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Free Republic Beta Update: New Mail Features & Font

Posted on 04/14/2008 9:57:23 AM PDT by John Robinson

Updated the beta site today. I've added the following new features to the mail system:

I'm also experimenting with format changes on the index pages.


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KEYWORDS: faq; forumchanges; freerepublic
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1 posted on 04/14/2008 9:57:24 AM PDT by John Robinson
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Change! It’s even getting to FR. Seriously, thanks for the updating.


2 posted on 04/14/2008 9:58:59 AM PDT by BGHater (It's easy to be brave from a distance.)
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To: John Robinson

Cool, now I won’t have to back a few pages to find the picture code.

Thanks


3 posted on 04/14/2008 9:59:30 AM PDT by wastedyears (The US Military is what goes Bump in the night.)
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To: John Robinson

Any chance we’ll ever be able to search within article comments?

That would be a tremendous resource - although I’m sure it would nail the server.


4 posted on 04/14/2008 10:03:42 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: John Robinson

Thanks again for all you do, John. Are you making changes to the font on the Forum page? If I may suggest the title needs to be larger than the comments section, as it’s very hard on the eyes when skimming through the page. Also, the “replies” is a tad small and hard to find. Could this be larger and/or in color?


5 posted on 04/14/2008 10:03:42 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
Hi John. How do I change back to Mtn time?

FMCDH(BITS)

6 posted on 04/14/2008 10:04:27 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: John Robinson; 444Flyer; Syncro

Thanks for all your hard work, John.


7 posted on 04/14/2008 10:06:32 AM PDT by USMC Brat (Set the example.)
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To: John Robinson; 444Flyer; Syncro

Thanks for all your hard work, John.


8 posted on 04/14/2008 10:06:32 AM PDT by USMC Brat (Set the example.)
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To: John Robinson

I would kill for a different background color. The white is blinding.

Does anyone know a solution?


9 posted on 04/14/2008 10:07:10 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: donna

You can always use a CSS style sheet, such as a Firefox add-on provides. Sorry, I’m working on taxes, can’t help now.


10 posted on 04/14/2008 10:10:09 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: BGHater
Change! It’s even getting to FR.

Yes, but it's change you can believe in!

11 posted on 04/14/2008 10:10:17 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Don't trust anyone who can't take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
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To: John Robinson

Thanks for all your hard work!


12 posted on 04/14/2008 10:11:13 AM PDT by HOYA97 (Hoya Saxa = What Rocks)
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To: John Robinson

John,
I have my page configured like this:

Top
Block Region Weight Color Size
Latest Articles
Link Banner
Locale Message

When I click “more” on either the forum or beta page, I just get the “latest articles” list refreshed.; I don’t get the next 15 articles on the list of articles. Is this the way it is supposed to work?

Thanks for your continuing improvements!


13 posted on 04/14/2008 10:12:34 AM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you respect conservatives the way you do fellow senators Barack, Hillary and JohnK?)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
You can use your regular search engine for that (at least with Google, Yahoo, and MSN).

Just precede your search terms with site:freerepublic

14 posted on 04/14/2008 10:14:59 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: John Robinson
Good stuff - thanks.

Question, does:

Select: All | None
select all showing on the currently displayed page, or all my messages entirely? I'd like to delete my older messages, but I am afraid that if I go do one of the older pages of messages and Select All, then I will be selecting, then deleting All my messages, not just those listed on the page in front of me.
15 posted on 04/14/2008 10:15:13 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: nothingnew

Earlier, John said the time displayed will be the time shown on your computer. If you have your computer set for Mountain time, it should be correct on FR.


16 posted on 04/14/2008 10:15:16 AM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you respect conservatives the way you do fellow senators Barack, Hillary and JohnK?)
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To: BGHater
Change is all well and good -- but what about HOPE?


17 posted on 04/14/2008 10:15:20 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: John Robinson

Nice work Jim.


18 posted on 04/14/2008 10:18:24 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (We're at the FReepicenter - Down with big brother.)
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To: John Robinson

How about being able to tag threads as favorites and have them show in that favorites tab as well?


19 posted on 04/14/2008 10:18:55 AM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: John Robinson

Note to self-—


20 posted on 04/14/2008 10:23:01 AM PDT by Clara Lou (~sigh~ '08)
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To: donna
See the discussion of the Firefox add-on "Stylish", in posts 77, 82, 86, 89, and 93 of the thread Installing Free Republic Update Tonight *Update: New Beta Version*. I am running with a light grey background, using this mechanism.
21 posted on 04/14/2008 10:23:22 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: ThePythonicCow

Note to self....


22 posted on 04/14/2008 10:25:44 AM PDT by Clara Lou (~sigh~ '08)
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To: EveningStar
Yes - doing a Google search with the search term site:freerepublic.com works surprisingly well. Sometimes I will see a brand spanking new post, just a few minutes old, with some odd word or name that I don't recognize, and try to Google search for it, only to come with a single hit -- that post I just read. Google was there before me!
23 posted on 04/14/2008 10:26:48 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: BGHater
Change! It’s even getting to FR.

Hmmmph! I liked the old days when you had to send in a deck of punch cards with your comment and got back a half ream of fanfold paper showing what everyone else said.

24 posted on 04/14/2008 10:29:18 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rattenschadenfreude: joy at a Democrat's pain, especially Hillary's pain caused by Obama.)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Yes! That feature is in initial development. There's an early preview on the beta site. The index is a bit stale, though, so don't expect to find anything recent.
25 posted on 04/14/2008 10:32:37 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Miss Didi
Yes, bumped up the title font one size on the beta.
26 posted on 04/14/2008 10:33:24 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

YEA! YEA! YEA!

Hope of retrieving some of the goodies, treasures from the mass.

Greatly appreciated.

I didn’t notice a preview pane . . . maybe eventually . . . so that don’t have to open msgs that are only worth deleting to find out they are only worth deleting???

Sure appreciate all your hard work.

Bless you and continued prayers for your Dad.


27 posted on 04/14/2008 10:36:12 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: nothingnew

If you’re not seeing mountain time, you probably don’t have JavaScript enabled in your browser. We’re experimenting with the feasibility of using your browser to format the time stamp. It’s not a perfect solution, however, and the user preference option may have to return (still haven’t solved the time zone issues server-side— hence the current browser-side solution.)


28 posted on 04/14/2008 10:36:33 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

Thanks! How about the “replies” standing out more...I use that feature to find hopping threads and to click on a thread. Could it be farther to the right or in larger/colored font?


29 posted on 04/14/2008 10:38:30 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: donna

A later update will have a library of page styles you can choose from. The HTML is still in flux, so I haven’t given that feature much time to develop.


30 posted on 04/14/2008 10:39:39 AM PDT by John Robinson
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John, I went on this “beta” site and the entire page has really large font. Is this how it will appear? So I went to adjust it in “View - Text Size” and then the page font becomes too small. :(


31 posted on 04/14/2008 10:41:25 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: CedarDave

The more link on the sidebars is a little brain-damaged, it really should give you the next 15 articles, but instead it just gives you the latest articles (or whatever the block was configured to give.) That will be fixed.


32 posted on 04/14/2008 10:42:08 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: ThePythonicCow

Just the messages on the current page. I probably should make a note of that on the page.


33 posted on 04/14/2008 10:43:23 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

Thanks! That will be wonderful. No more snow blindness, LOL.


34 posted on 04/14/2008 10:46:09 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: Domandred
That's the direction I'm going. Just don't have the database ready for that.

You can still do something like that with the current architecture, by clicking the "Bookmark" link just under the article, and then making your bookmarks a sidebar block.

But the general idea of the bookmark function is to maintain a public list of links on your profile page, and you may or may not want to do that for all your "favorite" articles.

35 posted on 04/14/2008 10:47:36 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Quix

Yeah, I’m thinking about making an option (a “brevity” setting) that will show mail messages in full right in the folder/search results.


36 posted on 04/14/2008 10:50:26 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
bumped up the title font one size on the beta.

Every time you bump the font size up or down, it plays havoc on the various browsers.

Now, for me, the beta site fonts are too huge to be readable.

I just finally got the old version set to where the fonts were somewhat tolerable. Now, the beta site blows that all to heck.

Now, the beta sidebar fonts are the same size as the regular article titles.

If I reset the browser font or IE Options font or Windows Desktop font settings to make the titles smaller, the other text shrinks to unreadably tiny.


37 posted on 04/14/2008 10:52:50 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: BGHater
Change! It’s even getting to FR. Seriously, thanks for the updating.

Yes, but alas what good is change without hope? Hope AND change is what we need.

38 posted on 04/14/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: Miss Didi

I just now colored it on beta, but will probably keep the size because everything else on that line should probably remain small.


39 posted on 04/14/2008 10:55:38 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Miss Didi

Hm, what browser version are you using? Having some trouble with font sizes on Internet Explorer 5, still haven’t worked those out.


40 posted on 04/14/2008 10:57:05 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: TomGuy

Font size has been a royal pain in the butt. Are you using Internet Explorer 5 by chance?


41 posted on 04/14/2008 10:59:13 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: ThePythonicCow; steve86

Thanks so much for the link. I’m going look into this.

I got a larger screen recently and at night it’s so bright that I feel like I’m under the spotlight on American Idol.


42 posted on 04/14/2008 11:00:34 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: John Robinson

THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

Thanks for your efforts and pondering.


43 posted on 04/14/2008 11:01:38 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

I’m using Internet Explorer...as for the version, I have no idea. Is there a way to find out?


44 posted on 04/14/2008 11:02:16 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: Miss Didi

In your web browser, go to the “Help” menu and click “About Internet Explorer”. Or something very similar to that depending on what version you are using. ;-)


45 posted on 04/14/2008 11:04:02 AM PDT by John Robinson
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Font size has been a royal pain in the butt. Are you using Internet Explorer 5 by chance?

I use an IE-based browser called Fastbrowser. I have used it for years. Yesterday, I dumped IE 7 and went back to IE 6, which I had used for several years.

I also use Firefox for other things, but use Fastbrowser for FR, because it is tabbed and has built-in MS Agent reading (great for long articles).
46 posted on 04/14/2008 11:04:18 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Me, too, Tom...the “beta” site has huge fonts that leap out at me. When I tried to shrink them, they became too small.


47 posted on 04/14/2008 11:04:22 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

It says, “7.” Thanks, who knew?


48 posted on 04/14/2008 11:05:22 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: donna
Why would you want a different background color?
49 posted on 04/14/2008 11:07:13 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: John Robinson

Excellent... I’ve been waiting for these options!

Thank you John!


50 posted on 04/14/2008 11:11:30 AM PDT by trussell (I carry because...When seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away)
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