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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
     (4.21)
    The site is very pretty and simple, which is good.

    The only thing I would point out is a CSS issue, for the '#Form.AddComments textarea, #Form.AddComments input, #Form.AddComments select' styles you set the background color but not the font color, so if someone, like me, has a light font on dark background in their system settings, they can't see the text in the comments box. Geeky I know, but hey.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007 edited
     (4.22)
    Also, if you've set your browser to over-ride all style sheet font choices with wingdings, the entire place is just gibberish...!
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    I like it, but I always find non-nested/non-threaded stuff hard to follow. Which probably means that it's my brain that needs reworking rather than anything else.
    • CommentAuthorpygmy
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
     (4.24)
    I'm really liking the fact that when you've read new posts in a thread, then page-back to the main thread list, they're update as to what's actually new.

    I know that's probably silly, but it makes me happy.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
     (4.25)
    yeah, I have that same problem, Doc. I guess it doesn't matter too much cos not that many people have light-on-dark as the default.

    I've just been using the preview function a lot.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
     (4.26)
    *laugh* Oh fine! I'll fix it!!

    *wanders off muttering something about nutty programmers and the like*
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2007
     (4.27)
    Joy! Many thanks. Much easier now.

    This really is a very pretty and simple to use forum. I like.
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    Kudos on the system. It's very rad and clean and easy. Like walking into a store and not needing to look at those stupid hanging signs for "Canned Goods / Dog Food / Bananas" in the aisles.

    The only tiny options I would suggest are: 1) A quicker jump to the reply box (for posts spanning more than 1 page), and 2) A quoted reply function, for replying to specific people/posts. Yeah, I know, I can just cut & paste, put something in the blockquote tag, etc., but it'd be nice to have a little quote button next to the permalink or something that automatically dropped their post into the reply box, formatted.

    But this is no big deal and may, for one reason or another, go against the nice free-form feeling going on here so if I'm just being an ass then feel free to ignore. Merci.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
     (4.29)
    Adam, you're not being an ass at all -- they're both really good points. Honestly, the main reason we haven't got either is because I'm really tired of forums where people jump right to the reply box without having read the other comments. In theory, the system we've got should cut down on people repeating each other...


    (It's all theory, mind. FOR SCIENCE. Or something. I could just be mad.)
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
     (4.30)
    Works fine and the quick reply latency makes sense as you explained. I'm amazed this is all in php as it feels like a rails app à la 37signals. The lussommo guys have their heads screwed on right.

    it's such a clean app you nearly feel like the whitechapel graphic elements are out of place, a scar left from the engine days where the stark Wood design worked great with the hands-on feel of the board. On Vanilla (such a web 2.0 name you would not imagine hanging near anything ellis) , the graphics feel like running a hacked copy of leopard on an hp, it's difficult to put in words... it's like giving your cousin Henry Miller for his 21st birthday ?

    anyway, FOR SCIENCE !
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007 edited
     (4.31)
    I'm amazed this is all in php as it feels like a rails app à la 37signals. The lussommo guys have their heads screwed on right.

    Doesn't it, though? I dunno, I'm coming to almost like PHP. I'm pretty sure I've gone nuts, but oh well. It's working. (Pretty fine example of how Ajax can be used to smooth out the rough spots, too -- instead of just making annoyingly pointless swooshes and graphic elements.)

    it's such a clean app you nearly feel like the whitechapel graphic elements are out of place, a scar left from the engine days where the stark Wood design worked great with the hands-on feel of the board.

    That does make sense -- it's almost easy to forget right now that we're bolted on to the side of the FREAKANGELS site. Once we're running adjunct to the comic I think the graphics will feel more in place overall.
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      CommentAuthorian.mcrob
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
     (4.32)
    Your Flickr photostream id is a string of letters and numbers you can find by looking at your RSS feed on Flickr. It'll look something like 123456789@N01. Just cut and paste that into the "Flickr Feed" box (on the Account Options page) and hit save at the bottom of the page.

    finally worked out which code I was looking for as not terribly up on coding, I would suggest you alter the above statement to "look at bottom of your profile page and click on ( Subscribe to ian.mcrob's photos – Latest | geoFeed | KML ) or similar.
    thanks for the easy to use site though, when all said and done.
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      CommentAuthorscreechin
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2007
     (4.33)
    I must be an idiot or something, but I can't seem to be able to put my photo in using a url.
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    Hmm. I wonder what that [SINK] icon means.

    - Zachary -
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (4.35)
    So ariana, any chance on getting markdown on whitechapel ? clicking a box/box_to_popup for formatting feels ewww-ish and well, html is the mother of all rsi.
    pretty please ? ^_^
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (4.36)
    @Zachary Cole
    After a little (2 seconds) experimentation, I have come to the conclusion that [Sink] is the same as sage-ing on 4chan; that is, causes the topic not to rise back to the top of the page when commented on.
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    Vespers: Thanks.
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      CommentAuthorMark Seifert
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007 edited
     (4.38)
    screechin, is your photo already online somewhere? If not, you'll want to upload it somewhere, perhaps to photobucket or flickr, someplace like that (or perhaps someone else here has other suggestions).

    There is usually a handy way on those places to get the url of the photo, once you've got it uploaded. If not, you can usually right click on it, select "properties" from the drop down menu, and get the url from that. Should look something like this: http://www.yoursite.com/blah/yourpic.jpg.

    Once you have that, you can paste it into the personal information section of your account profile (see Ariana's explanation at the start of this thread), or to put it into a post, use the "img" button at the top of the comment box where you type in your post.

    Let us know if you have any other questions.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (4.39)
    Ah, that'll be your problem, screechin -- whatever url you're using for your pics will need to end in .jpg, .gif, .png, etc. You're trying to link out to a myspace album page -- Left click on the picture you'd like and "view image" to get the actual url to use.
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2007
     (4.40)
    Ariana, would it be possible to load up the markdown plugin for vanilla ? markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers by the great john gruber. to quote him :
    Markdown is intended to be as easy-to-read and easy-to-write as is feasible.

    Readability, however, is emphasized above all else. A Markdown-formatted document should be publishable as-is, as plain text, without looking like it’s been marked up with tags or formatting instructions. While Markdown’s syntax has been influenced by several existing text-to-HTML filters — including Setext, atx, Textile, reStructuredText, Grutatext, and EtText — the single biggest source of inspiration for Markdown’s syntax is the format of plain text email.

    To this end, Markdown’s syntax is comprised entirely of punctuation characters, which punctuation characters have been carefully chosen so as to look like what they mean. E.g., asterisks around a word actually look like *emphasis*. Markdown lists look like, well, lists. Even blockquotes look like quoted passages of text, assuming you’ve ever used email.

    markdown is great because you don't interrupt your writing for formatting. Instead of throwing tags around a sentence to bold it (or select the sentence then click a box) you just write :
    *i want this in bold*

    to get
    i want this in bold

    italic is _text in italic here_ and links are in brackets [text i want linked](link here) as well as images.

    Tumblr added markdown for tumblr 3.0 and well, it's very addictive.

    anyway if you don't want to add plugins because someone just asks for it (that's toothpaste you might not want out), i understand.