When you add formatting to your forum posts, what method do you usually use?

I manually key in BBcode (square bracket tags like [i] )
25% (8 votes)
I manually key in HTML
9% (3 votes)
I just use the toolbar
47% (15 votes)
I mix and match about equally
13% (4 votes)
I never use formatting in my posts
6% (2 votes)
Total votes: 32
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Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

We're looking at doing some streamlining to improve the performance and usability of the forums. One option we're considering is getting rid of BBcode and just using html instead. BBcode is the square bracket stuff the toolbar currently generates.

So here's the question, do you usually use BBcode manually, key in html manually (like < i > for itealics, etc.) or usually just use the toolbar... or never format at all?

JohnBrian's picture

I manually enter BBCode, but did not realize that I could use html code instead. I am fine with getting rid of BBCode and keeping html.

p.s. I like and appreciate the new Toggle Preview feature

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Jay's picture

I have a plugin for Firefox that allows me to use BBCode or HTML. Whatever makes your life easier.

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Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

To clarify, what the comment area will currently allow is just a few basic html tags... probably plenty for most people. If we switch to a new editor, it'll be a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), which uses html coding... but it won't matter because you'll never "see" the code. Should be possible to to still allow manual bbcode for a while for those who like that.

By the way, did you know there are keyboard shortcuts for the current toolbar? alt+shift+i for italics tags, alt+shift+b for bold, etc. I don't think Preview has a key yet.
Anyway, nothing's decided. Might just keep things as they are.

More votes would be helpful for narrowing options (as they say, vote now and don't complain later Smile )

(About FF... I still use it for alot of things because it's got great plug-ings. But since I checked out Chrome, FF seems sow sluggish by comparison. But I'm in Linux so that may be a factor. Chrome for Linux is beta but man is it fast.)

Diane Heeney's picture

I use the Firefox tool for BB code, or the toolbar when my connection lets it function correctly. Right now I only have buttons for bold, link, insert image and numbered list. *sigh*

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Anne Sokol's picture

please put the little clicky buttons.

is that what this is talking about? . . . .

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Anne Sokol wrote:
please put the little clicky buttons. is that what this is talking about? . . . .

I think so. Do you use the buttons we have now (for bold, italics, etc.)?

Rob Fall's picture

I use the toolbar and enter the codes in manually. Depends on my mood and if I'm reformatting something I've already written.

Hoping to shed more light than heat..

Anne Sokol's picture

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Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Chris, good question. Probably it would become < blockquote >
But after doing some more research into options the last couple of days, it's looking like even if we went to an html WYSISYG editor, bbcode would still be permitted and processed. That would make the "quote" link at the bottom of each post easier to sustain since it wouldn't have to be reprogrammed to use different tags (though I think that would not be hard to do)

Angela Stewart's picture

Sorry I didn't notice this sooner. Not that it matters a whole lot, but I type BB code manually. I've been on message boards so long, and I'm such a keystroke junkie, that I'd 50x rather type the code than leave the keyboard to use the mouse to do it. Wink

(Speaking of keystrokes, did you know its FIVE TABS to reach the "Save" button at the bottom of a post? Sure wish it were just one! Lol

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

I'll just have 'em move the Save button up a few notches.
(Actually, there is a way to do that, but I have no idea how... forms are like Voodoo or something--don't understand them and not sure I should dabble in their dark arts!) But I'll bet you can hit tab five times very rapidly now. Wink

pastorwesh's picture

I have a silly question...is there anywhere a person can go to test out the reply, quote, etc. I had a very frustrating thing happen to me recently. I was typing a comment, and clicked the quote button on the bottom of the post I wanted to quote, but instead of inserting that text in my comment, it took me to a page that looked like I had hit reply to that specific post. When I clicked "back" all of the text that I had typed was gone, and I had to start my comment all over (sad story I know, you should be crying at this point, b/c I was).

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Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

pastorwesh wrote:
I have a silly question...is there anywhere a person can go to test out the reply, quote, etc. I had a very frustrating thing happen to me recently. I was typing a comment, and clicked the quote button on the bottom of the post I wanted to quote, but instead of inserting that text in my comment, it took me to a page that looked like I had hit reply to that specific post. When I clicked "back" all of the text that I had typed was gone, and I had to start my comment all over (sad story I know, you should be crying at this point, b/c I was).

The "quote" button at the bottom of a post will normally take you to a "reply" screen where you only see the post you're quoting--and also insert the post you're replying to inside quote tags.
Using the |" "| button in the toolbar, though, will just insert quote tags around whatever text you have highlighted.

I think you have identified a flaw though. Since we don't use threading (where replies to posts are indented and placed directly below the post you're replying to), there is really no reason for the Quote link to take you to a reply page. I'll add it to the list of issues to work on. Off hand, I'm not sure there is a switch to flip to turn that off. But I can put in a feature request to the developer and see what happens (or find out how to tweak it).