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I propose to discuss all usability questions here

These are not bugs. But life would be much easyer without them :-)

CEDI's children pages
The links to children pages at the bottom of cedi page usually have "(empty)" next to them, if the children pages do not have their own children pages.
Even if you put some contents into the page, it will have "(empty)" next to it. This is misleading, or just not true.

Excess navigation in Admin
Lets say you go to Admin/Structure/Zones. There you have two links "Add zone" and "Edit zone". After you click on Edit you get the list of zones.
It would be much better to have this list (with button edit) on the previous page; and the button "Add new" next to that list. You would save one screen.
This way of presentation is used everywhere in adminzone

thats all for now.
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Mindaugas said

These are not bugs. But life would be much easyer without them :-)

CEDI's children pages
The links to children pages at the bottom of cedi page usually have "(empty)" next to them, if the children pages do not have their own children pages.
Even if you put some contents into the page, it will have "(empty)" next to it. This is misleading, or just not true.



ya I did not like that either so I edited the skin to take it out.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Mindaugas said


Excess navigation in Admin
Lets say you go to Admin/Structure/Zones. There you have two links "Add zone" and "Edit zone". After you click on Edit you get the list of zones.
It would be much better to have this list (with button edit) on the previous page; and the button "Add new" next to that list. You would save one screen.
This way of presentation is used everywhere in adminzone

thats all for now.

I could not agree more.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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CEDI's children pages

I'll consider this a cosmetic bug, because if you have the 'Hide Posts' option enabled for a page, it can never be 'empty'. It'll be cleaned up for the next patch release.

Excess navigation in Admin

Whilst we don't comment on individual feature suggestions, I will point out that there is a little 'Menu' button at the bottom bar of all ocPortal screens – if you click it you'll get a quick popup admin navigation.


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Yes but look he is trying to make the system better so more people use it.
I for one want it to be easier and this would make it easier.
Its common sence.

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That was purely a piece of immediate advice that might have been useful, not a judgment on the suggestion.


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O sorry. I am a bit frustrated do to the casino I installed cuasing the PM system not to work and then when I got the PM system working the army system stopped working and I can not get it back up.

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Chris Graham said

Whilst we don't comment on individual feature suggestions, I will point out that there is a little 'Menu' button at the bottom bar of all ocPortal screens – if you click it you'll get a quick popup admin navigation.

Thanks for pointing this out. This is a great menu, that I overlooked before. But what wrote, wasnt an "individual feature suggestions" :cool:

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Picture editing

Beeing an admin I cannot access pictures in the gallery for editing.
I know there are 4 pictures in the gallery (two in Europa, two in Klajoklis.lt renginiai). But I cannot open these categories



BTW.
- Is it possible to edit picture from the gallery, without going to CMS area?
- When validating user submitted picture, i cannot see the picture itself. How can I validate it?
- Whan validating new pictures, I must open new screen for each picture, then click again on Edit etc. Is it possible to make validation of collections or at least by 10 pictures in one time? In my previous website we had 10456 pictures (in approx 5 years)
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Mindaugas said


- Is it possible to edit picture from the gallery, without going to CMS area?


You can by viewing the image and at the bottom of the page you will see edit.
Thats how I always do it.

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I know there are 4 pictures in the gallery (two in Europa, two in Klajoklis.lt renginiai). But I cannot open these categories

It looks like you've disabled image support in the galleries (it's an option for each gallery whether it supports images or videos or both or neither). ocPortal filters the selection list for anything to do with adding/editing images to only galleries that support (new) images in them. Ami's tip should help you out.

When validating user submitted picture, i cannot see the picture itself. How can I validate it?

Good point – I'll look into fixing that.

Whan validating new pictures, I must open new screen for each picture, then click again on Edit etc. Is it possible to make validation of collections or at least by 10 pictures in one time? In my previous website we had 10456 pictures (in approx 5 years)

Not directly. What you could do is do a search for images newer than last time you validated images, to see all the new images. Then delete any you don't want to validate. Then open up OcCLE and type:

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:$GLOBALS['SITE_DB']->query_update('images',array('validated'=>1));


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What I said about images being disabled was nonsense. It's actually a bug:
ocPortal – Entry: The image/video edit list does not work

I'll also add a proper image-previewing handler to the next patch release.


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some more usability issues

1. Why Quotes are administered in the Style section if they are a part of the content. IMHO should be found in CMS

2. Shoutbox is good and chat rooms is just excellent. But maybe we could have entrance to the chatrooms in the Shoutbox block?

3. Everytime after one edits a bit of content or some settings, he has to press button 'Edit'. Wouldnt it be better to have smth like 'Save' there. It is confusing to click on Edit if I already have edited it. Edit once more?
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Interactive Comcode behavior

When I edit page in comcode and try to mark something in bold for instance, the cursor always jumps up after marking bold. If the page is long it is very uncomfortable.
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Printer friendly page

When I open printer friendly page it always has background of the darkest color in the theme.
I undestand that it doesnt matter for a printer, but it does for a user :-)
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