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Anyone Successfully Styled "Possibly Related Posts"?

  1. Was wondering if anyone has styled the "Possibly Related Posts" links that appear at the bottom of a blog entry? I'm using Sandbox and would like to see examples of what people have done so that I can get some ideas for styling my own. Thanks!

  2. Good luck with that. The only styling that I am aware of was negated by backend changes. And even those didn't work in all browsers because of the use of pseudo elements.

    I gave up on them shortly after they were introduced.

  3. Hmmm, I must admit my favorite styling for this feature is "invisible", but I'm curious why vivian reckons stylin' is a challenge?

    Taking a quick look, it seems that the possibly related posts html appears in a div with class "possibly-related", so that should give capability to apply custom CSS. (Looking at In Repair's site).

    Is there some angle we're missing?

    FWIW, it seems to me that one reason for annoyance with "possibly related" (aside from the "or possibly totally not" aspect), is that they appear between the post and the comments that actually ARE related. If possibly related could be moved to the bottom, or sidebar, it might be regarded more positively. Now that's a bit of a CSS challenge :-).

  4. yeah just use this,
    .possibly-related{ color: red; background: yellow;}

    granted the colors are ugly but I just wanted then to stand out so you know what changes or what not.

  5. I know you've only been around here a week, gwideman, so you are unaware of the many steps that were taken at the time the PRP were introduced. When I think about "styling" them, I am not thinking in terms of simply changing the color or font. The biggest issue that everyone had was that the posts weren't necessarily related to the topic at hand and they directed readers away from your blog, particularly to the VIP blogs. So one of the CSS gurus around at the time came up with a way to hide those links that went to other blogs. Staff promptly changed the backend, rendering that solution useless. (Another issue was the wording, which staff ending up changing to include "automatically generated." Using pseudo elements to style the wording doesn't work in a lot of browsers.)

  6. if you want to hide them, why don't you just deactivate them?

  7. I personally don't care if me blog won't appear in other people's blogs, so I have disabled that option.

  8. They are deactivated on my blog and have been since the backend change,

  9. > vivian said: The biggest issue that everyone had was that the posts weren't necessarily related to the topic at hand

    Yes, I followed some of that, and I imagine that the fact the PRPs weren't necessarily very related AND they weren't clearly marked as NOT the work of the blog author must have been quite distressing.

    > devblog said: if you want to hide them, why don't you just deactivate them?
    OP's original question was regarding suggestions for alternate styles. Others of us got off topic discussing the mechanics, and probably we do all know that we can deactivate that option. But I supposed if we did *activate* them and then style them invisible, we'd avoid seeing them on our own blogs but still get our blogs to appear in other posts. Possible benefit, if a little one-sided. :-)

  10. But I supposed if we did *activate* them and then style them invisible, we'd avoid seeing them on our own blogs but still get our blogs to appear in other posts. Possible benefit, if a little one-sided. :-)

    yeah, but it's not possible, as Vivian said, the software strips out any code that attempts to do that.

  11. >devblog
    On experimentation, I don't see any stripping going on, and the expected (non)visual effect is achieved (setting aside whether that's a fair idea or not).

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