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Thread starter indicator feature for XB?

Discussion in 'Resolved Suggestions' started by kontrabass, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. kontrabass

    kontrabass Member

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    Hi guys!

    We find it very useful to give a thread starter (OP) some kind of visual "blip" in threads that they've started. This is very useful in long threads when folks forget who asked the original question etc. We did this before in vbulletin, but haven't done it in XenForo. Users are asking for it. Want to make it a feature of xenbase?

    Technically it's pretty easy, it's just the visual that I need help with. :)
     
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  2. Russ

    Russ Designer

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    So ideally put in something that would show up on every OP's post in that thread correct?
     
  3. kontrabass

    kontrabass Member

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    Exactly :)
     
  4. Russ

    Russ Designer

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    Well.. we threw the class inside XenBase 1.5 and also added an extra span inside the existing helper span on the message user info.

    I thought about it for awhile and wasn't sure the best way to approach it that everyone would be happy with. That being said I can knock up some tutorials on some extra things.

    But you can use simple CSS now to achieve little things:

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    .message.threadStarter {
    background-color: #f5f8fc;
    border: 1px solid #c9d7ed;
    border-radius: 4px;
    }
    
    Results:
    Screenshot_1.png


    Or simple:
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    .threadStarter .messageUserBlock {
    background-color: #ffc1c1;
    }
    
    Result:
    Screenshot_2.png

    But now that the class is in place plus the other div I added I can do some tutorials as I mentioned once the 1.5 release is over with.
     
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  5. kontrabass

    kontrabass Member

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    Thanks Russ!!
     
  6. kontrabass

    kontrabass Member

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    This works brilliantly, FYI ;)
     
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  7. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

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    I like this idea!
    What about making it a bit more complicated and add a own banner for threadstarters?

    Or an icon maybe?
     
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  8. C.L.

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    An icon would be good. Just one thing. What should the icon be like?
     
  9. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

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    What about a star? Or mail envelope? I dont know, not a designer :p but something that can be seen as starter.
     
  10. C.L.

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    What about a feather?...Well,that's a little too old fashion. Maybe it could be a pen!...Or a pen in a star? Ohh,I know! Maybe it could be a pen and an envelope. I'm not sure either. :unsure:
     
  11. Bionic Rooster

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    How about just looking at the first post? Also if you look at any of the titles it shows who the thread starter is and when they started it.
    Screenshot_1.jpg
     
  12. Russ

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    This is more geared at while in threads you have s slight reminder of who opened the thread.

    Also you guys are kind of proving my point of why I kept it simple, everyone wants something different haha
     
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  13. C.L.

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  14. Bionic Rooster

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    Yeah I see what their saying and have used Shelly's add-on that @C.L. suggested. And that only works if the OP posts any replies. along the way. I had several cases where the OP started a vibrant thread and never posted again. So if one was looking for who started it all, they were back to the basics anyway LOL
    Yup KISS ;):LOL:
     
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  15. C.L.

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    Just a test result here. I tried it in a xenforo demo(without downloading it,just copy and paste,don't tell them!)and the green triangle overlapped the ribbon.
    Thread author ribbon screenshot..png
     
  16. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

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    @Russ I know you like a challenge :p Don't be difficult now :)

    Problem for forum managers that are not using English as forum language, is that we need it all phrased. If its not, then we get mix of languages, which is even more annoying.

    And I would more use something @Russ and @Steve made, with easy config in xenbase, then a plugin with editing of files.
     
  17. Russ

    Russ Designer

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    If only phrases were able to be shipped out with styles themselves :cry:
     
  18. kaieivindm

    kaieivindm Customer

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    Can only hope for XF 2.0 :)
     
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  19. kontrabass

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    Hi @Russ looking forward to a tutorial when you have the time :) I'm unable to get this working with anything other than simply changing the background color of the messageuserblock. :pigeon:

    I'm not sure what would look good with our style, but the background color (tried various blues/reds/yellows) does not work IMO. Maybe a dot or even a font awesome icon? Hmm. Anyway like I said, when you have spare time... :)
     
  20. kontrabass

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    Hey, I think I found a pretty decent solution for us :)

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    .threadStarter .username:before {
            font-family: FontAwesome;
            content: "\f139  ";
        }
    
    For anyone who's interested, this adds a font awesome "circle chevron up" icon before the OP's username:

    Screenshot at Sep 17 14-21-48.png
     
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