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"Comments on another's profile" wording

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Brogan, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I hate to do this but the text in the new Alert Preferences page doesn't look/sound right to me.

    Comments on another's profile

    Is it just me or would that be better off being something like "Comments on another profile" or "Comments on other profiles" or "Comments on another member's profile" or even "Comments on someone else's profile"?

    /pedant mode off :oops:
     
  2. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm not 100% happy with the wording as it is now, so suggestions are welcome.
     
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Well as "another's" is a contraction of "another user's" or "another member's" then I suppose you could just expand it to one of those?

    I think my preference though would be "Comments on another profile"
     
  4. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Receive an alert when someone comments on another's profile
    Receive an alert when someone comments on another profile
    Receive an alert when someone comments on other profiles
    Receive an alert when someone comments on another member's profile
    Receive an alert when someone comments on someone else's profile

    I prefer the latter, I think.
     
  5. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    "Receive an alert when someone comments on a profile"
    Alleviate the possessive ambiguity :)
     
  6. Enigma

    Enigma Well-Known Member

    "Comments on someone else's profile"
     
  7. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I should clear up that the full text of these would be

    "Receive an alert when someone comments on a message that was posted on your profile by you or someone else"
    and
    "Receive an alert when someone comments on a message that you posted on someone else's profile"

    Kinda tricky to boil that down to a very short phrase eh?
     
  8. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Couldn't you use the term status to shorten them, considering it says "update your status" on the quick updater in the drop-down!
     
  9. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    No, because 'status' refers only to posts made by user X on user X's own profile.
     
  10. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    quote "Receive an alert when someone comments on a message that was posted on your profile by you or someone else"
    "Receive an alert when someone replies on your profile message"
    OR
    "Alert me on my profile message replies"
    and
    quote "Receive an alert when someone comments on a message that you posted on someone else's profile"
    "Alert me on others profiles when I comment"
    A little more laconic ?
     
  11. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Ahh.
    Comments on your status or profile post (status covering the "by you", profile post covering "by someone else")
     
  12. Brandon_R

    Brandon_R Guest

    The word latter only works when there are two items lol. The second of two.
    But if you mean what i think you mean then i like the last one.
     
  13. James

    James Well-Known Member

    Damn.. of course it does. Sorry, mustn't have been paying attention.

    Yeah, the last one "Receive an alert when someone comments on someone else's profile"
     
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Too many someones in that last one, it doesn't sound good at all.
     
  15. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Too concise? Or too ambiguous ?
     

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