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issueid=50 05-18-2009 09:57 AM
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Mark OP posts in threads
Marking OP posts would make threads easier to follow

Mark OP posts in threads, so that it is easier to follow the flow of the conversation. It's usually easy to recognize an answer or suggestion, but more difficult to distinguish additional questions, even new information, posted by the OP from additional questions etc. posted by lurkers & other interested parties.

A flag, tag, or distinguishing font or color would be enough.

See
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...10#post3544110
& ff., esp.
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...41#post3544341
Issue Details
Issue Type Feature
Project LinuxQuestions.org
Category Forums
Status Implemented
Priority 5 - Medium
Suggested Version Unknown
Implemented Version (none)
Votes for this feature 4
Votes against this feature 0
Assigned Users jeremy
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05-21-2009 11:47 AM
root
 
I've added a beta of this feature to the site. Feedback is welcome.

--jeremy
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05-21-2009 07:50 PM
Registered User
 
Thank you, Jeremy. That works just fine... I like it.

Cheers
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05-22-2009 08:44 AM
Senior Member
 
Same here, & you did it quickly too. It really does make the difference I expected in understanding the flow of the conversation in threads.

2 possible improvements:
  • Move the "Original Poster" line higher, at least to the 3rd position; but preferably to 2nd:
    Quote:
    archtoad6
    Original Poster
    Senior Member
  • Tag the 1st post as well. This is obviously redundant, but I'm finding it jarring to go back to the 1st post in a thread & not find it tagged -- I get used to seeing the OP referred to as "<OP> ... Original Poster" & get momentarily confused when I only see "<OP> ... "

    It would also alert newcomers to the site to expect the tags.
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05-22-2009 11:41 AM
root
 
The original placement actually was higher up, but the text seemed to get lost. We can experiment with different placements if the consensus is that a move would be more ideal. The first post not being tagged is by design.

--jeremy
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05-22-2009 12:43 PM
Registered User
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeremy
The original placement actually was higher up, but the text seemed to get lost. We can experiment with different placements if the consensus is that a move would be more ideal. The first post not being tagged is by design.

--jeremy
Quite frankly, I was thinking about just an icon next to- or a font/color change in- the OP's user name. I've seen that on other forums, but to be honest, I don't know if they are using VB, and I'm clueless concerning VB's capabilities/limitations. And personally, what you have done works just fine for me. You might also check out this thread.

Cheers, and again, thank you.

Bill
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05-23-2009 04:14 AM
Senior Member
 
I found the placement (a ways down and in bold face) quite adequate and eye catching. That's not to say there couldn't be a better placement, but no idea immediately jumps out at me.

Thanks again.

And thanks to dragonslayer48dx for cross linking these two threads. (I had no idea it was a feature request. I figured any discussion would have to be on LQ S&F and specifically double checked that thread before posting.)
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05-23-2009 08:05 AM
Senior Member
 
Original Discussion
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonslayer48dx
You might also check out this thread.
As well as http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...10#post3544110 where I originally made the suggestion.

Appreciation
Before I go into my suggestions for fine tuning this improvement, I want to say "Thank you, Jeremy" for implementing it. Even if you do not agree w/ my ideas below, the change is wonderful just as it is.

Expectations
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonslayer48dx
Quite frankly, I was thinking about just an icon next to- or a font/color change in- the OP's user name. ...
So was I.

I really liked the icon/flag idea until I realized that it would probably exacerbate the widening of the left panel caused by users who pick looong LQ names not knowing that spaces are allowed in user names.

So that leaves changing the appearance of OP's name by color, weight, slant, or any combination of the 3. I still like these, at least in theory -- I have no idea how the differences between browsers can mess up the page designer's intentions.

Making it even better
After using this feature for a short while, I have a new suggestion: 2 OP tags on every OP post, one at the top & one at the bottom. Here's why -- What makes this new feature so useful is that it tells us what we are looking at when we scroll through threads. The emphasis is on scrolling, & having an OP indicator visible as soon as you scroll into one of OP's posts, would make this improvement even more useful; therefore, one at the top & one at the bottom. I would do this by moving the existing "Original Poster" line to the bottom of the left panel, & adding an addition indicator at the top of the post. The addition indicator could be a copy of the "Original Poster" line w/in the 1st 3 lines, or a change in the appearance of OP's name, or something else.

Making it better II
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeremy
The first post not being tagged is by design.
I assumed as much when I made the suggestion above & I also didn't think it would make a difference when I made the feature request. After some experience w/ the new feature, I have changed my mind & think that the 1st post should be tagged as well, for the stated reasons:
Quote:
Originally Posted by archtoad6
This is obviously redundant, but I'm finding it jarring to go back to the 1st post in a thread & not find it tagged -- I get used to seeing the OP referred to as "<OP> ... Original Poster" & get momentarily confused when I only see "<OP> ... "

It would also alert newcomers to the site to expect the tags.
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