>>> Many will post code and console clips here. Since the user can't set a preference (can he?) for posting and reading in any particular font, could you make the default a monospaced font?
>>> I set this article to Courier New ... anxious to see if it shows up that way.
>> It did, and it looks awful -- which is why I'm not setting the default to mono!
>> The users can pick a mono font if they want to format a message in a particular way.
> ---End Quote---
> Right. And they'll have to do it every single time they post.
Only if they want to post TCC screen output, which if the past is any
guide will be rather less than 1% of the total. And unless they're
trying to show column output, the font type will be irrelevant.
> And I suppose anything emailed in plain text will show up in a proportional font.
That's dependent on the user's email configuration. If you want
monospace fonts, you can change your default.
(This is no different than email or NNTP access through SparkList.)
> And readers on the web have no choice at all.
If the writer thinks it's important to have it monospace (nobody ever
has before), they now have the option to do that.
I have never seen a forum that defaulted to mono; if I ran across one I
would run far, far away.
> I don't care how it looks. It should be functional.
This seems faintly ridiculous to me -- you haven't had mono fonts for
the last 10 years with SparkList, and it didn't seem to bother you any.
Why are you so disturbed about it now?
> Using the web interface is no pleasure (though it's pretty and as you know, I
> enjoy the testing). You can't nest quotes. You can't partially quote with ease.
> You have to jump from page to page and scroll a lot. 60% of my browser's real
> estate is wasted. In the new forums, there's no NNTP at all, and emails look
> like crap. No one (least of all you) raved about sparklist but it's not even
> gone and I'm beginning to long for the good old days.
I don't; I plan to dance on SparkList's grave!
BTW, you couldn't do any of those things (or almost anything else) with
SparkList's awful web interface.
The new web interface is far better than SparkList's; the email is at
least a tie (IMO it's better now), and the admin tools are 100 times better.
NNTP is apparently incredibly important to 1% of the users (and was a
hindrance to much of the remaining 99% because of their company's
blocking it), but the fact is that NNTP is not supported in new products
anymore. If it was available I would include it, but it's not worth my
spending a few months writing an NNTP module for a dozen users, no
matter how much they grumble!
If anybody wants to write an NNTP plugin for vBulletin, I'll be happy to
make it available for testing.