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REPLY TO THREAD must die!!

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by tonybelding, Sep 15, 2015.

  1. tonybelding

    tonybelding Active Member

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    This is about the 50th time that I've typed a reply to a thread, then hit the REPLY TO THREAD button and seen my lovingly composed text vanish into the bit bucket, replaced by a new BLANK text field. Something needs to be done about this! Please!!
     
  2. EVenthusiast

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    You're holding it wrong ;)

    Have you tried a different PC and /or browser? Can't say I've seen this happen before, but it does sound like a browser / plugin issue.
     
  3. markb1

    markb1 Active Member

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    I don't think it's a browser issue. The problem is when you do a quick reply, there are two buttons, "Post Quick Reply" and "Reply to Thread". If you pick the wrong one (the second one), it takes you to another page and you lose what you've typed.

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  4. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    If you go back, isn't the saved text there?
     
  5. Brightonuk

    Brightonuk Member

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    This has happed to me on occasion to make sure you don't lose your post highlight your post before you try to post it and hit Ctrl C that way if you lose it just Ctrl V paste it on your next attempt
     
  6. Auzie

    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    1. Try composing your response in text editor, like evernote. If you do that, than your response will be safely stored in evernote for copying it infinite times anywhere you wish.

    2. Go back to the same thread, open up Reply to thread window and the bluish auto save/restore button is on the bottom left corner of the window. Click auto restore button to recover the post contents.

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    3. If something does not work after few attempts, it might be an idea to try a different approach. I find it helpful to tackle problems with patience, it is my experience that most problems just dissolve into oblivion when approached patiently
     
  7. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Active Member

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    Just a thought - um...since there are two options and we've discovered the second one is (always) the wrong one, then I think we should try the first one? :wink:

    P.S. Been there, done that. If I feel that what I'm typing is super intuitive/important/illuminating then I'll copy it just in case I have a brain fart when I get to the end of it and push the wrong button. Or...REPLY TO THREAD must die!
     
  8. mackgoo

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    It's happened to me too. I think it's part of the BB code. Just hit the right choice. I would agree though, once you've chosen reply that choice should disappear.
     
  9. markb1

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    Not for me.
     
  10. MikeC

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    This happens to me a lot, and no, the text isn't there when I go back.
     
  11. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    I press control-Z and the text comes back. But, yes it is a poor ui decision for vbulletin (among many others). Perhaps Reply-to-Threat should be disabled when you are already replying.
     
  12. EVenthusiast

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    Ok, I understand the problem now. That's indeed an UI design limitation. It's easy to relabel the button with something else, just need to figure out what text will create least confusion.
     
  13. JeffT

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    i just joined the forum, how do i get permission to post a new thread in a group? what do i need to do? this forum can be very frustrating...any help is appreciated! Jeff
     
  14. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    this has happened to me MANY MANY MANY times, and yes it is VERY frustrating. NO the text is not saved either. I have got so accustumed to it that when I'm finished typing, my brainwashed mind always hits ctrl-a, ctrl-c to copy everything into clipboard memory, THEN i click the reply button. I do this process on every post I make, and I make lots of posts (what am I now, 5300+ posts? lol).
     
  15. Troy

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    JeffT,

    New member limitations will be lifted once you have more messages (less than a dozen, more than a few). You will see an edit button appear under your messages when the limitation is lifted. Until then, I don't recommend adding links or photos to your messages because they will be stuck until a moderator manually approves them which could take a long time. If you don't include a link, your message will appear instantly.

    I agree with you that it is frustrating. This website should tell new users that new accounts are limited and adding links requires moderator approval. This information should be communicated to new users before they write a long message and it gets stuck for hours or days. If the user knew that a link would make his entire message invisible until approval, he might chose not to include the link which would be far less annoying than posting a message and seeing a warning that says, "your message will appear once its approved by a moderator".

    Users see that warning pop-up after they have posted a message that includes a link. There are two problems with this: Firstly, the pop-up message is still unclear. It doesn't explain that the message was stuck because it included a link. Secondly, the message that the person just wrote is now lost. If he somehow figured out that removing the link is a good idea, he still has to re-type the whole thing. One of those yellow bars on top would reduce the frustration.
     
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    Why would you repeatedly pick the wrong one??? Once you make a mistake why would you not learn from said mistake and not repeat it consistently?
     
  18. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    easier said than done. the button says 'reply to thread' which is the act that you're trying to do. its very misleading especially since the result of clicking it will be the loss of your entire reply.

    the easy solution is to hide the 'reply to thread' button when you are already replying to the thread. it doesn't make sense to keep it there.
     
  19. jaguar36

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    This is a Vbulletin issue not specific to this forum. It's happened to me in the past but after the first few times (which were frustrating) I've learned to not hit that button after typing my post.
     
  20. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    Just wondering if you're left-handed? In all seriousness, I empathize but I personally never feel any need to move all the way across to the left side to make the final click.
     

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