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#1 2017-05-19 16:20:26

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Dynamically Generated BBCode

Hi if you haven't noticed this little post his a nice gigantic block of text

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I wanted to be able to dynamically generate this text, e.g. there may be a whatever.php file in my website that then prints out a huge block of bbcode and then the client will display that huge block.
Can this be taken into consideration at all, or is it too much of a feat to make?

I'd also like to suggest maybe taking in only a text/plaintext format or json/plaintext format?
And if invalid bbcode is supplied the post might have Error: dynamicallygeneratedbbcode is invalid.

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#2 2017-05-19 16:59:30

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

I doubt that it would be worth it for such a small number of possible uses, although it would definately be cool

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#3 2017-05-19 17:07:02

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

can you explain how this example ties in with what you're getting at?

moving to off-topic (if I understand this right) because Forum Discussion is for discussing our forums, not forums in general

are you just trying to generate those blocks with different colors? Obviously then going on some level of BBCode seems overkill. If not, can you explain more/differently?

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#4 2017-05-19 17:12:32

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

hummerz5 wrote:

can you explain how this example ties in with what you're getting at?

moving to off-topic (if I understand this right) because Forum Discussion is for discussing our forums, not forums in general

are you just trying to generate those blocks with different colors? Obviously then going on some level of BBCode seems overkill. If not, can you explain more/differently?

thank

I think he means he wants a new BBCode tag which fetches bbcode from another website

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#5 2017-05-19 17:20:58

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

destroyer123 wrote:
hummerz5 wrote:

can you explain how this example ties in with what you're getting at?

moving to off-topic (if I understand this right) because Forum Discussion is for discussing our forums, not forums in general

are you just trying to generate those blocks with different colors? Obviously then going on some level of BBCode seems overkill. If not, can you explain more/differently?

thank

I think he means he wants a new BBCode tag which fetches bbcode from another website

... moved back to forum discussion... cough

ninja, what should the forums do if your website suddenly takes forever to load (as it has in the past)? Surely it shouldn't halt, but how should it handle that? <Could not load>?


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#6 2017-05-19 17:50:50

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

If they do add it, then it would probably be best to load it asynchronously, and just have <loading> or something there until it has been downloaded
That way it doesnt hold up the rest of the page, and is still obvious that something should be there
Maybe if it takes too long then change it to a <failed to load> or <timed out> or something, that way people wont be confused about why something isnt working properly

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#7 2017-05-19 17:56:32

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

ok so in that case would we just make it like an ajax call? then we'd need a bbcode doohickey for js...

but yeah, I don't see a whole lot of good gained from dynamic bbcode. What sort of issues could arise from it? I suppose watching IP addresses or something could make for user-specific content... though that's probably true of images already

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#8 2017-05-19 18:11:46

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

It would definately be cool, as it would mean you could have things that would need to be in spoilers / other tags
If this was added, it would mean that bots could have 'home pages' inside the forum page, which might make them a bit easier to use (as it is in the forums would have an inbuilt way to ask questions / make suggestions about the bot), plus it would be quite cool, although this probably wouldnt be used by many people

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#9 2017-05-19 18:55:54

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Re: Dynamically Generated BBCode

well you're right, the folks that interface with such a thing would probably be limited to programming backgrounds of some sort... but if some of these folks had realizations of useful applications that can be extended to an end user, then it could be good in that way.

I guess then the question becomes what sort of services would these people be interested in creating that others would be interested in using

my imagination is out the door at the moment, so I have no idea


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