Creative Destruction

March 20, 2006

Font size for the comments

Filed under: Blog Status — Adam Gurri @ 2:18 pm

At the risk of starting out with more trivial aesthetics…here I go.

Bob pointed out that the comments have really, really tiny text.  Sadly, WordPress doesn’t have a lot of flexibility in this area.  So we’ve a couple of options.  Either we get used to increasing the text size that our browsers view the page in, or we pick a new template.

But other than this moronic aspect of it, I kinda like the look.  You guys feel strongly about this either way?

And I promise we’ll actually blog about real things.  Starting up is just a bitch.

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55 Comments »

  1. I don’t really have a preference.

    Comment by bazzer — March 20, 2006 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  2. Oh great one, by foolishly organizing this blog, all such questions have become permanently part of your plate. We just loll back, write genius posts, and enjoy the adulation of the masses; you’re the one who has to wrestle with templates and DNS redirects and HTTP errors.

    In other words, I don’t have a preference either.

    Comment by bobhayes — March 20, 2006 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  3. Oh. Well, son of a bitch.

    I’m gonna be lazy on this one, then. I’m grown romantically attached to this template, and might start indulging in self-destructive habits if I’m forced to part with it.

    Or, if anyone else finds this to be a bother, I’ll just change the look and grieve in silence.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 20, 2006 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  4. I also find the text too tiny. And it doesn’t have to be so tiny – the comments text at “Alas” isn’t as tiny, but “Alas” is a WordPress blog.

    Also, because this is a groupblog, the author’s name for each post ought to appear in a full-size font at the top of each post, as well as in a tiny font at the bottom. Otherwise, people have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post if they want to know who it is they’re reading before they read it.

    Comment by Ampersand — March 20, 2006 @ 10:33 pm | Reply

  5. Bah. Sure. Throw me into a fit of despair, why don’t you 🙂

    Ok, I’ll fix this right up.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 20, 2006 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

  6. I like the red. Looks nice.

    (Just giving you a flicker of hope that there will be appreciation for your toil and effort. That way, the despair that descends when you realize that there won’t be will be all the deeper.)

    Comment by bobhayes — March 20, 2006 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

  7. Also, we need some good categories.

    Comment by bobhayes — March 20, 2006 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

  8. And a ham sandwich. I could really go for a ham sandwich.

    Comment by bobhayes — March 20, 2006 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  9. Would you also like me to peel some grapes, your majesty? 😀

    As you have probably seen, I’ve cycled through a few options. I’m gonna find one that has the author name at the top and larger comment text, and doesn’t look ugly, and just stick with it now.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 20, 2006 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  10. How about this one?

    Comment by Adam Gurri — March 20, 2006 @ 10:59 pm | Reply

  11. How about a change of theme? I’m getting fed up with this one.

    Comment by Daran — December 20, 2006 @ 12:43 am | Reply

  12. I agree on the change of theme. Anyone want to suggest a theme (out of the available WordPress themes), or shall I just pick one out of a hat?

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 4:57 am | Reply

  13. It should be blue.

    And have chromy bits.

    Comment by Robert — December 20, 2006 @ 6:01 am | Reply

  14. I set out the criteria for my own blog here. Obvously other people might not agree.

    The best fits to those criteria were Orcadia and Saphire. I’m using Orcadia, so you can’t have that one. 🙂 But Saphire is good.

    Comment by Daran — December 20, 2006 @ 6:20 am | Reply

  15. It should be blue.

    And have chromy bits.

    But would your wife approve?

    Comment by Daran — December 20, 2006 @ 6:22 am | Reply

  16. I wear the pants around here! At least as long as she doesn’t see this thread, anyway.

    Comment by Robert — December 20, 2006 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

  17. Is the spam fairy your wife? Because she took your post.

    But don’t worry, I got it back for you. (Takes a liberal to fix anything around here.)

    Comment by Daran — December 20, 2006 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  18. No, it always marks me as spam and sometimes I forget to go back and un-spam it.

    Comment by Robert — December 20, 2006 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  19. But Saphire is good.

    Okay, let’s give that a try, then.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  20. Looking good. Very sharp. White and blue are a winner combo. But the comment font looks pretty small. 😐

    Comment by Tuomas — December 20, 2006 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  21. It looks nice, but we really need to have the sidebar on all pages, not just the front page. Also, the default comments font is TOO TINY.

    Comment by bobhayes — December 20, 2006 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  22. The only ones that appear to get their name in the post are Daran and Barry Deutsch (Ampersand). Others get posted by [and nothing].

    Teh suckage. 😦

    Comment by Tuomas — December 20, 2006 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

  23. I assume that us [and nothing] folks didn’t put in a nickname when we registered. A site admin (not me) has to fix that; user data is admin-only.

    Comment by bobhayes — December 20, 2006 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  24. Robert, on WordPress.com, each person has their own user account with wordpress.com – not with the individual blog. So only each individual can edit their own settings.

    I’ve tried switching the theme to “Connections.” Still no sidebar on all pages… But otherwise I think it looks nice. I bet It wouldn’t surprise me if WordPress discourages that in its designs, since having to load that stuff on every page adds significantly to the server load.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  25. I’m going to play around with different themes, to try and see which of them have a full sidebar on the lower-level pages.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  26. Every time I’ve viewed CD this evening the lay-out and the colour-scheme has been different. Is this to be a permanent feature? You know, I thought the old grey and off-white looked very distinguished, myself.

    Comment by Tom Nolan — December 20, 2006 @ 8:16 pm | Reply

  27. I wish that was a permanent feature – I think that would be great!

    But no, it’s just me playing around with different themes to see what they look like.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  28. What do people think about this one, called “Quentin” or something like that? The font certainly isn’t too small.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  29. Well yes, it’s easy to read. But it’s a trade off, because one loses the “panoramic” scope of the smaller fonts, where lots of related information presents itself to the eye at once. But this would be ideal for the (ahem) more mature amongst CD’s readers.

    Comment by Tom Nolan — December 20, 2006 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  30. Damn the panorama, please preserve my pushing-40 eyes.

    This one is good but doesn’t include author name, and there needs to be a post divider. But those are very easy to add to the template.

    Comment by Robert — December 20, 2006 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  31. Oh good, for that’s my one major complaint about the current template.

    Well, that and the columns are too narrow. Larger fonts require wider columns. Or perhaps that’s just me.

    Comment by Off Colfax — December 20, 2006 @ 10:37 pm | Reply

  32. Is this on WordPress space or an external host?

    Also, Daran, may we have an open thread when you get things situated. I read about something I would like opinions on. Thanks.

    Comment by ebbtide — December 20, 2006 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  33. We can’t add it to the template – on wordpress.com, nothing can be added to templates. (If you pay extra, you can play with the CSS, but what’s needed here is to change the html to add in an additional php call, and we can’t do that.)

    Okay, “Quentin” is out. On to the next.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  34. Text size, by the way, is something we CAN alter in CSS. To upgrade to be able to edit CSS would cost us $15 a year, however.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  35. This three-column theme is called “Andreas09.”

    Comment by Ampersand — December 20, 2006 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  36. Horrible. All comments appear to me in upper case when I view with Konqueror. (They’re OK in Mozilla, but I don’t want to have to change browser just to read CD.)

    Comment by Daran — December 21, 2006 @ 12:17 am | Reply

  37. Okay, let’s toss Andreas09 out. This one is called “Regulus 2.1.”

    I’m beginning to think we may want to switch back to the theme we had. 🙂

    Comment by Ampersand — December 21, 2006 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  38. Oi. Scroll around until you hit the blockquotes…

    One great big quotation mark.

    Of course, I could just be annoyed about being snowed in…

    Comment by Off Colfax — December 21, 2006 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  39. I’ve seen versions of the “one big quotation mark” that I’ve liked, but I agree, that set was particularly ugly.

    Here’s a very simple one called “Rubric.” We can change the pen graphic to a graphic of our choosing, as long as it’s approximately the same size as the pen graphic. Thoughts?

    Comment by Ampersand — December 21, 2006 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  40. Hmmm… I think I like this one.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, I finally got my paws on Civ IV: Warlords, and am only 3 turns away from a military victory.

    Comment by Off Colfax — December 21, 2006 @ 7:57 am | Reply

  41. Lots of tinkering going on. Rubric looks fine to me. I like the simplicity and the relatively large width of the post and comments panes. I’ll cough up $5 to buy into editing tools/access if we decide that’s what we want.

    Comment by Brutus — December 21, 2006 @ 11:38 am | Reply

  42. Now if you’ll excuse me, I finally got my paws on Civ IV: Warlords, and am only 3 turns away from a military victory.

    I am a huge fan of the Civilization series of games.

    After Christmas I will build a new computer, specifically to be able to play Civ IV.

    I will talk to you then about it, the rest of you probably won’t see me for a while.

    Comment by Daran — December 21, 2006 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  43. I like the theme, BTW.

    Comment by Daran — December 21, 2006 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  44. This is the best so far.

    Comment by ohwilleke — December 21, 2006 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  45. This is actually quite a nice theme, if we could replace the picture with something less… Um… er…

    Comment by Daran — December 22, 2006 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  46. …with something less like a mummified penis-tip with spooky eyes and mouth. Just too David Cronenberg.

    How about a picture of a cobra and a mongoose facing one another off? If you got the perspective right, it needn’t take up too much space.

    Comment by Tom Nolan — December 22, 2006 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  47. I like the cobra-mongoose idea.

    Comment by Robert — December 22, 2006 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  48. Great! Got a copyright-free photo or illustration of a cobra and mongoose facing off in the right perspective handy?

    Tom, I think you mistook which theme Daran was referring to – probably you missed the link in “This.”

    Daran, I checked out the link, and that theme looks great in many ways – I really like its proportions and the way it uses color to divide posts from each other (even though I wouldn’t have chose those specific colors myself).

    But that theme doesn’t come with the option of replacing the header image, and it doesn’t include the author name at the top of posts. These are not problems we could fix even if we paid the $15 for extra CSS control. For those reasons, I don’t think it’ll work for us. 😦

    Comment by Ampersand — December 22, 2006 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  49. Dammit, Ampersand, you’re a cartoonist! How long would it take to rustle something up? A minute? Two minutes?

    Yeah, I knew that Daran was referring to the twat in a hat, aber ich tat als ob…

    Comment by Tom Nolan — December 22, 2006 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  50. How long would it take to rustle something up? A minute? Two minutes?

    You know, Tom, I have no idea when you’re joking and when you’re not. Just in case you’re not, trust me, it would take much longer than two minutes.

    Also, I don’t want to draw a header image for CD; I want CD to not look like “Alas” that way.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 22, 2006 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

  51. it would take much longer than two minutes

    Bet Will Eisner could have done it in two minutes. Without a computer.

    Comment by Robert — December 22, 2006 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  52. Ampersand: You know, Tom, I have no idea when you’re joking and when you’re not.

    Yes, and you’re not the only one. What’s needed is one of those little yellow faces, smiling but with one eyebrow significantly raised.

    But the mongoose and cobra needn’t look like your usual cartoons: just draw them in a more academic style, and maybe add a little colour. And it’s not as if you’d be working for free. I know the multinational monster that is “Creative Destruction” would be happy to reimburse you for your efforts.

    I’m beginning to wonder if you’re stalling on this because you don’t know *how* to draw a mongoose. (Little yellow face with raised eyebrow.)

    Comment by Tom Nolan — December 22, 2006 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  53. We seem to have lost “recent posts” from the sidebar.

    Comment by Daran — December 23, 2006 @ 12:32 am | Reply

  54. Ampersand can’t draw mongooses. He has a phobia.

    Comment by Robert — December 23, 2006 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  55. We seem to have lost “recent posts” from the sidebar.

    Whoops. Fixed.

    I blame the mongeese.

    Comment by Ampersand — December 23, 2006 @ 2:25 am | Reply


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