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simple

hey kao, for #1, yeah I noticed that too, but even after I reedit the code in the code editor bad formatting persisted, ie it looked good in the code edit box, perfectly spaced, but in the "submit reply" box bad formatted persisted, on the 2nd edit. After playing w/it, u have to go back, delete everything on the badly affected line, then use spacebar to get it to space right. This wasn't a problem on the last forum.

About #3 & #4, I use mobile wifi internet which is a lot slower than landlines, at least in my case. Probably just the normal lallalalala web devs thinking that the entire world runs on 100 mbps land lines with infinite bandwidth. I'm not a webdev but this layout feels a lot slower and I think it makes slower connections suffer more.

edit - edit box finally unfroze my browser... after about 50 seconds!

 

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edit - bug report fix (see edit history)

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mrexodia

I have a question, how do I get to what previously was the "My Content" button? I just want to see if any of the threads I posted in recently have been updated. I see the "Activity" tab, but I cannot get it to work the way I want to.

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Teddy Rogers

You need to go to your profile and click on "See my activity" towards the top right...

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kao

Activity stream (https://forum.tuts4you.com/discover/) doesn't hide spoiler contents. So, all the information that's supposed to be hidden is revealed - like solutions for crackme:

Spoiler

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Teddy Rogers

I have filed a bug report, will let you know once I have received a response...

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers
On 25/11/2015, 10:50:55, simple said:

I'd like a section for posting code challenges though. Similar to code golf, but for languages that r popular here. We only have 2 sections for coders currently..

Done, check it out...

https://forum.tuts4you.com/forum/144-programming-puzzles/

Please let me know if you have any other suggestions...

Ted.

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simple

Thanks Ted, I posted a challange, I hope to see your Pure Basic solution : )

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mrexodia

Hello,

While checking out some of the older content I noticed that a lot of formatting is messed up (especially with newlines). As an example my old blogpost has all the code blocks without newlines. https://forum.tuts4you.com/blogs/entry/141-attacking-armadillos-stolen-keys-feature In other locations there were sometimes massive newline blocks in between paragraphs. Cannot find that example back now though.

Greetings

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Teddy Rogers

It is a known and very common upgrade complaint for those boards that have migrated from IP.Board 3 to 4. The terrible editor used in 3.x versions is the primary cause and should never have been used by IPS. There were many complaints/concerns when they first introduced it in IP.Board 3.x and now we are left to live with the results of that bad decision. I have already run a few queries on the database to clean up some formatting issues but I don't want to go too hardcore because I risk damaging some topics/posts in the process, though it is all work in progress...

Ted.

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kao

@Teddy Rogers: if you could give us a representative sample how post contents look in DB (5-10k should be enough), maybe someone will come up with a better way to clean them?

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Teddy Rogers

Here a couple of samples of queries I have run...

update `ipb_forums_posts` set post = replace(post,"<p> </p>","");
update `ipb_forums_posts` set post = replace(post,"<p> </p>","");
update `ipb_forums_posts` set post = replace(post,"<p></p>","");

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers
On 5/12/2015 at 5:45 PM, kao said:

Activity stream (https://forum.tuts4you.com/discover/) doesn't hide spoiler contents. So, all the information that's supposed to be hidden is revealed - like solutions for crackme:

  Reveal hidden contents

 

It doesn't look like I am getting much traction with IPS on this one, though I am not alone in my complaint...

https://community.invisionpower.com/4bugtrack/active-reports/activity-stream-does-not-hide-spoiler-contents-r9402/

Ted.

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kao
8 hours ago, Teddy Rogers said:

Here a couple of samples of queries I have run...

Doesn't help much if we don't see the actual post contents as they are stored in DB. And I was thinking more of making a tool in C#/PHP/whatever with proper html parser because I don't think simple DB queries can handle all the cases..

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Teddy Rogers

You don't necessarily need to look at an entire post, those queries I posted above show what the query is searching for in the database. If you do want to see the content go to a particular post that has double line breaks or screwed up formatting, use your browser to view the page source. It should be exactly the same as you find it there as in the database. Here is an example...

On 4/8/2014 at 11:03 PM, Arting said:

Hi,

 

 

 

 

When i dumped file with MegaDumper on start of the file develop a message kBjWrrn.png

 

 

 

 

 

How to correct this problem?

 

When you view the page source you will find the problem being duplicate line breaks...

<p>Hi,</p><br><p> </p><br><p>When i dumped file with MegaDumper on start of the file develop a message <img src="https://forum.tuts4you.com/applications/core/interface/imageproxy/imageproxy.php?img=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FkBjWrrn.png&amp;key=a6e1e3cfffb423c44a2c61ef4a1f1e145c6801110d92248f62b08722a0e7803e" alt="kBjWrrn.png"></p><br><p> </p><br><p>How to correct this problem?</p><br>

The naughty string to search for in the database would be...

</p><br><p> </p><br><p>

We can confirm this by checking SQL, this is how it looks...

Capture.PNG.3719dfb44ce90d093be956753649

So in this example we could run the following query and hope it doesn't screw any other topics/posts up...

update `ipb_forums_posts` set post = replace(post,"<br><p> </p><br>","");

Ted.

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13 hours ago, kao said:

And I was thinking more of making a tool in C#/PHP/whatever with proper html parser because I don't think simple DB queries can handle all the cases..

There are a few discussions going on in the IPS forums about this and whether it is feasible to create an automated tool. One of the IPS staff came back to me with this reply a few weeks ago...

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Unfortunately, we do not have a way to clean up badly formatted user data as this is a user input and there is no way to tell if a space/line break/etc... was meant to be there or not. There are multiple ways that admins on the Community have done to combat this in their own rights but we do not support any of these as they require customization to perform. I would suggest going to the Community and asking for assistance if this is something that you want to get rid of.

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers

On a happier note, the problem with viewing spoiler tag contents in the activity stream has been revised. Matt from IPS Management says this should be fixed in a future version, I think it's a couple of releases away. Not exactly sure as yet how this is going to be achieved because there are to be some other changes to the way activity stream is used so it may be getting an overhaul...

Ted.

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Spoiler tags showing up in the activity stream should be fixed now, please let me know if you find the problem persists...

Ted.

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LCF-AT

@Teddy Rogers

Did you change anything on the forum now?After some time I always get the rules page to see which I have to read / check at bottom and agree.So I did it a few times today but after a while it comes back again.

https://forum.tuts4you.com/register/?do=reconfirm

Why this?No idea what you changed but if you did change anything what does trigger this reconfirm page then you maybe can rollback what you changed about this issue if possible.Thanks.

greetz

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Teddy Rogers

It was a mistake on my part that it showed up more than once. It was intentional for all members to agree to the board terms again...

Ted.

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mrexodia

Just a quick note about the rules. It might be an idea to add http://www.introprogramming.info/english-intro-csharp-book/ to the list of places to learn programming. It is a free book and introduces programming in general very well (in my opinion).

Another thing is that the privacy policy is empty.

Thanks to our amazing administrator!

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Teddy Rogers

Done! Thank you for the suggestion...

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers
45 minutes ago, Mr. eXoDia said:

Another thing is that the privacy policy is empty.

The privacy policy is empty as it's mentioned in the terms of use. Where did you see a link to the privacy policy as there shouldn't be any links showing up?

Ted.

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mrexodia

When forced to accept the rules I saw Privacy Policy at the bottom with something like 'privacy_policy_text' as contents. Cannot find it by going there myself though.

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Teddy Rogers

My annual board review is fast approaching and as per my first post back in 2007 I continue to seek your suggestions or criticisms for the future of this board (and website as a whole)...

This is your chance to have your say and possibly see your suggestions shape the future of this board, so please raise them here or PM me in private. Thank you...

Ted.

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Teddy Rogers

The following changes have been made to the board over recent days;

1) A security question is now mandatory for all accounts, this will be required prior to changing any Account Settings. If you lose or forget your security question you can reset this via email.
2) It is now mandatory to use very strong passwords on this site. That means all new members and any future password changes will enforce this.
3) Status updates... what a mess! This has been abused for far too long, in such a manner the only logical thing to do was to purge the entire database. Certain user groups have now lost the privilege to create or reply to status updates. I apologies to those members whom wanted to keep a particular status update on behalf of those members that abused the system. All future status updates will need to be approved (for the time being)...

Ted.

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