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Socoder -> Off Topic -> This Isn't The Searchbox You’re Looking For

Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:43
Jayenkai
If anyone has any suggestions how I can make the shoutbox input any less like the search box... let me know!!

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:43
rskgames
You guessed right, I was trying to do the search and ended up in the shoutbox. Don't know how to delete it.

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:44
GfK
make it look like a speech bubble thing
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:46
steve_ancell
How's about moving the right-hand side feed column down level with the shoutbox, and then move the search tool across to above that.
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:50
Jayenkai
Nice idea, Steve, but if you undock the sidebar, then where would it go?
GfK's idea seems more workable, but would require a per-theme fix. Hmmm..

And, yeah RSK, I could tell. And you aren’t the only one that does it. Seems about once a month some odd cryptic message pops up in the shoutbox!
Definitely needs a fix.

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:57
steve_ancell
Like this I mean.


Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 08:59
steve_ancell
I do like Dave's idea though.
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 09:51
GfK
Maybe the simplest solution would be to allow us to delete our own shoutbox posts? Only if they haven't had replies and been turned into a thread, though.
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 10:00
Jayenkai
*looks at shoutbox code*

.... yeah, that is SO not the simplest solution

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 10:02
GfK
OK then, maybe the "simplest solution" is to write "Shoutbox" in the shoutbox by default, since the search box has "Search" written in it.

|edit| and not to over complicate things, but it'd be nice if the default text deleted itself out when you click on it, like the search box doesn't!
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 10:12
steve_ancell
I still like the speech bubble idea.
Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:19
Dabz
"Search" button, click that, little pop up window with a text box and button in... And voila... Done!

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:22
Dabz
I've just searched for corned beef porn...

There is none!

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:22
Jayenkai
Aaah, now what you've done there, is you've fixed the wrong thing.
The problem isn't the search box.
The search box is already there, but the Shoutbox box is a more immediate box, so that's the one people tend to click on first.

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:28
Dabz
Ah, I see what you mean!

How about making the shoutbox smaller, and then putting it's text box at the bottom... Like an IRC setup?

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:31
Dabz
And have a "Shout" button next to it?

Dabz

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 14:32
Jayenkai
I might tweak your suggestion, and make the Shoutbox input box be a "Click to reveal the input box" button.
That might work..?

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 15:21
Dan
Yeah, like the spoiler buttons from some forums, but where the writers are the one's, providing them.

Maybe add a timed auto hide/collapse back ?

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Posted : Saturday, 07 October 2017, 20:43
therevillsgames
Have a text hint in the text box saying "Shout here!".

<input type="text" name="shout" placeholder="Shout here!">
Posted : Sunday, 08 October 2017, 02:28
rskgames
A possible solution would be to disable adding text to the shoutbox on press of "Enter" key. A button on the side can be added which the user needs to click to enter text into shoutbox.
Writing a text and pressing enter to search is so ingrained in our mind that it is difficult to avoid this error when two text boxes are nearby.

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Posted : Sunday, 08 October 2017, 10:25
spinal
Maybe just make the shoutbox box double height?