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A few frontend/design questions/comments

Maarten Goddijn
Young and passionate spiritual teacher, starting up an online school for spiritual training.
・2 min read

Hi Forem devs/fellow community members,

I'm quite satisfied with selfhosting Forem so far. However, to me details matter a lot. And some of the details in the design are so particular that they do not fit my purpose. Besides that I can also imagine that I'm not going to be the only one.

Therefore I have a few questions to ask:

  1. On the login page of the forem there's a tagline "{forem name} is a community of amazing users". I'm sure a lot of people will like the placement of this word 'amazing'. However, it feels out of place in the context of my community... How can I change this manually? And: wouldn't it be great anyway if Forem admins could tailor these to their particular purposes from the admin panel?

  2. Also, in the user profile settings there is this block with all sorts of field about coding. ('Currently hacking on...'). This is a great idea for a coding/dev community but doesn't fit my community which is about spiritual philosophy. Would it be possible to make this field perhaps optional, that admins can turn it on or off in their panel or perhaps change the name of the field and the questions asked? Explanations about how to do it manually are of course also welcome, but please bear in mind that I do not have much coding experience.

  3. Currently it is not possible to add navigation links without adding an emoji. Uploading an emoji is forced, field cannot be left empty. The emojis next to the links look great, but they also put a lot of emphasis on the links. If subtle is what one is looking for, just text often works better. I could of course upload just empty pictures as a workaround, but wouldn't it be great if this was optional?

Any help on the first two points would be great 👍

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Ildi

Hey @maartengoddijn 👋

I have brought up your first question before on here and we've had some comments regarding it which may interest you. I am not sure if there is an update coming soon to make this change.

For your second question, if a user does not fill out those fields they do not show up on your public profile. I do agree that providing options to customize those fields would be beneficial for different communities to make good use of them.

And for your third question, I also agree that maybe emojis should not be forced. I would like to see what that actually looks like, I think from a design perspective the links might look boring/dull without the emojis, but again maybe that should be an option that admins can choose rather than it being forced.

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Maarten Goddijn Author • Edited

Hi Ildi!

First of all, thank you for sharing the link to what you've discussed about the subject before! Hopefully they are in another phase now. I will also leave a comment there.

Second point: I understand what you say and have noticed this before. However, it doesn't look good if the users themselves are looking in their profile settings, trying to fill them in and then they see these fields which are just very irrelevant to them. And that this happens not only to one user or a few, but to a whole community.

Third point: Exactly my point 👍

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Ildi

Second point: I understand what you say and have noticed this before. However, it doesn't look good if the users themselves are looking in their profile settings, trying to fill them in and then they see these fields which are just very irrelevant to them. And that this happens not only to one user or a few, but to a whole community.

I see what you mean here. Admins should have the option to turn off any field that they know users of their community will not be using. I agree that this is not a good experience for users and might be confusing.

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Maarten Goddijn Author

Exactly.

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9comindia

Point 3 - "Community emoji" at "Admin->Config->Comunity Content" would also be good if made non-mandatory.

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Maarten Goddijn Author

+1

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Andy Veda

I completely agree with all these points. Great suggestions for a better UX!