May 20th 2011 1:53PM Wow angry much? Lol. Where to start...all of the "redundant" items do completely different things.
Healbot is for casting spells that I don't bind on myself (more relevant on healy toons), the unit frames are for checking exact values of target health and other similar functions and the HUD (only visible in combat) is to assist with my tunnel vision. Since I wrote this I have turned off MY buffs on the unit frame but target debuffs that aren't cast by me aren't covered by either my HUD or Quartz should be visible somewhere at least. More information is not a bad thing, especially since I have an ENORMOUS monitor, so I don't mind having the same info a few different places.
The minimalism comes from how the UI is tucked into corners and doesn't dominate the image of the game world (plus the lack of addons I don't actually use), not the fact that the UI is completely gone.
As for the broker bar, it's full of information I want to know constantly. You might ask, why show how much gold you have, you could open your bags (assuming I didn't have ark and actually could see that number in my bags)? Well I'm willing to use 10-20 pixels of my enormous monitor to avoid having to press buttons to get simple information.
When you get closer to the center of the bar there IS info that's extremely relevant to me. My repair status, my latency, time to die counter in the center (so I don't have some ugly frame in the middle of my screen) plus guild and friend counters with mouse over detail that includes notes. The last one is AMAZING to me, normally to quickly view a character's note you have to open the guild panel, select the right screen, fish them out of it somehow, click them, and then you get the note. I mouse over a number and then get on with my life, lol.
As far as the layout, I don't like to build up since there are things that "bloom" on the sides, every little thing has a place. I don't particularly see the problem with having the chat box on the right hand side, nor having the minimap closer to the center of the screen. Perhaps I could move the action bars into the corner and flip them with the unit frames, but again this was one place where function outweighed form. When you're trying to max your potential in raids the time it takes my eyes to move around the screen is valuable and I'd rather look near the center to spot check CDs than all the way into the corner where my less useful during combat unit frames are.
Finally, you comment on inconsistent font and texture usage. Pardon? Except for my chat font and the default pMinimap font I make sure every font in my UI is Enigma and every last bar texture is Armory. Also, I like round buffs and square action bars....why should they match? They're the same BF set as each other and are designed to compliment themselves.
Hope that clears some things up :)
May 17th 2011 10:34PM Also I'm a her, but that's okay :3
May 17th 2011 9:09PM Yay! I got blogged! A little clarification on my keybinding setup since I didn't want to get too in depth for a UI column. I bind every available key to similar spells across characters and make sure that they fit underneath my left hand. For example, on any tanking character the T is a taunt, and on dps caster the "AoE" button is F.
The only reason I do the action bar paging is to avoid multiple binds for keys that would absolutely never be used at the same time, two rune abilities and banes are the perfect example. Way back in the day when on next melee abilities existed I had 3 identical bars to scroll between on my warrior which was "virgin", HS macro'd into everything, and cleave macro'd into everything.
It also helps me manage my power aura concepts as well to know things like, "this is the bane button". What seems like unnecessary complications are actually massive time and space savers for me without any real tangible loss.
I had additional screenshots demonstrating this but unfortunately they were too large to send out :(
Mar 10th 2011 8:24PM Mat, slightly unrelated. I tried to submit my UI for Reader UI of the Week a few weeks ago, but I was having a lot of trouble since I had tried to be wordy and include a lot of descriptively edited screenshots and AOL doesn't like large attachments. I'm not asking you to feature me or anything silly, I just wanted to make sure my email had been received so that I could have a CHANCE to be featured :P
Jan 14th 2011 2:33PM @Lee
I'm completely boggled that anybody who plays enough to read this website would be a dedicated clicker (outside of healers).
Jan 12th 2011 5:24PM The 40 minute wait for dps isn't something Blizzard can fix, but it is something you can fix. Just stop being collectively bad. There are tons of great tanks out there (myself included) that love tanking and are completely put off from the RDF. The only time I queued by myself post Cataclysm had a healer with almost no spirit gear and 3 dps that refused to do any CC or follow a kill order. In 10 minutes they kicked me for being bad =/. I almost wanted to say "sorry guys, let's get a time machine and I'll be able to spam swipe and mangle every gcd and carry you through your mistakes again."
TL;DR - RDF is a nightmare and the only way more tanks will queue is if the skill level of the community as a whole improves.
Oct 25th 2010 2:11PM Oh right, Internet hearts are interpreted as code and filtered......i meant to say:
Amg Palehoof *heart* he was so much fun to hang out with at the afterparty! The wowhead staff as well were a BLAST!
Oct 21st 2010 3:54PM Does anybody know of a replacement for Bison? I'm really not fond of the default buff frame and I really just want something that allows you to move your buffs, sort them by duration and supports button fascade.
Sep 20th 2010 1:40PM Yes, this is very rude, but if you live in an area where shipping Authenticators is legal, then I don't understand how you can afford $12-$15/month and not afford a $6 one time cost. I get that a lot of people don't want to be "forced" to spend money, but if you can't find $6 in your budget, even if it's by saving for a few months (I even think most people can find $6 in their change jar) then I'd really like you to rethink the cost of a computer capable of raiding (I'm assuming raiding because most guilds that have anything worth protecting in the bank are raid guilds) and your monthly subscription.