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2020-10-13 13:53:53
#261
Originally Posted by BenFenner
Hmmm, that's really odd it wouldn't work on Chrome, even on an older OS like Vista. Unless they stopped updating Chrome for that OS...


They stopped updating Chrome on this one quite a while ago. No biggie. If I feel so compelled, I can drop a like from my phone or laptop.
2020-10-13 14:16:59
#262
Good to know. Thank you.
2020-10-23 12:20:05
#263
Update (Version 1.5.0)

The mention feature has been fully implemented.

Originally Posted by BenFenner
Existing use of the MENTION tag works now. This does not mean that mentions work, or that a user will be notified if you manually create a new mention tag. Those are two parts of the system that I will get working later.
Well, later is now.

I was not looking forward to working on this feature, as I knew it would be a lot of hard work. It ended up taking a bit longer than expected, but wasn't maybe as hard as I'd feared. I guess that's because I settled for a little less than I normally would.

The main issue with the feature that may or may not ever be fixed is that the drop-down menu placement for searching users to mention is not great. I wanted it to drop down where the text cursor is, but that's actually way harder than you'd think. For now, the drop-down menu hangs out in the top-left corner of the text entry window. We'll see how that goes.

You can manually mention people in posts by typing the MENTION tags and getting the username inside correct.

However the much easier way is to type the "@" symbol into the post, and a user search drop-down menu will appear (to cancel it you can press the escape button, or click in the text box outside of the menu). You can then continue to type to search the list of users until you've found the one you want to mention. Click the user's name, or use the arrow keys and the enter key to select. Once a username is selected, the MENTION tags will automatically be added around their username. (If you press enter without selecting a username, the top name in the list will be chosen.)

When the post is saved, the user will get notified via e-mail, and using the newly finished built-in forum notification system.

All users now have links to their mentions in on their member profile page as well (same as with likes).





Last edited by BenFenner on 2020-10-23 at 14-06-06.
2020-10-23 12:33:21
#264
So I know the user search drop-down box for mentions is buggy. And by that, I mean you can confuse the searching by moving the text cursor around unexpectedly. If that happens, just cancel the thing (escape key, or click the text box outside of the drop-down menu), back up, delete text you don't want, and try again.

However, there is some other poor behavior that I do think I want to fix. Right now the drop-down really only works when you're typing new content into the text box at the end of the text. If you navigate to the middle of a paragraph and start trying to initiate a mention, the drop-down box appears but it doesn't search the correct text. I'll work on that in a bit and see what I can do.

For now, it's workable, and I'm happy with the way everything else related to this feature is working.
2020-10-24 09:36:20
#265
Update (Version 1.5.1)

The strange behavior when trying to mention a user in the middle of a paragraph (discussed in the previous post) has been fixed. The only other thing I'd wish for this feature is for the drop-down box to display at the current cursor location, instead of fixed near the top-left of the text entry box. As explained earlier, that's quite complicated, so it may never happen. If I do feel like tackling it, it won't be for a few days.

@Vadim, you may be interested to know that thread subscriptions are next on the list. I expect to get to it in the coming weeks.
I know, it's been much too long without them.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2020-10-24 at 09-45-16.
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