Just a quick note here since I'm "offline in solitary confinement," focusing on some projects that need some big blocks of time.
The best feedback so far is to...
1) use a smaller image
2) use a different color font to further indicate what is SIDEBAR content.
I originally liked Claude's idea of some way to indicate what the start and stop is, except I realized that it's probably not necessary if the font is a different color. I'll test that now...Simpler is usually better, so while some of the ideas are interesting, I didn't want to turn this into a "project," just make it easier to read on the phone, and have a little fun while "upgrading" from the low-tech "-----SIDEBAR-----".
I think this different color, together with the (smaller but still fun-fancy) "SIDEBAR image," makes it clear that this is a sidebar, even if I don't wrap it at 60 characters.
I'm not usually a fan of gray-font on gray-background, which is what this is. Does everyone find the 2 shades of gray different enough to be sufficiently readable?
On the other hand, if it's sufficiently readable, I like it better than, say, blue. While blue would be more readable, it would make the SIDEBAR pop which is more attention than it deserves.
And does the different color font make it clear enough that you are still in a SIDEBAR, even if I should happen to ramble off, as I tend to occasionally (esp'ly on Sundays )?
Claude, some nice ideas - I think we've got the intent of your points incorporated here.
Juri, I liked your different color idea. I don't think italics are necessary for a few reasons...
1) color gets the job done
2) italics is harder to read
3) I lose the option to use italics to emphasize a word.
Thanks, guys - let me know if you think this does it.
Finally, I love seeing so much feedback for the humble SIDEBAR, something I "invented" to let me segue and make my posts even longer! 😜
Thanks very much for all the feedback so far, everyone!
I'll head back into solitary confinement now.
The programmers are done with Brainstorm It! 4.0. They are waiting for me to finalize all the tasks that we should program into the system.
Some are easy/obvious, but if you really dig into the data and come up with some sophisticated filters, there's quite a lot that the MKL can do to let you know...
1) where opportunities lie (you'd miss them due to the sheer volume of data)
2) where you've done some things sub-optimally (ex., use the same keyword many times).
OK, I'll press "Submit" now and see how this looks. Over to ya'll!
All the best,