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Slash 2.2.0 Released

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the blog-yourself-silly dept.

News 397

If you meander over to Slashcode, you will notice that Slash 2.2.0 has been released. This is of course the website engine that runs Slashdot. The release has the message system, improved journal functions, new comment filters, and countless bug fixes. And of course a variety of optimizations that continue to make it possible to serve a quantity of pages that no other open source package like this can even touch :) Plus it's way easier to install. Now that we've got the Fry tree out of the way, its off to work on Zoidberg (which will include subscriptions, killfiles, and a few surprises)

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f1rst (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533375)

slash!

Changelog lacks any real value. (3, Insightful)

Neutron_F1uX (534720) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533382)

"More changes to stats report" Bug fix changes, or just changes? It'd be pretty nice if the changelog was a little more detailed. When there are a whopping 4 entries in it, you could give a little bit more detail.

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (2, Interesting)

krez (75916) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533412)

Any chance of there being a DEB package of Slashcode? Does anyone know? Anyone working on this?

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (1)

Smirks (115113) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533413)

Well, according to the official changelog [sourceforge.net] there's only 5 changes. I guess the slashcode team isn't up for much documentation of changes.

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533423)

I think I have an Uncle Zoidberg.

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (1)

Neutron_F1uX (534720) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533440)

I just didn't bother counting them. After I read what they said, there was not enough to count them. Laziness is a technicians best friend.

Mirror... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533471)

...here [209.242.124.241]

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (3, Interesting)

devphil (51341) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533517)


When I give my indoctrination spiel, uh, er, "training lecture" on CVS to coworkers and lackeys, I usually hand down a list of requirements for log/commit messages and a ChangeLog entry.

Most of the time it's a variation on http://www.gnu.org/software/guile/changelogs/guile -changelogs_toc.html [gnu.org] , or sometimes the rules used for ChangeLogs in the GCC project, which I've found to be of immense value when tracking down changes.

Personally I can't stand changelogs that don't say a thing. It's just enough "open source" to look good, but not open enough to actually invite help.

Re:Changelog lacks any real value. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533580)

It's open source, that's really the only documentation any reasonably intelligent person needs. RTFS. Got it? If not, go back to your little Macintosh.

who gives a shit? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533386)

who gives a shit, slashcode still fucking blows, and so do you CmdrTaco.

Reliability. (2, Troll)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533395)

Gee, I sure hope the new slashcode has the same rock-solid reliability I've come to expect from this site.

*crickets*

--saint

Re:Reliability. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533570)

This is freebsd/postgresql country. On a quiet night, you can hear slashcode/mysql being rebooted.

SLASH 2.2.0 (-1)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533403)

SUx my cock.

Wait til I release TrASH, you assholes.

Re:SLASH 2.2.0 (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533443)

Were these parsnips CORRECTLY MARINATED in TACO SAUCE? ! ? !?

Re:SLASH 2.2.0 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533549)

Nobody likes you. Go away shithead.

Re:SLASH 2.2.0 (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533581)

If you think the problem is bad now, just wait until we've solved it.

Re:SLASH 2.2.0 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533649)

hahaha.

do i have to reply to this?
what? no?

Ok then, wait for me...

A nice surprice wuold be: (4, Troll)

CptnHarlock (136449) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533404)

If the box called "No Score +1 Bonus" became "I really wanna use my KH bonus"... Then noone could blame posting at +1 because of "forgetting" to mark the No Bonus Checkbox. Please Taco!?.. :) .. Just for the sake of it I'm "forgetting" to uncheck the box... Only to illustrate my point that is.. Err.. whatever..

Cheers..

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (5, Insightful)

Russ Steffen (263) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533433)

Another nice suprise would be to have posting at +1 cost a point a karma.

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (1)

brassman (112558) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533588)

I've managed to bite, scratch, and claw my way up to 25 points, and it's a bit disappointing to find out (finally) that I have to make 40 or better to get that precious posting bonus.

It's especially frustrating because I really, REALLY try not to spout off unless I've got something to add to the conversation. So much for choosing quality over quantity. :-(

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533661)

Um, you need 26 points for the bonus, not 40.

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (1)

vrmlguy (120854) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533578)

So, if I now understand correctly, posting a message with the "No Score +1 Bonus" checkbox unchecked means that I get 1 point added to my score, but it costs me a point of karma; posting a message with the "No Score +1 Bonus" checkbox checked means that I get no points added to my score, and my karma remains untouched.

I was just about to post a question about this. I've been seeing the "No Score +1 Bonus" checkbox for some time now, but I never knew what it did and I couldn't find anywhere at /. that explained it. So, sometimes I'd check it, and sometimes I wouldn't, and I could never figure out what the difference was, and I don't have the time to "use the Source".

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (2)

einstein (10761) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533647)

you have that backwards. if you don't check the box, your karma currently doesn't go down, you just add +1 to the comments moderation by default.
The parent poster is suggesting that when you use your plus 1 bonus, you lose karma to essential add a bit of self decided moderation to you comment.. I'm not sure how I feel about either. but just for kicks, I'm leaving my +1 bonus on. :)
---

Re:A nice surprice wuold be: (2)

j-beda (85386) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533662)

...but it costs me a point of karma...

I don't think that it costs a point of karma. At least I hope not...

Don't blame me, it's a hardware problem. (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533406)

John of Salisbury believed that rulers were given power from God (A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, thought to control some part of nature or reality), which labeled the prince as a likeness of divinity. Salisbury states that "Law is the gift of God", when law is attacked, God is as well. A prince should rule as his God would approve. Therefore, leaders who wish to diminish the law are symbolical of Lucifer (The profoundly evil adversary of God and humanity, often identified with the leader of the fallen angels; the Devil.). Salisbury believes that the prince, as the likeness of God "...is to be loved, worshipped, and cherished...". It must be concluded that the tyrant who wishes to negate all law to enslave the people, be slain, for he challenges the grace of God.
Niccolo Machiavelli held no belief of derivational gifts of power from God. Instead he focused on the reality of politics, the prince will use any means necessary to sustain his political power. Salisbury's religious foundation seems well, but it is impossible to maintain morality, sincerity, and humanity whilst in the position of a prince. Machiavelli writes that it is necessary for a prince "...to learn how not to be good, and to use this knowledge and to not use it, according to the necessity of the case." This is a more pragmatic view than Salisbury-a prince must be wary of all of the qualities he possesses, and must be willing to use them accordingly.
John of Salisbury's strong religious foundation had a place in Machiavelli's political thinking - religion is to be used as a tool to unite and foster obedience in the people, not to rule them.

ep (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533408)

early post for you-know-who!

5thp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533410)

filthpost!

So when is /. going to get a facelift? (2, Interesting)

BenLutgens (56508) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533415)

I mean really, we've been looking at the same interface for years. Not that there's anything wrong with the current appearance, it's just time for a change.

Re:So when is /. going to get a facelift? (3, Funny)

the Man in Black (102634) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533437)

Not that there's anything wrong with the current appearance, it's just time for a change.

How very Microsoft-ian of you.

Re:So when is /. going to get a facelift? (1)

Man of E (531031) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533484)

I like the current interface - it's clean, presents information well and is appropriate to the spirit of the site. What do I care if they change the colors and so forth to make it look "new"? I actually think slashdot is the most aesthetic slash site I've seen.
The design of the interface is almost intrinsic to slashcode, because it was designed to present exactly this kind of news and boards. What would you like the interface to look like?

Re:So when is /. going to get a facelift? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533591)

after hearing all this praise, I can conclude you obviously have never ran thru the YRO section, aka, the "shit brown and pass yellow" color scheme.

Windows (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533416)

Does it run on it?

Question... (5, Interesting)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533417)

I'd like to be able to put in an URL something like

http://slashdot.org/frontpage.pl?commentthresh=5 &s tyle=light

and have it give me slashdot in 'light' format, with comments in the stories as 5 & over only.

The reason for this is that I want to get Slashdot on Avantgo, but obviously I have different viewing requierments on my Palm than I have on my desktop.

Is there any way of doing this with Slash 2.2?
I know there wasn't in the old Slash 1.x ...

Re:Question... (5, Informative)

michael (4716) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533444)

http://slashdot.org/palm/ [slashdot.org] doesn't do it for you?

Re:Question... (1, Offtopic)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533529)

... Just what I was looking for!

Thanks, Michael.

Re:Question... (2, Informative)

crumley (12964) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533477)

Well, the obvious answer is to have a separate slashdot user ID for reading off your Palm, and set that user to read in light mode. It shouldn't hurt too much having an extra user since, I would guess you wouldn't want to do that much posting from the Palm anyway. Of course, I don't know enough about Avantgo to know if this answer makes sense.

Re:Question... (1)

Xaje (266591) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533552)

I'm not sure if I understood your description, but are you looking for something like this? [slashdot.org]

I use it on my palm and it works out pretty well.

Re:Question... (2)

woggo (11781) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533557)

Speaking of "light" mode, here are a couple of questions/tirades:

* I've used light mode for a long time. One of my favorite things about it was that I didn't have to deal with a lot of the extraneous crap that shows up in "regular mode". That seems to be changing, though. Now light mode nags me to metamoderate (which it didn't do before) and now also features that stupid, Mad-Libs-like "this page generated by a <collective-noun> of <adjective> <noun>s for <user>" Not only are those both completely useless, but they take up enough screen space so that I can only see one story. I have no problem with <miniscule font>logged in as "user"</miniscule font>, but the total lack of regard for vertical space in "light mode" is irritating. If these are going to be the norm, please let me disable them in my prefs.

* Why doesn't light mode include link tags? It seems really dense that "putting mad libs and metamod nagging in light mode" was a higher priority than "putting link tags in light mode", especially since most text-mode browsers support link tags.

One last thing (that I realized when previewing this comment): Is it too much to ask to have slashdot convert angle braces to html entities (i.e. lt and rt) when posting in "Plain old Text"?

Re:Question... (3, Informative)

AntiFreeze (31247) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533566)

This [mit.edu] is what I use. The source code is available. Quite helpful. Enjoy.

Re:Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533568)

You are in the minority, and thus, do not matter.

First Post (1)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533432)

I there any plans to stop this first post c##p in the code. I have not looked at the code, but i know there is some type of lameness filter.

Re:First Post (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533521)

"I there any plans to stop this first post c##p in the code"

Yes, I hear that Taco plans to introduce the following snippet into Slash:

if(comment.number() == 1)
{
post.abort();
}

ie. anybody trying to post a first comment to a story will be rejected, only the second, third etc. posts will be allowed.

HTH.

Only one upgrade needed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533439)

There is only one upgrade that slashcode
really needs. This does not implement
that upgrade.

The neccesary upgrade is the compleate
cessation of the use of perl.

P---

"A few surprises" (5, Funny)

BarefootClown (267581) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533445)

Any chacne one of thoes sprises could be a web itnerface to aspel?

Re:"A few surprises" (1)

NerdSlayer (300907) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533572)

Why is this modded funny? I recently wrote a message posting interface that uses Aspell for Lyris [lyris.com] ListManager. In Perl, nonetheless.

Re:"A few surprises" (2)

big.ears (136789) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533593)

Maybe its an automated database query that checks to see if the story has been posted already.

Add sub-categories to main page (3, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533449)

I want to be able to set my preferences to include stories that only appear in certain sub-categories (Science and Ask Slashdot) on the main page as if they were full-fledged main stories.

Karma Kap (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533450)

Here is something that sort of irks me. My karma is capped, not that it is important or anything... but get this...

I post a comment with a score of one. Four moderators come along and think that the comment ought to be at a five. Three more moderators come along and they think that it should be at a two. I just got screwed out of three points, when I really should have stayed at 50.

50 + 4 = 50 (karma cap)
50 - 3 = 47

I just lost three points when in reality I should have gained one. This sucks.

Re:Karma Kap (-1)

tt2k1 (532907) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533465)

The reason for this is that Slashdot is gay. Get over it and get back to work.

Re:Karma Kap (1)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533468)

Karma doesn't matter - it's just a number in a database. There's no practical difference between 47 and 50.

And if you really are that insightful, interesting or funny then you'll soon get them back.

Re:Karma Kap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533476)

I'll second that. Karma doesn't really matter, but the limit is just such a stupid idea. Further, shouldn't "overrated" be the fault of the moderator, not the original poster?

Re:Karma Kap (3, Interesting)

Calle Ballz (238584) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533551)

I agree with the overrated. Also the "Redundant" moderation needs to go. I have only seen this used correctly a few times. Most of the time I will see an informative post that's near the top modded as Reduntant... yet near the bottom, a similar post will be modded as Informative. I think whoever is moderating needs to learn to look at which they have on: Oldest First or Newest First.

Re:Karma Kap (2)

sporty (27564) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533489)

Its karma for Christ's sake, not money. You don't get any smarter, stronger or better looking because your karma is higher. To boot, you are well above the +1 bonus mark. That's like complaining you lost a point off of the SAT's so instead of 1390, you got 1380. The difference is negligable .

Re:Karma Kap (3, Interesting)

Pinball Wizard (161942) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533573)

Actually its more like complaining about getting a 1590 on the SAT due to a glitch in the system when you should have gotten a 1600.


That would piss me off too.

Re:Karma Kap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533603)

The difference is that you can get karma back.

Re:Karma Kap (1)

jiheison (468171) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533637)

You could also re-take the SAT. But, why should you have to go through that hassle because of a loophole in the scoring system?

Re:Karma Kap (-1)

neal n bob (531011) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533491)

you cry baby karma whores - shut the hell up. "Oh I just posted a love note about my anal desire for jonkatz but I only got modded up twice."

Maybe if you were doing something to help the mods get more cheap crack you could get more points.

Slash (-1)

tt2k1 (532907) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533453)

will never be able to handle Troll Tuesday. Slash is stupid. Perl is obsolete. Taco is gay. Hemos is a wannabe.

Re:Slash (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533463)

Is Taco not taking that throbbing cock in it's entirety 'cuz his love canal is chock-full-o-semen?

OK, spit it out Taco... (1, Redundant)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533457)

which will include subscriptions

Ok.. enough hinting at subscriptions. Lets get it out in the open. Looks like its a shoe-in, so tell us the current plan, please...

Kill funny messages (5, Funny)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533464)

I'm still waiting for the option to recalculate the point value for articles based on my own preferences. I want funny to count as +0.

Re:Kill funny messages (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533487)

And I want the babies I ousted in Vietnam to be worth more than 1/2 kill, and the people in HELL want water, but what're ya gonna do?

Re:Kill funny messages (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533518)

Someone mod this up +5 Funny

Re:Kill funny messages (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533601)

I don' think we can mod things up as funny anymore....

Re:Kill funny messages (1, Offtopic)

Nick's Name (531306) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533523)

I agree, why would we want to include humour? I'd much rather read stories while frowning and pouting. Laughing and smiling is for suckers and 'oh yeah, HUMAN BEINGS!! Don't be such a dumb ass.

Re:Kill funny messages (1)

Dagheti (104155) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533627)

I would appreciate a +1 irony mod.

Re:Kill funny messages (3, Funny)

ralmeida (106461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533657)

LOL! Someone mod this +0, Funny!

Re:Kill funny messages (0)

mshiltonj (220311) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533666)

I'm still waiting for the option to recalculate the point value for articles based on my own preferences. I want funny to count as +0.


I'd like funny to count as -1. But then, with the way posts are moderated around here, no posts would get above 4.

Dotslash. (3, Funny)

Odinson (4523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533675)

Oh oh oh, I want to change my prefrences to form....

Eeeeevvvvviiiilll Slaaaaaassshhdoooooot!!!

  • Underrated +0
  • Overrated +1
  • Funny -1
  • Offtopic +1
  • Interesting -2
  • Redundant +2
  • Informitive -2
  • Troll +2
  • Insightful -3

and drum roll please.....
  • Flamebait +5

...Slash code has a... (5, Funny)

ekrout (139379) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533467)

...Slash code has a variety of new improvements for users and administrators alike!

For example, the new SlashTag &ltgoatsex>, which saves you the tedium of having to do all that HREF and HTTP:// stuff.

Re:...Slash code has a... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533498)

rotflmao!!!!!

Badly formed tag (1, Offtopic)

wiredog (43288) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533519)

Should be <goatsex/>

Re:Badly formed tag (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533539)

Thanks, Captain Obvious!

How about an NNTP gateway? I'll gladly subscribe. (5, Insightful)

Dast (10275) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533479)

Taco, I've posted this before, but I will post it again. I would be willing to pay for an ad-free, subscription based NNTP gateway to slashdot. I think something in the range of $5-10 US / month or maybe $50 US for a whole year would be reasonable, as long as there aren't any ads and it works with GNUS. (I know GNUS has a /. backend, but it sucks, sorry. I don't want to worry about parsing html to get the content into GNUS.)

Think about it, cause there isn't anything else you could offer me that I would pay for.

No Score +1 Bonus broken (2)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533481)

The option to not add +1 to your posts is broken. I've used it on another post, and it still came in as a score of 2 without moderation.

Does post anonymously work? (2)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533501)

I hope posting anonymously still works. We'll see real soon.

Anonymous posting fails (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533525)

Uh, oh. This is a serious problem.

If this comes through as anonymous, then it's something weird with Mozilla build 2001110610 (I just switched to my old Netscape 4.7 to test).

Of course, many have complained about Anonymous Cowards, but this certainly isn't the solution.

Mozilla issue (1)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533534)

This seems to be an issue with Mozilla. I was running build 2001110610 for Linux. It was apparently ignoring the check boxes when submitting the form.

That's a nasty bug.

Re:Mozilla issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533602)

more proof that open source software cant compete with a real browser [microsoft.com] .

Re:Mozilla issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533612)

Hopefully it can be fixed before the other 14 Mozilla users get bitten by it.

One died (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533671)

There are only thirteen users now.

Re:Mozilla issue (2)

crumley (12964) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533642)

Yep, mozilla builds since 20011102 have had some nasty form bugs - they make posting to slashdot quite interesting - take a look at mozillazine's build bar comments [mozillazine.org] for details. Hmm, it looks like the bugs were supposed to be fixed for today's builds. Strange that you're still seeing them. For now I'm sticking with 20011030.

Improvement suggestions: (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533483)

* Lose the lameness filter. It is lame. Why? Because it
a) doesn't deter trolls but
b) does annoy legitimate posters.

* Separate karma moderation from comment moderation, eg. a plagiarizing post could be moderated interesting, yet the poster's karma could be modded down.

* Kill the CowboyNeal cop-out poll option. It hasn't been funny for, oh I dunno, about a year or so.

* Add year to (at least some of) the dates. Currently the only way to determine the year in which a given story or a post was made is to look at the URL, which is just plain dumb.

* Improve the search. Finer details of this left as an excersise.

* Add a link to stories that leads to the "daily issue" of Slashdot when the story appeared. Currently the only way to see the full Slashdot for a given day is, if I'm not mistaken, to keep clicking on the "yesterday's issue" link or hack the URL.

* Expand the hall of fame to cover more top stories, say 30 or so, ten is too little.

Other than that I'm pretty happy with Slashdot. :)

(I like the fact how users who aren't logged in don't see sigs anymore, the ability of the Slashdot crowd to generate good sigs AND UPDATE THEM has always been a bit, um, shitty.)

Re:Improvement suggestions: (2, Informative)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533511)

Add year to (at least some of) the dates.

Login.
Go to the homepage preferences.
Choose a time/date format with a 4 digit year.
Voila.

Re:Improvement suggestions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533567)

"Login."

Ah, but I like my Slashdot unlogged... no, seriously, I access /. thru public terminals at my University, and typing in uid/pwd is a pain.

Besides, any random visitor is not likely to log in if s/he is confused by the fact that the year is *nowhere* to be seen.

(But props on spelling "voila" correctly, even if it's lacking the ''. ;)

Re:Improvement suggestions: (2, Interesting)

rif42 (206260) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533658)

I agree that the UI should default to use year indication in its default date format - without it is a mess when searching old articles.

Preferable using a universal understandable date format, which do not leaves you wonder if month or date are written first.

yyyy/MM/dd hh:mm, e.g. 2001/11/07 19:25
or
dd month yyyy hh:mm, e.g. November 7 2001 19:25

Re:Improvement suggestions: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533631)

"Add year to (at least some of) the dates. Currently the only way to determine the year in which a given story or a post was made is to look at the URL, which is just plain dumb."

Well, he tried, but he kept on getting '19101'...

-RN

nntp (5, Insightful)

stevens (84346) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533485)

Now that we've got the Fry tree out of the way, its off to work on Zoidberg (which will include subscriptions, killfiles, and a few surprises)

Wow. In just a few short years they'll have implemented....usenet!

Just kidding, I know there are differences. Still, an nntp gateway would allow people to use their own clients, and those killfiles.

Re:nntp (3, Informative)

Jason Earl (1894) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533574)

There already is a Gnus client for Slashdot. It allows you to use Gnus scorefiles and everything. Sometimes I wonder if Emacs hackers belong to a totally different species.

Slashddot slashdot? (0, Offtopic)

snoozerdss (303165) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533532)

Could this be? slashdot effect on shashdot?

Security? (2, Insightful)

Krieger (7750) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533542)

Have the passwords for accounts been moved to a secure format yet? And along similar lines, what about password resets?

I remember that these were pending problems from a while ago.

My biggest wish (3, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533547)

How about comment editing capability??? There's nothing worse than posting a comment, even using preview, and realize you screwed it up somehow.

It might even be interesting to add a "previous version" capability. Just stick the message in some other dump table and have a different screen to dump them out.

The journals have editing capability, so I don't see why normal messages can't do the same.

Re:My biggest wish (1)

jiheison (468171) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533620)

It seems like the ability to post something and then go back and edit it into something completely different would invite confusion and abuse.

Perhaps a better solution would be an option to append comments to a post, after it has been submitted. This would be an improvement to posting my sheepish corrections in a reply to my own comment.

Four suggestions.. (4, Interesting)

update() (217397) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533560)

First of all, the new code seems to be working well. Availability and response time has been much better than before. (Bender code was in place on September 11, right? I was amazed at how well the system held up.)

Four suggestions -- three of which should be easy and the fourth is harder:

  • The hard one -- I'd love the ability to go back and revise posts for typos or even delete them if I realize I've said something false.
  • Moderation by editors should be noted as such. This would reduce (or confirm) a lot of the conspiracy theories around here.
  • I'll also agree that the +1 bonus should be off by default.
  • How about a lameness filter against HTML posts where more than 30% of the displayed text is formatted? This would help out people who forget to close a tag and don't bother to preview, and reduce readability problems caused by people who want to use all bold. (In a related vein, does the Code option for post formatting do anything but generate unreadable posts? If people want to post code, let them use HTML.)

Spell Checker? (5, Insightful)

Christianfreak (100697) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533563)

I mean there's been a perl mod for ispell for a long time now. How about incorporating it in? That would certainly help both users and administrators.

Re:Spell Checker? (2, Insightful)

Calle Ballz (238584) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533595)

One think I have learned about any technical conversation is that they kill spell checkers. I set my outlook (I don't choose my software) at work to automatically check for spelling errors before I send it out and initially I found myself adding TONS of new words for spellcheck to ignore. It's been a year, and it's still trying to correct various technical terms, acronyms, abbreviations & such. On slashdot I think it would mostly be a pain in the neck trying to post, unless you could choose to use it or whatever.

I can read past misspellings anyways, 99% of the time. I am not like the grammer trolls who feel it is their duty to give everyone a language lesson, I just say give it a break... no one is perfect and not everyone has a degree in literature.

Re:Spell Checker? (3, Funny)

ellem (147712) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533644)

grammer trolls

grammar

I want more room (2)

ellem (147712) | more than 12 years ago | (#2533628)

in my Slashbox.

I need more room in my Slashbox. This way I can log into /. from anywhere and go to my fave places that aren't /.!

Database (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2533639)

I hope that one of these "surprises" is the lack of database crashes!!!!!
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