I know that Avatars are currently disabled and I assume there’s a reason why, but I’d argue that it allows you to quickly identify somebody you’re speaking to, it gives everybody here a sense of community and highlights individual members.
Often in the past I would recognize forum members from their avatars more than their username. I’d be interested to know why they’re disabled and if they’ll be enabled in the future… Thanks
They weren’t disabled per se, but rather not enabled due to time pressure leading up to release. We nowadays have someone working on the backend aspect of the forums and he is churning through a wishlist that contains avatars. I don’t know what the timeline is, but I shall inform myself about our plans in this area =) Ideally we’d share our roadmap for forums on the trello board (Trello) as well.
I’ve been discussing avatars with a few parties internally for a few weeks now, we really want this feature to be well thought out and well received. I’m in the process of talking through the logistics with our web team.
As for the dark theme - I’m currently working on getting one made for you guys, will be a drop-down option in your user settings.
Last time I heard anything on Avatars was that an Epic staff mentioned they’re being worked on for both forums AND launcher which is why it can take a bit long but I can’t find the same thread. Any news on that?
Once I released one post about same subject (Dup post) :/. And many criticized Avatars saying more or less: - Allowing anyone to create a highlight for himself would go overlap with the fanboy badges style in the personal profile. It would not give the right spotlight for your achievements here. And could mess with the forum aesthetics. So to avoid more conflicts about something highly cosmetic seems that was almost decided that this matter should be closed with the proposal with avatars in the Launcher only. Since this Launcher is more and more like a Steam social network and content delivery system.
With Avatars in forum maybe Will only be missing Leaderboards proposal in the Epic Launcher resizing the badges again
Nope, it wouldn’t mess with the aestethics. This forum style is clean. GOG forums look lovely: minimal style + avatars as only graphical element.
Avatars are great because allows you identify people who often participate in discussion. It’s part of building identity in community. I don’t use Launcher for any social purposes, I use forum often. And you know what’s funny? AnswerHub always allowed avatars
BTW, you got huuuge banners in your signature and you don’t complain
Although profile part in thread view isn’t too readable. “Join Date” is not needed at all.
Post counter? Someone could have doubts why is here? So we can think “this guy write lot of posts, he’s experienced”. We know such statement isn’t true in internets. Statues like “Champion” or “Mythic” doesn’t tell anything useful to others, it’s childish stuff.
Having an avatar is an standard feature and let people recognize who they’re talking to instead of reading the usernames on every single post in a discussion. And it actually wouldn’t hurt the design. Worth mentioning, this forum doesn’t have any modern or appealing design. It’s very generic and boring. Speaking of badges, I actually find them more unnecessary than anything. Someone’s work has once been shown in a twitch stream. So what? Someone has participated in Beta. So what? Someone is doing well on AnswerHub. So what? Someone has 3000 posts. So what? Badges and post counts don’t add anything to the forums. Maybe a simple forum reputation system could do a lot better when it comes to identifying who is a valuable member of community. So yeah, all those badges and giant signature images/fonts do actually hurt the visuals, but avatars are something useful.
I like the look of the forum tbh, especially with the dark theme. Keeping forums basic is far preferable to having loads of features. There are some seriously ugly looking forums out there, one of the ugliest of them all being this one IMO. Injecting too many features or messing with the look stops the forum serving it’s purpose.
I find stats next to usernames useful tbh, makes me think about how seriously to take someone’s answer based on how much they engage with the community (and it helps me as a mod too). Signatures are good for networking / minor advertisement / self-promotion without being intrusive, and even if we didn’t have signatures people would start adding them to the end of their posts anyway. We have some basic rules on signature sizes.
Personally after spending so much time here, I recognise people more by their names now anyway.
Some forums solve this very easily. I’d like to continue using screenshot from GOG
They hide some stats from basic view. There’s avatar and you need hover it, if want more info on the user. It’s awesome, it makes thread layout a lot simpler. And you don’t loose any “advanced” functionality. It’s also great place for “Send PM” button.
What’s also great on GOG forums - these extra information is less visible. It doesn’t draw your attention.
Layout of UE4 forums doesn’t care what’s more important. Profile part is much more… mhm… prominent?
All these “join date”, “posts” should be smaller, use Regular font instead of bold, probably greyed out.
Time of posting should be displayed immediately above content of post, not above profile part.