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IP.Board 3.1.0 Dev Update: Topic Preview

We read virtually every piece of feedback we receive, even if we don't reply and we often see the same requests coming up. The ability to 'preview' the topic by viewing an excerpt from the first post is often requested and we've added this into IP.Board 3.1.

We've made it a little more useful by also including the last time you read a topic (if applicable) and the number of unread posts so you can quickly review how much activity has taken place since you last read the topic.



When you 'mouse over' a topic entry, you'll see a little 'pop-up' icon. Clicking this loads an excerpt from the first post along with some data underneath. This is very useful for moderators who can quickly review un-approved topics and well as being useful for normal members who can quickly decide whether they want to open the topic or not.

Technical Details:
- Icon appears for moderators / admins and normal members. If there are no moderator tools, it shows on its own.
- When you mouse over the cell, the icon is "faded" until you mouse over the actual icon.
- Data is loaded via Ajax to reduce mark-up required in the templates.
- The post excerpt is stripped of all BBCode and mark-up to prevent it breaking out of the pop-up.

This feature adds a little more functionality and polish to the forum index allowing you to perform your daily routine a little quicker and a little easier.

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[quote name='bfarber' date='18 February 2010 - 08:50 AM']
I've been sitting here trying, and I'm coming up at a loss. Why would you possibly want to enable or disable this sort of thing on a per-group basis? :unsure: I can't think of any reasons whatsoever. Even for sites that give upgraded members additional benefits, this seems like something cheesy to offer to upgraded members only.

I'm curious what your intentions would be for per-group permissions for this feature.


Well I for one would consider disabling this for guests to encourage people to register for additional functionality.

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[quote name='Razasharp' date='18 February 2010 - 05:32 PM']
This is great news!

Any chance you can just get it to show on mouse over of the title itself? (Or could we make a template change for this to happen?)

The said a template change can make it a mouseover.

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Looks great, glad to finally see this!

As previously suggested in this topic, I too would prefer that it showed the first post of the topic instead of the latest (which could be very uninformative of what the topic is actually about)... a per-user setting wouldn't be a bad idea. However I do think the the default should be the first post in the topic, I think that's how most people would expect this to work.

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[quote name='.Logan' date='18 February 2010 - 01:51 PM']
As previously suggested in this topic, I too would prefer that it showed the first post of the topic instead of the latest (which could be very uninformative of what the topic is actually about)... a per-user setting wouldn't be a bad idea. However I do think the the default should be the first post in the topic, I think that's how most people would expect this to work.


Agreed.

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[quote name='AtariAge' date='18 February 2010 - 05:03 PM']
Thank you.


This is interesting considering you just added mouseover popups to your site recently (the menus at the top of the page). :P I understand that you wouldn't be able to "click" on the title to display a popup (since that takes you into the thread), so a mouseover would be required. This really would be nice as a user-toggable option, since it makes browsing through threads faster than stopping over an icon and clicking each time.

..Al

charles did this, the rest of ips still hate them :P.

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This has been a highly requested feature.. Nice to see it finally made it in (even if I was never a huge fan of it, I still like it none the less).


Here are a few of my thoughts...

First, I like the idea of a preview button/icon being on the left, as it would get a members attention and they would more likely click on it and then when they realize what it is, they'd use it.


Second, what about a "mouseover preview" when hovering over the icon? That way it's not a mouse-over when getting ready to click the topic itself, but someone wouldn't have to go down the list with click-click-click. Instead just move the mouse over and it's preview-preview-preview.


Next, having it per group could be very beneficial. Enable it for admins and mods, but disable it for everyone else (for example). On an extremely busy board, this might cut down on resource usage. After all, having 1000 people online at once (which some boards have), if a lot of them are doing previews, then that's a major resource hog.

As gutterape mentioned, could disable it for guests, making it a benefit of registering. Could also be seen as an incentive to participate, if new members can't use it but those who have shown some activity get promoted and can use it. At the very least, an ACP setting with "Off | Admin & Mods | Registered members | All" would work. I agree that charging to have it would be a bit of a cheesy move.

Finally, the idea of first/new/last post previewing sounds a bit much but I can see the usefulness in it, so that would be a nice touch to it as well.

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[quote name='.Wolfie' date='18 February 2010 - 11:42 PM']Next, having it per group could be very beneficial. Enable it for admins and mods, but disable it for everyone else (for example). On an extremely busy board, this might cut down on resource usage. After all, having 1000 people online at once (which some boards have), if a lot of them are doing previews, then that's a major resource hog.
It's no more a resource hog than actually opening the topic.

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[quote name='Lewis P' date='18 February 2010 - 06:45 PM']
It's no more a resource hog than actually opening the topic.

It is when someone can click (or hover) on multiple topics in a few mere seconds. At least with opening it, there is the delay of it loading and then they go back to the topic list to look at the next one.

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[quote name='.Wolfie' date='18 February 2010 - 05:47 PM']
It is when someone can click (or hover) on multiple topics in a few mere seconds. At least with opening it, there is the delay of it loading and then they go back to the topic list to look at the next one.

I have to agree with this, you can preview several topics in very short order relative to how long it takes to go into a topic, read the topic and go onto the next one. However, I imagine there are quite a few more queries involved in opening a full topic as opposed to just pulling information about a single post in the thread to display in the Topic Preview popup, that certainly balances it a bit.

I would not be upset if a user group permission appeared for this feature. At the very least it would be nice to prevent Guests from using this.

..Al

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[quote name='Charles' date='18 February 2010 - 05:55 PM']
I wouldn't be too worried about that personally. It's no different than people opening multiple topics in many browser tabs at once. I do it all the time.

As do I.

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[quote name='AtariAge' date='18 February 2010 - 05:43 PM']
2) Will this work in Search/View New Content/Active Content queries? If not, it's of limited functionality since many of my members use View New Content (and other queries) to browse posts. I personally rarely do my normal browsing by diving into individual forums.
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That will be great, especially if you give possibility for Mass Moderation also on "View New Content".

Moderators will love having the possibility to see content and apply mass moderation directly from "view new content" ;)

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[quote name='Charles' date='18 February 2010 - 06:55 PM']I wouldn't be too worried about that personally. It's no different than people opening multiple topics in many browser tabs at once. I do it all the time.
You resource hogs! :o

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[quote name='dr. Jekyll' date='18 February 2010 - 06:10 PM']
That will be great, especially if you give possibility for Mass Moderation also on "View New Content".

Moderators will love having the possibility to see content and apply mass moderation directly from "view new content" ;)

I've wanted the ability to do this for quite some time (especially the ability to mass move posts on search results), but that's another discussion..

..Al

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That's a good idea... moderating features on the view new content page... that would be awesome! (would be useful when users accidentally post multiple topics, and for mass spam topics).

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