For the life of me, I cannot figure out how removing a background color could possibly affect something like padding and yet, that is EXACTLY what having a transparent background does with this Embedded Timeline business.
Even with quirky CSS, there is no way to accidentally trigger a padding collapse by simply changing a background color to transparent.
HOWEVER, given that the Timeline border (you know, the border that’s around the entire Timeline) goes missing when you’re in Transparent mode, too, and leaves behind only bottom borders for each Tweet within the Timeline…
In giving the developers the benefit of the doubt that these additional changes were NOT intentional (though I will point out that changing a background color to transparent will NOT affect borders, either), I would suggest that because of the missing borders around the Timeline itself, the SIDE MARGINS/PADDINGS COLLAPSED IN on themselves.
However, a Suggestion in Case the Collapsing of Margins/Paddings Was In Fact Intentional:
PLEASE don’t assume what your userbase wants in terms of customization.
A background is a BACKGROUND. BORDERS are borders (I did NOT like to see my Timeline border and my margins/padding go missing). MARGINS are margins. PADDING is padding.
Trying to jam multiple changes into one change (eg: making the background transparent while at the same time deleting the Timeline border and the changing of the margin/padding on the Timeline) not only limits the customization possible (again, I did NOT want to see my Timeline border removed OR the padding/margins removed by choosing a transparent background) but also makes an assumption that Twitter ‘knows’ what its userbase wants when in fact, it doesn’t.
All that aside, the Timeline is sleek-looking… which I LIKE A LOT, but I would really appreciate a few more customization options. Or rather, have customization options that MAKE SENSE.
As an afterthought, I can see the rationale; the idea was probably to make the Timeline blend in more when embedded on people’s websites. But what doesn’t make sense is to attach that whole notion onto ONE singly-labeled option without any explanation or further description.
I’m not just ‘making my background transparent’ when I select Transparent as an option. I’m ALSO - and without knowing - selecting to get rid of my Timeline border AND selecting to delete my margins/padding that was otherwise a part of the Timeline… two additional option changes that I otherwise have zero say-so in.
All that said, thanks for listening to my thoughts.