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Contrary to the other answers in here, I'd say there's nothing particularly wrong about your site's color choices. We spend all day looking at light backgrounds and dark text (MS Word, StackExhcange, lots of IDEs, etc.) I have a hunch people aren't complaining about the colors on your site. They're complaining that you changed the design of their site. ...


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What causes the issue is staring at a very bright background continuously. This causes the cells at your retina to get tired, which makes reading almost impossible. There are two fixes: Avoid using large very bright backgrounds (duh!). Any large surface should be something other than bright white. Variation. The issue is not really caused by something ...


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I've run several very large forums in the past (25k+ users per day). At first this seemed like a good idea in theory but boy did this backfire. I'm not sure if your forum gets people posting "bump" in order to bump their thread to the top of the list. Instead of doing that, people would constantly edit their posts to keep it at the top. This essentially ...


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It looks like you have improved the UI that it is actually more readable now than before. You have changed from serif font to sans-serif which increases readability on screens. The factors that effect readability are the following: Choosing a legible font With legible font size Sufficient contrast The right length of lines Distinct sections ...


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I would honestly build the least amount possible, release it and wait for people to ask for more features. Start with allowing simple text input and auto-linking urls. Autolinking can make it easy to spam your forum though, so watch out.


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I think what could be happening is that combined with the change from serif to san-serif and the use of quite a black font on a virtually white background is causing a ghosting contrast problem especially when moving on to sites with quite a light font. The sans-serif font results overall in more ink on the page because the strokes are a constant width, so ...


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I like to participate in a general forum, so actually this is just my 2 cents... By the way, usually, before forum goes to threads, there's also Subforum. Let's say StackExchange is a forum. Then, a Question is a thread. Then, Stackoverflow, User Experience, Ask Ubuntu, etc, act as subforum. As far as I see, the problem with big amount of threads is, how ...


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Take StackExchange Q&A network for example. In posts that have too many answers, do you really get to the bottom of the post to see all of them? and if you do, do you actually read them? I think that SE does a great job on gamifying the platform because the users maintain the quality of the content by upvoting the best answers, the best questions and ...


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It depends on what the forum is trying to accomplish. In order to function as a reference, users need to be able to search for old threads, and then read them in a reasonable amount of time. Finding a specific answer requires that there be many threads, but that the threads be specific and to the point. In order to function as a social space, users need to ...


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Thread Arcs are a way to display even long and complex discourses in a compact way. Threadvis exemplifies this within the Thunderbird mail client. Individual messages are represented by circular shapes here, which are aligned on a horizontal axis. Several types of messages are distinguished: normal vs. selected and by viewer or by others. Ownership (me ...


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I think Philtune's comment hit it right on the dot. I don't believe most people would want, or care, if their name was displayed. For product support, most of the time it's a "get in get out" type system. However, as pointed out, people do stay and build a reputation on the site. Why not let the user decide instead of you? Default: user is anonymous If ...


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I'd put in a small button that shows (expands) / hides (collapses) the more advanced Stack-Exchange-style features. It's convenient to access, but doesn't clutter anything if the user doesn't want or need it.


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For a very lightweight, easily customisable option, I would recommend the Scribe editor.



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