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      CommentAuthorDerleth
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007 edited
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    Thanks for the how-to... it's great to feel included for us cultural retards.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
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    Derleth, the system auto-crops avatar images down to 32x32 pixels. if you want the whole thing to show up, you'll just need to link to an image that's already that size.
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      CommentAuthorDerleth
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2007
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    Just realized that the thanks might have come off as sarcastic. Not the case. So, thanks, Ariana.
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      CommentAuthorrfrancis
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2007
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    You know, I ran my own forum under Vanilla (until I gave it a mercy killing), but it was so lightly used I never had to deal with this vast quantity of posts. But I think I've got my feel for it, now -- I read the 30 or whatever threads that are currently on the front page, and ignored the rest, figuring that anything people are talking about will float to the top and I'll catch upon them as they do. Perhaps most people do something similar.

    Of course, that means some gems that got flushed off the front page may linger in obscurity, but oh well. Not sure what you'd do to avoid that.

    Anyway, I like this format; it feels quick, direct, get in and get out. I have horrible troubles keeping up with web fora so maybe this'll work. Anyway, it's lovely to look at, very clean.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
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    Perhaps most people do something similar.

    I read every thread when there were few enough that it was possible. Now I just make sure I read everything new. It works as long as I keep up every day or so.

    We'll see if I manage to keep it up long-term. I've been pretty much living here lately though so maybe.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
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    Hmm, been trying to work through Whitechapel using the RSS feeds rather than going in through the front door. A few notes


    • Clicking the links through to an unread comment takes you to a thread, but you can't add comments to it. I'm guessing it's the URL the RSS links to causing that.

    • It would be nice to have an RSS feed that just contains links to brand new threads rather than new comments. At least you can bookmark them if you don't have much time to browse through the whole site.

    • For me at least, viewing a forum through an RSS feed is a very removed experience. A bit like trying to see the heavens through the eye of a needle. Maybe I just need more practice but it doesn't have the sense of satisfaction when you can mark a thread as all read. In my head at least, an RSS feed isn't good enough for me to know I haven't missed anything interesting on the site yet.

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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007 edited
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    For me at least, viewing a forum through an RSS feed is a very removed experience. [...] In my head at least, an RSS feed isn't good enough for me to know I haven't missed anything interesting on the site yet.

    That'd be why we don't have more RSS features, Dan.

    (The bit about not being able to leave comments, I believe, is a case of the thread having moved on to the next page -- you can only leave comments at the end of a conversation.)
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007
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    That'd be why we don't have more RSS features, Dan.

    That's fair enough Ariana - I was only experimenting. But if it was possible to produce a feed containing new threads only, that would be the one I'd use.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007 edited
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I am having a hell of a time inserting images. I do it on tons of other forums with no problems but neither putting the URL in manually or using that awful IMG
    button works? Is it because my comments are formatted as HTML?
    I will try one with the img button<img src="[URL=http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5688569][img]http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/6/16420054466.jpg[/img][/URL]" alt="helmet" />
    And now with the usual method that works everywhere else.
    [URL=http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=5688569][img]http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/6/16420054466.jpg[/img][/URL]
    Neither worked but the one using the IMG tag stuck the discription word "helmet' on to the end.
    I will try to link to the image on my putfile page.
    Nothing happened. This is quite frustrating.
    Maybe I am using the wrong tags?
    <img src="http://img2.putfile.com/thumb/6/16420054466.jpg" alt="helmet again" />
    Eureka
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2007 edited
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    Unsub, you're trying to use BBCode, which Vanilla doesn't understand, and you're inserting the entire <a href="http://image"> when you're using the quicktag.

    When you select the IMG button, all you need to paste is:

    http://image.url.com

    (Where image.url.com is where the image is.)

    Don't put any other code like [img] or <img src=" in the popup box.

    Links work the same way -- just paste the linkin the popup, type what you want it to say, and then hit the "link" quicktag again. I'll edit the last link of your post so that it works -- you can click the edit link at the top right corner of your post to see what things should look like.

    FYI: You can't use putfile's code to link image, either -- they're giving you BBcode with a thumbnail.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Thanks Ariana I do rather like the look of the Vanilla interface and I do have it now.
    I was using the wrong tags and when I used the proper HTTP tags I got the picture of my helmet.

    Great site ,I already have a great list of books to read from the what are you reading thread. I picked up the Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross today.
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      CommentAuthorpKone
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    If your discussion post is "sunk", should we take that as constructive criticism?

    Obviously its not personal. But perhaps it should be taken as a sign that certain discussions are more interesting than others and if yours get sunk then you should use that as a guideline as to what to post.

    Or am I simply overanalyzing the whole thing! lol!
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    If your discussion post is "sunk", should we take that as constructive criticism?[...]
    Or am I simply overanalyzing the whole thing!

    Little of column A, little of column B. Honestly, SINK isn't a huge deal, it just means we wanted to move your discussion off the front page -- looks like your discussion was answered in pretty short order, and just didn't need the real estate anymore.
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      CommentAuthorpKone
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    I agree, it was answered quickly and well : )

    Like I said, its not something I would take personally ; )

    I'm just insecure, it being my first post and all ; )

    Thanks for the speedy reply.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    Not a problem, Paul. Welcome to Whitechapel.
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      CommentAuthorrfrancis
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    I admit it bugs me a little that SUNK threads don't hilite when they have new messages, as I've gotten caught up enough that I'm digging down several pages for new stuff currently, and that includes catching the SUNK stuff. I expect the answer to this will be "read the new messages count, then, you knob," and yes, I am, but still, I'm not sure of the logic of not only sinking them off the front page but also making them easy to miss as having new messages.
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      CommentAuthorpKone
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2007
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    How about that.... I never noticed the new message counter until you just mentioned it! Thanks rfrancis!
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
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    Ariana, you are brilliant and this whole place is lovely.

    Is there a way to list two flickr feeds in my flickr feed box?
    Or is that simply not possible because really only the silliest of people would have more than one flickr site?

    I tried just putting them both in the field but that breaks it.
    If it can't be done, no big. Just wondering if there is already a way to do it that I'm just oblivious to.

    Thanks for making a fancy place and letting me hang out in it!
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
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    Thank you, dear -- glad you like it, and glad you're here.

    Hmm... probably not on the two flickr streams. But you can always link to the other one.
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeDec 17th 2007
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    . Vanessa wrote :

    Is there a way to list two flickr feeds in my flickr feed box?
    Or is that simply not possible because really only the silliest of people would have more than one flickr site?

    You could probably pump the two feeds into yahoo pipes, mush them together and use its frankensteinien output into whitechapel.

    would look something like this:
    yahooPipesUnion