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  1.  

    The archive page and the author profiles are showing “tag errors” at the top of the page for me.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2012
     

    I’m trying to update the site at the moment, so yeah. Random errors may crop up which will hopefully disappear when I’m finished.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
     

    Welp. Just when I thought I’d figured out the issue behind the not being able to upgrade the site, something else decides to break. Messily.

    At least a lot of code got cleaned up as a result. Textpattern has such strange syntax, sometimes.

    I’m probably going to have to go through every single file and every single line of code to figure out why things go all fatal error breaky on me though. But that’s a task for another day.

  2.  

    Would you feel better if I told you that you’re awesome for doing all this for the site? YOU’RE AWESOME, KYLLORAC!

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2012
     

    Removed. Thanks, swenson.

  3.  

    How small do avatars have to be to fit in the space provided? It seems unreasonably small.

    • CommentAuthorWiseWillow
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2012
     

    I think it works fine, it just makes people plan their avatar carefully, which is a good thing, I’d say.

  4.  

    Actually, I didn’t like the small avatars at first, but now I think it looks much tidier.

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      CommentAuthorInkblot
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2012
     

    I think all members should be required to keep a large version up on their wall so I can see what it is, though. :P

    Bad eyes, people.

  5.  

    I think it tells you the dimensions if you go to edit your account.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2012
     

    How small do avatars have to be to fit in the space provided? It seems unreasonably small.

    32×32 pixels.

  6.  

    Kudos on the “Don’t be mean,” Kyllorac Puppet.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2012
     

    It was Puppet’s idea.

  7.  

    Does swenson not have an author page for a particular reason, or did one just not get made?

    Currently, he name leads to “Oh shiitake mushrooms…”

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012 edited
     

    I’d add an author page for myself, but I don’t know how to do that. It’s different from a regular article.

  8.  

    Made ya one. You can edit it if you want. It has the generic Despot of Design decreed message right now.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012
     

    Thanks. :)

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012
     

    And I’ve fixed up some of the thingums with the author page, which I could have sworn I created earlier, but apparently reality disagreed.

  9.  

    Oh, sorry about that, Kyllorac.

    I didn’t know about either of those things.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeMay 30th 2012
     

    I wasn’t expecting you to know since I haven’t told anyone. But now you do. And so now if I forget, one of you two can take care of things. ;P

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2012
     

    Is something wrong with the Recent Comments thing or is it just not displaying correctly for me? It keeps saying there’s 5 comments today, but when I click on the link, it doesn’t show that there’s been any since yesterday.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2012
     

    There were 5 comments today, but I deleted them because they were just spam.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeMay 31st 2012
     

    Ah, that would explain it.

  10.  

    The ratings system doesn’t seem to be working quite right. Asahel rated his article as “E,” but it’s still showing up as “N.” Then I went in and edited to “Everyone” to see if that worked, but it still showed “N.” It’s been put back to “E” now in textpattern, but the main page still says “N.”

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012 edited
     

    Fixed.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
     

    Just out of curiosity, I noticed the ‘submit’ link on the main site is missing. Doesn’t affect me personally, but maybe non-forumers wanting to submit articles? Or was there too much spam coming in?

  11.  

    Maybe the article about submitting could go under the “info” tab?

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
     

    The submissions article that currently exists is woefully out of date.

    I thought that I wrote a new one up, but apparently not. >.>

  12.  

    I thought you did too. You at least have the one that was like, “Send your submissions to this new email.”

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2012
     
  13.  

    Why does Nate’s new article have “Yell at me or the authors” instead of “Comment” at the bottom?

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2012
     

    He added it himself through Textpattern. Look at the “Invitation” box.

  14.  

    Ohhh, well that’s neat.

    ...But I can’t find the invitation box, and now I feel dumb.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2012
     

    Just click on the “Write” tab. The “Invitation” box is on the right side of the page, about halfway down.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeAug 5th 2012
     

    The new header text on the main site made me lol.

  15.  

    How long does the forum wait before logging out automatically? Whatever time the system waits, it should be longer. Anytime I write more than two paragraphs and click “Add your comments”, I have been logged out.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2012
     

    It might be based on the “Last Active” time. Your username disappears from the “Who’s Online” list after ~4 minutes. I haven’t looked at the internals of vanilla very much, but it should be a fairly easy thing to change.

    • CommentAuthorWiseWillow
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2012
     

    I’ve never had that problem… do you sign in every time you visit, or does your computer remember to keep you signed in?

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2012 edited
     
    I just clicked "preview post" and it took me to the main page. It did not save or preview my post. :(

    also, everything under [hide] tags is stuck unhidden (I can see the [hide] and [show] buttons, but clicking takes me to the top of the page ad doesn't hide it). Could it be my system? I use II on three different computers depending on location, but I can't remember if this issue occurs on the other two. I noticed it a while back, it was just the sudden inability to 'preview' that triggered the memory.
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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2012
     

    Huh, I’ve never had the preview post problem nor the hide tags problem. It might be your system. Try using II from a different computer and seeing if you can replicate the error.

  16.  

    I would put this in the FAQ thread, but it might not be asked very often. Kyllorac’s complaint about embedding links in her Small Victory reminded me. Why is the hyperlink format for this forum so weird? Nowhere else uses the colon-and-quotation-mark combination this forum does. I can never remember what order it comes in and have to test the code several times. Are “[url]” and “[/url]” really so difficult?

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2012
     

    Yes, because [url][/url] are BBCode, and we use Textile, not BBCode. None of our other formatting marks are BBCode either. As for why we’re set up with Textile, not BBCode, you’d have to ask SlyShy, but personally I find Textile a lot easier to use—much less typing than the square brackets all the time. It is a little difficult to transition to it if you’re more used to BBCode (or Wiki syntax, to which it is close enough to cause confusion), but probably easier than either if it’s the first thing a person’s exposed to.

    For sake of comparison, here’s how you do an unordered list in BBCode:
    [ul]
    [li]One[/li]
    [li]Two[/li]
    [li]Three[/li]
    [/ul]

    And here it is in Textile:

    * One * Two * Three

    Which produces:

    • One
    • Two
    • Three
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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeDec 21st 2012
     

    Despite its limitations, I rather like Textile. It does exactly as much as we would need it to do for Impish Forums, continues the theme of simplicity and streamlined minimalism, and involves rather less loading or typing time than BBCode.

    Sometimes when my wireless connection is particularly slow and tenuous, ImpishIdea is the only site/forum that I’m a member of that will load quickly enough for it to not ‘time out’.

  17.  

    I know it’s BBCode, and it IS what I am used to. Most of the time, as you said, Textile is easier. But this particular protocol annoys me.

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2012
     

    TextPattern used Textile natively, so I figured we should keep things consistent and use it on the forum too. I have to say, I’m actually quite fond of Textile, as it is one of the few markup languages I think doesn’t suck when viewed in plaintext.

    • CommentAuthorNo One
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2012
     

    I was just wondering, is there a mobile version of II?

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2012
     

    Not currently, no.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2012
     

    Is there a need for a mobile version? It wouldn’t be too hard to make one.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2012
     

    It typically works well for me on a smaller screen. (In fact, I’m on an iPod Touch right now!) II is one of the rare sites I’ve found that looks pretty good on mobile devices even without any changes.

    • CommentAuthorNo One
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2012
     

    ^^Agreed, but recently I found that when I tried to access II on my mobile phone, the webpage won’t readjust to the size of my mobile screen as it used to before when I zoom in. As a result, I have to scroll to the sides as well as up and down, which is pretty annoying.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2012
     

    What size is your phone screen?

    • CommentAuthorNo One
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2012
     

    It’s pretty small: 3.2 inches, or 320 × 480 pixels.

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      CommentAuthorSpanman
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2012
     

    II works really well on my phone – the text of the articles adjusts to the size of my screen and the minimalist design of the forum makes it incredibly quick to load and easy to navigate.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2012
     

    That is small. I took a look and while the main site is readable, the forums are pretty nasty. I don’t have any control over the forums though.

    I also don’t really want to shrink the text size on the main site, since that might make links more difficult to hit with a finger.

    • CommentAuthorNo One
    • CommentTimeJan 1st 2013
     

    The main site is not really much of a problem; it’s the forums that makes things a bit difficult to read. Hitting the links with a finger is a bit tricky too.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2013
     

    I have need of willing test subjects!

    If you could copy-paste the entire string of text you get by following this link, it would be most helpful.

    Also, if you get a message like “Forum ID has not been set.” please try logging in and out of the forums and checking if you get a different result.

    If you get a message like “Textpattern ID has not been set.” or gibberish after the second cookie, don’t worry. That’s supposed to happen.

  18.  

    I logged in and out but all I’m getting is a message that says: “Forum ID has not been set. Textpattern ID has not been set.” and the rest of the page is blank.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2013 edited
     

    I’m getting the same result as SWQ. I normally leave my account logged in, so with that I got what SWQ got, and when I tried logging out/back in (without closing my browser), I got the same message. (I also checked the “remember me” box.) I’m going to try logging out, closing my browser, and logging back in WITHOUT checking that box to see if there’s any difference.

    EDIT: ...whereupon I discover that I’m still logged in? Oh well. Same result, though, it just says: “Forum ID has not been set. Textpattern ID has not been set.”

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2013
     

    Try clearing the cookies for II and see what happens.

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      CommentAuthorAzure
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2013
     

    I cleared my cookies first and I still got the same thing as swenson and SWQ. I’m on my iPad, though, so something might be off there as well.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2013
     

    That is weird.

    Try checking if you have the cookies lussumocookieone and lussumocookietwo. They’re the ones the forum uses to keep track of logins. If they’re there, delete them. If not, I have no idea how you’re logged in.

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    I tried it too, and even after logging out and in again, I still got a message saying forum ID has not been set, and then it listed something about “cookiead” with my username. And then it said I was logged into Text Pattern. I haven’t tried anything with deleting cookies, though.

    On a different note, when I logged back in, instead of taking me directly to the forum like usual, I got a page that gave me the option of either going to the forums or to categories, which was weird.

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      CommentAuthorAzure
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2013 edited
     

    A-hah! Logged in again and this is what I got.

    Cookie: 359 You are logged into the forums. Textpattern ID has not been set.

    ETA: Whatever you did to the login page to make it display those two links, it’s kind of nice.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013
     

    I have no idea what I did to get those two links to display (and they don’t display for me), but I’m glad you like it.

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013
     

    Forum ID has not been set. Cookie: 2239ffd392SlyShy You are logged into Textpattern.

    Kyllorac, do you need additional access to the forum that you don’t have? Or do you just not want to mess around with it? Also, I will try and figure out what those database passwords are for you.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2013 edited
     

    I would rather not mess with the forum right now, especially since from the peek I took at it, I really can’t do much to make the forums more mobile-friendly. And if I can get the forum cookies to work, then I won’t need access to the forum database for the new comments system.

    These cookies though. They’re being uncooperative. Try seeing what happens when you visit this link and close the browser.

    You should be logged out of the forums. After you log back in, try this link again.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2013
     

    I’ve tried everything, and I still just get the “Forum ID has not been set. Textpattern ID has not been set.” message. I was logged out when I tried to get on this morning, but still got that message… and then I did the killcookie thing and still got it.

  20.  

    I clicked the killcookie link two different times, and it didn’t log me out either time. I logged out and back in on my own after clicking the link and got the same message. And the page with links for “discussions” and “categories” didn’t come up when I logged in this time.

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      CommentAuthorKyllorac
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2013
     

    Welp. I have no idea what is going on with the cookies.

  21.  

    They should be eaten.

  22.  

    They should be eaten.

    And then Willow can bake some better ones.

  23.  

    Can we change the copyright on the main site to cover 2013?

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2013 edited
     

    Cookies are quite tricky to debug as I’ve unfortunately learned at work. :-| Thanks for the valiant effort though.

    @NeuroticPlatypus Good catch, ask and ye shall receive.

  24.  

    Is the “Cast a spell” on the main site referencing anything in particular?

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2013 edited
     

    No, I’ve just been musing over how: if you influence someone with the written or spoken word you’ve literally “cast a spell over them”.

    Is that not why we practiced our spellings, my fellow imps? To float wondrous words through the aether, shaping pure imagination with our will. Is it not advantageous to practice the high art, to create the myths of a new age, to blaze with the fire inspiration, or do you relinquish this power?

    Recently I’ve discovered that, as far as my inner experience is concerned, Metaphor is Magic. In fact, Is is Magic.

    I can use ‘is’ to transform lead into gold. Doing the dishes as quietly as possible is a challenging stealth game. Pairing socks is pattern recognition practice. Work is a puzzle. Life is an adventure. Love is an artistic collaboration. Cast some spells of your own.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2013
     

    I love it when you get into the good gin, Sly.

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2013
     

    Sorry for the intermittent forum outages everyone. Feel free to execute me by firing squad.

  25.  

    lily’s new spork is giving a 404 error, and I don’t know why. I did try out the time stamp thing to have it post automatically. Could that be messing things up?

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2013
     

    All of the pages seem to be coming up 404 for me.

  26.  

    Now that I actually checked another page (probably should have done that before), they are for me too.

    EDIT:
    All the links on the main site except for the link to the forum seem to be doing the same thing.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2013
     

    Pages seem to be working now.

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2013 edited
     

    Yeah, everything got all screwed up last night while I was trying to fix .htaccess issues for once and for all. Sorry again ladies and gentlemen.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2013
     

    I can’t sleep, so I’m just going to write this up now.

    I disagree with your decision to close the Minor Quibbles thread, SlyShy, and I’m going to explain why. To start I’m just going to quote your comment and number it off so my response is more organized.

    1) To give you a little background, let me tell you the story of a place called Deux Ex Machina. A place that ImpishIdea was born out of. You see, DEM had a years long, ongoing, traditional forum mainstay thread, much like Minor Quibbles, called “Bitch About Everything and Anything”.

    While it’s true that II was born out of DEM, the community today is completely different from the founding community. Jeni, Ishy, Lord Snow, Kitty, Elanor, etc. are all gone, and it’s only recently that you, Paladin and Cranky “returned.”

    2) Many flamewars and festering wounds that wore away at the heart of the community were born out of this thread. Do you want to know my theory on why that was? Because people were getting in the mood to bitch and moan whenever they came to that thread, and that would spill over to their behavior with their neighbors.

    I think the reason that the “Bitch About Everything and Anything” thread was so toxic is because the DEM community was toxic. People behaved badly in pretty much every thread, and there were even designated “trolling” subforums. It was the nature of the community, and it’s what led to its demise.

    Now, I’m not saying that all DEM members are “bad people,” but II and DEM are two completely different communities and they should be treated as such. Furthermore, I’m going to be honest here and say that almost all of the “problems” within in the II community in the past few months have revolved around disagreements with former DEM members.

    3) When I founded ImpishIdea I felt that a thread like “Bitch About Everything and Anything” was an essential component of a community. I had a lot to bitch about back then. But I felt the framing was toxic. So I toned it all down to “Minor Quibbles”. I thought that would be inoffensive enough.

    4) But you know what I’ve started to realize? Having a “Minor Quibble” with another forum member might be better than Bitching About Everything and Anything a forum member does. But it’s still toxic. I don’t want to see that anymore.

    The Minor Quibbles thread is the exact opposite of toxic most of the time: It’s a place where everyone and anyone can share their worries, their pains, their annoyances, their anger, their sadness, their troubles… Everything and anything on their mind and get counsel, sympathy, affirmation and space.

    The community here, the II community, has had its ups and downs, but despite our differences and disagreements we’ve largely stuck together over the years. When someone is feeling down or depressed they can count on the support and comfort of the community; When someone is feeling lost of confused they can count on the advice and guidance of the community; And when someone needs some space to vent they can count on the respect and integrity of the community.

    I know you’ve been busy and haven’t been very active on II until recently, but if you read through the MQ thread, SlyShy, you’ll see that very little of it is straight up “bitching” or “toxic.” I like to imagine people post things there they wouldn’t post anywhere else, or admit to anyone in real life, not because it’s the internet and they’re “anonymous,” but because they feel comfortable, accepted, welcome and safe sharing their lives with us. I know I do.

    Yes, lately there have been problems within the community. But is that the fault of the MQ thread? No. So will closing the thread fix those problems? No.

    You may think you’re doing the right thing by replacing the MQ thread with the “Challenges Overcame” thread, but you aren’t: While it may purge any “toxic” comments by excluding them completely, it doesn’t help fix any of the problems (or “overcome any of the challenges”) either, and to me that’s what the MQ thread was about: Solving problems together as a community. Yes, we also have the “Encouragement Thread” now, but I feel like it encourages shallow and fake niceness instead of genuine concern or thoughtfulness.

    There are community and person issues that the various admins and mods are currently trying to sort out, but I feel like the closing of the MQ thread is the wrong solution, a mistake and a disagree with your decision.

    Good night

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2013
     

    I appreciate your feedback. SWQ has written similarly to me. I’ve reopended the thread for now. I think the Challenges thread is pointless, SV makes it redundant. However, I feel that Encouragement Thread is a better alternative to MQ. I don’t think ImpishIdea members are so shallow that we woud just give fake encouragement because the thread is so named. I think people here have astounding depth of emotion, especially considering we haven’t met in real life. I think that the Encouragement Thread is the correct way to frame things. It focuses on the positive rather than the negative, and when we quibble we are really looking for a sympathetic or encouraging ear. The quibbling itself is just a minor point in order to get the emotional satisfaction of knowing someone cares, so why not focus on the caring?

    Personally, I will not be using the MQ thread any longer, but if other people wish to, they are welcome to.

    • CommentAuthorSlyShy
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2013 edited
     

    I’m going to resign as an admin here. I’m changing my permission level to user for the time being. I shouldn’t come here once in a blue moon and make unilateral decisions.

    Edit: meh, Vanilla won’t let the first admin user change permissions. I’ll just pretend I can’t do admin stuff.

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2013
     

    So just to give you an update on the situation of the forum, everything should be back to normal shortly… assuming that Ubuntu, which is literally the worst operating system that has ever existed, doesn’t crash on me again while I’m editing the CSS.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2013
     

    Ubuntu, which is literally the worst operating system that has ever existed

    Are you sure you’re not my friend from university? You sound an awful lot like him right there. :P

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2013
     

    Aaaaaand Filezilla just crashed again. Over the past few days I’ve tried Ubuntu 12.10, 13.04 and 12.04 LTS. It’s mindblowing to me just how unstable and slow Ubuntu has become.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2013
     

    You still messing around with CSS? Links in posts aren’t appearing for me (not even the hide tags), and the top part of the forum, where the logo is and my username and all that is white instead of cream or whatever the background usually is. Or is this because I’m using IE right now?

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      CommentAuthorPuppet
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2013
     

    Hmm, links and hidden text are working for me, and the style sheet should be back to default. I don’t have IE installed because I’m running Linux, but try clearing your cookies and your cache. I had to do all of the styling in incognito because cookies prevented it from updating right away.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2013
     

    And now everything’s back to normal, even though I haven’t even closed IE. Uh, problem solved, I guess?

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2013
     

    For some reason I feel as if the background color is different from what it used to be. Am I right or just remembering wrong?

  27.  

    It looks the same to me.

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      CommentAuthorlilyWhite
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2013
     

    It seems more pink than what it usually is. Or my eyes are playing tricks on me.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     

    That’s the remains of the eye-scarringly red background of the April Fool’s Day joke, burned into your retinas forever.

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      CommentAuthorSoupnazi
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     

    Yeah, after looking at it some more it looks normal.

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      CommentAuthorswenson
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2013
     

    Haha, same here.

    • CommentAuthorNo One
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2013
     

    Wait, the forums have turned back to normal for you guys? Because for me, it’s still in the April Fool’s Day mode with its headache-inducing red background.

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      CommentAuthorTakuGifian
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2013
     

    Since no one can still see the April Fool’s design, I guess everything is back to normal. :P

    I’m sorry, but that joke never gets old. You brought it on yourself.