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Augmented TCF - A Chrome Extension & FireFox Add-on

Discussion in 'Forum Help & Feedback' started by Everest, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. Grumpy Squid

    Grumpy Squid Plantera

    I know someone wanted a character counter for profile posts. I could see that being a useful feature people would want.
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  2. ppowersteef

    ppowersteef Paladin

    There's already a character counter for own profile posts, but profile post on other's profile and comments don't have it because of the larger limit. (420)

    Regardless, I do see an use of it for the 420 limit too.
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  3. Miku Hatsune

    Miku Hatsune Pixel Privateer

    just another thing to steal user accounts~
  4. Tunnel King

    Tunnel King Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    So, I intended to post here again after the update earlier this month, just now getting around to it...

    The parts of ATCF I use are still working fine, which is good. And for me, that's primarily the floating top menu, and warn on unsubmitted content. I haven't heard that anything else from ATCF was broken by the update, either.

    There is another big forum software update coming on the horizon (maybe a month or so away, hopefully), and that's probably going to break everything about this add-on. So if you're working on this, Everest, you might want to wait to see what's coming up.

    I can say a few things that we've learned:
    • the floating top menu is now integrated in the browser client end, so no need to re-do that. Seems to be always on for everyone.
    • There's a 'back to top' button at the lower right when you scroll down any page. I always wanted that, and now there it is for free.
    • Profile status/posts/comments get a full Rich Text editor in the upcoming version, just like thread posts. BBcode is fully integrated (whereas currently there's a limited set of bbcode provided from a third-party add-on).
    • Profile post/status character limits:
      • Status messages are set to 140. Theoretically, they could be as long as 420, but making them longer than 140 really messes up the member cards (which display your status). For that reason, we're not keen to increase that limit.
      • Profile messages/comments are limited to 420, period. The effort to make that bigger would be significant and may well be inconsistent with future upgrades/updates.
      • tl;dr: we're not planning on changing either limit.
    • Character counters for profile posts/comments - still don't see one for posts/comments, and also don't see the one we're used to now for statuses. Perhaps that's due to the bbcode support, I'm not sure. Still looking for options with that.
    • Almost everything else should look pretty much the same. Underneath the hood, though: everything changed.
    Hopefully we'll have some new feature teasers to show to the community at large as we get closer to finalizing our upgrade plans.
  5. Tunnel King

    Tunnel King Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    As it turns out, the next forum update will see the current status removed from member cards, and the status message can now be 420 characters long.

    As I suspected: the character countdown timers are gone and would be very difficult to calculate accurately when you factor in BBCode so they just got rid of it. I find it annoying too when my status is too long as well.
  6. Stickyb0mbSandwhich

    Stickyb0mbSandwhich The Destroyer

    Hey, I'm not too sure if you guys know about it ( well; you probably do anyway ) but I can't seem to get the extension for FireFox.
  7. Tunnel King

    Tunnel King Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Yes, we know. For now, you could try this if you want: Augmented TCF - A Chrome Extension & FireFox Add-on

    We have a major forum update coming sometime very soon which will likely incorporate some of these features, so this extension probably won't work at all after that without some tweaking by Everest, if he is inclined to do that.
  8. Stickyb0mbSandwhich

    Stickyb0mbSandwhich The Destroyer