My suggestions for UseBB 2.0

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/27/2005 - 09:46
Written by
Kilroy

I had some cool ideas and Dietrich told me it'd be best to post them here, so here goes:

Merge double posts
This is a feature I suggested over half a year ago for IPB. IPB has only recently incorporated this feature into their BB and I am happy with that as I hope many will follow. OK, we all know that some users don't know where to find the edit button. This feature makes sure that if a user posts in the same topic within X seconds/minutes, the post does not get added after the previous post, but rather to the previous post. Here's an example:

Old situation:

Ignorant_user posts a reply to this topic.

--------- posted at 12:23 am by Ignorant_user---------
Wow! I really like this idea!
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Ignorant_user wants to say something else, but does not know how to edit his message. So, Ignorant_user posts another message. This message gets placed right after the original message.

--------- posted at 12:24 am by Ignorant_user ---------
What do you think, Dietrich?
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New situation:

Ignorant_user posts a reply to this topic.

--------- posted at 12:23 am by Ignorant_user---------
Wow! I really like this idea!
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Ignorant_user wants to say something else, but does not know how to edit his message. So, Ignorant_user posts another message. The system detects that Ignorant_user has already posted a reply to this topic the previous minute. So, the system adds the contents of this new reply to the previous reply:

--------- posted at 12:23 am by Ignorant_user---------
Wow! I really like this idea!

What do you think, Dietrich?
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Automatically close thread after X days
Simple, as the title states. Have an option for admins to specify that threads automatically close after X days. This option could be per forum (useful for things like contest-forums, whereby after a certain date a new contest will be started) or per topic. Also, add the ability to have an automated reply to the topic when it is closed. For a contest-based forum, for example, this could be "This contest is now closed. View the newer contest in this forum and reply there from now on."

Multiquote
I think we all know what this is. If you don't, check out IPB and press some quote buttons (when logged in and do NOT click the reply button). Basically, it allows you to quote multiple posts. Only, we should perhaps name it differently.

Quick edit using AJAX
This one's interesting. I'll divide it up into two types of quick edit: topic title quick edit and post quick edit.

Topic title quick edit can be seen in a video made by the IPB developer (although it wasn't his idea). I have made this myself a while ago and it is real easy to implement, so I volunteer to implement this as well ;) Look at this movie:
http://www.invisionpower.com/prereleasedev/movies/pub-inline2.mov

Post quick edit is even better than topic quick edit. Look at this movie:
http://forums.invisionpower.com/upmattblog/ajax-post.mov

Quick topic
The same as "quick reply", only for topics! Can be seen at MyTopix: http://support.jaia-interactive.com/. Register an account, click on a forum and you see the "Qwik topic" button. Click it and it allows you to add a topic just like you would add a reply. This would of course need the appropriate on/off settings in the ACP.

Notes
I might edit this post to add more suggestions or alter existing ones, and if I do, I will change the topic title to reflect the last update.

The first suggestion was actually a feature in one of my old boards, so it must be good ;)

Quick Topic is also a good feature, infact I'd just have the quick reply and topic instead of the seperate pages :)

Sounds good. :)

ero-sennin

Mon, 08/08/2005 - 01:45

The first suggestion is very good and i used a thing in another forum wich was quite alike and it works good or you could have something like the system reads that ignorant_user posted the last message and the quickreply and the post reply disappears and there's a text : The antidouble post function is up, try edit your last message instead