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Post your wishlist items for the user forums (or article comments) here. 1 per post, so people can vote up/down as takes their fancy. I'll start the ball rolling with some things that have been mentioned so far...

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

From the linked article

'we now presenting long posts with a gradual fade out and an option to expand'

Not on my machine you don't!

All I see is a jumbled mess of the end of the post overlaying the next one!

Corporate Firefox RHEL6u2 FF3.6.17

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

This new forum stuff looks pretty good in general, but I always use m.theregister.co.uk (mainly to avoid the annoying pagination in your longer articles) and the forums and comments sections are a bit rubbish on the mobile version. Shirley something that can be improved.

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

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Re: Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

Test result: 10k limit is non-inclusive. Real limit is 9,999.

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

It's totally broken in Safari as well. Plus the layout with the icons and so on is messed up (they appear above the post instead of to the left).

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Comments / Forums on mobile phones

Now that you mention it, we are doing some work on the mobile site in the next few weeks. This will include some improvements for comments.

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

OK, I take that back, it works now. Although I did clear my cache, don't know if that had anything to do with it. (But I have to agree that the new layout isn't great, plus it still breaks a bit if you bump up the font size, which I do because I use a higher-than-average dpi screen and want to avoid teeny-tiny text.)

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Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back

@Drewc

we welcome the the return of the long post Commentarding but did the techs get it slightly wrong

see master Trevor_Potts post as an example http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1300274

notice how it still seems to be missing text fading out at the end even though your reading the expanded version although the full text is there if you cut and paste the last viewable line and the "Minimise Comment" part

viewable

""Unfortunately, the error bars have been steadily reduced such that all of "

not viewable but C&P and its there as i discovered as i typed this post to inform, at least using chrome 17.0.963.46

"Unfortunately, the error bars have been steadily reduced such that all of the various possible outcomes lie between "not good" and "stupidly not good" with the peak of the bell curve sitting just the other side of "it costs us less to act now than it does to just let it happen."

There’s too much politics and belief on all sides of this fight, and not enough listening to the actual science.

Minimise Comment"

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wishlist

oh and can we finally have an "edit" option to correct our typink errors rather than needing to delete the original and re-submit it with cor rected typing... to delete that yet again and correct the other errors after initial posting pretty please :)

a permanent reminder of the right <b><bold></b> and <i> <italics> </i> on the "post your own message" section or even a simple selection click buttons to do that on any highlighted test insode the post section would be great too.

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A curved arrow indicating replied post?

No thanks, can we have the old grey vertical bar back please, it was a much easier way of instantly seeing that it was a reply to someone else's post.

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Re: A curved arrow indicating replied post?

Sorry to moan, but please could we have the grey bar back, instead of the swirly arrow thingy - even though I've hit reply, so there'll be one on this post.

I find it less clear, and harder to see. I also don't thing it's any prettier - although obviously pretty design is in the eye of the beholder...

Pretty please?

We'll bribe you with beer...

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Re: A curved arrow indicating replied post?

I think the problem with the curved arrows is that they're pointing the wrong way: I'm replying to an existing post. The functionality of the "This is a reply to another post" symbol is to take me to the post to which I replied, so the arrow should be pointing back "up" the thread, towards that source post.

In the "Threaded" and "Oldest First" views, the arrow should therefore be pointing away from the reply posts, not at them. It's supposed to be a visual cue.

Only in the "Newest First" sort order should the arrow change to one pointing away from my post and downwards instead.

Either way, the current arrow is wrong.

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Re: A curved arrow indicating replied post?

It's not that it's pointing in the wrong direction, it's that it exists at all, with the grey bar it was very easy to see that it was a reply to a post and not a 'starting' post.

When a 'starting' post has many replies it was very easy to scroll up and find the starting post that generated all the replies, now with the arrow it's not so obvious.

Bring back the grey bar, it was indictive of emails and usenet that adds a > to the beginning of each line of the quoted post.

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Re: A curved arrow indicating replied post?

Agreed. The arrow doesn't really work to convey the hierarchical structure visually.

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Re: A curved arrow indicating replied post?

Concur. The arrow doesn't work. Bring back the gray bar. Or better, proper threading.

And please put the "report abuse" button back with the rest of the controls on the bottom. Having it at the top makes no sense ... you have to read to the bottom of the article to see if it's abusive!

I don't really like the "expand comment" concept, either. Seems useless. I know other folks will like it ... maybe make it a user settable option?

Agree on beer ... and it's only 10:20 Pacific :-)

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"Accepted by moderator"

Recall there was a vague mention of looking into announcing whether you're in the moderators' naughty corner or not? The "my posts" list at least probably should not say "accepted by moderator" when in fact it was waved through, since no moderator was involved. "Accepted by default" for when no human el reg approver has looked at it?

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On the subject of the above

In the 'my posts' page, all of my posts have a 'report abuse' button next to them. I'm unlikely to report one of my own posts to the El Reg moderators, lest they punish me mightily. It's probably worth removing this at some point, as it makes the place look untidy.

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Re: On the subject of the above

So, in effect, you are complaining about El Reg's implementation of self abuse.....?

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Don't like the new look.

This new layout for the comments is poor. I don't know to whom one needs to complain about it, but please go back to the previous layout, instead of this less readable "wider-columns" one, that incorporates the currently very fashionable "let's see how homogenous we can make the disparate elements of the page seem' so that, for example, all the posts kind of run into one another instead of being instantly recognized as discrete elements.

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Anonymous Coward

I just want to know why some commenters can post links or use bold case.

Can I have it too? You'll get a friend for life*, but could also consider a donation of small unmarked bank notes in the post.

*) terms and conditions apply

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Are you blessed?

There was an initial batch of a hundred or so especially blessed plus some additions that got it after commenting in the user forums (neither including me). Forgot to ask if it's generally available now. Let's <i>try</i>. AFAIK the trick has to do with inserting i, b, a tags and maybe a few more.

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You just need to know the secret link.

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the real link to ask for an upgrade

Hiding links in posts, this could get fun :D

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The above is a prime example of why I don't like the "expand comment" concept ...

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Sorry, couldn't resist it, won't do it again (probably)

My local bowling alley played this version last time I was there: Rick Astley vs Nirvana, and weirdly it works!

Have to agree on the hide/expand comment thing too, it isn't needed.

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Since you asked ...

upgraded

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10K OK I guess; distressed suppressed less impressed

I do wish you'd done this a couple days ago. Outlining armageddon took one paragraph too much...

(twas fun watching somebody playing with CSS earlier - each refresh would rearrange the buttons...)

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/my/posts/

Just looked over there ... UGH!

First of all, lose the entire "Accepted by moderator at Friday 2nd March 2012 18:25 GMT" line, *AND* the grey dotted line under it. They are superfluous. All that is needed is the "submitted" and the "posted". Should make it obvious who is in the proverbial naughty chair.

Secondly, shouldn't that be "Submitted on Friday", not "Submitted at Friday"?

Thirdly, concur with the above, the "report abus<left third of the "e">" is hardly necessary. If I decide my post is abusive, I can retract it myself. Have done, in fact :-)

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"At Friday" is gone

as is "accepted by moderator".

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Re: "At Friday" is gone

Much nicer. Ta.

The right hand two thirds, or perhaps three quarters (I can't be arsed to count pixels) of the "e" in "abuse" is still clipped. If nobody else is seeing it, I can live with it. This is an older 1024x768 laptop with a Radion 9000, running Slackware & a much hacked variation of Mozilla. It's probably an error on my part :-)

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One more.

If you're going to get rid of the "thumbs" icon, shouldn't that be "approve of your post" rather than "thumbs up"?

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link to your post in a thread

Can we have back the link, used to be a little arrow next to the post tittle (->), that would take you to your post in a thread. Rather than having to go to the thread and search for your post. This was the most useful (to me) upgrade these forums have had recently....

Does not have to be an arrow again, just want the functionality back....

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Re: link to your post in a thread

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/1334140

So go to top right and you can see "Posted in New forum Wishlist". Click on that. Was that what you were thinking off?

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Upvotes and downvotes

Would be nice if upvoting or downvoting could be done without leaving the current page

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Reply button font

I really don't like the serif font being used for the Reply button - it's a small complaint, but it's really quite unattractive - surely it should be a sanserif font?

Firefox 10.0.2/Win7

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Re: Reply button font

You can add the Withdraw button - same serif font. Looking at the source code, it may be a bug as it's not inheriting the font from body.

Webkit on MeeGo (N9) shows the same serif font for the Reply button, so not just Firefox on Win7.

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Re: Reply button font

We'll have a look but it is san serif where I am sitting.

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Re: Reply button font

"Reply" is Serif here.

"Withdraw" is Sans. My "non-standard" config is above. Again, it's probably something in my configuration.

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new long posts and layout..idea good..implementation total fail..

As a firefox user said further up "it breaks"..the "new" longer comments and page layout etc also breaks entirely in Opera ( 11.6 on mint )..long comments are "expanded" by default with no way to close them, ( can see what I presume is the "expand" button text ..but no button ) so the "expand" is on by default.

Thus they run on down the page over the comments below them..any page with a long comment or or long comments, becomes totally illegible until the long comment(s) is / are finished..on this page, starshapedscar's post goes all the way down the page, munging in with everything until it stops halfway into the post by Sean Timarco Baggaley..except it slides behind the all buttons ..

I suspect if I looked at the source code ( Html and the CSS ) I'd be ill..

Amazed an IT tech site's web devs ( or was it done by the kid on work experience ? ) didn't test this in all browsers..major fail..

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btw

In case it isn't clear ..the same abominable "long comments overlay" thing happens in the "comments" attached to each of the articles on the main site..not just here in the forum..

It doesn't happen ( at least as at the time I type this ) in "hardware" ..

Suggest you get the person who codes the pages over there, to come over here to the the main elreg site and fix it for you ..

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Fix menus. site map, flash

forums.theregister.co.uk/forum takes me to a link page that does not link to forums. Links at the top of the page do not take me to forums.

And the flash advertising is wasting my time and slowing me down even when it doesn't break. I dunno when you started with the flash advertising, but if I didn't have the option of turning it off, I wouldn't be coming back.

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Needs more cowbell

Obviously.

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Forum Wishlist

1) an easy way to spam, to make it more consistent with other forums

2) a way to harvest email, use xss attacks etc. again in keeping with other forums.

3) lots of facemuck, woogle-, linkdoff etc. type buttons so that everyone can spy on me

4) having trolls as unbannable or unignorable, to make me feel more at Yahoo!home!

Finally declaring your support for the tiny fledgling nation of the Peoples Replublic of Cork by visiting their site, www.peoplesrepublicofcork.com and supporting their cause of a 25 county Dublin(sic) controlled territory and for now the 6 counties of Northern Ireland.

We the people await your edict.

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Re: Forum Wishlist

5) Huge obnoxious avatar images, often animated gifs that have been scaled by the browser because they're actually 640x480 resolution and 5mb in size.

6) Sigs, with pictures, lots of pictures, along with text saying how awesome the person posting is, usually the pictures are flashing enough to produce epileptic fits or so big they fill half the screen of a 1080p display.

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Feature request

Can the forum please include a button (two, if you need to be paranoid about violating one-click patents) that dispense caffeine? As a warm caffeinated beverage is optimal, but I will accept spontaneous intravenous intervention.

Surely this is supported by HTML5? If not, there has to be a jQuery library for it…

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The ability to order comments by most/least popular

Like in the majestic Daily Fail!

Signed An Englishman, England As Once Was, EUSSR

P.S. Broken Britain - Thanks ZanuLiebore

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The ability to order comments by newest/oldest

As per the Daily Dacre

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Re: The ability to order comments by newest/oldest

You can do that already - but you have to be signed in.

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The ability to view one's comments in one's own private comment page, *and* view replies to self

as per Disqus

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Re: The ability to view one's comments in one's own private comment page, *and* view replies to self

If "as per Disqus" is the answer, then I am afraid it must have been a godawfully stupid question.

A twelve-year-old wannabee script-kiddie who has a borrowed copy of "simple web shit for dummies" could write a better system than Disqus over a wet Thursday afternoon.

Just look at any site using it. Every other post is a rant about how shite Disqus is......

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