Forum general guide


  • administrators

    Hello,

    This is a quick guide on how the forums work.

    Voting

    In the topic and reply headers you'll find a host of functions. Following, flagging for moderation and favouriting for later looking at are all the bread and butter of forums.
    Next to those you'll find the voting buttons, up, 0, down. (down only if you have been around for a while)

    • Use the up button to say thanks to the poster. These votes impact the reputation of the poster. And we want to know who provides good answers. Votes on a topic can also be used to find hot topics and searching.
    • Use the down button to signify that the post is off topic or otherwise not good content.

    Posting topics

    • When you post a topic, please use tags. Tags are a wonderful way to find things later on.
    • Check which category you should be posting to. There is a huge number of categories here.

    The editor

    The editor accepts markdown. You can find cheat sheets on the web.

    The most important tags to remember are:

    • # makes a heading, ## makes a sub-heading
    • The triple backtick ``` marks the start and end of a code block. (the highlighter will try to guess the language, but you can force it by writing cplusplus or js or something on the same line as the three backticks)
    • A single backtick ` marks the start and end of a code snippet
    • A star * will create lists
      • Numbered lists are made with numbering the lines 1. 2. 3. and so on
      • Indents in lists are two spaces at the start of the line
    • The backslash \ will let you escape characters, if you want to write a * at the start of a line for instance.

    Marking a thread as solved

    After you get a satisfactory answer, please go and vote the answer up and select the topic as solved from the 'Topic Tools' menu under your original post.


  • Moderators

    @tekojo
    What is the idea behind flagging a post for moderation?
    What will be initiated when a post is flagged?


  • Moderators

    A bit related: what is the situation with "Mark as solved"? I know you were trying to make it work for non-admins. Any luck?


  • administrators

    @koahnig it raises the post to at least to my notifications.
    This should also improve as we get the next release of the forum software. Then moderation groups can be set.


  • administrators

    @sierdzio not luck, time. It's not a big plugin to make, but I'm constantly running out of time.
    Maybe I should ask people here on the forum to help out... It's all simple Node JS with clear APIs.



  • @tekojo Hi,
    I write before because dont like the new font an colors for the forum and docs, I resolve it with an add-on named Stylish.

    Now the problem is the resolution
    my resolution is 800x600 to avoid eye fatigue.

    In a page like:
    http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/QString.html
    The contents links is showed up, the correct place is right.

    In a page like:
    http://forum.qt.io/

    The categories are showed in vertical, one over other:
    "Qt Development"
    "Education and Certification"
    "General Talk"
    "Special interest Group"
    The original design is in a box of 3 column by 2 lines

    Search result list:
    When someone make a search is because need a fast solution.
    Please think in mind an advanced search that provide a minimalistic list like:

    [solved][title..................][number of posts]

    The actual have 3 to 7 lines of text content preview.
    Some items have 3 lines, other have 4, other 5,
    Is dificult to eyes jump to next title.


    i dont know if it is the correct place por this suggestions,
    if not, please let me know where.
    I hope don disturb, but i use the web site many hours at day.
    Greetings


  • administrators

    @marceloarguello700 said:

    @tekojo Hi,
    I write before because dont like the new font an colors for the forum and docs, I resolve it with an add-on named Stylish.

    I'm curious on the add-on, do you have a link to it? I guess it changes the css of the site?

    Now the problem is the resolution
    my resolution is 800x600 to avoid eye fatigue.

    This resolution gives mobile optimised views. The forum and docs at least try to behave nicely on that resolution, but the mobile views are more optimised for portrait viewing.

    In a page like:
    http://doc.qt.io/qt-5/QString.html
    The contents links is showed up, the correct place is right.

    I don't understand this one, what link should be on the right side?


    In a page like:
    http://forum.qt.io/

    The categories are showed in vertical, one over other:
    "Qt Development"
    "Education and Certification"
    "General Talk"
    "Special interest Group"
    The original design is in a box of 3 column by 2 lines

    Yes, this is the mobile optimisation. It's all done with stylesheets.
    Is the one column view worse than three columns?


    Search result list:
    When someone make a search is because need a fast solution.
    Please think in mind an advanced search that provide a minimalistic list like:

    [solved][title..................][number of posts]

    The actual have 3 to 7 lines of text content preview.
    Some items have 3 lines, other have 4, other 5,
    Is dificult to eyes jump to next title.

    This is the forum software giving some context of the search term in the text.
    The next release of the forum seems to have more search options, like showing only the topic in the results, no post text. That will come in some weeks (I guess, it's an open source project, and release dates are in the style of "when it's ready to ship")


    i dont know if it is the correct place por this suggestions,
    if not, please let me know where.
    I hope don disturb, but i use the web site many hours at day.
    Greetings

    This is a good place.
    Maybe create a separate topic for improvement ideas that would help people with bad eyesight?
    I can't promise to implement everything, but if there are easy fixes, we will do them.



  • User needs capability to ignore another user with a single click.
    Ignored user posts must be hidden.

    Currently forum is spammed by Chinese bots and is useless.
    This has to be fixed.


  • administrators

    @alex_malyu you can start by voting and flagging the chinese spam messages down when you see them.

    And yes, we are working on more spam control.



  • Is there boolean support in Search? e.g. "tooltip AND touch"

    Currently Search treats all search terms separately.

    thanks.
    (Note this has been asked recently on this forum)


  • administrators

    @GeorgePTVS not as far as I know, but I'll take a look at how much the search widget can be worked on. (I find it a bit annoying too at times)



  • @tekojo

    (not sure if this is the correct place for this post, if not please direct me to where the forum is discussed)

    1. A while back there was a quick reference to the most common markdowns at the bottom of each page/thread (those listed in your "most important tags", this was removed, any reason why?
    2. When editing a post, the link to the markdown support given by the "Compose ?" button on the top right corner is not linking to the cheat sheets you give the link to. The link that it links to is not correct and does not work for this forum. For example look at the "CODE BLOCKS" section on the markdown page...
    3. If possible please make the link in the "Compose ?" dialogue open in a new page by default, if possible.

  • administrators

    @TheBadger
    Yes right place.

    1. It shouldn't have been removed... Looks like the upgrade took it away (we had issues with the theme and bringing it to the latest version). I'll see how to get it back. Thanks for the notice.
    2. The Compose ? link is there from the forum itself. I'll open a bug about it.
    3. And make a second bug about that too.

    Thanks for the feedback! Using something regularly makes me blind to issues like these, or I have had workarounds for so long that I don't recognise the issue. So someone pointing them out is a good thing.



  • Dumb question: How do add a picture for your profile? I tried into Profile->Edit->Change Picture, but it really doesn't do anything. I tried cut and paste there to no avail as well.


  • Moderators

    @DougyDrumz said:

    Dumb question: How do add a picture for your profile? I tried into Profile->Edit->Change Picture, but it really doesn't do anything. I tried cut and paste there to no avail as well.

    Hi, I believe you need to create a Gravatar account: http://en.gravatar.com/ Use the same email as your Qt forum account, and the Qt forum will automatically use your Gravatar picture.



  • Unfortunately my company won't let me access that site. I shall remain anonymous as a generic icon. Thanks for your help anyway,



  • Trying to find the 'Topic Tools' menu under my original post. Trying to set my topic to solved. I don't seem the be able to find this 'Topic Tools' menu. If it's the settings-like icon . . there’s no change to solved option there.
    :-(


  • administrators

    @Nils-A it should be the last thing on the page above the copyright text.

    Out of curiosity, what browser and OS combination are you using? (trying to eliminate possible issues)



  • @tekojo Hi, I got some help from @Ratzz. Solved. My unconscious expected the 'Topic Tools' menu to be closer the the [Solved / Unsolved] indicator so I was looking under the Topic title instead of really down under the full topic. I use Linux mint 17 with Firefox 43.0.
    Have a good day Tekojo.


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