back to article Hey Commentards! This pre-populated 'reply to' is for you

We took our time to remove this niggle, but you should like this little update: If you click the "reply" button on a comment containing a headline your "Title field" is now pre-populated with "Re: (same headline)" You can if you like change this to insert your own headline or - if you are perverse, depopulate the field …

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  1. CASIOMS-8V

    First

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Was that strictly necessary. You could have kicked off with a "Title".

      1. AndrueC Silver badge
        Trollface

        I tried to. Do I get points for effort?

      2. Aitor 1 Silver badge
        FAIL

        haha..

    2. Guus Leeuw
      IT Angle

      This title field still had "Optional"

      Re: Nothing?

      1. LarsG

        I STILL NEED TO USE.....

        CAPS, otherwise downvoters won't recognise me.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: I STILL NEED TO USE.....

          Now there's a man who knows what he wants. Fair play to you, sir.

  2. AndrueC Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    This title not left blank.

    I really must try this commenting lark.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This title not left blank.

      That's the way to do it.

      1. Arrrggghh-otron

        Re: Re: This title not left blank.

        Nice - how about comment edits so we fix typos?

        1. Arrrggghh-otron

          Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

          'CAN' - that should be 'can fix typos'.

          1. Miek

            This title has been intentionally left blank

            +1 for the ability to edit posts

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          3. AndrueC Silver badge
            Facepalm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Really.

            Lol! Yeah, I sometimes resort to withdrawing and reposting.

            1. Andus McCoatover
              Windows

              Catholic?

              Just wondered...

          4. PsychoHippy
            Devil

            Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

            I wonder how many 'Re:'s we can get this up to :)

            1. jai

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

              <Count> five! ha ha ha ha </Count>

            2. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

              PaychoHippy that is a very good game. Like Trivial Pursuits. I think people may soon tire of it. Like Trivial....

              1. IglooDude

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

                Perverse? From Reg readers? Perish the thought!

                1. Anonymous Coward
                  Anonymous Coward

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                  Carry on!

                  1. Lee Dowling

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                    About time. I hate sites that roll their own "forums" and then never add features that people have time enough to take for granted. The Reg and Slashdot are both culprits here, with different things.

                    Hey, reg, is there an easy way to get to the "view my posts" page without having to find an article with comments, view the comments, login, view my posts?

                    1. Craig 12

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                      Lol, yes, I only see my comments after posting something, 'cos the site never keeps me logged in, nor saves my password, or makes it easy to find them otherwise.

                      I don't like "re:". This isn't email, use some graphical way to demonstrate replied-ness!

                      1. Spudbynight
                        Go

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                        This is fun.

                      2. Anonymous Coward
                        Anonymous Coward

                        Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: flex

                        Every little thing the reflex does

                        Leaves you answered with a question mark

                        1. John I'm only dancing
                          Trollface

                          Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: your boat

                          gently across the moat, meh,meh, meh, meh, meh,meh, meh, meh, merrilly merrily, hope it stays afloat!!

                          1. Cameron Colley

                            Can I get a Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rewind?

                            Bo selecta!

                            1. skeptical i
                              Pint

                              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                              R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me

                              R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Take care, TCB ohhhh

                              Sock it to me, Sock it to me, Sock it to me, Sock it to me ....

                            2. Winkypop Silver badge
                              Thumb Up

                              Re: Can I get a Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Rewind?

                              Excellent

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                    2. Anonymous Coward
                      Anonymous Coward

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                      So today: You can see Forums on the secondary navigation bar of the front page.

                      Log-in via there - and your Forums user control panel should pop up on the right hand side.

                    3. Ken Hagan Gold badge

                      Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: tarded.

                      "Hey, reg, is there an easy way to get to the "view my posts" page without having to find an article with comments, view the comments, login, view my posts?"

                      You can use the "Forums" link at the top of each page. That cuts out part of the process.

                2. Gabor Laszlo
                  Trollface

                  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                  I just wanted to find the size limit on the Title field :)

                  1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
                    Mushroom

                    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

                    You broke the Page!

              2. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge
                Paris Hilton

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: inventing the wheel

                I came here to moan that 'Re x:' would be a waste of time - if it worked like every mail client on the planet, then, after one reply, nobody would know who you were replying to, and we'd be back to doing '@user'.

                But, you've proved so much smarter than I imagined. Kudos. (Although the coding can still be ambiguous.)

                One tiny suggestion: can we upgrade from unary numerals to Roman numerals, so that the generated titles go:

                Re<sup>i</sup>:

                Re<sup>ii</sup>:

                Re<sup>iii</sup>:

                Re<sup>iv</sup>:

                etc...

                Paris, because we've not got bored of her yet, and I expect 'Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:...' to be equally long lived; toddlers never get bored.

          5. Clotcud
            Linux

            Re: Re: Re: Re: This title not left blank.

            I can see these RE:'s growing out of control

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        2. Andus McCoatover
          Windows

          Isn't that what "Preview" is for?

          Nuff said.

      2. Guus Leeuw
        FAIL

        Re: Re: This title not left blank.

        And here's the proof that software quality assurance is often left disregarded: It works, therefore it's good...

        "Re: Re: ..." Subject lines were banned from mail clients like a decade ago?

  3. Miek

    "if you are perverse, depopulate the field entirely ." -- We are and I'm sure we will.

  4. Miek
    Coat

    "pre-populated" -- is that like 'pre-planning'?

    1. revdjenk
      Angel

      Pre-Populating means its too late to plan...?

  5. Ian Yates
    Mushroom

    Next niggle:

    How long until we can have some kind "replies" counter, so that from "My Posts" we can see if someone has replied to a comment?

    I'd prefer that to getting an email about it, and the whole "you have unread replies" concept is probably too much for El Reg-style discussions.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Next niggle:

      Not quite a replies counter but... in your Forums user control panel ( on the right hand side of the page when you are signed in) you should see My forums. This tells you how many posts have been made by others since you last posted.

      1. Graham Marsden
        Thumb Down

        Re: Re: Next niggle:

        @Drewc

        Yes, it tells you if someone else has posted in a forum, but when the comments start stretching to two or three pages that really isn't much help.

  6. jungle_jim

    apple are shit

    1. jungle_jim

      c'mon, it was going to go that way sooner or later... surely?

      1. FartingHippo

        Re: Apples are shit

        I prefer armadillos! Smooth on the inside, crunchy on the outside.

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        2. Peter Storm

          Re: Re: Apples are shit

          Yeah, but the armadillo GUI sucks

          1. Dr Insanity

            Re: Re: Re: Apples are shit

            Hitler - your argument is now invalid

            Keeping the Godwin alive!

        3. jungle_jim

          Re: Re: Apples are shit

          i would not have expected less from an armadildoid!

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  8. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Happy

    el tiT

    That's the way to do it!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is a title

    you comment here.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      Re: This is a title

      works.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    tarded

    replying to this is retarted

    1. steogede

      Re: tarded

      Yes it is.

  11. Kubla Cant Silver badge

    Replies

    It might be nice to have nested replies, so we can tell the difference between a reply and a reply to a reply.

    I suppose that's what "Re: Re: Re:..." is for.

  12. Paul 135
    Alert

    AJAX please

    If you want to improve the comments section, please AJAXify the comment rating system.

  13. jubtastic1
    Trollface

    Very good, now do it properly

    If ($replyTitle != "") {

    If (trim($title) != "") {

    $replyTitle = "Re: " . $title;

    } else {

    $replyTitle = "Re: " . $commentard . " @ " . $commentTimeStamp;

    }

    }

    Also, while you're at it, fix the comment count so it doesn't say "1 comments"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Very good, now do it properly

      10 print $replyTitle

      20 goto 10

      Private sub problemReport()

      result = MsgBox("We're sorry, something went wrong with the website!", vbOKOnly, "Problem on website detected")

      End sub

      How about this one, it has everything. A buggy title report as well as a friendly warning to the unwary user.

      Of course it doesn't fully work, but that's for the next programmer to worry about ;-P

  14. Kobus Botes
    Thumb Up

    commend.

    That is all.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Devil

    Did you even expect people to comment?

    First thing which surprised me was that all the comments were fully across the screen. Then I noticed that the ads and everything else is gone from the right side of the screen.

    Is it possible that El Reg considered this news so important that they figured no one would read it ?

    Well, 2 pages worth of replies with lost advertisement revenue will show 'm!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Did you even expect people to comment?

      We never expect people to comment. We always hope they do.

      We can live with the lost ad bucks...

  16. All names Taken

    Well, you see, as the BBC has recently pointed out that just before Madame Guillotine tasted royal blood (in France of course silly!) the structure of French society ran along lines of Clergy-Nobility-Commoners.

    Much as did the UK.

    Trouble is that the UK really does operate on the same base principles of Clergy-Nobility-Commoners partly because the UK still has a monarchy and any revolutions were nipped in the bud either by knife or the hanging frame's cords.

    But in todays 21st century it makes for hidden but perceptible tensions in England.

    Take as examples:

    Common law (law by, for and paid by commoners) How many non-commoners have got into the -ahem- funding stream?

    There are avenues for nobility law or professional law (the Lords and professional bodies having legal responsibilities and powers in managing its profession).

    It tends to be a muddle for sure and equally tends not to be a making of a muddle by Englands' commoners but by those embarked upon usurping the funds raised by commoners for the good of commoners unto their own twisted ambitions no?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So how does this apply to El Reg and the commentards?

      Just asking>

      1. Graham Wilson
        Alien

        Re: So how does this apply to El Reg and the commentards?

        'Tis intellectual you see.

        Like a Times crossword or New Scientist's Enigma, it only becomes obvious after a week or so.

        Mind you, I think I agree with the premise!

        >;-)

  17. Graham Wilson

    Useful

    Mind you, I'd also like some method of nested indenting for replies.

  18. yoinkster
    Thumb Up

    My super more awesome way that the reply button should work.

    No-one cares about titles, titles are for writers. We are all simple trolls!

    Would it not be better to have the reply button populate the reply title with the user's handle and an @? And if we get some clown posting as a coward it could come up with @AC $post_time$ in the reply title. In fact, you could put the time in anyway in case someone posts multiple times in a thread.

    It's much easier to see a convo develop when people are referring back to nicks instead of titles because as we've seen here, we can end up with bajillions of "Re:"s and it gets messy.

    1. Mike Flex

      Re: My super more awesome way that the reply button should work.

      wot yoinkster rote.

  19. Gary Olson
    Go

    Well, I've never....

    ...been niggled. But, I'll take a deniggling. Is that by the hour or by the pound?

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