier.
Rename "announcements" to "site news", "news" or similar
Move "glossary" link next to "library" link (top-of-page)
Remove "PubCon" link from on-site-navigation top-of-page: Or put that link after a <br> on a new line or something. To make things easier to find.
Rename "Sticky Mail" to "Personal/Private Message": It makes it easier for new users to figure out what it is all about.
Make member name link to user profile and remove the link "user profile" left of posts: A web convention; you click a name to view the profile. Also, it removes page clutter.
Make thread title editable: Sometimes you make a typo and you see it only after you've hit submit. Or the headline isn't really right for the subject. Or something.
Rename "Meta Description" to "Description" in the "Start New Thread" form: Makes things less confusing.
Rename title "New Discussion" to "New Thread" in the "Start New Thread" form: Consistency in terms.
Rename "topic" to "thread" in links bottom of page ("Message Thread Options"): Consistency in terms.
Remove "start new topic" from "Message Thread Options" bottom of page: Otherwise it's being hit by accident in stead of reply. New topics should be started from forum front page or from recent post list.
Move "Reply to this topic" far left so it becomes the first link in "Message Thread Options" and rename to "reply": Stimulate discussion: It's the option you would want to see used, so it should be first.
Rename "e-a-friend" to "email link to thread" or similar
Rename "flag it" to "add to favorites" or similar
Rename "recommend" to "vote for homepage": it gets confused with "e-a-friend" as it is
Make Login page redirect to referring page: For convenience when logging in from thread to answer a message. Stimulates discussion.
Remove "Home" option from "Global options" link set bottom of page: To reduce clutter - one inch below is the same links
Make a sticky link to posts out of the "#:4140..." link in the left side if possible: Linking to a post in stead of a thread is a great asset in a forum context.
Make some kind of of option for posting formatted code: This might not be one of the easiest but relative to it's importance I'd say it should still be considered an easy win.
Change green and pink post highlights to colours with less saturation: Most other colours on the forum are not very intense. On the background, those two catches the eye way more than intended. The idea is great but it's slightly overdone.
Remove grey background color from horisontal bar that is between posts (make it white as the post): In stead make the top table row border a tad darker grey. In one stroke it changes appearance to be less "table-like" and a slight bit more "modern".
Change the colour scheme to monochrome, except highlights: Some cell backgrounds have a higher "B" value than "R" or "G" in the RGB color scheme (two last digits in the hex scheme are higher). Making it all greayscale, except for post highlights etc will instantly "update" the design. Quickie.
Add "last post by" to Recent Posts List: By popular demand.
I'll stop here... I hope members will post their pet peeves, great ideas, and then some...
NOTE: This is NOT a discussion thread. This is for posting ideas and suggestions. It does not matter if you agree or not to what others have posted.
Post your own suggestions in stead of discussing those of others. Let the moderators do the discussion and selection, and let us users concentrate on suggestions. There are lots of other threads for debate.
[edited by: claus at 1:23 am (utc) on May 31, 2010]