Upgrades – Grumpy post area

Written By: - Date published: 5:48 pm, October 11th, 2008 - 77 comments
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Lynn Prentice

I’ve brought the site up to date. All the various hacks that I put in this years have now been removed as the software and plugins have now been upgraded.

The main area of difference is in the re-edit, which is no longer in-line. I’m still tweaking that in places for look and feel. I’ve very interested if this gets rid of the problems that people have been having with the older version recently. There was one bug in it that I sent the bug and fix to the author.

Let me know of issues you’d like addressed in the current look and feel, and any bugs.Currently the only known bug is the missing caption graphic (working on it).

I’ll be doing some more of the wish-list stuff later, but it is unlikely to get into place before the election. I have tweaked the database parameters to give better performance when the system goes under HEAVY load, as happened twice last week.

There will be a server upgrade on the 16th of October about midday. I’ll remind people closer to the date.

Lynn

77 comments on “Upgrades – Grumpy post area”

  1. I’ve lost “The Standard 2.0” header from up the top.

    (Running on firefox)

  2. lprent 2

    Interesting – it is there on my firefox. Now reads The Standard 2.02.

  3. lprent 3

    Looks like something played with the font… I didn’t notice as the fonts are different anyway in OpenSUSE

  4. lprent 4

    Ok – have to go out and be social. Still haven’t sussed the font issue. Will look at again when I get back

  5. bill brown 5

    Gravitars don’t seem to be working – people without one are over-exposed instead of being interesting geometrical shapes

  6. lprent 6

    Fixed….

  7. Tamaki resident 7

    I don’t see “The Standard” header at the top – just a blank space. I’m running on Firefox 3.0.3

  8. Anita 8

    I don’t see “The Standard” in the header either, Safari 3.1.2 Mac OS 10.5.5

  9. Anita 9

    Either edit still doesn’t work for me, or I don’t know how to find it 🙂

    How should re-edit be working?

  10. Anita 10

    Re-captcha is too wide on the “register” page.

    P.S. lprent many many thanks for your good work, I can’t believe yo managed to find the time!!

    [lprent: I didn’t – I was so stuffed from the last round of canvass programming that I needed to find a light chore….]

  11. Anita 11

    Testing for re-edit when logged in.

    If this still says “it doesn’t” work then i can’t find re-edit when logged in either 🙂

  12. randal 12

    groovy baby. have learned how to enlarge the text and all I need now is for someone to tell me how to open a split screen and I will be very happy! apart from that….this is the best blog in the universe. how about that?

  13. Anita 13

    I will stop now… but first…

    I restarted Safari and “The Standard 2.02” is there (yay), still no re-edit. I don’t understand what the restart worked *sigh*

  14. Anita 14

    I lied… I am writing more…

    The flag has gone from the light brown box up the top.

  15. Matthew Pilott 15

    Hi Lynn, looking good here, but a few thoughts & such. This all for I.E 7.

    I also can’t see the header. [fixed]

    Previously there was a floating bar that showed the post you were on and buttons to go forward and back among the posts – this seems to have gone, not sure whether that was intentional. [think that wa removed intentionally – but I’ll check]

    Is there an easier way to login than clicking ‘register’, and the link on that page to log in? [ummm]

    Cap is still a bit funny – the coloured box is there, but no content until I refresh. No biggie though.

    Cheers!

  16. I don’t see “The Standard’ header at the top – just a blank space. I’m running on Firefox 3.0.3

  17. Daveski 17

    Ditto – running Firefox 3.0.3 on XP

    Don’t stress – take your time – you could consider taking the site down for the next couple of weeks to iron out these bugs, eh??

    Actually, well done – it is great the NZ has a vibrant blogosphere covering all colours of the spectrum.

    Cool – edit works 🙂

    [lprent: 🙂 You have that wrong. You should be encouraging me to spend more time on the site… A lot LOT ***LOT** more time. I’m far more dangerous to the chances of the right forming a government when doing my other voluntary work. Lots of voter targeting algorithms and the data systems to make it happen.]

  18. Janet 18

    Please, how do I make the font bigger – too tiny for tired eyes.

  19. Anita 19

    Janet,

    Which browser are you using?

  20. Draco T Bastard 20

    I don’t see “The Standard’ header at the top – just a blank space.

    Ditto

    running:

    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.3) Gecko/2008092510 Ubuntu/8.04 (hardy) Firefox/3.0.3

    EDIT: Oo, pretty pop-up editer.

    [lprent: Yeah and let me tell you that the version you’re seeing is infinitely better than what it started with. It hurt my eyes…Still got a few display quirks.]

  21. Anita 21

    Draco,

    Where did you get the editor from? Or where is it? Or something! 🙂

  22. Anita 22

    This time checking for edit in Firefox 3.0.3 OS X 10.5.5

    Look look I can edit!!! 🙂

  23. Anita 23

    This time checking for edit in Safari (as above) with a full reset (after the restart)

    No edit here <— to be changed if I can edit

  24. Janet 24

    Firefox (don’t know which one) and Vista. I’ve got no Standard heading either.
    And I would like to know how other people add links as there is no link type icon anywhere I can see.

  25. Anita 25

    Janet,

    Firefox (don’t know which one) and Vista.

    Try Control-+ (control and plus) to make the text bigger and Control-minus to make it smaller again.

  26. lprent 26

    I’ve put the header back in, boosted the font size and family to something I can read reasonably easily, and reduced the line spacing.

    Just having a look around for other bits that I didn’t manage to turn on before being dragged off to be social.

    Ok reedit working as admin

  27. lprent 27

    Testing as not logged in

    Re-edit is working now that I turned the options back on

  28. Anita 28

    Is re-edit working in Safari now?

    No <— will edit this if I can edit.

  29. now when you scroll down, the masthead stays at the top of your screen but slides behind the body of the page. basically, you see the standard image slide down the page and disappear behind the ‘pages’ bar.. that’s the best way i can explain it..

    .. i just thought i would mention that, despite understanding electronics and logic and all that, computers are basically magic to me.

  30. lprent 30

    Larger test entry area with proportional font
    line 2
    line 3
    line 4
    line 5
    This line is to tets that the worrd wrap is doing what I expect it to do. That it should do it ok – yep.

    Anita: I’ll test the re-edit on Safari on Tiger.

    Steve – I saw that. I’ll class that as an effect…. Um – actually I know what that is, I’ll fix it.

  31. lprent as anon 31

    Ok – some test to do the test with.

    Anita – this worked on Safari 3.1.2 on a old PPC Mac Mini doing a reedit. I think you should probably look at the javascript settings?

  32. Anita 32

    lprent, sweet, I shall leave it alone til then 🙂

    SP, dark dark magick 🙂

  33. lprent 33

    Looking at the comment spacing next

  34. Anita 34

    lprent,

    Hm… I have javascript enabled in my Safari preferences (and Java).

    Testing whether it was being blocked by pop-up blocking…

  35. Anita 35

    Nope, cant edit with pop-ups unblocked either (I don’t see the “edit” line between my name and the comment, so that was a long shot).

    I’ll email r0b and see what he can see, he’s one of the other Safari on Leopard users who lost re-edit a while ago.

    P.S. I have plugins, Java and Javascipt enabled, still no juice.

  36. lprent 36

    Anita – try something for me – log out and try it. I’m wondering if there is a relationship to your login. rOb also logs in.

    Fixed header and comment line spacing.

  37. Anita 37

    Ok, restarted Safari, cleared cache, cookies etc (full “Reset Safari” experience).

    Jave on, Javascript on, Plugins on, accepting all cookies.

    Now, can I edit this comment?

  38. Anita 38

    Nope, no edit thingy.

    Is it ajax? Do you have anything else ajax here so I can see if that works for me?

    (I have no problem with re-edit other places tho)

  39. r0b 39

    I’ll email r0b and see what he can see, he’s one of the other Safari on Leopard users who lost re-edit a while ago.

    Hey Anita, Lynn

    No need to email. I’m just back after a party party party. Will test edit.

    Remove this line if I can edit.

  40. r0b 40

    No joy. Safari 3.1.1, pop ups blocked, javascript on.

    Captcha: “brokers defects” – there’s a lot of that about…

  41. Anita 41

    r0b,

    Heya! 🙂 You’re on 10.5.4 or 10.5.5? That’s a slightly older version of Safari than me, but the same as Lynn’s working set-up.

  42. lprent 42

    ?? It looks like something to do with safari on leopard. Needless to say that is the one OS/browser I don’t have.

  43. Anita 43

    P.S. Party on a Saturday night, whatever were you thinking? 🙂

  44. Anita 44

    lprent,

    It’s always the only config not represented in the test lab that doesn’t work. 🙂

  45. r0b 45

    Testing Safari 3.04 on MacOS 10.4.11

    P.S. Party on a Saturday night, whatever were you thinking?

    I know I know. What’s worse there was – dancing. Old fogeys dancing – eeew!

    Will zap this line if I can edit.

  46. r0b 46

    Nope, no soup edit for me! This one also no pop ups javascript on. Heading back to my regular machine.

  47. Anita 47

    r0b,

    Is that PPC or intel? Lynn’s working 10.4 was PPC (not that it should make a difference 🙂

  48. r0b 48

    You’re on 10.5.4 or 10.5.5

    This one (my regular home machine) is 10.5.3 intel (Safari 3.1.1).

  49. Anita 49

    I can edit comments over here: http://www.cymru66.com/wordpress/wordpress-ajax-edit-comments-plugin/#comment-15422

    It’s a mystery, I must go to sleep before I turn into a pumpkin (despite not having been out dancing 🙂

    G’night, see you all in the morning!!

    P.S. I like the XHTML thingy!!

    [lprent: I’ll try for the tinyedit tommorrow on the test setup…]

  50. lprent 50

    Anita & rOb: Looks like something to do with the security settings around safari somehow. Antivirus perhaps?

    Anyway, the system looks like it is working enough for me to do a little tinkering tommorrow.

    I have one last thing to test – uploading graphics. Then I’d better stop keeping my partner awake with the music that fuels the coding (as much as the coffee)

  51. r0b 51

    Anita & rOb: Looks like something to do with the security settings around safari somehow. Antivirus perhaps?

    I have no security / antivirus software, never needed it (I’ll probably get hit now!). All by web content security selections are allowed / enabled / ticked. I accept cookies only from sites I navigate to.

    Then I’d better stop keeping my partner awake with the music that fuels the coding (as much as the coffee)

    Headphones man headphones!

  52. r0b 52

    G’night, see you all in the morning!!

    And you both, sleep well.

  53. lprent 53

    Ok – graphics upload is working fine.

    The system appears a *lot* happier with the upgraded database params. It is now caching almost all database queries… Lets hope that stops the massive slowdowns that happened last week when the Nay’s did their tax proposals, and then when the Morgan poll got released.

    Ummm login…

    r0b: I have to wear headphones at work, and besides the speakers there are crap….. It really is a lot nicer listening on a local 5.1

  54. jaymam 54

    Just testing to see if I get a pretty avatar!

    No, apparently not.
    How do I get an avatar then? I had one on Kiwiblogblog.

    [lprent: Also it could be the e-mail address you were using…. That is what the gravatar is keyed to.]

  55. Hey lprent, what happens when it gets to version 3? 😉

  56. Anita 56

    lprent,

    It’s not antivirus for me either.

    I just tested and I can re-edit here which is using the same re-edit plug-in as The Standard. So it looks like the problem is specific to here.

    Hm…

  57. dan 57

    The Standard is still blocked at TV3 for being a security risk.

  58. IrishBill 58

    Once a site is blocked by security software it often goes on a list of permanently blocked sites. You may need to contact your IT manager to get the standard removed from the blacklist.

  59. lprent 59

    jayman: http://www.thestandard.org.nz/faq/gravatar/

    dan: It will take a while for them to notice that the site is all clean. This build was done with completely clean code with the exception of some css. I just wish I knew exactly how the ^&(*^&*&%&^$%& malware updateshave been getting through.

    it: ummmm that could take a while, and probably a new generation looking nostalgically back to the good old days when the net was young.

  60. lprent 60

    On the admin side there is a De-link showing against comments. I’ll have to read the code to see what it is doing.

  61. lprent 61

    Just as a matter of interest – from the dashboard..

    Top Posts
    Tax cut calculator
    Unacceptable (James Sleep and John Hayes)
    Campaign Hub 2008

    Top Searches
    The Standard, roy morgan poll, The standard nz

    Most Active
    The rainy day cometh
    Roy Morgan poll
    No tax cut for most from Nats

    Looks like there are taxes and campaigning going on

  62. bill brown 62

    Well, if you put tax in the public’s mind, you better deliver.

  63. Matthew Pilott 63

    Odd. I came here to say that when I logged in using IE6, when i clicked on a post to enter a comment I was logged back out. yet Here I am logged in. Will go back and see if I can comment again…

  64. Matthew Pilott 64

    Ah, yep, fairly major gremlin here Lynn. On this and many other pages, I am logged in as yours truly, and can see the ‘site admin’ tag top right as per usual for registered users.

    On some threads it shows me as not logged in, and ‘register’ appears up there* instead.

    On one thread I seemed to be logged in as someone else! Problematic. I think you have my email if you want further details.

    (as I mentioned above – is clicking on ‘register’ and then ‘log in’ the only way to log in? Or should there be a login button I’m missing?)

  65. Matthew Pilott 65

    Hmm now seems better.

  66. lprent 66

    Sounds like a cache problem somewhere. By the sound of it probably in the gateway server to the net. I’ll keep an eye out for further reports

  67. Matthew Pilott 67

    Bugger. Still doing it – I log in but some posts don’ thave me as logged in while others do…

  68. Anita 68

    A quick update (for after the election 🙂

    I get re-edit when I use Vienna (an RSS aggregator which uses “a built-in web browser based on the Safari web engine”).

    I think search is still pakaru did you think it’d been fixed? If so I’ll give you some examples, if not then you already know this 🙂

  69. lprent 69

    Interesting. I’ll have a look at the search. It seems to deindex itself on occassions

  70. Anita 70

    I got an edit timer just before when I posted a comment in Safari.

    An edit timer! In Safari! Wheeeeeeee!! 🙂

    And again I got one and it works!!!!! <— this is me editing!!

  71. lprent 71

    cool – bet it doesn’t last 😈

    The reindex for the search should be finished in a few minutes

  72. Anita 72

    r0b,

    Any sign of re-edit for you?

  73. Anita 73

    I still have re-edit.

  74. Pascal's bookie 74

    I’m using Safari 1.3.2 (v312.6) and OS X 10.3.9

    Edit thing crashes safari. Every time I post a comment I have to wait for the clock on the edit to run down.

    Same thing happens when I open the standard from ‘favorites’ have to use ‘history’ or safari falls over.

  75. Ianmac 75

    Pascals Bookie: I’m using Firefox on System X.4.10 because Safari kept crashing.
    Even then there is a long wait to navigate after posting.
    Still worth the wait though 🙂

  76. Anita 76

    Safari 3.1.2
    OS 10.5.5

    Re-edit started working for me and I am happy 🙂

    I’m about to put on 3.2, let’s see if I’m still happy.

  77. Anita 77

    Safari 3.2
    OS 10.5.5

    Re-edit still going strong. I have no idea why/how it appeared late last month, but I’m very pleased it’s sticking around.

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