[buddypress-trac] [BuddyPress] #4952: New template pack for BuddyPress

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Thu May 9 22:06:52 UTC 2013

#4952: New template pack for BuddyPress
 Reporter:  karmatosed   |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  1.8
Component:  UX/UI        |     Version:
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:
 Keywords:               |

Comment (by sooskriszta):

 @karmatosed Wow! Seems a lot of thought and work has gone into these.

 I do have a bone or two to pick with the members directory, though.
 The suggested format
 seems to be not very helpful and a grand waste of space.

 There are 4 items per member:
 - Profile photo thumbnail
 - username
 - time since last login (I assume that's what you mean by "Since logged
 - "Add friend" button

 From a user perspective, these bits of information are not very helpful
 (don't provide any good sense of the member), with the exception of the
 profile photo thumbnail (who cares if hnla was last logged in 5 mts ago, 4
 hours ago or 2 days ago?). Unfortunately, because there's not much
 information in the box, so the thumbnail is kept small, in order to
 minimize real-estate waste.

 So what would be good pieces of information? (things that would help the
 "average" user in understanding more about the members and making a
 "friending" or clicking decision)

 Well, that depends! On the type of community. Hence #4126

 But there are a couple of things that could be useful for *most*
 - larger profile photo
 - name/screen-name instead of username

 What I recommend is a format where there is a large (between 150px x 150px
 and 200px x 200px) profile picture. Display name is above the image, along
 with an "online now" indicator (small circle that turns green when online,
 grey when offline). Add friend/ Friend request button is below the photo.
 And any additional info/fields are overlayed on a semitransparent layer
 that appears on hover.

 This way, space is used quite efficiently. It is quite the trend, courtesy
 of Pinterest, myspace, Tumblr, Windows 8, etc. And because it doesn't have
 wide, rigid boxes, so it can easily be responsive.

Ticket URL: <https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4952#comment:13>
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