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I'm building a rating-based discussion site.

Basically, it consist in a forum were people can create topics and reply to them (and also rate them).

I have approximately 10 topic categories.

I have two layouts in mind: one is phpbb-like, the other is digg-like:

digg style:

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phpbb style:

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Which one is more appealing for modern users (2011)? Which one is more efficient according to UX design?

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Have you checked out Vanilla? It has a pretty awesome (but slightly unrefined) UI – Nic Jun 22 '11 at 3:13
@melee It looks pretty awesome. – janoChen Jun 22 '11 at 5:13
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Digg style definitely.

It is much more easy to scan through the information and creates a lot less visual noise. It also provides more information, such as the number of likes and replies.

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