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Alpha: New URL thingy

I visit www.cgtalk.com, and their method of inserting URLs is quite slick. It's a VBulletin board, I believe, so I don't know if things would be cross-compatible...

When you click the Insert URL button, a text-entry box pops up, and asks for what text you want the URL to display. You enter it, click next, and a second box appears, wherein you enter the URL. A simple click of the Next button inserts a perfectly formatted link into the post.

Anyways, from the amount of botched [url][/url] attempts and "Yuo suck at teh bbcode" comments I've seen, their way of doing things might be worth a look.

Backstory: alpha, the popular simian that he is, doesn't have room to keep PMs, so he wanted me to post it in here.

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  • matthias00matthias00 Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    That type of URL entering sucks. I've been at boards where they have it, and I always hated it.

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  • denihilistdenihilist Ancient and Mighty Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited February 2004
    Yeah TTB uses vbulletin and I type out my url code because I don't like those little boxes.

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  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    Personally I find those annoying as fuck

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  • FyreWulffFyreWulff Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    It's better than the current way, which just spits out [url][/url] and you still have to manually fix it.

    I usually just type it out but I think this way would be a lot easier for some people.

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  • StevenSteven Registered User
    edited February 2004
    We already have a 'Preview Post' button. If you can't make the bbcode work, use the Preview button until it does.

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  • Combat WombatCombat Wombat Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Wow, that's uh, unexpected. I don't really see why it would be annoying, but to each their own, I guess. Maybe, if it gets coded in, it could be toggleable?

    And Steven, yea, we have a preview button, but unless I am drawn only to those threads that have fuckups in them, I see a lot of easily corrected mistakes or "damn spelling" edits...

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  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    And Steven, yea, we have a preview button, but unless I am drawn only to those threads that have fuckups in them, I see a lot of easily corrected mistakes or "damn spelling" edits...

    I don't see how a popup for the url would have any affect on that.

    Edit, and for those that havn't realised, if you highligh some text and click the url button, it put's tags around it.

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  • Combat WombatCombat Wombat Registered User
    edited February 2004
    It comes in handy when you are trying to link to complex addresses (ie, not as simple as www.google.com). For something like that, if you see that in the middle of someone's post, it doesn't really disrupt the flow. If, however, the person is posting a link to a video, say, at "www.videoshere.com/myvideo/[random, lengthy chain of letters and numbers here]", that's annoying, and looks better if replaced with a woven link, say, "You can see my video here". Plus, it can rape the precious H-Scroll, and that is really annoying.

    If you wanted to make it even simpler, do something where both entry fields are in the same box.

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  • FerryFerry Registered User
    edited February 2004
    You're putting far too much of an issue over something that take only a few seconds to do.

    Really its not that hard, like Orthanc said, just highlight the stuff and hit the URL button.

    Also I agree, those popup boxes are really annoying.

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  • Combat WombatCombat Wombat Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Highlighting doesn't do anything to the link unless you actually go insert =Link name here after the "url." That's what can get messed up easiest, if they don't try and type the [url][/url] themselves.

    Just giving an alternate viewpoint, and I've said all I have to say, so that's the end of my commentary.

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  • the cheatthe cheat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    popup boxes are annoying. there's no need to have a whole new window when you're just making one post.

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  • FerryFerry Registered User
    edited February 2004
    Highlighting doesn't do anything to the link unless you actually go insert =Link name here after the "url." That's what can get messed up easiest, if they don't try and type the [url][/url] themselves.

    Just giving an alternate viewpoint, and I've said all I have to say, so that's the end of my commentary.
    Its really not that hard to do it right, and its even easier to check.

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  • BesigedBBesigedB Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2004
    denihilist wrote:
    Yeah TTB uses vbulletin and I type out my url code because I don't like those little boxes.

    TTB uses invision

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  • ÄlphämönkëyÄlphämönkëy Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    BesigedB wrote:
    denihilist wrote:
    Yeah TTB uses vbulletin and I type out my url code because I don't like those little boxes.

    TTB uses invision
    AFAIK invision (power) is the company vbulletin is the software. The common acroynms are IVP & IBF\IPF respectivly.

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  • RamiusRamius Joined: July 19, 2000 Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited February 2004
    nope.

    vBulletin is by Jelsoft. TTB used the actual vBulletin before Anatole and Elder came on board as admins.

    Then they converted to phpbb2 using a vbulletin-like template.

    Now they are using Invision, by "Invision Power Services".

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  • MulysaSemproniusMulysaSempronius but also susie nyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2004
    if people can't figure out how to put links in, then maybe it's best they don't.



    oh shoot, sorry about that. um. i mean. i don't care. as long as i can still just type it out like i always do.

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  • ÄlphämönkëyÄlphämönkëy Registered User regular
    edited February 2004
    Hmm.. I never really cared. I never liked the invision system myself. Anyway, this thread basically says all that I think on the issue. It would help some, others would hate it, if you cant figure out how to make the links I have little sympathy given the FAQ button is sitting at the top of every page.

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  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    • bah the url button is for amateurs
    • the list button is where it's at

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  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    futility wrote:
    • bah the url button is for amateurs
    • the list button is where it's at
    1. Unorderd lists are for pussies
    2. and for things without order I suppose

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  • futilityfutility Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    • bah the url button is for amateurs
    • the list button is where it's at
    1. Unorderd lists are for pussies
    2. and for things without order I suppose
    1. orthanc should shut up
      [list=1:564dd8fe7c]
    2. futility is always right
    3. orthanc is always wrong
    [*]orthanc doesn't know what he's talking about
    1. he's a poser
    2. it's now just 1 year
    [*]all of new zeland may have been thanked at the oscars but I never heard orthanc's name
    1. maybe he isn't a kiwi
    2. maybe he wasn't a middle earth tower
    [/list:o:564dd8fe7c]

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    • bah the url button is for amateurs
    • the list button is where it's at
    1. Unorderd lists are for pussies
    2. and for things without order I suppose
    1. orthanc should shut up
      [list=1:04f6b80fcb]
    2. futility is always right
    3. orthanc is always wrong
    [*]orthanc doesn't know what he's talking about
    1. he's a poser
    2. it's now just 1 year
    [*]all of new zeland may have been thanked at the oscars but I never heard orthanc's name
    1. maybe he isn't a kiwi
    2. maybe he wasn't a middle earth tower
    [/list:o:04f6b80fcb]

    :lol:

    and now munkus knows how to use the list command. SUCKAS

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  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    futility wrote:
    Orthanc wrote:
    futility wrote:
    • bah the url button is for amateurs
    • the list button is where it's at
    1. Unorderd lists are for pussies
    2. and for things without order I suppose
    1. orthanc should shut up
      [list=1:eabe7959ad]
    2. futility is always right
    3. orthanc is always wrong
    [*]orthanc doesn't know what he's talking about
    1. he's a poser
    2. it's now just 1 year
    [*]all of new zeland may have been thanked at the oscars but I never heard orthanc's name
    1. maybe he isn't a kiwi
    2. maybe he wasn't a middle earth tower
    [/list:o:eabe7959ad]
    • [list=1:eabe7959ad]
    • [list=a:eabe7959ad]
    • I use a psudonym, this fame is a burden you know
    [/list:o:eabe7959ad][/list:o:eabe7959ad]

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  • denihilistdenihilist Ancient and Mighty Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2004
    It's kind of funny. I kept hoping Peter Jackson would thank Orthanc too.

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  • OrthancOrthanc Death Lite, Only 1 Calorie Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2004
    denihilist wrote:
    It's kind of funny. I kept hoping Peter Jackson would thank Orthanc too.

    Little do you know I'm peter jackson

    *rips off face*

    *starts bleeding*

    damnit, I always forget I'm supposed to put on the mask, not take it off.

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