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How do you use the CB?
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by stevieb
on Dec 21, 2015 at 16:04

    Like everyone, my mind and attention are all over the map, but over the years I see people using the CB (ChatterBox) like a chat application.

    Do you just follow along as-is, or are there tricks to provide notify-send type pop-ups or something that just makes it easier? When I've spoken and have interest, I open a new browser tab to Enhanced Full Page CB

    The CB has a wealth of good content, hilarity and just something I'd like to see outside of the webpage itself.

    How do Monks follow/track it?

Shadow Titles- RFC
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by jmlynesjr
on Dec 09, 2015 at 14:27

    Has there been any past discussion on adding a Shadow Title to each post as part of the consideration process? Regardless of the posting guidelines, I see many posts where the title has no relation to the question. Comments?


    There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

Perl Poetry not displaying on Your Blog Stream
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by Athanasius
on Dec 04, 2015 at 23:51
"I've reaped your node" Message
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by kcott
on Dec 02, 2015 at 01:57

    I was just going through Nodes to consider, selected "reap" (for a node that was considered for reaping), hit submit and this was displayed:

    You said "I've reaped your node [id://1149099]. Reason: [[stevieb]]: reap: homework question; no perl content " to johnrock47

    I've gone to some effort to recreate the message verbatim: that's exactly what was displayed.

    I have twothree points regarding this:

    1. Whatever code that generates the [[stevieb]] part, was probably intended to generate a link to the monk who initially posted the consideration, (in this case stevieb).
    2. While I was one of the monks who considered this for reaping (and I don't really have any problem being identified as such), I didn't actually reap the node. Perhaps the message should, more accurately, identify NodeReaper as the one doing the reaping.
    3. Update: Whatever code that generates the [id://1149099] part, was probably intended to generate a link also.

    I don't recall seeing a message like that before, so I'm guessing it's new. I can't see anything in Tidings about it. It's potentially related to the experimental change (Reaped Nodes ... Aug 11, 2015 at 04:00 EST), but that's really just a guess.

    — Ken

Perl Monks Userdata leaked?
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by Skeeve
on Nov 30, 2015 at 02:33


    Is Perl Monks User Database leaked? On the 12th of November, Spam started coming to my mailbox, sent to the mail address I just use here.

    Did anyone else notice this?

Newest Nodes Settings for Anonymous Monk
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by kcott
on Nov 29, 2015 at 09:07

    When logged in, Newest Nodes starts with

    Show nodes created ... More Newest Nodes Settings

    and this all works as expected.

    However, when not logged in (i.e. as Anonymous Monk), the same is displayed but the Newest Nodes Settings link does not link to Newest Nodes Settings; instead, it links to a Super Search page showing:

    Found 0 nodes ... where title contains all of "Newest", "Nodes", "Settings"

    I don't know what the intended functionality is but I suspect this isn't it.

    Here's a non-exhaustive list of possibilities for Anonymous Monk:

    • Remove the "More Newest Nodes Settings" part.
    • Provide a link to a node allowing limited settings changes, e.g. order of nodes (oldest instead of best first), depth of nodes ("Re^5: ..." seems to be the default), etc.
    • Change wording so that it's clear this is a search, not a settings change.

    I'm not making a request for any of those specifically nor do I have any particular preference. I do, however, think that the wording should match the action.

    — Ken

Moving an approved node
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by Athanasius
on Nov 22, 2015 at 22:58

    The node "Indirect" object syntax? was posted as a Question, and I approved it as such. Now (a few minutes later) I see it’s become an unapproved Meditation.

    This surprises me. On many occasions I’ve seen a Consideration requesting that an approved node be transferred to another section, so I assumed that a node, once approved, couldn’t be transferred via the “Move to:” option in the Approval Nodelet. Was I wrong?

    I’m also surprised that moving a node should cancel its approval. Is this a bug, or is it the expected behaviour?


    Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

Categorized Answers in RAT: broken link
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by Athanasius
on Nov 20, 2015 at 23:08
voting while on superdoc SOPW(Seekers of Perl Wisdom ) doesn't preserve next=
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by beech
on Nov 12, 2015 at 03:18

    voting while on superdoc SOPW(Seekers of Perl Wisdom ) doesn't preserve next=

    For example I am browsing ?next=180;node_id=479, I vote, next isn't preserved, back to the very latest nodes as if next=0

    It would be nice if the value was passed when I hit vote, and even nicer if the url was preserved

    But its a minor issue


Tough beans again?
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by BrowserUk
on Nov 10, 2015 at 14:40

    Is it the season? Or perhaps the end of the season? Cos, we (or I?) am suddenly getting "Tough beans" again. Maybe they're getting passed their sell-by date :)

    With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". I knew I was on the right track :)
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[kobes:// shortcut
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by ambrus
on Nov 03, 2015 at 16:53

    The [kobes://foo] and [kobes://foo] link shortcut used to point to a certain CPAN search server. It appears in hundreds of nodes. Those links are now broken. [kobes://XML::Twig] points to a Not Found page, and [kobes://] points to the webpage of Archimedes Math Schools. (Luckily, the argumentless form is barely used.) What should we do with these links, and their documentation? Leave broken as is and document that it's broken, leave broken except the argumentless form, redirect to some other CPAN search server, render as non-linked text, remove the shortcut, link to a faqlet explaining that that search server is gone?

RAT trouble (day missing from the calendar)
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by ambrus
on Nov 02, 2015 at 15:57
My thread dissappeared
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by Todd Chester
on Oct 17, 2015 at 02:09

    My posting at

    suddenly is not showing the latest replies, including my own. Is there a page 2 or some such? What the heck???

    Never mind. I got my thread mixed up with someone else's. This site is very difficult to use

Add "is this username available" instructions to "Choosing a username" page in PM FAQ
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by GotToBTru
on Oct 13, 2015 at 14:28

    I suggest adding instructions in using SuperSearch to determine if a username is available to Choosing a username

    Is my username available?

    Here is how to determine if someone already has that name. This will not determine if a username is allowed; make sure you read the "Restrictions" section of this page to determine that.

  • Go to Perl Monks User Search.
  • Fill in your desired username in the "Author" box.
  • Click on the Search button. Wait patiently.
  • If the results are

    It seems that "desired username" does not exist. How very, very strange...

    congratulations! That name is available.

    Updated: shorter version using specific search page

    Dum Spiro Spero
Cached(?) pages when not-logged-in sometimes appear to be very seriously out-of-date
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by sundialsvc4
on Oct 12, 2015 at 17:13

    FYI ... when I stumble-upon certain mainline sections, such as Meditations or Perl Monks Discussion, ... and for some (but not all?) threads listed on those pages ... I lately observe that the content is often many days(!) out-of-date ... until I log in.

    I think that this problem varies from one major-topic to another ... e.g. Seekers vs. Meditations vs. PMD.)   Specifically, I think that I am seeing “cache artifacts” that seem to vary(!) between “headline” pages and “particular threads” within a topic ... but, not necessarily consistently.   Sometimes I think that I am seeing a “fresh” page, while sometimes I think that a “neighboring” page is, in fact, “very stale.”   (I generally suspect that “the headline page” is the one, of the two, that is “very stale.”)   Given that I dump my local browser cache many times a day, I do not believe that local-caching is the root cause of this problem.

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