Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Dec 2012 00:32 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Now that the holidays are upon us (happy holidays!) and the year is about to end, we at OSNews thought it time to finally lift the veil a little bit on the next version of OSNews - OSNews 5. I've hinted at this next version of OSNews here and there in the comments, but we think it's time to make it all a little bit more official by taking in some initial feedback.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

This point was raised a few times - namely, that in the comments, it's difficult to pick out who posted a certain comment. I did this on purpose (focus on content, not who posted it, which in my view is irrelevant), but it's pretty obvious people don't agree with me.

Late last night I came up with a possible solution, and I mocked it up just now.

http://postimage.org/image/imger3oz7/

I'm calling it Hearts for now. First, usernames have been given the accent colour to make them stand out (ignore the fact that some of you don't like the neon green - that's a separate issue).

Second, every user has an empty heart next to his name. Click it, and you favourite said user. The accent colour of each of his comments turns red (or whatever else looks best, I just chose red to make a point). If he favourites you back, the heart fills up.

A few issues remain. One, using colour like this is dangerous re:colour blindness. Two, the heart isn't exactly touch-friendly. Three, I don't know how much work this would add to Tess' workload.

I kinda like it. You're not obliged to use it and if you don't use it you won't be bothered by it either (i.e., even if someone favourites you, nothing happens on your end), and it looks kinda nice. Looking further ahead, we could even add custom colour selection - e.g., favourite a user, pick a colour. However, this is quite a bit of complexity that would certainly only come AFTER the more important work is done.

This would allow you to manage which users you want to follow more closely, and make their stuff stand out - without resorting to stupid avatars and more of that nonsense that's virtually impossible to make pretty (not a single site with avatars looks good. They fcuk everything up).

Edited 2012-12-27 11:59 UTC

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Clever, but is this not entering the realm of cruft and over-engineering you're trying to strip out?

If even this needs to be done at all, how about having an up-vote threashold for users that defines them as a friend. If you up-vote a person, say, 5 or more times, they become friended and get highlighted in threads. People you down vote 5 or more times get automatically dimmed.

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MyNameIsNot4Letter Member since:
2011-01-09

Nice idea. That way you don't have to do anything at all, the system will kinda adjust to your preference. Although, it might be difficult to automate something for lots of different people with different use-patterns.

Personally, when there are two many comments on a news item, i just quickly scroll down through the list and see if i recognize any icon which usually has insightful comments, and don't even bother with the rest.

/Uni

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