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Redactor: Smilies should be drop down

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by Slavik, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    To me, it feels completely unintuative to click the smilies button, to then have them apear at the bottom of the reply box, this becomes especially apparent in very long posts. If I want to apply formatting to anything else using the editor, its all at the top, so why would smilies be any different?

    A small suggestion to make the smilies box a drop down once again as it was on tinymce.
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  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Having used TinyMCE Fix add-on, the smilies drop down was unusable on a mobile device.

    Having them this way is much better in my opinion.
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  3. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I prefer it the new way, personally. First thing I do now is click the smiley button and open them up so they're on display at the bottom while I'm typing. It's going to be great for those sites with a gazillion smilies. Open it up and find a relevant smiley, without having to stop, click the smiley button, scroll through the dropdown menu... etc etc.:coffee:
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  4. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I actually read the update as an alternative, so it seems that this should be an option. I personally don't mind either way.
  5. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It's not an option as it stands.
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  6. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member


    The new placement is far more usable for those that use alot of smilies which most of us do. Plus all the reasons Az mentioned.
  7. John L.

    John L. Well-Known Member

    New way works fine. Looks like you're in the minority Slavik :p lol
  8. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    He could probably make it an overly with a template edit... Not sure how that'd work tho...
  9. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I hope not. This is taking a step back to 1999 when you used to click that "more Smilies" link to view all smilies essentially this would be a enhanced popup, imo an unnecessary one. The smilies below text area works well and better than any overlay (enhanced popup) would.

    Perhaps its the fact that there's a little space between activating smilies and the container. A nice solution would be when you click in the text area the smilie container opens.
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  10. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    @Shelley : Agreed. I much prefer the new way, but I feel like an overly can be accomplished if need be. (y) Also, its instantaneous post-initial load...
  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yeah absolutely, as an add-on. :p
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  12. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Which I refuse to make. :cautious:
  13. faeronsayn

    faeronsayn Well-Known Member

    Instead of having the smilies drop down all the way at the bottom, why not have it drop down right under the editor buttons that spans the whole width of the editor. Maybe have two rows of the smilies, and have it scroll to view the rest.
  14. CyberAP

    CyberAP Well-Known Member

    Never used smilies lists. Whether it's just a list or a popup I still don't get that idea of loosing my text cursor out of sight and then clicking on an image and guessing where is pastes. I solved that issue a long time ago: just learned smilie codes that I need most. For rare smilies it's not important is it a list or a popup. ;)
  15. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Below it allows the system to 'scale' correctly. If you had 80 rows of smilies the buttons now become extremely far from the text and closing them becomes more difficult. (y)
  16. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I wasn't asking. I'm happy with the current smiley placement/layout and glad the Dropdown of death menu is no longer. It's time to celebrate and start blowing horns. :D
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  17. faeronsayn

    faeronsayn Well-Known Member

    That's where we use the scroller, show only two rows of smilies.
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  18. Luxus

    Luxus Well-Known Member

    The advantage of having smilies down there is that you can insert multiple smiles without opening a dropdown over and over. You have a better overview of your smilies and this opens the possibilty of having categorized smilies via tabs.
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  19. DBA

    DBA Well-Known Member

    Actually I think that this way is more intuitive, in long posts your cursor/focus point is at the bottom. So after clicking the smiley button once the full list is now always in view and it's right where your focus is at.


    The old way requires me to go up, click the smiley button, and select the smiley every time I want to add one.


    Most formatting can be done with keyboard shortcuts, which means I seldom have to scroll up.
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  20. Phillip

    Phillip Active Member

    Here's an idea... give the user (or admin) the option to have the smilies automaticly viewable whenever the editor is loaded. That way they are seen automatically instead of having to click on the smilie button every time.
    0ptima likes this.

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