Vote track positioning

Michael Allan mike at
Fri Nov 16 13:22:22 EST 2012

Hey guys,

I agree with Conseo that the position of the track could be improved,
but with Thomas about the advantages of the current position and the
priority of work.  The priority now is to get more contributors.  It
makes no sense to delay that.

The vote track hangs lower on the draft page as we add more tracks.
Although I like the current docking behaviour, the intuitive way it
parts from and rejoins the stage, it needn't hang quite so low.  1-2
cm from the top (or user preference) would be enough.  So it would
part from the stage and stick to the screen only at that distance
instead of immediately as now.  That would be ideal, wouldn't it?

But this isn't keeping new contributors away.  And if a new developer
were to join the project, then he might volunteer to do this work.


conseo said:
> Hey Thomas,
> Thomas von der Elbe wrote:
> > 
> > your suggestion makes a lot of sense, Conseo, but I must say, I kind of
> > like the behaivior of the vote track.
> > 
> > It is somehow unexpected to have this thing hanging there when you
> > scroll down. And I imagine, this gives a new user something to think. It
> > somehow tells him to use it, to try it out. Whereas, if it would snap to
> > the top it would be easy to overlook.
> > 
> > Maybe we should wait for your suggestion until we have many users and
> > the whole thing is rollingalready. What do you think?
> I don't think so. Many people, esp. new users will be irritated by the text 
> scrolling above and below the track. As an alternative the track background 
> would have to be transparent, maybe with a very subtle translucent background 
> instead of the solid background it currently has and more than the nothing it 
> recently had for a short period. This would make it an overlay. But why 
> clutter the actual page? The stage imo is a frame to mash different web 
> platforms together and in minimal space, not to dominate them. 
> For me it also confuses the middle of the interesting headlines on the top of 
> the page. Btw. if the track sticks at the top, new users still will recognize 
> its prominent role. Just don't force them to get attention imo. Ideally, users 
> could drag them around and "dock" them on the top or bottom as they wish 
> (including to hide them).
> conseo

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