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If I'm not mistaken:

Dark Star = "You have posted in this thread, and there's unread content"

Faint Star = "You have posted in this thread, and there's no unread content"

Dark Dot = "You haven't posted in this thread, and there's unread content"

Nothing = "You haven't posted in this thread, and there's no unread content"

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On 5/27/2016 at 9:22 AM, Al Dente said:

It hurts when I pee. What should I do?

On 5/27/2016 at 0:13 PM, DonRocks said:

Don't pee.

"To pee, or not to pee - that is the question."
[-- Shakes Spear]

Urine luck: There are now two ways to present pictures - when you upload (as usual), you'll get a full-sized picture, and if you don't do anything else, it will be saved and presented as such. However, if you want to take those full-sized pictures, and turn them into clickable thumbnails, double click on each picture while you're still editing your post, and you'll get a pop-up screen which gives you the option to resize. I've found that 1/10th of the original size makes for a perfect thumbnail, and if you change the first number, the second number will automatically change to stay in proportion. This might not sound obvious, but once you double-click on your uploaded picture, it will become perfectly obvious. As an example, if the first number is "916," change it to "91" or "92," and you'll get a perfectly sized thumbnail, and the second number will change automatically.

So, full-sized photos, or thumbnails (which readers can click on and expand into full-sized photos): The choice is yours.

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Was trying to post something in the dinner thread  and whether on desktop or mobile a previous post would show.  Very weird.  Try it.  Are you getting the same result?

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On 5/27/2016 at 9:22 AM, Al Dente said:

It hurts when I pee. What should I do?

The above issue sounds critical.  I'd suggest you fix that before you deal with my "issue" above.  It sounds like it needs a hands on approach.  In fact I'd suggest you work that one to the bone to get it back to tip top shape.

 

 

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26 minutes ago, DaveO said:

Was trying to post something in the dinner thread  and whether on desktop or mobile a previous post would show.  Very weird.  Try it.  Are you getting the same result?

This is the auto-save feature. You must have been typing that previous post in the last time you were replying to that topic, then left the computer for some reason, then tried to reply again just now - the new Invision software saves your old post for you, and this happens to me almost daily (it is a bit unsettling at first). If you no longer need the previous post, you can just cut-and-discard all the text, and you'll be done with it.

Taken to an extreme, if you were replying to a topic, then walked away, then five years from now, you replied to that same topic again, that same five-year-old stub of text would show up (I'm assuming, of course, that no future upgrades wipe out the saved posts) - now *that* would be unsettling. Yes, it's on a thread-by-thread basis.

Did this address your issue?

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A note to our members:

There are two different definitions here - they're parallel notions, but also distinct, so pay attention. Forgive the bolding and the repetition, but I'm going for "ease of understanding" rather than "elegance of writing."

1) Threads per Page in a Forum (Hereafter: TPF) - Click on a Forum (New York Restaurants and Dining, for example), and you'll see a list of threads - page 1 has 25 threads on it.

2) Posts per Page in a Thread (Hereafter: PPT) - Click on a Thread (Dining in New York City, for example), and you'll see a list of posts - page 1 has 25 posts on it.

Before the Invision version upgrade, we had 50 TPF, and 50 PPT.

After the upgrade, the maximum allowable TPF is now 25 - I've asked Invision about this, and there are currently no plans to bump this maximum back up (I strongly prefer a higher number, so readers can scroll through the page without having to click to go to a new page).

Anyway, even though the maximum allowable PPT can still be set to 50 (and has been up until now), it created an inconsistent look - it seems odd to me, seeing 50 PPT, but only being able to see 25 TPF, so for the sake of consistency, I went ahead and set both to 25 (instead of having one of them 50, and the other one 25). 

If people want me to change the PPT back to 50, please let me know; if nobody feels strongly about this, I'll leave them both at 25, and look forward to the day when they can both be 50 once again - maybe even 100.

Obviously, having only half of the TPF and PPT doubles the number of pages - again, I don't like this, but what am I to do?

I hope this post makes sense.

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2 hours ago, Pool Boy said:

I wish the TPF and PPT was configurable by the end user. By we can all deal.

Agreed - that would be a nice feature. 

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23 hours ago, DonRocks said:

Agreed - that would be a nice feature. 

I sure do miss post numbers; really can't fathom why they were taken away

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Sorry if this has already been covered, but is the feature that allowed you to see the information about how many were viewing a topic (and the user names of the members who were logged in) gone for good?

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34 minutes ago, u-bet! said:

Sorry if this has already been covered, but is the feature that allowed you to see the information about how many were viewing a topic (and the user names of the members who were logged in) gone for good?

If you go to the top of the page, click the "Browse" tab, and there will be a sub-tab called "Online Users" - click that and you'll be able to see who's online. 

Inside a topic, I'm not sure how to find out who's currently browsing it - I could certainly ask and find out if there's a way to do it. You could certainly extrapolate it from the "Online Users," but that would be more trouble than it's worth.

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It used to be that when someone sent me a PM, I would receive an email notification that included the Username of the sender and the text of the message. Since the recent Invision upgrade, however, I am no longer receiving these emails.  Is there any way to activate this feature?  I found it very useful.  

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3 hours ago, LauraB said:

It used to be that when someone sent me a PM, I would receive an email notification that included the Username of the sender and the text of the message. Since the recent Invision upgrade, however, I am no longer receiving these emails.  Is there any way to activate this feature?  I found it very useful.  

Click on your member name (top-right) -> "Account Settings" -> "Notification Settings"

You'll have a bevy of things you can choose to get emails, pop-ups, etc. for. Let me know if this doesn't fix the issue.

Everyone who reads this message should go through this exercise - there are a *lot* of custom settings on that page.

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On 7/19/2016 at 10:47 AM, DaveO said:

The other day I realized I was following the news via facebook.  I thought of this post.  Its not something I do. In fact never.  During the day though I realized I was doing exactly that which I purposefully avoid.  Two posts by two different people describing somewhat obscure pieces of news in general, but compelling to me had crossed my view.  I further researched them.  In that vein the further research is something I'd often do on any piece of info that seems obscure. 

In any case I'd go back to johnb's suggestion and practice (one I subscribe to).  If one wants to follow the news one should read way beyond Facebook.

It's really easy to fall into habits, and to reach for what's closest instead of what's best. I dream that one day, donrockwell.com will be an important website for getting the news, but realistically, that won't happen in my lifetime; what I'm instead hoping to see are signs of becoming "The Comments Section" (the domain name "The.CommentsSection.com" is unavailable). That, too, will probably not happen in my lifetime unless I can rally, and find an investor or a partner, but the seeds can at least be sown - I'm hopeful (and somewhat optimistic) that one day, this website will be an adjunct to major news organizations, essentially replacing the chaos of their lawless, wild-West, reader-response sections with the focused, educated, polite commentary that is our hallmark. As the internet comes closer-and-closer to emulating the real world, so, too, will these discussions come closer-and-closer to what you'd experience in person: talking face-to-face in a group.

One thing the internet will *always* be is a provider of two-way communication. Reading is nice, just as watching a movie is nice, but you don't need the internet for that; one of the primary powers of the internet is that it enables two-way communication performed in real time - this is why the "traditional restaurant review" where a journalist preaches from the pulpit, or lectures from the podium, to a presumably uneducated herd of sponges, is going the way of the dodo - it's happening right now, before our very eyes; in 2005, after doing this for a year on eGullet, I thought I'd discovered a model for replacement that takes full advantage of the internet, and 11 years later, I'm more convinced than ever that the passage of time will bear us out, and, should it become necessary, leave us the last one standing. Eleven years ago, one would dare not speak of this, but now, the forces of change are so overwhelming that it doesn't matter what anyone says. In our particular situation, we'll need to make it easier to use video, preferably two-way video, in our basic structure, as well as staying on top of things like Twitter, global mapping, voice recognition, and all other major innovations that the internet supports, and will support going forward. 

The other day, Invision (the company who makes the software we use) wrote me and said, just as a side comment, that what we do with member verification is something that they simply don't see in a forum of our size. I always knew we were thorough, but I didn't realize it was anything unique - even though Invision meant this as a throwaway bit of information, I took it as an extraordinary compliment, because I view our members as our #1 asset, and comments like this are indicative of just how much I value our members - despite all the incredible, nearly unbelievable, technological change that is occurring as we speak, nothing is more important than remembering to be guided by long-established, fundamental values, such as politeness, respect for others, and basic human decency. This is why we still allow pseudonyms as member names - in order to respect our members' privacy - even though this may not be identical to a real-life situation, I see no compelling reason to do otherwise, given that we use such a laborious process to get to know our members behind the scenes before they join. Once again, I wish to say "thank you" and pay tribute to our Membership Director, Pat, for all she does.

Our primary focus was, is, and will always be our uniquely focused, intelligent, well-organized discussion about restaurants, with Washington, DC as our birthplace - and any growth in other areas must not do anything to compromise this: our raison d'être. If all else goes to hell, we will fall back on this and this alone - it's more than enough by itself.

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Don -  The last couple of posts I've made have been strange.  Each time I hit "submit", I'd get an error message saying "Something went wrong.  Please try again".  I hit the "back" button because I wanted to try to retrieve my message, and it took me back to the thread I was in but it had my message posted twice.  My most recent attempt to post a message showed up 4 times

I'm also having trouble posting photos.  I can select a photo as usual, but I can't seem to get it inserted into the post anymore.

 

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37 minutes ago, Bart said:

Don -  The last couple of posts I've made have been strange.  Each time I hit "submit", I'd get an error message saying "Something went wrong.  Please try again".  I hit the "back" button because I wanted to try to retrieve my message, and it took me back to the thread I was in but it had my message posted twice.  My most recent attempt to post a message showed up 4 times

I'm also having trouble posting photos.  I can select a photo as usual, but I can't seem to get it inserted into the post anymore.

Try now - we were upgrading. If you fix your "Tomatoes" post, you should be all set.

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Done!  Thanks!

By the way, the new search function is soooooo much better!!

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There is still one more problem with the (supposedly "minor") upgrade: The Beer and Wine forum is inaccessible. I sent a ticket to Invision, and they've escalated it - they won't start working on it until Monday, but they'll get it working in due time; in the meantime, we can't access that one forum.

If anyone else clicks on anything and gets a weird error message, please alert me! That's the only thing I know of right now.

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I was wondering why people weren't using star ratings for hotels, and I thought it was a failed concept. Until about two minutes ago, when I realized that *only I* had the permission to use them!

Now, anyone with 10 posts can use them, and change them whenever they wish (so if you find a cockroach on your second stay at that 4-star hotel, you can nick them).

Requiring 10 posts ensures that only well-established members - Power Members - will be rating hotels, so the ratings will actually mean quite a bit - they're not just some junk-throw-away thing to use as click-bait. When you see a 4-star hotel on this website, you can be *darned sure* that it's an excellent property. Even a 3-star rating is worth looking into, and if you see a hotel that's rated 2-stars, be wary of it.

In fact, these ratings are so valuable, that I'm seriously considering making the Hotels forums visible *only* to people with 10 posts, and that's something that may well be coming up in the future, so *start posting*! I plan on rewarding our Power Members in many different way going forward, and for now, 10 posts establishes you, in my eyes, as a Power Member.

This star system doesn't seem like much on the surface, but our 10-post members are incredibly valued - cherished, and you should take anything they say seriously. They are the brains behind this website.

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6 hours ago, Pool Boy said:

[Still having issues uploading pictures from time to time. Dang it. Is there a tutorial on the site someplace where it is pinned to refer to when I am having issues like this? It keeps telling me I am limited to 2MB only and even when I pick a single image I am apparently over that limit. Yet, in the past, it auto renders them down. Why it does so sometimes, and not others is pretty annoying.]

Send me a PM and we'll work this out.

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