The reply button under each post is used to make a direct reply to the post. The blue reply button makes a reply to the topic itself.
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Hello all, still checking nodebb out.
In the composer there is a weird red and white "chat" button in the bottom right (speech bubble with three dots in it). This actually just sends back to the thread. Is that a bug, or is it normal and the icon completely fails to convey the meaning of the button? Can the icon be changed in the theme or the setting of nodeBB if I get a custom install?
I believe what you're referring to is meant to toggle the composer.
Ok, so it is "working as expected" from the developper's point of view, and "bug" from the user's because of the unrelated icon.
Is it possible to use an explicit text instead of a cryptic icon for the button without having to change nodeBB's code?
I was thinking of "SHOW THREAD" in the composer, and "SHOW REPLY" in the thread once the composer is hidden?
Yeah I agree, I think the chat icon is definitely wrong. I think we should have a minimize button on the composer itself, and have the button only show up when the composer is minimized.