Then there should be options for enabling and disabling the CSS box. You know, I think if you had a WYSIWYG editor or BBCode editor (like posting) and the ability to switch between the three (html, bbcode, wysiwyg) then it would be much more user friendly.
Bettye, you can't deny that it's daunting for a new user to figure out - your own website and the lack of your members using this mod is evidence enough of it's shortfalls. This is a great mod, but userfriendlyness doesn't seem to be a concern although it should be.
You bonehead.. users don't need a wysiwyg editor. This isn't for users to write complex websites. Its just for a page, where more than likey they'll be using it as a hodgepodge for self-expression and to hotlink to offsite pictures. In fact.. a wysiwyg editor may potentially CONFUSE the average or less-advanced user, who'll become overwhelmed by alot of buttons. Its the same reason why you don't see the FCKEditor in wide use, because its looks too confusing. If users sees buttons on an editor, then that means they have to figure out what each button does. So instead they run due to laziness in having to figure something out. Users are LAZY... remember? They want computers to be easy! They don't want to figure anything out.
So they don't need an editor to make things more complex, just to do simple <i> and <u> and <b> tags. A small HTML-enabled box does just fine, just like on the Community Connect Inc websites, where regular text is accepted for those who don't know HTML, or basic tags are accepted for those who know a little HTML, or where full W3C HTML 4.0 is accepted for those who know advanced HTML. In other words, ONE BOX accomodates everyone. A wysiwyg does not accomodate everyone as you suggest. It actually alienates the less-advanced whom you ironically are trying to help.
If you leave out the editor then everybody benefits.
clubchill wrote: those are all good ideas... but just from my experience running very active communities.. the majority of users are dumb as all heck.. u can put a button in the main menu, and they won't see it unless you make it blink.
I mean users are so dumb, you can actually RENAME your entire site, and they won't notice it unless you sticky an announcement at the top of the main forum saying "HEY!!! I RENAMED THE SITE!!!!"
Then they'll go, "wowwww... ohhhh I didn't know that"
So speaking to them about headers and footers and styles and CSS in my opinion is useless. I would do just like Community Connect Inc does and give them a litte box 200 x 125, a submit button, and call it night.
I think you really underestimate community users and people in generally clubchill.
A community is developed over time and users will learn from each other about functions and feautes. Its a about marketing and showing users how they can use your website/community/systems etc
So an editor like FCKEditor used in the right way is a perfect way in my opinion for this purpose. agree with mdvaldosta.....