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Adminnemooseus
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Message 76 of 236 (174752)
01-07-2005 2:25 PM


Automate "Preview" function? - Catching dBCode errors (and other errors?)
Would it be a good thing, that clicking on "Submit Reply" would result in a "preview" being opened? This would hopefully help members catch their dBCode errors (which would be highlighted in red).

Or perhaps just a "Submit Reply" blockage, and an automated "preview" if there are dBCode errors?

Adminnemooseus


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berberry
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Message 77 of 236 (174762)
01-07-2005 2:44 PM
Reply to: Message 76 by Adminnemooseus
01-07-2005 2:25 PM


Re: Automate "Preview" function? - Catching dBCode errors (and other errors?)
I think that sounds like a great idea, moose. I sometimes click 'Submit Reply' too quickly myself. Perhaps the code could be written in such a way that no 'Submit Reply' button appears unless a preview window has been opened.


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Message 78 of 236 (174767)
01-07-2005 2:56 PM
Reply to: Message 76 by Adminnemooseus
01-07-2005 2:25 PM


Re: Automate "Preview" function? - Catching dBCode errors (and other errors?)
Something along these lines has been on my list for some time. I hold off because I'm not sure how strict to be.

Should it be advisory, e.g., "dBCode errors exist, post message anyway?" Plenty of dBCode errors could slip through with this approach.

Or should it be strict, e.g., "dBCode errors exist, they must be fixed before you can post this message." Computers have been thrown out windows for less.

I *could* make it a user option, so members could select the level of automated checking they want. But that might not satisfy the sensibilities of some board administration pedants (I count myself among them) who are easily annoyed by sloppy posts.

Anyway, it's already on the list.


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Message 79 of 236 (175365)
01-10-2005 1:25 AM
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01-07-2005 2:56 PM


Re: Automate "Preview" function? - Catching dBCode errors (and other errors?)
Admin asks:

quote:
Should it be advisory, e.g., "dBCode errors exist, post message anyway?" Plenty of dBCode errors could slip through with this approach.

I think they'd be less likely to slip through if the only option available at the bottom of the first edit window is 'Preview'. The poster would then be forced to view his post at least once before attaching it to the thread. Once 'Preview' has been clicked once, the 'Post' button would become available.


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RAZD
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Message 80 of 236 (176037)
01-11-2005 10:34 PM


Guest Logins and Posting rights
There is no list of forums where guests can post. It is pretty frustrating to keep getting the "you do not have posting rights on this forum" message without any easy way to find out where you can post a query. How about having the above message list which forums are allowed?

NOTE:
I just changed my e-mail listed under RAZD and got booted off with a notice that a new password was sent to my e-mail -- it is also missing as are all the notification ones, so I have registered a new version to use until it gets straightened out.

ps -- can you (admin) e-mail my RAZD password to RAZD8@yahoo.com?

that's all for now.

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Message 81 of 236 (176040)
01-11-2005 10:38 PM
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01-10-2005 1:25 AM


Re: Automate "Preview" function? - Catching dBCode errors (and other errors?)
you also might want to have a list of common errors

like using "{" instead of "


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RAZD
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Message 82 of 236 (176377)
01-12-2005 9:07 PM
Reply to: Message 78 by Admin
01-07-2005 2:56 PM


looking for some help here ...
I would like to regain access to my old identity:

NOTE:
I just changed my e-mail listed under RAZD and got booted off with a notice that a new password was sent to my e-mail -- it is also missing as are all the notification ones, so I have registered a new version to use until it gets straightened out.

ps -- can you (admin) e-mail my RAZD {current\new} password to RAZD8@yahoo.com? or RAZD8@netscape.net if the issue is security? ps -- is there a "forgot your password" feature?

(If you can access passwords, you will see that I have changed the password for this persona to the same as the previous one for RAZD.)


we are limited in our ability to understand
by our ability to understand

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Message 83 of 236 (176509)
01-13-2005 9:45 AM
Reply to: Message 82 by RAZD
01-12-2005 9:07 PM


Re: looking for some help here ...
All fixed. The RAZD8 account has been merged into the RAZD account. Ignore any email you receive about a new password, you're original password is still in effect. Your email address is now razd8@yahoo.com.


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MangyTiger
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Message 84 of 236 (176802)
01-13-2005 11:05 PM


Buglet ?
I noticed this in a message somebody had edited and confirmed it in one of my own sig test posts.

If you edit a message the format of the 'message edited' line is :

This message has been edited by MangyTiger, 01-13-2005 22:57 AM

22:57 AM seems a bit of a strange time to me :) (it was 22:57 or 10:57 PM when I edited it so the time is right - just the 24 hour vs. AM/PM format isn't).


Confused ? You will be...
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Message 85 of 236 (176808)
01-13-2005 11:12 PM
Reply to: Message 84 by MangyTiger
01-13-2005 11:05 PM


Re: Buglet ?
its that whole space/time continuum thing Mangy....


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RAZD
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Message 86 of 236 (176831)
01-14-2005 12:05 AM
Reply to: Message 83 by Admin
01-13-2005 9:45 AM


Re: looking for some help here ...
yep got it all going fine. thanks.

suggestion: have the reply window open in another {window\page}, so that reference back to previous posts is easier?


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MangyTiger
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Message 87 of 236 (176850)
01-14-2005 12:47 AM
Reply to: Message 85 by Asgara
01-13-2005 11:12 PM


Re: Buglet ?
its that whole space/time continuum thing Mangy....

...and despite all those years watching Doctor Who, Star Trek and Babylon 5 I still don't understand it :)


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Admin
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Message 88 of 236 (176915)
01-14-2005 8:42 AM
Reply to: Message 86 by RAZD
01-14-2005 12:05 AM


Re: looking for some help here ...
RAZD writes:

suggestion: have the reply window open in another {window\page}, so that reference back to previous posts is easier?

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to make a couple suggestions for people.

  1. Many people know this one already, but there are always newbies. You can always bring up a link in a new window by right-clicking on the link and selecting "Open in new window" (Internet Explorer) or "Open Link in New Window" (Netscape). Other browsers probably work in a similar manner.

    Hardwiring a link to always bring up a new window is rarely done (profile pages are one exception), because there is no option to instead bring up the link in the current window.

  2. There's a new feature that places a blue dot in the left hand column next to threads with new unread messages. If you click on your name, which always appears in the banner at the top of most pages right after the words "Welcome, Member", you'll get a list of all the threads in which you've participated, and the blue dots will indicate which ones have messages you haven't read yet. By returning to this page you can always easily tell when there's something new to read in one of the threads that interests you.

  3. I've noticed that many people go to the trouble of creating avatar images that are precisely the same size as those displayed, which is 100 pixels wide. This isn't necessary. An avatar image can be any size and will be automatically scaled to be 100 pixels wide. The only restriction is that the avatar file size must be smaller than 131,072 bytes. On my list is to add the ability to choose an avatar image directly from the web, instead of from your computer.

    If you click on an avatar image it will display at full size in a new browser window, so avatar images can include very small details. Even though the small details won't be visible until displayed at full size, many people find this feature useful.

This message has been edited by Admin, 01-14-2005 09:02 AM


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Message 89 of 236 (179701)
01-22-2005 4:10 PM
Reply to: Message 88 by Admin
01-14-2005 8:42 AM


blue light specials
It seems that after you post a message that the blue {light\button} signals that you have unread messages on that thread: your own.

Shouldn't it show up as read when it is posted?

Or is this because I regularly get rid of all cookies etc? (it didn't happen that time)

This is particularly noticable when it is "on" and the last message is my message (same number) ... can that be filtered?

This message has been edited by RAZD, 01-22-2005 16:13 AM

yep, clearing the cookies does it.

This message has been edited by RAZD, 01-22-2005 17:21 AM


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Message 90 of 236 (179971)
01-23-2005 3:45 PM
Reply to: Message 89 by RAZD
01-22-2005 4:10 PM


Re: blue light specials
The thread tracker cookie is updated after you post, so you'll never see a blue dot because of a message you posted yourself.

If you delete cookies then the thread tracker cookie will be deleted with all the rest, and you should see blue dots for every thread posted to in the last 48 hours.


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