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post May 16 06, 08:28
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The Smilies are indeed one of the fun factors of posting and I do enjoy them. However, I have held some concern when they start running amuck in my temporary files folder. For those who understand what I mean, please be patient with me as I explain in more detail for those not as familiar with temp files.

Every time you visit a page (site-URL) everything, including the page, is automatically downloaded in your temperary files. Most people have their computers set to deleat these files every time you shut your computer down. If your computer tends to run sluggish you might want to check to see if your computer has these settings or go in and clean out those files on a regular basis. (It also helps to defrag now and then)

My concern over these cute little critters is that they make their way to this folder in full force every time I post. And if I'm looking through the 'show all' section this is even worse. I don't know if any of this is possible but here are a few suggestions that might help a little.

Instead of showing the smilies to the left, perhaps you could have links to small popup menus such as emotions, animals, Lord of the Rings, characters, etc. The small popup would then list the smiles alphabetically in that category by the text name only. With this would be the function of rolling the pointer over the text name to see the smilie image. This would keep many of the critters from escaping their cage without permission. rainbow.gif

I can't remember but I think you have an option for them to be seen or not but I like seeing them in the posts. Some may not like this idea and prefer looking at the images instead of the text so it might also be advantagous for individuals to choose which way they prefer.

Another benifit in this is that the individual may also become more familiar with what text goes with what image and remember those they use most often to just type it in and save time.

Just a thought but I would like to know what you think or even if this is at all possible.
 
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post May 16 06, 18:21
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Heyo,

When you open the post box the system sends one copy of all the images and smilies to your cache, the short window is approximately 70k. They're then re-used until they expire, or the cache is emptied. They shouldn't re-download themselves each time the page is refreshed, unless there's a strange setting in your browser?

Unfortunately, making the table a clickable option would require significant re-coding of the system and all the skins.....

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post May 19 06, 22:25
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Gosh! I probably shouldn't have said anything. I sort of knew it would entail a lot of work. It's probably more of a problem for me and ya'll shouldn't sweat it. I know they really don't take up all that much room but when you're working on an old puter like mine and with tons of graphics every day, it tends to make my puter drag unless I clean out the cache daily (sometimes twice a day) and degrag just as often. The rest is just a preference.

Didn't mean to upset anyone. rose.gif
 
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post May 20 06, 17:14
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Didn't mean to upset anyone. rose.gif


No worries, nobody's upset. Just didn't want your post to go unanswered. It would be nice if someone could make the smilies window have a close/open button. Hm. Might have just the victim um.. uh.. person for the job ;0


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Hi Jackie.

You've got some good ideas here - I will hunt around the support forums at IPB and see if there is anything related to this that we might be able to do. It might be nice to have categories, but I'm not certain how to do that?

I'll keep you posted if I can find anything.

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post May 25 06, 09:25
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Oh my! I must have replied to this on one of my defensive aragorn.gif , depression days. Sorry about that. rose.gif

Having worked a great deal with HTML and a little JavaScript I can only imagine how difficult make that kind of change would be. Definately something one only wants to do when one is totally bored out of their skull. It was just a thought and I tend to slap my thoughts down without thinking them through at times. zombie.gif
 
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