Rich Text Editor or BB Code editor?

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by kathyinmo, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Which one do you use? Why? I guess I don't know what the difference is. [​IMG]
  2. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    I use BBCode. While it makes the quoting code messy, being on BYC for a long time has made typing out the smiley codes a reflex. :lol: I find it a lot easier to type quickly when I don't have to keep stopping to insert a smiley. :p

    Even the italics has grown on me over time, and having to highlight then click the I would throw me out of whack. :old
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I don't know much about them but I do know the smileys are available in the reply box where you can see them in BB, whereas in rich test you have to click on an icon then get a page of smileys to choose from -- and you can only choose one. To get two, you have to click on the icon and pull the page up again.

    So far I've used rich text mostly to try to figure out the difference.

    Subscribing to see what our knowledgeable members can teach us about this!
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I've done the same as flockwatcher, been using the Rich Text. I actually have been considering switching back to the BB Code for the same reasons as Fierlin, because I like typing out the smileys -- it's so much faster. And almost 5 years of it on the old platform kinda got me in the habit. I like using the and and . And I like typing out :lol: :thumbsup and :rolleyes:.

    In the Rich Text you just click a button. I suppose for those who never learned the BB Code the Rich Text is simpler, but for those who have been using BB Code for at least a year probably use it out of habit now.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    The Rich Text Editor is what is referred to in "computer slang" as WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). You can format text in your post and you'll already know what your post is going to look like without clicking the Preview button.

    The BBCode Editor is more like using HTML... You have to know specific codes and the placement of those codes in order to format your text. Luckily, BBCode is pretty simple and most people who are forced to use it (like on "old BYC") can pick it up pretty easily. You have to click "Preview" to make sure your text shows up formatted as you hoped it would.

    I like BBCode on my laptop because I don't have to stop typing and move my hand to the mouse to format my text. I can just type in the formatting as I go using the codes. That said, I have been using the Rich Text Editor since we moved to the new platform because it is the default and I wanted to get used to it.
  6. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

    Mar 4, 2009
    waterville , canada
    The WYSIWYG(Pronounced wysi-wyg)

    is best suited for less tech-friendly people. How ever the BBcode is suited for both, (very easy to learn). How ever i use the WYSIWYG, on soruce mode (as i hate the BBcode, as well as i don't like this WYSIWYG functions). I only do this because i know HTML
  7. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I've got a request in to have the smiley codes parsed as smilies in the rich text editor, but that might be tricky to do since it is a totally different system.

    I was tempted to go back to the BBcode editor like we had on the other site, but once you get use to this editor it is hard to go back to bbcode. :D
  8. Fierlin1182

    Fierlin1182 powered-flight

    Aug 26, 2011
    The new editor is a bit like what I would get on my blog. :p
    Do the forum codes for smileys outside of BYC still work though?

    I suppose those of us who are veterans of the BBCode do prefer to type out smileys.

    The word ":caf" has become almost an unconscious reflex when I finish typing a long sentence. :lol:
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Why when I try to create a link [BB Code] it doesn't seem to work in my Signature but it will work in a post? (not clickable in my signature)
    (BYC Florida Members Page)
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2017
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop

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