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> Added: Attachment captions.
Can be used for important image notes, xkcd bonus jokes etc.
> Added: Topic-level reply button.
The main reason why this feature was added is actually all the chess games being played here on the forum The other reason is to make it easier to post replies that apply to a topic as a whole, but are not answers to specific posts (in general, if a post needs quoting to be understood, it should be posted as a reply to the quoted post).
I see this as an experimental feature. If it helps improve the structure of topics (which I believe it will, if used correctly) then it will become a permanent feature. It's also possible to abuse it, making it hard to follow the discussion and understand who is answering whom.
Posting moves in forum chess games
Many chess games are played here on the forum between teams or individual users. The games that Rybka plays in important events are also relayed, often several moves at a time. Usually, some discussion takes place in response to each move. Users who are following the game give their opinion about the position, ask questions, discuss alternatives etc.
If you look at an annotated game in a book or a magazine it has a hierarchical structure, which often looks something like this:
[A last minute decision]
[1...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 is the Ruy Lopez]
[2...Nf6 is Petrov's defense]
[Going for the Smith-Morra]
2...cxd4 3.c3 dxc3
Here we have the mainline at the top level, then variations at lowers levels (slightly indented), verbal commentary etc. You can also see this game structure when a game is being broadcast on a server or the web (e.g. the ChessOK broadcasts with Rybka analysis). Of course you always find the latest mainline move at the end of the notation.
This familiar structure can also be achieved in forum games by always posting the actual moves in the game as a reply to the first post in the topic. Previously, this required several steps in topics that had too many posts to fit on one page. Since this structure has some advantages for readers and solves certain problems that players have complained about, the new forum version adds a topic-level reply button, which allows you to achieve this structure with the click of a button.
The new "Reply" button can be found at the top and bottom of each topic page (highlighted in the image). When you click the button, the usual post reply page is displayed, except that the "In Response to" part is omitted.
The following reminder is also displayed on the post reply page:
"This board is threaded (i.e. has a tree structure). Please use the Reply button of the specific post you are referring to, not just any random button. If you want to reply to the topic in general, use the topic-level Reply button near the top and bottom of the page."
> The following reminder is also displayed on the post reply page:
> "This board is threaded (i.e. has a tree structure). Please use the Reply button of the specific post you are referring to, not just any random button. If you want to reply to the topic in general, use the topic-level Reply button near the top and bottom of the page."
Is there any way to turn it off? It may be helpful for users that aren't aware of this, but it's a bit annoying when I know what I'm doing.
Plus the 'Report is not reply' thing.
> Yes, but some of us can tell it from the Reply page by how it's completely different!
If you were the average user it would never have appeared. I will consider this for 2.19+
Appear like this:
I don't know, I remember these messages we're fine as they were, while now they feel invasive by comparison, just saying.
> Is there any way to turn it off?
It's been there for half an hour. Let's give it it a little more time. I'll be watching your posts and if I see that you actually understand it as well as you say, I may reconsider
OK, I'll be keeping count from now on. Against: 2.
Got a question??? Is there any way to attach a file to a pm message? ie. like in the thread replys.
> Does it even work?
No, but it's not because of the new feature, people will reply wrongly no matter what. Example:
I replied to the right message, someone#1 replied to me wrongly (by using "general reply to thread") and then someone#2 replied to me wrongly (by replying to someone#1.) I think the more complex a system is, the more possible ways of doing something wrong, and people'll do them, we wouldn't even notice the wrong doings if posts were sorted cron*Vytron is shot*
"By clicking 'yes, I want to reply to the topic in general, not to any particular post', I agree that the post I am about to make will, in no way, be a reply to any particular post rather than the whole post."
Add a few examples and a warning about voiding the Internet's warranty if you don't follow the directions.
> any particular post rather than the whole post."
The whole thread, I meant.
> You're for and against?
Ah, that would explain my confusion.
But I'll welcome the disappearance of the message
> enforcing some member behavior
Err, it was implemented to help solve/reduce problems that you and others had complained about. I guess they weren't that serious after all
"I want to reply, what 'Reply' option should I follow? The closer one of course!"
> I like it as a feature
And more now that you can actually reply to the thread with this button instead of being a quick way to reply to first post!
Since we don't want to lose this feature, my suggestion is to remove the bottom general reply to topic link, so people wanting to reply generally would use the link at the top of the page.
> Added: Separate option for max. posts on forum overview page.
Set to 500.
Oops, it's in Profile.
The requested URL /mwf/pageicons/user_profile.png was not found on this server.
> Added: Topic-level reply button.
Bug: the post you're replying to is already [age of OP] old. Are you sure that you want to reply to a post that old?
Methinks it should be [age of newest post in thread]. Also, you get the "in response to" thing after telling the software you have a good reason.
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