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Re: What would you like to see from XCore next year?

Postby Bianco » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:09 pm

uhm.. hi Yvo.

I'm not on IRC lately but I will be back some day.
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Postby yzoer » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:17 pm

lol..

Just saying that chat functionality on this site, however primitive, would be a a lot more convenient. Having said that, when questions are posted others benefit as well..

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Postby Bianco » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:12 am

You can click the IRC button on top of the site/forum to connect to IRC using a webbased client.

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Postby Gravis » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:32 pm

  • IMPROVE THE WIKI!!!
    • _quality_ tutorials that have full files you can look at/download rather than just out of context snippets
    • tutorials on how to _properly_ combine XC/C++/Assembly
    • tutorials for XDE!
    • articles clearly explaining concepts (pictures help a lot!)
  • easier to read/understand code on github
    • unified protocol function naming scheme
    • add downloads of ready to compile code so that you dont have to hunt for missing files that are in other projects
    • add web browsable documentation for the projects (must be able to change to documentation of another project with ease!)
  • get rid of the autoscrolling for the "NET TWEETS" box. (it's really annoying)
  • a simpler post editor! we dont need a zillion options shown all the time!
    • reduce the number of selectable font colors to like 4 colors that are still easy to read on a white background.
    • font color should be a drop down box like "Font size"
    • remove the Font sizes "Tiny" and "Huge"
    • add the ability to select text and press things like CTRL+B to add bold text
    • button layout for Preview/Submit/Save/Cancel
    • i dont need to be warned told "Enter your message here, it may contain no more than 60000 characters."
    • remove the "Smilies" or make them
    • enable html character codes: &#91; <-- that should be a [
    • make creating lists and sublists easier
      • no need for the \[list\] tag
      • \[*\] to make a bullet point and \[*\]\[*\] to make a sublist bullet point

you did ask.
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Postby phalt » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:23 pm

a simpler post editor! we dont need a zillion options shown all the time!


No you're right we don't need it all the time. But if we remove the options and that one time we do want to use it... what then?

You do raise some good points though - I'm a fan of minimalism but I've tried to avoid touching the editing options on the forum because there are features that people would probably want to use at some point.

I agree that lists can be done better than they currently are, maybe markdown inspired syntax is the way to go?

If there are others who agree I'll make some changes to the forum. I'm already looking at what I can improve now and you'll probably seem some small subtle changes over the next week.
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Postby phalt » Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:24 pm

How does this look?

EDIT: Dammit the image has gone. Well that image hosting service is rubbish.
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Postby Folknology » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:21 am

+1 on markdown
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Postby Gravis » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:50 am

phalt wrote:if we remove the options and that one time we do want to use it... what then?

phalt wrote:How does this look?


didnt see it, the image appears to have expired already.

here is what i want:
  • remove "Enter your message here, it may contain no more than 60000 characters."
  • remove "Tip: Styles can be applied quickly to selected text."
  • make a drop down menu for the font color.
  • put a button in the top right (same row as the subject box) labeled "Options" or maybe "Advanced"
  • "Options" button brings up a div based popup (like the image previewer on lots of sites).
  • popup would have a checkboxes to enable/disable these options (store these options in a cookie). default values in []
    • "Disable smilies" [disabled] (would gray out "show smilies" checkbox)
    • "Disable BBCode" [disabled] (would gray out "editing toolbar" and "hotkeys" checkboxes)
    • "Show text editing toolbar" (b/i/u/quote/etc..) [enabled]
    • "Enable hotkeys" [enabled] (enables Ctrl+B/Ctrl+I/Ctrl+U)
    • "Show smilies" [disabled]
    • "Do not automatically parse URLs" [disabled]
    • "Attach signature" [enabled]
    • "Notify me me when a reply is posted" [disabled]
  • bottom buttons:
    • "Attach file" button at bottom left (div based popup)
    • "Save Draft" button at bottom left
    • "Preview" button centered
    • "Submit" button centered
    • "Cancel" button at far right

this will get rid of all the crap you dont need but make it accessible in the event that you do.
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Postby phalt » Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:03 pm

Folknology wrote:+1 on markdown


Gah - phpbb dislikes using characters for the tags.
I'll have to hack it up a bit if we want to do stuff like this:

# header 1
## header 2

Would we settle for:

[h]header one[/h]
[hh]header two[/hh]

instead?
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Postby Folknology » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:07 pm

What no Markdown plugin...

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Al

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