Why do some people have blue megaphones next to their avatar?
I’m wondering this too. The tooltip for the megaphone says “street_team.” I’m guessing it’s some sort of secret sub-club of the forums. They get the leather jackets and cool patches, and occasionally break out in musical numbers.
That makes sense now. I recall the invitation to join the street team during the KS campaign. I’m an introvert, so I didn’t raise my hand.
That “training” is very good. An optional, easy chat with a friendly bot to get experience with the basics on forum life. The certificate at the end is cute. I hope that remains in some form (I wouldn’t change a thing.)
@EBK KINKY git you are!
Discobot is a nice introduction, the interaction is an improvement over a basic “how to” guide. Granted, the FAQ isn’t really a FAQ, but I believe someone else pointed that out too.
I will say, I do have trouble with the reply feature. It’s hard for me to see where the reply is in relation to the comment, and vice versa. I did eventually figure it out, but it wasn’t intuitive.
Anyone else, or just me?
It would be nice if direct replies would “stack” under the comment they’re replying to (kind of like Reddit or a Facebook comment?) Having the “reply” show up as a link you need to click and expand to see took me way longer then it should’ve to figure out.
I feel similarly. Having a Reply button in each post and a Reply button at the bottom of all posts is a little confusing. Perhaps the Reply button at the bottom of the page should be called “Post” instead, since you’re not so much “replying” to anyone as just creating a new post.
I’ve also noticed that when using the Reply button inside a post, my resulting post does not always include the indicator identifying the original post.
I agree I didn’t see the “reply to” for each post at first. But even now that I know it exists, I’m even more confused; @McCloud reply has a clear “replying to” indicator for me:
whereas @tommy_gun_servo reply has no such indicator
yet when I expand @MisterScott replies, I see both the above posts listed?!
What’s going on?
if you are referring to what I think you are referring to:
The reply indicator (the arrow pointing to a tiny avatar) doesn’t show up if the post is replying to the post immediately above it.
For example, I just directly replied to your post, but there is no indicator.
That makes perfect sense, thank you!
I just tried to use the phrase “it’s [space] hit-and-miss” in a post and the system refused to post it, gave me this message:
I get the intent but it might be trying to be a bit too helpful.
Testing: it’s hit-and-miss.
There are ways around these types of systems. On another forum I frequent, we couldn’t use the word “cocktail” because it contained a word the software didn’t like.
Please don’t abuse the formatting trick, of course!
Ah, that’s a brilliant solution! I ended up going with the awkward “it is hit-and-miss.”
I hope I didn’t violate any of the community rules by posting that tip.
And if he did violate a community rule, what sort of badge might be appropriate for that?
Avoid the wrath of our overlords. It’s miss-and-hit.
LOL WHAT. How absurd! Okay I will adjust the profanity filter for that. Sheesh.
The reply system is honestly my biggest concern with this forum! I don’t feel like it’s super intuitive either, HOWEVER it’s possible there are plugins that could make replies feel more “nested” in the traditional way.
I think the intention is to keep the conversation moving, rather than letting folks get lost in twenty-deep replies (Reddit, for example) that can spiral way off topic. Keeping replies linear means off-topic tangents are probably less likely? It’s a thing I’m thinking about for sure though.
The replies are linear but also connected, so it works.
Am I the only one who had trouble finding out how to post a message? You can reply to a post or reply to a topic, and they are both “reply”. I’d love for the one at the very bottom to be “post comment” or something different. Or just present the text box without a button.
Just my 2 cents. And since we got rid of the penny in Canada, I suppose that rounds down to… uh… oh.
I agree. @Lesley makes a good point about the danger of letting replies get nested. I think it all works fine as it is. Ideally rename the bottom “reply” button to “post,” but otherwise it all seems to make sense.