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locked Re: Replying to messages

Judy F.
 

Mark, I hate to keep referring to Yahoo Groups, but since that’s my only example…….. Maybe we are talking about two different things. 

 

I view all of my messages in Outlook, but I click the ‘reply via web post’ option at the bottom of the message and actually reply on the group.  When I click Reply, I have the option to show history and I delete everything except the most recent message (to this specific message).  It allows me to reply at the top so when someone reads my reply, they see it first and don’t have to hunt for it further down in the message. 

 

Since on the beta group, I am replying directly from Outlook, my reply is always at the top.  Note I have Outlook set to reply at the top.  I’m sure you are wondering why I do it one way in Yahoo and another here.  The reason I do is because I don’t have the options at the bottom of each message here in groups.io that I do in Yahoo Groups. 

 

Also while I’m thinking about it, at some point will we have a cc and a bcc option in messages?  Also, would like to have an option to reply to sender only and not have it go to the group. 

 

Thanks,

 

 

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Mark Fletcher [mailto:markf@corp.groups.io]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 1:27 AM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Re: Replying to messages

 

Judy,

 

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM, J. Faulkner <jfaulkner44@...> wrote:

 

Also, I always want my replies to be at the top of the message.  If there are numerous replies, it gets confusing where the latest reply is if it’s at the bottom.. 

 

Are you referring to viewing a message thread, where the newer messages are at the bottom? You can re-sort it so that the newest messages are at the top, but clicking the little 1->9 arrow next to 'Date' in the top right of the page. Unfortunately, you'll have to do that for every thread right now, but it's on the todo list to have it remember your setting.

 

Mark


locked Re: Replying to messages

 

First I should explain I'm using Full Message View on the group page. For me, Reply just opened a reply below the link to reply and left the rest of the page. I think that's good. I like the plain text/html option, but wonder if the switch might be to the right of the "Reply" link to save space and make it faster to find.

I suppose the easiest way to add quoted text is just to copy and paste. I like to use the greater-than sign to show quoted text in plain text messages.

I'll see if there are any issues after I hit Send.

Dano


locked Re: Replying to messages

Judy F.
 

Mark, will replying in the reply box allow that reply to show at the top of the message or do you at least have an option? 

 

Thanks,

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Mark Fletcher [mailto:markf@corp.groups.io]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 1:25 AM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: Re: [beta] Replying to messages

 

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM, Hilary Syddall <dragonsteeluk@...> wrote:

a comment from my husband (who joined my group),

"Don't reckon much of the way 'Reply' moves to the top of the page, so's you can't see your reply box, but that may just be a linux thing.

Took me awhile to figure out what was being referred to, because I didn't think it was doing that in the first place. But, I was wrong. Clicking reply definitely jumped you to the top of the page. I did some hunting around and was able to fix it. So, hitting Reply no longer scrolls to the top of the page. I thought about having it automatically scroll a bit up to make sure the reply box is in view, which I can do, but I'm not sure that's best. Please let me know what you think.

 

Thanks,

Mark


locked Re: Replying to messages

 

Judy,

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM, J. Faulkner <jfaulkner44@...> wrote:


Also, I always want my replies to be at the top of the message.  If there are numerous replies, it gets confusing where the latest reply is if it’s at the bottom.. 

 

Are you referring to viewing a message thread, where the newer messages are at the bottom? You can re-sort it so that the newest messages are at the top, but clicking the little 1->9 arrow next to 'Date' in the top right of the page. Unfortunately, you'll have to do that for every thread right now, but it's on the todo list to have it remember your setting.

Mark


locked Re: Replying to messages

 

On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:09 PM, Hilary Syddall <dragonsteeluk@...> wrote:

a comment from my husband (who joined my group),

"Don't reckon much of the way 'Reply' moves to the top of the page, so's you can't see your reply box, but that may just be a linux thing.

Took me awhile to figure out what was being referred to, because I didn't think it was doing that in the first place. But, I was wrong. Clicking reply definitely jumped you to the top of the page. I did some hunting around and was able to fix it. So, hitting Reply no longer scrolls to the top of the page. I thought about having it automatically scroll a bit up to make sure the reply box is in view, which I can do, but I'm not sure that's best. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Mark


locked Re: Message Numbers #suggestion

Judy F.
 

Brenda, for your last request. Can't you look at the date?

Judy F.
SW Florida - USA

-----Original Message-----
From: Feathered Leader [mailto:featheredleader@att.net]
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2015 1:15 AM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: [beta] Message Numbers #Suggestions

Okay, I'm absolutely thrilled with the Message Numbers, just have a few questions or suggestions.

First, I'm just as confused as Johnf is about the difference in the total number of posts and post #'s. I realize that it is probably because some posts have been deleted, but is there a way for the programming to keep the total what it would have been before they were deleted? If not, I can live with it, just wondered.

Second, is there a way to put somewhere with the post #, the total number of posts? It would be nice to know when I'm reading Post 1025 if there are 5 more to read or 50.

Third, I don't know if this was explained clearly enough when I first tried it, so I'll try it again. Is there a way to shift message #'s to be read smallest to largest even if it's flipped on a page? In other words, be able to change the direction the numbers go, but NOT be jumped to the beginning or the end. That would be awesome if it could be done.

Fourth, Is there a way to use RSS with this group?

And last but not least. Is there a way that we can mark posts "read" or not on the website, or that they could be a different color once we read them on the website, so that when we come back to the website, we know exactly where we left off to read next? I don't mind writing the number with a pencil on a pad, but I know others will.

Thanks,
Brenda


locked Re: Special messages

Nightowl >8#
 

Judy wrote:>>When I need to contact a No Mail person, I send a note to their email address. Solves that problem. <<

Except it didn't in Yahoo, when they made the e-mail a non-receiving e-mail. That's what I meant. Some people have e-mail addresses with no mailbox attached to it, just for being in groups. :)

Brenda


locked Message Numbers #suggestion

Nightowl >8#
 

Okay, I'm absolutely thrilled with the Message Numbers, just have a few questions or suggestions.

First, I'm just as confused as Johnf is about the difference in the total number of posts and post #'s. I realize that it is probably because some posts have been deleted, but is there a way for the programming to keep the total what it would have been before they were deleted? If not, I can live with it, just wondered.

Second, is there a way to put somewhere with the post #, the total number of posts? It would be nice to know when I'm reading Post 1025 if there are 5 more to read or 50.

Third, I don't know if this was explained clearly enough when I first tried it, so I'll try it again. Is there a way to shift message #'s to be read smallest to largest even if it's flipped on a page? In other words, be able to change the direction the numbers go, but NOT be jumped to the beginning or the end. That would be awesome if it could be done.

Fourth, Is there a way to use RSS with this group?

And last but not least. Is there a way that we can mark posts "read" or not on the website, or that they could be a different color once we read them on the website, so that when we come back to the website, we know exactly where we left off to read next? I don't mind writing the number with a pencil on a pad, but I know others will.

Thanks,
Brenda


locked Re: Special messages

Judy F.
 

When I need to contact a No Mail person, I send a note to their email address.   Solves that problem. 

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Feathered Leader [mailto:featheredleader@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:24 PM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: [beta] Re: Special messages

 

Marlin wrote:>>For the life of me, I still cannot figure out why a group owner would be concerned if a member is on "no mail". I would vote for making it not possible for an owner to even know if a member is on no mail, I cannot figure out why it is any of the owner's business.<<

The owner always knows the methods chosen by the members, because it all appears in the membership list for the owners. But that's not the point here.

The issue being discussed was about someone being on No Mail and the owner maybe needing to contact them, so I simply suggested that if they didn't want to get mail at the e-mail they subscribe with, they can make sure the owner has one they can be reached at if needed.

As for why an owner might need to contact a member in the group? I could give you a long list of reasons but I don't have all night. ;)

But one reason in NEO was Yahoo kept resetting people's settings, and people who weren't wanting NO MAIL were set to it, and only the owner was able to change their settings back to what they wanted.

Brenda

 

 


locked Home Page Formatting #suggestion

Nightowl >8#
 

Okay, the Home page format was one of our biggest problems in Ygroups, especially when NEO hit. So it's pretty much a dealbreaker for many people if the Home Page is hard to configure or work with.

Cover Photo:

So far, even I can't figure out how to put up a photo well without a lot of hassle, stretching of the photo, or more. The only reason my two Owl banners work is someone else made them, and they worked in the nightmare format NEO gave us. I attempted on Owlperch to make a black frame, and make the black frame the right size, and position the photo inside of it, but it still stretched. Is that any sort of an option, have a background we could choose and then position our photo inside that background somewhere?

Group Title:

I understand you wanting the title of the group on top of the photo, but that is very problematic with colors and shades of different group photos. What if you just made a banner bar at the bottom, in black with the group title, and made the photo space a little shorter? Then maybe we could find a way to easily put a photo up? Bear in mind that most groups changed their cover photos often, some even daily or weekly, so that needs to be something they can easily do, and not everyone can edit photos.

Home Page Format:

The Home page has the cover photo and description of the group, but as it has been pointed out, doesn't easily direct you to the Archive/ Message Board or Page or etc. What about adding a button or a link with some words that say something like "To view the posts Archive, past and present" click here. I saw that you made a link on your Beta Home Page, but I would not have understood what that was for if someone in here hadn't pointed it out.

Another option would be if the group is public, to have the last 5 posts appear on the Home Page, or maybe the last 5 first posts of the last 5 threads, something to get their attention, so that they could click on those and be taken to the Archives.

Anyone else want to weigh in on this?

Brenda


locked Re: New Subscription Options

Judy F.
 

Brenda, I think there was more to the original message than what you are quoting that explained what had to be done as the work around. 

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Feathered Leader [mailto:featheredleader@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:16 PM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: [beta] Re: New Subscription Options

 

Frances wrote:>>When I logged out, looked for my group in the directory and clicked on the link on my home page, it required me (properly) to log in. I guess though I am not happy with the idea of having to do a workaround at this point in Groups.io!<<

 

Not sure what workaround you are referring to. Do you mean having to direct your members to the messages, or do you mean having to log in again once you logged out?

 

I too agree, maybe there should be a better more obvious link/button or a few messages on the Home page to take you to the "archives" page.

 

Brenda


locked Re: Replying to messages

Judy F.
 

I definitely think it should be Enter to single space.  Use the SHFT + Enter for the odd spacing. 

 

Also, I always want my replies to be at the top of the message.  If there are numerous replies, it gets confusing where the latest reply is if it’s at the bottom. 

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Feathered Leader [mailto:featheredleader@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:10 PM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: [beta] Re: Replying to messages

 

Hillary's Husband said:>>"Don't reckon much of the way 'Reply' moves to the top of the page, so's you can't see your reply box, but that may just be a linux thing.<<

No, that's not a linux thing. It happens with everyone, but maybe once Mark gets the auto quoting working it will jump us to the bottom and into the reply box instead of up to the top of the page.

Hilary's husband wrote:>>And hitting return gives me two lines worth of space, not one. So I have to backspace a line to tidy things up."<<

That's this stupid editor. ;) Wordpress did it too, and I hated it.Suz hated it too, because she had to clean up all the spaces for me since she was the editor. ;)

If you want a single space, you have to hit Shift-Enter, instead of enter. But no matter what I do, I always screw it up and have bunches of spaces I have to clean up after typing each line.

I wish that there was a way to default to single space with enter, but that's something else to ask Mark down the line...and believe me, I will. Meantime, if you want single spaces, always hit Shift-Enter together and you'll get them.

Brenda


 


locked Re: How does one follow a topic or hashtag?

Judy F.
 

Brenda, if I recall, Yahoo Groups Neo was like that in the beginning.  They then added Sort and View preferences and also Navigation Preferences.  This sure made it a lot easier for those of us that always looked at one specific thing.  In my case, Photos Album View, Messages not Topics, etc. 

 

Maybe Mark can come up with something similar to what I have provided above. 

 

Judy F.

SW Florida - USA

 

From: Feathered Leader [mailto:featheredleader@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:01 PM
To: beta@groups.io
Subject: [beta] Re: How does one follow a topic or hashtag? #question

 

Duane wrote:>>Like Brenda, I prefer to use the web site and go to each group to see the archives.  I think she may be confused about the reference to the Inbox though.  Mark was referring to "the 'Inbox' view on the Groups.io website" which you see at https://groups.io/ once you're signed in.  I've started using it to see where there's been any activity, but still go to each group to read the posts.<<


I am definitely confused about the inbox. I don't even want to use it. I set bookmarks for my groups, and I want to be able to go right to the group itself and be at the archives. Problem is, when I sign in, I am taken right to the Inbox where I don't want to be. So then I have to choose one to get back to the group.

Is it possible to sign in on any group archive page and stay on that page, or will I always be thrown out of the group to the Inbox? Or, is it possible to have a "sign in" page where I can sign in and then choose a group so I'm not thrown out of it right after signing in?

Thanks,

Brenda

 

 

 

 


locked Re: Replying to messages

Nightowl >8#
 

<p>Mark wrote:>>It's an artifact of HTML, where a return is treated as a paragraph
break. You can always switch to plaintext for your reply, if you're not
going to be including any formatting. Use the drop down selector at the
bottom right of the reply box to switch to plain text. At some point
I'll make that a preference you can set.

Yay!!!! Thanks!

Brenda


locked Bugs or Suggestions? #bug #suggestion

Nightowl >8#
 

Hi Mark,

A couple of questions or suggestions.

When replying to a message on the website, after replying, I'm switched to the last post in the Archive, not the message I just replied to.

Is that a bug, or do I need to make a suggestion to return us to current post being replied to? So far I have managed to get back there by hitting back several times, but it would be nice to be able to stay put and continue to reply to posts in order without having to do that every time.

Subject Lines:

I thought it was stated that we could edit Subject lines, but I haven't been able to. My husband JohnF  thinks it is only editable by the creator of the original first post of the thread? Is that true? If so, how would I say, edit or add a hashtag to that thread? Should I copy the post into another reply box and change the subject/hashtag there?

And default Message View:

I might be wrong, but didn't you say that if we went into a default message view, that it would be remembered and stay in that order during our session? Mine isn't. Or is that something you haven't implemented yet?

Thanks,

Brenda


locked Re: New Subscription Options

Nightowl >8#
 

Thanks for clearing that up. :) I made a suggestion about putting some of the posts there, or indicating to use a link or button to get to the Archives, so maybe that's what he did.


Brenda


locked Re: Replying to messages

 

On Thursday, January 22, 2015, Feathered Leader <featheredleader@...> wrote:
Hilary's husband wrote:>>And hitting return gives me two lines worth of space, not one. So I have to backspace a line to tidy things up."<<

That's this stupid editor. ;) Wordpress did it too, and I hated it.Suz hated it too, because she had to clean up all the spaces for me since she was the editor. ;)

It's an artifact of HTML, where a return is treated as a paragraph break. You can always switch to plaintext for your reply, if you're not going to be including any formatting. Use the drop down selector at the bottom right of the reply box to switch to plain text. At some point I'll make that a preference you can set.

Mark 


locked Re: New Subscription Options

Frances
 

Hi

I meant to say:
So the design doesn’t have the text of current posts on the group home page, and are not featured in prime real estate on the page.

Frances

On Jan 22 15, at 11:34 PM, Frances <travel@...> wrote:

So the design doesn’t have the text of current posts are not featured in prime real estate on the page.



locked Re: New Subscription Options

Frances
 

Brenda, 

By workaround, I mean that Groups.io is not designed to feature posts on each groups home page.
When you go to your group, you see this:

No actual posts are shown, just the top posters, the top hashtags, and the message history.
So the design doesn’t have the text of current posts are not featured in prime real estate on the page.

However, I now see that Mark has put in a link to the archive (In box) on this Beta page right under the heading Group Information!
Perhaps I will revamp mine to include a link in this area too!

Frances


On Jan 22 15, at 11:15 PM, Feathered Leader <featheredleader@...> wrote:

 I guess though I am not happy with the idea of having to do a workaround at this point in Groups.io!<<

Not sure what workaround you are referring to. Do you mean having to direct your members to the messages, or do you mean having to log in again once you logged out?


locked Re: Special messages

Nightowl >8#
 

Marlin wrote:>>For the life of me, I still cannot figure out why a group owner would be concerned if a member is on "no mail". I would vote for making it not possible for an owner to even know if a member is on no mail, I cannot figure out why it is any of the owner's business.<<

The owner always knows the methods chosen by the members, because it all appears in the membership list for the owners. But that's not the point here.

The issue being discussed was about someone being on No Mail and the owner maybe needing to contact them, so I simply suggested that if they didn't want to get mail at the e-mail they subscribe with, they can make sure the owner has one they can be reached at if needed.

As for why an owner might need to contact a member in the group? I could give you a long list of reasons but I don't have all night. ;)

But one reason in NEO was Yahoo kept resetting people's settings, and people who weren't wanting NO MAIL were set to it, and only the owner was able to change their settings back to what they wanted.

Brenda