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    Enhancing user references

    A humble suggestion: Might it be possible to alter one of two aspects of the Lounge to make it easier/more accurate for users to reference other posts?

    After all this time I still need to use the 1-click panel because I never can remember whether it is post#= or post=# or even if there is a #; I'm sure that there is a =. Because I am a lazy procrastinator it is easier for me to abstain from including a reference to a post than make the essays neccesary to get it right.

    (a) If the display in the post itself were changed from "Post: 480341" to "Post#=480341" I could copy-and-paste as-is. No antics.
    ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] If the tag format was changed from "Post#=480341" to "Post: 480341" I could copy-and-paste as-is. No antics.

    Other users might be encouraged to provide cross-references to earlier posts, too.

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    Re: Enhancing user references

    I personally always copy the post *number* and use it in a post tag, Chris. And if you want to be creative, there is the extended post tag: <!t>[post=description,number] which wouldn't be copy and pastable. With the latter tag, a link to <!post=your post,483358>your post<!/post> looks like this.
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    Re: Enhancing user references

    Chris, if you don't like using the 1-Click TagPanel, or tire of the boredom of it, you should get yourself one or both of the following type of software. A clipboard enhancer such as ClipMate Clipboard Extender Home Page (which I've used for years) or Mike Lin's Clipomatic will allow you to keep bunches of frequently used "text" that can easily be selected and pasted into your Lounge posts. Then, all you have to do is type in the post number.

    I also use what some still call a "macro" program (QuicKeys Keyboard Automation Software) for typing of repetitive text. These days I hesitate to call it a macro program for the confusion with Word or Excel, which it is not. Using these kinds of tools, since I'm a frequent Lounge poster, I hardly ever have need for the 1-Click panel - it's simply a matter of a hot-key assignment.

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    Re: Enhancing user references

    The <!t>[post#=number]<!/t> tag was the last one created, after the <!t>[post=visible_text,number]<!/t>, so it was logical to make it different by using the mnemonic "post number equals". But with the benefit of hindsight... Actually, it might be fun to use the Greasemonkey extension to Firefox to inject JavaScript and create your own rich editing environment for the Lounge. Let us know if you do!

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    Re: Enhancing user references

    Great idea <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

    I went with option ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] as in <!t>[Post: 483358]<!/t> which generates <post#=483358>post 483358</post: >

    The other syntax still works of course.
    Cheers, Claude.

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    Re: Enhancing user references

    This <!post=Re: Pulling URLs,483861>Re: Pulling URLs<!/post> might be close to what I want.

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    Re: Enhancing user references

    Thanks, Claude. If I've got it right I merely need to copy the existing "Post: 48359" and drop it in square brackets, like this <post#=48359>post 48359</post:>.

    Yup. That seems to work. It seemed a shame not to have the post number in a ready-to-roll format. I've had no trouble remembering {b} and {i} and the like, but the {post} has always stumped me, and I'd like to make better references to existing posts.

    How did you know to use the colon-format?

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