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Thoughts on the new text box?

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Erin Holohan Haskell
Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
edited March 2023 in THE MAIN WALL

We recently upgraded to a new text box for forum posts and comments. Some of you love it, but some of you are experiencing issues, particularly on your mobile devices. Our forum software provider is working hard to resolve these issues. (Fixing spell check is on their list.) Thank you for your patience as we sort things out.

I've updated our Forum User Manual with some tips on how to use this new text box.

I'd love to hear feedback on how it's going for you. Please answer this poll and share more info if you're having trouble on your device.

Thank you!

President
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Thoughts on the new text box? 16 votes

It works well.
50%
EdTheHeaterManJamie HallSolid_Fuel_ManCLambDanHolohanGroundUpGGrossguzzinerd 8 votes
I'm experiencing issues with it.
50%
SteamheadJohnNYAlan (California Radiant) ForbesratioethicalpaulMaxMercyreggi109A_5 8 votes

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  • GGross
    GGross Member Posts: 1,075
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    It works well.

    Text box works well, I would add that I liked one thing before though, when people would put pictures in the text box it used to load them in the text box for me to see, now I have to click on them to view and the page that opens up sometimes blows them up really large, so have to download them and then open to view. I use the site on a windows pc so im not sure how this affects mobile or not

    ethicalpaul
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
    edited March 2023
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    Thanks @GGross. Good point. If you post an image using the image icon, it will appear within the text. If you post an image using the attachment icon (paperclip), it will appear as a file.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,761
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    I've gotten more used to it, but I do prefer the flexibility of being able to manipulate the quote html tags.

    One difference that I still have trouble with is that the new mechanism doesn't seem to let me paste a graphic or partial screenshot into the message like it used to. I have to save to my disk and then upload it.

    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    Thanks for sharing @ethicalpaul!

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

    ethicalpaul
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    Hello @Erin Holohan Haskell,

    When quoting a prior post how do you edit the quote (I will review your new instructions). Often (I believe) it is not necessary to repeat the whole prior post. In fact I think it is annoying an decreases focus on a specific point being made. Before seeing the HTML it was fairly easy to edit out the unwanted, unneeded text and build a responce structue (multiple issues, multiple sub quotes) when needed.

    I have not had problems droping an image into a new post from the clipboard.

    I see the spell check is missed by many…

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  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,761
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    You can still copy a portion of text and paste it, and then hit the paragraph symbol to the left of the text box in order to mark it as quoted.

    That's interesting you are still able to paste images, @109A_5, I'll try again. I'm on Mac Safari usually.

    NJ Steam Homeowner. See my sight glass boiler videos: https://bit.ly/3sZW1el
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,387
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    how do you delete a pic if you attach the wrong one, for example?

    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,676
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    I've already mentioned my issues to you, but I think we need another choice on the poll:

    • It's not the text box I'm used to, now get off my lawn!

    GGrossErin Holohan HaskellCLambEdTheHeaterMan
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,559
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    It works well.

    The only gripe I have is the spellcheck — but you're working on it. And I wwouldn't have that gripe, except I touch type and can't see very well any more, so having the spellcheck tell me I fat fingered something is a great hellp to me!

    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    JUGHNE
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    @hot_rod click on the three dots to the right of your user name. Then choose Edit. Click on the image within your post and then hit delete.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    Thanks all. I agree with you about the spell check.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

    JUGHNE
  • MaxMercy
    MaxMercy Member Posts: 514
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    I always like to edit down a large quote to just include the one point I'd like to respond to and have been unable to edit the edit quote box text.

    Sal Santamaura
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    OK, thanks @ethicalpaul, I'll explore that method next time it comes up.

    Capture, copy, paste, or Select, copy, paste, that all I did for this below. Old Win 7 box here.

    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    @MaxMercy and @109A_5, I'm looking into whether or not it's still possible to edit quote box text. Thanks!

    @109A_5 and @ethicalpaul, thanks for helping one another.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    When I hit <Return>, I like to space down one space, but get a double space. Can I change that?

    Thanks, Erin.

    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
    CLamb
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,157
    edited March 2023
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    It works well.

    It works well, except when it dosen't

    Just like the guy that invented autocorrect, I think he should burn🔥in HELLO!

    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 9,843
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    It seems the spell check doesn't work in the new text box on any of the browsers I have used(various versions of Chrome and Brave on a tablet).

    Not being able to edit a quote makes it a bit confusing when what I am quoting is a long comment and I am commenting on a couple lines of it.

    CLamb
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,335
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    Update - Our forum software provider has removed the ability to edit quotes because of the security concern that it would enable users to create fake quotes posing as other users or take things out of context. Sorry about that. I know you all don't use this feature with ill intent.

    You can, however, use the quote feature in the formatting bar to reference specific sentences. (Like this.)

    @mattmia2, they're working on fixing the spell check.

    @Alan (California Radiant) Forbes, are you then having to go back and delete the extra space or is it appearing one way before you post and then formatting to one space after? Thanks.

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

    mattmia2
  • MaxMercy
    MaxMercy Member Posts: 514
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    That doesn't really make sense though. If some unscrupulous member had the ability to remove the original post, maybe, but the original post remains for context and evidence the post was misquoted. I mean, has that ever been a problem?

    I think any arguable gain in "security" is greatly offset by the ability to easily respond to a single point on what can be a much longer thread that covers several topics.

    I guess the answer is just to C/P what we need and put quote marks around them, which ironically eliminates any gain from this "security" feature..

    109A_5MikeAmannreggiAlan (California Radiant) Forbes
  • JohnNY
    JohnNY Member Posts: 3,244
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    I can't edit down the quoted text. It seems to be all or nothing.

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  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    I agree with @MaxMercy. Lets make a problem where there was none, and Break the Spell Check while doing it, Brilliant. Sounds like some other IT folks I know. Sorry, but I bet you paid good money for the upgrade.

    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
    MaxMercySal Santamaura
  • ratio
    ratio Member Posts: 3,676
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    <sigh> I don't need to be protected from an alleged quotation on the internetz. I mean, let's face it, you're all just figments of my imagination anyway, so I don't take nothing I read as real unless I already agree with it.

    MaxMercySal Santamaura
  • 109A_5
    109A_5 Member Posts: 1,388
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    I'm experiencing issues with it.

    Hello "@Erin Holohan Haskell",

    Does the '@username' functionality still work corectly ? I see some anomalies. All screen captures of existing posts.

    Does it need quotes all the time now ? Like "@username" Maybe I'm doing somthing wrong. I'll look at the new instructions, Forum User Manual.

    National - U.S. Gas Boiler 45+ Years Old
    Steam 300 SQ. FT. - EDR 347
    One Pipe System
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