It’s a long story, but some contend that the full “new” indicator we currently use on new topics is too heavy / strong.
We originally had a plain blue asterisk there to denote new
but this was deemed “inconsistent” with the white numbers in blue circles that denote unread, so we moved to a white asterisk in a blue circle.
That’s the way it was for a long time until we switched to
Which is how it is now. I was considering just reverting back to the white asterisk tonight because
- it’s shorter than “new”
- it’s easier to translate since we don’t have to, it’s a glyph
But when comparing some mockups I’m not sure if the white asterisk is really any better than new. It’s really strong, too. You tell me which works best here:
Looking at this, to my eye, the plain blue asterisk at the bottom works best. But that goes back on two previous decisions we made:
- To use white-on-blue circle for consistency with unread numbers
- To use the word “new” so it’s clearer what this means.
So I’m uncertain. What do you think?