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[*] posted on 28-6-2023 at 03:16


Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  
Stickies don't do much. I think most people keep an eye on "today's posts", their own current conversations and then search. I don't think there are many who browse starting from the forums.

i read the stickies. sometimes. many posts in the stickied threads in the “fundamentals” channels are conjecture with information that’s only occasionally useful (hydrazine thread, permanganate thread, acetaldehyde synthesis thread, etc)

EDIT: looks like texium noticed this about a year ago:
http://www.sciencemadness.org/talk/viewthread.php?tid=158467

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[*] posted on 28-6-2023 at 11:37


Quote: Originally posted by j_sum1  

Stickies don't do much. I think most people keep an eye on "today's posts", their own current conversations and then search. I don't think there are many who browse starting from the forums.

I don't know about anyone else, but I tend to stick to forums at the top of the board and I don't so often venture into "Forum Matters" or "Whimsy", etc.

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many posts in the stickied threads in the “fundamentals” channels are conjecture

Worse, many posts repeat the same bad idea that was posted three pages ago because the poster didn't read the thread. Acetic anhydride via pyrosulfate or metaphosphate will keep coming up no matter how many times we assure people it doesn't work.

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[*] posted on 28-6-2023 at 13:37


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Worse, many posts repeat the same bad idea that was posted three pages ago because the poster didn't read the thread. Acetic anhydride via pyrosulfate or metaphosphate will keep coming up no matter how many times we assure people it doesn't work.
That's why I want to make the thread summaries and close the old threads to open new, refreshed discussions, but grad school has been sucking the life out of me, so I haven't had the time or energy to take on that project yet.



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[*] posted on 28-6-2023 at 17:30


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grad school has been sucking the life out of me,

Oh, that's quite normal. That's also why all of the professors are various sorts of undead.




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[*] posted on 11-7-2023 at 12:12
Hello again!


Hi,

I haven't posted here in almost two years.

I'm going to upload a new forum backup soon.

I hadn't dealt with registration email requests in almost a year (!) and there were a lot of requests that were emailed only to me, not woelen.

So the good news is that I wrote a script to help me process requests and I handled a couple hundred registration requests this past weekend.

The bad news, which I discovered today, is:

1) I had a bug in my script, so I have to redo the process for most users who try to log in.

2) My form email included a link to the forum, which caused Yahoo to mark most of the mails as suspicious/non-delivered. And I only found that out today when I looked at my spam folder. (Apparently Yahoo's own delivery error messages go in the spam folder!)




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[*] posted on 11-7-2023 at 13:25


Polverone, great to see you back here! I hope you will take a look at some of the recent discussions in the Moderator’s Lounge.

Worth noting: some people have also contacted me through my blog contact form or Discord and I’ve registered them, so there’s a chance that some of the ones who didn’t contact woelen were already registered by me.




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[*] posted on 11-7-2023 at 13:30


Polverone! Good to see you back!

In case you didn't know; there is an XMB update, 1.9.12, which includes reCaptcha.

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[*] posted on 12-7-2023 at 12:45


Quote: Originally posted by Texium  
I think we need a new rule on this forum of NO posting AI generated procedure, unless it’s for the sole purpose of picking it apart and making fun of how stupid it is.

I strongly favor this rule, fwiw.




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[*] posted on 12-7-2023 at 16:45


Quote: Originally posted by Tsjerk  
Polverone! Good to see you back


Thank Goodness, I can cut back on the Xanax now!


Edit: yeah, no AI unless it's, say in a whimsy sticky, for the purposes of satire.

[Edited on 7-13-2023 by arkoma]




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[*] posted on 13-7-2023 at 12:26


Hello again (again). I just posted in the moderators lounge about bots (which aren't really bots, just the side effect of a new script I'm running).

Also in my last post I mentioned a new forum backup. You can try it now:

https://sciencemadness.org/archive/SM-offline2-beta.ova

This one is marked "beta" and hasn't replaced the old backup because I'm not sure if it still seamlessly works on someone else's computer.

I bought a Linux laptop in 2013 that I had been using to generate the forum backups ever since that time. But last year the wireless adapter stopped working and I didn't have the house wired for ethernet. That changed this year: I installed wired ethernet and I finally got a new desktop workstation. I was able to pull all my data from the old laptop to the new desktop over the network and then I built a new forum backup on the new desktop.

The problem is that when I run the new virtual appliance on my new machine, it seems to have some trouble with setting up networking seamlessly. I can click through to see the XMB front page but links to individual posts are broken. This is all due to bad network auto-detection inside the VM (which is probably related to the new machine having many network interfaces and me not configuring the VirtualBox bridge networking correctly).

I can supply screen shots and more detailed debugging info later if necessary to help figure out what's going on, but in the mean time you can just try downloading the new beta image and see if it works. Maybe it's only flaky on my setup.




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[*] posted on 14-7-2023 at 04:49


Hangs on the network setup with me also.

Virtual box 6.1, running on Mint 21.1 w/cinnamon




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[*] posted on 14-7-2023 at 04:55


How is SM running on the server now? Also in VirtualBox?
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[*] posted on 19-7-2023 at 14:20


Quick question... I just noticed it doesn't ask me http/https question anymore when logging in... As a creature of habit, this seems odd and new.

IIRC the options were : http, https, library and members publications.
Now I just see forum, library, members publications etc

That IS new right, I'm not cracked up by this heat? California been warm lately, focus is low.
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[*] posted on 19-7-2023 at 14:29


Definitely new! Polverone must be doing more tinkering behind the scenes. Not a bad idea to make everyone use https.



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[*] posted on 19-7-2023 at 14:41


Why would you ever want to use the unsecure version?



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[*] posted on 20-7-2023 at 12:54


Yes, I removed the front page link to the old plain-HTTP /talk/ forum. I didn't actually remove anything behind the scenes, since that would break links, but I don't want to promote non-HTTPS any more.



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[*] posted on 20-7-2023 at 17:45


Polverone, you need to update your status, we're up to 21 years of Madness - that's Madness old enough to drink.




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[*] posted on 21-7-2023 at 07:55


Polveron, it was good to hear from you, ....its been a long run and still here.....solo



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