Top Three Coding Changes I-A-B Needs ASAP

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 8 months ago Tech
#1. Bump up the font size used for link descriptions (AKA, the sub-headlines). The link descriptions are one of the most important elements encouraging users to click--and yet the font is so absurdly small that even a squirrel has to squint. How does one fix it? One changes the font from "Verdana Size 10 PX, Normal Weight" to "Verdana Size 12 PX, Normal Weight. " Was that so hard? No it wasn't. ~Squrlz bows~ #2. Allow users to edit and delete their own posts. OK, this isn't as easy as #1, but it's even more necessary. In over two decades of developing software, I can't think of any major website I've encountered that doesn't allow users to edit and delete their own posts. I'm surprised, in fact, that this code went into production as is. There's plenty of Wordpress code out there that handles comment updates and deletes: Copy, tweak, reuse. #3. Allow paragraph breaks in the posts. Without paragraphing, comments are difficult to read and write. I, for one, find myself gasping for air, little squirrel mouth agape, whenever I read or write a post longer than 100 words. WordPress.Org has plenty of comment templates that allow for paragraphing. Again: Copy, tweak, reuse. Throw a squirrel a nut here, please. OK, Fancypants, there you have it. Three straightforward enhancements that would help this site flourish. And remember: The kittens are counting on you. ~faint mewing heard offstage~
There are 28 comments:
Female 1,335
So I think all of these things happened, right?
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Male 13
Ha!
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Male 4,942
YEP, That inner squirrel keeps giving me indigestion. I read an article about a man who found a dying "Pinky" on the very hot road. Not knowing what kind of animal it was he took it home and took care of it. It grew into a very cute rare Southern Flying Squirrel. He posted his efforts on line. I wish I would have posted the URL
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Male 4,942
I actually had Acorn Pie, It's not bad
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Male 2,087
I am proud of you Zig. Keep listening to that inner squirrel of yours.
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Female 104
Stop sinning. No more sin on IAB.
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Male 7,630
Welp, there goes the neighborhood.
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Female 104
I believe if everyone spent one week on here repenting and earning some hail mary's, this site would explode.
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Male 1,151
Make me a cake.
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Male 38,243
Squirlz Stew ?
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Male 2,087
~flicks tail at Gerry~ I can't believe you went there. Brunswick stew is an abomination. Listen to Jesus Tap Dancing Christ and sin no more. ~scowl~
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Male 38,243
What has the tap dancing gardener "Jesus" got to do with it ?
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Male 4,942
I heard that J "Tap Dancing" C was studying to be a lawyer but got hung up on the boards
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Male 2,087
I'm not sure. I was just trying to tie in the post below us, to make this thread one cohesive comedy riff. I failed. ~sticks out tongue~
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Male 2,087
What kind of cake? How 'bout an acorn and grub cake?
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Male 4,942
Get rid of the Captcha prompt entirely
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Male 6,418
You need some sort of captcha to prevent spambots.
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Male 38,243
the adBots would go crazy without it..... pain in the tuchas that it is.
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Male 232
#2 Edit - yes, Delete - NO NO NO. Trolls will abuse it, and it can leave conversation trails meaningless. Most decent sites do not let you delete posts...
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Male 525
But if you can just edit into something else, or just delete the words and leave a blank post. Either 1 still kills the convo trail.
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Male 2,087
Well, since this is developing into a conversation on CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) in comment software, I'll share some thoughts. Allowing users to either edit or delete their own posts comes with both advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that, as a website administrator, you can leverage the brainpower of your userbase to make the website content better at no cost to you. The vast majority of users will use the functionality to correct their own typos and other mistakes. Essentially, you get hours of free editing services every week. Take I-A-B's current status: If a user uploads a submission and forgets to include a lead photograph--or includes the wrong photograph--the website is stuck with the error unless a paid employee (i.e., Fancy) takes the time/money to correct the error. With the ability to delete his own submission, the user could redo the content, improve the quality of the main page, and it's cost Fancy not a penny. Multiply such instances over hundreds or even thousands of users over the course of months and years and you can see the advantage: You're getting editing services that have a value probably somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars for nothing. .... The problem, of course, as Stifler has pointed out, is that 1% of the users are going to delight in abusing the functionality, in any number of ways I won't detail here. Some websites handle this problem by allowing users to delete or edit their posts only within a brief window of opportunity. In other words, you check the post's timestamp against the system clock and if the difference =< 15 mins, offer the edite/delete menu, otherwise no. That's the solution I prefer to all of this. But in the interest of expediency, I'm throwing my hat in with Stifler's vote: the safest, easiest approach would be to allow users to edit their own posts but not delete them. That's how it used to work on I-A-B's former design.
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Male 2,087
Indeed, you're spot-on about this. My error. Thanks for the correction.
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Male 38,243
#4 Add phictures to comments the way we used to. #5 Like/Dislike buttons under comments
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Male 525
yes to #4
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Male 38,243
pictures
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Male 20,047
Dude, I know. I know. I'll do everything I can to make these things happen before the weekend., dedicated to you, Squrlz.
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Male 2,087
Thank you for the speedy response, Fancy. I limited the list to items that are low-difficulty/high-impact (#1 and #3, in particular, should be fairly easy to implement). I very much appreciate your willingness to read and address user feedback. Also, credit where credit's due: The new Leaderbored is a great feature and seems to be working flawlessly, so kudos for that. Squrlz out.
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Male 698
I'll second the motion
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