[07-MAR-2016] Current status of BLF upgrade process

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Update looks good! Like others, I miss seeing the users location (without clucking to see their profile). I came to this thread about email notifications not working, but I see it’s already a known issue (i.e. I’m not getting any BLF emails for new posts in threads I’m subscribed to).

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1dash1 wrote:

2. Emoticons with asterisks, like scratch_one-s_head and smile don’t work.


Ah thanks, the smiley configuration is really janky on this version. I’ll basically have to add them in one by one.

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3. No longer can respond directly using only emoticons. Not a big deal. Members will quickly learn how to deal with it, by adding text or a space. (You can even add then immediately delete the text or space to get the emoticons to “stick”.)

Interesting observation, thanks.

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6. I miss my listing of posts that used to be under My Account. Is that feature permanently gone under this revision? Or has it been relocated somewhere else?

Still looking for a solution. I thought I had it yesterday with the “Tracker” functionality, but that had the side effect of showing everyone’s browsing habits to the entire world, so not a good solution. I’ll figure something out though.

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garrybunk wrote:
Update looks good! Like others, I miss seeing the users location (without clucking to see their profile). I came to this thread about email notifications not working, but I see it’s already a known issue (i.e. I’m not getting any BLF emails for new posts in threads I’m subscribed to).

-Garry

I just now added the user location thing to the first post in this thread.

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Still looking for a solution. I thought I had it yesterday with the “Tracker” functionality, but that had the side effect of showing everyone’s browsing habits to the entire world, so not a good solution. I’ll figure something out though.

How do i see my browsing habits?

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Can i make a suggestion, signatures seem to look like part of a reply, not sure why they didn’t before the upgrade, but perhaps smaller test, or italics or something or some spaces might help?

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Bort wrote:
Can i make a suggestion, signatures seem to look like part of a reply, not sure why they didn’t before the upgrade, but perhaps smaller test, or italics or something or some spaces might help?

This is another gotcha. I’ll add it to my todo list.

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Bort wrote:
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Still looking for a solution. I thought I had it yesterday with the “Tracker” functionality, but that had the side effect of showing everyone’s browsing habits to the entire world, so not a good solution. I’ll figure something out though.
How do i see my browsing habits?

That was the problem, I had to disable it because making it visible to you would make it visible to everyone.

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SB, for whatever reason the “mark all read” button is missing the button image on my system. Even after several page reloads. Did the image get lost?

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I’m not sure what’s wrong, but none of the pictures I have been posting are embedding correctly anymore. Sb, I’m guessing you are working on soemthing, but maybe you can use this thread if you need a case study. My pictures were working fine earlier today.

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I’m not sure what’s wrong, but none of the pictures I have been posting are embedding correctly anymore. Sb, I’m guessing you are working on soemthing, but maybe you can use this thread if you need a case study. My pictures were working fine earlier today.

Ah, thanks pilotdog68. It looks like I’ll have to revert the fix that I tried on Bort’s observation about broken links. Looks like to add links with dashes in them we’ll have to use the insert link button when using the Simple Post Editor.

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Yep.

Something is amiss.

Not just pictures.

Some of the emoticons that were working earlier aren’t working either.

Maybe they are out on strike. Big Smile

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1dash1 wrote:
Yep.

Something is amiss.

Not just pictures.

Some of the emoticons that were working earlier aren’t working either.

Maybe they are out on strike. Big Smile

Yes, I realized that I will have to configure each and every emoticon. I just added a few essentials, and I’ll add more as time allows.

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http://m.banggood.com/Ultrafire-C8-CREE-XM-L-T6-1300LM-5Modes-LED-Flashl...

I know you're new to BLF and all, so I'll let you in on a little secret:

That charger and those batteries are junk!  cheeky

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sb56637 wrote:
http://m.banggood.com/Ultrafire-C8-CREE-XM-L-T6-1300LM-5Modes-LED-Flashlight-Suit-p-912655.html

I know you're new to BLF and all, so I'll let you in on a little secret:

That charger and those batteries are junk!  cheeky

Aww man! Big Smile

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Ormbett wrote:
Am I the only one who doesnt like the shadows on the buttons? They give me bad 1990 vibes Smile

If it’s to your liking, you could also try the BLF dark theme… but I’m not much of a graphic designer and my CSS is rusty, so it may very well be worse than 1990s vibes. ;P
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44835

(for anyone else who might be interested, this is your notification that the theme thingie has its own thread now because I didn’t want to clutter this thread)

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raccoon city wrote:

sb56637 wrote:
http://m.banggood.com/Ultrafire-C8-CREE-XM-L-T6-1300LM-5Modes-LED-Flashlight-Suit-p-912655.html

I know you're new to BLF and all, so I'll let you in on a little secret:

That charger and those batteries are junk!  cheeky


Technically he has only been on “BLF” for 2 days so your insight is valid

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I have to wonder why a more mobile friendly redesign was not followed?

Making explicitly mobile-friendly sites is kind of a pain. The server needs to check your browser’s User-Agent header (if provided) against a sizable database to determine what kind of client it’s talking to, categorize it into one of a few supported types (like recent desktop, old desktop, recent mobile, old mobile, bot, etc), then render each page completely differently based on the client type. This requires a full set of templates for each type, and code inside the entire rendering chain (and sometimes functional logic too) to behave differently according to the client type. And then if you want to customize the theme, like applying the BLF theme, you have to customize it for every supported client type. And if you later upgrade the site, you may have to re-do those customizations repeatedly. And, of course, the person who does this needs access to one of each client device for testing and development. It’s a lot of time and effort.

If the framework supports it, a custom multi-platform theme might be do-able in a day for an experienced and efficient web designer… but it could also take much longer.

If it’s not already built deeply into the web framework, it’s not even remotely worth the effort.

Anyway, if it happens, I think we would collectively owe sb56637 at least a year worth of beer. As if we don’t already. Smile

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ToyKeeper wrote:
MtnDon wrote:
I have to wonder why a more mobile friendly redesign was not followed?

Making explicitly mobile-friendly sites is kind of a pain. The server needs to check your browser’s User-Agent header (if provided) against a sizable database to determine what kind of client it’s talking to, categorize it into one of a few supported types (like recent desktop, old desktop, recent mobile, old mobile, bot, etc), then render each page completely differently based on the client type. This requires a full set of templates for each type, and code inside the entire rendering chain (and sometimes functional logic too) to behave differently according to the client type. And then if you want to customize the theme, like applying the BLF theme, you have to customize it for every supported client type. And if you later upgrade the site, you may have to re-do those customizations repeatedly. And, of course, the person who does this needs access to one of each client device for testing and development. It’s a lot of time and effort.

If the framework supports it, a custom multi-platform theme might be do-able in a day for an experienced and efficient web designer… but it could also take much longer.

If it’s not already built deeply into the web framework, it’s not even remotely worth the effort.

Anyway, if it happens, I think we would collectively owe sb56637 at least a year worth of beer. As if we don’t already. Smile


aye carumba. i had no idea, i usually go to desktop mode anyways because they take out features i need at least half the time

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Help please. I tired to add a picture in a reply to a post. I used the same method I always do. It didn’t work. The ‘save’ and ‘preview’ buttons were not highlighted. Can some tell me how with the change, thank you!

Hmm, it seems to work for me with the Simple Post Editor:


As someone else indicated in their post, I believe you have to add text, or a period, or something, maybe a space. I just tried to post a photo only and it didn’t work. No problem. Thanks.

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sb56637 wrote:
Looks like to add links with dashes in them we’ll have to use the insert link button when using the Simple Post Editor.

Or, for those who are so inclined, the forum still allows quite a bit of HTML in the simple post editor. It’s very useful, and the syntax is pretty easy, but it can take some getting used to.

So, if it’s giving you trouble, you can write it this way instead:
<a href="http://some.site.com/foo/bar/baz">The Foo Bar Baz site</a>

It’ll show up like this:
The Foo Bar Baz site

You can also do this for images. The syntax is similar:
<img src="http://example.com/example.jpg" />


(also, FWIW, I may have just found a bug… it still auto-links things which look like links, even inside of the <notextile> tags which are supposed to disable that… which suggests that the auto-linking thing may be running in a separate pass)

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sb56637 wrote:
1dash1 wrote:
Yep.

Something is amiss.

Not just pictures.

Some of the emoticons that were working earlier aren’t working either.

Maybe they are out on strike. Big Smile

Yes, I realized that I will have to configure each and every emoticon. I just added a few essentials, and I’ll add more as time allows.


Since you have to add them one by one, here are our old simileys http://lyricstranslate.com/en/filter/tips Of course, whenever you get the time.
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Ok reposting…

Sending messages is not working.

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Meanwhile don’t forget about the My Subscriptions page for keeping track of activity in your subscribed posts. The page with its new post notifications is still working fine, it’s just the email notifications that are broken.

I do use that, but it is not the same as my phone saying DING when somebody post in a thread I follow.

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How can we see our previous posts in the new system? It used to be under “My Account” before, but now I don’t see it.

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How can we see our previous posts in the new system? It used to be under “My Account” before, but now I don’t see it.
We can’t at the moment.
The new system is a work in progress.
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Halo… wrote:
sb56637 wrote:
1dash1 wrote:
Yep.

Something is amiss.

Not just pictures.

Some of the emoticons that were working earlier aren’t working either.

Maybe they are out on strike. Big Smile

Yes, I realized that I will have to configure each and every emoticon. I just added a few essentials, and I’ll add more as time allows.


Since you have to add them one by one, here are our old simileys http://lyricstranslate.com/en/filter/tips Of course, whenever you get the time.

Nice, thank you Halo!

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MountainKing wrote:
Ok reposting…

Sending messages is not working.

Could you give a bit more detail here please?

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Halo… wrote:
bugsy wrote:
How can we see our previous posts in the new system? It used to be under “My Account” before, but now I don’t see it.
We can’t at the moment. The new system is a work in progress.

Added to the TODO list in the first post on this page.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
sb56637 wrote:
Looks like to add links with dashes in them we’ll have to use the insert link button when using the Simple Post Editor.

Or, for those who are so inclined, the forum still allows quite a bit of HTML in the simple post editor. It’s very useful, and the syntax is pretty easy, but it can take some getting used to.

So, if it’s giving you trouble, you can write it this way instead:
<a href="http://some.site.com/foo/bar/baz">The Foo Bar Baz site</a>

It’ll show up like this:
The Foo Bar Baz site

You can also do this for images. The syntax is similar:
<img src="http://example.com/example.jpg" />

(also, FWIW, I may have just found a bug… it still auto-links things which look like links, even inside of the <notextile> tags which are supposed to disable that… which suggests that the auto-linking thing may be running in a separate pass)

Thanks a lot ToyKeeper. Let’s try this other Textile code markup:

Inline code, surrounded by @ chars: <a href="http://some.site.com/foo/bar/baz">The Foo Bar Baz site</a> Followed by normal Textile-rendered text.


Code block, start with “bc.. “ and a newline:


<a href="http://some.site.com/foo/bar/baz">The Foo Bar Baz site</a>

http://example.com

<img src="http://example.com/example.jpg" />

-dashes- should not cause strike through

_underscores_ should not be underlined

And close the code block with “p. “

Hint: this is the only known way to type _the_’s username. Smile

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