Change "0 new messages" display in header

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DocSommer
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Change "0 new messages" display in header

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I think it's a bit oldschool and geeky displaying any literally "zero value" informations to end users - I don't know any other nowadays communication tech (smartphone etc.) that inform the cell owner about zero text messages with a permanent display (just an example). That's why I like to suggest to change the pm display to this behaviour:

Case A - new/unread messages in inbox:

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Case B - NO new/unread messages in inbox:

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Of course other ideas for the wording/whatever are welcome - as you can see I choosed to display a link to "Private messaging" for my board and only a notification in case there is a reason for. Another advantage is that it's harder to miss a new message by overlooking the count number (the visual change is way more more obvious if "private messaging" transforms to "x new messages"). All in all I got a positive feedback from my board users for this tiny but usability-effective change.
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Phone is a bad example. My computer permanently tells me that I have zero emails and zero texts.
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DocSommer wrote:Another advantage is that it's harder to miss a new message by overlooking the count number (the visual change is way more more obvious if "private messaging" transforms to "x new messages"). All in all I got a positive feedback from my board users for this tiny but usability-effective change.
I agree.
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callumacrae wrote:Phone is a bad example. My computer permanently tells me that I have zero emails and zero texts.
Mine (windows 7 os) doesn't - can't ever recall seeing a computer behaving this way tbh. Even within outlook I only see a "(x)" value notification next to a folder name if there a new/unread mails. Other leading social media services (e.g. facebook) treat it likewise.
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Good idea. +1
Would install today if it was a mod. :)
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it's rather some kind of a snippet^^ Since I did it on my board I can get you the code I've used (when I'm back at home) but since I'm not good with code it might not be the best/efficient attempt.
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+1 to the possibility of having more control over how the theme treats messages. Currently iirc it's a {LANG} variable that distinguishes only between whether the word message(s) is plural? The ability to display a different element with a different class would be nice.
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@ Mess:

Here's my current solution I'm using for my overall_header template (no changes in other files needed) :

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<!-- IF S_DISPLAY_PM and (S_USER_NEW_PRIVMSG) --><a href="{U_PRIVATEMSGS}">{PRIVATE_MESSAGE_INFO}  &bull;</a><!-- ELSE --><a href="{U_PRIVATEMSGS}">{L_PRIVATE_MESSAGING}  &bull;</a><!-- ENDIF -->
you'll find the right spot a few lines after:

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				<li class="icon-ucp">
simply replace the entire line that starts with

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<!-- IF S_DISPLAY_PM a......
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+1
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+1... But notifications in 3.1 should change this anyway.
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