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  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 2 months ago

    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]

  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    >> 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.

  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    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.

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  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Note that there is also a Twitter feed of new posts, which you can follow at the “Twitter” link under the “Meta” section.

  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    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]

  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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…

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  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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:…

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  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    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.

  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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…

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  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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.
    
  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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…

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  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    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.

  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    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]

  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    2018 January 2

    Fixed typos/bad grammar in the unsubscribe confirmation message
    in:
        wp-content/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/utils/stcr_manage.php
    
  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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…

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  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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…

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  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 7 months ago

    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/
        
    Allow More HTML Tags in WordPress Comments
    Made a backup AMI: Ratburger Backup 2017-12-23 ami-e83baf87 / snap-0276932c4781ad2b8 /server snap-00f5163b9652586ef Installed all updates, including the 4.9.70-22.55.amzn1.x86_64 kernel. Rebooted. The system came up normally. When you copy an existing theme to a new directory to use as the basis for a new theme, settings such as the site…

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  • Chef posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    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.

  • Chef posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 year, 8 months ago

    2017 December 20

    Permissions in the ~/web/wp-content/uploads directory and its
    subdirectories somehow got changed back from 775 to 755, which
    prevented the server from writing image uploads into them.  I
    restored all of the directories' permissions:
        cd ~/web/wp-content
        find uploads -type d -exec chmod 775 {} ;
    and now uploads appear to work correctly.
    
    Fixed permissions:
        chmod 775 ~/web/wp-content
        chmod 775 ~/web/wp-content/plugins
        chmod 775 ~/web/wp-content/themes
    
    After further investigation, changed permissions of all
    directories in the Web tree to 2775:…

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