Edit: This link is outdated, see new poll here https://programming.dev/post/190520

Hey everyone

Wanted to run a poll about the community icons to choose between a couple options

Option 1 - Use UBP icons - Use unified icons for all of the communities similar to beehaw

Option 2 - Use UBP for general communities and specific language, etc. icons for specific communities

Option 3 - Dont use UBP icons

Vote using the strawpoll here (doing strawpoll so it can be ranked voting) [removed in favor of new post]

EDIT: I have remade the poll with two more options. If you voted in the previous one please vote again in this. The new options are just for adding different colored gradients to the unified icons for different communities

Quick example of this:

  • @Daan
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    10 months ago

    I like the bottom one the best (option 3) for the reason that they have different colours. The colour tells something about the community you’re looking for.

    A 4th option where you still have the UBP icons, but with the colours as shown in the bottom picture would be a good middleground. (Option: ‘Use UBP icons everywhere but with different colored gradients’)

    just my two cents

    • AtegonOPMA
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      310 months ago

      Actually yeah true, forgot to add that to the poll. I can remake it real quick

  • @RandomDevOpsDude
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    710 months ago

    I can’t vote due to VPN, but the UBP icons look awesome, and I think using them across the board will look great. With specific language icons, can still use the actual icon with the modified color gradient (like git community is) and still gets the point across and looks great IMO.

    • @RandomDevOpsDude
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      110 months ago

      After looking at my subscribed, rather the community list as a whole, I’m torn between 1/2

  • young_broccoli
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    610 months ago

    Maybe just let each communities decide? If some want to have a uniform theme between them let them have it and if others don’t too. Like, I wouldnt like to see any style, or lack of, being enforced on anyone.

  • Feyter
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    610 months ago

    I think the poll is too confusing with the 5 options of which are all very Similar, to be honest. Actually I’m already not sure what I’ve voted for and it’s just a moment ago 😅

    I would say just do what you think looks the best regards the poll.

  • AtegonOPMA
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    510 months ago

    Due to issues with this poll would you guys be open to running it again on rcv123?

    Things that would change

    • Random ordering of options
    • Better descriptions of options
    • Handling so theres no accidental voting
    • Better ranked system (transferable vote instead of points)
    • @Daan
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      410 months ago

      Yes! You could also change the post so all the options have a preview like you did before adding the new poll options. So changing “Quick example of this:” to "Option 4 - … "

      Example

      Option 1:
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      Option 2:
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      Option 3:
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      Might clear things up as well.

  • JackbyDev
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    10 months ago

    Can you elaborate on the option of UBP but with different gradients?

    The wording of the options is a little confusing.

    • AtegonOPMA
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      310 months ago

      Yeah I just edited the post to do a quick example

      Just means that instead of the usual blue purple gradient communities all have their own color scheme to separate them from each other

      ex. the godot icon may have the godot colors, functional programming will have an orange gradient, etc.

      • ruffsl
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        210 months ago

        Wow, the multi color gradients per different community is rather clean, but still aids in rapid legibility. Still think shape masking should be left to the user’s chosen theme or client side rendering, but the neon on black is warming up to me.

  • AtegonOPMA
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    510 months ago

    Ill switch all the icons according to what gets voted on. Will leave voting open for a day

  • AtegonOPMA
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    410 months ago

    Also if a UBP option wins ill run another vote for hexagon vs circle

    • @l4sgc
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      310 months ago

      My top choice for icon shape is definitely the vertical hexagons we have now, but the poll should probably include options for both vertical and horizontal hexagons. Maybe square and squircle as well.

      • ruffsl
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        10 months ago

        I think this should be done via CSS, rather than baking in the masked shape into the PNGs. We could customize our instance’s default bootstrap theme for Lemmy-UI. This would allow us to keep the icon artwork unaltered as full-size square canvases, then mask them client side based on the user’s preferred theme or custom layout. E.g. allowing the user to distinguish user avatars versus community icons based on masking shape, like on GitHub.

        There is a growing development of RES like user side enhancements for Lemmy:

        • @l4sgc
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          310 months ago

          Yes letting everyone choose their own icon shape is a great idea, and thanks for sharing that script, I’ve been missing the compact view!

        • AtegonOPMA
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          210 months ago

          Ill likely try to get that working in the instance and then the poll can just be the default option

        • @Paradox42
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          110 months ago

          While I personally like the idea of having the shape be decided by user/instance CSS choices, would that not potentially reduce the immediate brand recognition, when those outside our instance see our community icons?

          • ruffsl
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            210 months ago

            If folks vote for the UBP option, then I think that unified color palette and aesthetic would be a reasonable enough clue of instance origin.

            That said, if we did hardcode shapes into our instance icons, it’s not like there’s a lot of maskable radial shapes to choose from that would:

            • fit inside the default circle that remote Lemmy instances would render our community icons as.
            • not overly crop out or limit the artwork canvas with fat dilated margins.
            • https://maskable.app/

            With hexagons, octagons, rotated 45 or 30 degree offsets, at tens of pixels font heights: those are hardly differentiable at some point. So regardless, we could easily collide with other servers already that choose hexagons, or any polygon that fits in Lemmy’s minimum circle mask.

  • @Pigeon
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    10 months ago

    deleted by creator

  • 𝕊𝕚𝕤𝕪𝕡𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕟
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    10 months ago

    I have a question. If these were the final results (in descending order of votes):

    • x1 votes for UBP icons for non-language-specific communities
    • y1 votes for UBP everywhere
    • y2 votes for colorful UBP everywhere
    • x2 votes for colorful UBP icons for non-language-specific communities
    • z votes for no UBP icons

    Where y1 + y2 > x1 + x2, so more people wanted UBP everywhere but because of the two independent options (where to use them and what color), their votes got fragmented, what is the right course of action?

    I think it would have been better to have two polls, one about the question of using visually consistent icons and another one about what they should look like.

    • ruffsl
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      10 months ago

      Looks like strawpoll.com is simply ranked only, not necessarily RCV. True RCV could solve this problem by allowing instant runoffs after closing polls:

      This one also supports randomized ballot order, which is cool.

  • Jim
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    210 months ago

    I’m getting a timeout for the strawpoll. I don’t really care that much, but I think it’s nice to not use UBP. Variety is the spice of life.

  • @spartanatreyu
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    210 months ago

    Gah, I messed up my vote. I clicked on the option I wanted (2) and then clicked vote.

    I didn’t realise it was a thing where you had to drag the options into the order that you wanted.

    Now I’ve entered a vote that is what the default order of responses is.

    Not sure why the button is called “Vote” and not “Submit” if you’re submitting an order instead of a single vote.

    • @canpolat
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      210 months ago

      I did the same. I submitted the default order without realizing that it was an ordered list.

      • ruffsl
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        210 months ago

        Yeah, I suspect the current poll rankings are a little biased from the initial ordering of the ranked options. I think strawpoll.com’s website should randomize the initial ordering per voter, as well as ask the user to move options from one column to a second columb to make the UI more apparent that all options should be re-ranked by the voter.