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The Pub / Re: Not So Mixed Signals
« on September 3rd, 2013, 02:18 PM »
All I have to say is -


Other software / Re: compromised
« on August 13th, 2013, 02:41 AM »
I hate passwords. >:(

Or passcodes or passphrases or whatever the f**k. Certainly most of them these days aren't passwords like platypus or pineapple. Those days are long gone.

Anymore you are required to add capitals and numbers and special characters - oh and not more than 2 capitals and 3 specials characters and blah blah blah ... not to mention that different sites have different requirements so your special neato passthing with 3 numbers and 4 capitals won't be accepted as a passthing on other sites. Can we all get along?

I can't even remember all the passthings I have now, I have a special spreadsheet with them all listed.

Oh yes, and the spreadsheet itself has a password. :heck:

Why can't it be simpler?

Over to the Super Brains that hang out here.
Off-topic / Re: Post count fever
« on August 4th, 2013, 01:38 AM »
Quote from Nao on August 3rd, 2013, 11:22 AM
It would mean 140k, though... :^^;:
Sorry, you're right of course. It should be 0.014M posts. I shouldn't drink and drive on forums, plus I think I subconsciously biased him up because of the massive number of posts I remember he had on :)
Off-topic / Re: Post count fever
« on August 3rd, 2013, 02:53 AM »
Quote from xrunner on June 19th, 2013, 01:14 AM
Quote from Nao on June 19th, 2013, 12:31 AM
Pete's next post will be his 14k-th!
I think his post count should be displayed like that


so it doesn't appear so big. :)
Or even better -

0.14M Posts :p
Other software / Re: compromised
« on July 25th, 2013, 12:18 AM »
My bank uses some kind of extra check where if you log in from an "unknown" computer, it asks you verification questions. So even if your password is stolen it can't be used on another computer without knowing the answers to very specific personal security questions. It's too bad that technology isn't available to all, but it probably adds a lot of complexity.
Other software / Re: compromised
« on July 23rd, 2013, 08:29 PM »
I found out because I got a notice that a new topic was posted about it on this board here. I never got an email from them. I did go there and change my password.

What the Hell is going on out there? Last week I got a notice that the NASDAQ site was hacked. Then a few days ago I got an email from the Ubuntu forum that they were hacked. Now the SM forum is hacked. I'm starting to get worried about security like never before.
Off-topic / Re: YAQT (yet another quote thread)
« on June 21st, 2013, 02:40 PM »
Quote from spoogs on June 21st, 2013, 03:54 AM
My thought was more along the lines of making the "quote" button a "Reply To" button which autoquotes the post in the button was pressed, but, if the quoted post is more than say 3 or 4 lines we only show the first 3/4 lines then a more button to view the rest.
That would be an interesting solution. The problem with the quote button is it's used a lot as a way to reply to a specific member, because the member's name is at the top of the quote. I can point you to hundreds of examples on a forum (not mine) where it's misused daily. Many times there is no need for any of the text. I keep telling them the text is already in the thread for all to read, stop quoting huge blocks of text because it just clutters up the thread. But it goes in one ear and out the other.

People are lazy and when they see that quote button they use it whether it's needed or not. Now would they use the notification system like it is here instead of the quote button to reply? It's hard to predict. They might, given enough warnings over a period of time to stop quoting unnecessary text. If I'm not mistaken there is no obvious "notification" button on the reply screen (I'm looking for it now), so it would have to be drilled into their heads that it's available and to use it not only to notify members in a post but to use as a means to reply. But would that cause too many notifications that people would get tired of? I envisioned the notifications mainly as a way to get the attention of a member who might not necessarily be involved in a thread.

Remember, we're talking about (generally) lazy people that are involved in heated debates on the forum I'm talking about. I would like to see a "reply" button that simply provides a header with a name linked to the profile, and the post number as a link, with boilerplate intro language. Or this, there isn't any reminder of notification use at the bottom of the post box, just shortcut reminders -

shortcuts: hit Shift + Enter to use smart tag closer, Ctrl + B (bold), Ctrl + I (italics), Ctrl + U (underline), Alt + D (save draft), Alt + P (preview) or Alt + S to submit.

Maybe you could add "@Username to notify" there?
Off-topic / Re: YAQT (yet another quote thread)
« on June 21st, 2013, 03:28 AM »
Yes I do now see it links to a profile. Still learning this system.
Off-topic / Re: YAQT (yet another quote thread)
« on June 21st, 2013, 03:22 AM »
Quote from Arantor on June 21st, 2013, 03:10 AM
And using @xrunner wouldn't do that? (There is autocomplete for this...)
I knew that was coming. :)

In one sense it would yes. If you knew that function was available and you weren't a lazy member, it would be one means to reply.

But, if you were lazy and just used the buttons available, such as the quote button, it wouldn't solve the problem as well, because it doesn't link every other member to your profile (for reference) and it doesn't refer other members to the post you are making a general response to. :)

But, we all know members are lazy and if they see a button they will jump on it, such as the quote button. That's where the prtoblem originates. If there were two quoting options, the lazy bastards would at least have a choice. :o
Off-topic / YAQT (yet another quote thread)
« on June 21st, 2013, 01:24 AM »
Came across this topic at the SMF forum this evening -

Why do people kinda automatically quote the post above them...

I've also had to tell people to stop just automatically quoting a post without good reason. If they don't need to use the material in the post explicitly, but just want to address the person in a general way as to what they posted, I tell them to just address the member by name like this:

John22 - I would like to say in response to your post ...

So, I was wondering if it had ever occurred to anyone that there could be two types of quote buttons.

Type #1 would be the one we have now that quoted the whole post.

Type #2 would be an easy and quick way to address by name a member as a preface to your post. It would place the member name , even as a link to their profile, at the beginning of your reply, along with some boilerplate text as I showed above.[1]

So let's say you used this new quote function to reply to me, it might look like this -

xrunner, I would like to respond to what you recently said in post 33 in this thread  ...

Clicking on the button would put my name exactly with no typing errors (some member names are kinda crazy to remember) as a link to my profile, and also the specific post number as a link, but no text from the post.

Dumb, really dumb, food for later thought, or semi interesting idea? :hmm:
 1. yes I know they should be able to type a name at the beginning of a post, but we're dealing with the general population
Features / Re: More useless nonsense
« on June 19th, 2013, 10:46 PM »
Well here's the line off of my forum -

Most Online Today: 83. Most Online Ever: 238 (August 13, 2008, 04:15:51 AM)

There really weren't 83 meaningful entities online today. No way. Maybe 10 at most "real" members. So yea that number is useless to me.

Most online ever? It just makes it appear that the forum used to be busy but now isn't anymore. People who don't understand it think "Wow dude, your forum used to kick ass and now look - there only eight members online as compared with 238 at one time :lol:

 1. plus if it's gone you won't have anal retentive people asking if there should be spaces after the parenthesis (ask Arantor for further clarification on this matter :lol:)
Off-topic / Re: Post count fever
« on June 19th, 2013, 01:14 AM »
Quote from Nao on June 19th, 2013, 12:31 AM
Pete's next post will be his 14k-th!
I think his post count should be displayed like that


so it doesn't appear so big. :)
The Pub / Re: Not using version numbers as such
« on June 18th, 2013, 01:34 AM »
Quote from Nao on June 17th, 2013, 07:34 PM
Well, I think for now, we have enough trouble deciding whether the first release with be called 1.0 or 0.1, so, whatever... :lol:
DON'T WORRY! We're all here to help with this predicament. :console:

My advice is to remain calm.
Off-topic / Re: What type of programmer are you?
« on June 17th, 2013, 04:12 AM »
No matter what type you are, perhaps it comes down to two criteria:

A. The program must respond to calibrated, inanimate, physical inputs correctly.

B. The program must guide humans, with flawed reasoning and understanding, through the available selections/options presented to them, and give as much help as foreseeable.

Off-topic / Re: What type of programmer are you?
« on June 16th, 2013, 11:46 PM »
Quote from Auk on June 16th, 2013, 03:00 AM
... what type of programmer are you?
On the other hand - some people don't appreciate the term "programmer" when applied to them. :)

I've known some people that I worked with, that got pissed off if you called them "programmers". They had to be called "Software Engineers".