Moderator colours and colour blindness

Nagol

Unimportant
G'day Folks,

There 's a post edited by a moderator. I had to be told the text was a different colour -- to me both the original and mod's text appears black on the bright white background.


Is it possible and if it is, would you be so kind as to bold or otherwise make the mod messages more visible to the colour limited people?

P.S. I'd have taken this to PM, by it is unsigned and only says a moderator did it.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Hmm. Let me look into some formatting options. There are other ways we can make mod text more obvious. We just don’t want to make it too distracting! :)
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Is it possible and if it is, would you be so kind as to bold or otherwise make the mod messages more visible to the colour limited people?
There are a couple of things we can do here to help mitigate the problem.

1) Preface end-notes with "Mod Edit:" or "Mod Note:"

1a) When it is an in-line edit, try to note it as such when possible, or put a note at the end of the post saying what was done.

2) Make use of the Warning system, which puts the note as a banner on top of the post, rather than an edit on the bottom.

These are not much of a burden, as they are out usual forms anyway - this one case had a slip.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
2) Make use of the Warning system, which puts the note as a banner on top of the post, rather than an edit on the bottom.
Those warning notes are really easy to miss, particularly when they appear above a quote.

Any way to make 'em red-backgrounded or some other colour that really stands out? (that said, I'm finding coloured text in general much harder to read on the white background than it was on the black)
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Those warning notes are really easy to miss, particularly when they appear above a quote.
They appear at the top of the post in question. If "right at the top" is easy to miss, I'm not sure there's much we can do for you

Any way to make 'em red-backgrounded or some other colour that really stands out?
They are background in what looks to be orange. It just isn't FLAMING IN YOUR FACE SOLID ORANGE WITH BLINKING TEXT HUGE FONT.

I mean, really, how obtrusive do you feel it needs to be?
 

Nagol

Unimportant
They appear at the top of the post in question. If "right at the top" is easy to miss, I'm not sure there's much we can do for you



They are background in what looks to be orange. It just isn't FLAMING IN YOUR FACE SOLID ORANGE WITH BLINKING TEXT HUGE FONT.

I mean, really, how obtrusive do you feel it needs to be?
Well, at least I can tell that one is different than the text around it!
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Reliance on the colour red is the exact thing we've been asked not to do.
In a perfect world, maybe it's red (because that's a good indicator) and also a different size (for those with color blindness).

....and also comic sans.
 

Nagol

Unimportant
Reliance on the colour red is the exact thing we've been asked not to do.
Many forms of colour blindness are difficult to explain to people. It's not "don't rely on a specific colour" much of the time. It's more "certain shades of colour combined with specific contrasts are indistinguishable from each other".

I tend to undersee red for example (it's one of 2 types of red/green colour blindness). So dark reds on a bright background tend to be blackish and light reds on a dark background tend to be grayish. My brain has some software patches (learned differentiation - I "see" redheads on a B/W television, for example) for the hardware limits and so some grays appear either reddish or greenish depending on hue and saturation.

Larger patches of colour tend to help allow the colour to bleed through which is why I initially suggested bolding -- it increases the font width and would tend to make the colour more apparent. It also adds a different type of differentiator that that's always helpful regardless of particular disability.
 
As another person with color issues, I think the bolded "Mod Note" that Umbram did in this post worked great for improving visibility: Sensitivity Writers. AKA: avoiding cultural appropriate in writing

I would also like to throw out that the color of the warning tag at the top of this post ( Sensitivity Writers. AKA: avoiding cultural appropriate in writing) is a little more difficult, because it's extremely close to the colors of "XXXXXX said" in the reply box, but the icon and placement are good enough that I don't see the color as being a major issue.
 

Hussar

Legend
Thirded for someone else with color blindness issues.

Frankly, while I know it's intrusive, that honking big orange text works for me. I haven't seen a mod note since the new forums went up. :/

Bolded would go a long way to making it stand out.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Mod Note:

For folks who care, this is the format I'm currently working with for "mod voice" posts - bolded top line, but normal text. Using bold text for the entire post has the dual problem of not leaving the moderator options for adding emphasis, and runs the risk of people feeling that moderators are "shouting" at them, and that usually leads to a communication dynamic I'd hope to avoid. I hope you find it works well for you.
 

Nagol

Unimportant
Mod Note:

For folks who care, this is the format I'm currently working with for "mod voice" posts - bolded top line, but normal text. Using bold text for the entire post has the dual problem of not leaving the moderator options for adding emphasis, and runs the risk of people feeling that moderators are "shouting" at them, and that usually leads to a communication dynamic I'd hope to avoid. I hope you find it works well for you.
That red must be lighter/brighter than the original or there's just more of it and the bulk makes seeing the colour possible. It is much easier to notice.
 

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