Skip to comments.Free Republic Update: Pings, Tabs, Time and More
Posted on 04/08/2008 3:05:23 AM PDT by John Robinson
Just installed a quick change to the pings page. It brings it more in line with what it is expected to look like. One particular change is the "greening" of comments from you, to more easily differentiate something you've posted vs. something posted to you. Not so sure about the way that looks, so please give me feedback.
With this update the tabs on the pings page get memory: the page will remember the last tab you have selected. This tab memory will be extended across the board. I'm currently reworking the 'tag' index pages to accommodate this.
The very next update (probably a day or two away) will stomp out the last of the "More" bugs, enhance the search function, and quite possibly extend the 'manage blocks' page with new blocks and a better interface to select them.
In future updates we'll have the ability to add multiple pages to our profiles. And each page will be versioned-- you'll be able to restore previous versions of a page should something go horribly, horribly wrong. This is actually a precursor to a larger project, which will allow multiple people to collaborate on website projects. Think of a profile page on steroids, complete with custom sidebars, an upload area (images, possibly sound clips) and whatnot.
On the less visible side of things, I will be consolidating the internals quite a bit... we've managed to gather similar functionality across a large number of programs. I'd very much like to tidy that up. For example, there are 4 or 5 different 'thread programs' used on the site, each with their own posting programs, etc (example: the state boards.) It would make my day if I could bundle up all these distinct functions into one place. The presentation-- how you will see things-- may be different for each type of thread, but the underlying data structures and logic (and routines like spell check) will be consolidated. This will be a huge change to the internals (if only because I'll be fiddling with 50+ million comments in our database.) Once that is implemented we'll have editable comments and articles.
Anyway, somebody shut me up, I'm rambling now.
Currently have the new index code (aka Latest Posts) installed. Tabs have memory, next time you visit you'll see the last tab you had visited. Additionally, each tab on the index page remembers its brevity setting. So you can have articles with text, and activity and comments with headers only, if that is what you prefer.
I moved the "RSS" link and sidebar control (now called "Add to My Page") down to the bottom of the page. Just really didn't need to take up precious top real-estate for those things.
Currently "Add to My Page" is non-functional, you'll get the manage blocks page but the current listing will not be added as a block. And some of the "More" links are still bugged. Those are the next tasks.
I cannot get the “new posts to you” alert to go away. When I hit refresh, the alert remains, even though there are no new posts to me.
Thank you for what you do and what your father has done.
I’m not a geek, so I automatically hate all changes.
I’m happy pressing 1 button to make things work (like the big red ‘Easy Button’).
HOWEVER, the rest of my family are geeks to the nth degree and my husband loves all the new stuff you’re doing.
Click on your ‘posts to you’, there should be a ‘clear pings’ option. Click on that and that will fix ya.
Thanks for all you do Jim.
Yup, but I renamed it “Mark All as Read”... I think “Clear Pings” scared people. lol.
Sorry - John - thanks to you too!
Thanks, Mr. Robinson — these last changes restored some features that I missed in the previous iteration...
One thing I noticed — on the “view” tabs, clicking on ‘Headers’ has no apparent effect — the screen flickers, then comes back on ‘Brevity’.....
(Maybe it’s my antiquated computer/IE version....)
Thanks! Hoping to install that big red easy button for you very soon.
What a dear heart.
That will make this tired, old lady happy.
Smiling at you.
We are covering more global issues and politics.
Any chance you could add China, India, European Union and United Nations to the listed Topic options?
John, I would recommend on the “pings” links page that when a Freeper sets it to “Brevity” that there be a bit more space between posts. They seem to run together (at least on Firefox) which makes it harder to read.
Safari seems to present an entirely different issue. For some reason when you go to “pings” using Safari the font size increases to somewhere around 6.
Correct date and the time is my local time. Is the rest supposed to be in Korean ..??..!
I quit and reopened Safari but it still shows the font size of around 6 on the “pings” page and does not show the greening of comments I have posted. Bad Safari.
Its like every day is Paddy’s day! L0L
I like the green thingy to differentiate the pings. That will come in handy.
GOODNESS SILLY RABBIT!
IT’S RARE ENOUGH TO GET A PEEP OUT OF YOU! I WOULDN’T DREAM OF SHUTTING YOU UP!
Love hearing from you.
The green is fine wih me—though I think a slightly darker shade would be easier to read. I like being able to tell at a flash which are mine and the color cue is a great one.
Besides, I like color—as shocking as that may be—maybe to the uninitiated—LOL.
Seriously, in a complex world with lots of inputs from all directions, angles on all manner of media . . . color is a great aid to filtering priorities. It saves time and makes focusing on preferences and higher priorities easier and quicker. More power to you on that score.
I’d brace myself, though—there’s a mentality and psychology common in large groups which loathes change. And, imho, a big chunk of that population also tends to be averse to color—as though color itself were somehow assaulting them.
I find such folks generally tend to be more introverted, shy, withdrawn, even wimpy—yet given to prickly fierce outrage if their curmudgeonly sensibilities are jangled. I have a lot of compassion for them. However, I wouldn’t want them at the head of my platoon against the socialists, globalists, communists.
Neither do I think they should wag the FR formatting, style dog.
To avoid my rambling more . . .
THANKS ENORMOUSLY FOR ALL YOU DO. I can’t think of a single improvement you’ve made and left up that I’ve been annoyed with in all these years. GREAT WORK. Please keep it up.
But I trust you take time for yourself and family, as well. We NEED you healthy and happy.
on another matter:
LORD JESUS, PLEASE TOUCH AND HEAL JIMROB. Lord, we need him in top shape. Hold him close to you and put every cell and fiber to right in and by your Resurrection Life. Give him comfort, peace and pain free rest. Give him your wholeness, provision, encouragement, peace and joy in every circumstance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I didn't think FR was 'broke' and needed fixin'.
I agree with the need for a bit more white space between listings in the brief version of our comments page. Would be very helpful.
” I agree with the need for a bit more white space between listings “
I wonder if the ‘white space’ issue isn’t browser-specific — I’m showing the perfect amount of space between listings...
(And, Quix, I like the color cues, too... ;~))
I’m using IE7 at present . . . I like shortcuts and haven’t figured out how to do them in Safari. Firefox was too problematic on my old computer, for some reason and I haven’t tried it much on the new computer.
The listings are quite crammed together.
That reminds me . . . would be great if when one did
to enlarge fonts on the screen—that the lines didn’t run off the screen in IE7.
Safari manages to correctly keep things on the screen.
I don’t know if John’s efforts could impact that with IE7, or not. Probably it’s a feature of MICROSLOP’s IE7 and therefore unchangeably horrible.
BTW, agreeing with me on anything is likely to get you a visit from the . . . how to say . . . ‘outraged at Quix’ squad. LOL.
Thanks for the color support. Should help my 2nd sleep jump be peacefully sweet indeed.
May you and your loved ones have all God’s wholeness, safety, provision and intimate guidance this week, month, year.
I just sent my daily ping on immigration and it shows green on my ping page. All others (incoming) show blue or the visited purple. I like that.
Still unhappy with the “New Posts to You” issue. It was far better the old way where the message went away with a page refresh. ‘Mark All as Read’ is just another step one has to remember to take. And not everyone reads every ping on the page. I know I leave some for later. Now, by marking them read, it’s hard/almost impossible to recall later which haven’t been read. I know, picky, picky.
Have a good day...
” Im using IE7 at present “
I’m using the “MSN Explorer” for dialup — not quite sure which version of IE that it’s built on/analogous to, but I’m not having the format-reading problems that some of you others are reporting.... ;~)
I could use that. We have MSN DSL.
However, I don’t like a lot of the extra clutter that browser has. Seems to me it’s not as clean and lean and clogs the screen up with a lot of stuff I’d just rather not have.
BTW, in MSN email, I have one source who’s msgs are always red flagged as potentially dangerous and she’s anything but. I can’t figure out a way to register her as safe etc. There’s never that option with her msgs. Do you know how I could do that?
” Still unhappy with the New Posts to You issue. “
John has added a ‘fix’ to this issue — on a ‘Forum’ page, click “Account”, then “Preferences”, and towards the bottom is an option to restore the “New Posts to You” automatic functionality.....
” Do you know how I could do that? “
There are a number of things in MSN Mail that I’ve had to take the “What can’t be cured, must be endured” attitude toward... ;~)
‘New Posts To You’,
won’t turn off.
Firefox, in its most recent updates, had some quirky issues. Pages, when refreshed, would appear in columns without the graphic effects. In IE7, everything would look normal. It happened repeatedly, to the point where I gave up on it. So far with Opera, so good. And it has ways of presenting tabs and pages that the others lack. Kinda neat!
That’s for sure . . .
like so much of Microslop software.
Welllll, I think I’m returning to bed. Nose etc. clear enough I should sleep the rest of the way thru.
Appreciate your inputs. Have a blessed Tuesday.
Exciting news. I see some dismay and griping about the changes (we ARE conservatives, after all and this is what we do.) But, in a couple of weeks, most of us will have adapted and will be enjoying the additions and improvements.
Good morning, John.
I very much like the green “me-to-you” coloring on the pings.
Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.
And John’s improvements always make that adjustment quite easy and maximally painless for virtually all, I’d think.
Congrats on your son and Parris Island. May God go with him every step of the way in all his duty assignments and adventures. May he always keep his priorities straight and God ordered. May he always enjoy physical, mental and spiritual health in all his doings regardless of circumstances and external pressures. May he be a continuing delight to you and Mrs. Don-o. And may he have quality superiors—especially in the first several duty assignments.
I paid however much for Opera years ago and never found it usable at the time. I think I still have the passwords around. I wonder if I could download it again. Thanks for the suggestion.
Where is “Mark all as read”? Can’t seem to find it.
It’s available now for free. Just do a Google search for the website.
Thanks for that. I followed your advice and it worked. You’re a genius! ;^)
After you hit “MORE” at the bottom of a Topic in the side bar, then hit “Click to show more articles ...”, it goes to 2003 threads.
Also, after replying to a FReemail, it doesn't show “REPLIED”
” Youre a genius! ;^) “
Not me!! (”If nominated, I will not run - if elected, I will not serve”)
John Robinson is the genius, here — I just happened to be paying attention when he posted the ‘fix’ announcement on yesterday’s Kvetch-fest thread... ;~)
I am not a geek either, so--
I left click on "New posts to you" and I get the "New posts to you" page. I right click and get the normal options from 'Open' down to 'Properties' but NO clear pings option.
Now, tell me, where in the heck is this clear pings option you say I am to click on and fix it?
BTW I do not like all this change as it makes the way I used the old FR all different. I cannot search for other FReepers' posts and instead of headers on new posts, I can only go through the threads in order they were posted.
This may be heaven for you geeks, but it is hell for us normal users!!!
ditto for me too. Have checked repeatedly, and even used different computers... still bright red, despite no new posts in the last several hours.
Great work as usual, Jim. Two comments (not particularly about the recent changes)
1. If I carefully fill out a new post in News/Activisim, sometimes I discover to my dismay I’ve put it into the wrong category (e.g., a URL from TypePad). I get a warning that I’ve goofed, but then, POOF, all my work is gone.
2. Should “Hot Topics” be updated and expanded? The Anthrax Scare is 7 year old news and has died away. I would certainly rank AGW at the top of the Hot Topics.
Thanks for the note.