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Fat City
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[request] Dance of the Forums Boxes

On the /forums/all page, why do the boxes move all around when the page opens? Is this a new feature or a new bug?


SuperNet9
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Re: Dance of the Forums Boxes

I think it is pretty cool, and just tried it.. thanks
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justin
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reply to Fat City
they move to take up the available horizontal space, mainly they move when you widen or shrink the browser.


SuperNet9
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said by justin:

they move to take up the available horizontal space, mainly they move when you widen or shrink the browser.

Is this site, HTML5?
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tmpchaos
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reply to justin
Or when you open one of the boxes.


justin
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well picking a category to open at the top is a new page, so the layout then is what it is. The moving around thing is mostly visible on changes in page width.

Fat City
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reply to justin
It happens nearly every time I open that page. I'm not adjusting the browser width nor am I opening any boxes. It's a bit disconcerting is all, nothing fatal.

H_T_R_N
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said by justin:

they move to take up the available horizontal space, mainly they move when you widen or shrink the browser.

I for one LOVE having to search for something everytime I go to a page. Keeps the mind sharp.
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GlennAllen
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The height of an expanded "box" varies with the topics listed--might take up only one line per, though usually splits over two. Other than that the source is always in the same order unless you select one to open/expand, which moves it to the top and collapses all of the others. But unless you often change the width of your window, they'll mostly show up in the same place each time.

HarryH3
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reply to Fat City
I keep my browser window the same size all the time, yet sometimes I see that the main headings have switched sides. It can be rather annoying!


Raphion

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reply to Fat City
The length of the thread topic previews shown in the opened boxes changes their size slightly, which in turn changes their positions, even if you don't ever change your browser window size.


justin
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reply to H_T_R_N
said by H_T_R_N:

said by justin:

they move to take up the available horizontal space, mainly they move when you widen or shrink the browser.

I for one LOVE having to search for something everytime I go to a page. Keeps the mind sharp.

The problem is that any layout you can think of that makes full use of the available space will position things differently depending on the width of the page.

Even a fixed width narrow layout of two columns must respond on a narrower device like a tablet in portrait mode, and it will therefore change the location of things.

The only layout that doesn't do any surprise repositioning is a huge column, with lots of white space - either liquid white space or wasted white space on left and right (centered).

I can do two columns where column #2 always starts with the same group of forums, switching to one column on mobile, but it will be uber long, and on wide browsers will waste a lot of space. Unless I invent extra columns to show/hide on wide/narrow devices. (still will be very long though).


GlennAllen
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The only good reason to ever go to that page--and its permutations--at all is to simply browse everything there... just to see what is there, to see what's going on in forums that you haven't added to your /forums/fav page. As such, its layout is fine the way it is--more than fine.

Edit: Well, it was fine.


justin
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now what's the issue/bug with it? two columns instead of three on any average screens, three columns on super wide screen. One on tablets etc.

H_T_R_N
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The problem is that if you would like to look at what is in more than one forum, after looking at one the next one is in a different place than it was before you entered the first one. And the one you wanted to visit third has moved its original location 3 times from the time you entered the page. It really makes that page useless. I said this when the change was first made. this was the first time I went back, I wanted to see if it changed, nope.
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dandelion
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reply to Fat City
Seems to work good from here, two column or three depending on length of screen and testing back and forth they seem to remain in their place on return.


justin
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said by H_T_R_N:

The problem is that if you would like to look at what is in more than one forum, after looking at one the next one is in a different place than it was before you entered the first one.

Try it with the current layout, I don't think it re-arranges the way you think it does.

H_T_R_N
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said by justin:

said by H_T_R_N:

The problem is that if you would like to look at what is in more than one forum, after looking at one the next one is in a different place than it was before you entered the first one.

Try it with the current layout, I don't think it re-arranges the way you think it does.

OK so I visit all page and open Wireless / Mobile and I get the first image, If I want to go to Other Connectivity then to Hardware By Brand, it is not in the same place. Just one example.


tmpchaos
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It's putting the focus (which you choose) at the top left.

H_T_R_N
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said by tmpchaos:

It's putting the focus (which you choose) at the top left.

I'm not disputing that?


justin
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1. That theme you pick to override everything has an unfortunate color choice, I can fix that IMO the words should be white
2, you are running an uber wide width 98% of people don't run. Position changes drop with normal widths
3. Most forums are actually in the same place
4. It's a reasonable compromise to lay out across any width a randomly sized large box and a lot of closed ones in a way that doesn't change the position of most (or in 1 or 2 column windows, any, other boxes)

H_T_R_N
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said by justin:

1. That theme you pick to override everything has an unfortunate color choice, I can fix that IMO the words should be white
2, you are running an uber wide width 98% of people don't run. Position changes drop with normal widths
3. Most forums are actually in the same place
4. It's a reasonable compromise to lay out across any width a randomly sized large box and a lot of closed ones in a way that doesn't change the position of most (or in 1 or 2 column windows, any, other boxes)

I like colors!


GlennAllen
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reply to justin
If all you're going to do is display columns, you might as well just get rid of masonry altogether and return it to the plain text it originally was. The original masonry looked good; this doesn't.


justin
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columns work differently: it requires care to put what you want at the top of the second column when some things open up full width etc. But then on a narrow device all that effort has to be redone.

with this layout, whether one two or three columns form the same forums are at the top, and the same at the end.