When I first saw this box in the bottom right I thought great I can just click the up or arrow and it will jump to next or previous reply… and handy as reply focus is automatically in the middle of the screen too… but instead when I click it a pop-up box appears with more options… ok not bad or end of the world BUT to do a change reply requires further in-direct input.
So what I’m asking is a simple way to click an arrow directly to change reply number - something obvious like an up and down or left right style arrow button?
Existing pop-up box options for reply number are ‘ok’ but perhaps adding arrows to the current ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ formation makes more sense if not adding more dedicated previous and next buttons without needing to enter any pop-up box.
Overall: Click action is now less direct than I see it could be and and takes focus away from reading a little more than perhaps I would like and different to what we’ve come to expect arrows buttons doing more directly!
###Picture example of changes / possibilities / my recommendations
###A longer run-through of to show actual scenario for changing reply
Extra mouse clicks and typing needed…
Initially click arrows bring up a command box… ok not so bad even if not direct… but even from here I have no choice of arrows to click up or down (next / previous reply) so far…
This command box shows only showing more arrows which only go to the extreme top post or bottom post… (ok I don’t want that in this case, I want to skip to next… nope no arrows for that… a big miss in function I feel. Maybe the initial picture above of arrows make it look like up/down is possible and I feel let down ( )
2b. So continuing my quest for simply the next post I have to now manually type in the next number! Yes, look down at you keyboard, figure out the next post number after 7 and then type 8 to jump to reply BUT… you first have to delete the existing number 7 by pressing delete (or pressing it twice if you have double digits in the reply box >10) or double-click highlight this number otherwise you will end up asking for 87 in this case)
I understand that this box might not be for using as a scroll method of looking at replies… but I it could be and would be great! I think the use of ‘next’ button and ability to kind of scroll would add more functional and speed, especially in lots of short replies. Click next… Read… Click next… Read… Click next… Read.
##Additional but minor comments (unfinished / can ignore)
###my experience using reply numbers and using arrow benefits versus searching words to find replies
- Using reply number(s) rather than CTRL-F word searching people’s reply
It’s also handy to be able to go to different reply numbers quickly or click to be able to go up and down the page quickly - often I use a keyword or term amongst many replies to find that reply again which can be confusing as there are 2 searches (Discourse search and then the browser search say / Firefox search box) - to browse in Firefox/maybe others now needs 2 x presses of CTRL-F to search only current page and well don’t know about others but often I’ve got confused / sidetracked typing in the Discourse search before pressing CTRL-F again a few times getting to the browser search to get to my reply. Instead I could maybe remember the reply number(s) or simply click next or previous until I find my reply or remind myself quickly in this way.