The nested vertical grey strips within each block are supposed to mean something. As somebody that doesn't use the homepage at all, I imagine that I must look at it like a new visitor. There's a lot going on - too much maybe.
Three different flavours of posts. I have little idea about what's going on with the first one.
They are our quote tag. Do they not look familiar. It is a nested quote. The first paragraph is a reply to the second paragraph.
The nested vertical grey strips within each block are supposed to mean something.
A member named drjohn posted a reply in the thread "can't align three divs horizontally". The outer quote is his reply, so you don't have to leave the homepage to see what he just posted. The inner quote is the original post of the thread that he was replying to.
I've not seen nested quotes before. It's very small that inner one. The meaning is totally lost on me and your description (no offence) doesn't help me much. But it's me, not you - I'm not the sharpest tool in the box.
How the hell do you create a nested quote anyway? Is it >> ?
OK, that's as much as I need to know. Is this expected styling - % reduction?
No tab for News/Tutorials on the main page? Also, do you maintain a list of "popular" threads (based on view count, upvotes etc.). I think those threads with a lot of info which the community likes would be a good candidate for home page.
Frankly I find the Home Page listing somewhat confusiong when compared to Recently Updated Articles. They both present the same threads, but those on Home Page sho the last poster's avatar while Recently Updated Articles show the thread starter's avatar. There could be a lot of confusion between these two methods of displaying the same threads.
Also, do you maintain a list of "popular" threads (based on view count, upvotes etc.). I think those threads with a lot of info which the community likes would be a good candidate for home page.
I've opted, instead, to redo the algorithm for Recommended articles (link in footer). Instead of it just being a straight list of threads in your favorite forums, it's now a much more involved algo that takes thread popularity into account, and your site usage patterns, to give you a priority-sorted list of what we think you're currently going to want to read.
Home Page now looks very much similar to the link you had where you could see everyone's current activities (I forgot the name of the link). But there people who had invisible mode turned on did not show up. Shouldn't the Home Page be like that too? It makes the invisibility mode pretty useless now.
Another suggestion: The link in "Edited post in ..." or "Replied to post in ..." -- suggest the link go to the post in which the member posted or replied instead of just to the first post in the thread. The same behavior as the time link in the Recently Updated Articles page. If I want to see what the member did I don't want to search the entire thread for the post.
Another suggestion: The link in "Edited post in ..." or "Replied to post in ..." -- suggest the link go to the post in which the member posted or replied instead of just to the first post in the thread.
In the activity stream, each time a particular post is referred to, you can click the little blue arrow icon to jump directly to the post.
A little more, I still find Recently Updated Articles more useful. But now that I know how to jump directly to the post I will begin using Home Page more and more. Just a matter of a little retraining, like going from Windows 7 to Windows 8, everything's there it's just a matter of finding out how to use it.