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    Forum links not being underlined - is it just me?
    I am having a negative emotional reaction to the forum links not being underlined any more. For some reason I find it disquieting, like something is "out of sync."

    Maybe I'm just getting OLD and set in my ways. Is it just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    I am having a negative emotional reaction to the forum links not being underlined any more. For some reason I find it disquieting, like something is "out of sync."

    Maybe I'm just getting OLD and set in my ways. Is it just me?
    It's just you.

    You're getting old.

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    My are underlined, but I have used yellow highliter on my screen to make the lines.



    It works, but I have to adjust the scroll to get the link in the yellow line.

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    LOL to the above post!

    Mine aren't underlined and I'm on firefox - FF can react badly to somebody putting active, hover, visited in the wrong order.

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    At least it is a yellow highlighter and not a brown one!
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    It's me too webworker. For me some are underlined and some aren't. Don't know why.

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    It works, but I have to adjust the scroll to get the link in the yellow line.
    LOL

    T1, I think if we haven't looked at a thread yet it isn't underlned but once we look, it then gets an underline.

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    I thought that too at first, also when it's bold you haven't read it yet and when you do, it's no longer bold. But I see on threads I've read that they're not bold but some are underlined and some aren't.

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    Maybe I am getting OLD but it's seeming much harder to see and differentiate them, everything kind of all blends together and the links have become less obvious, you have to strain your eyes to look for them and see what's links and what isn't.

    Must be middle-age eyes, different usability needs (ya, me and Jakob Nielsen both...LOL). Ah, to be young again.

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    You're not getting old. Un-underlined links are awful. Who wants to have to mouse over every word, or search for slight color differences, looking for links?!?

    I've always *hated* nonunderlined links. And, when sites don't underline 'em, and then come here whining that they get no clicks, I'm quick to point out that buyers don't like to go fishing around for the links any more than I do!

    And yeah, I've been noticing the lack of underlines too.

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    Some are light with underlines, some are light with no underlines.
    Some are dark with underlines, some are dark with no underlines.

    This is totally a usability issue, and there's a whole book written on it called "Don't Make Me Think."

    Un-underlined links are awful.
    Yes.

    Who wants to have to mouse over every word, or search for slight color differences, looking for links?!?
    Who wants to think? Who's got the time to decipher underlines, no underlines, bold and not bold.

    I've always *hated* nonunderlined links.
    I've never gone so far as to hate them before, but I do now.

    And, when sites don't underline 'em, and then come here whining that they get no clicks, I'm quick to point out that buyers don't like to go fishing around for the links any more than I do!
    Lotsa people don't have the time or inclination for decoding CSS Voodoo, they just want to read and run.

    Unfortunately, VBulletin isn't as customizable as some would wish, not anyplace it's used. There are always cookie issues and inconsistencies unless there's maximum consistency applied, which means ya just can't get fancy.

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    Who wants to think? Who's got the time to decipher underlines, no underlines, bold and not bold.
    Well, I sure don't want to think about stuff like THAT! I have better things to do with my neurons!
    Unfortunately, VBulletin isn't as customizable as some would wish, not anyplace it's used.
    All programs which produce pages of fairly complex design seem to suffer from being hard to customize. Invision isn't any better. It took me a lot of irritation to make a decent-looking change to it. I think all these programs are written by people who have some weird love of making things much, much more work than is necessary!

    But, I've gotten rid of enough anti-underline code from various apps that I've gotten that part pretty much aced:

    1) Look up (again) the CSS code for nonunderlined links so I know just what to KILL
    2) Open sitewide find/replace screen in DreamWeaver
    3) Have the DW automatically Find the offending CSS code and Replace it with nothing (so there's no code where the no-underline code was)!
    4) Upload nice, easy-to-decipher version.

    Takes about 5 minutes and is well worth it.

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