Agree, I don’t know if it’s reasonable to be starring topics from list views… I tend to only star something after at least going into the topic and reading the first post.
If the counters do get moved, starring could be represented in the same way as and , i.e. at the start of the topic name. The feature could even behave in the same way and allow for list view toggling only from already starred topics?
I see the usefulness of having the star on the topic list mainly in seeing the topics I have already starred, not so much for actually starring topics. That said, I don’t have any starred topics, so the change wouldn’t really affect me.
How about the empty circle symbol? That way it would be somewhat consistent with the tracking level (empty circle for regular, filled circle for notifications) and it’s easier to distinguish from filled circle than those symbols.
the idea that “everything must be in a column” is not correct IMO, for example, where the hell would this go in suggested topics? It is correct and fine to put a dab of metadata (new marker, unread count) at the end of titles, forcing it into a column just because OCD is a bad reason to do anything. (I also think it is debatable whether category should even be in a column, we originally did not have it in a column, compare your user page, to me that reads a lot better). And how does 100+ fit in a leading column? The word “new” which we already switched to as clearer, we now have to switch back to asterisk? This is a bad, bad idea.
placing the new and unread counters before the title imply they are more important than the title. This is not true. Nothing is more important than the title of a topic, that is why it is first.
We do need a defined selection area when multi-selecting topics so if nothing else, star gives us that. I’m only moderately a fan of stars-in-front, but I am strongly opposed to putting new and unread counts in front. That would be a regression on many fronts.
The little blue dots we have in the topic page now or very nice touches. Maybe its a little blue dot with grey or black text next to it? I don’t know. I think it’d be worth kicking some more ideas around though along those lines…
Also still depends if you want to keep your blue and grey indicators side by side… If they can be collapsed (as illustrated above), I actually think it could work pretty well and having a little color still seems helpful to pop out what’s new.
Personally, I think that just the same as stars are visually not important and do not interfere with topic titles, putting a new/unread indicator in front of titles won’t grab importance from the topic title either. Still, I do not use that “star” feature while in the topic list - I would only star a topic after reading it, i.e. from the topic page, not from a topics list. So it seems to me that the stars column just grabs space (but someone might be using star feature as is intensively, anyone?). I’d prefer to see that stars column in the “Starred by me” dedicated list - in order to easily remove stars if I want to.
GMail style - I personally like that mockup with bold unread titles as in Gmail (just to share my opinion for statistics), but yes, it can be too noisy.
Just an idea for a mockup to try and see: join the category and users columns because both have pictures and are both of the same height.
Hm this is debatable as, for example, to me it looks all stuffed and categories are much more dominant - they dominate with their clear colored rectangular area compared to a thin text of topic titles, and I think they dominate especially because they’re placed just just after topic titles (i.e. when placed in a separate column, they are visually separated and do not contrast with thin topic titles anymore).