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JaySherman5000

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Jan 30 2013 at 12:34am #

I just tried to embed images in the Tag-O-Rama thread and failed. I used the same html code I’ve always used and the board seemed to interpret the “closing quotation greater-than” symbols at the end of the IMG tag as a semicolon. I tried it multiple times just to make sure I didn’t mistype something.

Also, I can’t edit my posts after they are posted, and when I posted in the TOR thread, instead of returning me to the page where my post was made, I was returned to the first page of the thread.

I sure hope ClickNathan gave you a good deal on bugfixing…


cburch

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Jan 30 2013 at 12:54am #

yeah, i tried posting for you and had the same results. i wonder if it needs all the unused attributes in the tag as per the guide below. let’s see…

 

<img src=”http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/30644982.jpg&#8221; alt=”nope” width=”400″ class=”” style=””>

 

 


cburch

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Jan 30 2013 at 12:54am #

guess not.


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 30 2013 at 2:39am #

Just pointing out that there’s a discussion about embedding images going on in the Tag-o-Rama thread. Apparently, if you want to embed a pic properly, you have to be typing in the “Text” tab, not the “Visual” tab that comes up by default.
For example, this pic will probably embed just fine:


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 30 2013 at 2:39am #

…but if I am trying to do the exact same thing in the “Visual” tab, I get this:

 

<img src=”https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8XD3qih_pDE/UQirqG1jrII/AAAAAAAAAJM/bOSCZT7gwEc/s640/Bigelow%2520Street.jpg”&gt;


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 30 2013 at 2:43am #

Also, the default tab you get is entirely dependent upon whichever one you used last time. I could learn to live with that, but that’s a pain.

 

FWIW, I’m using Chrome Version 24.0.1312.56 m on a Win 7 laptop.


test5

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:10am #

Hmmm…

Okay you can now edit your posts for about 5 minutes after you initially create them.


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:24am #

Use the little image icon just above the post box to add an image that’s already somewhere on the web…


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:26am #

Type the code in:

<img src="http://wandrlymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/03_polaroidkidd_89893.jpeg" />

Gives you:


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:31am #

Uploading an image test….


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:32am #

…looks like you need to be in the Text tab.

Perhaps we should just ditch the Visual tab altogether.


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:38am #


Vannevar

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Jan 30 2013 at 8:16am #

The travails of the webmaster. (or, in this cartoon, Webmistress Ming.)


jonawebb

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Jan 30 2013 at 8:23am #

BTW it would be nice if the Submit button was just below the textbox, above the HTML note, because it would make it easier to reach after typing.
Edit: and we used to be able to edit posts for 1 hour afterwards. Not a big deal, really, but you might consider setting the limit back up.
Also, the RSS feed doesn’t seem to work anymore.


test5

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Jan 30 2013 at 8:53am #

I said, hrrrrrmmmmmm…..


nathan

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Jan 30 2013 at 9:26am #

Okay a little wrap up here of what’s been fixed over the last day, for those of you interested:

  1. Text getting cut off in Firefox & IE 8/9 should be fixed.
  2. Tweaked display on iPhone to accommodate landscape/portrait and certain image/video combos in posts.
  3. Other IE8 fixes
  4. Pagination added back in for phones.
  5. Added editing capabilities.
  6. You can click the # symbol to get the link to a specific reply.
  7. Fixed some issues with images being scaled too large.

Some things that are less likely to change for the time being:

  1. How the whole linking to the most recent post works from the main forums page.
  2. The size of things on the page, colors, etc.
  3. Gravity holding us all to the Earth.

Until I can do something about all 3 of those, I don’t think I’ll be able to adjust the other two. :)

Many thanks to those of you who provided feedback, and I’ll continue to monitor this thread and look into issues as time permits.

I also feel a wee bit compelled to just state that I created both this current version of bikepgh.org, and every other iteration of bikepgh.org since 2006, absolutely 100% free. So please bear with me while the redesign is fresh and we tweak things as needed.


buffalo buffalo

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Jan 30 2013 at 9:32am #

Getting some occasional failures to load CSS, so everything comes through unstyled, in Chrome 24.0.1312.56 m (Win7). (I’ve had this happen on the old board in Opera/Android, but not Chrome before.)

Not only do I not have any private messages, but my fuzzy little ungravatar is showing up at the entire width of the column. Looks like article.page img‘s width: inherit; is clobbering the image’s own width. Not sure what it’s inheriting from, but maybe that’s why it’s going max-width…

The poll is nonfunctional. Submit imports the entire forum front page into the space where the poll was–and the poll still acts like it’s never been answered. (6-10, btw.)

“Your Account” & “Messages” pages need links back to the board.

“Topics with no replies” goes to http://dev.bike-pgh.org/mb/view/no-replies/, which is dead.

It didn’t even occur to me that the little icon above this text box was an insert-image button until I got curious what the hell it was & where should it have been. The border should either be clickable as part of the link or non-existent–it looks like a big button but apparently only the tiny little icon is an actual link.

For some reason the link two paragraphs up is in its own little box? and it’s wrapping bizarrely:


jonawebb

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Jan 30 2013 at 9:35am #

Nathan, appreciate the work, and didn’t realize you were doing it for free. The message boards are a big contribution to the bike community here. Thanks.


salty

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Jan 30 2013 at 10:02am #

I’m still seeing text cut off on my tablet (chrome/android). It happens in portrait as well as landscape, screen resolution is 2560×1600.


Benzo

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Jan 30 2013 at 12:22pm #

I do notice a few users have been converted to ‘anonymous’ users now, like pbeaver and a few others. Not sure if there is any way to save the link to their old accounts.


stefb

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Jan 30 2013 at 7:57pm #

You really should consider changing the colors because i don’t think it is ADA compliant.


Pierce

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Jan 30 2013 at 8:50pm #

How about having http://bike-pgh.org/bbpress/ forward to the new URL so old Google results go to the right place and not the maintenance page?


Vannevar

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Jan 30 2013 at 9:05pm #

Following up on Stef’s question, if I may. Is this either Section508 or WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) Compliant?

I think what I find bothersome is the very low information density of the layout. In general, with these huge big blocks of color reserved for a post of 12 words, I can see one post at a time on my laptop screen. But I sure can see the avatars.

When I go to make a post, I can see the whole text box. But you can’t see the submit button, and you have to go find it, there’s no affordance.

To make a newsprint analogy, the old board was the NY Times. A bit info-dense, but there was a lot of content on every screen. This new layout is rather USA-Today, lots of colored geometric shapes and bold fonts, but really very little meaning.

I don’t like USA Today, and I don’t like being unable to complete tasks within a single screen view.

Outside of (1) posting videos and (2) the fresh look, can somebody say why this is better and why is BikePgh doing this? Absent somebody educating me – cause there might be a great reason – I’m left puzzling and thinking the old board was better.


JaySherman5000

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Jan 30 2013 at 11:16pm #

I’m seeing text cutoff only on certain pages of threads. Page 4 of this thread has the text cut off on the right side, but pages 3 & 5 work fine. I can’t see a pattern to how this bug appears.

Opera 12.12, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS


JaySherman5000

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Jan 30 2013 at 11:21pm #

this is my test of the photo-embed thingy

Edit: ooh, look at that sexy bike!


srpit

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Jan 31 2013 at 5:32am #

I agree with what Vannevar said above. I’m an opponent to change for the sake of change. Sorry, but the new format/look is not more functional, more efficient, or more visually appealing. Even if all of the basic display bugs get fixed, it still looks clunky and uses way too much real estate.

Can’t we please lose all the big links on the right side (poll, adds/sponsors, newsletter, etc), the big alternating color blocks and just go back to the old “look”?

Please don’t think that the effort isn’t appreciated, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The old version worked well for us. Yes, there were underlying code issues that needed to be addressed, but the appearance did not require modification. Unless I missed something? Did anyone have a problem with the display on the old board?


edmonds59

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Jan 31 2013 at 8:04am #

But it’s done, so, moving forward….


Benzo

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Jan 31 2013 at 9:42am #

Can admins still sticky threads so they always show at the top, like the 311 thread?


Marko82

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Jan 31 2013 at 9:50am #

I keep alternating between the big colored boxes and a more site-map looking layout with no apparent reason for which one shows up. It is also not changing the color of the thread title so I can’t tell which threads have been read. Also, I am always taken to the first page of the tread.

Overall I think I will like change, and appreciate the efforts of those working on this. But for now it’s kind of disorienting.

PC, Vista, IE9


Benzo

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Jan 31 2013 at 9:58am #

Have we confirmed whether the PM system is working now? I tried to send myself a test message, but it says ‘You must enter a valid recipient!’


quizbot

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Jan 31 2013 at 10:02am #

+1: search seems to be improved


Steven

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Jan 31 2013 at 10:07am #

Benzo, it let me send you a test PM. But I couldn’t send myself a PM by typing my name in the box. The system offered a bunch of suggestions for valid names:

StevenGates
stevenslim
SteveNR
stevenpaul

It seems as if it’s using a list of member names copied from some other message board.


Steven

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Jan 31 2013 at 10:18am #

With the old board, it was easy to read only new posts by clicking on each thread title in the list of threads. It would go directly to the first unread post in the thread. (Occasionally it would mess up.) Clicking on the “last update” column would always go to the last post of the thread.

This is no longer working for me at all. Now it behaves the same whether I click on the title or “last update”. Either it goes to the very top of the thread, or goes to the last message, even if there are others I haven’t read. The whole “remember which message I last read” thing seems to be completely broken for me.

Is it working for anybody?


Benzo

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Jan 31 2013 at 10:26am #

Steven, I got your test Private Message and I was able to send one to you. I just think that your own name doesn’t show up in the ‘TO’ section. So we can’t send messages to ourselves, but it seems that it works to others. It did suggest your username as I typed. I did get the email notification too.

I wonder, is there any auto-deactivation of users after a certain time period (like 2 years of no login?)


Marko82

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Jan 31 2013 at 10:33am #

I just tried switching over to Chrome and everything is much nicer and more stable. So I think the bugs are more IE9 related than Vista, IANCG (I am not a computer geek)


jonawebb

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Jan 31 2013 at 11:19am #

The go-to-latest post thing works differently on different threads. It never works on Tag-o-Rama, I’m guessing because of an overflow problem. But it works for me (w/Chrome) with this thread, for example.


jonawebb

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Jan 31 2013 at 12:48pm #

I’m pretty happy with the absence of spam since the update. I also just tested search and it seems to work. So I’m OK with things as they are now.


Pseudacris

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Jan 31 2013 at 3:33pm #

This is minor, but is there a way to change avatars?
I looked for a way to edit under my account profile & also changed it on the email address I used via gravatar.com.

Am I missing something?

//nevermind// took a while to populate. I think it’s on gravatar’s end of things, since I refreshed the page before posing this now outdated question.


TeamDecaf

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Jan 31 2013 at 5:46pm #

@Psuedacris – fun new gravatar


salty

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Jan 31 2013 at 9:21pm #

Steven – it always takes me to the last post in the thread and Nathan insinuated a couple pages back that was expected and not easy to change for unspecified reasons. But, I think that’s my #1 usability issue and I really hope it’s not gone for good.

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