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Topic # 32830 24-Apr-2009 21:02
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Just what the title says. Why isn't this implemented? Any plans on adding it in the future?

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Reply # 209120 25-Apr-2009 00:46
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d3Xt3r: Just what the title says. Why isn't this implemented? Any plans on adding it in the future?


I don't see why you'd need a quick reply, when you open a topic, the "Compose Reply" button is right there in front of you.

Or are you talking from the view all topics page?



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  Reply # 209122 25-Apr-2009 00:58
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The problem is, the "Compose Reply" page is too bloated. Clicking on it and having to load a page, is, well, slower than being able to type your reply in the same page. You can view the messages posted before you right over there in a logical order as it should be, instead of scrolling down and having to find earlier posts. Keeping track of the conversations in the thread while composing your reply can get difficult.





So in short, Quick Reply is where you get a small reply box on the current page of the thread you're viewing. It isn't fancy, doesn't have any formating controls or smilies. The box isn't drawn on every page by default (can be configured), but hitting the "Quick Reply" button should pop up a small reply box without taking you to a new page.




But seriously, words can't do justice to the utility it offers. I suggest you give it a whirl in some other forums that have it and you'll get addicted to it! :)




This feature would even save the site bandwidth a bit.. :)


 


Edit: This feature is called "Fast Reply" in some BBs like Invision.


 


Here are a few screenies:


Before: http://i42.tinypic.com/b8pb4i.png


After: http://i42.tinypic.com/b7xgtj.png


 


Here's another implementation with a few basic controls included:


http://i42.tinypic.com/2vcjdrp.png


 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 209125 25-Apr-2009 01:28
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Here's another implementation using SMF:


http://i44.tinypic.com/96dnqb.png


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  Reply # 209126 25-Apr-2009 02:34
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d3Xt3r:But seriously, words can't do justice to the utility it offers. I suggest you give it a whirl in some other forums that have it and you'll get addicted to it! :)


Valid points, the issue is whether others would use it, and if it's worth freitasm's time to code it up and implement it (the forums here run off a heavily modified forum code base so any additions have to be coded up and included)

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  Reply # 209140 25-Apr-2009 09:02
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nate:
d3Xt3r:But seriously, words can't do justice to the utility it offers. I suggest you give it a whirl in some other forums that have it and you'll get addicted to it! :)


Valid points, the issue is whether others would use it, and if it's worth freitasm's time to code it up and implement it (the forums here run off a heavily modified forum code base so any additions have to be coded up and included)


Very very very good suggestion made and to answer you nate, yes, I believe people would find the function useful.

I am a frequent user of notebookreview.com and their forums have "multi quote" and "quick reply" functions available.  Multi-quote is where you can select multiple posts to reply and of course the quick reply simple allows you to reply almost instantly below the last post.


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Reply # 209142 25-Apr-2009 09:03
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That others will use it is no question. The problem is that a Quick Reply couldn't use the TinyMCE editor - otherwise it would be an increase in traffic.

Not using the TinyMCE reduces functionality (not easy to add links, images, etc).

So the question is what is the balance. Just making it to satisfy one user out of  40,000 is not the answer.





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  Reply # 209194 25-Apr-2009 11:24
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I'd use it...

freitasm, you could still implement it without TinyMCE (which I turned off as soon as I signed up ;D), and if someone really wants to post a larger/complex post using TinyMCE features, they could hit 'compose reply'.

I like the poll idea too :) Multi-quote would be awesome too :). I'd offer to help, but, well.. asp. *blech*.




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Reply # 209211 25-Apr-2009 12:52
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freitasm: That others will use it is no question. The problem is that a Quick Reply couldn't use the TinyMCE editor - otherwise it would be an increase in traffic.
Not using the TinyMCE reduces functionality (not easy to add links, images, etc).
So the question is what is the balance. Just making it to satisfy one user out of? 40,000 is not the answer.



If only we had a poll, we could have found out what percentage of users want it... ;)


But do count me in if I could be of help in any way.


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  Reply # 209233 25-Apr-2009 14:32
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freitasm, you could still implement it without TinyMCE (which I turned off as soon as I signed up ;D), and if someone really wants to post a larger/complex post using TinyMCE features, they could hit 'compose reply'.


I think this is a sensible idea. I wouldn't want TinyMCE loading every time I open a thread.




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  Reply # 209250 25-Apr-2009 16:47
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Woah, there's a quick reply already? Now that's quick! So far, the typing part seems to work great..



Edit: It's awesome, great job freitasm!

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  Reply # 209251 25-Apr-2009 16:50
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Sorry it took that long - I was looking through the code and managed to remove some unnecessary lines making the forum script even smaller.







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  Reply # 209259 25-Apr-2009 17:31
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nice feature, thanks.

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