1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Unfortunately there's no easy way of doing it.

    Perhaps one should take the difficult in quoting as an indication that the discussion has diversified too far :)
     
  2. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    One thing that I have noticed is that when I click on a thread and the forum software tries to take me to the "unread" link, it absolutely never works on my laptop. Never, ever. This doesn't happen on a newer W7 machine with a fast broadband connection, but on my laptop running windows XP in Chrome along with a very slow wifi connection, I cannot view a thread at all unless for some reason the link mysteriously changes to not try sending me to "unread".

    I'm sure that the root of the problem is on my end, and if I really want to read the thread I can log out and once the site doesn't recognize me anymore I'll not be sent to "unread". There must be something about the "unread" URL that takes more time and so Chrome gives up. Folks like me with slow connections are finding that site designs are a greater and greater hindrance. You aren't really loading a stand-alone site anymore, a URL has to draw from perhaps a dozen other URL's to load a page completely, even the ubiquitous Facebook, Twitter and Googleplus stuff hangs us up frequently. It is a very big hassle and I often have to try reloading a single page 4-6 times before I get the full version.

    I do really like your software feature which saves drafts, though, because I frequently try to "post reply" multiple times before my posting actually gets completed, sometimes not till the next day, and I don't lose the text I created.

    This isn't a complaint, and I know I am a frequent enough poster so that maybe slowing me down is a good thing!
     
  3. Alhazred The Sane

    Alhazred The Sane Senior Member

    (whistles), now that's some spam. Weirdly, I've come across that exact post on a number of occasions, once on a football forum. I reckon he has the whole lot saved to a file and just copies/pastes it where ever he can.
     
  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    You could try clicking on the date/time, which instead of linking you to the unread link (which is a redirect)
    https://www.metabunk.org/threads/bugs-and-suggestions-for-metabunk-org.1959/unread

    Will take you more directly to the last post in the thread:
    https://www.metabunk.org/posts/75682/

    However that's also still a redirect, so might have similar problems.

    Do you get any kind of error message? Does the URL change in the address bar? Does anything show up on screen?
     
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  5. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  6. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    I see, but it would be helpful if when you quoted a post it didn't just quote what THAT poster said, and not include what THEY quoted. If that makes sense.
     
  7. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    Can there be a "next thread" button? Or is there already and I'm missing it?
     
  8. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    You mean like "Next thread with unread posts", so you don't have to go back to the "Recent Threads" sidebar?

    That's something I'd like too :) I might have to program it.
     
  9. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    What you say describes the way things work now. Did you mean it should just include one additional level of quotes?

    Then you'd have the problem of the sub-quotes then losing meaning.

    I think it's rarely an issue - and then can be handled manually if needed. Multi-point threads tend to be pretty useless anyway, so in a way I like the forced focus.
     
  10. JRBids

    JRBids Senior Member

    Yes, exactly! :)

    Maybe I'm just not using the features correctly. In your quote just above this, you say "What you say describes....." If I see this quote far away from what I described, someone else doesn't know what you are talking about. My quote is not there. But I do understand it would be complicated and handled manually.
     
  11. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    You're using it correctly, I think you just had a double negative and misplaced comma there:
    :)

    Note you can go back to the previous post, click on Reply, and then the next post and click on reply, and both posts will be quoted.
     
  12. qed

    qed Senior Member

    Please may we have HTTPS access.

    It's the scout thing to do.
     
  13. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I don't do it because A) it costs money. B) it could slow the site down. C) My NSA spymasters forbid it.

    The initial problem is that my free CDN (Cloudflare) does not support it unless I pay them $20 per month.
    https://www.cloudflare.com/plans

    I could possibly do it for free just on a subdomain (ssl.metabunk.org) that bypasses the CDN, and use that just for logins/posting. But that's a little fiddly, and still costs for static IP and the certificate.
     
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  14. qed

    qed Senior Member

    I understand.

    I will speak to them.
     
  15. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    What would https change, what's the benefit? I know the s stands for secure, but it's a forum, what becomes 'secure'?
     
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  16. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    There is some confidential information that could be intercepted. Specifically your password. Https would prevent anyone other than (possibly) NSA/GCHQ from being able to intercept it.
     
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  17. qed

    qed Senior Member

    The communication is encrypted end-to-end.

    Personally, my concern is only on my side and from my "colleagues".

    I am not concerned with someone reading my browsing!

    I am concerned with third parties tampering with my browsing and injecting malicious nonsense.

    I do trust Metabunk:), I just don't trust some folk closer to my end:mad:.

    This is why I often use TOR‎.
     
  18. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    There's about five users who use TOR.

    I'll think a bit more about SSL, I'd have to see some more demand, or advantages for it. I'd kind of like it for my own browsing. But I'd have to drop Cloudflare (which I'm not sure is actually doing anything anyway...).
     
  19. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I think I'll turn off Cloudflare for a week, see what happens.
     
  20. qed

    qed Senior Member

    Not even them (unless that is in the next Snowden instalment:oops:)
     
  21. qed

    qed Senior Member

    If you continue to allow TOR then I am content given that this is my problem.

    I have just been a bit embarrassed that I use it.

    If you had HTTPS I would use that instead (it is the polite thing to do).
     
  22. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

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  23. qed

    qed Senior Member

    Rumbling have no place on Metabunk:)
     
  24. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Jay, let me know if this is still an issue. The "unread" link should just take you to a redirect. I've made quite a few changes to the server software, which might have accidentally fixed the problem. But there's really no go reason it would not work.

    Something else you could try is using Firefox, and changing the the timeout. Although the default of 90 seconds should really be enough:
    upload_2013-11-20_17-36-28.
     
  25. qed

    qed Senior Member

    There appears to be a little bug with the Members In Chat summary on the home page.

    1. It sometimes lists members who are not logged in (for quite some time).
    2. It used to list me before I had even discovered chat.
     
  26. Critical Thinker

    Critical Thinker Senior Member

    Mick and/or mods: When an otherwise useful thread starts to get sidetracked and cluttered with back and forth between members (no offense intended to those members engaged in the back and forth) it is not only annoying, but negatively impacts the effectiveness of exposing the bunk out there. Is there a mechanism in place to have the situation addressed?

    Case in point: https://www.metabunk.org/threads/useful-chemtrail-debunking-images-and-infographics.1007/ posts 162 - 173 are just a back and forth discussion without any images/infographics, which is the purpose of that thread. There are other areas in Metabunk which would be more relevant to those discussions.... some which might belong in the rambles section.
     
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  27. Pete Tar

    Pete Tar Moderator Staff Member

    Usually that stuff is deleted as off-topic, I'm sure it will be soon. It's more enforced in a sticky thread where the purpose is easily defined.
     
  28. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I usually move stuff to another thread, but I'm travelling now with limited access.
     
  29. Critical Thinker

    Critical Thinker Senior Member

    Thank you both.
     
  30. moderateGOP

    moderateGOP Active Member

    Mick. I follow conspiracy sites regularly to keep watch on them. It's part of my illuminati duties, as you know :) Would it be possible to create a news section? News related to CTs or CT news sites. I think it would be very helpful if we had a go to place to on the forum where we can keep track of everything happening in that world that does not fit into your other more specific categories, like debunking a whole theory for instance. Let's say a major CT is found dead, or one gets thrown in jail, or one announces his run for president lolz.
     
  31. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I did have a news section for a while, the problem was that the posts generally fitted better in other sections. There's always the "General Discussion" for topics without a clear description.

    https://www.metabunk.org/forums/general-discussion.2/
     
  32. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

  33. qed

    qed Senior Member

    What is the difference between login and login with stay logged in checked?
     
  34. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    If you stay logged in, then you won't be logged out when you close the browser window (assuming your cookies are working normally). Next time you visit, you will still be logged in.
     
  35. FreiZeitGeist

    FreiZeitGeist Senior Member

    The personal Signature is only visible for users, who are loged in. Not for guests from "outside"

    For me this is important, because i´m apologizing myself for my baat englisch Skills ;)

    My Signature: "(Sorry for bad english, including spelling-faults and bad grammar. I´m German, please forgive the Kraut on this Forum)"

    ...and i think every guest should read this under my postings!
     
  36. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    I'm afraid it's that way to avoid confusing the search engines. Signatures are unrelated to the actual thread content, but the search engines see them as part of the thread, so it gets indexed incorrectly.

    I don't think you have anything to worry about though, your English is fine.
     
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  37. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Jeepers, I should get on some of these......
     
  38. Steve Funk

    Steve Funk Active Member

    It would be nice to have a link to the contrail forecast somewhere on the metabunk page.
     
  39. Steve Funk

    Steve Funk Active Member

    Is there any way to improve the search engine? I have trouble finding a phrase that will easily get to the thread I am looking for. Sometimes I have to just go through all 31 pages in the chemtrails forum to find the thread I want. If you could put all of the threads titles on one compact page, that would help. I suppose I could save a few of what I consider the most significant threads on my favorites individually.
     
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  40. deirdre

    deirdre Moderator Staff Member

    addin g on. or maybe 'tags'? I remember with the demon possession thread 'ammons' didn't work and possess didn't work. I kept forgetting if it was possessed or possession.