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Include placeholder in reply input
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This task is about implementing helper text [i] within the reply's text input. This text should be overwritten/displaced once a contributor starts drafting their comment.

Helper text components

This helper text should include the following text:

  1. "Reply to"
  2. The author of the comment a contributor is replying to


  • Helper text is implemented that contains the "Helper text components" above
  • Helper text should disappear/be overwritten once a contributor starts writing a reply


Source: T235593#5897563


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ppelberg renamed this task from Populate reply text input w/ link to parent comment's author's user page to Include helper text in reply input.Feb 26 2020, 4:41 PM
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Re: placeholder text saying "Reply to @RockawayBch4vr"

  1. Is the '@' necessary?
  2. Should we show it for IPs, e.g. "Reply to" / "Reply to @"

My leanings are

  1. Probably not, it doesn't necessarily appear anywhere else on the page (except in some wiki-specific mention templates)
  2. Probably, it might be helpful to know you clicked on the right reply button?

Adding comments to the points @Esanders and @iamjessklein raised in T235593#5916099 and T235593#5920258...

1. Re: placeholder text saying "Reply to @RockawayBch4vr"
i) +1 to what you (Jess) and Ed arrived at: Do not prepend @ for the reason Ed mentioned in T235593#5916099.

A note: we may revise this if we see the @ convention to become more popular after the introduction of T232601.

ii) I think we should include placeholder text when contributors are responding to a comment authored by an IP editor (e.g. "Reply to") for the reason Ed raised in T235593#5916099: having the username of the author of the comment you are replying to within the helper text, could lead people to feel more confident they are responding to the right person.

Change 575534 had a related patch set uploaded (by Esanders; owner: Esanders):
[mediawiki/extensions/DiscussionTools@master] Reply-to placeholder

Esanders renamed this task from Include helper text in reply input to Include placeholder in reply input.Mar 2 2020, 5:57 PM

Change 575534 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/DiscussionTools@master] Reply-to placeholder

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