Site/Off-Topic Discussion Thread 6

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Site/Off-Topic Discussion Thread 6, Brought to you by direct-inverse morphosyntactic alignment 235 Comments [11/1/2017 3:12:50 AM]
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@You guys who reported "It": Thank you for reporting It. I'll let It stay a little while longer. The filter already ate some of Its posts, as did the banned IP list.

@dxdydz: Already got something like that in mind for the elusive new site I keep talking about. Give me a couple months.

@Everyone: Gonna sit down and (hopefully) do some serious coding this week. I have Thursdays, Fridays, and the weekends free. When I have work, I come home bone tired (at least mentally) and don't really feel like doing anything, meaning whatever I churn out will be half-assed shit anyway. You guys can check out the progress (and code!) at our GitHub repository. (It's mostly full of test stuff right now.) If you want to help out, see here.

When I get off of work today, I'll throw up a couple of metaposts: one explaining all of this and another for nominating categories for the 2017 FSTDT Awards.

Edit: Got the metapost for the latter up! Will add a link to it to the main page when I get home from work. But if you're reading this, feel free to go ahead and start commenting. Got the link up too!

Edit 2: Got us a fresh S/OTDT! I am much faster and more diligent at responding when the number of comments is easier to keep track of.

11/1/2017 3:19:06 AM



I must have missed something.

11/2/2017 10:21:22 AM



From the c to the a to the a to the m to the i to the b.

11/2/2017 11:20:21 AM



Really? Shit, some people are just gluttons for punishment, I guess.

11/2/2017 11:46:44 AM


Bumped two of the quotes we got yesterday. Won't do it again.

11/3/2017 9:28:29 AM


So I guess whenever I type the word "reverse" on my phone, the first word that comes up next on the "predictive text" is "cowgirl". Interesting!

Hmm...and I know it's not my own fault, because I'm pretty damn sure I've never typed that phrase on it. LOL

11/4/2017 6:18:43 AM


Seriously, WTF, phone? lol

11/4/2017 2:33:39 PM


I just got a hit on something called URL:Mal from, this was due to connecting to fstdt. I'm not sure if it was a false positive from my antivirus, but you might want to look into it.

11/4/2017 3:51:32 PM


@dxdydz: Rapture Ready forums. Probably some sketchy "ads" on their site. You're fine if you didn't install anything from there.

11/6/2017 6:08:44 AM


I've deleted Tor nodes and a few other IP ranges from the banned IP list; let me know if you see any shitposts. I'm gonna take a more Distind-like approach to banning, at least when it comes to banning ranges of IPs, because a couple of people let me know they got caught in the crossfire. I want to say I really am sorry for that, and if you were having any trouble posting comments before, it should be resolved now.

I would also like to see my modly minions follow my example and only do bans when shitposters are being exceptionally persistent. Let me know in the IRC when a shitposter is being extraordinarily persistent, so I can start filtering for them and do a (more conservative) wildcard ban.

I've got other measures in place to stop shitposting now, and I would rather focus on improving those.

I'm pretty damn sure I've never typed that phrase on it. LOL

Knowing you, I'm a bit skeptical. ;)

11/7/2017 8:34:40 AM



I generally confine my perverted activities to my laptop, for one thing...and that's a little tame compared to the sort of things I usually search for, anyway. ;)

11/7/2017 5:11:05 PM


I finally have the basics of a "Formatting Help" page written. I'm sorry for taking literally almost a year to get this up, guys!! I'll polish it up a bit and post it in the morning when I'm not so tired and have some free time in the office. (Yes, I fully admit I am no less of a lazy bastard than Distind.) I may actually delegate Bastethotep to help me do the rest if he doesn't mind. But this page will definitely be up with a link to it on the front page some time tomorrow. If it is not, bug me to no end about it.

Ironically, what took so long is that I dreaded getting the formatting of the formatting-help page right. I wound up creating a special tag just to make it sane. (I also expected the new site to be up sooner, but my own stupidity and indecisiveness threw that timeframe out the window. Now we're aiming for mid-March - April. The new site will use a custom variant of Markdown for text formatting. Markdown is a lot easier to use and read than the current BBCode.)

On a related note, I'm also going to do a fairly major update to the database-initialization script in the new site's code Thursday and Friday after I see the doc to have my ADHD meds refilled. That should come close to finishing the tables it uses, and the new schema will be pretty damn close if not near-identical to the first release version. I was going to use views for a couple of things, but I've decided against it. That means all that'll be left are stored procedures (of which there will be four or five) and cleaning up my little mistakes and bugs.

11/7/2017 7:36:17 PM


Updating from my phone. Network is down at work. Fun times.

11/8/2017 8:09:06 AM


Got it up (along with a few other tweaks)! Comments and feedback would be much appreciated!!

11/8/2017 12:26:59 PM



I just want to note that sometimes the router refuses to show me the site now because of the time it takes to load. Can you fix this?

11/9/2017 3:54:13 AM


@hydrolythe: I'm not sure what's going on there. I suspect this may be something intermittent because the site was going in and out late yesterday evening for me (UTC-6), but it appears to be resolved on my end now. If this keeps up, let me know, and I will file a support ticket. Either way, this almost certainly has something to do with with our ever-lovely Web host, so there's nothing I can really do about it except apologize and file support tickets pointing out that the problem exists. Is anybody else having this problem? If so, please let me know.

There was actually a modest reduction in the size of the CSS and HTML files after I tweaked things yesterday. I consolidated several styles in the CSS file, and I got rid of quite a bit of useless garbage HTML apparently generated by the Visual Studio WYSIWYG editor, in particular superfluous <div> and <span> wrapper tags.

11/9/2017 8:52:11 AM


I like the new blue of the links. What's the color's code?

11/10/2017 9:40:26 AM


a:link {color: #2e5cb8; text-decoration: underline;}
a:visited {color: #9494d1; text-decoration: underline;}
a:hover, a:active {color: #FF7733; text-decoration: underline;}

11/10/2017 10:20:57 AM


That's one of the neatest, most organized parts of the whole stylesheet.

I'll probably work a little more on it today. My cleaning up the other day was more along the lines of "consolidating styles and removing redundant stuff" than "making it actually organized," though I did a little bit of that too.

Edit: Much better now. My perfectionist self is still not satisfied, though. That would require a complete rewrite of the stylesheet along with renaming every other ASP.NET form control to follow the same naming style consistent with mine (lowercase_with_underscores instead of CamelCase).

11/10/2017 2:28:02 PM


Any advice on how to stop getting angry about vegans/animal rights activists?

11/14/2017 10:05:12 PM


We don't get why they make you that angry in the first place, so tell us a bit more about that first.

11/15/2017 2:34:36 AM



I'm afraid they will actually pass laws to ban things like zoos, exotic pets, etc. Things I very much believe in, and want to get involved with (I would NEVER hurt any of my pets BTW). Without them I'd have pretty much nothing to live for, and thus I get angry at anyone who tries to take them away.

I agree that it's wrong to keep things like great apes or big cats as pets but people equate these with things like geckos and fish. I also agree that places like awful Asian zoos shouldn't exist, but activists equate them with great facilities in first world countries despite them having radically different husbandry. The dishonesty of animal rights activists also infuriates me.

11/15/2017 1:05:36 PM


Er....uh.....okayyyyy then.

11/15/2017 6:26:51 PM


Can we keep this Markov text here so I can admire it? I'd also love to hear somebody rap this.

11/15/2017 8:36:55 PM


I do suppose it is pointless to hate on vegans. My rants against them are only making it worse for me and validating their messages.

11/15/2017 9:44:34 PM

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