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1. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 12y

Hi all,

Some new improvements to the forum can be seen. Here's a rundown.

  • The ability to add some markup to your entries (like this list)
  • No forbidden characters in entries. Instead, any HTML will be shown as its original source.
  • You can 'rate' entries. Currently this doesn't actually bear any value, but after letting it run for a little bit, we might use this to determine all sorts of things; maybe extra photo space for users with good ratings, no ability to post links for users with bad ratings, etc..
  • We can now 'sticky' important ongoing threads like get-togethers. Thanks Hien and I believe Gelli suggested this a while back as well.
  • You can post a new entry without previewing it - the previewing has also been improved.
  • Click the 'Quote' button next to each entry to reply to that entry while quoting the original post.
  • Changed headings to blue; (is it better this way, Steph? ;))
  • Fixed up an issue with the 'last post' function that sort of stopped it working properly

Hope you all like it!! Let me know if you get any strange errors.

Cheers,
Peter

2. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Great improvements, Peter.

You missed out one; the links in posts will be opened in new windows.

About the rating, I can see that we can't rate our own posts, eh? If only we could do so. hehehe...

Cheers,
Hien

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Oops! This is what I got when I tried to "Rate" a post.

Quoting Travellerspoint.com - UNKNOWN PAGE

You're LOST...

The page you requested is not available.
You have either clicked on an outdated link, or typed in the wrong address.

return to the Travellerspoint homepage
or wait as you're redirected.

Any prize for spotting a bug?

Cheers,
Hien

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Another bug, Peter.

I cannot "quote" within a "quote".

Cheers,
Hien

p/s: Does that mean two prizes for me?

[ Edit: Added p/s ]

5. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 12y

Great updates, but would it be possible to be able to go directly to the last page (or any page) of a thread without having to go to the first page, and then choosing another page. Just have the page numbers as a link next to the topic.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 12y

Thx guys :)

The ratings should work now - I gave you a little 'prize' rating Hien ;)
and I've updated the links so they open in a new window. They were actually already working for new links created using the 'url' tag, but now will also work on all the old automatically parsed links.

I'll have to look into the quotes. It's a little more involved trying to fix that than the others!

Moutallica, there is actually a link to go straight to the last post of each thread from the forum index. The name / date is shown under the 'last post' column. Clicking on that will take you straight to the end. I can see that it might be beneficial to make that clearer though. The tricky thing is always to balance functions with simplicity. It's also nice to not have the index cluttered too much.

Peter

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Quoting moutallica

Great updates, but would it be possible to be able to go directly to the last page (or any page) of a thread without having to go to the first page, and then choosing another page. Just have the page numbers as a link next to the topic.

Moutallica, I think this actually already exists, if I understood your question correctly... if you are on any page of a thread that spans more than 1 page, there are clickable numbers at the top and bottom right indicating the page numbers you can click on. Won't work for this thread yet as we're still stuck on one out of one :)

Let me know if I misunderstood that....

Cheers,

Sam

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5813 posts) 12y

Hmm, it seems that forum notification had stopped working.. If you were notified of this, please let me know. I'm pretty sure it is fixed now!

Peter

9. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 12y

Quoting moutallica

Great updates, but would it be possible to be able to go directly to the last page (or any page) of a thread without having to go to the first page, and then choosing another page. Just have the page numbers as a link next to the topic.

Quoting Sam I Am

Moutallica, I think this actually already exists, if I understood your question correctly... if you are on any page of a thread that spans more than 1 page, there are clickable numbers at the top and bottom right indicating the page numbers you can click on. Won't work for this thread yet as we're still stuck on one out of one :)

Let me know if I misunderstood that....

Cheers,

Sam

Sam, I think you've misunderstood moutallica.
Read her post again. And then read Peter's reply. I believe that's what she meant.

Peter, I have a quick "solution" to moutallica's request. Place a tooltip for the last poster link.

e.g.
<a title="Click to go to last page" href="/forum.cfm?thread=6211#Post8">Nov 08 by Peter</a>

Cheers,
Hien

10. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Hehe, well, I think the two of you were the ones misunderstanding :)

It depends on whether the question was on a way to go to the last post or to the last page. I think page (since Moutallica also mentioned 'any page') and that linking already exists. Mind you, the link to last post already exists too

Pete, I got an email about the notifications too.... wasn't working for me with the latest posts here.

Sam