As I already wrote, by default we're offering what comes by default. If you would like to get poster name displayed on the left side, edit templates/main_posts_cell.html
and swap <td> rows within couple of seconds. If you would like to get a traditional layout for the first page (btw it is set that way by default in the package), edit setup_options.php
and disable just one setting.
It's a question of taste of your own. I am liking more the current layout
, and I am offering it at my forums because I think it is better than previous. On minibbtest we will still keep the old 'blue' layout with small letters, with the username column oriented to the left, to show what it means to use miniBB. Because it can be then used for very different tasks.
We are offering more flexibility with this issue and just covering more audience, I can't understand your claims regarding this, because it all doesn't affect the generic version of the software which can still be used for thin-layout sites. But with this release it is also more oriented on big and wide communities which carry about the content a lot, not just the layout (which would be stupid for the current content-is-a-king days).
Some time ago I urgently understood small amount of customers choosing miniBB because they all were thinking "this board is thin, it uses small font size, blue colors and it will not fit my site, because it is wider, uses larger font size and the orange color
". They weren't able to go deeper and get the idea that miniBB could be any font size, any color, any layout, and these changes can be applied just in CSS and templates without affecting the PHP core. Current version should show that miniBB is a chameleon
. Because when you see something here
, and it is completely different from what you see there
, at the time it is the same
, it could give an impression it also could fit your wishes
That's the main idea and it it won't work... there is no way back anyway.
We are not orienting on what users have used for years because on the market there are new users coming each day, and they are choosing usability instead. I don't know who invented 'the law' of placing the username column on the left, if most european and english language readers are reading from the left to right side. When I read your message here
, I read the text first, not your username, because I am carrying about your opinion
and answering the opinion
, not you
personally, because I don't know who you are at all. So the opinion is brought first.
I know WordPress team have chosen placing username column on the right as well in their BBpress project some time ago, because I feel
they are finding such placement more logical too. Now as we can see this placement is denied again and BBpress looks very regular.
What for? Just because of the opinions like these. It seems WP guys are afraid that people will not recognize it
and they are afraid to try something new which seems definitely better, because they were told by couple of people. We are not afraid.
I was born in USSR era and I know what it means to live in Totalitarianism when you are supposed to do the same thing to survive as your neighbor does. You know guys, I would say "the USSR is over and I want to be different from my stupid idiotic neighbor which I hate
". Are we living in the free world or not?..
If you are supporting Communism era in forum software, you're welcome, I will better to close this project then make just another copy of the interface which I hate and which I am finding not suitable.
However the new things doesn't mean we have thrown out the old.
They all are still available. Later we will work on the old skins and you will see they all are compatible with the older version of the layout. It is just more freedom to everybody which thinks free.
It appears to be the same story like with those "unread message icons" by the way. I don't know who invented this horrible algorithm and why it is so much appreciated by users, at the time it is resources-greedy and not useful at all. Imagine that you arrive on forums after some 10-days break and start to analyze what icon indicated new messages and what not. If there was a blind designer who've made this icons, you will miss part of the messages anyway. If there are 20 forums on board, you need to go though each and every forum and after 10 or 20 minutes you will be tired to do so. Nobody have thought about such easy-to-use thing as we offer in Checker tool
, when you have all unread messages straight in one list and study only new messages arrived straight away. Still, many customers are wanting new troubles in their life, asking me about "unread message icons", instead of choosing the simple, the best, the most affordable method just because their habits are too bad to open their eyes for something more deliberately better.
Quit smoking, guys, I already did.