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Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?

 
Steven Schweda
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Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?

 
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Dennis Handly
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Re: Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt at top?

>each thread seems to begin with a large-type, bold-font, badly formatted rendering of the first 240

 

I've noticed it every so often.  But not so much for threads where you get placed at new replies.

 

>What purpose is served by the big, bold, short (usually truncated) introduction, other than to annoy the reader?

 

Hmm, this is perhaps perceived as a bell and whistle by the part of Lithium?

Perhaps there should be an option to suppress it?

 

>Most couldn't write a useful title to save their lives

 

That doesn't stop you fixing it, when you reply.  :-)

 

>The eye is naturally drawn to the big, bold text near the top of the posting

 

Again, I rarely "see" it since I get moved down or I scroll down.

 

>Does anyone find this (too-)brief extract useful?

 

No.  Can we get it removed like emoticons?

 

>then why not do the same thing for each of the responses?

 

It is, the first new post is put at the top.  ;-)

Strange, when I refresh, the old "new" post is still there.  I had to close the tab, click on the link and then I got the first topic.

Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?

 
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?

 
Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?

>Your session has expired. Click here to log back in.

>Did that _really_ need _two_ lines of its own

 

I've just recently noticed this.  (I typically have the window scrolled down and don't see the top.  And why bother since the log in link is on the right.)

 

But does it really matter?  When you login, it's going to repaint the whole screen.

 

>nowhere near the usual "Log in" invitation?

 

Right.  But it at least tells you that you have been logged out.  I've had to refresh the page to get that Log in link.

Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Forum posting format complaint -- Why the useless excerpt?