Before the fancy-schmancy graphics package was released for vBulletin, it was very easy to see if a thread you’d posted to had new replies, as there was a dot beside its title indicating your participation.
That dot has been replaced by one of those stupid envelope icons that looks, at first glance, just like every other stupid envelope icon.
Can we please bring back the dot? Long live the dot.
Everything just seems a little…too cartoony for me. I mean, we went from standard geekiness to high tech and over the top pretty geekiness. I mean, is all of this necessary? I liked my white dot next to my name indicating if I was online. This green light thing irritates me. Anyway, I’m done whining.
The dot thing doesn’t bother me as much as the smilies. I think some of the new smilies “inhale audibly” and are a bit “cartoonish” as BandChick put it. Brandon, in another post somewhere you mentioned thinking about going back to the old smilies. Have you made any definite decision on it yet?
I’ve been crazy busy, and haven’t had time to mess with the smilies yet. (it slipped my mind, too…)
I would rather not have to worry about one more thing while doing the already-way-too-long upgrades, so I don’t know if I’ll be putting the folders w/the dots back in. The new version has a little arrow on the folder, similar to how many e-mail programs indicate that you’ve replied to an e-mail.
My guess is that knowing vB, in one of their million pages in the control panel, there’s some easy way to select a different image to use for xyz (In this case replied threads).
Now, Mr. Brandon seems pretty busy. BUT… if someone cared enough, took the time to change the image so that it had a dot, had it look nice, and submitted it to Brandon, the odds are that he might be able to do a good ole switch-er-ru. Of course, it’s all up to him, and he very well might not, but I’d guess if he has a little gif file sittin right there that looks cool, he’d just upload and click the one little button to change it.
Heh… sorry, I honestly don’t have enough time to take it into Photoshop, but for someone who’s passionate about having the dot back, they might
If someone makes a graphic with the dot, and it looks good (doesn’t look obvious that it was added after the fact) I will replace the image that is there now. You’ll be responsible for giving me that graphic when I forget to copy it to future versions, though…
While you’re at it … we need a ‘spotlight this post’ icon, too. I can’t make tiny icons at all, so I’m very interested in what you all can do…