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[Bug] Actions are not where they used to be - comments button replaced with link

Looks like new coding was deployed without regression test

The Actions gear and views count moved from below the Avatar to a new position below the subject line

The comments button is not anymore a button and just became a link

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  • Posted on Mar 03, 2017 at 07:58 AM

    Hmm, it's a lot less confusing now with the collapsed comments, but I wonder why they choose to do the "Comment on this question/answer" as a link when there is no other comment and as button when there are already comments present. Why not stick to one kind of UI thingy?

    IMO the tag needs to get to another place, too. At the moment it's at the end of the question, but IMO it needs to be at the top. Maybe above the title? Or next to the timestamp and view counter. Maybe go "tagged with:" and then just put them there in a list.

    I don't think taking the Actions menu of the question to another place makes a lot of sense. The space under the avatar is now really wasted. Why not use it more instead of less? oO

    Putting the timestamp and view count under the title, that I like.

    The up/down voting of a question is now at the top, too. So finding that takes some getting used, too.

    And my last thought about this: with so many changes, why not publish a dedicated blog about this? I'd love to mention Jerry here...


    Some good ideas going on here, some others I really don't understand. Bit of a hit & miss again.




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    • clicking on the "comment" does not seem to work if the comment is hidden behind "show more comments". It just opens the main question in such case.


      Yep, that's one of the old bugs. It works and leads you to the comment, when it's not to deep in the hierarchy.

  • Posted on Mar 03, 2017 at 08:46 PM

    Aah, there you are, guys, and I'm discussing it all by myself in the Coffee Corner. :)

    Did some answering/commenting today and I'm quite a bit confused by the new changes. An option to roll-up comments is very helpful but the rest is just - oy... Actions/views were on the right-hand side on SCN before (and still are in Discussions). Was it changed to make the question page more like the blog page? But the avatar is still on the right, so it didn't free up any space.

    The addition of the "Comment on this answer" as a link looks very odd and is mildly confusing (there is also Reply that seems to appear haphazardly now). Not sure this is very helpful.

    To be honest, UI just looks more messy now. Why can't someone with UI skills at SAP review such changes before they are implemented?

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    • I agree with you. Or it should be a setting in the user profile. For example, when a question is already answered long time ago and someone finds it in Google, all the "what did you mean?" comments might no longer be pertinent. But for the open questions I'd prefer the comments to be opened. And since I mostly look at such questions that how I'd set my preference.

      And all this could've been avoided if comments were not introduced to begin with...

  • Posted on Mar 03, 2017 at 09:54 AM

    Have you noticed that avatars are missing in comments?

    On the positive side - it looks like they applied some restriction for minimum width for nested comments:

    Too bad that they did not fix the missing comment option in IE11 and Firefox (which is one of the many reasons why I misuse the comment/answer option).

    @Steffi: there is just one tiny problem with chronological sorting of answers - the accepted answer is always shown at the top, no matter how you sort (reported 2 months ago).

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    • I completely understand that this is not an easy decision. One can only guess how many dependencies are there and which functionalities might need to be adjusted - such redesign would be definitely expensive. But compared to all this bug-fixing, the delayed gamification (some members hope that it might bring a few regulars back), the wasted hours to prepare explanation blogs and record videos... I wonder when it would become more expensive to keep on fixing the initial design flaws than to start exploring something different...

  • Posted on Mar 03, 2017 at 07:15 AM

    "The comments button is not anymore a button and just became a link" - not only for question comments but for the first comment to the answer.

    And the comments tree is collapsed by default - ABSOLUTELY unacceptable!!!!

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    • But Jelena sadly then no one would be notified (in the current system as it is!!). I am trying my best to make the aforementioned comment to reality and believe this issue would be greatly solved once that service has been fully developed. Now that we are almost done refining the core functionalities of this new service, I will be consulting you and other active members with mock-ups soon.

      Thanks for your continued interest, feedback, and more importantly, patience Jelena!


      Sajid Amir

  • Posted on Mar 03, 2017 at 01:00 PM

    Also location of the "Comment on this answer" button is strange - after all comments to the specific answer. Easy to press this button insted of "Reply" to the last comment.

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    Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Also, without filling any details click on "Submit your answer". Next, you will never get other person comments collapsing tree.

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