scroll-to-named-anchor code February 16, 2006 6:54 PM   Subscribe

The new moo.fx includes some scroll-to-named-anchor code which I'd love to see in threads here when you click on an anchor link back to another person's comment, used when quoting them inthread. At the moment, it opens a new tab (for me), and rarely actually finds the right place in the page. I realize that's a browser shortcoming, not Matt's fault, of course. Anyway, it's not a new idea but it's easy to implement now with stuff like moo. Just an idea.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken to Feature Requests at 6:54 PM (9 comments total)

All the interesting javascriptery flying around lately has me all hot and bothered, geekishly speaking. Perhaps not appropriate for the slightly traditionalist feel of MeFi, I admit.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:59 PM on February 16, 2006

That's really cool, especially the way the scrolling is faster the farther it must scroll, and how it decelerates as it gets closer.

But, it takes too time, and what's cool the first few times I think becomes annoying.
posted by orthogonality at 7:04 PM on February 16, 2006

Cool, and yet unnecessary.
posted by graventy at 7:16 PM on February 16, 2006

Fair enough. I never bother reading what anyone else says, anyway. Heh.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:00 PM on February 16, 2006

This would create a clearer visual cue when a link takes you to a different page as opposed to a different place in the current page. Sometimes, when "jumping" to anchor points I'm not sure if I've left the thread or not at first.
posted by scarabic at 8:29 PM on February 16, 2006

Maybe when you mouse over a quoted timestamp, you could get a cool DHTML thought balloon to pop up with the original comment.

Lets also switch to a VRML interface where each comment flies at you on a billboard and at the end of the thread you have to get into a sword fight with Hiro Protaganist in order to post. That'll weed out the newbs.
posted by delmoi at 8:56 PM on February 16, 2006

Now that's creative thinking, Mr Sarcasm! But if you're going to go that way, it'd be much better to run MeFi on a Quake (1, 2 or 3) codebase. Each subsite would be a separate colour-themed portion of a big ass map, with portals, and we could hang around and read the threads as displays on walls with a pulldown posting HUD when we wanted to post something, form pyramids when we're bored, and when someone pissed you off, you could invite them, Rocket Arena stylee, into a 1-on-1 arena to settle it honourably. Matt could track frags as well as posts and comments on our profile pages, and I'd be able to fire a rocket at your ass instead of just being snarky.

Quakefilter. Now there's a goddamn project for ya.

Maybe when you mouse over a quoted timestamp, you could get a cool DHTML thought balloon to pop up with the original comment.

Actually, this wouldn't suck (Matt already uses nicetitles), you know, if people didn't already quote stuff inline, and only sometimes include a link back to the original comment (always, I guess, if they use Metafilthy for that functionality). I reckon a tricked-out AJAXtastic version of MeFi on which you can turn off all the bells and whistles with an opt-out tickbox on your profile page (which would just simply block loading of all the js files or something) and get the traditional user experience would be way cool.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:24 PM on February 16, 2006

Ooooh, pretty.
posted by grateful at 6:33 AM on February 17, 2006

If Metafilter was Quake 3, we'd all just be standing around waiting for dios to respawn so we could shoot him.
posted by graventy at 9:05 AM on February 18, 2006

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