XF 2.2 Updates since we upgraded XenForo.com

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Having upgraded XenForo.com yesterday, we've fielded lots of feedback and implemented a fair few changes.

Here's a handful of things we've done in response to your feedback.

Editor styling​

We've removed the gradient entirely from the unfocused editor, and changed the styling when the editor is focused so that the background now gets lighter on focus, in order to give an editing background that is more like the final destination background.

XenForo 2.2 RTE unfocused​

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XenForo 2.2 RTE focused​

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We have also rolled out this change to all input fields across the entire system, changing from the approach we've used since XenForo 1.x, where the background would get darker on focus.

XenForo 1.x​

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XenForo 2.1​

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XenForo 2.2​

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Question thread changes​

While reading comments yesterday, it dawned upon us that there are times where the person who asks a question may not always be the person best qualified to select the correct answer.

For example, the person who asks the question "How do I charge my iPhone?" can select the correct answer by virtue of having tried each of the suggested responses, and picking the one that achieved the goal stated.

However, the question "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?" does not lend itself to having the solution selected by the questioner, as they may not actually be able to distinguish a correct answer from a false one, in which case solution selection should probably be left to staff, or a user group that is specially identified as being qualified to select correct solutions.


Therefore, we have now implemented a new permission forum.markSolution, which controls whether or not users can select solutions for their own questions. If they can't, then the only people who could mark a solution would be those with the forum moderator permission forum.markSolutionAnyThread. If they don't, then the concept of marked solutions for questions essentially disappears.

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Article linking​

You may have noticed yesterday that clicking on an article link within an article forum would take you to the first page of the thread, showing the article and the first page of comments, even if the article was highlighted as having New responses.

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We've now changed this behaviour to act more like normal threads, so clicking on an article that you have already read that has new responses will jump you directly to the replies you have yet to read.

Content vote arrows​

These have been subject to quite extensive bikeshedding, but we have implemented some styling changes in response to feedback and we are discussing additional modifications. Watch this space.

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Article user info​

In response to feedback, we have changed the display of article user info somewhat:

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Bugs​

And finally, we're busy responding to bugs identified by visitors and those that we notice ourselves.

We've fixed lots of defects in the editor UI, BB code mode, previewing and text handling, some errors with multi-quote and many more.

At this stage, we are rolling out fixes live to the site pretty much constantly, so don't be too suprised if you find that something you thought wasn't working properly appears to magically fix itself!

Until next time...​

Toodaloo.
 

asprin

Active member
I just had a use case some 4 posts above. I wasn't aware of the thread types at the time of creating the thread, but once that information was received I kinda wanted to go back and mark solutions to most of the discussion threads that I created (I used to update the thread title with a prefix [SOLVED] as and when the system allowed me to but there are still a quite few which I would have loved to mark as solved but can't do due to time limits in place)

Obviously, it wouldn't be practical and fair to hand a mod a list of threads and expect him to change my threads to "question" type, so having that option (as the OP) would be a good-to-have feature - not to mention recognition/points (if there is any such thing) for the guy whose post I'll be accepting as solution.
 

frm

Well-known member
I would agree with this stance as anyone can request it done via a convo, etc. if they mess up.
Allowing them to update it sounds even cooler :p
That said, if a forum owner would allow it, I don't see why they shouldn't be able to enable it. However, as it stands, it looks like it's all or nothing as staff can change any post or none at all. That said, it'd probably require a suggestion to see how popular a 'change own thread type' permission would be, as they are constantly saying to move suggestions there as opposed to be mixed in with the HYS threads. Though, it may take a while before being implemented. It sounds like a fairly straightforward permission that could be added in an add on through requesting custom development.
 
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