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    • wx

      After posting and reading for a few days, a few things occurred to me,

      1/ Yesterday, I thought of a follow-up on the AI thread. Then I wondered, how would I find the AI thread? Especially, how would I find it when Cake takes off and it's quickly buried under new threads? My solution was to go through my Activity thingie. Is that the official prescription? Or is the idea that I start a new thread? I'm so accustomed to the old forum idea of categories and threads that I'm feeling my way through Cake way.

      2/ The highlight feature (the thingie that colors words or phrases to add links, italicize or whatever) is a light blue. Very tasteful. However (and this may be my old eyes betraying me) I have a hard time differentiating it from the background.

      3/ Do you have any plans to spare my blushes by adding spellcheck at any time in the future? The degree to which I'm worried about making spelling mistakes really isn't healthy, but there it is anyway. In fact, right now I'm going to look up "occurred" because I want to make sure it has two r's! I guess it must. If it didn't, it would be "oh-cured" and would be a medical term for a surprised doctor.

      Small stuff, but I thought I'd ask.

      ps How'd I do on tags? :-)

    • Vilen

      Those are excellent questions @wxwax. Let me try to answer them:

      1. Yesterday, I thought of a follow-up on the AI thread. Then I wondered, how would I find the AI thread? Especially, how would I find it when Cake takes off and it's quickly buried under new threads? My solution was to go through my Activity thingie. Is that the official prescription? Or is the idea that I start a new thread? I'm so accustomed to the old forum idea of categories and threads that I'm feeling my way through Cake way.

      The best way to follow up on a conversation is actually to press the "Follow" button right under the conversation title and above the first post. By following a conversation you'll see it appear in a special feed (indicated by a "★" tab". This dedicated "Following" feed is a great way to bookmark and come back to conversations you're interested it. We are also building a notifications mechanism so that if someone posts in a conversation you follow, we'll let you know.
      However, one of the best and most complicated features that we are still building is "Search". Once it is completed you'll be able to find this conversation anytime. Our brand promise to "discover great conversations" really hinges on that 😉.

      2. The highlight feature (the thingie that colors words or phrases to add links, italicize or whatever) is a light blue. Very tasteful. However (and this may be my old eyes betraying me) I have a hard time differentiating it from the background.

      I think you are referring to whether the button you've clicked on has turned on or off. The distinction can be hard to see. Did I capture your feedback correctly? If so, I'll bring this up in our next discussion with the team.

      3. Do you have any plans to spare my blushes by adding spellcheck at any time in the future? The degree to which I'm worried about making spelling mistakes really isn't healthy, but there it is anyway. In fact, right now I'm going to look up "occurred" because I want to make sure it has two r's! I guess it must. If it didn't, it would be "oh-cured" and would be a medical term for a surprised doctor.

      As far as I understand the spellcheck really depends on which browser and device you are using. On a desktop it works great in Chrome and Safari, on a phone it doesn't work as well just yet. Our engineering team has more insight on that so they'll chime in with a better answer.

    • wx

      Thanks for the prompt reply on a Sunday afternoon, Vilen!

      1/ Got it. Duh. I feel silly now.

      2/ I'm actually talking about writing something, and then trying to highlight it to make it a link, or to italicize it, or to make it bold, etc. Does that make my meaning clearer? As for whether the button has been clicked or not, I see your point. So far I've had no trouble detecting that it has, by the effect my selection has on the word or phrase that I've selected. It's the selection process itself that I'm finding a tiny bit difficult.

      3/ Do I have to admit that I'm using Firefox 59.02 on an old Macbook Pro?

    • DanSolarMan

      Question.

      On the page reached by the bell? tab, where it shows reacted to and replied to posts.

      How do you recognize the posts that are unread? What is the identifier?

    • Vilen

      Great question, Dan! We indicate unread activity by having a light blue background behind it.

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Hey wxwax, no worries, and thanks for speaking up. You're not the only one who didn't discover the star for following conversations. It's really useful for us to know what your thinking process is.

      Another thing we know is quite different from forums and takes some adjustment is topics versus subforums. On Cake you compose the first post in a thread, then add topics, as you've discovered. On forums, you find the subforum you want your thread to appear in and navigate there before starting the thread. One trouble with that model is what if your thread is interesting to two subs? And what about trending topics where you want to start something new when you start your conversation? Anyway, it's an adjustment and we're constantly trying to think of ways to make it more intuitive.

    • yaypie

      Thanks for the feedback! Vilen is correct that spellcheck support mostly depends on your browser.

      I've noticed that Firefox and Safari don't seem to underline misspelled words consistently as you type in the editor (sometimes you need to click outside the editor before misspelled words will be highlighted). Spellcheck works well in Chrome though. We'll keep doing what we can to try to improve it in all browsers.

    • kikoteixeira

      Congrats to Cake design & engineering for the most excellent job in building!

      I too got a bit confused about how to navigate the "followed" feature. One little suggestion that would perhaps help is to decorate the [follow] button with a star

    • DanSolarMan

      I think this is what I was looking at. After you posted yesterday I noticed unread posts were blue. It says I have an unread post but I am not able to identify it in blue. Yes, I have scrolled to the bottom and checked the next page. No problems at all as I could easily “mark all as read”

      Just wanted to share the input. Thanks!

    • Vilen

      Dan, thank you for posting a screenshot. This does look a bit suspicious. I'll bring this up with our engineering team to dig deeper.

      Please keep your feedback coming 😉

    • Vilen

      It turns out that this issue can happen when you post in a conversation you've started. Our engineering team is aware of this problem. Unfortunately there is no easy fix for this now, but we are going to tackle this issue eventually. Wish I had more encouraging news, but for now please bear with us.

    • DanSolarMan

      Thank you.

      As an FYI I went to the Bell? Then to the screen below, it showed in blue that you had replied and I had an unread post.

      After reading your post I went back. It looked like this.

      Notice it says two unread now.

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