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again thanks for all the work

A tiny simple thing I would like to see returned…(I know these are mostly the worst questions sorry) the locations under the users.

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

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


I’ve always wondered how to write _the_’s username. Now I know! Smile
…except I’ll prolly forget anyway. Sad

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Hey SB. I know this has to be a ridiculous amount of work tuning out all the little bugs and I don’t envy you right now.
Great job overall but I suppose I may as well throw my complaints and suggestions out there too.

  • User rank (star system) is gone. Not a huge deal I guess but I liked it. I was so proud when I got my fourth star! Big Smile
  • I know it’s on the list already but location is really important in a global forum like this. It helped me a lot with how to respond to certain questions.
  • White space… There is SO much of it now mostly at the bottom of each post. For those who don’t have a signature line on my 24” monitor I’m looking at 2 1/2 inches of blank space at the bottom of each post. I’m wearing out the scroll button on my mouse. One place at least 1/4 inch could be saved would be shrinking the height of the “Top…Quote…Reply” line under each post. It seems overly large now. It looks like the “Send PM” button is half the height of those bottom buttons and that is more than large enough IMO.
  • I never thought I could hate emoticons… These new cross-eyed, dopey looking dorks with a sprout of hair are driving me bonkers! Shocked Ok I like the new crazy eyed one but I actually get mad looking at the winking one. Ok maybe I have some anger issues to work out. LOL I miss the old ones though. Perhaps you’re working on them already because now I only have 5 to choose from…

Ending on a happy note the new beer mug has increased capacity! Beer

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Yup… Adding a photo without any other content doesn’t work. It needs a space or other input in the text field, otherwise the Save/Preview buttons remain grayed out.

Things I’m missing:

1. I liked having the member location listed; this was helpful when assisting with locating sources for hardware. (eg., are you in the US? Buy from Mtn! Are you overseas? get free shipping from FastTech.)

2. A searchable list of threads participated in by each member. This was very helpful… (I recall Djozz started a thread yesterday but I didn’t subscribe, now I want to find that again… Also, this is extremely helpful in identifying Giveaway Spammers who aren’t contributing members and only join to get free stuff.)

3. The automatic subscription to threads I participate in of course… Smile

4. The full list of Smileys in the drop-down box from the text editor… Smile


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It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Hey SB. I know this has to be a ridiculous amount of work tuning out all the little bugs and I don’t envy you right now.
Great job overall but I suppose I may as well throw my complaints and suggestions out there too.

Hey there, thanks for the comments!

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User rank (star system) is gone. Not a huge deal I guess but I liked it. I was so proud when I got my fourth star! Big Smile

Ah, I was wondering if anybody would notice. Smile I believe I can put it back, but I was kind of thinking that it didn’t make a lot of sense to equate number of posts with “quality” or “reputation” of the user. Take me for example, I had 5 stars and yet I can barely insert a battery into a flashlight! Silly (And let’s not even talk about threading lanyards into the little holes on the tailcap…)

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I know it’s on the list already but location is really important in a global forum like this. It helped me a lot with how to respond to certain questions.

Meanwhile don’t forget that you can just click on the user’s name and see their location if it’s filled in.

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White space… There is SO much of it now mostly at the bottom of each post. For those who don’t have a signature line on my 24” monitor I’m looking at 2 1/2 inches of blank space at the bottom of each post. I’m wearing out the scroll button on my mouse. One place at least 1/4 inch could be saved would be shrinking the height of the “Top…Quote…Reply” line under each post. It seems overly large now. It looks like the “Send PM” button is half the height of those bottom buttons and that is more than large enough IMO.

Hmm, I don’t really see it any different than the way it was before. I think it’s pretty much unavoidable given the author’s details that require a certain amount of vertical space for every post. But I wonder if you’re running into some kind of browser incompatibility. Here’s what it looks like for me on Firefox in fullscreen (15.4” hi-dpi):
http://s18.postimg.org/mtr8qkgs9/Screenshot_from_2016_02_12_10_47_05.png

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I never thought I could hate emoticons… These new cross-eyed, dopey looking dorks with a sprout of hair are driving me bonkers! Shocked Ok I like the new crazy eyed one but I actually get mad looking at the winking one. Ok maybe I have some anger issues to work out. LOL I miss the old ones though. Perhaps you’re working on them already because now I only have 5 to choose from…

Yep, I think I’ll just put back the old ones.

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Hi there keltex78,

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Yup… Adding a photo without any other content doesn’t work. It needs a space or other input in the text field, otherwise the Save/Preview buttons remain grayed out.

I’m not sure if I can work around this one unfortunately.

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Things I’m missing:

1. I liked having the member location listed; this was helpful when assisting with locating sources for hardware. (eg., are you in the US? Buy from Mtn! Are you overseas? get free shipping from FastTech.)

2. A searchable list of threads participated in by each member. This was very helpful… (I recall Djozz started a thread yesterday but I didn’t subscribe, now I want to find that again… Also, this is extremely helpful in identifying Giveaway Spammers who aren’t contributing members and only join to get free stuff.)

3. The automatic subscription to threads I participate in of course… Smile

4. The full list of Smileys in the drop-down box from the text editor… Smile

All on the TODO list. Smile

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Thank You SB, for ALL the hard work you do !
I like the new layout and UI.

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sb56637 wrote:
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Yup… Adding a photo without any other content doesn’t work. It needs a space or other input in the text field, otherwise the Save/Preview buttons remain grayed out.
I’m not sure if I can work around this one unfortunately.

Actually I take that back. I found a fix, which is now implemented.

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Hey! It works!


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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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User rank (star system) is gone. Not a huge deal I guess but I liked it. I was so proud when I got my fourth star! Big Smile

Ah, I was wondering if anybody would notice. Smile
I noticed instantly! You had the special user rank of == The Administrator == iirc.
Is there any interesting user rank plugins perhaps? Attach rank to posts-per-day and we could have a rank based on lack of life outside of BLF!

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I never thought I could hate emoticons… These new cross-eyed, dopey looking dorks with a sprout of hair are driving me bonkers! Shocked Ok I like the new crazy eyed one but I actually get mad looking at the winking one. Ok maybe I have some anger issues to work out. LOL I miss the old ones though. Perhaps you’re working on them already because now I only have 5 to choose from…

Yep, I think I’ll just put back the old ones.
I like the crazy eyed one too! Can we keep that one?
You know someone is going to miss all the dopey ones too.
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It is now working correctly Smile

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Perhaps a ranking system that is based on “helpful votes”. That might pull the future in the direction we want.

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Joshk wrote:
Perhaps a ranking system that is based on “helpful votes”. That might pull the future in the direction we want.

Hmmm… yeah… maybe…

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David, I mean this in the most utilitarian way possible. Your display picture is very creepy.

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Joshk wrote:
David, I mean this in the most utilitarian way possible. Your display picture is very creepy.

Second that. It’s creepy af.

Old-Lumens wrote:
I love modding, but I don't have much use at all for flashlights in general.
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David, I mean this in the most utilitarian way possible. Your display picture is very creepy.

Second that. It’s creepy af.

My wife says so too.

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Hi everyone, this is a test of the new "Advanced Post Editor".

cool

 
1 2 x 3
4 5 x 6
7 8 x 9

 

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DavidEF wrote:
DanielM wrote:
Joshk wrote:
David, I mean this in the most utilitarian way possible. Your display picture is very creepy.
Second that. It’s creepy af.
My wife says so too.
DavidEF wrote:
I made my avatar back a few years ago for some other site, I can’t remember which. (Although, seems it might’ve been facebook) I first took a picture of myself with my cheap webcam. I actually used that picture as my avatar there for a while, but the webcam was not a good one, so the pic was grainy and the lighting was bad. So, I decided to help it a little. I opened up the picture in GIMP and colored over the old pic with blocks of color. I then added the weird, oversized eyes and called it done. My wife can’t stand the avatar, says it’s “creepy”! I like it, so I use it.

Via http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/887690#comment-887690


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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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sb56637 wrote:
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Hey SB. I know this has to be a ridiculous amount of work tuning out all the little bugs and I don’t envy you right now.
Great job overall but I suppose I may as well throw my complaints and suggestions out there too.

Hey there, thanks for the comments!

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User rank (star system) is gone. Not a huge deal I guess but I liked it. I was so proud when I got my fourth star! Big Smile

Ah, I was wondering if anybody would notice. Smile I believe I can put it back, but I was kind of thinking that it didn’t make a lot of sense to equate number of posts with “quality” or “reputation” of the user. Take me for example, I had 5 stars and yet I can barely insert a battery into a flashlight! Silly (And let’s not even talk about threading lanyards into the little holes on the tailcap…)

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I know it’s on the list already but location is really important in a global forum like this. It helped me a lot with how to respond to certain questions.

Meanwhile don’t forget that you can just click on the user’s name and see their location if it’s filled in.

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White space… There is SO much of it now mostly at the bottom of each post. For those who don’t have a signature line on my 24” monitor I’m looking at 2 1/2 inches of blank space at the bottom of each post. I’m wearing out the scroll button on my mouse. One place at least 1/4 inch could be saved would be shrinking the height of the “Top…Quote…Reply” line under each post. It seems overly large now. It looks like the “Send PM” button is half the height of those bottom buttons and that is more than large enough IMO.

Hmm, I don’t really see it any different than the way it was before. I think it’s pretty much unavoidable given the author’s details that require a certain amount of vertical space for every post. But I wonder if you’re running into some kind of browser incompatibility. Here’s what it looks like for me on Firefox in fullscreen (15.4” hi-dpi):
http://s18.postimg.org/mtr8qkgs9/Screenshot_from_2016_02_12_10_47_05.png

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I never thought I could hate emoticons… These new cross-eyed, dopey looking dorks with a sprout of hair are driving me bonkers! Shocked Ok I like the new crazy eyed one but I actually get mad looking at the winking one. Ok maybe I have some anger issues to work out. LOL I miss the old ones though. Perhaps you’re working on them already because now I only have 5 to choose from…

Yep, I think I’ll just put back the old ones.

Ok let me add that I really want the old subscription service back! Shocked It took me 10 minutes to find this thread again! LOL

Also, when I click on a user you can no longer see their created threads. I have now manually subscribed here. I keep forgetting I have to do that now. I don’t know if we need an auto subscribe just for looking but if I post in a thread I want to do the polite thing and respond to people especially if they’re saying something in response to what I’ve said so subscribing upon adding a comment would be great.

I checked your screenshot and that’s about how mine looks too. It’s probably just a result of the “big picture” effect of increasing the text size. It’s actually amount of vertical space for every post that’s taking up so much space now in my eyes. I was wondering if that space could be “coded” into less white. For example if I don’t post anything as a signature I don’t need those extra “X” amount of lines at the bottom of my replies. Could it only expand if there is something in there? A buddy of mine knows quite a bit about PHP coding so I can run it by him too. Maybe it’s just not reasonable to do. I didn’t think the text size needed increasing but I assume that’ not popular opinion since it was worked into this upgrade. It’s just my opinion so if everyone else likes it that’s fine. Whatever the final outcome I’m here for the long haul. You run a great site here my friend. Beer

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Thanks for all the work !

some of my actual experiments and reviews:
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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.
Vastly better to have the URL gobbledygook hidden behind human-readable text! It’s supposed to be “HyperText”, after all. Maybe just not parsing URLs at all in the comment body (i.e. render them as plain text) would be easier on everybody? Then if anyone chooses to paste a URL, the reader(s) can do whatever they choose to do with it.

PS: When I Save a Post it doesn’t Subscribe me to that Thread. I Saved my account subscription settings to test, here, if that fixes the problem. BRB

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PS: When I Save a Post it doesn’t Subscribe me to that Thread. I Saved my account subscription settings to test, here, if that fixes the problem. BRB

Correct, that’s still broken.

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J-Dub74 wrote:

I checked your screenshot and that’s about how mine looks too. It’s probably just a result of the “big picture” effect of increasing the text size. It’s actually amount of vertical space for every post that’s taking up so much space now in my eyes.

If you look at my screenshot, you’ll see that those are short one-liner posts, but the vertical space is unavoidable because the user’s name, avatar, post count, and join stats also take up vertical space.

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@sb:  I did some googling and found this image...

Does it look familiar?

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@sb:  I did some googling and found this…



Does this look familiar?


yes, a button i would prefer to delete

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Bort wrote:
yes, a button i would prefer to delete

I don't like it either, but it looks a lot better than what we have right now.  smile

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Bort wrote:
yes, a button i would prefer to delete

I don’t like it either, but it looks a lot better than what we have right now.  smile


perhaps we should replace what we have now with a two step authentication (which could work with your button)

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

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