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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 11:04 AM
An open letter to whoever has the final say around here


OK, maybe it's "whomever", it gets a little murky.

Recently, it is getting more and more likely that I will not bother to get 'caught up' on various threads. Not because the thread itself is uninteresting, it's the fact that I have to wade thru pages, and I really do mean pages, of complete drivel to find nuggets of info germane to the topic.
I take a certain amount of pride in never having watched a reality TV show, but I remember when folks at the office would talk about somebody getting voted off the island now and then.
I'll take the risk that the highest vote getter would be me if I can just cast mine.
Anyone else getting to this point?
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 11:33 AM


The ability to designate users that you don't want to see posts from would be good and easy to do.

It would be especially good for elvis's repetitive, childish posts of large images. They simply wouldn't be there if you selected to ignore his posts.


[Edited on 6-29-2014 by SFandH]




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 11:52 AM


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Originally posted by SFandH
The ability to designate users that you don't want to see posts from would be good and easy to do.

It would be especially good for elvis's repetitive, childish posts of large images. They simply wouldn't be there if you selected to ignore his posts.


[Edited on 6-29-2014 by SFandH]


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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 11:55 AM


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Anyone else getting to this point?


Yes. When the majority of attention is aimed at BS rather than Baja, the whole thing loses meaning.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 12:19 PM


It feels like forced, subliminal advertising when you see the same thing over and over again.
We get it. Please at least keep it fresh and relevant. :cool:
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 12:26 PM


I'm not going to contribute to this. OOOPs I just did. Sorry



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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 12:40 PM


Quote:
Originally posted by SFandH
The ability to designate users that you don't want to see posts from would be good and easy to do.

It would be especially good for elvis's repetitive, childish posts of large images. They simply wouldn't be there if you selected to ignore his posts.


[Edited on 6-29-2014 by SFandH]


Yes, this. I got added to his "list" simply for asking if this option was available, and insulted by being called a "dumpster diver." You may now get the same abuse for asking this simple question, too! While he has the right to post whatever, I also should have the right to not be subjected to his drivel.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 12:59 PM


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I also should have the right to not be subjected to his drivel.


It's not just "him." It's an overall disinterest with Baja and too much emphasis on sparring and confrontation by some who have nothing to do with the place anyway.
I don't get it. Maybe we need Hose-A here to kick some butt.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 02:20 PM


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The ability to designate users that you don't want to see posts from would be good and easy to do.


I dont think it's that easy to do. It's either in the message board software or it isn't. I think this is pretty old software.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 02:37 PM


Nothing wrong here a little speed reading can't cure. A quick skim of the post is usually enough to size up the drift of it. Move on, you don't have to eat the whole egg to know it's rotten. There are also people you will get to know so to speak....... I just don't read their stuff. Some people don't read my stuff, that's cool with me.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 02:39 PM


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The ability to designate users that you don't want to see posts from would be good and easy to do.


I dont think it's that easy to do. It's either in the message board software or it isn't. I think this is pretty old software.


We shouldn't have to be avoiding anyone anyway. Our recent fiasco was beyond childish....and it just kept getting worse. :fire:




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 03:23 PM


PHP, MySql, a couple of include files containing the new code, small changes to existing code to include the new code, presto - chango finished.

Yeah, I know it's not all that simple, but I can imagine it.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 03:39 PM


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I believe you're oversimplifying. It might take the forum developers several (?!) hours to make the necessary modifications to their code base (which I personally think they should do).

On revisiting this:

1) Looks like XMB is no longer developed or supported, so the worry of XMB updates overwriting local mods may be moot.

2) Doug, there's already ignore code set up for the U2U system, meaning that it might not be hard to piggyback off that if it were acceptable for U2U ignores to also apply to thread display (that would be TOTALLY acceptable for me as a forum user, if that were the only way to achieve an ignore function).

Might be a case of just grabbing some of the U2U display code and including it in the thread display SELECT code...?

Man, if you could pull that off without a lot of effort, that would be a major improvement to the environment here... :bounce:




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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 03:42 PM


Two major components for the modification.

1. Modify viewthread.php to display or not display a user's post based upon a query to a new table, call it "user_ignore".

The table's fields would contain the logged in user id and the ignored user's id.

2. A new page in the user profile to add, modify, and delete records in the "user_ignore" table. Simple SQL statements based upon a form submission. The form would contain a select box displaying usernames to ignore.

The tricky part would be to not display posts created by the ignored user that are quoted by a non-ignored user. That could be done with regular expressions in the new display logic in viewthread.php

I think that would cover it.

I could do it, but, hey, I'm retired. :tumble:

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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 03:53 PM


No problem amigo, string manipulation using regular expressions, maybe even simple built-in PHP string functions. Find the offending part and delete it.


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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 04:10 PM


In fact, the first thing I would do is visit PHP user group websites and look to see if someone else hasn't already done this. 50-50 chance the wheel has already been invented.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 04:14 PM


I feel that we need to ban drinking and posting. Maybe need to blow into a breathalyzer that attaches to the computer??

I would say that 75% of the threads make no sense to me. hahha.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 04:15 PM


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No problem amigo, string manipulation using regular expressions, maybe even simple string functions. Find the offending part and delete it.
I understand HOW it could be done, but the difference in resource impact between MySQL SELECTS on indexed tables for WHICH articles should be displayed, (extremely efficient) and manipulation of the content within each of those articles as it is displayed, could really impact the responsiveness of the forum (which is sometimes marginal as it is).

Have you seen forum software which does this?


I don't think today's hardware would have a problem with this. In fact I've done similar things and I stopped working 5 years ago. We're talking strings here. Today's hardware, what you're typing on now, can decompress and display high def video in real time. I'm sure bajanomads server can handle it.

But you may be right.

I'm sure I could write code that would really slow up things. ;D

I'd bet any latency in this website is due to the Internet, especially considering the relatively small number of users.

I think I've seen forum software that does this, not sure tho.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 04:19 PM


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I feel that we need to ban drinking and posting. Maybe need to blow into a breathalyzer that attaches to the computer??

I would say that 75% of the threads make no sense to me. hahha.
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[*] posted on 6-29-2014 at 05:08 PM


I'm thinking Santiago is a little sensitive...you know, being a Giants fan and all....help someone get them a glass of water, I think they are choking....



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