Quality of Life Improvements

Case number:671071-2009371
Topic:Game: Other
Opened by:Formula350
Status:Open
Type:Suggestion
Opened on:Friday, April 3, 2020 - 21:57
Last modified:Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 18:08

This is mainly a reposting of requests I had previously made in a prior submission a couple years ago (https://fold.it/portal/node/2003012), but with some omissions.

TEXT
▶ The ability to Select/Copy/Cut/Find text in all text fields: Chat, Recipe editor, Saves, etc. Often times I find myself in need of that simple feature we've all come to expect a piece of software with text input to support. While I know the game does allow us to CTRL+X to cut the entire contents of the text box, that only helps in a few instances. The biggest help would no doubt be to the Recipe Editor since it would allow someone to move sections of code around without having to first export it. However, since there is the export option*, I still feel it would be a huge benefit to chat as well. We'd be able to select text directly from the chat with the mouse and copy it (ie: to retain a long bit of chat where you've been supplied helpful information that you'd like to save for later). Or even to let you more easily edit a message you've been writing and want to make changes to.
[*Which likely wouldn't be needed if the all.macro file contained them in human-readable way. Having been a player of Minecraft, I've come to take for granted the YAML format that its server plugins use!]
▶ UTF-8 Font support, and to further bring things up to date, support for Emoji? It's a trivial thing, but one I think would be simple.
--▶ Sub-request: People have for a long time asked for the ability to change the Font size, as chat specifically IS rather tiny.


GAME
▶ The ability to retain more than 100 things in the History. I'm not sure the reason for only permitting such a low number, but if it has something to do with client stability, then I'd say the best solution for that would be to simply make it an option that doesn't show up unless the "Advanced UI" option is enabled as well.
▶ History is not cleared when creating a new Track.
▶ A Radio Box when creating a new Track, that when ticked has th to Reset the structure to default, so that our "Best" doesn't automatically become what we had been working on at the time of making the Track.
▶ Radio Box to include the History when creating a Save (which is kept at the end of the save, so that it can be easily cut off when Shared or Uploaded for Scientists)


INTERFACE
▶ Ability to make Selections in the Original interface (native support, not requiring a recipe)
--▶ If the above is not possible, at least the ability to somehow click on a segment while Rama Map is open so it is made visible. Perhaps making it so what you've ""selected"" in Note Mode (right-clicking a segment) highlights it/them in Rama Map as an easy way to find segments?
▶ At the end of the day, if nothing else, then something simple: Hotkey Toggles. F1 for Original and F2 for Selection.
▶ Ability to also WIDEN the chat box.
▶ Horizontal Scroll Bar in chat boxes, which pairs nicely with the first item to give us Select and Copy, as then we could finally scroll across to read AND copy links players have given to helpful resources.


API
▶ Ability to set the segment number and lock status of the "Backbone Pin". pin.Segment (#[,#,#]), pin.Locked (true/false) pin.GetLocked (true/false) as possibilities. Context: I had found out that the location of the "Backbone Pin", even when unlocked, has a large impact on how the protein wiggles. A group member really wanted to write a recipe that would change the pin's location before performing actions, alas, no API call for it.
▶ Allow V2 recipes to be able to accept user selections, like the GUI interface can.
▶ Give GUI the ability to insert Cuts.



And there's plenty more, I just can't remember them at the moment... :P

(Fri, 04/03/2020 - 21:57  |  5 comments)


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CHAT / IRC
▶ Allow people to use their already-provided profile "IRC Password" to register a new nickname on IRC with Nickserv. Would save time by not having to create a new Fold.it account, and easier to join IRC.
Ex: /msg Nickserv REGISTER FormulaIRC [IRC password from Profile page]
(From a moderation standpoint I suppose I can see why this might not work out, but it's not like one of those currently Opped in IRC couldn't simply ban any offensive nicknames, and then forward their IP to you for banishment from the website as well.)
▶ Ability to use /msg (/m) command, but ONLY for those who are within you same group. Maybe go so far as to say anyone in Vet chat, too... (and naturally, /r to reply)
It's easier than using the site to PM, particularly if you only need to privately say a short msg to someone. They could be colored... orange?... to differentiate from the green "mentioned" public chat text.
▶ Provide in-game alert, using Notification Box, to inform you that you've received a PM on the website, since not all of us frequent the site except for recipes :P
▶ Not exactly "chat" related but...... FINALLY FIX THE BUDDY SYSTEM! I mean, yea it's trivial, and not really important, etc... But it's still there in game, and also still on our profile pages to Add a person. Except both say that we do not have 'permission' to add buddies. It's also not like it's horribly broken either, considering you can search for players from the in-game Buddy menu and people who had just registered are able to be correctly (and quickly) found! :D




*scratches head* Clicking "preview" is... curiously not letting me preview my message. That's always worked fine for me when opening a new Feedback ticket and creating or replying to a PM. I even attempted it again after this 'preview' page loaded, and nodda. Weird. Well, hope I've made no formatting errors!

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Many thanks for the mega post. No promises, but I'll see what I can do :)

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Quick clarification:

▶ The ability to retain more than 100 things in the History. I'm not sure the reason for only permitting such a low number, but if it has something to do with client stability, then I'd say the best solution for that would be to simply make it an option that doesn't show up unless the "Advanced UI" option is enabled as well.

Is this referring to the number of chat messages or the Undo graph? The Undo graph is in percentages, so I don't think I can make it go above 100 :P

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Yea, the Undo Graph, sorry.

And if it's meant to be Percent, then it's incorrectly coded... :} I just took a moment to count them alland I have it set to "75", and there are indeed 75 points in my Undo graph. Which, I've done wwwwway more than 75, since I've been goofing around (literally) with Blueprint Tool.

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"Sub-request: People have for a long time asked for the ability to change the Font size, as chat specifically IS rather tiny."

I have seen that sub-request being tested by a Foldit developer, so it will be implemented in the future sooner or later.

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