SharperIron is Back Online

As you can see, we’re back!

Our regular content schedule will resume shortly.

Some things to be aware of

  • If you have registered at SI, your old password will no longer work. If we had a valid email address for you, you have probably already received notification of this, but in my tests, the automatic email link won’t work. Regardless, you can launch the reset process here.
  • For any problems logging in, please send a message using the site contact form (category: technical problems or account/password)
  • A few parts of the site haven’t been completely restyled yet. So we’ll be under construction for another week or two.
  • Feel free to post question, missing features, error messages, etc. in this thread.

A word or three about the restyling

Part of the goal this time around was to make the site a bit more phone and pad friendly. On very, very small screens, the menus were hard to use and the side-positioned author panel on articles and comments tended to create the need for lots and lots of scrolling. The new design should be a bit better for little screens.

Generally larger fonts sizes were chosen. Rather than follow the current design trend of using ridiculously giant font sizes (a soon-passing fad, I hope), we’ve gone a notch or two larger. The main appeal of that design choice is mostly selfish: my eyes are just older (and certainly tireder) than they used to be. Maybe larger text also works better on small devices?

Since I don’t own a single smart phone or pad of any sort whatsoever, I rely on you all for feedback (along with using some screen-emulator tools). Feel free to post problems and suggestions for the improving the site functionality and look for the itty bitty-expensive-screen world.

A word of warning: web site visual design has moved very quickly (from my POV) to HTML5 and CSS3. If you’re using an antique web browser, things are probably not going to work right.

Finally, on the styling topic: it more fun than usual this time around!

What about “Drupalgeddon,” being hacked, and all that?

After setting up a new webserver, installing fresh versions of everything, restoring an old backup, and carefully adding the newer content back in, I’m reasonably confident that we’re free of “back doors” and other sorts of hacker evil. There’s no way to be 100% sure, but it looks like nothing happened to our stuff beyond the initial automated attack that created a bogus user role on the site and a single bogus user account in that role. Time will tell. I’m not losing any sleep over it.

The whole process has been really educational. Lots of up-to-elbows in linux, mysql, nginx, and other technical guts. A few more rounds of this and I’ll have about 1/6 of a proper education for somebody doing this sort of thing!

That said, with all the manual database tampering, a few things are likely to be not quite right here and there. There might be a post or two with the wrong user name on it, the wrong date, missing tags, and miscellaneous similar messiness. Again, feel free to post whatever seems amiss here in the thread.

Thanks for your patience during the downtime.

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Don Johnson's picture

Hi Aaron

Looks great on my iPhone 4s. Thanks for the reformatting. iPad is good too.

 

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Just realized that private messages from about mid August to Nov 18 or so were not transferred over (yet). 

Ron Bean's picture

Being totally ignorant of most technology,  I have no idea what you did or how you did it but I'm very thankful for your work!

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Greg Long's picture

Thanks for all your work Aaron, especially over a holiday break.

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Greg Long, Ed.D. (SBTS)

Pastor of Adult Ministries
Grace Church, Des Moines, IA

Adjunct Instructor
School of Divinity
Liberty University

Greg Long's picture

MUSIC, WHAT TO WEAR AT CHURCH, DRINKING ALCOHOL, MARK DRISCOLL!!!

(Just trying to get things rolling again after the hiatus. Smile )

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Greg Long, Ed.D. (SBTS)

Pastor of Adult Ministries
Grace Church, Des Moines, IA

Adjunct Instructor
School of Divinity
Liberty University

PLewis's picture

You made me laugh!   I could use it on this chilly Monday back to work day!  Thanks!!

 

Also - thanks for all your hard work Aaron!  Love coming here for (mostly) common sense answers / discussions...

 

Greg Long wrote:

MUSIC, WHAT TO WEAR AT CHURCH, DRINKING ALCOHOL, MARK DRISCOLL!!!

(Just trying to get things rolling again after the hiatus. Smile )

Ron Bean's picture

Greg Long wrote:

MUSIC, WHAT TO WEAR AT CHURCH, DRINKING ALCOHOL, MARK DRISCOLL!!!

(Just trying to get things rolling again after the hiatus. Smile )

Mark Driscoll in church wearing jeans and a tank top with a beer singing "I Want to Marry Daddy When I Grow Up".

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

Susan R's picture

EditorModerator

I have a smallish Droid phone, and the site is much easier to navigate than before. I get a nice-sized drop down menu instead of trying to touch the menu option I want with the corner of my pinky.

SuzanneT's picture

Just want to add my appreciation for SI and all the work that goes into maintaining this place..sorry about the major hackery headache!

Every Blessing ~

Suzanne

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Have heard from a few folks who were unable to reset their pwd due to not receiving the email after going to http://sharperiron.org/user/password and taking that step.

In these cases, the problem might be...

  • the email address in your account isn't any good anymore
  • your email service is blocking the message as spam

If something like the above is happening, we can create a temporary password for you. Just let us know via the contact form (link in the article).

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Not sure what happened there. Your comment is showing in Ed's post now...  Feel free to try another post there as a test and let us know here if it's still not working normally.

Thanks

Jim's picture

  • What operating system (eg I am now working on a Windows 7 Lenovo)
  • What browser and version (eg ... now I am on IE 11)

Also: this is a helpful practice and EZ. Have multiple browsers. On this workstation I have both IE 11 and Chrome. On another work PC I have IE 11, Chrome and Firefox. At home Mac OS w Chrome and Safari. If you have multiple browsers, check S/I on all browsers.

Mark_Smith's picture

It doesn't appear in "new threads" list either. I am running Chrome...but my posts have worked on 2 other threads?

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Not sure what, but something was broken on that post. It was in the queue but unpublished during the transition and that seems to have made a difference. Wiped it and reposted and it seems to be handling comments normally now.

Jay's picture

This is something I've been wanting to know...how do you embed a picture in a post?  Can you upload it and attach it to the comment or does the image have to be online somewhere in order to get it to appear?

 

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Jim's picture

Jay wrote:

This is something I've been wanting to know...how do you embed a picture in a post?  Can you upload it and attach it to the comment or does the image have to be online somewhere in order to get it to appear?

 

Use some offline hosting service like cubeupload . Then embed in the link using the HTML img tag

 

Jay's picture

like this?

"Our task today is to tell people — who no longer know what sin is...no longer see themselves as sinners, and no longer have room for these categories — that Christ died for sins of which they do not think they’re guilty." - David Wells

Jim's picture

On images (and I learned this the hard way):

  • If you just link to someone else's image on another site ... 
  • You basically are stealing their bandwidth
  • And you risk someone changing the image to something you did not intend to display (the image changes .. but the file name stays the same) 

 

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