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Suggestion: expand 2-choice options drop-downs RRS feed

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  • <warning comment="technet forums newbie">

    I am relatively inexperienced with MS technet forums, but have used forums like vBulletin, phpBB, and SMF extensively.

    Also, I've only used the "Sandbox" a few minutes ... so here are some very "uncooked" first impressions.

    My preference is to NOT have drop-downs with only a few options ... specifically, there is the "Edit" with the two options "Edit" and "Delete". This seems ... to me ... flawed. Have two buttons .... "Edit" and "Delete". To me, drop-downs are for 5+ options.

    Gads ... I hit a situation (don't recall steps ... sorry) where clicking on "Edit" gives 1 option ... to "Edit" ... To put it bluntly, that is deeply flawed.

    Also, I didn't see how to "Preview" ... maybe it's there, but it wasn't obvious (at least to me), and this is a MUST HAVE capability. I see "Submit" and "Cancel", but no "Preview". Yes, you can submit and then edit, but "Preview" is the button I've used most in the past.

    (and I noticed you have done multiple edits of your post <g>)

    Also, seems like the default should be "Alert Me".

    My 2¢

    </warning>
    • Edited by l_d_allan Sunday, May 18, 2008 1:01 AM expand
    Sunday, May 18, 2008 12:38 AM

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    l_d_allan said:
    Also, I didn't see how to "Preview" ... maybe it's there, but it wasn't obvious (at least to me), and this is a MUST HAVE capability. I see "Submit" and "Cancel", but no "Preview". Yes, you can submit and then edit, but "Preview" is the button I've used most in the past.



    If your talking about previewing threads, click on <preview> right next to the thread title. They are still talking about adding new features to the preview, such as being able to do a quick reply in the preview. (yeaaaaa!!!)

    If you are talking about preview your post before posting (more likely than above, now that I read your post again :-) It's not as straight forward as you suggested. Look at the bottom of the box where you are posting and you will see three icons. If you hover over them, they will give you tool tips. The pencil is for posting, and is the default. The <> is to view and edit HTML and the + is the preview feature you are looking for.

    HTH


    Steve
    Tuesday, May 20, 2008 5:43 PM
  • l_d_allan said:

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    My preference is to NOT have drop-downs with only a few options ... specifically, there is the "Edit" with the two options "Edit" and "Delete". This seems ... to me ... flawed. Have two buttons .... "Edit" and "Delete". To me, drop-downs are for 5+ options.

    Gads ... I hit a situation (don't recall steps ... sorry) where clicking on "Edit" gives 1 option ... to "Edit" ... To put it bluntly, that is deeply flawed.
    ...



    Understood, the thing is for these menus there actually are other options but only moderators get to see them.  For example if you're a moderator you'd see edit, delete and Split for each post.  We really wanted to avoid having tons of buttons on the screen when we designed this.
    Sam Jarawan STO Forums - Senior Development Lead
    Thursday, May 22, 2008 7:21 PM
  • If you are talking about preview your post before posting (more likely than above, now that I read your post again :-) It's not as straight forward as you suggested. Look at the bottom of the box where you are posting and you will see three icons. If you hover over them, they will give you tool tips. The pencil is for posting, and is the default. The <> is to view and edit HTML and the + is the preview feature you are looking for.


    Steve,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply ... but I guess I'm being incredibly slow and/or need yet another adjustment to my prescription for "smart pills". Right now, I'm looking around the webpage as I draft this, and I'm not seeing any icons that look anything close to a pencil, <>, or +. 

    Oh well, not that big of a deal.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 7:57 PM
  • Understood, the thing is for these menus there actually are other options but only moderators get to see them. 

    Sam,

    Ah, that clears up everything. Thanks for the clarification to this technet newbie. I've been very impressed by the signficant improvements made over the past year or so.

    And also very impressed by the patience and helpfulness shown to people with questions. I've learned a lot.
    Tuesday, July 14, 2009 8:00 PM