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Does anyone know why i can't use any colours for my text?Its just happened suddenly, all my tyext is just grey now.I noticed it when i wanted to do something in red and it wouldnt work.Has anyone else noticed this? Susie
My signature turned completely black and won't allign to centre anymore, either. Although, everyone else's looks normal to me still (maybe not after I clear my cache)...
I think it's kind of silly to disable all of that over one post... when it hasn't been an issue the entire time the forum's been up.
Really? That doesn't sound like enough.
Its spoilt it for the rest of us
Who has disabled it?
What do you think?
^ It's Fivebells' fault; GET HIM
The formatting tags in HTML are only suggestions. Once the data reaches someone else's computer, they can do anything they want with it. If this causes problems, see 5B's post immediately prior to this one.
*looks at Fivebells*
fivebells newbuddistserver = /usr/local/bin/omnipotence
Giving you full root privileges would just be giving you more power than you really need.
Lincoln could also give you access to the omniscience binary, but realistically, who wastes time with knowledge when they've got power?
*prepares the hamster troops, loading hazelnut cannons. . . . . *
However, as I said, I take responsibility for all problems. I wonder why you are staring at me over this typographical issue, when you could be staring at me over cancer, the war in the Sudan, or the likelihood that global warming will cause massive international disruption over the next three decades.
Prepare for the first hazelnut attack. . . . . . .
It's hard to read things online even for people with perfect vision and a nice monitor. Now consider that a significant number of people don't have those luxuries, and there are too many different visual impairments related to color to name in this post.
Centering words, making them pretty rainbow colors, and using crazy fonts isn't how you express your personality online. You express yourself through words. Dressing up your words doesn't change what you're saying. At best, people think it's cute. Frequently, people find it annoying. At worst, it makes people unable to read it at all or exert extra effort to decode it (like highlighting the text or copy/pasting into another program).
I don't want that. I don't want extra effort, people squinting at their monitor, or visual games to be played. It's a discussion forum, not a piece of artwork. What facilitates discussion best is to make sure everyone's posts are clear and legible, not to allow everyone to "express themselves" with all the colors and fonts they can shake a stick at.
I understand some of you spent time crafting pretty signatures and putting time into cleverly formatted posts. I'm truly sorry if that time was wasted because I didn't announce the change beforehand. It wasn't my intention to offend or ruin your work.
This is something I've intended to do for quite some time, but vBulletin makes it exceptionally difficult to implement. Merely disabling the colors in the control panel causes all the [ COLOR ] tags to display in the posts, making it even worse. I had to hack the core forum files to make it "silenty die" instead of ruining posts with those tags everywhere. It was a pain to figure it out, hence why I needed a final catalyst to inspire me to put in the work to do it.
I'd love to remove it from the interface as well to remove "the promise" of color as fivebells noted, but given that I hope to have us on a new forum software package by February I'm reluctant to figure out how to hack that button out too. That usability problem pales in comparison to most of the problems I've identified in vBulletin, frankly.
I apologize for the abruptness; I know better than to make changes like that. My frustration got the better of me.
Hehe okay okay I'm sorry I won't do it again.... I promise to be a good boy.
Oh well, hopefully the hazelnut canons will sort it out...
You are violent lately Susie
But you no doubt make the drab world a better place.
We'll all get used to this soon enough, but I miss the green the most.
Can we not therefore - as with all things - find a middle ground?
Allow one colour.
Allow a different font.
Of course.... but in speech, we have inflection, gesture, facial expression and mannerism.
No, for sure, but it's the only way we have, to add inflection, gesture, facial expression and mannerism.
deprived and devoid of the mediums available in F2F engagement, there is precious little other way to express our intention and mood.
That's why such measures were technically introduced in the first place. otherwise, we might as well resort to e-mail and word-processors again....
Though I agree, we should all be modest in our usage and guarded in our possible excesses.....
Just a comment. (shrugs, in pink.)
The fact that they were introduced to solve a problem doesn't mean that they solved it. For me, they don't express anything and make posts harder to read.
I know what a shrug is. I don't know what a pink shrug is. :-)
Lincoln's changes strike me as sensible. It's too bad that the forum lost a poster. Leaving because posts stopped displaying color doesn't seem to me to be something a reasonable person would do.
As I've said before, colors don't display in my browser. Neither do fonts or icons. Obviously, any changes Lincoln makes aren't going to affect what I see, so it doesn't really matter to me. I'm just pointing out that people who rely on color, fonts, and icons for communication seem to me to be communicating much less than they think they are.