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    Lightbulb Reminder for [CODE] tags

    Could we have a popup reminder to use [CODE] tags? Most new posters just don't know they exist. We could detect the use of curly braces, for example, and no [code]s with a little bit of JS.
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    I think the best way would be to have a forum guidelines (read me before posting) type thing which made a huge emphasis on that and a few of the other common problems which seem to plague the new to java forum.

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    They do exist, but for some reason they are hidden under FAQ. Even if they were easily found, most people aren't going to read them - I didn't.
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    Yes, most of the people didn't read the FAQ page here. So what's your guys suggestion about that.

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    I would suggest FAQ is a stupid title for what should be called Forum Help, Forum Guidelines and/or Forum Rules. Having these as sticky at the top of boards is a good way to make sure people notice and can find them. I never looked at it as it never occurred to me that it would contain forum help or guidelines (and I can generally work that out for myself).

    An FAQ page is where I would expect to find answers to stuff like "How do I run my Java application", "Why does my Swing application freeze up" and "How do I connect to a database". In other words - Frequently Asked Questions
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    Eranga... Remember, remember, the 5th of November...
    I have commented this with you before.... the "Read this first" sticky post at the beginning of the sub forums...

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    Yes Chris, I remember that. And I told you that our administrators don't want to add any stick posts on each sub-forums. What they say is, want to see new posts every time on the top of the list. They always try to stick with the FAQ page.

    And I know, about the code tags in FAQ page there is no any direct explanation.

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    One sticky post isn't going to fill up the list. No-one seems concerned about removing the year-old sticky from this board.

    My point about FAQ is that it's not the place where one would even expect to find that information.
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    how bout everytime someone w/ less than 5 post try to make it post, there be some popup reminder telling them to go RTFFAQ (read the friendly faq).

    also, separate the faq into "frequent asked quesitons" and forum guidelines.

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    more idea... embeded text into members with less than 5post who tries to create a new thread. So when they try to create a new thread, there's small pre-written text as examples.

    PLEASE EDIT AS YOU LIKE:
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    I will be using code markers.

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    Hi,

    We can have any of those features.

    1. Moderators can post stickies to a few forums if they want.
    2. We can add a plugin to detect and remind new users about [ code ] tags.

    For the second option, please do a search on vbulletin plugins. If you find anything usable and stable enough, i am ready to install it. Just PM me if you find one.

    By the way, i might not be able to answer quickly because nowadays i rarely check the forums. And this will continue like this for the next year. I guess moderators can find my email address from the system and email me. I will also PM my personal email address to Eranga...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeDog View Post
    Could we have a popup reminder to use [CODE] tags? Most new posters just don't know they exist. We could detect the use of curly braces, for example, and no [code]s with a little bit of JS.
    For new users they are not allowed to post images, links, or view them.
    why not for the first 10 posts have this pop-up as OrangeDog says, very good idea :)

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    I think adding those things(pop-ups) is not look fine in a forum. My suggestion is adding a sticky thread explain about those things or guiding them to FAQ page. What you guys think?

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    Forum rules and guideline
    In this post, I've made a suggestion to use one stickie that links to other important topics. And it should be closed but updatable.
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    Thanks for the comment angryboy. Actually adding more sticky post is not good. The conclusion most of the mods have is that we cannot see new thread on top in every visit to a forum section. Personally I like to see that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranga View Post
    I think adding those things(pop-ups) is not look fine in a forum. My suggestion is adding a sticky thread explain about those things or guiding them to FAQ page. What you guys think?
    but if it's only when people click the "new thread" button or "post reply" then it's fine as a popup...it's only ever seen 5-10 times depending on the limit set. It doesn't impose any 'bad look' to the forum, as most users will never seen it again after a couple posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eranga View Post
    Thanks for the comment angryboy. Actually adding more sticky post is not good. The conclusion most of the mods have is that we cannot see new thread on top in every visit to a forum section. Personally I like to see that too.
    Not sure if you get what I mean... I meant only one stickie per subforum. And this stickie have links to other threads and faqs.

    One problem with pop-ups is that most of us have blockers. and its also a turnoff for new members who see's pop-up warnings. Which is why we should just have pre-written text for members with less than 5 post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angryboy View Post
    One problem with pop-ups is that most of us have blockers. and its also a turnoff for new members who see's pop-up warnings. Which is why we should just have pre-written text for members with less than 5 post.
    yep so instead maybe a warning box above the editbox, for the first 5 posts reminding users to use codeblocks. Or another way would be a page redirection -> continue button. But i think warning would probably be read more often if it were just above edit box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angryboy View Post
    Not sure if you get what I mean... I meant only one stickie per subforum. And this stickie have links to other threads and faqs.
    No lol, it's clear what you say. May be I say it incompletely. Regarding CODE tags and few other things have to deal with. So adding more sticky page is the problem here. Not about simple things.

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