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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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To: John Robinson

I like the different color to differentiate the posts by me and to me. But I have eye problems, and the green is a little light and vibrates. Could you make it a little darker shade?

Also, when I do the search I always like time to be the parameter, not relevance.

The one thing I would love someone to come up with is a search by date. So if we wanted to see the posts on say, 9/13/01, we could put the date in and get the articles posted on that date. That would be SO wonderful.

Thanks for everything you do.


101 posted on 04/08/2008 7:43:14 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: John Robinson
One particular change is the "greening" of comments

I like but hyperlinks don't show up underlined or in blue/red on the ping page.

102 posted on 04/08/2008 7:50:51 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (TYPICAL WHITE PERSON!©®™)
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To: knarf
Several things. Our server software (that which everything this site is built upon rests) had become incredibly outdated and needed to be rebuilt. It was an incredible undertaking (three weeks in the making) porting the Free Republic software to the new server software. Some things were just easier to rewrite than to port.

Additionally, I had embedded SQL (our data language of choice) and HTML in all the programs the site uses. On the one hand, it is both quick to create and run software built using these practices. And on the other, it is incredibly (nearly impossible) to maintain this jumbled mess. I decided it was far time to start moving SQL/HTML and assorted non-code from the code files and into their own little containers. When doing this, I essentially must rewrite much of the HTML. On top of this, moving the SQL out of the code and abstracting for maintenance' sake caused my entire data model to change, further necessitating the need to rewrite the HTML.

And of course when you get a programmer/tweaker type like me in the mood to rewrite HTML, inevitably things will change. I can't help myself. Heh.

And finally, most importantly, I'm trying to accomplish some very neat features. Barely any of those-- that which I really want to acccomplish here-- have been written as of yet, but I have been laying the groundwork for all of it, sneaking bits into each update. Very good stuff is around the corner.

103 posted on 04/08/2008 7:53:11 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Quix

Thank you, Quix,


104 posted on 04/08/2008 7:53:46 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: bcsco

Ahhhhh. Thanks.


105 posted on 04/08/2008 7:55:30 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: Jay Howard Smith

Either your browser or your operating system’s locale is set to Korean, if that’s what that is. I have no idea, I’m just instructing your browser to display a date in the ‘default locale’.


106 posted on 04/08/2008 7:56:38 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

What a pleasant surprise to check my pings this morning.


107 posted on 04/08/2008 7:57:41 AM PDT by SmithL (Reject Obama's Half-Vast Wright-Wing Conspiracy)
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To: John Robinson
Thanks again for all your work, John. Love the new option of automatic "New Posts" clearing. A touch of “pink” on the site may be pretty. ;)
108 posted on 04/08/2008 7:57:44 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: John Robinson

Would sure prefer to have the OPTION of the green vs not bolded. Would let those with headaches opt out but give those of us who greatly prefer the green to still have that option.

Thanks for all your efforts.


109 posted on 04/08/2008 8:02:26 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
Uhhhh ... ok ... if you say so.
I'm no geek so I followed you on a very superficial level ... I guess it's sorta' like trying to track down why my battery isn't charging ... and deciding to chrome the parts I see that don't really look good.

Might as well bore it out, too.

Thanx, John.

110 posted on 04/08/2008 8:04:20 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Quix

It’s somewhat different than IE, Firefox, etc. So get ready for a change. Doing a little research on their online help/support pages will be of help, also. It took me a couple hours to get a general hang of it, but now that I’ve done so, I like it.


111 posted on 04/08/2008 8:04:57 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: wagglebee
One thing you can do, and maybe a knowledgeable Freeper may be able to help, is to define a custom style sheet for Free Republic and override our settings with whatever you like.

Style sheets are pretty neat. Eventually we'll have some predefined choices, such as a "large fonts" version, different color schemes, different fonts, etc, and some type of way to mix and match-- and this would be a good place for something like the greening effect to be ungreened.

112 posted on 04/08/2008 8:05:02 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

I may have to try that out and see how it looks.

As it stands now, I just sort of ignore the green since I’m not really interested in rereading what I wrote.

All in all the changes have been great, they just take a little getting used to.


113 posted on 04/08/2008 8:08:01 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: John Robinson

John:

I just noticed when doing a spell check on a post I just made to this thread, there’s no apparent way to add a word to my personal dictionary. There’s the drop-down list for questionable words, but no option to add. The word that came up was ‘online’.

Something to think about?


114 posted on 04/08/2008 8:08:11 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: BGHater; John Robinson
Any chance you could add China, India, European Union and United Nations to the listed Topic options?

And Iran too, please?

Kheili mamnoon

115 posted on 04/08/2008 8:10:05 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: John Robinson

Did i miss the post about the beta site throwing exceptions?


116 posted on 04/08/2008 8:11:51 AM PDT by smith288 (Obama: "Hope and change is change and hope. If you hope, we can change or something like that")
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To: Mrs. Don-o; don-o

Thanks for your kind words.

Certainly, prayers for Vanya, as well. If you want something more focused, you can let me know how so by FREEPMAIL, if you wish.

Lord, may Vanya know you as ultimate authority; ultimate Love; ultimate sanity; ultimate kindness; ultimate thoughtfulness; ulimate peace; ultimate direction. May he delight to do your will, oh, Lord. May he learn your priorities as life, breath, his all in all.

May he learn confidence in you as better than life. May he learn the joy of your heart and the laughter of your peace. May he know deeper and deeper that RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU is more than the whole world. May he lay aside every distraction from your highest in his life. May he purpose to please you above his own comforts and pleasures.

May Vanya know because he knows because he knows because he knows that You Love him beyond words. May he have a healed heart, spirit, mind, body in every respect and may all his relationships be clear(ed), intimate in your love; according to your priorities and tasks for him day by day.

May any anger, frustrations, resentments be repented of, surrendered, released. May he walk in conscious and deep acceptance of all you lay on his daily plate as fitting growth, gift, mercy and blessings for him. May he rise in your Spirit by Grace, Mercy, your Blood and power into the place that you have for him day by day.

And, Lord may the above be true for his Brother, Ben, as well.

In Your Precious Name, Lord. Amen.


117 posted on 04/08/2008 8:13:29 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

Morning, John.

Beautiful work to this point (Kudos from a programmer who spent 25 years developing software)

This is a bug report:

In your beta software, looking at the pings, they angle down and to the right, eventually becoming illegible:

Dmensional Door - Freeople Thread 34
...April 8, 2008 8:10:20 AM MDT · 3,408 of 3,408
...Cardhu to yorkie; null and void; grannie9; derllak; Lady Jag; ...
...Dimensional Door - Freeople Thread 34
......April 8, 2008 5:57:59 AM MDT · 3,407 of 3,408
......Cardhu to yorkie; null and void; grannie9; derllak; Lady Jag ...
......Fears rise with violence in Zimbabwe
.........April 7, 2008 8:46:21 PM MDT · 7 of 9
.........Clive to dynachrome; blam; Cincinatus’ Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; ..
.........The crisis deepens
............April 7, 2008 8:38:52 PM MDT · 3 of 16
............Clive to 1066AD; blam; Cincinatus’ Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; ...
............Zimbabwe election officials arrested
...............April 7, 2008 7:44:55 PM MDT · 7 of 12
...............Sundog to Boblo
...............FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip ~ Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
..................April 7, 2008 7:04:28 PM MDT · 7 of 513
..................Kathy in Alaska to laurenmarlowe; MoJo2001; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Dots illustrate white space.

Safari Browser, Mac OSX 10.5


118 posted on 04/08/2008 8:15:34 AM PDT by Sundog (Barak Hussein Amoeba; Simple change for simple people)
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To: John Robinson

John, years back we were able to do HTML for scrolling something across the page and then it was taken away. Can that be put back in? Makes for interesting Profile pages.


119 posted on 04/08/2008 8:16:09 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: I still care; John Robinson; pookie18

Actually, I’d like a Today’s Toons link at the top with all the other such. That’s mostly what I search for.


120 posted on 04/08/2008 8:17:06 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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