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Replying to threads - a usability concern

     
5:15 pm on Jul 27, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've failed to reply to a thread twice this afternoon. I have given up and the world will not benefit from my wisdom;.

The first time was my fault. I typed a detailed and informative reply in the quick reply box then clicked the post thread button which opened up a new page with a blank box.

Second time I was more careful. I worded a slightly shorter reply and pressed the reply button. Took me to a new page with a blank box.

I'm guessing in hindsight I ought to have pressed one of the white buttons instead?

Usability is all about just making things work. If you read this I got lucky. Perhaps moving the buttons around and altering colours might make things more obvious.
9:29 pm on Nov 1, 2015 (gmt 0)

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...and can no longer lose a reply without an alert asking me if I am sure about what I am doing.


Why does that alert contain the text "true"? (Looks like a debugging message that's been left behind?) If I cancel the alert, this quick reply box turns blue (from white). (?)

To be honest, whenever I've entered text into a textarea element on any webpage I instinctively hit Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C (and Ctrl+V into Notepad if I'm being super paranoid) before clicking anything! It's saved me on numerous occasions!
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