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Free Republic Update: Pings, Tabs, Time and More

Posted on 04/08/2008 3:05:23 AM PDT by John Robinson

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1 posted on 04/08/2008 3:05:24 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

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.


2 posted on 04/08/2008 3:10:58 AM PDT by David Isaac
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To: John Robinson

Hi John.

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.


3 posted on 04/08/2008 3:12:20 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: David Isaac

Click on your ‘posts to you’, there should be a ‘clear pings’ option. Click on that and that will fix ya.


4 posted on 04/08/2008 3:12:49 AM PDT by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: John Robinson

Thanks for all you do Jim.


5 posted on 04/08/2008 3:13:15 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: BGHater; David Isaac

Yup, but I renamed it “Mark All as Read”... I think “Clear Pings” scared people. lol.


6 posted on 04/08/2008 3:13:36 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

Sorry - John - thanks to you too!


7 posted on 04/08/2008 3:13:42 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: John Robinson

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....)


8 posted on 04/08/2008 3:13:43 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: Cindy

Thanks! Hoping to install that big red easy button for you very soon.


9 posted on 04/08/2008 3:14:52 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

What a dear heart.

That will make this tired, old lady happy.

Smiling at you.


10 posted on 04/08/2008 3:17:15 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: John Robinson
John

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?

11 posted on 04/08/2008 3:22:50 AM PDT by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: John Robinson

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.


12 posted on 04/08/2008 3:28:19 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: John Robinson
9 posted on 2008년 4월 8일 화요일 오후 7:14:52 by John Robinson

Correct date and the time is my local time. Is the rest supposed to be in Korean ..??..!

13 posted on 04/08/2008 3:31:56 AM PDT by Jay Howard Smith (Retired(25yrNCO)Military)
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bookmark


14 posted on 04/08/2008 3:33:08 AM PDT by federal
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To: John Robinson
Belay that last comment. My Firefox just quit and upon reopening showed the changes you described, and has adequate space been posts on the “pings” page.

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.

15 posted on 04/08/2008 3:33:56 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words". ~ St. Francis of Assisi)
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To: John Robinson

Its like every day is Paddy’s day! L0L


16 posted on 04/08/2008 3:34:05 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: John Robinson

I like the green thingy to differentiate the pings. That will come in handy.


17 posted on 04/08/2008 3:34:56 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: John Robinson

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:

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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.


18 posted on 04/08/2008 3:39:42 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: John Robinson
John, I know you're busy, but ... what induced all these changes?

I didn't think FR was 'broke' and needed fixin'.

19 posted on 04/08/2008 3:40:47 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: big'ol_freeper; John Robinson

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.


20 posted on 04/08/2008 3:42:07 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Quix; John Robinson

” 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... ;~))


21 posted on 04/08/2008 3:46:01 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: Uncle Ike

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

ctrl+

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.


22 posted on 04/08/2008 3:50:33 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: John Robinson

Thanks, JR!


23 posted on 04/08/2008 3:51:45 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (McCain "conservatives" = hardcore liberals who nonetheless appreciate the occasional tax cut.)
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To: John Robinson

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...


24 posted on 04/08/2008 3:55:55 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Quix

” I’m 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.... ;~)


25 posted on 04/08/2008 3:56:10 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: Uncle Ike

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.

Interesting.

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?

Blessings,


27 posted on 04/08/2008 3:58:38 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: bcsco

” 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.....

HTH


28 posted on 04/08/2008 3:58:49 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: Quix

” 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... ;~)


29 posted on 04/08/2008 4:00:52 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: John Robinson

‘New Posts To You’,
won’t turn off.


30 posted on 04/08/2008 4:01:23 AM PDT by patch789
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To: Quix
Check out Opera for a browser. I just came to it last week from Firefox and am duly impressed. I don't know ft it would shortcut issue, but it's worth looking at.

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!

31 posted on 04/08/2008 4:02:20 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Uncle Ike

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.


32 posted on 04/08/2008 4:02:47 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: John Robinson

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.

Carry on!


33 posted on 04/08/2008 4:03:11 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben, reports to Parris Island on June 30.)
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To: John Robinson

Good morning, John.

I very much like the green “me-to-you” coloring on the pings.

Regards,


34 posted on 04/08/2008 4:03:49 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: Uncle Ike

Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.


35 posted on 04/08/2008 4:05:21 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: don-o; Mrs. Don-o

True. True.

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.
Amen.


36 posted on 04/08/2008 4:06:40 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: bcsco

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.

Blessings,


37 posted on 04/08/2008 4:11:38 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: John Robinson
Good idea.
38 posted on 04/08/2008 4:15:51 AM PDT by ThePythonicCow (By their false faith in Man as God, the left would destroy us. They call this faith change.)
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To: John Robinson

Where is “Mark all as read”? Can’t seem to find it.


39 posted on 04/08/2008 4:17:45 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: Quix

It’s available now for free. Just do a Google search for the website.


40 posted on 04/08/2008 4:17:52 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Uncle Ike

Thanks for that. I followed your advice and it worked. You’re a genius! ;^)


41 posted on 04/08/2008 4:46:21 AM PDT by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense? Don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: John Robinson
Am I logged in?

:-)

42 posted on 04/08/2008 4:46:26 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: John Robinson

Wooohooo!


43 posted on 04/08/2008 4:46:30 AM PDT by StarCMC (http://cannoneerno4.wordpress.com/2008/02/24/peoples-information-support-team/ -JOIN US!-We're PIST!)
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To: John Robinson
Just a reminder as you continue to tweek Fr.

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”

[Mr] T

44 posted on 04/08/2008 4:49:53 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: dmw; John Robinson

” You’re 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... ;~)


45 posted on 04/08/2008 5:01:41 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Sometimes I sets and thinks, and sometimes I jus' sets.........)
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To: BGHater; Viking2002; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Click on your ‘posts to you’, there should be a ‘clear pings’ option. Click on that and that will fix ya.

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!!!

46 posted on 04/08/2008 5:09:21 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: David Isaac

ditto for me too. Have checked repeatedly, and even used different computers... still bright red, despite no new posts in the last several hours.


47 posted on 04/08/2008 5:11:35 AM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: John Robinson
I'm also trying something new with regard to time. We will try using your computer's clock to set the time zone. This uses JavaScript,

The Time Zone change seems to apply to threads, but not to the list of "latest articles". "Latest Articles" is still showing PDT.


48 posted on 04/08/2008 5:11:41 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: John Robinson

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.


49 posted on 04/08/2008 5:16:30 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: John Robinson

Sounds good.

Thanks for the note.


50 posted on 04/08/2008 5:20:05 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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