New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

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New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Xerxes on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:02 pm

To make the forum an easier place for everyone to use, two new mods have been installed- The Quick Reply Box and Welcome PM.

The first, (Welcome PM) simply sends a PM welcoming all new users to the board which should help new users get settled faster and also show them some of the most important pieces of information.

The Quick Reply Panel:

The Quick Reply Panel is shown on every page and allows you to make a reply to the post without loading a separate page, which should make it a lot easier to reply in a logical fashion to the last posts (as they will be directly above your reply and not reversed underneath the reply pane).

You can still use all the BBcodes as you can in the normal reply pane too.

If there is a piece of text you want to quote, you can still do that too!- just select it by dragging over the text and then clicking on "Quote" underneath the user's name. This will automatically put the selected text into quote BBCode in the Quick Reply. :)

"Urgh, I hate this, how can I turn it off?!"

Don't worry! It's really easy to turn on and off:

  1. Click on the "User Control Panel" link at the very top of the page.
  2. Click on the "Board Preferences" tab.
  3. Click on "Edit Display Options" (on the left).
  4. Turn the option "Display quick reply panel at topic view:" to "No".
  5. Click on the "Submit" button.

That's it! If you want to turn it on again at a later date, just do the same thing but set the option back to "Yes" instead of "No".

Special Thanks to Nelsaidi for helping fix a problem with the QR box!


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Postby Unspecified on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:04 pm

Great work as always chaps :)
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Postby Flawless on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:13 pm

I donated in recognition of this fanstastic achievement, and I feel others should do the same. (In b4 tons of excuses stating why they can't donate)
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Nelsaidi on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:39 pm

// Test quick reply
Last edited by Nelsaidi on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:19 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Nelsaidi on Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:39 pm

// Test normal reply

Its nice :D!

Nice job guys
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby woogie on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:34 am

I want a belated welcome PM...
I feel left out.


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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Slippery Lizard on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:54 am

Ncie stuff guys! very useful!! thanks
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Salva on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:16 am

Good stuff :D only thing i would of changed /added would of been a hide button, so you click the button then the quick reply box appears! but im not gonna moan :p

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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby cerb on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:18 am

Flawless wrote:(In b4 tons of excuses stating why they can't donate)

erm... no international credit card here? :?
i want to get the welcome pm :<
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Xerxes on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:21 am

Salva wrote:Good stuff :D only thing i would of changed /added would of been a hide button, so you click the button then the quick reply box appears!


I removed that functionality for ease of use- the intention of the Quick Reply pane was to limit the amount of clicking necessary and also skip loading a new page. Having a show/hide button means you have the same number of clicks as using the original reply pane. :)
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Flawless on Sun Nov 08, 2009 2:42 am

If I had one suggestion it would be to resize the quick reply box so I can reach the button to make a "full reply" and a see the quick reply at the same time. I like to think quick reply is for replies such as LMAO BRILLIANT MEIHGT, where as full reply is some in-depth scientific dicussion about the merits of X > Y and Y = Z.
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby ANEKi on Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:00 am

Flawless wrote:If I had one suggestion it would be to resize the quick reply box so I can reach the button to make a "full reply" and a see the quick reply at the same time. I like to think quick reply is for replies such as LMAO BRILLIANT MEIHGT, where as full reply is some in-depth scientific dicussion about the merits of X > Y and Y = Z.


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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Rico on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:15 pm

Apart from also re-enabling signatures on my profile, good job. ;) I soon turned them off again though. :D

Flawless wrote:I like to think quick reply is for replies such as LMAO BRILLIANT MEIHGT, where as full reply is some in-depth scientific dicussion about the merits of X > Y and Y = Z.
I disagree. I routinely use the "Quick reply" for all posts on forums that have it enabled, no matter how much I'm expecting to type. It saves me a mouse click, as well as time waiting for the "New reply" page to load, and I'm impatient. O_o
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Alvarez on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:33 pm

I love this quick reply, top stuff!
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby n0rd on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:34 pm

nice work Xerxes :D perfect as always ^^
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby GazNET on Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:29 pm

Very nice. :D
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby BenJy! on Sun Nov 08, 2009 4:43 pm

I typed this using the quick reply option and saved energy on my mouse movements, join UKCS now for that full time lulz guarantee.
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby bort on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:14 pm

I like the idea but I don't like the way it jumps to the quick reply panel as soon as you open a thread, so I'll be turning it off.
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby Xerxes on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:44 pm

It shouldn't be doing that, bort- can you tell me what browser and operating system you are using?
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Re: New board features: Quick Reply and Welcome PM!

Postby bort on Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:03 pm

I'm on Mrs. B's comp which is running Vista Home Basic and IE7. Just checked and it doesn't do it FF.
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