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I have deuteranopia (red/green) and I can't differentiate the colors in the activity status bubble. Adding a tool tips kind of function where I can hover the mouse over the bubble to see if they are active/away/busy/offline etc would go a long way to those affected by deuteranopia colorblindness determine the activity status of users.

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  • moocowmoo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi shwing shwing! Since nobody else mentioned using a browser plugin to customize discord, try installing "stylish" (chrome or firefox) then add this hot-off-the-presses style to make seeing statuses super easy! You may have to tweak the positioning depending on your platform/font settings. I'll work out the bugs as they're discovered. :)

  • CaptainFalcon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Indeed - event though i'm not colorblind myself - i defenitely support this easy-integrated feature.
    I am a Slack user as well and here is how the colorblindness is approched on Slack:

    There are colorblind oriented themes. This is by far the easiest solution to implement onto Discord, as the theme option already exists (presently limited to light or dark). Why not simply add a third option ? (or more regarding the different types of colorblindness)

    Thus, not relying on changing icons nor redesigning the UI. But only relying on a user preferences option as simple as a accessibility oriented color theme.

    Cheers, have fun, love Discord !

  • SilentMarine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Maybe if you make each icon also have a symbol like how Skype and Battlenet do theirs?

    Online: Green check
    Away: Yellow clock
    Busy: Red dash
    Offline: Maybe a grey with an x?

  • Meep the Changeling commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I run a server with several colorblind individuals. They all have difficulty distinguishing between the chosen shade of gray for offline, and the green chosen for online. We decided to do some experimentation, and the color #39C120 is unobtrusively bright, a similar shade of green, but contrasts enough to be easily distinguished by everyone in this 8 person group. It would be nice if you could alter the color, or use it for a "colorblind mode".

  • jlkennedy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    same here as the original comment - I have deuteranopia (red/green) and I can't differentiate the colors in the activity status bubble. the green active and grey offline are very hard to tell the difference.

    I have used to help pick out colors for reports so that color blind people can also make use of the heat graph impact.

  • Pandarr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also allowing us to override the colors the server admin has set for names, I'd be fine with one color for all the names on the server. I don't use color to differentiate roles anyway since I can't rely on them and some of the colors the server admins pick are hard to read against the light/dark setting or cause vibrating colors.

  • widdiful commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's also impossible to tell the difference between the red font colour when a message failed to send and the usual black. I think a big x or some other way to distinguish failed posts would be extremely helpful

  • ソーダ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    tbh i think this should be a setting you enable, and it shouldnt come out of the box (shouldnt be enabled automatically) but this is a really nice idea and i back it

  • soultaker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like it if we could pick the colors they are so that you can just pick yourself what is best for your eyes cuz even colorblind of the same type can have a hard time with different colors

  • Koops commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you’re using iOS, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Color Filters then turn it on, and select Green/Red filter.

  • uhPara - HypeSquad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Okay, you can actually do this in the browser version as "Mikki" said:

    "I guess for the browser version, you could get a user script (tampermonkey, greasemoney) or an extension that can offer you the color info. Basically, like the color picker tool in devtools (right click > inspect > color picker)"

    But in the desktop version, this isn't possible. It would be a good feature for people that are colorblind. You could also install "BetterDiscord" and try to find a plugin that converts colors.

  • Mikki commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I guess for the browser version, you could get a userscript (tampermonkey, greasemoney) or an extension that can offer you color info. Basically like the color picker tool in devtools (right click > inspect > colorpicker)

  • ElweThor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    if don't want to struggle with colorblind tools(*) a more simpler solution can be to add an option to choose a different set of "status icons", instead of simply colors. Just an example:

    (*) I'm colorblind too (red/green, blue/violet) and appreciated very much Blizzard's work on that side, but it can be not that easy to add a tool like that.

  • KKthebeast commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Perhaps, the Devs could change the icons shapes to Circle, Square, Triangle, Star etc. Might be an quick fix to implement?

    In the mean time.... you guys might want to check out "better discord" (google for it).

    It is a discord mod, one of the features is that it allows you to load configs that change the colors. (I know for sure they have a windows client add-on) :). Might help until there is an official update

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