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I need some help tracking down a pesky bug in the Suggest A Story page. The page will occasionally return nothing when you preview and/or submit a story. I can't reproduce the issue to save my life, so I need more people to bang on the page and send me the results when this error occurs.
To help me solve this problem I'm asking you to make up some stories, and attempt to submit them just like any real story. I'm hoping the page will fail for someone, and that someone can share with me the contents of the failure via the Contact Us form (or via email).
So take some time and Suggest A Story, or two, or three, or four. It doesn't really matter what you submit. Here's the important part: If it fails (look for an empty page), show me the problem code. I need to see the HTML of that blank page, view the source, and send it to me. It's also important I know what browser and operating system you're using. Use the Contact Us form, or email it to blake at lisnews .com Anyone who succeeds in failing and sends me the HTML can have an LISNews email account! Just a quick clarification, the bug I'm looking for here returns a page that is blank in the middle. (There is another bug that will return the same thing again and again if you've already submitted a story in the past 5 minutes. It should return an error screen that says you're submitting again too soon. Instead it just shows you your submission again and again, I'm looking for the blank page bug)
Update: 05/13 01:00 GMT by B :Still nothing! Keep those tests coming!
The newest version of Slashcode just got dropped into place this weekend by our Hosts and there's a few new features that you might want to play with.
The first is tagging. If you're not familiar with tagging already, you might find it an interesting idea. Tags have been around for a while as a system for users to categorize (aka catalog) web pages. It's hard to compare tagging to "real" cataloging, since tags are by nature uncontrolled, but you could think of tagging as a very chaotic form of cataloging. You are encouraged to use this feature to submit a handful of tags: brief labels that you think best describe any article. You might choose to say that this is an article about 'books' and 'google'
The Slashcode guys describe this as "all very beta", which means it's in the early stages of development, it may be buggy, and it might change substantially in the future. It also means it's short on a lot of really neat features it *could* be doing.
The core developers say they don't know exactly how this will all work, and a lot of it really
depends on how many people participate. If you choose to add your own tags, be aware:
It's still brand new, so any ideas you have on how it can be better used, please feel free to let me know.
You might also notice an odd title appearing from time to time on the index page. That's another new feature that allows sectional content to come out from hiding and show itself on the home page. CmdrTaco Explains All over on Slashdot. Essentially anything posted into the sections will peak out on the homepage now. It allows us to fit more good stuff into the same space. I'll be adding a few more new plugins soon that will add some new features that should be fun to use.
I've had 2 reports of troubles with the suggest a story form that I can't duplicate. Judging from the number of submissions over the past few days I'm guessing that it's a common problem?
I can't seem to find anything wrong, when I try to submit stories it works just fine, so I need your help. Please Let Me Know if you can't get a story through. If you could send me the story and let me know what browser you're using that would be great too!
If you're reading this, you are looking at the new LISNews server.
There is a slim chance that if you posted a comment or anything else to the old server at about 10:30 EST it didn't make it to the new server.
Other than that, if you spot any trouble, let me know.
This will be the last week to win a spiffy new Renaissance Library Calendar. Everyone who submits a storyr has a chance to win a Renaissance Library Calendar. The Renaissance Library Calendar 2006 features two libraries
which have been honoured with UNESCO awards in 2005. Biblioteca Palafoxiana, (the Palafoxiana Library) in Puebla,
Mexico, dating from 1646, and the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium,
including its extensive library, dating from 1563.
You can see each of the 12 libraries featured in the 2006 edition Here, which shows a bigger picture of the Calendar's back cover. You can also check out the the first five editions of the Renaissance Library Calendar.
I'm slowly but surely whipping the new slashcode into shape. The new server is another story, but at least it seems more or less stable now.
It's now possible to add headlines from other sites to the LISNews homepage you seen when you're logged in. It's a very limited list at the moment, but just Let Me Know what other sites you'd like to see and I'll be happy to add them.
Here's a quick how-to:
Click on the Change Homepage link over on the left side navigation. Down at the bottom, you should see a section called "Customize Slashboxes" Make sure "Use Slashboxes" is checked, and then just add whatever boxes you'd like. There's only a few right now (in no particular order): The ALA TechSource Blog , The Library Journal Tech Blog, Steven M Cohen's Library Stuff, Walt at Random and Tame The Web. It takes a while to add a new feed, but I'll be happy to add anything that is Requested.
search-engines-web writes "Hello1st option: http://126.96.36.199/search?hl=en&lr=&q=cache%3Al isnews.org The links will take you to the correct pagejust take out the google headers----------------------------------2nd option:if anyone has it in their temporary files - do not reload - just open the temp files in the browser and copy and paste the Lisnews (com or org) index.html into a anoter directory - open the your brower - view source and copy"
Something happened (it's a long story) to one of the drives on the LISNews server, the most recent backup that survived was from November 23rd. Yes, I'm having a bad day.
There's about a million things wrong with the "New & Improved" LISNews. At this point all I can say is I have a list, it's growing, and I'll get things fixed when I can. BUT, please feel free to add to my list below; I'll get your bug fixed right away if it's important, and sooner or later if it's not. -- Read More