The "disappearing topics" problem on the "All Topics" page, and the inclusion of ancient threads in topic lists of individual forums, should now be fixed. Please let me know if you continue to see this.
Re: The "Peek" function and the "Proposed Topics" archive
Hi Moose! Happy Holidays!
I've added the peek/Firefox bug to the list.
The Proposed Topics archives are something that I still have to work on. Archives used to translate the message data file into HTML, then delete the message data file, leaving the HTML as the only record. I have to write a script to translate the HTML back into message data files. The HTML files are still there, though perhaps not convenient for you, but look in:
I note that we have the "quote reply" back. Remember what a mess is could and did cause back in the "good old days"?
The reply/quote is back on by accident, I'm turning it off now.
Also, haven't checked - Do the internal links to other topics/messages still work?
I translated the message data files yesterday, so they should work. Let me know, anyone, if you find problems.
Added by edit: Sticky/Pinned topics coming?
It's on the list, no timetable, though.
Your familiarity with the control panel, now called Board Central, is probably greater than anyone else's, so when you get a chance to look at it your feedback will be very valuable. Within a few minutes of me posting this you should see a link to Board Central in the links at the top of the page - it should be visible to all moderators, administrators and directors.
Is it possible to archive old topics and still have old links work?
I ran a script that should have converted all the old links to threads and messages into the new form, so anyone who finds broken links should report them to me. Links to threads are always to page 1. Links to a specific page of thread, as has already been noted, are useless since users can have different settings for the number of messages per page. But links to messages are always in terms of the message number, and the software figures out the right page number for each user. If someone finds a case I'm not handling properly I'm sure it can be fixed.
About adding the signature while editing, thanks for finding this. It should now be fixed.
This message has been edited by Admin, 12-26-2004 16:56 AM
Yep, it's fixed!
This message has been edited by Admin, 12-26-2004 16:56 AM
Somewhere along the lines, I guess during my profile editing, my signature got messed up. It used to be (I think) just some HTML code, which included an image. Now I guess you were doing some dbCode / HTML conversion stuff, but apparently it didn't work out.
The problem with signatures should now be fixed. Please let me know if you have further difficulties.
Anyone who has updated their profile during the past couple days may have corrupted their signature. I have already fixed the signatures for Ben and Adminnemooseus. Anyone else who needs me to fix their signatures just let me know.
Sorry to be dumping so many things at you at once...
I am very grateful. I think finding bugs is wonderful.
1. If I go to "all topics" and click on the topic title, I'm brought to the first page, where I see the first 5 messages in reverse chronological order.
This is weird, and not useful behavior. If I have reverse order, I want to be taken to the last 5 posts, not the first 5 posts!
Not this week, but sometime soon we can have a dialogue about this. I tried to adhere to standard message board behavior (i.e., my understanding of how vBulletin, UBB, MyBB, YABB PowerBoad and EZBoard work), and I think I've captured it, but I could be wrong. I only have copies of maybe half these boards. I want improvements, but I don't want to run counter to what the general bulletin board user community has become accustomed to.
2. If I actually click on the last page for a thread with 22 posts, I'm not given the last 5 posts. I'm given the last 2 posts (22 mod 5 = 2). This is a little weird too.
Let me comment by using a specific example. Say there's a thread with 17 messages and the user is displaying 5 msgs/page. That means 1-5 on page 1, 6-10 on page 2, 11-15 on page 3, and 16-17 on page 4.
If we instead always had at least 5 msgs/ppage, that would put 13-17 on the last page, and it means that messages 13-15 would appear on both pages 3 and 4. I'm not arguing for or against this. I can see the advantages of having the most data possible on each page. On the other hand, I can see counter-intuitive aspects if we make an analogy to a book. What would you think if the last page of each chapter in a book was filled top to bottom, but the first portion was just a repeat of the last portion of the previous page? The analogy is imperfect because a webpage is not a book, and I draw no conclusions at this point.
When replying to a message, the help area on smilies is gone. Especially with the new smily icons, I wanted to check out what the new icons look like, if there's any new ones, and how to make them all.
The smilies legend is back and hopefully improved.
In old posts, sometimes people use links to other messages. I really never experienced these failing, but now some do. Maybe because you've changed some links / functionality?
I skimmed ahead in the thread, and I think there are a couple other messages about failing links of this type, and expressing concern about how links to thread pages could be accurate if users can each have a different number of messages per page. There are several points I should make:
Links to threads should always be to page 1 of the thread, so links to threads should never be a problem.
Links to messages are always in terms of the message number and never the page number, so the user will always be brought to the right message regardless of his "messages per page" setting.
There *is* a very real problem with some old links to thread message pages. Any pre-existing links to a page of a thread that wasn't page 1 and didn't have a message number were translated to be to the page number referred to *assuming* 15 messages per page. People created these kinds of links by copying the URL from the browser's address box. Obviously this translation was the wrong thing to do. I'll have to create another script that will translate these incorrect links into references to the first message of that page.
People will continue to copy the browser's address box URL to create links to threads and messages, so I'm going to change the page links that appear at the top and bottom of each page of messages to be in terms of message numbers.
I hope to get to all this soon, within a day or two.