Mill Computing, Inc. Forums Forum Admin Site Related Problems and Suggestions Site-related issues (problems, suggestions)

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  • igodard
    Moderator
    Post count: 9
    #296 |

    Seems like the site needs some way for people to note issues like dangling links.

    Here’s one:
    1) The ootbcomp.com/docs/metadata page doesn’t lead to the metadata video (which is at ootbcomp.com/topic/metadata). There needs to be some convenient entry for people to get a concise and complete explication, and the /docs page used to be the entry point for that. Having a talk be also a topic is fine, but not to the exclusion of having a reading-library that doesn’t require searching random postings.

  • staff
    Keymaster
    Post count: 47

    I’m not sure what you mean – the /docs page still exists. Does each talk topic in the forum need a link to /docs? Or do you mean each talk’s abstract under /docs needs a link to the corresponding forum topic?

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      This is a test of a reply to a reply to check if threading works.

      • staff
        Keymaster
        Post count: 47

        This is a 2nd level reply to a reply to a reply

        • staff
          Keymaster
          Post count: 47

          This is a 3rd level reply

          • staff
            Keymaster
            Post count: 47

            This is a 4th level reply…

          • staff
            Keymaster
            Post count: 47

            This is a 5th level reply…

          • Will_Edwards
            Moderator
            Post count: 98

            Do the 4th and 5th level replies have the same indent in your browser?

            We seem to quickly get more than 5 deep in a thread and then it becomes really hard to follow. I just answered a couple of questions only to later work out that Ivan had answered them in his usual depth and detail..

          • staff
            Keymaster
            Post count: 47

            Indeed they have the same indent level for me.

            I need some time to find the number of characters to indent per level and likely adjust the indent per level to fewer characters. Otherwise, the fairly deep replies will be very narrow and less than readable.

          • Ivan Godard
            Keymaster
            Post count: 629

            A reply to post #408

        • Ivan Godard
          Keymaster
          Post count: 629

          This is a reply to post #407

      • Ivan Godard
        Keymaster
        Post count: 629

        And this is what I get if I click “reply” on post #406

  • igodard
    Moderator
    Post count: 9

    Seems fixed now.

  • staff
    Keymaster
    Post count: 47

    A lot of the links in a reddit thread I saw ended in /index.html

    I just added a couple of global re-directs in our website to make those work,
    should be all better now. At least the re-directs worked in my testing…

  • Ivan Godard
    Keymaster
    Post count: 629

    Why aren’t forum topics showing up as threaded? When I reply to several posts in a topic they all wind up together at the bottom with no indication of what they were responding to. I haven’t found an option to turn threading on – doesn’t WordPress do that?

    Ivan

  • staff
    Keymaster
    Post count: 47

    Yes, WordPress (or the bbPress plugin in particular) does do comment threading.

    I now have the correct box checked to turn this on! (defaults!! Aarrgh!!)

  • Ivan Godard
    Keymaster
    Post count: 629

    My posting in the memory topic at January 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm contained a link right after “see”, but no link appears on the page when I view it. I used the “link” button to make it, not manual tagging that I would certainly screw up. ????

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      I was able to fix your link by changing
      <a href="http://ootbcomp.com/docs/encoding" title="Encoding"></a>
      to
      <a href="http://ootbcomp.com/docs/encoding" title="Encoding">Encoding</a>
      The link dialog is not intuitively obvious to me either. Why bother with “title” when it only misleads the user into thinking it will be something else.

      Apparently “title” is the hot tip displayed when the user hovers the cursor over the link, ”’not”’ the text of the link!

      • This reply was modified 8 years, 8 months ago by  staff.
  • Ivan Godard
    Keymaster
    Post count: 629

    I posted some code to the “Application walkthrough” topic, but the forum software squeezed all multi-blank sequences to a single blank, destroying the formatting. If this is an option please reset it, or post to that topic how to work around.

  • staff
    Keymaster
    Post count: 47

    If you want code to show up with indents unscathed, paste the code in, select it with the mouse, then click the “code” button on your edit bar.

    like this:

    void function(int &a, int& b) {
       // just some junk to illustrate
       a = b;
    }
  • Will_Edwards
    Moderator
    Post count: 98

    When I look at the freshness column, it doesn’t seem to show the most recent poster nor time! For example, I posted to the Markets thread but it doesn’t show. And the names of who posted and the times don’t seem to match either.

  • staff
    Keymaster
    Post count: 47

    I do see updates in the freshness column without fail – after I refresh the page.

    I do ”’not”’ have anything like page refreshes being pushed out periodically, which would eliminate the need for manual page refresh but introduce other issues, particularly when posting comments! (Say you are in the middle of composing a comment when the pushed refresh happens – not good!).

    • Will_Edwards
      Moderator
      Post count: 98

      The freshness column just doesn’t seem to be right for me 🙁

      This is what I see on the Mill forum right now:

      I don’t think erikvv has commented in the Tools discussion 12 hours ago; that seems to have been mermerico in the Applications sub-forum instead.

      And so on. They all seem wrong. I commented in the Markets sub-forum 9 hours ago, for example.

      Its not a big deal, I’m installing an RSS feed reader on my phone instead of browsing the forums. What I’d really like is the ‘recent unread topics’ that most forums offer. I don’t think bb does, unfortunately 🙁

      • staff
        Keymaster
        Post count: 47

        OK, now I am seeing what you are saying. This is a php coding error of some sort… I will take it up with the bbPress folks.

        And until we get an update to bbPress 2.5.3, remember to check the “Notify me…” check box before submitting if you don’t want to be Unsubscribed!

  • Ryan Hitchman
    Participant
    Post count: 3

    Reading new replies to threads is very difficult with this forum’s threading interface. You have to use reply numbers or dates.

  • Joe Taber
    Participant
    Post count: 25

    I’m not familiar with wordpress, but Discourse is a next gen discussion software that is extremely awesome. I’m pretty sure there’s a wordpress plugin as well. It’s rather new, so I’m not sure if you guys want to move to it, but I thought you might want to know.

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      I will take a look at it, but before changing over to WordPress I did a fair amount of research. The bbPress plugin impresses me as still being “young”, in that some features that I would have thought obvious (like subscription to the entire forum or a forum category) are not yet implemented. From browsing the bbPress trac site I see that they have thought about implementing this “when they have time…”.

      In fact, from looking at their trac site I see that being able to subscribe to new topics in a forum was only released in Dec 2013.

  • jrfeenst
    Participant
    Post count: 4

    There should probably be a min-width set for the whole page. Deeply nested comments can be unreadable on mobile. This can be simulated by simply making the browser very narrow and observing how some of the posts above become just 1 character per line.

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      Yes, I too have noticed the single character column display on my smart phone. To work around, I simply rotate the phone and it goes into landscape mode.

      I will take a look around the WordPress and bbPress (the forum plugin) style sheets to see if there is a parameter I can tweak. WordPress actually goes into a completely different mode of style sheet for smart phone display in landscape mode, and the particular theme we used as a base has some other issues that I have filed bbPress tickets on.

  • Will_Edwards
    Moderator
    Post count: 98

    Can mods (like myself) host images on ootbcomp? WP normally has add-media dialogs, but I cannot find them for ootbcomp.com.

  • baking
    Participant
    Post count: 7

    I seem to have lost the ability to edit my forum posts.

    Edit: Or maybe not. Is it time related?

    • This reply was modified 8 years, 7 months ago by  baking.
    • baking
      Participant
      Post count: 7

      Still working on it.

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      bbPress (the forum software) comes with a default time of 10 minutes before editing of a particular post is not allowed. We upped that to 20 minutes due to the type of material we discuss here, but could make it longer.

  • alex.shpilkin
    Participant
    Post count: 2

    The WordPress registration link in the sidebar is broken, only found the real page using the search.

    POSTs are rejected (403) unless the targeted HTTP Host is millcomputing.com, yet sometimes Google points to the older ootbcomp.com address, leading to confusion. Canonicalizing the hostname (by issuing 301 if not canonical — several lines of Apache config, f.ex.) should also help to increase the search engine visibility.

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      Thanks for persevering to get this to us. I missed changing over those 2 links, they should work now.

  • yorik.sar
    Participant
    Post count: 10

    I tried to post not so long post (about 1216 chars) and got… nothing (empty response). It looks like longer POST requests are just ignored.

    • staff
      Keymaster
      Post count: 47

      We do not currently have any WordPress plugin installed to limit comment length, so your post should not have been any trouble. I have not checked, but I believe a number of other postings that were accepted by our site may be longer than what you describe.

      In particular, Will Edwards posting is way longer than 1200 characters.

      If I had your error, I would exit my browser, restart it and try again.

      • yorik.sar
        Participant
        Post count: 10

        Ok, let me tests this again here. Here’s my original post:

        Great talk!

        I found myself thinking that what you’re saying is mostly what I was thinking about when I was comprehending Genode OS Framework. I understood that you cannot do those ways efficiently and securely on x86. What’s missing is small and fast portals that you have! Are you going to build your OS for Mill with Genode or something like it?

        I also have some questions that bothered me throughout the talk.

        * How do you create a turf? Who can create it? Can it be abused?
        * Can you create a VMM that doesn’t have right to read/write/execute all the memory but can grant access to it? Can you decouple VMM from the rest of OS?
        * Some services might require passing a list of callbacks. Application will have to essentially build a number of portals in its data space. Can any application grant portal permissions to some address space that it can write? If it does, how is that region verified? Should turf ids be the same as turf that running thread is in currently? Can application abuse this by saying “All TBs of my memory are portals. Go, verify”?
        * How does that need for portals map to existing C APIs?

        Thank you very much for what you do in both creating a really good architecture and teaching it.

      • yorik.sar
        Participant
        Post count: 10

        Looks like it was an issue with the network I was in yesterday. Sorry to trouble you.

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