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Selvek
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Combinator comments!

Post by Selvek » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:54 pm

TL;DR
Add an editable "comments" field inside each combinator GUI so that you can remind yourself what each combinator is supposed to be doing!

What ?
Directly under the name (e.g. "arithmetic combinator"), each combinator should have an editable text box for comments/notes. It has no impact on the game in any way, other than making it easier to remember (or explain to others) how your circuit works.
Why ?
Any decent CS101 teacher will fail a student who puts no comments in their code, and combinators are arguably less intuitive than a lot of text-based code. Comments would make it so much easier to get back in to updating a combinator circuit you built last year. It would be especially helpful for blueprints shared via the forums so you can figure out the author's intent.

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Re: Combinator comments!

Post by CJ5Boss » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:26 pm

That's a good idea, especially since making combinators and stuff is the closest you can get to "coding" without actually coding in the game. I think that would be nice, especially when the factory gets huge and you have a lot of combinators and circuit setups.
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Re: Combinator comments!

Post by Tekky » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:55 pm

This has already been suggested and discussed in the following threads:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=62279 Combinators information
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=56214 Comments on Deciders, possibly other entities
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=63023 Commenting combinators

Also related:
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=58685 Signs

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