Phil Turmel

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Why would I do this? I already have Linux VPS’s under my control, and work servers on public IPs.

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 7 months, 1 week ago

    “good, efficient WordPress theme?”
    I don’t think a theme is responsible for WordPress’s lack of goodness or efficiency…. /-:

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Yes, out of the box it doesn’t look like a blog. But there’s a plugin for that:
    https://meta.discourse.org/t/blog-post-plugin/34739/33
    As for the docker deployment setup — meh. I intended to work out the bare deployment requirements for a generic virtual private server. The docker imager approach appears to be their preference in order to make the app easier to scale to large installs. Not necessarily a bad thing.

    I recognize the pain of putting many months of effort into a project, but it seems to me to be a no-win situation:
    1) devote a huge additional effort to clean up the…[Read more]

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Among the attractive features of Discourse is its uncanny and wholly intuitive handling of notifications. If a notification would take you to a particular comment, visiting that comment in any open tab will clear that notice without further action. If you have topic open at the last comment and a new one is posted, it will dynamically show up, right after the notification shows up. And once you scroll down to read it (or it is small enough to already be fully visible), the notice will self-destroy.
    It also remembers your place in any topic you visit, taking you back to the right…[Read more]

  • Phil Turmel posted an update in the group Group logo of Wish ListWish List 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    So, I’ve been contemplating the disconnect between what WordPress and BuddyPress make possible, and what I consider to be state-of-the-art in web interaction, inline notification, dynamic content updates without paging or reloading, and fully functioning editors for both posts and comments.
    As we are at 100+ builds on ratburger now, it seems the level of customization required to make a truly friendly website from the above components is prohibitive. And no, I’m not going to help write PHP. What little I’ve had to do for work purposes, and some past experience on personal projects,…[Read more]

    • Among the attractive features of Discourse is its uncanny and wholly intuitive handling of notifications. If a notification would take you to a particular comment, visiting that comment in any open tab will clear that notice without further action. If you have topic open at the last comment and a new one is posted, it will dynamically show up, right after the notification shows up. And once you scroll down to read it (or it is small enough to already be fully visible), the notice will self-destroy.
      It also remembers your place in any topic you visit, taking you back to the right…[Read more]

    • I’ve looked at the demos, and at least with the themes they use, the appearance to the user is much more like a traditional discussion forum than the blog with comments presentation used by most WordPress-based sites. I don’t know if it’s possible to adapt Discourse to that model, but I think it would be necessary if new users weren’t to find what they saw too different from their experience on other sites (many of which are WordPress-based).

      I’m somewhat concerned with their use of Docker for deployment. I have nothing against the container architecture, but the whole thing seems…[Read more]

    • Yes, out of the box it doesn’t look like a blog. But there’s a plugin for that:
      https://meta.discourse.org/t/blog-post-plugin/34739/33
      As for the docker deployment setup — meh. I intended to work out the bare deployment requirements for a generic virtual private server. The docker imager approach appears to be their preference in order to make the app easier to scale to large installs. Not necessarily a bad thing.

      I recognize the pain of putting many months of effort into a project, but it seems to me to be a no-win situation:
      1) devote a huge additional effort to clean up the…[Read more]

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 11 months ago

    Ok. I’ll do C4C in the future.

  • Phil Turmel posted an update in the group Group logo of Wish ListWish List 11 months ago

    Is there any way to get notified of new comments on posts with a comment of my own, and only in-band? I don’t want email notifications. If I comment on a post, I get notifications of additional comments just the way I want (no email). But the subscribe without commenting feature requires my email address.

    • Do you mean “Is there any way to get notified of new comments on posts without a comment of my own?”

      You should be notified in-band for any post on which you’ve commented, but at present there is no way to “follow” a post on which you have not commented. This is not a feature of WordPress or BuddyPress. Implementing it will require local code which we will have to support until the end of time.

      Being inordinately fond of sledgehammers which keep me from spending a week swimming in the sewer of WordPress code, there’s always the option of posting a comment which simply says, “…[Read more]

    • Here is a suggestion for an user workaround.

      1. Block noreply@ratburger.org to stop getting email notifications.

    • Ok. I’ll do C4C in the future.

  • Phil Turmel posted an update in the group Group logo of Bug ReportsBug Reports 1 year, 2 months ago

    I noticed yesterday that I was liking comments and posts successfully before logging in. I realized it when my own avatar didn’t show up.

    • This should now be fixed. The setting which requires a user to be logged in to like things wasn’t set. It is now.


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  • Phil Turmel posted an update in the group Group logo of Bug ReportsBug Reports 1 year, 2 months ago

    I just noticed that when in the dashboard, the “Visit Site” link in the toolbar drops me out of secure mode. http:// should probably always redirect to https://, too.

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  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Yes. Electrical engineer by training, programmer by inclination from a young age.

  • Phil Turmel posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    I\’ll do a survey to see what\’s available. It might be simple enough for me to write the plugin. Unless the chef beats me to it. /-:

  • Phil Turmel posted an update in the group Group logo of Wish ListWish List 1 year, 3 months ago

    The only item I’d really like to see here is some way to quickly locate new comments on articles I’ve visited. If I were coding this myself, I’d maintain a table implementing a many-to-many relationship between articles and users, holding the last comment number served to that user for that article. Generated by a suitable upsert statement whenever a GET for a full article page is processed.
    The data can be joined with the article list on the home page to have comment links point to the last one served. Preferably in both the header and footer of each article block. The data could…[Read more]

    • Phil, thanks for your input. We are at the one week mark with basic functions in place. From what I understand the method is to do the complicated things with plug-ins. Do you know a good plug-in or theme to handle this?

    • I\’ll do a survey to see what\’s available. It might be simple enough for me to write the plugin. Unless the chef beats me to it. /-:


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    • Thanks. Are you a programmer?

    • Yes. Electrical engineer by training, programmer by inclination from a young age.


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