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Remove text-decoration:none and color:#333333 from forum posts RRS feed

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  • =?iso-8859-1?B?U2hlbmcgSmlhbmcgPz8gW01WUF0=?= wrote on Sun, 24 Oct 2010 15:20:25
    +0000:

    There is no reason to hide text in forum discussion, except for spamming purposes.

    Indeed, but this refinement would go too short. The only way to stop this and other
    idiotic intentional or unintentional "text decoration" is to completely forbid
    pasting anything else than plain text in the editor field and allow only a very very
    few editing options in tinymce. For instance, there is no need for changing colors,
    backgrounds and many other things.
    But this won't happen. Otherwise they would have done it right from the beginning. I
    think the main problem is that many MS support engineers prepare their answers in
    Word and want to paste that goobledigook.


    IEFAQ: http://iefaq.info Newsgroup: microsoft.public.de.internetexplorer
    Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:30 PM
  • Yes, there are problems with the editor. I agree that we are way too flexible in what we allow. It would ease implementation by limiting input but a lot of users actually complain we don't support enough mark up, which I don't really agree with. I don't know when this will happen or to what extent but scaling this back is certainly something we are considering.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Monday, October 25, 2010 11:20 PM
    Answerer
  • I would be happy (and I think the forums would be improved) if formatting was limited to bold/italic/underscore, bulleted/numbered lists, hyperlinks, and a way to enter code in a monospaced font that doesn't get messed up when the post is edited. Other options would be nice, but only if they can be implemented without breaking the basic functionality I described first.
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 12:18 AM
  • Brent Serbus wrote on Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:20:17 +0000:

    a lot of users actually
    complain we don't support enough mark up, which I don't really agree with.

    tell them it's a support forum and not a forum to express themselves :-)
    Thanks for the insight. I hope you can reduce that "functionality" soon.


    IEFAQ: http://iefaq.info Newsgroup: microsoft.public.de.internetexplorer
    Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:30 PM
  • Now the spammers do not even quote a reply. Guess there is no way to detect them when they are not using a previously detected spammer account.

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    Please mark the post answered your question as the answer, and mark other helpful posts as helpful, so they will appear differently to other users who are visiting your thread for the same problem.
    Visual C++ MVP
    Friday, December 3, 2010 7:43 PM
  • I made an IE add-in that reveals and highlights the hidden link.

    The installer can be found at http://cid-1be894deaf296e0a.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/MSDNForumBrowserHelper.zip

    The source code is at http://cid-1be894deaf296e0a.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/MSDNForumBrowserHelperSourceCode.zip in case anyone is interested.

    Only works with 32bit IE.

    Probably the forum can give a mode where colored link are highlighted (just execute a few extra lines of JavaScript).



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    Please mark the post answered your question as the answer, and mark other helpful posts as helpful, so they will appear differently to other users who are visiting your thread for the same problem.
    Visual C++ MVP
    Thursday, January 20, 2011 3:14 PM
  • I made an IE add-in that reveals and highlights the hidden link.

    The installer can be found at http://cid-1be894deaf296e0a.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/MSDNForumBrowserHelper.zip

    The source code is at http://cid-1be894deaf296e0a.office.live.com/self.aspx/Public/MSDNForumBrowserHelperSourceCode.zip in case anyone is interested.

    Only works with 32bit IE.

    Probably the forum can give a mode where colored link are highlighted (just execute a few extra lines of JavaScript).



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    Visual C++ MVP

    Another idea is to add this "feature" to the list of Feature Requests on the Wiki.
    Ed Price a.k.a User Ed, Microsoft Experience Program Manager (Blog, Twitter, Wiki)
    Friday, January 6, 2012 7:12 PM
    Owner
  • I think the spammers stopped after the forum added ref=nofollow, but their spams still remain there, some of them in locked forums. Just reported a few dozen of these.

    Spammers now switched to signatures. Search "dofollow signatures" and you will find those spammer are still abusive forums for their benefit, but in a different way.



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    Visual C++ MVP
    Friday, January 6, 2012 8:05 PM