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posted by martyb on Saturday March 21 2020, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed,-avoid-skydiving-or-making-immediate-changes-directly-to-live-systems dept.

[2020-03-21 15:06:00 UTC: Update 1:
(1) Reminder: this has so far been implemented only on our *development* server (; it has NOT yet been rolled out to this (the production) servers.
(2) The control (now a simple text link, no longer a button) no longer defaults to taking up a whole physical line immediately above the first comment.
(3) Please note that in certain corner-cases, it is possible that screen size limitations may cause an overflow onto the next line.
(4) And the control should now appear aligned-right in the story header. =)

[2020-03-21 15:42:00 UTC: Update 2: Fixed typo in the first of the above two links to our dev server. --martyb]

This is a follow-up to: Changing the Site UI to Making Long Stories Easier to Navigate -- Input Requested.

Wow! Thanks for all the positive feedback to the previous story! I knew the implementation was a bit rough around the edges, so I very much appreciate the positive, constructive feedback that was provided!

Based on your input -- primarily displeasure in having a single button take up a whole physical line -- I have modified the in-memory template on our development server to now provide a textual link in the story header right after the printer icon. It should only appear when viewing the story by itself; there should be no indication of this on the main page.

To repeat, this is only on our development server so far; it is not yest implemented on our production server (i.e. what you see here).

In short, should this get rolled out to production?

  1. Yes.
  2. Yes, with these suggested changes.
  3. No.

Please refer to the previous story (linked above) for test scenarios and reply with any issues you may find!


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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Saturday March 21 2020, @04:01PM (3 children)

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 21 2020, @04:01PM (#973857) Journal

    Just one thing. You have to be logged in, or it doesn't work.

    Say what? I just tried it on two different browsers (incognito / private browsing) and it worked fine as an AC for me. Could you please try again and confirm?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 21 2020, @04:47PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 21 2020, @04:47PM (#973869)

    I believe that was a suggestion for "improved" behavior, not a description of undesired current behavior.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 21 2020, @08:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 21 2020, @08:28PM (#973917)

    First tried it logged into the dev server, works fine with the improved link location.

    Just logged out of the dev server, clicked on the "Read More..." button under the first story and then the
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    link appears just fine there too.
    Browsing with FF on Win7.

    I vote: 1. Yes, and thanks!

    And my vote counts twice because I'm the AC that got this all started, so there. I wrote:

    One comment--it is kind of long to scroll down through, to get to the comments. Perhaps next time some of the longer stories could be put inside the spoiler tag?"

  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Saturday March 21 2020, @10:49PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Saturday March 21 2020, @10:49PM (#973958) Journal

    I can neither confirm nor deny my earlier attempt at smartassery. Someone got the joke though, since I've been modded funny. ;^)

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