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By Patrick   2015 Feb 9, 7:43am   490 links   117,383 views   63 comments   watch (3)   quote      

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Aside from those, say whatever the fuck you want. There are no word filters. :-)

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24   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Jun 21, 8:24pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

Patrick, just a thought...

For new posts, have you considered changing the order of the title and the image when using cell-phone?

It just seems intuitively, I would prefer to read the title then see the related image, and not vice-versa?

@BayArea yes, it's a good idea, but i have not been able to get that to work on mobile devices. the formatting goes badly wrong if i try to put the image after the title.

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

25   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Jul 22, 10:49am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

The trick is to use the @media css tag to override styles based on width breakpoints. I threw together a JS Fiddle. I've only tested it in Firefox though. No bets on I.E. I never use that browser.

26   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Jul 26, 7:55am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos, for example:

27   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Jul 26, 7:56am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

that was done with a url like this: https://www.y outube.com/v/chElHV99xak?start=53&end=59

i put the space in the url to break it so it wouldn't actually get converted.

28   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Jul 26, 8:05am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

29   HEY YOU   642/642 = 100% civil   2016 Jul 31, 11:51am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I was following the first paragraph until I came to "clear critical thought."
We'll not be having any of that shit!
And apparently it's not a problem.

30   BlueSardine   529/536 = 98% civil   2016 Jul 31, 12:31pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

This is a major non-damning improvement...

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

31   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Aug 1, 8:04am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Patrick, what's with all the spammers? Have they broken the captcha you are using? Maybe it's time to switch to another.

Chances are these spammers aren't targeting PatNet specifically, but rather have bots that target common platforms like PHP. Maybe a simple speed bump in which the user has to play a little "guitar hero" game with arrow keys to register a username.

32   marcus   688/692 = 99% civil   2016 Aug 5, 2:15am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.

--Justice William Brennan, speaking for the majority

Maybe you should add something along the lines of:

We also have some free thinkers on this forum that understand that an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good.

33   jazz music   636/637 = 99% civil   2016 Aug 5, 11:20am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

you got spam

34   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 5, 11:40am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

spam deleted.

35   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 5, 11:41am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

marcus says

an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good

also true.

36   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:31am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Google should have a public way of hurting the page rank of spammers. If someone spams a forum, send the link to Google to reduce the advertised website's page rank. Granted, we'd have to deal with saboteurs, but the benefits would outweigh this cost.

37   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 4:31pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ah fuck. Yes, I did make some changes this morning.

Ironman says

It looks like the "quote" function isn't posting the name of the poster quoted,

Quote thing seems to work ok for me.

Please tell me which threads with long titles are not found!

38   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:27pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

OK, made a little progress. It seems to happen on Safari, but not Chrome. At least I have a starting point to look at.

39   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:41pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Hmmm, confusing because I didn't change anything about the code that does that stuff:

https://github.com/killelea/patrick.net/blob/master/html/functions.php#L2217

40   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 8:27pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

OK, I think it's fixed now. Quotes should always have "(user) says" in them. Thanks for telling me about that.

Ironman says

Trying from my phone (Droid), doesn't quote the name either.

41   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 8:48pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ah yes. Also fixed as of now. Please check.

42   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 12, 11:07am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Ironman you're right.

That is also fixed now.

Please tell me more bugs and suggestions.

43   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 12, 2:06pm  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

Hey wait, when did I become your technical guinea pig? :)

When you started volunteering. Thanks!

44   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 9:56am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

If you want to write a post totally anonymously, just enter it while logged out, and when it asks for an email address put in some crap email like this@that.com. The post will go into moderation and I'll get notified that it needs approval. There's a delay for approval, but then your post is anonymous.

45   BayArea   320/320 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 10:09am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick, just curious...

What server are you using for this site?

Your own private server, third party domestic server, third party international server, Hillary's private server?

46   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 10:40am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

It's a single virtual server on Digital Ocean. So essentially my own private server. I'm happy with them, much more pleasant to use than AWS:

https://www.digitalocean.com/

47   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 2:28pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

If you want to write a post totally anonymously, just enter it while logged out, and when it asks for an email address put in some crap email like this@that.com. The post will go into moderation and I'll get notified that it needs approval. There's a delay for approval, but then your post is anonymous.

Or just use an alt like every other troll. Do people really need more anonymity than an account not at all associated with your real identity anyway?

48   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 2:29pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

Ironman you're right.

Name something you never hear.

49   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 4:14pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

Dan8267 says

Name something you never hear.

CIC had sex with a human.

50   900d     Jan 6, 9:31am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Your site is being perused and critiqued by the dreg cohort of the finest e-biz board within the Web, (redacted link)

51   iwog   1539/1540 = 99% civil   Jan 6, 9:40am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

WTF? Un-redact the link!

52   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 5:49pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

iwog says

WTF? Un-redact the link!

Why? It's pure spam to use a site only to post a link to promote a different site. Did he contribute any content, or does he only want to take without giving?

Logan, on the other hand, also uses the site to promote himself, but that's fine with me, because he actually takes some time and contributes thoughtful comments.

53   iwog   1539/1540 = 99% civil   Jan 6, 5:53pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Patrick says

Why? It's pure spam to use a site only to post a link to promote a different site. Did he contribute any content, or does he only want to take without giving?

Oh I didn't realize it was spam.

I thought another site was making you famous. I'm so naive.

54   Booger   369/369 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 7:00pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

In other words, patrick.net exists to protect offensive speech,

Fuck Yeah!

55   indigenous   249/249 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 10:36am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

If I make a new post and it drifts down the list it disappears.

IOW the posts do not appear to be in chronological order?

56   HEY YOU   642/642 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 10:42am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ironman says

Example: HEY YOU comes back as HEY20YOU if you click on his user name.

I'm insulted! It should be HEY100%YOU!

57   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 11:11am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

indigenous says

If I make a new post and it drifts down the list it disappears.

IOW the posts do not appear to be in chronological order?

By default they are in chronological order of activity (creation or new comment), and you eventually have to go to the second page to see a post if no one has commented on it lately.

But there are tabs for sorting other ways: number of comments in last week, number of likes, newest post creation time.

58   indigenous   249/249 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 1:23pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Thanks

59   justme   117/117 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:02am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Has there been any discussion recently of of username histories? I do find it laborious and confusing with all the people that change their names. Another problem with changing usernames is that old posts are harder to understand since the user is now known by a different name.

Hmm, I wonder if I edit and put @patrick in after the fact, will he still get an email?

60   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:07am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Hi @justme yes, I got an email when you edited and put that in.

Should there be some limit on the ability to change usernames? It does get confusing when they get quoted under one name, but have since changed it so that the old quote and new comments appear under different names.

61   Dan8267   2640/2673 = 98% civil   Jan 16, 11:28am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

This site was a lot better when all of CIC's post were redirected to his goat porn collection.

62   justme   117/117 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:57am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

Should there be some limit on the ability to change usernames?

I think one username ever per email address is a good idea. By the way, are you as admin able to retrace the changes of usernames? I history of usernames on the user "homepage" is work but would be very informative.

63   Patrick   1851/1851 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 12:07pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I cannot easily trace changes of username, because the previous name is overwritten in the database when a user changes it.

It would be possible to trace some name changes by looking at quotes of user comments, but it would be a lot of work, and still not reliable because the quotes could be edited at any time. I suppose I have backups and could look at the state of the database over time, but that would also be hard.

It would be easier to create a new table of names which shows changes over time from now on. Is it worth the work?

What does gmail do? Can you change your gmail address and retain the same account?

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