Reply 620 of 718, by Bruninho
cyclone3d wrote on 2020-05-07, 21:20:
Why? transparent avatars are not that uncommon. It would seem like as a designer that you would want to make your site as functi […]
Why? transparent avatars are not that uncommon. It would seem like as a designer that you would want to make your site as functional as it was before an upgrade.
Doing otherwise is just asking for users to not be happy about the changes.
Generally, it is bad practice to change stuff that reduces functionality or makes it more difficult for the users to use the software you are writing or implementing for them.
If you have users complaining about changes in software you implement or have written yourself then, if possible, those changes should be switched back or made to be able to be configured by the end user.
But what do I know? I've only been in IT and writing scripts and programs for about 20 years.
Plot twist: I am a deaf web designer. I work with this since 2004. Although I agree that the mouse cursor hijacking is not ideal and I would never do a such thing, and then I'd for sure turn it off when the users started to complain about that. This case is a fair one, because mouse cursor hijacking is not a good practice in terms of standards (and accessibility).
By the other hand, I wouldn't be responsible for the avatars you want to use (hypothetically speaking here, if I were the forum designer). At the end of the day, it's your avatar, you should make it fit for the forum, not the forum be fit for your avatar, be it transparent or not. You just have to be creative with your own avatar as a way to identify you.
As a designer, Snover is in his right to defend his design how he likes it to be, as long it abides the good practices & web standards. But it's just my opinion, not a criticism at all. I like the forum, it has improved a lot in many areas, especially the web browsing experience on my iPhone.
schmatzler wrote on 2020-05-07, 22:49:
That doesn't automatically make you a good designer, though. […]cyclone3d wrote on 2020-05-07, 21:20:
I've only been in IT and writing scripts and programs for about 20 years.
That doesn't automatically make you a good designer, though.
Not having all transparent images magically work with the background of your website isn't reducing functionality - it's basic physics.
The old Vogons had a different shade of purple, yes. I'm pretty sure that didn't make all transparent GIFs appear great either.
Also, there is an additional grey design here that you can choose. Images with transparency might show up differently there, too. So a designer should be held accountable for all possible color and alpha combinations? This is ridiculous.
If a user cares that much about the optics of his avatar, he'll make sure it's displayed properly by editing it himself.
"Design isn't just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."