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Help / Re: Beebotron Drama Pages
« on: April 29, 2017, 02:06:04 PM »
Bad news I'm afraid

This is a link to one of the data streams the Beebotron would use to construct the Genre pages:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/drama/schedules/2017/04/28.xml

...and it appears that the BBC have permanently switched the feeds off, replacing it with a notice to that effect.
I'll do some research but it doesnt look good for the genre pages.

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Help / Re: Beebotron Drama Pages
« on: March 29, 2017, 06:04:35 PM »
Kick delivered!

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Announcements / Re: New page - Recent Messages
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:07:42 AM »
Good point...as a quick fix, I've shoved some space between each link. I'll play around with more solid separation.

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Announcements / New page - Recent Messages
« on: February 23, 2017, 04:49:38 PM »
Hello,

I've added a new page to the site which may help us to keep track of our conversations a bit better than the 'built in' pages.

I think it's roughly analogous to what we're used to - a straight-forward list of date-sorted messages, with name, person, and date, with a marker for the ones you've not read.

As before, clicking the link to the newest thread will mark all posts in that thread 'read'.

Currently you can only get to it from this link:

https://forum.beebotron.org/index.php?page=recent_messages

In the coming days I'll integrate it into the forum a bit more and try to remove the access to the other similar pages (unread, new replies, recent posts, etc) which seem to cause more confusion than they're worth. As someone else has already noted, the nuance of the differences between these built-in pages probably only becomes apparent on a much busier site.

As ever, feedback welcome!

Rick

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:44:34 AM »
We now have a choice of themes....

See here for details and any questions.

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Help / Selectable Themes
« on: February 13, 2017, 08:40:46 AM »
There is now a new theme to choose from, and an easy way to switch between the two currently available.

The theme defines the layout, colour scheme, and general format of what you see on screen. There is a new drop-down box at the bottom-right of every page on the site, and it can be used to switch between themes. Don't do this half-way through writing a post, as it reloads the page you're currently viewing. Other than that, its easy to switch so try them out!

Of the two we can choose from currently, there is 'Reboot' and 'Blue Star'

Reboot
This is the current default, with the wide green bars and the white menu across the top. For some reason, when on this theme, quotes don't display the quoted persons name (I'm trying to fix this). You may prefer this theme if you're on a small screen as it automatically changes to accommodate your screen size. For example, the menu bar at the top becomes a drop-down menu if it doesn't have enough space to show all the buttons.

Blue Star
I prefer this theme and may make it the default if the majority like it over Reboot. It has a generally blue colour scheme and an easier to read, more consistent look to it than Reboot does (in my opinion, anyway). I find it easier to skim-read with this theme. It also displays the name of the quoted person in a quote. It doesn't adjust itself to smaller screen sizes.

There is a large library of themes available here and its reasonably trivial to add a new theme for us to use so if anyone spots one they would prefer to use, please reply to this thread and I'll make them available from the drop-down.

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:00:48 PM »
3. I've just found out that the Preview button doesn't seem to do anything. 

There are two ways to reply to a post - the Quick Reply box below the thread and the Full Reply box which you access by clicking the Reply button. On my machine using Firefox, if I use the Quick Reply then preview, it shunts the page up to show me the preview, but if I use the Full Reply it creates the preview but doesn't shunt the page up for me. Is that's what's happening, do you see a preview if you scroll up?

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:22:34 PM »
Also - The brief  'Recent messages' list on the home page has now been moved above the board index, as it was at the old place.

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:20:12 PM »
2. The recent messages page is the most important part of the site to me and the old link in my Chrome tab opened up the forum to reveal that page. If I went away from that page, in other areas there was a link back to the page and those links now are gone. In addition, the recent posts now seem to have been relegated to the bottom of the home page, which is illogical to me as I now have to scroll down to read what I feel should be at the top of the page.

I'm working on an equivalent workflow - the 'Recent Messages' from the old forum was the most popular page by far and most peoples entry point, I suspect. There's a similar page here but its not easy to find by default. I've added a button for it to the top row - 'Recent Posts' - which should be visible from anywhere on the site. Also I've remapped the address of the old page to that new page, so if you previously had the old page bookmarked you should end up on the new page.

I'm looking at refining that page also - to my eyes it doesn't 'flow' very well.

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:02:46 PM »
1. In all the old messages I have seen that contain an apostrophe (') or quotes (") those marks are now preceded by a backslash (\).

This is a side effect of the way the messages were imported from one database to another. The backslash tells the database server that it should treat the following apostrophe or quote as part of the text being moved, rather than treating said quote/apostrophe as part of the code that's doing the moving. If that makes sense? I might be able to tidy them up somewhere down the road - a project for a rainy day!

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Announcements / Re: New forum
« on: February 08, 2017, 05:02:06 PM »
Hi Tru,

Glad you found your way in :)

Are you sure you weren't looking at my profile box? I have 290 posts. Your profile box displays "Posts: 8168", unless you're referring to somewhere else on the site?

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Announcements / New forum
« on: February 08, 2017, 03:39:00 PM »
Hi All,
As you may have noticed, the forum has been migrated to a new system. There were several reasons but most of them are geeky and frankly a bit boring so I won't bore you with them.

Almost everything should have made the jump with us. Your user names and passwords are the same, and all topics/messages have been rebuilt here. One quirk that I've noticed is that private messages seem to have been shortened if they were over a certain length. If anyone had important information in a private message that is now gone, please let me know and I will endeavour to recover the message from a copy of the old forum.

Apart from that, everything we did on the old forum we should be able to do on the new forum, but it may have a different name or the link is somewhere else. Please reply to this thread to share your discoveries with others so we can all find our feet. Obviously anything you think is broken or awkward to use, put that here too and I'll see what I can do.

PS You may have got this email twice, apologies if so.

Cheers
Rick

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Help / Re: Beebotron Drama Pages
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:18:26 PM »
yes! they have now been un-stucked...

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The Movie Phorum / Re: Doctor Whoooooo
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:28:51 AM »
John Hurts\' Doc was the most interesting for years.

I\'m starting to loose interest in the recent incarnations. The stories seem to have boiled down to \'Doc runs round being kooky\' or \'Doc has an existential crisis\'. Maybe there\'s a bit of burn-out from all the \'Doc saves London/England/Earth/Milky Way/Universe/Entire Existence Of Anything\' story arcs that we\'ve had since the return.

Sherlock feels similar too:( It was about clever crime solving, and now its about an annoying rich boy having another crisis.

Or maybe I\'ve just become a grumpy old man#-o

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Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Re: Tracks
« on: October 26, 2016, 09:55:24 AM »
Did anyone else get the feeling they were setting it up to be one of those \'inside mental illness\' thrillers, where a lot of what you think has happened turns out to be taking place only in the main characters mind? I was sort of expecting a scene in the final episode where the character accepts they\'re ill and suddenly wakes up in hospital having spent the time since the crash in a coma or in a delusional state. Probably just me!

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