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Free Republic Update: My Comments (Pings), System Upgrade and Spelling and Time Zone Breakage

Posted on 04/07/2008 3:18:37 AM PDT by John Robinson

First up, made a change to the My Comments (aka Pings aka "New Comments to You") page. You can now clear your comments page by using the new "Clear Pings" link. This is the only way to remove the "New Comments to You" indicator. (You can still view all past comments to you via "View All")

Next up on the menu: I've been upgrading the system software on all our servers. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way the spell checker broke and the new version of that software depends on software that I haven't yet been able to upgrade (because that software depends on a kernel feature that isn't available using the ancient kernel I have installed.) What this all means is that I will be taking a drive up to San Jose in the very near future (Monday night) to perform delicate surgery with a very large hammer. Once that is done, the spell checker will work.

I'm also aware that the time zone preference is not working, and I believe that problem may also be fixed by the same large hammer that will fix the spell checker (it's a very big hammer.)

So in summary, clear your pings, don't make any spelling mistakes until Tuesday and kick back and enjoy the California sun.

Update

Added "Pings Indicator" option to your preferences in case you'd prefer the old automatic clearing of the ping light.

Update #2

Was able to work around the spell checker dependency issue, you can now misspell words to your heart's content.


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1 posted on 04/07/2008 3:18:37 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

I believe thats the same sun we have here in Texas just smaller.


2 posted on 04/07/2008 3:23:39 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: John Robinson
Thanks for the note.

While you are here, a question.

Can you contact Brietbart.com and clue them in on updating the Forums section of thier site?

“FORUMS: Free Republic | Lucianne | Power Line”

However, since a month ago with the software change, the FR articles are not listed.

I contacted them, but got no reply. I find the site useful at work, because FR is blocked.

3 posted on 04/07/2008 3:25:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: John Robinson

Sun? Sun? I haven’t seen the sun in several days. But I’m not complaining, because that means we’re getting the rain we’ve been missing over the last couple of years.


4 posted on 04/07/2008 3:26:48 AM PDT by wolfpat (If you don't like the Patriot Act, you're really gonna hate Sharia Law.)
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To: John Robinson

Thanks, Jim!


5 posted on 04/07/2008 3:26:56 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: John Robinson

Is it possible for individuals to set the Comments page to the form that it was before your changes? I really liked being able to scroll down and read the comments that I’ve made and that have been made to me. At the moment, I don’t seem to be able to do that anymore.


6 posted on 04/07/2008 3:28:24 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: John Robinson
Thanks Jim! Appreciate all you do.

Gud luk widtth the hamer.

(speel chek mudst be brok).

7 posted on 04/07/2008 3:29:12 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: John Robinson; snarks_when_bored
Oops...never mind. I see that the Comments must have defaulted to 'Brief' after your changes; I've set them on 'Comments' and all is well.

Thanks...

8 posted on 04/07/2008 3:30:36 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: John Robinson

Just asked the question about time zone on the other thread.
Thanks for the info and all the changes. Love some/Getting used(Trying to figure out)others.

MM


9 posted on 04/07/2008 3:32:07 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (My Son is My Hero!!!)
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To: John Robinson

Could you please put the “TO” feature back in??

As it is now, I can’t tell my ‘self-pings’ from my routine ‘shoot my mouth off’ posts.....


10 posted on 04/07/2008 3:32:09 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: John Robinson

Thank John!

Ummm..... Does this have anything to do with my profile page disappearing?


11 posted on 04/07/2008 3:33:20 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: snarks_when_bored

Can you help me find the “view all” for after I clear the post to me, if I need to reference them later I want to be able to find them.

Thanks


12 posted on 04/07/2008 3:34:55 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: SkyPilot
Gud luk widtth the hamer.

Dew knot tryst yore spill chequer too ketch awl yore miss takes...

13 posted on 04/07/2008 3:35:08 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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To: John Robinson

Just a suggestion to consider. How about having an announcements page for system status information, heads-ups on upcoming system changes, planned maintenance downtime, and the like?

This might help to alleviate widespread panic and prevent mass suicide.


14 posted on 04/07/2008 3:35:36 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.)
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To: John Robinson

Aye aye Captian, no spellnig errors until Teusday night..:)


15 posted on 04/07/2008 3:37:30 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (GET A GUN....When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away..)
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To: snarks_when_bored

never mind, stupid question, I found it.

Thanks anyway.


16 posted on 04/07/2008 3:37:40 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: Skooz

Don’t think so. I see your profile page is blank, but other people’s aren’t. Really don’t know what happened to yours. Sorry.


17 posted on 04/07/2008 3:38:23 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
What this all means is that I will be taking a drive up to San Jose in the very near future (Monday night) to perform delicate surgery with a very large hammer.

Ah, the universal Ford tool! Get it on video, we'd love to witness the festivities...

18 posted on 04/07/2008 3:38:32 AM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we’re still retarded.)
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To: John Robinson

Sometimes fun can be had with same large hammer in the form of ‘insmod -f’, which can result in equally large cogs erupting from the box.

Duct tape is then quite handy...


19 posted on 04/07/2008 3:41:03 AM PDT by Enosh (†)
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To: spotbust1
Can you help me find the “view all” for after I clear the post to me, if I need to reference them later I want to be able to find them.

The 'View All | Clear Pings' commands are just above the latest comment. Does that help?

20 posted on 04/07/2008 3:41:06 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: John Robinson

Wow. It just vanished.

Any way to get it back?

Pretty please?


21 posted on 04/07/2008 3:41:35 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Have something like that, I’m just not using it for some silly reason.


22 posted on 04/07/2008 3:42:01 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
What this all means is that I will be taking a drive up to San Jose in the very near future (Monday night) to perform delicate surgery with a very large hammer. Once that is done, the spell checker will work.

No hurry.

It provides a handy excuse for my typos. ;-)

23 posted on 04/07/2008 3:42:12 AM PDT by Allegra (Tehran delenda est)
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To: John Robinson

Never mind.

Incredibly, I found a backup.

I actually backed up my profile page. I must have been really bored. :)

Thanks!


24 posted on 04/07/2008 3:45:19 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: Skooz

Afraid I can’t, we don’t have a version of it stored anywhere. :-(


25 posted on 04/07/2008 3:46:03 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Skooz

Glad to hear it.


26 posted on 04/07/2008 3:46:26 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
So have we lost this sort of line, John?
On News/Activism ^ 01/20/2007 12:25:07 PM CST · 89 of 347 ^

If so, I'm sorry about that. It feels somehow useful to know the numerical position of one's comment with respect to an entire thread.

27 posted on 04/07/2008 3:46:47 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Enosh

Heh, we don’t use kernel modules.


28 posted on 04/07/2008 3:47:57 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

“Private reply” is not populating with the person being replied to,


29 posted on 04/07/2008 3:50:11 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: Skooz

That’s actually a pretty good idea. I think I’ll do mine now.


30 posted on 04/07/2008 3:50:59 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: don-o; John Robinson

>>“Private reply” is not populating with the person being replied to,

“you can edit this page” on your profile page isn’t populating with the current version, either. Likely a related artifact.


31 posted on 04/07/2008 3:53:25 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (<===Typical White American)
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To: John Robinson
You can now clear your comments page by using the new "Clear Pings" link. This is the only way to remove the "New Comments to You" indicator.

Forgive me, but from a usability standpoint, that strikes me as a mistake. Previously this "clear pings" function would happen just by clicking "new comments to you," correct?

Making manual what was automatic seems to me to be a step backwards.

32 posted on 04/07/2008 3:55:15 AM PDT by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: John Robinson

Great new functionality, John. I wondered what had happened and thought maybe I broke it somehow when it looked different to what I was used to.

Now that I’ve used the “Clear Pings” feature I think it’s the Cat’s a$$.

Cheers for that!
*DieHard*


33 posted on 04/07/2008 3:56:09 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: John Robinson
"posted on 04/07/2008 3:46:26 AM PDT by John Robinson"

Don't you ever sleep?

34 posted on 04/07/2008 3:56:29 AM PDT by JDoutrider (No 2nd Amendment... Know Tyranny)
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To: snarks_when_bored

thank you. Sorry about that. Still not fully awake yet. Thanks again for helping.


35 posted on 04/07/2008 3:59:19 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Procrastinators of the world unite . . . . .tomorrow!!!)
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To: John Robinson
John,

Great job re 'clear all' pings function !

May I suggest/request one more minor tweak to same ?

Imho, it'd be much easier to follow if the para break was between the poster's comment and the next ping topic:

ie, this:

WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FREEP # 153 AAR
#30 posted 03/30/2008 3:14:27 AM PDT by trooprally

Gathering of Eagles: Oil City, PA (03/28/08)
#6 posted 03/29/2008 5:29:48 AM PDT by tgslTakoma

instead of this:

WALTER REED ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FREEP # 153 AAR

#24 posted 03/29/2008 3:38:48 PM PDT by trooprally
Gathering of Eagles: Oil City, PA (03/28/08)

#6 posted 03/29/2008 5:29:48 AM PDT by tgslTakoma

36 posted on 04/07/2008 3:59:23 AM PDT by tomkat
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By the bye —

As more of an esthetic issue than an actual functionality issue, could you lose the large font??

Less entries per visible page makes for more scrolling, and the possibility of missing pings.....

Thx

Ike


37 posted on 04/07/2008 4:01:26 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: FreedomPoster

Yours is well worth backing up.

Good job.

I copied/pasted the “The True History of the Southwest, 101” into a Word file and saved it.


38 posted on 04/07/2008 4:04:59 AM PDT by Skooz (Any nation that would elect Hillary Clinton as its president has forfeited its right to exist.)
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To: John Robinson

Can you reprogram the FReepers to refer to you John and not Jim?


39 posted on 04/07/2008 4:05:34 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Uncle Ike

Using Firefox, I choose not only the font size, but also the typeface, of Free Republic pages.


40 posted on 04/07/2008 4:05:40 AM PDT by Petronski (Nice job, Hillary. Now go home and get your shine box.)
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To: snarks_when_bored
Is it possible for individuals to set the Comments page to the form that it was before your changes? I really liked being able to scroll down and read the comments that I’ve made and that have been made to me. At the moment, I don’t seem to be able to do that anymore.

Me, too. As much as I appreciate the hard work JimRob and his progeny do for this site, I gotta say, I like the way it was better. It was simple, very functional, and easy to use. This version is not nearly as easy to use.

41 posted on 04/07/2008 4:10:38 AM PDT by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

You’ll want to read this to understand the changes you will see.

S.W.A.K.


42 posted on 04/07/2008 4:14:35 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: All

For those who are spelling challenged firefox has built in spell checker that works much like MS word.


43 posted on 04/07/2008 4:15:12 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: decimon

... (thinks... where’s that very large hammer...)


44 posted on 04/07/2008 4:15:21 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

Smack dat Dell upside da head!

LLS


45 posted on 04/07/2008 4:21:50 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Could I ever vote for mcstain? osamabama hussein may convince me yet!)
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bttt


46 posted on 04/07/2008 4:26:57 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Proud member of "Operation Chaos" having the T-shirt , ball cap and bumpersticker to prove it.)
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Best of luck. Enjoy your drive through the Valley. I’m just a couple hours north of you and would offer to help but I am an unregistered hammer all by myself when it comes to computers. Thanks for all you do.


47 posted on 04/07/2008 4:27:52 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things)
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To: John Robinson; decimon

48 posted on 04/07/2008 4:30:50 AM PDT by no more apples (...tagline? I have a tagline? Where?!)
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To: John Robinson

If I read this correctly, I just inadvertently erased comments I meant to go back to :(


49 posted on 04/07/2008 4:39:38 AM PDT by Guenevere (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.)
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To: Guenevere

Click “View All” you’ll get them back.


50 posted on 04/07/2008 4:40:58 AM PDT by John Robinson
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