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Re: I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Reply #8 - Feb 20th, 2011 at 10:38pm
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Sorry I can't find membergroup, total posts, or location anywhere in the Admin area! sorry to be a pest; can you possibly be very specific -- I go to Admin and then where do I go? thanks!
  
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Re: I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Reply #7 - Feb 20th, 2011 at 5:48pm
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DMelanogaster wrote on Feb 20th, 2011 at 3:03pm:
YABB ADMINISTRATOR <Display name
yabb administrator (Again?? why?) Membergroup
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The Land of Yabb Location
Gender


Status, Location, User Text (not shown) and Gender can be hidden for display in the Admin Center
Show User Text in Message View?      
Show Gender Image in Message View?

DMelanogaster wrote on Feb 20th, 2011 at 3:03pm:
from College Confidential, of a spare, professional-looking message board, which would be my goal. Thanks!!

  Then you have the option.
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Re: I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Reply #6 - Feb 20th, 2011 at 3:03pm
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thank you My husband changed the template as you suggested. I'm attaching a screenshot. It eliminated the large 3D 'pipes'. I'm still wondering, though, if there is a way to eliminate a lot of the "noise" in the posts. For example, the left-hand column has stuff like

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Can I possibly get rid of all of that? In the very template we're writing in right now, all that stuff (and there is much less of it) is in the top left, not all along the left, using up so much space. I'm sorry to keep bothering you! I appreciate your help. Just trying to make this as spare as possible. Also, is it possible to eliminate that whole line of Quote  Modify Split Delete or at least just have them as text and not those Icon-like things? I am trying to de-Cute my board.

I'm attaching again the second example, from College Confidential, of a spare, professional-looking message board, which would be my goal. Thanks!!
  

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Reply #5 - Feb 19th, 2011 at 6:35pm
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DMelanogaster wrote on Feb 19th, 2011 at 3:50pm:
Y2.4 Display.Template


The Display.template is in the cgi-bin/yabb2/Template/default (or the default template folder for the Template your using).

DMelanogaster wrote on Feb 19th, 2011 at 3:50pm:
He says he has changed his original template and doesn't understand how changing this template would not change the changes he has already made to the existing file,

   Mainly because most and normally any customization of the YaBB forum is totally done within the default.html and the default.css, most, never modify the Display.template.  YaBB has used almost the exact same file (Display.template) since Y2.1, Only Y2.5 modified it to change the format in the Message Post.
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Re: I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Reply #4 - Feb 19th, 2011 at 3:50pm
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Hi, my husband would like to know more about this:

"Sure ... the second image is using the Y2.4 Display.Template"

Can you say if this template has more of a name, and where can we find it? He says he has changed his original template and doesn't understand how changing this template would not change the changes he has already made to the existing file, but he's willing to take the plunge anyway. But he needs more information and direction as to which exact file this is and where he can find it.  Thanks a lot! (we are hoping not to explode all his hours of hard work)
  
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Reply #3 - Feb 13th, 2011 at 5:47pm
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DMelanogaster wrote on Feb 13th, 2011 at 4:49pm:
he tells me that he's already customized the template (using help from somebody else) to the point that changing templates at this time would be an awful lot of work.

  Not so ... changing the one (1) template, "Display.template" will not alter your customization.

  Try the above ... before eliminating things.
  
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Re: I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Reply #2 - Feb 13th, 2011 at 4:49pm
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Thanks for your response. My 'tech person' (a.k.a. my husband) tells me that we're using a version of YaBB that's more recent than the one you suggest. However, more important, he tells me that he's already customized the template (using help from somebody else) to the point that changing templates at this time would be an awful lot of work.

So -- one more question-- is there any way to eliminate the reasons for some of the extra space -- that is, the lines that say things like "The Land of Yabb" or "Newbie", etc. - and just have the line that gives the date and time and the line with the name of the poster?

I understand this may not be possible. I'm just trying to pare this thing down to its essentials so it looks at least semi-professional.  THANKS!
  
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Reply #1 - Feb 12th, 2011 at 6:20pm
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Sure ... the second image is using the Y2.4 Display.Template and the side bar is a simply addition to the html template.
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I wish my template didn't have so much dead space
Feb 12th, 2011 at 3:35pm
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I'm attaching two pages from message boards: one is mine. I kind of hate it. The ratio of dead space to text is enormous. I think it looks ridiculous. The other attachment is a page from another board. It's an example of a template that is compact and does the job so well! How can I get a template like that for my board without having to redo everything?? is it possible?
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