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a different "New Post" button

 


riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Sep 24, 2009, 7:34 AM
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Sometimes when I am posting to an existing thread, especially a long one, I wish that in addition to "Quote" and "Reply", there was a "New Post" button. The button would differ from "Reply" and "Quote" in that the new post would not be a reply to anything that already exists.

I have noticed that sometimes people get a bit upset when they think that someone replied to them when really the new post was not a reply at all.

I suppose one could go back to the original post that started the thread and reply to that, but on a multi-page thread, that can be difficult.

Another solution could be to have a button that says "Reply to OP". If every post other than the first MUST be a reply, having a button to automatically make it a reply to the original post on the thread would serve my purpose just as well.

Thanks!

-paul


psmarais
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Sep 24, 2009, 11:51 PM
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Hmmm.... I'll have a look at this...


psmarais
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Sep 25, 2009, 12:09 AM
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It seems to be a bit harder to do than it seems. I'll put this on the white board and will let you know when I get back to it.


riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Sep 25, 2009, 6:22 AM
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Thanks for even considering it!


danielcroft  (D 31103)

Sep 25, 2009, 1:43 PM
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I like this idea, nice short hand for deleting the [riggerpaul] (or whoever) from my "Subject".


riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Sep 28, 2009, 6:45 AM
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Sometimes the obvious goes right past me! [In reply to] Quote | Reply

It had never occurred to me that I could just edit the subject line in the post composition page, but someone mentioned it, and now I know I can.

No need to take my suggestion any further.

Sorry to have bothered you.

-paul


psmarais
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Sep 29, 2009, 2:26 AM
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Shocked

No problem, I'll still keep it on my todo list then.


IanHarrop  (C 1152)

Sep 29, 2009, 8:11 AM
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Re: [psmarais] Sometimes the obvious goes right past me! [In reply to] Quote | Reply

thanks for leaving it on the To-Do list.

The issue with just editing the subject line is that the person whose message you are replying to gets a notification that their message has been responded to. If that person doesn't notice that the subject line has been edited, they will still perceive that the message was directed to them.

Currently the people that think about this end up doing two things:
- editing the subject
- making this first line in their response something like "this is not directed to anyone in particular, but just my thoughts"

Unfortunately taking these extra steps doesn't occur to every one.

So I think the original idea is still good. Smile


riggerpaul  (D 28098)

Sep 29, 2009, 9:16 AM
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Thanks Ian,

I didn't really consider the issue of notification at all. I've never used that feature, so it didn't occur to me.

I guess my idea was better than I knew in the first place!

Damn, I'm good!Wink

-paul


danielcroft  (D 31103)

Oct 8, 2009, 1:20 PM
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Laugh


JohnRich  (D License)

Oct 19, 2009, 9:08 PM
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And if such a button is available, too many people will use it instead of one that properly links back to the message to which they are replying, thereby making their comments meaningless and out of context. It might create more havoc then it would solve.

Just edit out the name in the Subject line, and then they won't think you're talking to them.


IanHarrop  (C 1152)

Oct 20, 2009, 7:30 AM
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In reply to:
And if such a button is available, too many people will use it instead of one that properly links back to the message to which they are replying, thereby making their comments meaningless and out of context. It might create more havoc then it would solve.

Just edit out the name in the Subject line, and then they won't think you're talking to them.

LOL I could use the same argument against making knives and guns... too many people will use them incorrectly.

Just because some may use a tool incorrectly doesn't mean the good behaving members of the community should be denied access to it. I like the idea of having this button and don't see that I should be denied because some others may use it incorrectly.


JohnRich  (D License)

Oct 20, 2009, 7:37 PM
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In reply to:
Just because some may use a tool incorrectly doesn't mean the good behaving members of the community should be denied access to it. I like the idea of having this button and don't see that I should be denied because some others may use it incorrectly.

So you're willing to create unlinked chaos, because you're too lazy to delete a name in the Subject line.


IanHarrop  (C 1152)

Oct 20, 2009, 7:41 PM
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check out this post higher in the thread:

http://www.dropzone.com/...post=3686238#3686238


psmarais
Technical Support
Oct 20, 2009, 11:53 PM
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Re: [IanHarrop] a different "New Post" button [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Well, considering the original idea of this button (replying to the OP without jumping around between pages), the button might end up somewhere at the top and/or the bottom of the page, rather than next to the other reply buttons which is at the top of each post...

That might reduce the "incorrect usage" problem.



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