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Signed On Aug 22, 2002, 01:01
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue : Lego Snowman Dec 6, 2009, 04:54  Xymph 
 
How long have signatures had little blue dividers on top?
A mere 13.5 months. Rubeyes
 
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News Comments > Trademarks
1. Re: Trademarks Nov 30, 2009, 12:07  Xymph 
 
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News Comments > Black Friday Mobilization
1. Re: Black Friday Mobilization Nov 30, 2009, 05:17  Xymph 
 
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2. Re: etc. Nov 30, 2009, 05:16  Xymph 
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2009, 04:41  Xymph 
 
You're thinking of just hiding stuff with javascript. The whole point of ajax is that you load information on demand. I.e., when you click on an ajax link, it generates an http request that goes to the server to fetch data, and when the data comes to the browser it shows it.
Two factors here:

1) I know that Ajax can do that, but don't know anything about writing Ajax stuff. While part of my motivation for working on all these site features is to learn new things, I don't want to spin off in completely new technological directions on this site, given the time I have available and the features I still need to build.

2) The frontpage is really a static .shtml file, dumped every minute from the database and replacing the previous file only if anything changed (even if it's just one comment count). This is done to prevent MySQL and general system overload, and I'm not comfortable with the idea of the static frontpage generating additional HTTP/MySQL requests, even if only on demand.
So the Continue links go to the Share (viewstory) pages which are fully dynamic, but mod_perl helps with that, and these are also the links we'd like to see used by other sites and search engines as the main place of entry when bringing up a single story. So there is an SEO-aspect to doing it this way as well.

So, thanks for everyone's suggestions, but Ajax is one area I'm unlikely to enter at this time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2009, 04:12  Xymph 
 
Just trying out the language filter.
There's no language filter in these forums, as far as I know. Maybe you were just trolling.

If you and Franz need any further help with site code, let me know via email.
Nobody with that name working here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2009, 12:42  Xymph 
 
So whats with the post length that Prez ran into, Frans?
Nevermind that, it was reverted.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2009, 12:41  Xymph 
 
I always wished I could make the box that we type into bigger.
Have you tried Chrome?
Or Safari -- based on the same WebKit engine it also supports resizing textarea fields.

The one thing I wasn't able to figure out with the click-away reminder is how to use a grey color for it, to make it clearer that the text will disappear once you click on the text field. Does anyone have a suggestion how to do that?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 24, 2009, 03:45  Xymph 
 
Forum Rules
This is new.
Nope, they've been in the FAQ for a long time already. On the post/edit forms they're just a little more visible.
 
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14. Re: Game Reviews Nov 23, 2009, 15:00  Xymph 
 
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12. Re: Game Reviews Nov 23, 2009, 14:55  Xymph 
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2009, 05:19  Xymph 
 
I'm wondering where this man news page is
Not man, main. And only the forums were affected, no other sub-pages.
I made a typo in the board.pl script and didn't notice the resulting error messages in the Apache log until my return a few hours later. Sorry again.
 
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2009, 03:49  Xymph 
 
are you referring to the locking up of IE? Had lots of trouble with the site this week
No, Blue just referred to the former differences in the masthead area. I tested the site in IE6, 7 and 8, and it never locked up (nor in any of the other major browsers I tried). So that may be a problem on your end.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2009, 14:35  Xymph 
 
Now why the other masthead doesn't have that board link in the first place is another question entirely....
Question? It's not a question anymore.
 
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11. Re: Game Reviews Nov 12, 2009, 11:16  Xymph 
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2009, 04:37  Xymph 
 
I probably missed a post about this, but I hope you're doing okay Blue.
Yes.
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 2, 2009, 11:16  Xymph 
 
It'd also be nice if we could get an actual forum, so that we could talk about some things for more than two days before it disappears again.
You mean like a few boards with categories where people themselves can initiate a thread? Like still exists on Chatbear?

http://www.chatbear.com/unity2/1066/unityhome?v=flatold

That might be feasible with the stripped down Chatbear code in use on this site, the basic support for multiple boards is there I think.
As for a whole separate phpBB or vBulletin forum, that's less likely to happen.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2009, 11:38  Xymph 
 
Are we allowed to blame anyone in particular?
Blue is too kind. Embarassed
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Question Oct 9, 2009, 04:05  Xymph 
 
Not sure where to post this request so here goes:
Mailing it to Blue or me would have been better than posting it.

Is there some way to combine these two accounts with each other, keeping the post count and actual posts on both?
I moved those 10 stray posts over to your main account, and deleted the other one. Now you can change your email address.

If anyone else needs this, mail me via my user page.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Acquires Nadeo
13. Re: Ubisoft Acquires Nadeo Oct 6, 2009, 04:30  Xymph 
 
At least Ubi and Nadeo see eye to eye when it comes to DRM. Both were heavily into using StarForce.
The keyword in that sentence being: were.
I think the StarForce thing was blown way out of proportion, but that's the Internet way... the real shame about dropping DRM is that it became much easier to cheat in TrackMania Forever. I spend quite lot of time every day cleaning out the "fruits" of that decision from the Dedimania world records database.
 
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