Reducing tab size

Ethan Blanton elb at
Sun Aug 5 20:06:40 EDT 2007

Mark Doliner spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On Fri, 03 Aug 2007 12:17:03 +0200, Hylke Bons wrote
[ Massive color table ]
> > The colors follow the status icons. Actually there are only 3 
> > additions, and some colors have been moved around to make more 
> > sense. The bold can be combined with more colors, like when someone 
> > has come back and messaged you: A green bold text. I think this 
> > could work
> I think this is a bad idea.  It's easy to remember that green means typing and
> red means there's a message waiting for you (blue doesn't happen often enough
> for it to matter, and gray is natural and doesn't need to be learned), but if
> you add three more crazy colors into the mix it becomes a complex rainbow of
> confusion.  We should make things simpler, not fancier.

I second this wholeheartedly, and I am in complete support of calling
it the Complex Rainbow of Confusion in official documentation.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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