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Have a character countdown on all character limited reply boxes

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by RobinHood, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    I've only noticed the 140 character countdown when updating your own status.

    I think that on any reply box that has a max/min character count, there should be a countdown/counter. Otherwise it's easy for a user to type too much and be faced with an error. They then need to either paste their reply in multiple replies or start all over again or edit down the reply, which can be a pain depending on how much they went over.

    It would be nice to have it when posting on someone elses profile, when responding to a status update or profile post and also when leaving reviews.
     
  2. otto

    otto Well-Known Member

    Yes - and in the RM also.
     
  3. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Useful for members, but I think it might be a little bit annoying, perhaps out of place.
     
  4. Connor Smith

    Connor Smith Active Member

    Why out of place? Twitter does this, and so do lots of other applications.
     
  5. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Twitter isn't a forum board.
     
  6. otto

    otto Well-Known Member

    LOL - but it uses and shows forum boards. So - why not? ;)
     
  7. Connor Smith

    Connor Smith Active Member

    So?it uses the same feature.
     
  8. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    That's like saying XenForo should integrate instant messaging, 140 character MAXIMUM limits, hashtags, trending topics, a contacts system, etc, simply because both IM software and XenForo is a way for users to interact, no.

    XenForo is forum software. It has a purpose. IM software, Twitter, Facebook, they all have different purposes. Twitter and Facebook differ heavily as well. If you want features that aren't really forum features, then they should be addons, not core. Core should only be things the majority of users will use, or rather a high number, or things that are essential to be options, something to stand out, etc. Not just every feature you can think of, that's just called bloat. In my opinion this is more of something for a plugin to handle, and where would this fit in XenForo's message box design anyway? Put it anywhere and it'd look out of place, perhaps it's own container but that just seems way too unnecessary.
     
  9. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    Just curious if you think the counter in the user dropdown where you can update your status is "bloat"?

    I find it quite handy and like the idea of having a counter there instead of typing a message out then getting a message saying it's to long.
     
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  10. Connor Smith

    Connor Smith Active Member

    It seems i read this suggestion wrong... Apologies from me.
     
  11. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    It uses space wisely and fits into the design because there is also a button next to it which is needed to update your status, so no it isn't bloat. If there was no Update button or it was positioned next to the text box then yes, it would be bloat. That's a much smaller area though, and easier to work with. This is a text box, and making this character count thing work on both the responsive version and normal version, without looking out of place is harder than that. If things are removed to make space for that then it's definitely bloat.
     
  12. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    So... bloat? :D

    https://xenforo.com/community/account/personal-details

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  13. Robust

    Robust Well-Known Member

    Oh, that's definitely bloat lol, that looks out of place for sure. It's nice on the mobile version.

    Screenshot_2014-08-31-13-30-55.png

    However, since statuses have a maximum of 140, it's probably more necessary than a counter on posts. Perhaps moving it to the bottom right of the text box, the same line where the current status is would be better suited.
     

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