1.) New format is nice, looking far better than the outdated Talkback. Threaded indentation is also appreciated. Feels much more forum-esque.
2.) Only BBS URL codes are permitted...no formatting at all? Some, such as color, would be nice, but lacking bold and underline seems to be overlooking the basics.
3.) Why must a link be clicked to view the submitted message? Like here in the forums, an extra click after every submission is annoying for those who make a lot of contributions. Why not just confirm a successful submission by showing the submission?
4.) I doubt it's possible, but could text wrapping be added? It's currently maxed out at 82 characters. Unlike the forums it's 'chopped off' from view under instead of exceeding the boundaries, but would still be nice to have adjusted. (Darn Safari wraps it automatically, but IE, Firefox, Netscape, and Opera don't.)
6.) Out of curiosity, why does the new Comments system ask the user the select a genre of inappropriate content?
7.) Something's wrong with the Email and Report features, though...sometimes the cursor won't appear at all when clicked, although the user can still type. Seems random, but cross-browser.
8.) After sending an e-mail using the system, confirmation is displayed. However, after the user clicks the email icon to send another, or to report an offensive post, the previous confirmation is still displayed. It should be automatically removed after the user clicks to send a new report or email. Likewise for the ROP option.
9.) If the Report or Email option is open, could clicking the respective icon again close it, as the Cancel button does?
10.) In the forums and under Tips & Tricks a message lets the user know about the depth limitation, but not there...perhaps a reminder to reply to the parent post is in order?
11.) Please check the site using Safari...whenever I mouse over any frame all of the text in the frame is underlined.
12.) If you view the comments overview section at the bottom on the article's page, the Report and Email links don't work. They only become 'active' when switching to the separate comments page.
I may be back later with more, but that's enough brutality for the time being.
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