Old Variant Details Display is Going Away. New Variant Details Display will be Here Today (or Tomorrow).
By now, you will all be familiar with how the Show Variant Details thingumajig works;
When we first built hobbyDB, we figured this would be a nice neat way to show the differences between variants. And when you have 5 Toyota Yarises (Yarii?) with 3 differences between them, it works very nicely indeed.
But then we realized that Hot Wheels and other 1/64 diecast have waaaaaaaaaay more differences than that. And as a result, we now have situations like this;
This, as everybody pointed out, is impossible to read, let alone to compare to other variants. And so, not much use to anyone.
As such, we’ve made a big change to this. Starting shortly, the “Show Variant Details” link under each variant will disappear. Instead, Curators will be able to write a short description of the differences between that variant and the others in its group. This can be done by clicking the new “Edit Variant Details Summary” button on the variant’s own page;
Whatever you enter will then display like this in the variants view;
It will also show on the individual item pages like this;
And in the search results like this;
In the variant display view (that’s the first one), this will truncate to 80 characters, so the rule here is to be brief and only focus on the differences between that variant and the others in its variant group. Some things might not need a description at all (the pictures alone are obviously enough to tell the differences between three things that are different colors where that’s the only difference between them) and if you need to fit in a lot of details, you might want to use a shorter form of writing than in the above examples. For instance, you could just say Brown/Black Int. Whatever works for your particular area of curation. If you go over 80 characters, the full text will appear on the item page and it’ll truncate at 150 characters in the search results.
We hope you all like this. We think it’s a big improvement over the gargantuan pop-downs. The list view on the variant display view will not be affected yet, that’ll keep showing all the different fields until we reach the tipping point where the vast majority of things which need descriptions have them. At that point, we’ll change it so these descriptions show there too.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL…
In the variant display, we’ve also added the ability to set a title for the page. So where the current page looks like this;
The new version can look like this;
To set the title, you just click the “Edit Description and Title” button in the lower right. Titles are optional and can be added, edited and removed as you like.