>>> Suggestion 1: Change the background
I also agree that, at the very-very least, changing
the NM badge to some warning shade (red/maroon with yellow
letters?) would visually help to alert the mod, if nothing else it
could have prevented me from going into a rabbit hole
trying to troubleshoot a similar NM issue a few days ago! lol
The other reason I'm also supporting this is in the PS text, it
diverges slightly so I put it there.
>>> Suggestion 2
I can see value in somehow marking/tagging/whatnot a group
message depending on group function/purpose and settings,
especially on research especially, news/opinion, (civil) political
discussion, proposal, etc., any group function/purpose which you
would want to visually identify posts coming from non-members (or
non-experts?) for any reason.
The admins can always find out about that message/member if
needed through the log, so at least that's covered.
Regarding archive visual indication solution, regardless, logic
would also have to be implement that happens right after member
approval, to somehow retro mark/tag/whatever any already-posted
nonmember-marked messages by that user before they were approved,
only applicable to the UI of course, we wouldn't want to send out
another same email message. Depending on what's agreed, it may
necessitate having a new status/badge/etc, XNM, "Ex Non-Member"
(grey background light grey letters?), I don't know, but if we
don't do some check like this, we would end up with the paradox of
a (newly-approved) group member seeing their own messages online
marked as having come from a [currently] non-member. :)
A XNM/whatever badge could also potentially be of use on groups
which value membership status or message source in
considering/weighing/rewarding content contribution.
PS: As a matter of fact, I would argue that we should take this
and apply it further to the rest of the user badges, set special
colors for them, or at least the most important ones; research has
shown that old-school round steam gauges have one superiority to
digital readout displays because, after you have familiarized
yourself with the gauge layout and settings/values/"badges", it
only takes a quick glance (or peripheral vision) to know where the
dial is hence what setting/value/"badge" it points to, you don't
have to "read" the instrument, or oven look directly at it; but
you have to literally look and read the digital number display.
Anyone here who flies will attest to that, PPL to ATP, doesn't
matter. For the non-pilot folks, a quick test comparison between
an old school round clock and your microwave's clock will show you
that effect; and if you keep the clock within your nearer
peripheral vision field, like let's say right next to your
monitor, you can be looking a the monitor typing or whatnot, and
still get a very good idea of the time without looking at the
clock. You can't do that with a digital number clock, you have to
look at it and read it.
Similarly, right now in the sea of light blue, reading is your
only lifejacket; but with different badge colors, after we
memorize them, a quick glimpse/glance can warns us, plus tell us
what's going on; one side benefit would be that if one had the
whole member list onscreen, a scrolling sweep or two would give
you a good idea of the [badge/user setting] group distribution,
kinda of a visual self-reporting tool.
Maybe I should start a new topic and reference this one.