GWJ bugs, feature requests, and updates

Malor wrote:

Infinite scroll is an abomination before nature and should be cleansed with fire.

About a year or so ago, the Quarter To Three forums switched to Discourse (which I think is free, but if support is needed that costs money) which has infinite scroll. People were very skeptical and protested, but they decided to give it a try. Practically everyone was won over.

It is so much nicer for a variety of reasons. Looking for a past post doesn't mean guessing what page the post was on. It remembers your place in the thread from when you last visited. One click to jump to the bottom. Scrolling displays the date of the post the scroll tracker is currently positioned at.

I have no idea if the current forum software here supports infinite scrolling - but if it does I think the admins should at least check it out. I agree that on a website like Steam infinite scrolling is annoying. But, forums do have an end, so the scrolling really isn't infinite - but it is easy to browse forward and backwards.

Tyops wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
Certis wrote:

Regarding "Recents and Favorites" I think Jeff and I came up with a good middle ground here, building on what Clockwork suggested.

Nice! That all sounds great!

I'm someone who's requested the forget/remove threads that I've posted to in the past. For me as long as there's a red notification in the upper right indicating recent activity I'll fell compelled to check and clear that up. It's not that big an issue ultimately but on any given day there are half a dozen threads I load just to clear notifications (e.g., the Rocket League thread I posted to years ago to offer keys).

Not sure I have a great solution given the constraints you've mentioned but I'm happy to see you're looking at site improvements in general.

I was literally coming into this thread to suggest something along these lines. That red icon keeps calling me! I'd love to be able to 'forget' threads in the recent activity tab, but the plan Certis mentions above could accomplish the same thing. Thanks for the improvement!

Oh. I used the reference link at the bottom and saw the HTML one first.

The site seems to be having substantial problems, for the last couple days. It went blank for at least an hour yesterday (whole site "up", but responding with absolutely nothing to http or https requests). It did it again for a few minutes about an hour ago, and just a few minutes ago, Cloudflare was complaining that the source GWJ site was down.

I have no idea what's going on, but something might be amiss.

edit: fixed a typo.

Seeing the same thing here in the UK.

Yeah, Jeff and I were discussing this morning. Looking into it!

LeapingGnome wrote:

It can be hard to know if some of our community members are still active or with us and it is nice to check in with people now and then. Right now there is no good way to tell if someone has been around recently unless you happen to see them post in a thread. Two requests to fix that:

Enhancement request: Show a user's last posted date in their profile

Enhancement request: In a user's profile the 'Recent Activity' page should show their actual recent activity, and the links should go to their posts in that thread. Right now it seems to show threads with recent activity that the user posted in, but they could have posted in it years ago and never visited since.

I have had the same wishes as the first part, but your second part goes too far into "tracking people down" territory for my liking. I agree that when you want to suggest an appropriate tag for someone, for example, you go to their "recent activity" tab and it's useless because it's a bunch of popular threads they last posted in three years ago. At the same time, I think it's good that you'd have to go to lengths to "follow someone around" on the forums.

I think at least though, a "last active on X month if the year" would be helpful.

There was a mention on the podcast of adding emoji support on phones so could we maybe get an emoji input tool for the desktop version?

I did a search but didn't find anything recent about this: was topic-as-RSS-feed cut out of the site completely? I realized how much I would prefer to have my RSS reader window open, and be able to see updates from Reddit, YouTube, etc - all in one place.

It would be great just having the basic functionality to subscribe to certain topics and export an OPML file of them. Even better than that would be a unique-per-user OPML subscription URL, which my reader app could follow and dynamically import my list - even when I add/remove favorites. Since this site isn't ad-supported, there really isn't a reason to require people do their forum reading here, is there?

Thanks!

I don't recall if it ever came up before, but would it be possible to allow embedding Twitter posts on the site?

I like both of these ideas.

PaladinTom wrote:

I don't recall if it ever came up before, but would it be possible to allow embedding Twitter posts on the site?

You already can, it just doesn't work very well.

garion333 wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

I don't recall if it ever came up before, but would it be possible to allow embedding Twitter posts on the site?

You already can, it just doesn't work very well.

How? Is there a workaround to make it better?

You have to do this from a browser, I believe, but on Twitter click the down arrow on the top right of a tweet, choose Embed Tweet. They provide you with code you can copy/paste:

Even if the tweet has a picture in it, it won't display properly when you embed it here, but you will get the text.

Weird, I tried that earlier and got a captcha. Thought I broke something so I stopped.

Thanks!

Nope, that's by design.

Serengeti wrote:

Not sure what changed, but I'm getting website e-mails now to my outlook.com account, so yay!!

Can anyone with Hotmail or Outlook.com confirm emails from GWJ are showing up?

I just tested it, and I'm able to receive emails from the site on my Outlook.com account that couldn't receive emails before.

Great! We’re close to rolling out a bunch of stuff soon. Will update once we have that nailed down.

Feature request: hide a thread so you never see it. You could view a list of hidden threads in your profile to unhide them if you want in the future.