Also, what people probably don’t know is that the actual design/layout were made for a magazine-style website and only later adapted for the forum theme, which of course requires a completely different approach, given the difference in content.
I had an inkling the idea was based on non-forum layout though I’d assumed it was blog-inspired. But people who post on forums don’t post like people who post on blogs.
In a blog or “magazine”, the post-style (paragraph breaks, line lengths, capitalisation and so on) are consistent from top to bottom because they are usually posted or edited by one person - or a handful of people who comply with the style guide. In a forum, every user has a different writing style, a different avatar, a different sig and so on. The lack of separation causes it to end up just looking messy.
There’s definitely a strong possibility of the basic theme working but it shouldn’t be at the expense of functionality and readability. Design should rarely be the priority. For most purposes, design should serve usability.
But these are all things that can and most likely will be changed and, just as a friendly reminder, are more likely to change if presented in a civil manner instead of attacking the people who are actually spending their free time on it.
Agreed my good fellow But the design of the forum is only one part of the whole. Many of the members of the forum also spend a great deal of their free time here helping Blender users. Hopefully their opinions count for something. I guess we should wait and see Timothy’s response to the 10 pages of comments in the news forum.