If the sections you're not in were to be collapsed, I don't think that even the noobs would have a problem. The click on a single link for Programming Questions and then get re-directed as appropriate.
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I would think "most" users of CP would still understand a collapsible menu format. Not knowing where to place questions derives from not knowing what exactly to ask or where it fits in I suppose but....don't think you could ever prevent all the navigation sort of errors. Maybe CP needs a sort of area that folks can go to answer a few questions that will then give a better clue of where to place questions?? That would be for folks that have to be somewhat totally lost I guess. As I get a little more knowledge under my belt it seems simple enough to ask the appropriate question in the appropriate forum.
On my 'Professional Profile' page i have neat little coloured boxes telling me my status in all reputation categories except author. I assume this is because i have yet to have any submissions accepted (im working on it).
My question is, why do not have a box anyway? according to the reputation point guide the 0 point author status is defined and has a name ('Browser')
I think having a white box with a big fat 0 in it would encourage the 'point collectors' (ok, i admit i like to see the numbers go up) to consider submitting content. It would also make clear the distinction between 'hasnt had a submission accepted' and 'Under Water'
The author has provided a reference link to an MSDN section, the article is a cherry-pick of the terminology from that, the article section headers match the COM Technical Overview Page, with content being picked from within.
More a bulletted summary than an article...........
A post of more than a few paragraphs injects delays of more than 1 second between keystrokes, evidently caused by the preview mechanism parsing and formatting the preview. Please consider providing a checkbox that disables the preview feature.
Or, a refresh of the Preview only when the user clicks the cursor on it and gives it focus ? ... said without knowing if this is possible given the internal structure of CP's site ... take with grain of salt: of course ...
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