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Smart Quoting Feature
Posted: Posted August 29th by Xhin
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This feature heavily revamps the Pop your message / Quote feature:
https://gtx0.com/read/pop-your-message--quote-feature
New way to access it

If you highlight a bit of text above 5 characters long, it'll appear automatically quoted in the popup box. Highly useful, but will definitely take some getting used to.

The old "Quote" button still works as well.

Various UX improvements



  • The biggest change is the placement of the text box -- the posts will appear on the left instead of the center, and the text box will appear in whatever area is left on the screen. Additionally, you'll get a big link at the top of a post letting you know who made it, since the normal username/mycard area is hidden. As you scroll down the posts, the text box will scroll with you, making it really really easy to reply to posts (just highlight what you want to reply to as needed).

  • Highlighting or clicking quote will automatically focus on the textarea and will also automatically scroll down to the bottom of the text box.

  • Clicking the yellow arrows will automatically move you down to the bottom of the page, where you can post your message, add emojis, etc. Clicking it again will return you to where you were last on the page.

  • If you want to just remove the textbox but stay where you are, click the "X" on the far right instead.

  • The Save Draft and Preview buttons have been moved to where the textbox is so you can access those functions more easily.

  • If you click the second icon (the dots) and drag your mouse around, the textbox will resize accordingly. Useful if the alignment is a bit off -- it's a bit off in some instances of chrome for sure.

    Technical updates

    This system paves the way for consistently tracking which posts any other post is responding to, which will be useful for revamping the block feature, aggregating "conversations" in posts, etc.

    Upcoming

  • I do plan on adding a plugin to remove the text selection functionality (though it seems like a useful default). In the meantime though, issues and suggestions to improve the feature are welcome.

    If you have a different size screen from me (very likely) -- how does the placement of the textbox look? Screenshots would be good. I haven't really been able to test this feature in different screen sizes for some weird technical reasons.

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    I don't like that when I right-click to press copy on a message it automatically pops up. Is there any way you can add an option to make it stop doing that automatically?

    Posted August 29th by Grey Echelon
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    I don't like that when I right-click to press copy on a message it automatically pops up.


    The whole point of the feature is that you don't have to:

    1. Highlight text

    2. Right click

    3. Pick copy

    4. Go down to the text box

    5. Right click

    6. Click paste

    7. Quote the message via > or =

    8. Press enter twice

    9. Enter your message.

    Instead you just

    1. Highlight text

    Posted August 29th by Xhin
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    Xhin
    Ground's what's around

    Is there any way you can add an option to make it stop doing that automatically?


    But yeah that is planned after a week or so.

    Posted August 29th by Xhin
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    Xhin
    Ground's what's around

    which will be useful for revamping the block feature


    I still think this is a bad idea though especially since like it's not just going to block ANOTHER person's post in a small community but like they may also be responding to ANOTHER post that isn't the person they blocked and they may miss something they wanted to see that they assumed they would see as a result. Just saying.

    Posted August 29th by Grey Echelon
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    but like they may also be responding to ANOTHER post that isn't the person they blocked and they may miss something they wanted to see that they assumed they would see as a result


    Ideally it would only block the fragment of the post that's quoting the other person, not their entire post.

    Posted August 29th by Xhin
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    Xhin
    Ground's what's around

    I'm just gonna say I think this is a really annoying feature. I appreciate the intent behind it was to be helpful but it's actually just annoying. This should definitely be a feature that people have to opt-in to as opposed to on-by-default.

    Posted August 29th by Moonray
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    I'm just gonna say I think this is a really annoying feature.

    Agreed. I also wish you could opt for either. Also I'm a person who likes to quote like old GT and use =

    Posted August 29th by Fox Forever
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    I like it




    Posted August 29th by The Bandit
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    Edited August 29th by Moonray
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    I personally don't like anything popping up on my screen and/or altering the page format unless I am intentionally pushing a button that I know will do that.



    Posted August 29th by Vandy
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