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SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« on: February 26, 2016, 01:56:55 PM »
https://vanillaforums.org/

https://nodebb.org/

So there's all these fancy new forum software suites out these days, with shiny things and cool gadgets, like really huge avatars, Gravatars, immediate post-to-social-network functions, integrated Mobile software that conforms entirely with the Desktop software, etc etc,.

Personally, I prefer the old way of doing things, instead of all these unnecessary doodads, big buttons, and making everything look like an iOs or Android app, since I started using the Internet in the 1990's with a desktop computer, and continue to use a standard desktop with peripherals and a separate monitor, but I digress. 

Is the next SMF roadmap going to include all kinds of fancy, gee-whiz, shiny things like Vanilla and NodeBB?  Will there be a mobile version by default? Are the buttons going to be huge?  Will all the text be gigantic and brightly colored? 

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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2016, 02:22:01 PM »
you can see the stuff discussing the 2.1 version in several places, including the team blogs, announcements and github

personally, I dislike the Vanilla design rather intensely...

While 2.1 has a new default theme which is responsive, there are no huge shiny text changes...   of course, everything that you mention is possible in SMF with mods or custom themes. :D
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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2016, 02:56:22 PM »
I personally like Curve2 as is... But surely I have plans to make themes like Reddit (simple discussion based). Curve2 is more "forum" centric which (its my opinion) more community not just discussion.
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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2016, 03:08:28 PM »
you can see the stuff discussing the 2.1 version in several places, including the team blogs, announcements and github

personally, I dislike the Vanilla design rather intensely...

While 2.1 has a new default theme which is responsive, there are no huge shiny text changes...   of course, everything that you mention is possible in SMF with mods or custom themes. :D

Yes, you can make your SMF installation look like Vanilla or NodeBB with extensions and modifications, which, I think, is very cool, and one of the high points of using this software..  We've been getting a lot of traffic from mobile users, so I was going to implement a mobile solution like Tapatalk or so on eventually, but I was wondering if you guys are going to do a default Mobile interface in the future.

I'll be frank: I hate both of them, NodeBB AND Vanilla.

I hate a lot of the 'New Internet' design theory that is mobile-centric.  You can see it with large corporate sites like TIME and so on, all the HUGE BUTTONS, bright flashy colors, big fonts... 

As I said, everything doesn't have to look like I'm using a mobile device.  While it's nice to have when I'm on a phone, or a tablet, it's awkward and ugly and looks like Playskool toys on my desktop.

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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2016, 03:23:57 PM »
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As I said, everything doesn't have to look like I'm using a mobile device.  While it's nice to have when I'm on a phone, or a tablet, it's awkward and ugly and looks like Playskool toys on my desktop.
I agree a lot of the interface is dumbed down.
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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2016, 04:03:43 PM »
As I said, SMF 2.1 has a responsive theme.

http://test2.turtleshellprod.com

the goal is to get AWAY from mobile APPS (I already have way too many apps on my phone as it is) and use a web design that looks good on desktop and responds correctly/scales down on mobile devices.
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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2016, 04:58:44 PM »
As I said, SMF 2.1 has a responsive theme.

http://test2.turtleshellprod.com

the goal is to get AWAY from mobile APPS (I already have way too many apps on my phone as it is) and use a web design that looks good on desktop and responds correctly/scales down on mobile devices.

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It looks very modern and up-to-date.  I see big icons and chubby text. 


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Re: SMF Vs. Fancy 'Modern' BB software like Vanilla, NodeBB
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2016, 02:29:19 AM »
SMF can easily be both - simple/big buttons/bright-colored/mobile-friendly AND complex/small buttons/subdued-colered/desktop-friendly ...and at the same time be responsive => meaning seamless transition beteween the two(or by user-choice even). It just to have the necessary css/template/theme changes.

Default theme have not(less so in 2.1 but still) - but third party themes certianly can.