Work in Progress

Welcome to Phase 1 of what will eventually be SharperIron 2014!

The site has moved to a new version of the underlying content system. While the potential for site improvements is much increased by the move, the change necessitates a good bit rebuilding.

What works

  • Obviously, the Front Page article and Filings sections are mostly up and running.
  • In addition, you should be able to log on (or register), post comments, start discussions in the Forum, etc.

What doesn’t work

  • Foundry and Blogroll are still in the oven
  • The New Posts page is likewise in progress
  • Much of the forum styling isn’t done yet. So links aren’t always where we’d like them to be, labeled clearly, etc.
  • Lots of little stuff.

Thanks for your patience. Lord willing, we’ll return to regularly scheduled front page articles tomorrow, and various improvements and will be appearing over the next week or so. Most of these do not require any site downtime, so they’ll mostly just start showing up. We’ll post some announcements as major features such as Blogroll, etc. come back online.

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Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin
  • The graphical/wysywig editor is not loading in new forum topics  Fixed!
  • RSS not feeding  (see http://sharperiron.org/sharperiron-other-formats​)
    • Main feed
    • Filings
    • Combined article & filings
    • RSS feeds
      • The newposts feed still doesn’t display the parent thread/topic. Haven’t yet found a way to get that in there.
  • Search functions
    • content
    • users
    • comments
  • To do
    • Blogroll 
    • (admin: visual distinction of unpublished posts)
    • New-posts page (almost done)
    • Foundry (almost done)
    • Flag-posts for problem content (almost done)
    • “Like this” flag of some kind
    • Various social media integrations
    • ‘Print’ link  (print ver. of pages needs some formatting work)
Dan B.'s picture

I'm especially glad the layout adapts to smaller resolutions. No more zooming in and out on mobile!

Thanks for your work.

Don Johnson's picture

Hi Aaron.

Your new setup appears to automatically sense the device, which can be helpful, but the Front Page has the article front and center, filings below. You have to scroll down past all the front page articles to see the Filings.

Personally, I don't like mobile view on the iPad. The screen is large enough for viewing websites in their native format and you can always expand sections you are interested in reading.

FWIW

 

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Ken Woodard's picture

Can I sign up for Obamacare here? Their web site doesn't work as well as this one.

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Thanks for the feedback. I think there may be a way to tell it to just use standard layout on iPad. Barring that, there are several layout options. Alas, I don’t have an iPad to test on, but Don, we could probably coordinate a little testing if you’re up to it.

Don Johnson's picture

My schedule is a little crazy these days, but I'll be glad to give feedback. Noticed that the iPhone has issues too, but don't have time to describe right now. Will get back to you.

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Jay's picture

Sometimes, if you press and hold the Shift key when you return, that will remove the extra space.  Try that with your sig and see if it fixes it.

"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

Don Johnson's picture

Ok, just a note on the iPhone view. The view is fine if you are just looking at the front page. But if you go to the comments, the user's avatar dominates the screen (this is in portrait view). The article and comments get about 1/4 of the screen on the right and are barely readable. It's a bit better in landscape view, but you have only about 50% of the screen for article/comments, 50% goes to avatar.

Hope that can be fixed, somehow.

 

Maranatha!
Don Johnson
Jer 33.3

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Not sure what controls the comment avatars. Probably the best solution is to not dispaly them at all on phones. Will have to look into how to do that.

Jay's picture

Aaron,

Have you ever looked into using MovableType (I think that's what it's called - it might be MobileWeb)?  They're supposed to automatically rework the site to make it mobile device friendly across all platforms.  It might be a budget thing with SI - I have no idea what it costs - but it would probably save you a TON of headache and time.

edit - added link and strikethrough.

"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

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Looked into Moveable Type several yrs ago when shopping for content management systems. At the time, it did not have any forum functionality at all. Not sure if it does now. In any case, it's a completely different CMS and migrating would be a really huge project.

 

edit... just realized you're talking about Mobile Web. Not sure what exactly it is, but it does look interesting as a nice mobile enhancement.

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Short term, it would probably be easier to develop some comment views for mobile that simply omit the profile pic. It would involve using some differnt urls though. It isn’t built yet, but the idea would be that there’d be links in various places to “mobile version” (should only need this in the forum threads) and the url would be something like sharperiron.org/article [or thread or whatever]/mobile/[etc]

I don’t think this all that hard to do, but will take a bit of finagling to figure it out.

LCarpenter's picture

Is there going to be a "Mark all as read" option?  Or have not found it yet?

-LGC

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Like the idea, though

JohnBrian's picture

JohnBrian wrote:

The left column used to list all the posts that a user had posted comments. Will that be returning?

OK, I found it on my user profile page. Is there no room for it on the 'new posts' page where it used to be?

CanJAmerican - my blog
CanJAmerican - my twitter
whitejumaycan - my youtube

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Definitely. It’ll be appearing there again shortly. 

Edit: done. You should see it in the 2nd sidebar now.

JohnBrian's picture

Aaron Blumer wrote:

Definitely. It'll be appearing there again shortly. 

Edit: done. You should see it in the 2nd sidebar now.

thanks

CanJAmerican - my blog
CanJAmerican - my twitter
whitejumaycan - my youtube

JohnBrian's picture

How do I point to a single post in a thread?

Used to be that each post in a thread was numbered (top right corner of the post) and you could copy/paste the link to that single post.

 

CanJAmerican - my blog
CanJAmerican - my twitter
whitejumaycan - my youtube

Jay's picture

Click on the post title - in your case, "referencing posts".  That will give you the specific URL for that comment.

"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

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

FWIW, I'm hoping to get a clearly labeled "permalink" back on posts eventually. But at present, yes, the post title is the same thing

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