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OK, I can certainly make that an option so that it will show up only if the value has been entered in the users profile. Do you think it should be a drop-down list of pre-defined options or should the user be able to enter their own text?

 

I think a pre-defined drop down would be a more consistent and more focused. I can see a sub category being useful and Dave idea of having that as a user entered value would save you a lot of work.

 

Maybe a combined effort here can help you develop a list:

 

I also like Dave's field name: Machinery as a sub-cat I personally would likely add something along the lines of custom build or automation blah blah

 

Thanks for giving this some consideration. You run the most excellent site around.

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Oh, by the way Dave, I've been struggling with my latest "flanged sproggle brackets" design. Since you mentioned it are you in the industry and can you help? :)

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OK, would someone like to have a shot at compiling a list of discipline areas to include in a drop-down?

 

Also, I do recall we had decided to include additional software information - I think it was around the time we got hacked and it clean went out of my mind. So let's do both.

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So, my idea for the discipline information is this: there will be 2 new fields in the user profile, Discipline, chosen from a drop-down list, to include "other". Then a further information field where the user can enter some text. The way it displays in the post area is that if a discipline is selected, it will show below the "Using:" field. If there is further information, the discipline field will be a link and clicking the link will display in a pop-up window just like the Computer Details.

 

We could do a similar thing with the software.

 

What do you think?

 

Oh, one further thing. Should Discipline be a mandatory field?

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as far as I'm concerned, Electrical, Mechanical and Electro/Mech just about covers everything but I guess some would like civil & others too. Given free form I would probably chose Electro/Mech - system panel design or light equipment design to differentiate me from heavy machinery.

 

I guess you could include "student" (or similar) in the list to pick up those without discipline.

 

Should it be mandatory? I personally think location should be mandatory as we often get "give me symbols" with no idea of what countries symbols they want. Again, the answers given can depend on the discipline of the questioner but getting people to fill it in accurately is still the problem.

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Oh, by the way Dave, I've been struggling with my latest "flanged sproggle brackets" design. Since you mentioned it are you in the industry and can you help? :)
left handed or right handed? We've had a lot of problems with left handed ones recently for no apparent reason.
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My suggestions:

 

Architectural

Mechanical

Electrical

Civil

HVAC

P&ID

 

Maybe a generic Industrial or Product Design

 

I can see where the list could get long but the sub cats are helpful there. I imagine you may have a request down the road for additions.

 

I don't know if mandatory needs to be a requirement but I was thinking that if people see this information while looking at posts it may encourage more participation because they may feel more in their comfort zone in their field.

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left handed or right handed? We've had a lot of problems with left handed ones recently for no apparent reason.

 

:lol: Actually a rear, but I've since discovered the flange is not needed.

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My suggestions:

 

Architectural

Mechanical

Electrical

Civil

HVAC

P&ID

 

Maybe a generic Industrial or Product Design

 

I can see where the list could get long but the sub cats are helpful there. I imagine you may have a request down the road for additions.

 

I would add:

 

Environmental

Education

Facilities Management

 

I'm sure there are others - please add to the list.

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OK, I've completed the first stage of this. You will see 2 new profile fields in your settings: Discipline and Discipline details. If you select an option for Discipline, this will display in the postbit next to your posts. Could you check out this new feature and let me know if it works as you expected? I'm particularly keen on compiling a full list of disciplines, so let me know if there is something missing e.g. do we need "automotive" or other more specialised disciplines?

 

Phase 2 of this change will involve making a pop-up box, displaying the Discipline details information, if that is entered. I also plan to so a similar thing for the additional software information that was requested a while back.

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OK, I've completed the first stage of this. You will see 2 new profile fields in your settings: Discipline and Discipline details. If you select an option for Discipline, this will display in the postbit next to your posts. Could you check out this new feature and let me know if it works as you expected? I'm particularly keen on compiling a full list of disciplines, so let me know if there is something missing e.g. do we need "automotive" or other more specialised disciplines?

 

Phase 2 of this change will involve making a pop-up box, displaying the Discipline details information, if that is entered. I also plan to so a similar thing for the additional software information that was requested a while back.

 

How about adding "Surveying", "Utilities", "Transport", for a start?

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So I've finished the implementation for the Discipline pop-up. Let's say it's now in beta. If you have any suggestions for improvements, let me know.

 

Essentially, it works like this: If the member has not added any discipline information, nothing will appear in the postbit. If they have selected a discipline area from the drop-down menu, that will appear in the postbit. If they have also added discipline details, there will be a small down arrow to indicate that they can be viewed in a pop-up window.

 

The one final question I have is whether this information should be compulsory? Currently, it's optional.

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I think it should remain optional. If it were compulsory it might prove vexing for "newbies" or students who have yet to settle into a niche.

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I think it should remain optional. If it were compulsory it might prove vexing for "newbies" or students who have yet to settle into a niche.

 

I tend to agree with that opinion.

 

I'm just making a slight improvement to the logic. Your discipline currently reads as "other" because that's what you selected but it would be better if is read "See details" or something similar. Working on that now.

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My discipline says Other because I never know what's going to land on my desk overnight. LOL

 

Maybe there should be an option for "Varies". LOL

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OK, the Discipline hack is now feature complete. I added one extra thread to the logic: if a member selects "Other" but does not add any further details, the postbit will show nothing.

 

Comments welcome.

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The one final question I have is whether this information should be compulsory? Currently, it's optional.

 

I agree with Mark and David, it should definitely remain optional. Nice one David 8).

 

Four people in this thread have already updated their profile and it looks very good. What does the OP think?

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