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Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:42:51 PM

1. Why does the forum's Hide Top Message button appear only when composing a reply and never when editing one?

2. What is the Edit button beneath the forum message dialog box supposed to do? If you have the dialog box up, you are already editing. Does it somehow get more "edity?"

[Edited by: CampKohler at 11/30/2012 10:47:51 PM EST]
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Champion Author San Jose

Joined:Jul 2001
Message Posted: Dec 2, 2012 4:59:25 AM

I think that the right reaction to a message you don't care about is to move on to the next message, rather than announcing your indifference to the world with a "who cares" response. It seems to me that even fewer people care about your not caring, which makes such a response roughly equivalent to the abusive "OK" postings that pollute the forums.

There's no real reason for "Edit" to be available from edit mode; it probably should be removed (not just grayed out!) until the user hits Post Message or Check Spelling. (Though since the spell checker is more likely to create misspellings than to fix them, I strongly encourage that it never be used anyway.)
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Champion Author Sacramento

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Dec 2, 2012 1:26:26 AM

Thanks for the answer. I see what the Edit button does now, but the name is not intuitive. The design of that could be improved.

I tested the Hide Top Message button and all it does is shrink the OP; the message dialog box doesn't change in size, so I don't understand how more space for editing is gained. Maybe it just moves the OP out from between the dialog box and the previous reply if you are replying to the previous reply and you need to refer to it. I suppose that would be convenient if the OP was ginormous, say two screens long or longer.

bytebug: one did. :-)
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Champion Author Chicago

Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:17:34 AM

1. To gain more space on the screen while editing.
2. Pushing that Edit button will exit the "Check Spelling" mode.
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:10:57 AM

While these are good questions, I'm with bytebug - who cares?
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Champion Author Orange County

Joined:Oct 2001
Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:38:34 AM

Does anyone really care?
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