Here's something I've been working on for a few days - A Stylish style for the Shoutbox. I don't even remember the last time the Shoutbox was touched in terms of how it looks, so while I was in there for the first time in forever the other day, I decided to do something about it.
Now every time I turn the style off while I'm in there, I almost die of fear.
What is the Shoutbox?
The Shoutbox is a little known place... or not so much little known, just most people don't care about it. It existed a long time before dAmn came along.
To put it simply, it was "chat" for a lot of us before there was chat on deviantART.
Where is this Shoutbox?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you
It's on the chat page. Tucked away to the right side.
What is this Shoutbox v6 style?
Just a bunch of CSS to overwrite the default style of the Shoutbox. You can see in the preview up above that the Shoutbox is way behind the rest of deviantART. I felt I needed to do something about it.
The above is just an example. Where -username is, replace it with a username, like -nyssi.
What this little extra can do, is style an individual users shout for you. This could be handy if you talk to someone frequently, or just want someone elses shout to stand out over others. Fast identification, I suppose.
You could use coloured borders (as exampled by *east-wind in the comments), larger/smaller fonts, different background colour... anything you could think of with CSS.
To edit a style with Stylish, right click on the Stylish icon in the bottom righthand corner of Firefox > Manage Styles... > Shoutbox v6 Style.
Thanks to `thespook for the extended message centre count.
And of course, thanks to `zetab for the preview she created for this deviation
You really polished the place up a lot, Nyss! I like how every row is clearly marked now, you should do "every other row aligned to the left/right" - making it speech bubbles pointing towards the respective avatars... Well, that's just an idea for an alternative one... This is however superb, well done!
This kind of frustrates me. We were totally going to re-skin the new shoutbox and pimp it out a bit for the shoutbox users. And when asking some deviants what they wanted, we were basically told by many shoutbox users to "fuck off, leave it alone". They said they liked it being different than the rest of the site.
I guess I am kind of confused now... But this looks beautiful--a lot what we had in mind for it..
How come confused? Cause I did a style even though the Shoutbox rebels don't want it changed? I'm not gonna let them dictate whether I can do a style or not.
But, let's look at it this way. From a designer/developer point of view, leaving the Shoutbox as is isn't the right thing to do. The rest of dA is moving forward and the Shoutbox is being left in the dust. Leaving it unstyled looks shocking from the perspective of a visitor.
Basically, you guys are letting the rebels of the Shoutbox rule the place and have the last word. They already have little to no moderation simply cause they create too much of a fuss over it when rules are enforced. They aren't happy as long as moderators are only banning the ones they don't like (ie spammers). They will bitch about anything.
I think you all need to take a look and think "So, is the Shoutbox a part of deviantART or is it a site all on its own?" - The answer is simple.
Changing the Shoutbox would cause a fuss, yeah. Some of them would probably even leave (completely stupid if you ask me) but what does it matter? Shoutbox users need to get with the times and get with the rest of the website... a website the Shoutbox is (funnily enough) a part of.
At the end of the day, if you guys decided to grow some balls and make the Shoutbox clothed the same as the rest of the site, someone can easily write a style for the Shoutbox to look like it does now for the ones that don't like it.
Some people do like my style (and some want it changed properly). Some people that don't even use the Shoutbox would like it changed. Why? Cause they'll probably use it if it was. The Shoutbox needs new life to bring new users. It's quite lifeless.