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Postposted on Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:41 am

bitvector wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote:It looks like the crappy fixed width is about 960 pixels.

Here is a greasemonkey script I hacked up to "fix" the forum layout back to the width I like...

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...code...

A more precise one would replace the child with another copy of style.css that has the fixed width removed. :)

Edit: fixed include header

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Postposted on Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:58 pm

A couple other comments:
1/ Is there any way to get the pictures that are used on the front-page feature-article thing to be part of the post. Particularly for the news/blog posts. For example, the hard drive acoustic one has a nifty picture of the sound meter, but said picture is nowhere to be found in the actual blog post.

2/ Could the "Top news stories" on the front-page be the link to the news.x page? That'd be really convenient.
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Postposted on Tue Aug 28, 2007 9:39 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:A couple other comments:
1/ Is there any way to get the pictures that are used on the front-page feature-article thing to be part of the post. Particularly for the news/blog posts. For example, the hard drive acoustic one has a nifty picture of the sound meter, but said picture is nowhere to be found in the actual blog post.

2/ Could the "Top news stories" on the front-page be the link to the news.x page? That'd be really convenient.


The CMS image handling code gives the author the flexibility to set any image as the lead image, even if it's not otherwise part of the item. This is by design. TR feature content was, up to now, pretty much completely free-form. The TR staff is used to complete control and flexibility and one of the design goals of the CMS was to preserve as much of that as possible.

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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:26 am

posted in the wrong place...deleted taht post and put it here:

I'm occasionally getting threads marked unread that i've already read with no new posts...no idea how the rhyme or reason works tho.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:34 am

derFunkenstein wrote:I'm occasionally getting threads marked unread that i've already read with no new posts...no idea how the rhyme or reason works tho.

I think that if someone edits a post the unread flag gets set again.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:03 pm

sometimes it's even *my* post doing that, and it's posts I know I haven't edited...onepossible reason I guess, though
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:05 pm

Another thing I've just noted. When Kevin moved the "banning tag" thread from the 'Porch to R&P (I should have done it earlier myself :oops: ), I'm still seeing a MOVED: threadlink on the 'Porch. I've cleared history & cookies as well as rebooting and the MOVED link is still there.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:07 pm

I've seen that several times, even before the new TR, so I figured it was intentional
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:10 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:I've seen that several times, even before the new TR, so I figured it was intentional


Same, plus I don't think the new TR touched the forums, besides the ja.zz stuff.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:13 pm

What are the odds of implementing a counter for the articles for the number of reads?

Also, can we have the front-page f@h ad link to the newly-created intro thread: viewtopic.php?t=52890
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:19 pm

Is the front page blue theme darker?
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:00 pm

toxent wrote:Is the front page blue theme darker?

Yup. Read Scott's most recent blog post.
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Postposted on Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:57 pm

Doh' I always forget about the blogs!
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:22 am

I just noticed that on the articles there is no author listed. At least when they are on the front page. Is this by design, or is it something missed?
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:20 am

Hoser wrote:I just noticed that on the articles there is no author listed. At least when they are on the front page. Is this by design, or is it something missed?

There are they on the "news.x" page and also when you click the featured article right at the top.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:05 am

I would like to request a link to news.x somewhere in the discussion (http://techreport.com/discussions.x/) pages, so when someone makes a post to the news comments, they don't have to back-back-back through the post page in order to get to the news page again, or hit the front page again only to click on it's news link.
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Postposted on Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:10 pm

PerfectCr wrote:There are they on the "news.x" page and also when you click the featured article right at the top.


I know that. I just thought they would have the author's name on the front page teaser like they used to have on TR v 1.0.
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Postposted on Fri Sep 07, 2007 8:58 pm

Here's an interesting bug related to the change to the (amazingly-narrow) fixed-width format:
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/13157

Look at my message number 68 in the comments there. It includes a relatively-short URL linking to a forum thread. Depending on your choice of font size, the URL is longer than the tiny narrow window allotted for comment text. The margins for the text in that post are stretched to the width of the URL, but the margins for the skinny window are not changed, so a chunk of the text is invisible, like it ran off the right edge of the tiny ribbon of the comment "page".

You can see the same thing happening in Axeman's comment #93.

The text column available for my comment is a puny 430 pixels wide. I haven't owned a computer screen that narrow since 1990.
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Postposted on Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:09 pm

JustAnEngineer wrote:Here's an interesting bug related to the change to the (amazingly-narrow) fixed-width format:
http://techreport.com/discussions.x/13157

Look at my message number 68 in the comments there. It includes a relatively-short URL linking to a forum thread. Depending on your choice of font size, the URL is longer than the tiny narrow window allotted for comment text. The margins for the text in that post are stretched to the width of the URL, but the margins for the skinny window are not changed, so a chunk of the text is invisible, like it ran off the right edge of the tiny ribbon of the comment "page".

You can see the same thing happening in Axeman's comment #93.


Yep, we struggled with that. Long URLs get truncated, but at a set character length which doesn't always correspond to the right pixel width. That's definitely on the list to fix in the next version of the comment system.
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Postposted on Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:58 pm

I just noticed that we lost the 'recent posts' for the front page ja.zz system. Now you have to manually click around. I'm guessing that the 'related articles' just took its place.
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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 6:56 am

I just noticed the forum now takes up the entire screen. Forgive me if I missed something, I've been gone all week. :)
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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:56 am

The "back to top" link still doesn't work. :-?
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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:59 am

Hoser wrote:The "back to top" link still doesn't work. :-?

Y'know, I don't think I've ever used that. I just hit the "Home" key...
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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:05 am

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Hoser wrote:The "back to top" link still doesn't work. :-?

Y'know, I don't think I've ever used that. I just hit the "Home" key...


I'm too lazy to take my hand off the mouse, so it's my first instinct instead of the home button.
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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:42 am

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Hoser wrote:The "back to top" link still doesn't work. :-?

Y'know, I don't think I've ever used that. I just hit the "Home" key...


I'm too lazy to take my hand off the mouse, so it's my first instinct instead of the home button.


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Postposted on Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:51 am

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Hoser wrote:
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Hoser wrote:The "back to top" link still doesn't work. :-?

Y'know, I don't think I've ever used that. I just hit the "Home" key...


I'm too lazy to take my hand off the mouse, so it's my first instinct instead of the home button.


I love me my mouse forwards and backwards buttons.


Heck, I just scroll up. Or hit the middle button and move the cursor above it.
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Re: Server maintenance this weekend

Postposted on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:36 am

Is there any plan to bring back the old query that showed the 10 most recently commented on articles (front-page, not forum)? I really liked that to be able to track comments. Right now, it's almost impossible to keep up with discussions once they have moved down the page.
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Re: Server maintenance this weekend

Postposted on Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:02 pm

Another quick suggestion. Can you have a link on the poll that's on the front page that goes to the discussion.x (ex: http://techreport.com/discussions.x/14243) page for it? That'd be really handy instead of having to click "more polls" and then click in from there.

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Re: Server maintenance this weekend

Postposted on Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:28 pm

Usacomp2k3 wrote:Is there any plan to bring back the old query that showed the 10 most recently commented on articles (front-page, not forum)? I really liked that to be able to track comments. Right now, it's almost impossible to keep up with discussions once they have moved down the page.

That still exists, it just got bumped from the front page. It's still on the discussions.x pages.
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Re: Server maintenance this weekend

Postposted on Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:14 pm

sroylance wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:Is there any plan to bring back the old query that showed the 10 most recently commented on articles (front-page, not forum)? I really liked that to be able to track comments. Right now, it's almost impossible to keep up with discussions once they have moved down the page.

That still exists, it just got bumped from the front page. It's still on the discussions.x pages.

Are you talking about the "Top discussion topics"? I seem to recall one that wasn't sorted by most posts this week, but was a list of the 8-10 topics that people had most recently posted in, just like the hot threads was a list of the most recent threads people had posted in.
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