I am adding the ability for Members to "Bcc" other Members when they send a PM.
Here on SitePoint, when you go to send a PM, you are presented only with "To:", "Subject:" and "Message:" fields, and only by clicking on the "Bcc:" hyperlink, do you get this field.
Anyway, so on to my question...
Is it a big deal if I always show the "Bcc:" field in my "Send PM" form??
Would you find that "visually unappealing"?
Would it confuse or overwhelm you?
And are there any other downsides?
@Stomme_poes... What do you think??
No, it's fine. You might find that some people get confused and don't know the difference between the recipient lines, but that isn't a major problem – if they BCC someone instead of To them, it's hardly the end of the world. What's more important is to make sure they don't put the subject line in there.
I was thinking of maybe making the "Bcc:" Text Area only 1 line (instead of 2) to downplay it somewhat.
Do you think your average user is smart enough to know that they can drag the handle on a Text Area control to make it bigger? :-/
At first I thought it would be easy...
I would just have a Bcc link like SitePoint does, and send a parameter in the hyperlink's query string to tell my PHP to display the "Bcc:" field.
That works great when the sequence is...
Click Bcc link --> Type PM --> Enter To: and Bcc: Recipients
But if the sequence goes...
Type in To:, Subject:, and *really long* PM ---> Click Bcc link
...I would have some pretty P.O.'d users when they lose their PM?! :eek:
If could make a Form Button labeled "Add Bcc" and then use the $_POST data... (Kinda flaky, though?!)
Or, maybe I could I use Sessions to persist the Form Data?
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