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cube

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I would like that if one clicks on your participation avatar in a thread it takes you to your first post in it.
 

cube

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Why, might I ask?

And I am asking from genuine curiosity. What is the point of this?
To see what you said when you go back to old threads.

It would actually be better to have 2 links: one to your first post, and one to your last post in the thread.

And it would be nice to have all posts of a user linked bidirectionally in a thread.
 

LizKat

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To see what you said when you go back to old threads.

It would actually be better to have 2 links: one to your first post, and one to your last post in the thread.

And it would be nice to have all posts of a user linked bidirectionally in a thread.


Well there's a lot of things would be nice but sometimes we can make do and probably will have to!

For what you want to see, why not just use the forum's search feature... just punch in a screen name and use the parameter options to filter or narrow down range of results for prolific posters... it doesn't take more than a few keystrokes and then scroll around just a bit in the results to get from "ballpark" to the post you'd be looking for.
 
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cube

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For what you want to see, why not just use the forum's search feature... just punch in a screen name and use the parameter options to filter or narrow down range of results for prolific posters... it doesn't take more than a few keystrokes and then scroll around just a bit in the results to get from "ballpark" to the post you'd be looking for.
It is not practical.
 

Scepticalscribe

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C'mon... translates to "I don't feel like it." :)
Simply look at the "Your Content" in the menu, open the drop-down menu and choose "threads you've participated in" and bingo! Couldn't be easier....
True but from the site owner's POV it's usable and dirt cheap because it's already here. ?

Ah, I thought it was only me.

Glad to see that I am not the only person who thinks this way.

Well said, both of you.
 

Scepticalscribe

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Someone got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, from the sound of it.....

Yes, I remember how - faced with a cranky offspring in the morning - my mother would sometimes ask sweetly, "And did we get out of the wrong side of the bed this morning, dear?"

Even when I was the odiously cranky offender, I usually burst out laughing whenever she said that to me.
 
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LizKat

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Gee, we've created an S&FF thread that's almost hilarious in its drift rather than almost political or almost into territory of "don't talk about about certain forum tools, just use them if you want to"... LOL 'tis the season to be grateful we're not (yet) deleted for being off topic. Hope I didn't just jinx myself.

Anyway it's not problematic to at least discuss the forum's search facilities, I should hope...

Even while I was starting this post though, I was thinking more about @cube's proposals and in a spinoff sort of way was reminded that I keep meaning to look more into the expansion of Apple "shortcuts" one can construct and deploy now in iOS13. There are all manner of rather tedious and often repeated functions we may have learned to manage "somehow" on smart devices, even if by now they're somewhat less tedious because our own brains more or less run them on autopilot. I wouldn't mind abbreviating how I do some of them via Apple's shortcut options.

So okay, I do like shortcuts for some routines even if standard approaches or my workarounds are pretty much on autopilot, so I suppose @cube should get more of an "attaboy" than a "nah...." response from me.

But...

Nah. ;)
 

revmacian

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I would like that if one clicks on your participation avatar in a thread it takes you to your first post in it.
How about this:
1. Go up and click the magnifying glass (Search) at the top of the desired thread
2. Leave the search box empty
3. Click the search location dropdown and choose "This thread"
4. Type your username into the "By:" textbox
5. Click the Search button

See the screenshot below - with the numbered steps above:

Screen Shot 2019-12-22 at 2.23.48 PM.png

You will then be presented with all of your posts in that specific thread starting with the latest post.
 

cube

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How about this:
1. Go up and click the magnifying glass (Search) at the top of the desired thread
2. Leave the search box empty
3. Click the search location dropdown and choose "This thread"
4. Type your username into the "By:" textbox
5. Click the Search button

See the screenshot below - with the numbered steps above:

View attachment 884262

You will then be presented with all of your posts in that specific thread starting with the latest post.
You just proposed 4 steps instead of 1.
 

revmacian

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You just proposed 4 steps instead of 1.
Does your "one step idea" work as of right now? No, it doesn't. So, perform the 4 steps I recommended until the forums admins implement an easier way.. at least you can get the job done.
 
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cube

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Does your "one step idea" work as of right now? No, it doesn't. So, perform the 4 steps I recommended until the forums admins implement an easier way.. at least you can get the job done.
The point of this subforum is to give feedback.
 

LizKat

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^^ my thanks too. Haven't meant to bash @cube... josh a little, maybe. :)

And I do like shortcuts. Using the forum from a browser on a laptop, I like being able to hover over a member's avatar in some thread we're both posting in, to bring up his/her summary info, click on the message count and get the list of posts sorted descending by date... the post I'm usually looking for is likely near the top, so it's not much work to find. I realize what @cube's talking about is a whole different project, but that shortcut gets a lot of mileage from me sometimes in PRSI thread where we're jumping around a lot on subtopics of a particular thread and there's a lot of posting going on.
 

D.T.

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Interestingly, some of the work is already done, i.e., the system is able to render your icon and your post count in the thread (also your user_id):

Code:
<span class="avatar avatar--s avatar--separated structItem-secondaryIcon" data-user-id="617010" data-xf-init="tooltip" tabindex="0" data-trigger="auto" title="You have posted 1 message(s) in this thread">
<img src="/data/avatars/s/617/617010.jpg?1576586077" srcset="/data/avatars/m/617/617010.jpg?1576586077 2x" alt="D.T." class="avatar-u617010-s" />
</span>

So instead of only a cursor-over trigger for the call out, also make it a link with a constructed search, ex: ~/some_search_end_point/<thread_id>/<user_id>, the values are already being returned. It wouldn't be first / first-last, but it would be search results that would be easy to review (and get a sense of your participation content / date-time of your last / etc).

***

Off topic: I'd love a page that shows all your drafts - I often start responses in several different threads, with the intent on coming back after taking a photo, possibly doing some research to confirm the content, etc., and I sometimes I forget (sure you can leave them open in tabs, etc., again, this is one of those, "This would be neat" type features).
 

D.T.

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BTW ...

While I suggested the code change is trivial, that's not really the blocking complexity. Custom code tweaks are incredibly difficult for a product (vs. for example, something developed by the MR staff), because of source control. The developers behind XenForo maintain the canonical version, and push out updates which can result in custom changes being overwritten by revised code. There's no push of code back to XF, so anything not part of the main repository, would constantly get overwritten (and if it's not a specific, modular extension designed to carry over between revisions).

Anyway, just a followup, didn't want it to sound like this - or any change for that matter - that's easily done given how the system software is delivered.
 
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