Experiemental Feature: Embedded Mac Guides

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by arn, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    In an effort to make the guides and forums more integrated and useful, I spent some time added a bbcode to integrate guide articles.

    As a test, I've included the appropriate tag into:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=373263

    as you can see the entire guide is embedded into the post. I guess I see this as an experimental feature. I don't want to see guides embedded in every post where a link would suffice. However, I think for certain threads, such as the List of Apps not compatible with Leopard, it serves a good purpose. Providing an updated list as the thread goes on. It removes the responsibility for the individual thread starter to continue to update the post over time, as anyone (with 5 posts) can.

    Typically people just provide a link to the thread, but I think people are less likely to update the wiki page in that situation.

    The tag is [embedguide]Guidename[/embedguide]

    I guess this thread is for feedback, and if you use the tag, please link it in a reply here so we can see how this will work and how useful it is.

    - Of note, it uses Javascript to display the contents, so if you don't have javascript enabled, it will simply link to the guide.
    - Contents of the page are pulled from the Wiki with a 5 minute cache. So content on the page will be delayed by 5 minutes from the actual wiki. This means if you go make an wiki edit, you won't see the results right away in the thread. (the wiki will show the changes right away)

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  2. arn thread starter macrumors god

    arn

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    Another Example:

    [embedguide]Newton[/embedguide]

    [embedguide]Newton[/embedguide]
     
  3. bigandy macrumors G3

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    I think that's rather cool, and definitely has the potential to be useful.

    Maybe as a development of this, quoting something like

    [embedguide]Guidename|Part[/embedguide]

    could quote just the part of the guide you want to include? I think that'd make it even more useful :)
     
  4. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    yes I agree...this could be potentially useful, but you should have an option to quote only part of the guide so you can show others exactly the part you were talking about..
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    You can ;) Replace the # with an *

    So from http://guides.macrumors.com/Steve_Jobs

    Steve_Jobs#Apple becomes Steve_Jobs*Apple

    [embedguide]Steve_Jobs*Apple[/embedguide]

    [embedguide]Steve_Jobs*Apple[/embedguide]
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    let me try this...

    [embedguide]plist[/embedguide]











    ...

    Wow, that's great! :)
     
  7. emw macrumors G4

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    I sense a lot of very long posts in the future. Perhaps this is a good thing, but I'd think a link to a page that's constantly updated suffices. If the link to the guides is in the middle of a thread, it's going to be tough to keep finding anyway.
     
  8. J@ffa macrumors 6502a

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    Time to kick some sand in the sandbox...

    [embedguide]Understanding Intel Mac RAM*Intel iMacs, MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Mac minis[/embedguide]
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    Then again...

    [embedguide]Help:Forum_Rules*Minor_Problems[/embedguide]
     
  10. lofight macrumors 68000

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    Does it work with buyer's guide, i tried it, but it didn't work...
     
  11. arn thread starter macrumors god

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  12. lofight macrumors 68000

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    :) how do you then do iMac buyer's guide?? is it

    [embedguide]iMac_Buyer's_Guide[/embedguide] ?
     

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