pete samson wrote:semi-offtopic: the original poster is 'anonymous'. Is that someone with a deleted account?
No, it was actually an anonymous user. The old forum software, as it was configured a long time ago, allowed for anonymous users. That configuration option was turned off quite some time ago in the old forum software, and is not allowed in the new forum software.
We try to make it as clear as possible that there is a difference between the name you use to login to the site and the publicly displayed name. See the attachment for how it appears on the registration page.
If you can think of a way that we can make this any clearer, we would really love to hear it.
Andrew Monkhouse wrote:Can you show an example of forum software that has this capability? If so, then we may be able to work out what they are doing and retrofit it.
vBulletin's WYSIWYG is the most prominent I know of.
OK - that looks do-able. vBulletin uses CKEditor, so it is at least feasible. Now it is just a matter of getting someone to work on it. I'll bring this up with the group of volunteers who make changes to the site, and see what they they think.
Elia Charalambides wrote:What has [Paul] done...that is his?
Hi Elia, glad to have you on this site. There can be value in determining the real-world versus theoretical knowledge of those you listen to, and I think it is safe to say that in Paul's case it is many years of hands-on experience combined with the theory of why the practice works. While I am not remotely qualified to answer that question, there are a couple of quick things I can point you to that show he has, at least, some practical experience:
When I met Paul (many years ago), he was temporarily in an urban environment. It was easy to find his house - it was the one with the raised beds out the front. You can see some of his raised beds here. If you would like a little more specificity, then the urban ones are the ones here (and they produced wonderful vegetables).
Prior to that, I know Paul used to have a farm. There are some pictures of the chickens he used to have, that were completely free to roam anywhere and everywhere.
There are many other things that I know Paul has had hands-on experience with, before, during, and after those two small examples. I suspect the best thing to do though, is to look at what he has written / the podcasts he has made, and see if it makes sense.
Devon Olsen wrote:i really don't like your "silly english" block stuff paul...just sayin
From CodeRanch, where that rule originates:
People often have to type SMS messages with their thumbs on a tiny keyboard, while riding on a subway, being bumped by fellow passengers. Sometimes they have to pay by the character! Therefore, in an SMS, it's somewhat acceptable "4 u 2 wrt lk ths" (for you to write like this.)
But if you're posting on JavaRanch, you're probably using a real keyboard, sitting at a desk, in a comfortable chair. We don't charge by the character, and in fact, we strongly encourage you to use all the characters you need to express yourself clearly. Using abbreviations like "u" and "r" and "2" for "you", "are", and "too" makes your writing much harder to understand, especially for the many Ranchers for whom English isn't their native language. It also suggests that you don't care enough to ShowSomeEffort when presenting your question.
Likewise, calling the many adult Ranchers "d00dz" is not going to win them over to your cause; in fact, using that sort of horrid "h4x0r353" is likely to drive many people away -- people who likely would have been able to help you.
Please take the time to write out words in full, to check your spelling, and keep your language standard. The atmosphere of the Ranch will benefit, but more importantly, you will benefit because doing so will lead to your questions getting better answers.
"Plz" is not a word in the English language.
I'm not a regular poster here, so you probably don't care about my opinion. But over on CodeRanch, I help out quite a bit. I know that personally, when I see a pretend word like newb, my brain stops and processes it - it breaks the flow of my reading. After 2 or 3 such breaks in my reading, I give up and go on to help someone who's post is more legible.
Are you talking about the great big button that exists at the top and bottom of each topic? When you add a bookmark via that button, you get to choose whether it is public or not. So you could look at my profile and find the link that shows which topics I have bookmarked.
I'm curious - isn't it a little early to be working on this (or are you still in the planning stages)? Looking out my window right now, I see snow on the ground of Mt Olympus (I work right near the entrance to Big Cottonwood Canyon), and I've been told that the ground should still be frozen for a few months to come.
Disclaimer - I'm asking because I am curious, not because I actually know anything.
Normally the forum software should recognize that you are on a mobile device and change your view automatically. If it does not, please let us know what your phone is so we can look into fixing this.
If your mobile device is not automatically detected, browse to https://permies.com/forums/mobile on your mobile device - it will hopefully be much nicer for you, and it should remember that you asked for a mobile page, so the "mobile" section of the URL will no longer be needed. (If you go to this page by accident on your main computer, there should be a link at the bottom of the page that will take you back to a non-mobile site.)
No, we had a problem on the servers. I restarted the server on Saturday as my family were yelling at me that it was time to go to a party, so I was able to take the time to make sure it came back properly, but not enough time to notify people here. Sorry.
We have identified this error, but not yet the permanent solution - we are working on it.
Have you looked at editing your profile? As a staff member, you should have two extra options under the "Preferences" section.
I have several times, and I don't see any place to edit/change the - Ranking: staff Custom Title: Bartender-Babe -
I just checked the source code, and apparently someone decided that this was not a staff editable function. I'll discuss this with Paul in the morning. I'll put you back to being plain staff for the moment.
Jami McBride wrote:
Also I cannot add forums to my 'watch' list. Strange they are listed, but some are missing and I cannot edit what I have as far as I can tell. Seems like this should be changeable and not static.
You should be able to see every one that you are currently watching. If you can't see something, you are not watching it.
If you want to watch a forum, go to that forum, and down the bottom of the page there should be a button - . Click on it and you will start watching that forum. There is a similar button for watching topics. And if you are watching a topic or a forum then the button changes to an "unwatch" button.
Jami McBride wrote:
Is there documentation for this new ride?
Jami McBride wrote:Can you fix the text sitting on top of the signature or very bottom of each post box thing?
Adding a couple of blank lines after the text really helps readability.
It is very doable, however it requires a new deployment of the software. I'll have a chat to Paul and see where he wants this prioritized.
Jami McBride wrote:Maybe you and I can be new best friends.... you seem to know how this new software works.
Be careful - I don't know the difference between weeds and plants. Are you sure you want to be friends now?
(Having said that, I was able to convince a work-colleague that LED lights were better than CFLs, and I may get my neighbor looking at rocket-mass heaters, so it is not all lost for me. And my neighbor wants me to put a bee hive in my back yard next spring).
Jami McBride wrote:
Okay Paul, very funny.... so now I'm Bartener-Babe Staff!
This reminds me of a bugs bunny - daffy duck cartoon.
Paul is unlikely to be up and working on the site at 11:45 at night. I suspect someone else
Jami McBride wrote:
How about Supreme Being? (said in daffy duck voice with spittle flying)
I think Paul is Supreme Commander - the two titles are too close. You don't really want to be mistaken by a freaky-tall man in overalls do you?
Have you looked at editing your profile? As a staff member, you should have two extra options under the "Preferences" section. Don't play with the second last one - I am not sure why it is displaying those particular options, so I am not sure what will happen if you change it.
Jami McBride wrote:Does anyone know if we are subscribed to all the forums, or where I find out?
You should be subscribed to the same topics and the same forums that you were previously subscribed to. You can see what you are watching (subscribed to) by looking at the "My Bookmarks and Watches" page (one of the links at the top of the page).
Jami McBride wrote:Also, why does Jacque get to be 'gardener' *whine*
New members get the moniker "sprout". Those that have posted 30 times get the title "gardener". Those that are invited to be staff members get the title "staff". These may be adjusted in the near future, so feel free to bribe Paul discuss alternatives.
Ken Peavey wrote:I had a bear of a time logging on.
Ended up deleting firefox entirely, including all bookmarks/passwords/cookies/history, using Google chrome to download firefox 8.0, installing it, then doing a lost password recovery act while standing on one foot with my left arm in the air.
I hate technology.
You had your left arm in the air? I was sure we had blocked that particular way of logging in.