GWJ bugs, feature requests, and updates

Stele wrote:
LeapingGnome wrote:

Have the forums been kind of slow for anyone else the last few days?

They were pretty awful all day Fri, and even quit responding totally for a few minutes around lunch.

Sorry, guys. I've been trying to keep it running smoothly using my standard optimization procedures. I'm guessing the host we're on is getting heavily used. I'm trying to get in touch with them to see if they see anything odd. To make matters worse, I'm completely overwhelmed with work this past week and the upcoming week, so I'm doing the best I can.

If anyone is interested in helping triage and fix the issues, please drop me a line.

Would replication help? Say for example, say we make a system where volunteers sign up and on their own hosting, a read-only version of the site exists to cover people who don't post. Then when someone actually makes a post, the data is submitted to the actual read-write master (basically this one). That should lighten loads right? A few read only middle layer servers is probably better than a ton of user pegging the DB right? Not sure to what degree since I don't know the stats on server loads.

We can probably even automate failovers in case the main DB goes down and restore the original schema once the main DB comes back.

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Getting a 403 when connected through my company's US VPN--wonder if the site got some bad traffic from that IP?

Site is almost unusable today.

I'm trying to remove some threads from my favorites, and always get a "page not found" error when clicking on the "remove from favorites button".

*The hardware upgrade last night (7/25) seems to have cured pretty much all my issues. Well done sir

Yeah things are snappy today.

Thin_J wrote:

*The hardware upgrade last night (7/25) seems to have cured pretty much all my issues. Well done sir :D

Stele wrote:

Yeah things are snappy today.

Great to hear!

Yeah, it's much better.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Yeah, it's much better.

Agreed.

Some times if I press shift+I or +B or +U, I get things like this [I], [b], [u]. Is that supposed to happen?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Some times if I press shift+I or +B or +U, I get things like this [I], [b], [u]. Is that supposed to happen?

Hit the Ctrl key a few times. It's a known bug. Ctrl+Shift+[I|B|U] are shortcuts for bold, italic, and underline, but something's screwed up in the JS initialization, and it thinks you're holding down Ctrl for some reason. Working on fixing it.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Some times if I press shift+I or +B or +U, I get things like this [I], [b], [u]. Is that supposed to happen?

Hit the Ctrl key a few times. It's a known bug. Ctrl+Shift+[I|B|U] are shortcuts for bold, italic, and underline, but something's screwed up in the JS initialization, and it thinks you're holding down Ctrl for some reason. Working on fixing it.

Very useful. I get that ever ynow and then (less so now than I used to, I think).

There seems to be a problem with the thread count for "my favorite topics". Right now mine says "(4 new)", but if I go to the favorites page, I see seven topics with new posts.

Not sure what other information I can give you that might help you track this down. One of those topics is a pinned topic. The fifth most recent topic in my list has an up-to-date read count.

(I also need to clean up my favorites list, but that's more of a "me" problem than a site problem.)

Katy wrote:

There seems to be a problem with the thread count for "my favorite topics". Right now mine says "(4 new)", but if I go to the favorites page, I see seven topics with new posts.

Not sure what other information I can give you that might help you track this down. One of those topics is a pinned topic. The fifth most recent topic in my list has an up-to-date read count.

(I also need to clean up my favorites list, but that's more of a "me" problem than a site problem.)

Edits will do that. They'll show up as "new" posts in the list but not on the favorite topics.

I think it only shows "new" posts since the last time you checked the favorites page, not for each individual topic?

Like there's one topic I marked but haven't read much, it has 40 or 50 new posts since I last read the thread itself. But when I see a new marking on my favorites link at the top, it's always when another thread is updated. And once I read that new thread, the new favorite designation goes away, even though I still technically have an unread new thread.

The search function is spotty in Chrome. It will return a blank page multiple times before ever displaying anything in the area to show results. Firefox gave me my results the first time.

mrtomaytohead wrote:

The search function is spotty in Chrome. It will return a blank page multiple times before ever displaying anything in the area to show results. Firefox gave me my results the first time.

Forum Search? Never had a problem with that and I use Chrome pretty much exclusively.

Stele wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

The search function is spotty in Chrome. It will return a blank page multiple times before ever displaying anything in the area to show results. Firefox gave me my results the first time.

Forum Search? Never had a problem with that and I use Chrome pretty much exclusively. :?

I have never seen these words written here before.

Quoting myself with an idea/suggestion I posted in the DKR thread:

Scratched wrote:
Jayhawker wrote:

Honestly, if someone wants to avoid being spoiled, they shouldn't be reading page 32 of a thread on the movie they want to see. A TV show is ongoing, so that is understandable.

I agree, but someone, somewhere will get terribly bent out of shape over it.

I guess a solution would involve a change to the forum, an opt-in to spoilers on a per-thread basis, which would:
-Say you've seen the thing to be spoiled, and want to read all the spoilers
-All spoilers are presented as plain text
-All you write is by default a spoiler, unless you use markup to specify it.
-People who don't opt-in are presented with the current system

No more highlighting everything or clicking every 'show' box, and people who want to scroll past the whitespace to the non-spoiler stuff that remains (collapse/expandable spoilers would sort out the big walls of white). It would seem to me to be much less hassle for people on both sides of the fence.

Would that be possible? The worst case I can see is that it would involve storing the preference per-thread and then two alternate ways to view each page, but you could simplify it that it's not stored and the opt-in is one click per page view (some js to toggle the presentation/CSS of spoilers?) rather than repeatedly revealing spoilers on each post of a page.

Wonder if it has something to do with adblock plus....

in the meantime, here's what it looks like when it happens:
IMAGE(http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad227/mrtomaytohead/EMPTYSEARCH.png)

ok, yeah I went ahead and checked and that seems to be the culprit.

Hm I have AdBlock running. Not Plus though.

Stele wrote:

Hm I have AdBlock running. Not Plus though.

Maybe your just hiding from mrtomaytohead.

Adblock (not plus) running here too without problems.

jonfentyler wrote:
Stele wrote:

Hm I have AdBlock running. Not Plus though.

Maybe your just hiding from mrtomaytohead.

Adblock (not plus) running here too without problems.

The plus version says "(beta)" next to it.

My guess the hunk of text ads at the top of the Search results is getting blocked/taking too long to load for some reason (not just Adblock), and it's stopping processing on the rest of the page. I've had troubles like this with Google's code before.

momgamer wrote:

My guess the hunk of text ads at the top of the Search results is getting blocked/taking too long to load for some reason (not just Adblock), and it's stopping processing on the rest of the page. I've had troubles like this with Google's code before.

Pro diagnosis.

Am I just overlooking (a(n)) RSS/atom feed(s) for recent/my recent posts? I'm trying with some success to curb my internet addiction but would like to still see new stuff coming through. The main site headlines are interesting, but honestly I'm here for the forums.

Also, AdBlock Plus seems to be an entirely different add-on than Chrome AdBlock.

AdBlock Plus is some thing for Mozilla, that was ported to Chrome.

AdBlock is a Chrome and Safari only extension.

muraii wrote:

Am I just overlooking (a(n)) RSS/atom feed(s) for recent/my recent posts? I'm trying with some success to curb my internet addiction but would like to still see new stuff coming through. The main site headlines are interesting, but honestly I'm here for the forums.

Nothing like that on the current site (that I know of), but we may be able to create one for the Drupal 7 upgrade.

Nothing to see here. Move along.