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May 16, 2010
1:14 PM
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@Ashraf and DotTech Admins – I am unsure whether or not this suggestion is feasible - but it would be nice if there were a way by which users can easily find all forum messages addressed to him or her – that way, it would be efficient and quick for the user to respond to other DotTech members' inquiries – instead of having to wade through a mountain of thread posts. 

This search could be done similar to the Outlook Search – where we could locate forum messages via "key word," "user name," "subject," "date sent or received," etc.

Is this doable, or am I dreaming about things that are not possible?  LOL!

Thanks,

Inas

 

May 16, 2010
1:46 PM
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 Probably by subscribing…?  Confused

May 16, 2010
1:57 PM
Gioneo
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Yep, definitly by subscribing to the thread.

May 16, 2010
2:00 PM
Ashraf
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Um, why can't this already be done with the current search function? I don't understand.

May 16, 2010
3:26 PM
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Ashraf said:

Um, why can't this already be done with the current search function? I don't understand.


 

@Ashraf, I just now did a "search" using the term "Adrian," as an example.  All of Adrian's posts and comments came up, but (as I mentioned before) the results are not comments explicitly directed/adressed to me.

In other words, my suggestion still stands – I am asking if DotTech could implement a "refined" search function that would yield only those specific comments directed by one user to another user.

The current search function (when I tried it just now) does not do this – it's somewhat general and generic,  unless I am missing something, and do not know how to do the search correctly.  If so, please provide guidance for this.

I hope this clarification of what I mean to convey is helpful.

Thanks,

Inas

 

May 16, 2010
4:31 PM
Adrian
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@Inas: This would not be possible since the posts don't have any metadata as to who they are directed to. Cry

i.e. The forum doesn't know that you are replying to someone in a post unless Ashraf adds some recognition function to the "@XX" headings.

May 16, 2010
5:23 PM
Inas
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Thanks, Adrian, your explanation helps me understand why it can't be done.

Inas

May 16, 2010
8:20 PM
Gioneo
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 Hum… I guess if one user wants to leave a comment to another "specific" user he or she could probably use the PM function… Haven't tried it yet tough.Confused

May 16, 2010
11:31 PM
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Oh wait! I said something wrong Frown

When you click "Quote and Reply" on a post, the "Reply to Topic" box will show up and read

XXX said:

What that person said.

I noticed that when one's display name changes, e.g. from "Happy Person" to "Inas", every "Happy Person said:" that was generated from the above method in the forums changed to "Inas said:". Which means that the "XXX said" line is actually a variable that is designated to be the person you are replying to.

So, if you reply using the "Quote and Reply" function, the forums can be modified so that the forum program will know who you are replying to!

[Hey if your brain hurts after reading the above, yell out. I'll make further explanation on the subject.]

May 17, 2010
3:55 AM
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Yell Brain freeze.

May 17, 2010
5:04 AM
yourpalal
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Adrian said: ….[Hey if your brain hurts after reading the above, yell out. I'll make further explanation on the subject.]


 

YellOUT!!!!!!Yell

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 17, 2010
5:05 PM
Inas
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OUT…..OUT !!! - Just kidding – I actually understood everything you said, Adrian, so maybe then Ashraf can add this function if he so chooses??? Interesting thought – if I do say so myself. Smile

May 18, 2010
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Okay, here's the explanation.

You know maths?

Now let x be a person that you are replying to on the forums.

You click "Quote and Reply" above his/her post, and the reply to topic box shows up and reads:

x said:

Blah blah blah…

And x can be any user's display name, e.g. "Adrian" or "Inas".

So instead of x being fixed as "Adrian" or "Inas", it sticks to the person's display name.

So if I change my display name from "Adrian" to "King Adrian" Wink for example, the x variable in the "x said" would be changed accordingly from "Adrian" to "King Adrian" and the post would read

King Adrian said:

Blah blah blah…

Understand?

May 18, 2010
4:56 AM
yourpalal
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YellOUT!!!!!!Yell

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 18, 2010
4:58 AM
yourpalal
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He said: Yell Brain freeze.

She said: OUT…..OUT !!!

I said:  YellOUT!!!!!!Yell

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 18, 2010
5:01 AM
yourpalal
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LOL ALERT………… LOL ALERT!!!!

………..King Adrian……………LOL!!!!!!!Wink

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 18, 2010
6:29 AM
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AHHHHHH TRIPLE POST!!!
Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell

Guh-vah-pay
May 18, 2010
7:38 PM
yourpalal
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Gvape said:

AHHHHHH TRIPLE POST!!!
Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell Yell


 

And…………..????????????

Life is just a phase you're going through…you'll get over it.
May 18, 2010
7:51 PM
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yourpalal said:

And…………..????????????


 

Clearly Gvape means to say the spam cop should stop spamming Wink. Just kidding Laugh.

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