TOTD 2018-2-17: Phone Navigation

For those of you who have scrolled miles to get where you want I will share my meager knowledge.

To get to the top of the page quickly on your iPhone/iPad. Touch the [Time] at the top middle of the screen and presto you are there.

To get to the bottom my best way is to follow these steps.

This gets me to the “Leave a Reply” box.

Anyone have better ways?

 


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Knowledge Base: Apostrophe

"Its" and "It's"There are few things which make your post or comment appear unprofessional so much as misuse of the humble apostrophe. This is in large part because it’s so easy to get it right. Here are five rules for use of the apostrophe:

  1. If you mean “it is,” or “it has,” write “it’s.” Otherwise, write “its.”
  2. Contractions (can’t, I’ll, you’re) always use an apostrophe, replacing the omitted letters.
  3. Possessive nouns always use an apostrophe.
  4. Possessive pronouns (hers, yours, ours, etc.) never use an apostrophe.
  5. One never forms a plural by adding an apostrophe.

For a deeper exploration of this, including rare exceptions, see my 2008 document, “The Use of the Apostrophe in the English Language.”


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Knowledge Base: Cross-Posting and Copyright

Ratburger.org asserts no copyright (including compilation copyright) over anything published here. Authors retain copyright over anything they publish here, and are free to publish their work anywhere else without any restrictions whatsoever. (If another venue requires that the work not have been published elsewhere, that’s between the author and that publication’s editors.)

Material whose copyright is not owned by the person who posts it should not be published on Ratburger.org, except for quotations and excerpts for critical purposes under the doctrine of fair use.  Such material should be identified as to its source including, if on-line, a link to the original document.

This is intended to actively promote cross-posting.  In particular, people who wish to submit material to sites which pay for content are encouraged to post drafts here for comment among the user community before subjecting them to scrutiny by editors and a larger audience.


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Knowledge Base: Quoting Posts and Comments

[Bumped to the top because you can now quote posts as well as comments.]

A new feature is now available on Ratburger.org.  While reading a post or comment on a post (but not within a group), if you’d like to respond, there’s a new [Quote] item within the post or comment header.  Just click it (it isn’t obviously a link, due to the style of headers, but it changes to the fat fingered fist and link colour when you mouse-over it) and by default the entire post or comment will be copied as quoted text into the reply box.  If you only wish to copy a brief passage (as you usually should), highlight it first before clicking [Quote]: only it will be quoted.

Quoting post or comment text will usually preserve formatting and structure within the comment, but given the tower of hackery and kludges which is WordPress, there will always be edge cases it doesn’t handle correctly.  But, for the most part, it does what is intended, and it’s a lot less fiddly than copying and pasting the text yourself, setting it as a quote, and making a link back or the original post or comment comment.  The name of the author is quoted and linked back to the text you quoted.

This works only for main posts.  It doesn’t work in groups, which have nothing in common with the WordPress core functionality and are, from a programmer’s standpoint, Satan’s spawn.

Give it a try.  As far as I can determine, after massive modifications of the original open source code, it more or less works, but if problems and quibbles outweigh the perceived benefit, I reserve the right to consign it to the poubelle.


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Knowledge Base: RSS Feeds

Ratburger.org, like most WordPress-based sites, offers RSS feeds which provide notification when new posts and comments are published.  You will find links to these feeds in the “Meta” section of the sidebar at the right of the desktop site or the bottom of the home page on mobile devices under “Entries RSS” and “Comments RSS”.

These feeds are XML files in the RSS 1.0 standard format which list the most recent 25 entries and comments on the site.  You can subscribe to these feeds with any compatible feed reader (sometimes called an “aggregator”), of which a multitude exist.  You just supply the URL of the feed to the reader program, and it will show the recent entries.  You can usually tell the reader to poll the feed, for example, every ten minutes, to inform you of new posts and comments.

For example, here is the Entries RSS feed as displayed by the QuiteRSS program, which is free and available for Linux/Unix, Windows, and MacOS.

Entries RSS feed as displayed by QuiteRSS

QuiteRSS has an embedded Web browser, so you can see the entries and comments right in the reader.  Other RSS feed readers may just provide links to the items.

Following RSS feeds allows you to follow activity on the site without the need to keep refreshing the site or cluttering up your E-mail in box with lots of notification messages.

You can also follow new posts (but not comments), by following Ratburger_org on Twitter, which is also linked in the “Meta” section.


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Stage One Complete

Hi Ratburgers,

I think we are at the end of a beginning. The original thought was to get a community going with a basic interface. Nothing fancy but also nothing too frustrating. Our goal is not to wow anyone with our interface but to wow people with the community we build. Kudos to John Walker and those who made the open source code we are using.

We encourage robust debates, Extra Hot; more genial differences, Medium; and free flow of the non-controversial, Mild.  We want also you to feel free to post Long, serious posts; Short, casual posts; and Tweet and chat posts. All three of these length are needed for good varied communication.  The desire is through these six general categories to better serve the Membership.  (Writers of Posts: Please remember to check these categories when publishing. We reserve the right to change categories if needed.)

I will try to explain more fully. You come to the site and all you see on page one are posts that don’t suit your general taste. You could go through all the pages to pick through the ones you want or just click on the category you prefer. Say you are tired of the bickering about hot topics, click on Medium or Mild. Say you are up for some robust debate, click on Extra Hot. This also goes for people short of time, click the Short or Tweet posts. Those who have more time and want to be intellectually challenged, click the Long posts.

Please be aware that Extra Hot, robust debates, are not for everyone. They will get heated and push our principles to the limit. People who like those  like the heat.  Let us not begrudge them their fun.

This is a free site. We enjoy the ad free environment. I like the tag line, “You get your money’s worth in the first minute at Ratburger.org.” You are guests of the site. We want you to spend a fun and fulfilling time here. We also want you to not get in the way of other Ratburgers enjoying the site. My desire is that we never step on your principles. We respect people who passionately hold their beliefs. And please also respect our dream of having a civil engaging community.

These are some of our principles.

PRINCIPLES OF AGREEMENT

  1. This site is for entertainment. Posts need to add not subtract from the site. Fun is important.
  2. No attacking the person. Attacking words are okay. People get to openly disagree and have vigorous debates over ideas not personalities.
  3. Keep it clean. This site should be family and children friendly. (The web has plenty of places to express non-family thoughts and images.) This does not mean that we don’t handle in John Walker’s words “gnarly subjects” but we do it without the coarseness of most of the Internet.
  4. Keep it legit. Respect copyright toward images and text. Give attribution when needed.
  5. This is a conservative site. If you can’t respect those principles please find a site more conducive to your ideas.

These are not rules they are principles. When two competing principles collide the Admins will have to decide.

The Rule of Ratburger is to have fun.

 

 

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Knowledge Base: Text Box in Groups

I was using a Group and I was grousing about the size of the text box. I can only see two lines in it. Who do I complain to? Then I saw something in the lower right hand corner.  It is a little triangle that if you click and drag it you can increase the text box size.

Update: This only works on my Windows desktop not on my iOS devices.

Before

(Click on the picture to see better.)

 

After

Picture alignment how to

Alignment None

I  am putting text in just to show how a picture is aligned for the various settings with a picture. It is hard to come up with something to say when you are just filling space. To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler to …. Not bad for off the cuff, right?

Alignment Left

I  am putting text in just to show how a picture is aligned for the various settings with a picture. It is hard to come up with something to say when you are just filling space. To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler to …. Not bad for off the cuff, right?

 

 

 

Alignment Center

I  am putting text in just to show how a picture is aligned for the various settings with a picture. It is hard to come up with something to say when you are just filling space. To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler to …. Not bad for off the cuff, right?

Alignment Right

I  am putting text in just to show how a picture is aligned for the various settings with a picture. It is hard to come up with something to say when you are just filling space. To be or not to be that is the question. Whether it is nobler to …. Not bad for off the cuff, right?

 

 

 

Three places to set this

  1. When you add media by selecting a picture from your picture library, you will see to the right of your screen at the bottom “Alignment” with a drop down menu.    
  2. After you put it in the post and you select the picture. You  will see this. There are six icons above the picture.
    1. Align left
    2. Align center
    3. Align right
    4. No Alignment
    5. Pencil ( When clicked you enter the picture edit mode.)
    6. “X”  (Remove)
  3. After you put it in the post and you select the picture click the Pencil Icon. You will get this screen. (Click the picture to see more clearly.)

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Isms Over Ers

It is important to keep this site civil and keeping with our principle of not attacking people it is best to go after the Isms and not the Ers.  This has been said in many ways. Such as: Play the ball not the man. Hate the sin not the sinner.  It is a subtle difference but an important difference.

Here are some examples (picked at random) of the Okay followed by the Not Okay.

Christianity is [Fill in the negative]      Christians are [Fill in the negative]

Feminism is [Fill in the negative]          Feminists are [Fill in the negative]

Neo-Conservatism is [Fill in the negative]   Neo-Cons are [Fill in the negative]

Leftism is [Fill in the negative]         Leftists are [Fill in the negative]

I hope in the comments we can flush this out more. We love a free exchange of ideas.


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Knowledge Base: Spoiler Warnings

When you’re writing a post, for example a book or movie review, and you don’t want to give away plot or ending spoilers to those who haven’t yet encountered the story, you can wrap the spoilers in the [spoiler] and [/spoiler] shortcodes.  These will cause the text they enclose to be hidden unless the user explicitly displays it by clicking on the title of the spoiler box.  You can specify any title you wish with the “title=” attribute in the [spoiler] shortcode.

For example, if you write in your post:

[spoiler title="Show plot spoilers"]
Darph Nader was Fluke’s father.
[/spoiler]

the post will appear as follows:

You can use the [spoiler] shortcode anywhere you wish to hide some text from readers, for example punch lines of jokes and answers to puzzles.

This only works in main posts and main post comments, not in group posts and comments.