Toggle menu in Composer


(Jerry) #1

I’ve been struggling to understand the toggle menu in composer. The one at the top, next to the detail indicating what is being composed:

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Having looked at it in detail I’ve realised that there are some buggy problems in there which makes it highly confusing, hence my confusion!

I have reproduced the problems in Meta itself, so you should be able to see the behaviours here. I have tested in different browsers, they all seem to behave the same way.

  1. Fresh New Private Message

When I am writing a fresh new private message, the toggle menu should probably allow me to toggle to “Create new Topic”. Instead the only option in the Toggle menu is “Reply as linked topic”…

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however there is no original topic to link to(!) so it does indeed go to “Create a new Topic” rather than “Replying as linked topic” as was indicated in the toggle menu…

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  1. Remembering old composer actions

If I have either created a draft post or actually posted, then navigate entirely away from that, then click on “+Create New” anywhere (e.g. in the main homepage menu), the toggle menu gives me all sorts of options relating to that old action. Even when I am in a completely different category.

But this is an example of what I see in toggle menu…

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Again, there is no topic that I am replying to.

Once I have sent a post and navigated away from it I would expect the composer to “forget” the old actions and simply give me the option to toggle to “New message” - but that’s all, as I am no longer composing for the previous topic context.

Please do let me know if I am missing something?

PS I got into this because the arrow is in itself confusing - so I was trying to work out what it was for! It seems to be very similar to (if not identical to) a “reply” icon. Should it not be something representing “options” instead? That would help users enormously.

I do see that there was a fair amount of discussion about this feature (for example here:
With the new right gutter, where should “Reply as Linked Topic” go? and here:
Menu toggle for different reply modes) so I apologise if I am re-raking old ground, but it doesn’t seem to be working right…

Many thanks!


(Jeff Atwood) #2

I am curious, how are you triggering the composer to appear? Please list exact steps.


(Jerry) #3

There are various ways, all of which result in the “Reply as linked topic” toggle to incorrectly appear.

  1. I go to my messages page (/u/jerry0/messages) and click on New Message;

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  1. I go to a user card (e.g. after a search for a user in the header menu), and click on “Message” in the user card:

  1. We are also using the createPM composer function as per @Johani 's excellent post here:

(Jeff Atwood) #4

I see @joffreyjaffeux can you add this to your list, low priority, when you return.


(Joffrey Jaffeux) #5

Should be fixed by


(Joffrey Jaffeux) #6