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Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of http://www.fourmilab.ch.
Party card no. 1
Yes. Go to your Read Notification page (use the drop-down menu from your avatar at the top left, then Notifications/Read). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see a big black button labeled “Delete All Read Notifications”. Press it, confirm the deletion (which cannot be undone), and they’re gone. This does not delete unread notifications. You can mark all unread notifications read with the “Mark all notifications read” item in the drop-down box from the notifications bubble or using “Bulk Actions” on the Unread Notifications page (which you can also reach from the av…[Read more]
>> When I click on my email link to a post, it goes to an Oops page.
I’m not sure what you mean by this. When I click on the links to posts or comments in notification E-mails I receive they seem to work OK.
Can you describe more precisely where you’re seeing the link that doesn’t work, and copy and paste the URL which resulted in the error page into the message?
Thanks in advance.
We don’t automatically turn things that look like links into links. If you want to make something a link (even text which is the link itself), highlight the text, then click the link (looks like a link in a chain) icon and enter the URL you wish to link to in the box which pops up. Press the Return button and the link will be created.
I have just done this to your post. The link will now be clickable.
We do not have E-mail notification of new posts, although that is something which might be added. Personally, I find all of these E-mails for comments posted distracting, and I’d prefer using in-band notifications using the site’s alert mechanism, but I haven’t found something satisfactory to do that so far.
You can follow new posts to the site by subscribing to the site’s Entries RSS feed (which you can find under the “Meta” section of the right sidebar on the desktop site) with your favourite feed reader. Here is a list of RSS feed aggregators. Ratburger also has an RSS feed for…[Read more]
2018 January 11
Contributors (our members) were able to edit the comments of other members because brain-dead WordPress used the "edit_posts" capabililty to enable this as opposed to the obvious "edit_others_posts" which should have been used. (Well, of course, there should be separate "edit_comments" and "edit_others_comments", but that would require assuming this insect brain had a cerebral cortex, which it doesn't.) To plug this hole, I changed the test for displaying the "Comments" item in the Dashboard and processing display of the Comments page in the back-end to…
2018 January 9
Committed changes and uploaded to GitHub. Bacula scheduled incremental backup of Ratburger ran OK.
2018 January 10
Disabled the Spam Words List in Stop Spammers/Block Lists. This caused a comment to bounce because it contained the phrase "million dollars". It seems to me that a word list check does more harm than good in a membership-based site, as opposed to places which allow guests to comment. If a member starts to spam, that is easily remedied by revoking their membership. Signed into Google Admin Console:…
The comment was flagged as spam because it contained the trigger phrase “million dollars”, which is frequently used in spam. Since this is a site where only members can comment, I think we can lighten up on some of the more intrusive spam filtering, but for the moment I’m using the default configuration, because I have many things to do.
I have added your IP address to the Allow list, which will keep this from happening again, at least as long as you have the same IP address.
2018 January 8
Updated the kernel to 4.9.75-25.55.amzn1.x86_64. This is yet another fix for the speculative execution security hole. "This time for sure!" Implemented a probationary fix for the problems in editing group comments in: ~/plug/bp-editable-activity/bp-editable-activity.php functions edit_activity_btn() edit_activity_comment_btn() This replaces the call on esc_attr() for the text to be edited with explicit removal of the backslashes which got inserted in the text on its way to reaching us. (I phrase it this way because I have neither the time nor the…
2018 January 5
Added podcasts to the Activity/Podcasts page: This Week in Technology Delingpole Brion McClanahan Tom Woods Show Contra Krugman MonsterTalk Liberty Law Talk City Journal's 10 Blocks Strategika (Hoover.org) EconTalk (Library of Economics and Liberty) SANS Internet Storm Center's Daily Stormcast Talk Python to Me Packet Pushers: Fat Pipe CppCast Suggested but no RSS feed found: Astonishing Legends .http://www.astonishinglegends.com/ Changed pagination in the Podcasts page to show 50 podcasts on the main page.
2018 January 4
Installed the WP External Links plug-in: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-external-links/ Set on the administration page to: Open external links: each in a separate new window or tab This should make the default for links without a specified target to open in a new tab or window. For the moment, I accepted all of the other defaults for the plug-in. This should be able to be overriden by the author of the post when creating the link, but for the majority of users who never specify a link target, it will prevent their links from taking the source page away…
Do you know the dimensions of the screen on the Chromebook (screen width and height in pixels)? Could you send a screen shot of the header filling the screen?
The site seems reasonably well-behaved in iPads and iPhones, but the theme has all kinds of special cases for mobile devices. It’s possible that it may need to trigger one of the mobile formats for the Chromebook.
This is an unfortunate interaction between the WordPress shortcode mechanism for indicating captions to figures and the plug-in which constructs excerpts for posts longer than the specified number of paragraphs.
The fact is that WordPress, BuddyPress, and its universe of plug-ins are an enormous kludge which doesn’t really understand what it is doing or have a coherent formal model of the objects it is processing. As a result, fixing something like this may take between 10 and 100 times the code as what is provided by the plug-in and, more importantly, create an ongoing maintenance…[Read more]
2018 January 2
Fixed typos/bad grammar in the unsubscribe confirmation message in: wp-content/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/utils/stcr_manage.php
There haven’t been a lot of changes to the site in the last few days, as I have been working on content and other matters, so I decided to combine two days’ of log into this one post.
2017 December 30
In the WP Ulike configuration: Changed "You Liked This." to "You liked this." Changed "LIKED" to "liked" in display of posts and comments. Unfortunately the last change in Settings doesn't seem to have done anything other than change the display of the message in the Settings.
2017 December 31
In the: ~/web/wp-content/themes/ratburger_devel/style.css file, I changed…
2017 December 24
Updated development directory on Ragnar with: git fetch git pull Deleted the wp-content/plugins/hello.php plug-in. This is the joke "Hello Dolly" plug-in which comes with a standard WordPress installation. It's not like we're going to enable it. The ~/bin/credit utility (used to monitor CPU credit balance in the EC2 instance failed for several reasons. First of all, the Perl CGI module was not installed. This is needed only when the underlying aws_stats.pl file is invoked from a CGI program. It isn't needed for a command line call, so I removed the…
2017 December 23
How to allow additional HTML tags in posts and comments: http://crunchify.com/the-best-way-to-allow-html-tags-in-wordpress-comment-form/
This is determined by the “theme” for the site, and WordPress/BuddyPress themes are notoriously fragile. When you make the slightest change (for example, to make links or block quotes less ugly), and something else (such as display of the site’s logo at the top) breaks. This means that whenever you make the slightest change to the theme, you need to verify everything about the site.
At this point, I haven’t decided whether it’s better to try to tweak the standard style (which we’re using now) or completely start over with a much cleaner design which doesn’t break every time you touch it.
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