Starting today, I'm going to be talking about (and sometimes showing) bits and pieces from V2. This is an opportunity to discuss one feature at a time. We'll shed some light on how that feature is going, and you all can send us some feedback about your likes and dislikes while we are working on it.
Today's topic is the Thread Actions menu. V2 will (over time) has different options on how to display things, but the default in the default themes packs is to use menus to clear out the clutter of so many icons and buttons. Sometimes, icons and buttons are faster and easier, so for things that happen often, we use them, but for admin like things where you don't do it often, we slide a lot into a menu.
In a thread page (think the UltraForum style), there is a list of messages where the author is one side, and the thread on the other. Each author block and message block will have a menu to deal with just that author or just that thread. My next posting will be about that.
But today, we have the Thread Actions menu at the bottom of the thread.
When you click Thread Actions, you get the above menu. Watch thread (or forum) is a way to get email notices about the the thread (or forum). Feature As has three choices: Announcement, Sticky, and Normal. Move To has all the other forums that are within the community (where a community is comparable to an Index page on V1). Bookmark menus should be self explanitory.
Show Printable and Download Thread are unimplemented at this time, and may not make it to the first version we put out. We will have a different CSS sheet for printing, so just the act of printing will automatically give a printable version.
Selecting some items like Watch Thread or Lock Thread, etc., will use AJAX to do the dirty work. What this means, is that it happens in the background -- no need to do a whole page refresh like we do today. Should make things faster and easier.
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