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1 year ago

/r/DIY gets a makeover!

Greetings /r/DIY!

If you're seeing this page, you've probably noticed that the subreddit looks different. Hopefully you like the change. Earlier in the month we put up this thread going over what the new year would bring for /r/DIY, including a stylesheet update.


As you can see - that stylesheet is now live. The new style adds some more functionality for both the users and moderators as well as making it just a little bit easier on the eyes for everyone. Below I will go over some of the new updates and what they bring to the subreddit.


Announcement Bar

The Reddit website only allows us to use two stickied threads at one time. But what happens when we have important information we need to get out to the subreddit and we've already used those two stickies? Well...that usually gets sent to the sidebar. Which means most people miss it. Mobile users almost never see the sidebar, and a lot of desktop readers don't routinely check it.

This brings us to our new "Announcement Bar" - with the new bar above the posts, we can add additional information about what's going on. Whether its a contest or an upcoming AMA, it's one more piece of functionality to keep everyone informed. Unfortunately, mobile users still won't be able to see that :[ But, it is a little easier to see for those on the desktop.


Sidebar Redesign


Speaking of the sidebar, a huge part of the new style was making sure the sidebar was easier to read and splitting it up so that the most important information was clearly visible. We wanted to be sure people could find the subreddit rules clearly, AMA information, etc. The new sidebar offers that and we're really pleased with it.


Flair System


We're flairing everything! When you make a post now - AutoModerator will go ahead and assign it a flair based on a set of ever evolving keywords we've attached to it. Please note that this is not a perfect system and for the first few months it may have a lot of mistakes, so if you notice that your post is flaired incorrectly - please set the flair to what you believe it should be yourself. We will be constantly updating the keyword list to make it as accurate as possible. We're also retroactively flairing all post going back about 12 months.


Filter Flairs


What good would it be to have all those flairs if we didn't make it easy to filter them? The new sidebar has a filter section. Looking for woodworking only posts? Just click that filter and you'll only see posts flaired with "woodworking".




We've turned thumbnails on and think they look great. Of course, you might not like them. If you don't want thumbnails on your /r/DIY, simply head over to your preferences and disable them entirely.


Possible Bugs


This is a new stylesheet and we've already fixed a couple minor bugs. If you notice any bugs or weird visual effects - please let us know in the comments below. Tell us what browser you use and what operating system. If you can provide a screenshot, that would be great too!


Massive Thanks


A massive thank you goes out to /u/qtx who built this entire stylesheet for /r/DIY. The subreddit has been in desperate need of a facelift for a while, and he came in and gave us one that looks great. We can't thank him enough.

Another massive thank you goes out to /u/thirdegree who built the bot which did the retroactive flairing for us. This bot is responsible for flairing all of our posts. Without his help, the old posts would not have been flaired.


We hope you all like the new stylesheet. Please leave your comments below and let us know if you find any bugs!

-/r/DIY Moderation

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17 points · 1 year ago

It's overall a decent theme, but the change in vertical spacing (especially padding) makes it far less information-dense.

Overall, good job and the new filtering system is fantastic. Thanks for your hard work mods!

7 points · 1 year ago

filter posts


I love you. So many subs still do the useless lang() system, it is nice to see a sub do it the proper way. Also, nice touch forcing legacy search and hiding RES options. very clean.

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Moderator of r/DIY, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster5 points · 1 year ago

You can send all your thanks to /u/qtx! He's the CSS master of this! :]

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Damn, nice job. I like the flairs.

what's the difference between carpentry and woodworking?

honest question

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Original Poster8 points · 1 year ago

Carpentry is more "I built a garage". Woodworking is more "I built a desk".

I realize its a fine line, and may be adjusted at some point.

Has a cool flair
1 point · 1 year ago

Adding to this, the distinction is different in different cultures. The above generally holds in the US but the reverse is true in some locations, and in others they're entirely interchangable.

3 points · 1 year ago

Great job, folks! Looks great!

9 points · 1 year ago

No likey at all, kinda hurts

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Moderator of r/DIY, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Could you explain how? It's still very mellow.

Can't speak to his opinion but the flairs are way too big, the spacing way too much--I have to scroll three pages just to see the key explaining the flairs. Lots of big white spaces in the sidebar.

I just noticed /u/qtx updated our mobile icon too! You sneaky bastard... Love it!

To those of you using RES nightmode in particular, please let us know any strangeness you see, thanks!

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What sub?

3 points · 1 year ago

looks great.

3 points · 1 year ago

It's kinda difficult to quickly distinguish the black not-seen links over the grey clicked links :I

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

Can you provide a screenshot as well as your browser and operating system information?

3 points · 1 year ago

Pic, Windows 10 on PC

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

What browser?

2 points · 1 year ago

Google Chrome 55.0.2883.87

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

Thanks we'll see what can be done about that.

Yeah, same here. Not a great colour scheme.

Looks great, nice work.

Just glancing at it is already much easier on the eyes. Not that you needed it but "I Approve!"

Isn't it in the rules if you build something to show step by step? not just the final result?

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Moderator of r/DIY, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster5 points · 1 year ago

I can't even tell you how many bans we're going to give ourselves over the flagrant disregard of our own rules.

2 points · 1 year ago

Does it need to be spaced out so far? Compared to the standard Reddit theme, we get 5 less posts per page.

Also, the colours really don't contrast that well, it's difficult to read the number of votes, and the difference between the followed and unfollwed links is difficult to see.

So agreed---the spacing is terribly off and the color scheme is unpleasant.

1 point · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

Did you really use pressure treated wood in your new style sheet? You're going to have to rip that out.

As long as you guys did it yourselves and didn't have someone else do it.

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Moderator of r/DIY, speaking officiallyOriginal Poster2 points · 1 year ago

You're gonna be incredibly disappointed in us!

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1 point · 1 year ago

Love the look nice work!

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