Category icons?

What do you think about those icons up in the upper right left [now]? They link to categories. I’m going to leave them for a few days, I think, while I decide. Right now, I’m thinking 3 words: “clutter” & “mystery meat.” Maybe they’ll grow on me.

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  1. Posted 12/13/2002 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Cool, I like them.

  2. Posted 12/13/2002 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I think they might work better if they were directly to the left (or even right) of the headings, rather than on the right margin. It’s harder to associate them with the entries, which is what causes the sense of clutter (IMNSHO).

  3. Posted 12/13/2002 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Wow, that was quick. :-) I like it much better.

  4. Posted 12/13/2002 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Ah, you probably caught me in the middle. I like it much better as well: thanks for the advice. I guess I’ve not officially run out of things to do other than grade and finish a paper :(.

  5. Posted 12/13/2002 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    A friend suggested that I make the switch from Greymatter to Moveable Type – the whole “category” thing makes me like MT even more, but I keep telling myself if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We’ll see how long that lasts :)

  6. Posted 12/13/2002 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    b2 has categories and is super easy to install. It sets up all the database stuff for you (which I remember you mentioning scared you away from MT).

  7. alex
    Posted 12/13/2002 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t had enough experience with others to really be the best advocate for MT, but I found it exceptionally easy to set up, easy to play with, and with a pretty wide user-base (meaning it will continue to be updated, etc.). Since I don’t have anything to compare it with, I can’t really rank it there. I can say that the installation was not difficult. Basically, make the usual script changes, upload the files, and tell it to install itself.

  8. alex
    Posted 12/13/2002 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and MT will run on your SQL database if you want, but doesn’t need it. Right now, I have only a single SQL database for my hosting, so I’m leaving it free for other projects: i.e., MT is using a built-in perl module for its database operations–no setup involved.

  9. Posted 12/13/2002 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I just walked 22 undergrad students through MT installs in class, with great success. Using the Berkeley DB support because there’s no MySQL support on the server that the students have access to, but the instructions are pretty clear for both types of support.

    I really like the MT environment–from categories to trackbacks to great CSS support to the customizable templates.

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