[DISCONTINUED] MATLAB Answers Wish-list #5 (and bug reports)
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Rik on 3 Jul 2019
Commented: Rena Berman on 14 Feb 2023
This is the 5th installment of the wish-list and bug report thread.
This topic is the follow on to the first Wish-list for MATLAB Answer sections and second MATLAB Answers Wish-list #2 (and bug reports). The third started out as New design of the forum - grey on white and the fourth MATLAB Answers Wish-list #4 (and bug reports) is also growing so large it is slow to load and navigate.
Same idea as the previous ones: one wish (or bug report) per answer, so that people can vote their wishes.
What should you post where?
Next Gen threads (#1): features that would break compatibility with previous versions, but would be nice to have
@anyone posting a new thread when the last one gets too large (about 50 answers seems a reasonable limit per thread), please update this list in all last threads. (if you don't have editing privileges, just post a comment asking someone to do the edit)
Spell check for questions / answers / comments
A spell check option would improve the quality of content, reduce misunderstandings, and reduce the need to edit our comments. The spell checker would ignore blocks of formatted code which could serve a second purpose of reminding people to format their code when their variable names are all detected as misspellings.
Browser extensions such as grammarly do not work in this forum even though they work in other forums.
Image Analyst on 28 Jan 2022
It would be really nice if we could double click a function name in our Answers response, click some toolbar icon, and have it convert that word in our response to the URL for the online MATLAB documentation for that function.
dpb on 23 May 2022
Since smart-sense can put in the links, I wonder why it can't do something to automagically highlight them some how as well -- at least with settings here (that I've made no known changes to any defaults I'm aware of, anyway), they're essentially indistinguishable from ordinary text. I think there may be a color change, but it's not enough I can really even tell that for sure. I (sometimes) will use <> to surround, but it's more time/effort than typically take unless pasting a remote link with the CTRL_K route in which case have to edit the display text anyways, generally.
However, the doc link, while useful, doesn't have links to base functionality -- other than functions, it doesn't know about keywords where those could be the most helpful/pertinent to the poster/question raised. I tried to link to <for> the other day -- it didn't know anything about it.
Sindar on 6 May 2020
Add a set of pre-written comments for common situations. Things like:
- "this is clearly a homework problem, please display some effort first"
- "god your formatting is terrible, here's how to do better..."
- "please give a minimal example, not 200 lines of code"
- "Saying 'it errored' is entirely useless, be more specific"
- "please go through the MATLAB onramp"
(The actual comment set should include complete instructions, and be slightly less hostile)
Having the ability to insert these comments would save us time, lead to friendlier interactions (we all get impatient), and give better info to questioners
Rena Berman on 12 May 2020
This is actually already in consideration. Thanks for all of your feedback!!
Adam on 26 Sep 2019
Edited: Adam on 26 Sep 2019
Has there been any further thought on changing what is considered a compulsory field for users asking a question? Title, body and tags appear to be still the only compulsory ones and some users are too lazy to put something intelligent in the tag field which allows you to type literally anything anyway.
Product is not compulsory and, as discussed previously, Release is locked until you select a product. This was the reason given last time I asked about this:
"With respect to the release drop-down being filtered, we do think this is important as it provides users with a smaller, pre-filtered list that is easier to use."
That was over a year ago and it still makes no more sense now than it did then given the reality. As another quick small sample, from the first page of questions just before I typed this, just 8 questions (excluding a Mathworks Tech Support team question) contained product information other than 'Matlab' (for which no releases would be filtered out anyway) and of those, just 5 contain the release. So not only is release locked until you enter the (optional) product, but it isn't compulsory even when you do enter the product. We're simply talking about a list of release numbers that a user has to select from. Having it almost useless just to make it 'easier to use' by filtering out a few releases is creating a 'solution' to a problem that didn't exist.
The release field seems fundamental to me and trivial to include properly. It clearly isn't working as it currently is because very few people fill in the release field. Surely the purpose of Matlab answers is to allow people to ask questions and get answers to them as smoothly as possible. So making it more difficult for the people answering the questions by not having release information just seems totally counter-intuitive. Obviously having the product compulsory for all questions would be a big help too, though again some users just put totally inappropriate products (Matlab Coder and Matlab compiler seem very popular!).
Rik on 26 Nov 2019
Guillaume on 25 Feb 2020
This is something that we've been bugging Mathworks about for a long time and I know they're very aware of the need for it. Of course, the implementation have to be balanced with the need of more important features.
madhan ravi on 7 May 2020
There is a feature called "Managed Followed Content" , would like to see a feature to be able to "bookmark/pin" questions within MATLAB Answers.
Mehmed Saad on 10 Jul 2020
Edited: Mehmed Saad on 10 Jul 2020
Someone is Typing (Whistlist)
This feature can be very usefull not for the questioner but for contributors. For example
- Walter Roberson is typing a comment
- Image analyist is typing an Answer
Pros:it can save contributors time
Cons: Dont know xD
Like this or a popup for someone who is answering the question (that two contributors are typing the answer)
Sindar on 10 Oct 2020
Being able to collapse items in the activity feed would be useful. Fairly regularly, I have 3-7 items for "X commented and edited their comment 5 times." Occasionally, I'll have a full page of items related to a longer discussion (usually on one of these meta-threads). It would be useful if I could manually (or Mathworks automatically) collapse large sets into single concise items ("X,Y,Z commented 30 times on an answer to the question What frustrates you about MATLAB? #2"). This would make it easier to scan my log without worrying about missing a more relevant item in the noise
per isakson on 29 Apr 2021
I wish Answers would automatically reject comments like
"I did that but it didnt work"
madhan ravi on 15 Jun 2020
It would be better if there is a feature that warns when the first word of the poster is Write. Because at the end the poster edits away the question making the thread look pointless wasting the answerers time.
per isakson on 19 Aug 2020
Don't encourage the use of "matlab" and "simulink", by showing them as popular tags. Instead, encourage the use of the Product field.
Paul on 14 Feb 2021
Fully agree that the use of the Product field should be encouraged. Way too many questions post w/o the relevant product(s) tagged, which is bad for the questioner who might not get answers from product subject matter experts because the question is buried on the main page, and makes it more difficult for those same experts to answer questions for the same reason.
Image Analyst on 13 Jul 2019
In Firefox v67, if you click on the m-file attached to a question, it offers to open it in MATLAB. But if I say to open it in MATLAB, it opens a new instance of MATLAB instead of using the existing, already open instance. Plus to make things worse, it does not even open the m-file at all. It just launches MATLAB with all your old m-files open.
Image Analyst on 14 Jul 2019
It does however set the current folder to the temporary folder where the m-file gets downloaded to, however it doesn't go so far as to actually open the file in an editor window.
Expand/Collapse all comments
This goes back to Matt Tearle's request in the first wish list (2011). An expand/collapes toggle button would be useful so we can search a page without having to expand all of the comments. For example, find "lOVIT" in this thread.
This feature already exists in the MathWorks documentation:
I would favor load-time over comment-accessibility. Some pages with lots of comments take quite a while to load. Even in the documentation, I often "collapse all in page" before scrolling through the page so I can find a section faster.
Mario Malic on 10 Oct 2020
When user sorts questions for which answer has not been accepted, the questions are found in two different sections. I believe this lowers the visibility of questions and adds an extra effort for the users who would like to help/contribute due to the fact that they have to filter by both statuses.
Filter by Status needs an addition or change: unsolved and solved. Furthermore, in unsolved status, there can be another one: answered/unanswered.
Mario Malic on 1 Nov 2020
Users who edit away the questions get an explicit warning not to do it again. Freeze account/remove rights to post questions/answers/comments for some period of time. Might be a bit harsh, so some alterations are welcome.
DGM on 14 Feb 2023
Now that moving answers/comments is possible, we kind of need these objects to have accessible timestamps with a resolution better than 24h. When multiple people are posting comments on each other's comments-as-answers, it gets a bit difficult to untangle the thread without knowing the order of events. The sequential identifier numbers are useful to some degree, but comments and answers are not comparable in that manner; furthermore, once an object is moved, it's no longer in-sequence.
A lot of other sites will show rough timestamps, but a mouseover will reveal the full timestamp. That'd be fine.
Rena Berman on 14 Feb 2023
When we insert a hyperlink into Answers from chain link button tool on the tool ribbon, the focus/cursor is not in the "Display Text" or "Target URL" field. It should be in one of them, preferably the Target URL field because I have a link in the clipboard all ready to be pasted in and I'd like to do that as soon as possible. Save us a step and put the cursor in one of the edit fields.
These days the focus is in the target URL section -- that is, this is implemented.
Firefox scrolling issue not fixed. I don't know if this happens in other browsers but if I go to comment or answer, the top of the edit box is off the top of the screen, so if I start typing immediately I can't see what I typed. I need to scroll down. It updates the screen with a nice sized edit box, but the top of it should not be above the viewable area.
Image Analyst on 17 Jul 2019
I'm not experiencing the scrolling off the top of the screen issue anymore. I think I've maybe updated Firefox since then. So maybe it was a Firefox issue that's been fixed. I'm now using Firefox version 68.0. I'll continue to see if the issue arises again.
Whenever a text is edited by mobile [safari browser] , the click produces superfluous three letters " ltr " , which is really frustrating.
Edited: madhan ravi on 8 Jul 2019
True ;), hope it gets fixed soon as well.
I want a button for spoiler
Can't believe there is no such option on this forum
Adam on 29 Jan 2020
I realised I posted this in the ancient wishlist thread before.
Can we not have some white space back between answers? Since the last update all answers just roll into each other which looks frankly awful, almost to the point of being unusable for threads with multiple answers. White space is a good thing, in a forum as well as in code!
Different answers can often be significantly different. They shouldn't just flow straight into each other as though the 2nd was just a comment or continuation of a conversation in the 1st answer.
With the new arrangement I have sometimes been accidentally posting as a Comment to the Question when I meant to post as an Answer.
madhan ravi on 12 Apr 2020
Why is there a lag in the recent activity page? This has never happened before.
Rik on 4 Jun 2020
Not mandatory but a replying feature to a specific comment would be nice.
per isakson on 13 Feb 2021
Edited: per isakson on 13 Feb 2021
Activity Feed: "See more" asks for "See less".
Paul on 8 Jun 2021
After I click the "Follow" link on a question, I'd like that question to show up in my Managed Followed Content list immediately (with some reasonable delay for the system to catch up). As it stands now, it only shows up in my list after someone else subsequently answers or comments.
Josh Natanson on 9 Jun 2021
@Paul, Thanks for the additional info. Defaulting the latest activity to the time of follow seems like reasonable behavior, we can consider that for a future update.
per isakson on 24 Jul 2021
Edited: per isakson on 24 Jul 2021
Background: I recently put some effort into answering How to store and reuse coefficients in a for loop. My answer together with a comment includes a discussion on "column-major order" and "performance". I searched in vain for references in the documentation and in Answers regarding the significance of taking "column-major" into account. OP has read my answer an comment. So far so good. Now I would like a few more users to read my responses. To make my responses to OP's comments more visible, I sometimes add them at the end of my answer. And I add tags, in this case I added "column-major"..
- support multiple code blocks/wells in one answer. In the current case my answer contained one code block and my comment another. Adding the comment to the answer causes "Run in 2021a" to throw an error for the second code block.
- support searches (Cntr-F) in the current thread to include hidden comments. Currently, "Search Answers" for "tag:"column-major" singleton" returns the question ("singleton" is in a hidden comment), but Ctrl-F doesn't find "singleton". (I use Firefox.)