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I've noticed that the "new post" icon is sometimes animated, with the little page part growing and shrinking. It does this whether the post has been read or not.

What does this animated icon indicate? I haven't been able to figure out the significance, and I'm curious. :-s
 

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"Popular" topic

Yes - the growing-shrinking icon indicates a "popular" topic. If you check the bottom of the forum screens you'll see a key to the icons. No indication of what defines "popular", however.

I must say, this is a very groovy forum/bulletin board package - phpBB: must bear that in mind. Wonder how much configuration it took to set up for this forum.
 

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I see the 'icon key' at the bottom now. I could have swore I looked before, and didn't see this. Oh well, I guess everyone is entitled to be stupid now and then. Either that or Mike is playing games with us :-$
 

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Tricky Mike

The key is different on the main index, the individual forum page and the thread page (well, there isn't one...). Which makes sense, but if you've noticed the animation and clicked before scrolling to the bottom of the page, confusion sets in. I had the same experience as you, 4x4s - I couldn't find the animated icon, then noticed it in the key days later...

Decent user interfaces are REALLY hard - this one does a solid job, no question.

Mike - was the configuration minimal? If so, it looks good out of the box. Maybe we need VW smilies? E-motor-cons? \:D/
 

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Re: Tricky Mike

Tamashek said:
...Decent user interfaces are REALLY hard - this one does a solid job, no question.
Agree. Good UI's are hard, and this board does a great job. Might be slightly more helpful if the 'hover over' action for the animated icon added the word 'popular' though. An admittedly anal nit-pick though.

Keep up the good work Mike!
 

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Tamashek said:
Mike - was the configuration minimal? If so, it looks good out of the box. Maybe we need VW smilies? E-motor-cons? \:D/
The configuration is the "standard" color scheme... but the code itself is hacked up quite a bit. My "real" job is running an eBusiness development firm, so I played around quite a bit in the code. CT started as my pet project and ended up blossoming into much much more.
 

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Thanks for the insight

Well done, then! I don't get the time I'd like playing "under the hood" anymore: it'd be nice to go back to the simple life of coding... but if I did, I wouldn't be able to afford my beautiful car. Ah, well.

I'm impressed with how well the system handles a variety of browsers - I'm used to the javascript failing when it comes to tagging up posts, but this works consistently well. Good choice.

Cheers.
 
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