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Author Topic:   New MID dBCode for Linking to Messages
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Message 1 of 13 (515548)
07-18-2009 9:15 PM


Linking to messages while composing a message has now been made much simpler with the addition of message ID's. At the top of each message you'll see the message number. Next to it in gray in parentheses is the message ID. For example, the third message in the 7/9/09 changes - How do you link to a specific message? thread says:

Message 3 of 8 (514893)

The "514893" is the message ID. Simply use the message ID with the new [mid] dBCode and you'll create a link to that message. To create a link to that message with its ID of 514893 I just include this in my message:

[mid=514893]

This will produce a link that looks like this:

Message 3

If you hover over the link it will provide additional information.

You can also find the message ID by hovering over the link to any message.


I've also implemented a supercharged version of this feature, but have not turned it on. I wanted to get a sense of whether members would like to try this feature. When turned on it causes message ID's, thread ID's, forum ID's, and member ID's to be displayed. These ID's can be dragged and dropped into message boxes, or you can right click on them and select "copy", then paste it into your message box. The new dBCodes are:

  • [mid] for messages
  • [tid] for threads
  • [fid] for forums
  • [mbrid] for members

The new codes are also documented in dBCode Help.

The ID's make it easy for an entire code to be inserted into your message. For example, drag-n-dropping one of these ID's into your message would insert the entire code including brackets, e.g.:

[mid=514893]

I can turn this feature on if there is any interest in giving it a try. It can always be turned off again.

A planned enhancement is to allow members control over whether ID's are displayed or not.


--Percy
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Message 2 of 13 (515593)
07-19-2009 5:14 PM
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Seems like a very good idea...
...but an obvious improvement that immediately sprang to mind is that I would like to be able to determine the text of the link myself, like this:

[mid=514893]what Percy said here[/mid]

Would that be possible at all?


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Message 3 of 13 (515596)
07-19-2009 5:39 PM
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07-19-2009 5:14 PM


Re: Seems like a very good idea...
Sure it's possible, easy even, but it would have to be a different code. One possibility is to start with "mid", so maybe midt (t for text), or midc (c for custom text), or something else? Ideas appreciated. We'd also make new tid and fid codes using the same suffix character.

--Percy

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Message 4 of 13 (515600)
07-19-2009 5:52 PM
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Re: Seems like a very good idea...
Why can't you simply change the mid code itself?
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Message 5 of 13 (515606)
07-19-2009 7:21 PM
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07-19-2009 5:52 PM


Re: Seems like a very good idea...
There are two types of dBCodes, terminated and unterminated. A code is either one or the other, it can't be both.


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Message 6 of 13 (515610)
07-19-2009 7:52 PM
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07-19-2009 5:52 PM


Re: Seems like a very good idea...
I've implemented a trial version, let me know how it works, I used midt. Heres a link to your message.


--Percy
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Message 7 of 13 (515652)
07-20-2009 7:41 AM


^bump^


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Message 8 of 13 (515663)
07-20-2009 11:12 AM
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Re: Seems like a very good idea...

Click to enlarge

Edited by Admin, : Reduce image width.


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Message 9 of 13 (515704)
07-20-2009 4:33 PM
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Re: Seems like a very good idea...
Sorry for the delay, Percy. I have seen your message at work, but could not reply there. Only now I have the time. It works fine, as you can see. Thank you very much, not just for this, but for everything you do to keep this site in the air. I tip my hat to you.
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Message 10 of 13 (515713)
07-20-2009 5:16 PM
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Re: Seems like a very good idea...
Parasomnium writes:

Thank you very much, not just for this, but for everything you do to keep this site in the air. I tip my hat to you.

No, thanks to you guys! You put up with my bugs and experimenting, and you give me valuable feedback for improvements. I'd do this anyway, but the help and company of the EvC Forum membership makes this a lot more fun! Now if I could just find more software help we could really make progress...


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Message 11 of 13 (515714)
07-20-2009 5:25 PM
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07-18-2009 9:15 PM


Hi, Percy.

Out of curiosity, what does the "mbrid" link to? The member's profile? Or the member's message list?


-Bluejay (a.k.a. Mantis, Thylacosmilus)

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Message 12 of 13 (515726)
07-20-2009 7:36 PM
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07-20-2009 5:25 PM


[mbrid] links to the members message list. On the todo list is a modification of this page to include basic profile information, similar to what appears next to messages and probably a little more, and you'll still have the profile icon to click on to see a full profile.


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07-28-2010 9:25 PM
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drhgre
Hello !
I am also a new member. Would a newcomer be warmly welcome here? Good day you guy !

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