Alternative Voting Category Style


(Taylor) #1

This theme component offers alternative styling for any specified categories that make use of the Discourse Voting plugin.


Repository Link

If you are unfamiliar with theme components and how to install them, check out the theme installation guide. And if you’d like to learn more about Discourse themes, take a look at this guide.


The overall idea is based off of this mockup created by @erlend_sh.

Notable Features

  • Compact view
  • More prominent vote count
  • Colored icon to indicate that you voted on the topic


There is currently one setting use to specify which categories to apply the style:

Extra Customizations

If you want to customize the look of specific tags within your voting topic (see the “IN PROGRESS” tag in the preview image above), you can create an additional component and modify the following CSS to fit your needs

.voting-category.list-container {
    .topic-list-item:not(.about-topic) {
        // Common styling for all listed tags
        [data-tag-name="my-tag-two"] {
            font-weight: bold;
            text-transform: uppercase;
            font-family: Trebuchet MS;
        // Specific styling for individual tags
        [data-tag-name="in-progress"] {
            color: #9e63d0;
        [data-tag-name="my-tag-one"] {
            color: #5bd04a;
        [data-tag-name="my-tag-two"] {
            color: #5f5dd0;


The one thing that you may notice missing from the original mockup is an excerpt of the topic under the topic title. This feature would require changes to core or the voting plugin that will need to wait for now.

As always, please let me know if you experience any issues.

Big thanks @Simon_Cossar and @erlend_sh for working with me on this :heart_eyes:

(Republic Wireless) #2

Great theme component! One thing I found was that the unlisted icon is not fitting into your design. The topic title is overlapping it.


(Taylor) #3

Thanks for the quick feedback! I will try to get that fixed a little later today :slightly_smiling_face:

Edit: @Sean_R I just pushed a quick fix. I may try to tinker with it a little more to get it even better, but there shouldn’t be any more overlap!

(Republic Wireless) #4

Looks good now


I also had to change the CSS to make the topic list wider.


.voting-category.list-container {
  max-width: $small-width;

Changed to

.voting-category.list-container {
  max-width: $large-width;

(Taylor) #5

Thanks for confirming that is fixed!

The smaller width was based on the original design. The rationale was that there was so little information displayed on each topic row that it would look odd at full width. I can imagine some people might feel the opposite - that the smaller width looks odd. A width option to toggle via a theme setting would be an easy addition. I’ll add that to my to-do list with this.

(Taylor) #6

This component has been updated! The changes include:

  • Support for font awesome changes
  • Additional setting to toggle between small-width and large-width