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Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by Dwedit » Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:37 am

When I click on the link to the NESdev board, the mouse cursor happens to be exactly where the "Subscribe to this forum" link is. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally triggered that feature.
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Re: Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by tepples » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:06 am

Could not reproduce. It may depend on the monitor size and fonts installed on a particular device.

On the other hand, it might have something to do with having moderator privileges, which pushes some elements down on some pages. I can't test this without an unprivileged alt account, as anonymous visitors don't get the subscribe link. And I thought I gave up alt-itis back when alt.aol-sucks on Usenet was still a thing.
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Re: Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by lidnariq » Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:56 am

Reproduced:
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Re: Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by koitsu » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:33 am

tepples wrote:Could not reproduce. It may depend on the monitor size and fonts installed on a particular device.
You've overlooked the fact that you have a "Moderator Control Panel" row/line that shifts the vertical offset of everything down further than those who don't.

The "problem" is that the links are slightly overlayed atop one another. I honestly don't see how this at all unique to the nesdev forums; any link you click on the web is essentially subject to potentially causing unwanted behaviour due to a double-click (either by the user, by mouse button switches that are wearing down, or by badly-implemented button handling in the UI/OS (Windows is notorious for this, ex. double-clicking a filename in a File/Open dialog, where the application is coded so that it ends up passing the 2nd button click down into whatever app/window is underneath it. Winamp has this problem, and I know in the past foobar2k has too)).

That said, I do find the "Subscribe forum" and "Mark topics read" row/line sorta out of place (visually), but I really don't know of any place to put it that would be more convenient. Not sure if the phpBB themes/layouts let you change this, but maybe instead of:

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<tr class="nav">
  <td valign="middle">&nbsp;<a href="./viewforum.php?uid=3&f=2&watch=forum&start=0&hash=ff1544bd">Subscribe forum</a></td>
  <td align="right" valign="middle"><a href="./viewforum.php?hash=ecc97b91&f=2&mark=topics">Mark topics read</a>&nbsp;</td>
</tr>
Use the "Foo | Bar | Blat" method, all right-aligned, e.g.:

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<tr class="nav">
  <td align="right" valign="middle">
    <a href="./viewforum.php?uid=3&f=2&watch=forum&start=0&hash=ff1544bd">Subscribe forum</a> |
    <a href="./viewforum.php?hash=ecc97b91&f=2&mark=topics">Mark topics read</a>&nbsp;
  </td>
</tr>
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Re: Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by zzo38 » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:41 pm

Use Stylish extension to delete that link then, if you don't intend to use it.
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Re: Clicking on NESDev forum puts mouse at Subscribe link

Post by Drag » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:43 pm

Why not make Dwedit a mod? That will fix it. :P

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