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Posted 2012-October-14, 16:17

I have just discovered Topic Preview. Great idea but could be publicised more?
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Posted 2012-October-14, 16:24

I didn't even know about it until this thread.

Anyway, how are we supposed to publicize random features of the forum software?

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Posted 2012-October-14, 16:28

For those who don't know what he's talking about (I had to google to find it), when you're in the list of threads you can move your mouse over to the right end of the box containing the topic title, and a little icon with a piece of paper and an up-arrow will appear. Clicking on this will pop up a window where you can view the first few lines of the first or last post of the thread.

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Posted 2012-October-14, 18:43

View Postbarmar, on 2012-October-14, 16:24, said:

I didn't even know about it until this thread.

Anyway, how are we supposed to publicize random features of the forum software?
Whereever it is that you publish instructions on how to use the forum software, so that every new member doesn't have to recreate the wheel and figure everything out for himself from scratch.
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Posted 2012-October-15, 01:42

Sorry , I did not mean to be critical. Usually when I discover a new feature I find everyone else has known about it for years, and tells me how to use it.

I find Topic Preview useful for browsing topics quickly. As for how to publicise, perhaps we could set up a Topic for "new" features which members and administrators could report. Maybe there are no other unknown features but it would provide a central source which new members could browse.
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Posted 2012-October-15, 02:05

I just found out about it thanks to you. On the other hand, I don't typically read forum help pages.
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Posted 2012-October-15, 15:53

View PostBbradley62, on 2012-October-14, 18:43, said:

Whereever it is that you publish instructions on how to use the forum software, so that every new member doesn't have to recreate the wheel and figure everything out for himself from scratch.

As far as I know, we have no forum documentation of our own. You can click on "Help" below your username in the top right corner, and that brings up the help files that came with the software. it doesn't look like it mentions this little feature.

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Posted 2012-October-15, 17:05

On a related note, it might be helpful to un-pin the thread "New Forum Software" since it announces the release of, and discusses the features of, the software that was implemented in 2004 and then replaced by the current software in 2010.
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Posted 2012-October-16, 14:34

It looks like that post is describing the Invision IP.Board software that we've been using for years. 2010 was just a version upgrade, not a switch to new software.

It's also been used since then to announce important changes to the configuration (specifically, changes related to voting on posts).

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Posted 2012-October-18, 15:03

There is also a "profile preview" bur I expect everyone knows this since it's visible to signed-in browsers.
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