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Re: Alphabetical Entries

Postby mrchad9 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:28 pm

Looks like it has been changed back already.

The air seems cleaner now somehow!
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Fred Spicker » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:44 pm

Now is is back to the jumbled mess it was before.

How about making it an option?
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Montana Matt » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:09 pm

Fred Spicker wrote:How about making it an option?

Intend to do it at some point. It will require a few days work though.
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Re: Alphabetical Entries

Postby Josh Lewis » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:40 am

Refer to this post to see how it was proposed: post937524.html#p937524

Hopefully in the future we figure out some sort of preferences.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Jimbopo » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:40 am

Bob Sihler wrote:A nice solution would be to have people be able to choose, maybe even by section. This would apply not just to your own profile but to others' as well. For example, Matt Lemke can choose to have his own pages listed chronologically when he views them while I can click so that I can see them sorted alphabetically. Either way, the user sees them how he wants to, not how someone else wants him to. It's like the sorting options with search results.



That actually sounds very fair. I hope there's some collaboration to put this into motion. Solo work/ one sided opinions (even mine) don't get far. Thanks for affirming that Bob.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Marcsoltan » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:55 am

Thanks for switching back to the old way, but I have no problem with making it optional.
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Re: Alphabetical Entries

Postby lcarreau » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:33 am

mrchad9 wrote:
The air seems cleaner now somehow!



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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Buz Groshong » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:51 pm

Josh Lewis wrote:Coming up within the next 3 months or so is the planned release of SummitPost Version 4. I plan on making another thread sometime down the road regarding other changes. So with that in mind, the idea of profile themes is on the consideration list. If implemented, it would allow the user to select the theme (template styling) of their profile. The profile is the most personal part of the site hence what I believe has the right to have it's own unique look and feel. Profile themes would not effect the rest of the site. 8)

Right now there are three themes. Simple, Semi Styled, and Dark.

Plain is pretty much the same as it currently is as seen here:

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Semi Styled has some Styling additions to it to make it not too styled but has some elements that make the content pop out better:

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And finally the dark theme:

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In the screen shot above, the dark theme has a blue color (gradient) on hover which makes it easier readable and it looks nice. :) Another advantage to the dark theme is that it strives for style and simplicity. Notice how the links don't feel overwhelming? (or at least feels like less clutter than the original) But again, I understand people's desire for simple styling which is why I believe people should have the freedom to choose.

So in this thread feel free to voice your opinion regarding this. We want to hear what other think of this, whether it be suggestions, likes, dislikes, ect.


To at least some of us, the site is about the content rather than the presentation. I could care less, but knock yourself out, as long as it doesn't get in the way of something that really is important.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:34 pm

To that point... I'd say if something can be done to make loading images easier or setting up content that should be higher up on the list than themes or styles.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Josh Lewis » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:51 pm

Chad, I didn't post this thread because of some sort of belief of this being high up on the priority list. But because much of the work has already been done by me. :wink: In other words, of course there are other things that need focus now. But I wanted to hear from the community at large to see if this sort of thing was okay in the first place. This way I can save myself work if it wasn't.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:26 pm

If doing work on this then I would suggest something like users having the option for the dark theme that applies only when on a mobile device, if they selected it. Otherwise I like #2 but without the mountain icons.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Josh Lewis » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:03 am

As far as I understand, mobile themes would actually have to be a separate template. Now I could think of something clever perhaps. The problem is that I don't own a mobile phone which makes it difficult to know what the final product is. :wink: As you may know, tweaking is almost always needed after the code appears good. But I suppose I can look into it after everything is all set.

Regarding the mountain icons, that's just my style (the styling I had it last, not necessarily to be in the main template). 8) We plan to do away with all site icons and use icon fonts.
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Re: Profile Themes for SP Version 4

Postby Kiefer » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:28 pm

Having the option to have certain sections listed as chronological vs. alphabetical is a great idea. I agree with other posters in that some sections, (IE: log entires) need to stay chrono. But giving users that option just adds to the developing 'ease of use' & 'friendliness' of SP. It's not earth-shaking obviously, but it is a nice addition.

I like the dark version. Again, not monumental but all these little things do help 'modernize' SP. Especially when paired with all the page updates, re-writes, etc. the versatility and aesthetic changes I think will definitely help with SP's visibility on the 'Net.

Thanks, Matt, Bob & Josh!!
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