Sam's personal "minimal" topic list design


(Sam Saffron) #244

The theme is actually fine, the issue is that our transpiler changed so you need to invalidate a cache.

@eviltrout will fix it so it happens automatically, but in the mean time just add a space into the HEAD section with all the customizations and save, then it will work.

(Robin Ward) #245

Oops, fixed that here:

(Dante) #246

me too :slight_smile:

(Leslie Young) #247

This is awesome. Helps a lot since I have the Sidebar Blocks plugin enabled.


On mobile the topic description seems to bleed outside the view port due to:

.topic-list .topic-excerpt {
    padding-right: 0;
    width: 120%;

(Sam Saffron) #249

This should no longer be the case case the theme explicitly only defines desktop behavior.


Sweet! Any chance of getting an export for the theme or are all the sections above up to date?

Edit: NVM, just found the GitHub repo.

(Sam Saffron) #251

Now that we have native themes, perhaps you can share your theme via a github repo?

(Sam Saffron) #252

I just added tags, so be sure to pull latest.

I experimented with a few positions and feel this works best for me.

(Alex Armstrong) #253

I really like this theme, but it doesn’t honor the prioritize username in ux setting. I have it deselected, but this theme’s topic list still shows me usernames instead of full names.

(Stefano Maffulli) #254

I love this theme too but I have found out that when it’s enabled I can’t see the menu for bulk actions.

This is what I see with a ‘full’ Material theme

but I don’t see a way to enable the bulk selection with minimal:

Am I missing something?

(Sam Saffron) #255

Nope, just a bug in the theme I should get fixed :bug:

(Stefano Maffulli) #256

@sam any idea of when you may have time to fix it? Or any pointers to what may need adjusting, I may be able to do this myself :slight_smile: I would like to put this in production but I can’t if it hides important management features.

(Sam Saffron) #257

Sorry about the delay, fixed per:


Something very weird happened to my minimal theme :wink:
Do you have any idea how to fix it?

(Evgeny) #259

Probably, need a website to see where css. As a rule, it is sufficient to add a fixed column width or set the width in percent.

(Sam Saffron) #260

Yeah this is a bug in the theme, #pr-welcome to fix it.


I’m more backend-Linux-bash-script person than CSS guru :wink: But thanks for hint, I’ll try to figure it out.

(Justin Veenema) #262

I fully agree with this @codinghorror. For me, seeing that a large number of people are chiming in makes me get major FOMO. What are they talking about? What am I missing?

In fact, we just switched our homepage to the Category / Latest Topics view, but the thing that I’m really missing from the Latest view is how activity is displayed in the form of avatars.

I tried to make a mock-up of my dream layout, but I’m not sure if I’m communicating the idea well enough. We might end up hiring a dev to help us make this change, but I’d love to hear from others on what they think.


(ljpp) #264

This totally depends on your community. For us the avatars on the index page are just clown vomit.

The reason is that 99% of the topics on our would have the maximum number of avatars shown. This produces a wide and colorful column to the middle of the screen, which has too much weight against a natural white background, and adds very little information as all topics are popular - everybody jumps to every topic. Very different to the user behavior that we see for example here.

One way to look at it is the topics/posts ratio. Here at Meta there are 160 new topics and 2.8k posts for the last 7 days. On our community there are only 22 topics but 4.1k posts for the same period.

The avatars do work on small and growing communities, as it makes the front page look busy / active.