I recently noticed that when I followed a link from an email back to a CP message, the message as you would expect was all pale blue. However for some reason, I went to see which post this message related to within the thread and noticed that the subject is not hoverable to display the parent/child lines at the left.
Looks like the styling for a selected message kills the hoverable actions on the subject for the message.
edit: Also happen if you just click the permalink in the message actions turn it blue.
Follow the link, the message is blue, hovering over the subject line does not make it become underlined and the arrow lines to parent do not show. All other message in the thread continue to display the link lines correctly.
In the chrome debugger I just dragged and dropped the <a> tag from the subject line of a message to one that was opened via a permalink, then manually edited the name attribute to the number obtained from the permalink.
and voila, link lines now appear for the permalinked blue message.
So, is it because the subject of a permalinked message does not have a <a> tag with the associated, message-link class that is breaking the permalink message links.
e.g. Typical message subject has the following markup within the <td> <a class="message-link" name="4296545" parent="4296226" thread="4293584" href="/Messages/4296490/Re-Highlighted-message-parent-child-lines-not-acce.aspx">Re: Highlighted message parent/child lines not accessible.</a>
I'd offered to work with an author to fix the formatting on this[^]. I clicked to edit it, and then saw that he'd fixed most of the formatting issues so I left it to approve it. What has been approved is the default template - if you go back to the previous version, you can see what it should have been.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
I have seen many people pasting links from Google results as solution to questions, including top experts. In some cases, without the question being precise and not enough to provide a solution.
Have a look at this question:
Retrieve Image/Photo from SQL Database[^]
You can see my comments and the point that I am trying to make.
My only point is if links are just to give direction to the QP and doesn't answer his question, why aren't they posted as a "Comment or a Suggestion". That is what's been happening in most cases including top experts.
Because sometimes that is the solution. Poster says "How can I do xxx", and pasting that question into Google yields lots of suggestions. So giving the Google link as a solution is the correct thing to do.
Should it be posted as an answer or comment is irrelevant, the important thing is that it gets posted. It's the OP that decides if the answer was helpful and accepts it.
My guess is it's because it generates a bit more points.
The important thing tho is that the OP is helped, isn't that why we are here to ask questions and / or help others by answering.
As to why Google search results are posted, if the question is to general a Google search on some keywords might help the OP in his search for the correct answer.
If the question is to easy it's one way to show the OP that he should have searched Google himself first before asking here.
I think you will find that no matter what you try and enforce as the correct etiquette for posting, it will fall on deaf ears.
You have only been on CP for less than 2 months, and I think you will find that Q&A's have been around a lot longer. If it warrants it, by all means educate the poster of their wrong doing or provide an alternative approach. I will warn you though, this can quickly lead to you been downvoted not just against your post, but against everything the voter can lay their mouse on!
Sometimes it is better to just ignore it and move on....
I will warn you though, this can quickly lead to you been downvoted not just against your post, but against everything the voter can lay their mouse on!
Fortunately, I consider myself a professional and have not done so. After my initial reply to his comments, I have followed your second suggestion (except for this message I guess):
Sometimes it is better to just ignore it and move on....
Now why he has started his crusade by pointing his spear at my post is puzzling to me given the target rich environment in QA. I actually did put in the time to find different types of solutions that might help out the OP based on information given in the question.
I am not pointing at anyone. I thought it better to speak to a vast audience (and more experienced and audience) rather than just you who on seeing a negative comment on your post went crazy that he forgot he shouldn't be swearing (atleast).
I accept I am new, and also accept that CP is a shared environment for the benefit of QP. But majority of the answers that you see come as links found on Google. Instead of a concrete solution. That shouldnt be made a trend.
And that is what I am arguing about. Its not about Soren or anyone else individually, its just the trend that CP is walking towards.
Ok, let's take that part up as a discussion in this forum and hear what the broader audience say about it - after all of this I am actually curious.
I do not think I "went crazy". When I saw your two negative comments combined with your 1-vote, I started my reply with my initial reaction. I later changed the 3 letters to "OMG" because you complained, not because I think it is an insult. If it did insult you, that was not my intention and I apologize.
However, as far as I know it is not considered swearing on this site. As a matter of fact, right here next to the box where I am writing this message there is a WTF icon, it looks like this
It might surprise you, but I do agree with your original point about just referencing Google. To some degree.
I do not care for the answers that simply bring up lmgtfy.com with keywords from the question, but I don't down-vote those answers because it just might be what the OP needs. If I see an answer like that and believe I can help out, I provide my own solution without commenting on the other answer.
All sorted between you and me!! I guess.. And infact there wasnt even anything against you.
May be I would realise the importance of ONE DOWN VOTE later and not at this stage.
May be now you are happy.