Per-topic hints in Message Composer


(Anton) #1

Some topics may have rules or some other generic topic-related information, which people would like to reference and re-read time to time.

The proposition is to allow per-topic hints - a short text, preferably expandable to a popup with longer text, where admins/mods/topic owners would put e.g. explanatory things about the topic, rules, expected behavior, information formation recommendation etc.

Example mockup:

An relevant menu item can be added to e.g. a topic wrench. Once clicked, a dialog is shown with 3 fields:

  • Short message (with a {{more}} macro which will get replaced by a link to open a dialog with the long version of the text)
  • Long message
  • On/Off switcher (to be able to switch it off without deleting the texts)

Post template at Topic Level
(Rafael dos Santos Silva) #2

This is plugin territory. And I think it’s already doable with existing hooks.


(Jeff Atwood) #3

This is already possible with new topic template text. The template text should explain what is required for each new topic and offer hints.


(Anton) #4

Topic template text is for topic authors and will only show when creating a topic - each new one in a given category.

The proposed feature is an entirely defferent thing:

  • works per topic
  • makes it possible to see the hint text while composing each new message or editing an existing one; as a result…
  • works for all topic participants
  • does not affect other topics in the same category