December 5, 2005
@ 06:12 PM

Since the release of v.1.3.0.38 of RSS Bandit last week, I've read a number of posts like Scott Reynolds's complaint in his post I Love Jason Haley In A Totally Manly Non-Threatening Way. Serious. Totally Platonic where he wrote

Also, RSSBandit devs: What the F? I am using Nightcrawler Alpha, which I love, but ctrl+m no longer marks posts are read. It’s ctrl+q. Ghey. That’s a UI no-no if I ever saw one. Worse than going agains expected behavior, changing previously existant behavior arbitrarily just makes users mad. Still a great aggregator, but I’d like to hear a why on that decision.

A number of people have complained that we changed the keyboard shortcut for marking items as read from Ctrl+M to Ctrl+Q. The reason we made the change was because of a bug report we got which pointed out that (i) Outlook Express and Outlook use Ctrl+Q for marking items as read and (ii) Ctrl+Q is easier to hit than Ctrl+M on most keyboards.

Due to all the feedback we've gotten, we'll be including a keyboard shortcut editor [originally developed by Phil Haack] in the bug fix version of RSS Bandit scheduled to ship later this month.


 

Monday, December 5, 2005 6:21:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I was bitten by the change of keyboard shortcuts too. Something that adds to the problem is that the online-help still insists that ctl-m is the shortcut for catching up a feed. It's only by looking at the popup-menu that you can see the new keyboard sortcut.
Monday, December 5, 2005 6:55:02 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Dare, Jason Haley is one of my favorite geek pals. I LOVED the "I Love Jason Haley In A Totally Manly Non-Threatening Way. Serious. Totally Platonic", but the link is screwy. Could you please fix? Thanks!
Monday, December 5, 2005 6:56:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Dare, Jason Haley is one of my favorite geek pals. I LOVED the "I Love Jason Haley In A Totally Manly Non-Threatening Way. Serious. Totally Platonic", but the link is screwy. Could you please fix? Thanks!
Monday, December 5, 2005 7:02:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Just for the record, I noticed the difference but didn't think it was ghey at all. But I do think that Google directing me to a (very slow) Wikipedia for a definition of ghey is definitely ghey (whatever that means!).
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 2:33:12 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Thanks for fixing the "I Love Jason Haley" link, Dare. And sorry about the double comment. Timed out or something...
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 2:54:24 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Heh, I actually love the change to ctrl+q - just like I love the more standard following toolbar button layout :]
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:57:40 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I was initially disturbed by this as well, but now I like the change - on my laptop that only has one CTRL button (on the left side), CTRL-Q is a lot easier to hit with one hand than CTRL-M.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 5:32:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Not that it needs to be said - But I love RSS Bandit, and you guys could have made the "mark all items in category read" shortcut CTRL+P+Q+M+Z and I'd still use your software.

That being said, I'm looking forward to a custom shortcut option so I can change it back to CTRL+M as soon as possible!

Kudos, and keep up the good work.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 9:49:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I really like the new CTRL+Q shorcut to mark items as read. Much easier to use than CTRL+M.
Thursday, December 8, 2005 4:03:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I was the one who entered feature request 1171647, which may (or may not) have been the inspiration for this change. If so, then ironically I was actually for a slightly different feature - the ability to mark *individual* items as read using CTRL-Q. As far as I know, Outlook/OE doesn't have a "mark all as read" shortcut, only "mark selected as read".
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