I've borked something in the custom CSS - lists of topics, popular, recent etc. etc. are NOT using the full width available - say 75-80% of the width available is being used - I have unused space to the right size of the recent post preview. - it's lie there is a blank column.
The primary nav menu fixed at the top is fine, this is what I am comparing it to.
Any idea what is the controlling element here in the CSS?
Could a conflict somewhere too but I'll look at this later... when I turn off the custom CSS to see if it reverts.
Is there a plugin that automates the following - for example, watching a twitter account or youtube account and grabbing the title and link to the latest posts to an acc or channel to create new topic for each new event at the watch targets.
Some deeper DNS/MX work seems to have made the difference and using "encrypted" setting - initially I was using StartTLS as per email provider SMTP guide, which specified TLS - tested it again and StartTLS broke it.
A composer that can align in one click to the right of the screen - creating a split view.
I guess if people want left they can have it but the concept is being able to easily reference posts on the right and compose on the left, keeping an unobstructed view of the entire flow of the topic posts without having to minimize the compose editor.
Meet the new contextual button that would toggle between positions.
Click to toggle horizontal position: composer-horz-btn.png
Click to toggle right-aligned position (split view): Composer-right-btn.png
As an evolution of composer core feature & function, I believe the case for, is incredibly self evident.
I'm waiting for someone to tell me this feature is already available... 🤣
I will edit an addition this OP with summary points and extra info if required.
Please Upvote 👍 - If you want to see this as a core feature in standard nodeBB deployment.
I know I've already said that but I do, so much it inspires me to see it shine shine shine!
First I present some basic edits and additions to the composer, to refine even more the sleek minimalism - sleeker, not weaker.
Spot the Difference
Did you spot the changes?
A) Gone is the left aligned arrow/circle - meet the new (27px x 3px #E2E2E2) - RESIZER NOTCH! 🙂
B) Huh? What is that ... read on
C & D) - Doesn't this just look better, make more sense positionally, rather than words in those clashing with the input and preview areas!
E) - I'm pitching to fully BOX in (top, left, right & bottom) the post editor - Also reducing the beautiful blue line down from 3px to 2px.
Composer - Right beside you!
B) What happens when you click it! 😉
Mans & Womans - I dunno if this exists, I searched, I didn't find it but why not! (now you know why the box in post editor box is needed further + it visually feedbacks better too) It's clearly the natural progression to enhance composer experience and I have NEVER seen this done in any forums I have used, ever! (happy to be corrected).
I feel like it makes the UI more busy and doesn't really add anything.
I can understand that feeling, but busy is very relative and I was aware some might like it, others might not - eye of the beholder, beauty vs function.
You know if you want all this UI stuff, you're more than welcome to take an existing theme and modify it to your hearts desire.
That is a valid point which I accounted for in my comments but not in the context of my agenda and thus my activity I would say it's not even a concern or should be, but - Please let me explain.
I'm concentrating on out-of-the-box nodeBB.
I'm looking at nodeBB persona bundle with a critical eye to enhance and evolve it, to engage the world with it's best foot forward - among the broad spectrum of forum platforms out there, historical and new, engage the widest market, users, owners and beyond.
Facebook & Twitter to name but a few have crippled many once great forum communities across the vast stretches of the interwebs often by simply starving them of new active users as the virtual Big Tec Malls sucked people (frankly captured as children) into their big and shiny LIKE driven platforms.
NodeBB IMHO is a great base, to begin to turn that equation on it's head, even fight back, but perhaps I'm foisting too many hopes & dreams on mere refinements and feature requests. So I shall digress no more on that point but it's why I'm offering this here as opposed to any other new platform out there.
I'm banking on nodeBB being a great community who also share similar values or outlooks. I'm not expecting or looking to garner agreement but support for alwasy looking and always thinking about more or better.
Initiating this process, it was recommended to me by @julian to use the forums to engage as I am doing.
I do not know any other constructive way to engage the development of nodeBB as an active contributor, other than this. I am not a coder and get by on basic HTML and CSS, often on a needs must basis while GitHub still looks alphabet soup to me, and scares me a bit.
Maybe if I create an account it will start to knit (and I will eventually).
Tangentially I have slowly begun to understand how to build a theme for bodeBB but if I tried that now it would not be confident it would stand up to rigor.
As I spec and find things and formulate a new insight or suggestion - It's not that I so want these all for me and the dev team to do my bidding - no, but I am thinking what the user needs, what the admin needs, or the broader active but lurking user needs and sometimes a mix of these points of view.
These are not random considerations as I have a lot of experience with historical forums, users bases, trends and various trials of the humble site-admins and mods.
First and foremost it is distilled through the prism of a visual spatial understanding, as a designer who has been pushing pixels for far too long, totally inspired by nodeBB's very existence to reinvigorate the forum as a platform in a forum that is re-invigorating the forum as a viable platform for the future by it's sheer existence - it speaks to me of it's potential, to push the envelope of expectations, in a refined fit and finish or radical reformation that are conventionally reliable in the cut adn thrust of day in day out forum life.
Right now I'm calling it as I see it with as much visual support I can muster in my spare time, for user consideration and attention of the dev's. (thus request for upvotes!)
If someone wants to partner with me to help dev in this direction as a theme, please message me but I can't help feel that my focus is refining then entry core for the widest of applications and then proposing roadmap features like Composer - Right beside you - to go beyond the scope of a mere theme.
I love the composer in nodeBB. However, it's rare to find anything in life that can not be pushed toward greater perfection and since composer is pushing toward perfection already - let's push a little bit more to make the difference! 🙂
On community.nodebb.org - I noticed a few extra buttons that seemed to related to the same function or kind of, then I noticed even more - why have 3 image related buttons when you can have one?
Ok, first lets strip the overlapping icons and rearrange into more logical groups:
Post Edit Tools | Link Tools | Image Tools | Custom Tool | Zen Mode
Super and look at all the new found space, minimal overload is not far off, time to look at the sequential order.
Less is More in the New Order
If there ever was a more graceful flow from left to right in perfect order I have yet to see it, with less buttons in a more logical, sequential and grouped order we are pitching for less visual cognitive load.
Minimal without losing functionality
Clear left to right flow and back again
Grouping of icons by contextual function
Establishes a logical sequence to icon groups
Creates more space for other icons
Sets logical order and positioning for future icon inclusion
Naturally it flows that the 3 image button functions need to be folded into a pop-up menu.
Why this is probably a better outcome is that it creates a clear focus and display of the image options to the user using one click, all on a single menu.
Currently there are 3 buttons one of which is visually ambiguous as it presents as cloud up arrow icon, which could be construed as being actionable with any file for upload.
If you wanted to push the logic of this approach further, then even the smilies icon could considered a valid target (hypothetically!) to also fold into the single image button - creating a hybrid single image button, a hybrid pop-up menu with all the visual/image elements in one place.
Please note, I am not proposing it for now but I present it to tease out the natural evolution of where this route might go and is perhaps one reduction too far for broader nodeBB deployments.
Please upvote 👍 - If you woudl like to see this in standard nodeBB.