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## #51 2005-08-01 01:02:40

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

I have applied the "unread topics mod" to the forum. It is not designed to "work" with the several mods we already have (such as the Calendar and Profile mods), but looking at the code I saw no significant changes that had to be made to get it to "work."

But, we'll need to do some test casing tomorrow to make sure everything is okay. Hand editing (well, copy+pasting) thousands of line of code can introduce significant mistakes (if you were here a minute ago you might have noticed).

There is a little orange icon on all posts in a thread now. If you click on that little icon, it will set that topic as "unread" to that point on. Think of it sort of as a bookmark. Click your last post in a thread, and you can come back there later on (by clicking on the same icon in the forums). All posts now, will be, intuitively, unread until you actually read them (assuming all is well with the modification, let me tell you, it was huge, half of our phpBB install is now a mod of sorts).

Let me know guys. And you know my email and PM, so shoot me one if anything goes bad today/tomorrow, and I'll be sure to fix it ASAP.

Consider yourselves my labrats.

edit: okay, I have found one bug and squashed it so far, but there seems to be another semi-annoying buy relating to daylight savings time, probably doesn't affect overseas users, but it does the locals. A simple fix is adding one hour to your time in your profile for now.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #52 2005-08-01 02:19:16

Rxke
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,667

### Re: New Message Board Software

*Me grudgingly start re-reading ALL posts on New Mars, in order to 'de-orangeify' that icon, grrrr...*

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## #53 2005-08-01 02:29:13

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

All posts are unread for you?

If so it would be a simple matter of clicking "mark all posts read" in the given forums. It wasn't like that for me, though, and I just logged in with my alternate name, and only recent topics were unread... hehe, hope you were exaggerating.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #54 2005-08-01 02:51:22

idiom
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From: New Zealand
Registered: 2004-04-21
Posts: 312

### Re: New Message Board Software

I get that when I am away from ethernet for a month. A lot of reading...

Come on to the Future

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## #55 2005-08-01 04:52:57

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

Logging out and logging back in won't affect it.

It is also worth noting that Guest users' cookies will also give them this "unread post" functionality. Unfortunately it could result in more lurking, but as far as I can tell, activity actually goes up when posters see topics they have not read. In fact, that's why the server probably crashed before, I had set the session length to a day (so for all intents unread topics would stay unread), but we got really busy. Our biggest day was the same day that the SQL server crashed. And it was probably directly related to users' ability to see which posts they had and had not read.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #56 2005-08-01 05:20:48

Rxke
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,667

### Re: New Message Board Software

I was kidding! " " means I kid, yes?

was just that your explanation sounded a bit like all posts would be orange and you had to read them to 'deorangeify' them...

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## #57 2005-08-01 10:39:04

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

All new posts will be.

But yeah, I kinda knew you were kidding. Still, discombobulated over here about personal life things...

Anyway, you have that "mark unread" button in every forum, so after you finish reading your favorite threads, just click it so the other threads you're not particularly interested in go away.

Things seem to be working okay, anyone let me know if any problems arise.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #58 2005-08-01 16:51:11

Rxke
Member
From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,667

### Re: New Message Board Software

I have one little tweak to suggest... Now one can click 'new posts since last visit'

Sometimes I click and see there's nothing new I'm interested in (it happens! )

then it would be nice to mark that list as read... but there's no mark all read thingy.

Not sure it's possible, though.

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## #59 2005-08-02 15:52:21

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

Dangit. Sorry for the php stuff. Wanted to add TeX support, should be trivial, but I keep mucking up the path (well, the path is correct, but whatever, heh). I'll do it later when no one is around to be annoyed by the errors. Again, sorry.

The $$tex$$ tag won't work until I set it up properly. Just have to be patient.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #60 2005-08-02 16:12:01

John Creighton
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Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 2,401
Website

### Re: New Message Board Software

Dangit. Sorry for the php stuff. Wanted to add TeX support, should be trivial, but I keep mucking up the path (well, the path is correct, but whatever, heh). I'll do it later when no one is around to be annoyed by the errors. Again, sorry.

The $$tex$$ tag won't work until I set it up properly. Just have to be patient.

Woot!, Awsome . Keep up the good work.

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## #61 2005-08-02 16:18:50

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

[tex:9a31145224]      \unitlength{.6}   \picture(100) {
(20,55;50,0;2){\fs{+1}\hat\bullet} %%eyes%%
(50,40){\bullet} %%nose%%
(50,35){\circle(50,25;34)} %%upper lip%%
(50,35){\circle(50,45;34)} %%lower lip%%   }[/tex:9a31145224]

Okay, it works.

ROCK ON!!

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #62 2005-08-02 16:22:16

Rxke
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,667

### Re: New Message Board Software

[tex:03259ffa17]sum 5+3x=sigma[/tex:03259ffa17]

Oh boy, am I out of it... Time to polish up my TEX skills!!!

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## #63 2005-08-02 16:27:13

Rxke
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From: Belgium
Registered: 2003-11-03
Posts: 3,667

### Re: New Message Board Software

[tex:cd0dd897f9]\frac{x+1z}\frac{y^4x}\frac{w+7331}{2y}[/tex:cd0dd897f9]

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## #64 2005-08-02 16:33:02

John Creighton
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Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 2,401
Website

### Re: New Message Board Software

[tex:01ef9c23b0]      \unitlength{.6}   \picture(100) {
(20,55;50,0;2){\fs{+1}\hat\bullet} %%eyes%%
(50,40){\bullet} %%nose%%
(50,35){\circle(50,25;34)} %%upper lip%%
(50,35){\circle(50,45;34)} %%lower lip%%   }[/tex:01ef9c23b0]

Okay, it works.

ROCK ON!!

[tex:01ef9c23b0]\frac{x+1z}\frac{y^4x}\frac{w+7331}{2y}[/tex:01ef9c23b0]

This move is awsome!

[tex:01ef9c23b0]      \unitlength{.6}   \picture(100) {
(20,55;50,0;2){\fs{+1}\hat\bullet} %%eyes%%
(50,40){\bullet} %%nose%%
(50,35){\circle(50,25;34)} %%upper lip%%
(50,35){\circle(50,45;34)} %%lower lip%%   }[/tex:01ef9c23b0]

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## #65 2005-08-02 17:18:22

clark
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Registered: 2001-09-20
Posts: 6,310

### Re: New Message Board Software

Find a home, if you think it fits:

(And name it... I don't do names well)

My Mars, distant Mars!
I call to that great empty sky of night,
Words nearing where I may never tread.
My Mars,
Ruby lipped lover lounging
In pale sanguine umber skin
Light and lithe in dance
Among those shifting glittering incandescent sands
Soft wailing lost in moonbeams
And the long empty space between-
Mere distance measured in miles in millions,
No further than a dream.

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## #66 2005-08-02 17:28:13

John Creighton
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Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 2,401
Website

### Re: New Message Board Software

Find a home, if you think it fits:

(And name it... I don't do names well)

My Mars, distant Mars!
I call to that great empty sky of night,
Words nearing where I may never tread.
My Mars,
Ruby lipped lover lounging
In pale sanguine umber skin
Light and lithe in dance
Among those shifting glittering incandescent sands
Soft wailing lost in moonbeams
And the long empty space between-
Mere distance measured in miles in millions,
No further than a dream.

I called it Gia's Lover and put it here:
http://www.newmars.com/wiki/index.php/Earth

you may find the name and place I put it somewhat paradoxical.

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## #67 2005-08-02 19:01:56

clark
Member
Registered: 2001-09-20
Posts: 6,310

### Re: New Message Board Software

Not at all. Well done.

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## #68 2005-08-02 19:19:52

augmento
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From: South Korea
Registered: 2005-08-01
Posts: 11

### Re: New Message Board Software

could put in space and mars themed games.

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## #69 2005-08-02 19:26:34

John Creighton
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Registered: 2001-09-04
Posts: 2,401
Website

### Re: New Message Board Software

could put in space and mars themed games.

Who will control the water, the oil, the patnum? Will Multhus be proven right?

I think it could be cool if the games were mars related. Perhaps the odd game that is space related. However, Josh is doing a lot of work and I don’t think an arcade is a priority and I don’t know if we have the bandwidth. Perhaps if we had another admin working on it we could consider it.

P.S. I play my arcade game here:
http://www.ipbgaming.com/forum/index.php?act=idx

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## #70 2005-08-02 21:11:41

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

We'd absolutely have the bandwidth, but I'm doing functional modifications, not entertaining modifications. Every addition is designed to enhance useablity, and I think an "arcade" would depreciate the quality of posts here and detract from Mars and space related discussion in general.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #71 2005-08-02 21:12:56

clark
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Registered: 2001-09-20
Posts: 6,310

### Re: New Message Board Software

Only becaue you would be goofing on it all day.

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## #72 2005-08-03 09:47:55

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

Speak for yourself, our third most prolific poster (only bested by Bill White and Cindy).

Oh, I noticed something you guys might not have noticed. But if you select text in the reply box, and then click on a tag, it'll automatically set the tag at the beginning and end of the selection. Pretty cool, I never noticed that. Hmm, this paragraph has "notice" quite a bit, also, did you notice that too? Heh.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #73 2005-08-03 09:52:53

clark
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Registered: 2001-09-20
Posts: 6,310

### Re: New Message Board Software

Check your math dude. I'm safe at number two. Bill is third.

Not that I should brag, but I digress.

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## #74 2005-08-03 09:54:26

Josh Cryer
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Registered: 2001-09-29
Posts: 3,830

### Re: New Message Board Software

I thought he had 3.5k posts with the other name.

Some useful links while MER are active. Offical site NASA TV JPL MER2004 Text feed
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The amount of solar radiation reaching the surface of the earth totals some 3.9 million exajoules a year.

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## #75 2005-08-03 09:56:36

clark
Member
Registered: 2001-09-20
Posts: 6,310

### Re: New Message Board Software

2300 and 2100, more or less.

figer it out. you can do a ranking on post count in the memberlist.