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Old 06-26-2002, 01:53 PM   #1
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BBCode and Smiley button issue revived...

Hi all!

I posted this a while ago, but now I have a good reason to revive this issue. You see, the smiley and BBCode insertion links/buttons that vBulletin uses are very inconvenient. They smack everything at the end of the message. I suggested hacking it to place the modifications at the curson position, and even maybe support wrapping selected text inside BBCode tags, but the suggestion was dismissed because:
  1. It was not a critical issue (I completely and wholeheartedly agree)
  2. No viable alternate code was available (and development of it would not be worth it, due to reason number one)
I'd like to simply remind you of this issue, because an alternative JavaScript powered BBCode and smiley system does exist, and the best part is, it's GPL-licensed. Just check out phpBB 2.x, its tag/smiley insertion code is excellent.

Personally, I think that the current buttons are so useless, that it's better not to have them at all. Whenever I want to insert a smiley, I open up the window with the list of all smileys, rather than use the buttons. Why? I'd have to copy paste the smiley code where I want anyway, so I'd rather see the full smiley listing. Anyone here actually use them?

Again, this is not a burning issue, but now it's easier to improve/fix it, now that there's actual working code available. Why do I bother, since it's not a burning issue? Well, making a computer OS full of eyecandy is no burning issue either, but:
  1. Eyecandy sells to the general public
  2. It's just aesthetically pleasing...
so... don't dismiss it just yet.
Old 06-27-2002, 08:35 AM   #2
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Damn dude, you are as controversial as (spelling is wrong I am sure) Rush Limbaugh is in the US. I won't comment on your post other than...

I don't usually use the "clicker" for smileys, I will instead type a : and a ) and then a smiley pops up in the the reply message. Also, I use the 'quick reply' at the bottom more often than the full 'post reply' page for my replies, so the BBcode doesn't normally pose an issue with my surfing.
Old 06-27-2002, 09:22 AM   #3
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i tend to just type in the shortcuts rather than clicking the smiley buttons, but for smileys, you would usually just push the button when you wanted to type it there anyway, it's just the tag buttons that are a bit irritating, and no i don't usually use them either, preferring to type any bbcode that i want to use. one thing that does irritate me though, this little guy: is called "Pengy" and not "Tux", why?


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