I just checked the database, and only three members have set the default display of thread details to off, so once again...
If you would prefer not to see the thread detail summary displayed at the top of each page of messages, then go to your user profile page and under the Member Preferences section set Display Thread Details to "No".
You can make these details visible on any message page by clicking on the little triangle link to the right of the context line.
Sorry to take so long on getting back to you. It is my practice to read my textbooks from cover to cover and answer all of the questions during the first few weeks of the school year. I don't understand why you grown-ups need kids to answer all of these questions for you; you're all supposed to be so smart. I hope I've been of some service.
At any rate, I got on without a hitch. I'm hoping to get a last comment in to ICANT's thread before it's closed, but I have to wait till I get home.
It's not the man that knows the most that has the most to say.
I don't know if this is what you mean but...I have found that when I'm responding point by point to a post, it sometimes will paste the entire post I'm responding to in the writing pane, even if I only copied the portion I'm replying to. This can be very disconcerting if I don't notice it right away and either preview or post, then find the entirety of the post I'm responding to in the middle of my own post.
This is a known bug, I'm not sure it's exhibited by all browsers, and I'm not even sure it's my bug. When you're replying to a message you'll see that you can display that message in regular or peek mode. Both versions of the text are present, but one is always hidden. Which one depends on which radio button you've selected. The normal text is displayed by default.
If you're not careful when copy-n-pasting near the top or bottom of the box the message is in you'll get the hidden text included in your copy-n-paste, and you'll end up pasting two copies of the message, one with just the text, and one with all the dBCode and HTML markup.
My own opinion is that browsers should never let you copy-n-paste hidden text. This hasn't been a high priority, but since it's been mentioned I'll try to take a look this weekend.
Once a message has been rated you cannot unrate it, a lack I intend to remedy sometime soon. I might have already mentioned that I like the Netflix approach to rating with regard to usability, and I'm planning to do something similar.
Summary Time Feature - to improve the quality of summary posts.
Just another thought for additional feature. One of the problems is getting people to make constructive summary posts, rather than just blathering on and on.
It occurred to me that an admin could activate a "summary time feature" that (a) only allows posts from previous participants on the thread and (b) only allows one summary post per person.
When activated, and a person hits a reply button, they would be notified that (a) this is their last post on the thread and (b) that it should be a summary of their position.
This might impose a little more thought on what one wants to say, and it keeps some abusers of this time from making several posts while the thread is open for other summaries.
Examples are easy: Message 548 an attack on the thread author while ignoring the topic (although it has been edited 4 times ...) Message 555 a second post by the same person that still fails to summarize a position related to the topic, but extends the ad hominem attacks.
The new [HTML] and [NOPARSE] dBCodes have just been implemented. Some may already be familiar with these codes from other boards, but if not you can find short descriptions at HTML dBCode and NOPARSE dBCode.
Has anyone ever seen a board with a truly fully functional [LATEX] code?