I agree with everyone that the icons are counter-intuitive and not very legible.
But since the pinned message still has this...
Currently working on:
- Icons will be changed so it's easier to distinguish read/unread/etc.
...I guess there's hope.
As someone who can do CSS and PhotoShop in my sleep, this seems like an easy fix...technically speaking.
But as someone who also is employed by an institution, I know sometimes these things never get fixed due to issues of fear, trust, liability, etc.
I mean, nobody wants to risk losing a job because someone else screwed things up. So if the person who is responsible for the icons doesn't have the skill set to fix them, that person is not likely going to be able to identify who does have that skill set, and is not going to want to give away the keys to the kingdom of forum icons to just anyone who seems eager to give it a go.
So, I'm resigned to not being able to distinguish the folder icons here, not being able to read the font on the announcement screen at my job, and the fact that eventually we may all become extinct because someone moved a widget to the wrong side of a desk or desktop.
In the mean time, I do really appreciate that this forum manages to keep on truckin' and being a place where civil discourse on the content of media can occur.