I'm using Google Chrome (but could easily switch to Internet Explorer or FoxFire), and I also have no formatting controls. (I have been using html to get blockquotes, italics, bold, small, etc.) Controls would be nice.
Here is another things that would be an improvement: When I create an email inside of RoR's email editor, no matter what I try to do, I can NOT get a couple of simple blank line so that I can separate paragraphs... The RoR formatter squeezes out all blank spaces and blank lines and won't allow me to use html for that (very authoritarian of it :-)
I just fixed the new line problem with the private mail. Fortunately the new line data still existed in the database, it just wasn't being displayed with [br /]'s.
Next I think I'm going to get rid of the spellcheck feature for the forum posts... because for some reason its killing the website's performance.
As for formatting... I guess I could chip in a little time into restoring WYSIWYG... its actually a really difficult problem for security reasons. I will see if I can easily integrate an open source WYSIWYG editor with this website.
Update: the WYSIWYG editor integration was pretty easy. But maybe some new line information will not work right due to compatibility issues... Sorry I'm editing the code directly on the website so things might not work today if I'm in the middle of changing/testing something.
I restored some formatting functionality with tinymce. There's an issue right now with new line interpretation... I'll fix it later today.
For example, this sentence should not be so far from the text above. The solution in the meantime is to just press Enter once, and the paragraphs will come out ok when you post.
I got this to work pretty easily with the RoR private mail, but that was already pretty much ready for the tinymce editor. Everywhere else on this website the textboxes and newlines are handled in a different way.
Forum WYSIWYG is working better now. You might have to restart your browser, and then clear the cache, and then come back here if your font doesn't show up correctly in the editor. Wow my old desktop's 5.1 speakers sound waaaay better than my new laptop's speakers.
Yes, Dean, read count (#16) would be a great boon to the site, inviting more participation, I think.
Showing current readers of a thread would be also be good, to the same end. Perhaps that is not feasible, however, with this site's framework.
The uniqueness of the appearance of this site---due to its unique creation by Joe, if I'm not mistaken---remains one of its attractions. And that appearance is a very attractive one. To have extended these posting tools is a boon.
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