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Monastery login over http
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by bliako
on Apr 24, 2018 at 13:32

    Hi Monks, again,

    I am on an insecure and nosy (not noisy, nosy) connection and have realised that my password was just POSTed cleartext over to the Monastery. Understandably (firefox warns about that). I changed it using the link. Though Jesus knows all the passwords. Obviously.

    However, I am wondering...

    I realise the increased computational burden of SSL on the Monastery's bit-pushing apparatus. And I am quite pragmatic as to what who gains my password can do with it ... Nothing really apart from flaggellating a fellow Monk or posting inefficient and buggy codes ...

    So, what's the norm?

    Personally, I would be comfortable with a middle way where the login form is send over SSL and then once successfully logged in it downgrades back to http. After that all sessions, posts etc are over http. Now what good that be? They can steal your cookie (I read in a past node). Yes sure, but still they do not have the password (**which one may share across many sites** - always pragmatically speaking) and the computational burden on the Monastery servers is kept low.

    Please notice that downgrading back to http (after logging in via https) has to be done manually (as far as I can see), i.e. change browser's url to http a mano. So it is an incovenience on the digital fastlane.

    So, question is: should I use https over all my transactions after I log in and forget about manual changing https to http? Or log in via https and then manually go to http for reading/posting (accepting the risks associated with it but who cares)? However, logging in via http is not going to happen for me anymore. I hate gloating script kids.

    Edit: what about changing perlmonks' login form's names for username and password to something like a and b. And the login url to something less revealing? Just a thought.

erasing cookies halfway writing a comment
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by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 17, 2018 at 08:13

    Hi Monks,

    I have just observed that my reply to a comment has appeared twice: the first time with my username and then second time as "Anonymous Monk" (the node is Override printing to STDOUT/ERR).

    What I suspect I did was

    1) login
    2) write the comment
    3) preview comment
    4) clear cookies (via browser clear history, not logout)
    5) clicked create.

    Most likely this is a false alarm and I am trying to reproduce it here. It could well be that I have posted while cookies were valid, then cleared the cookies and then reloaded the page and somehow posted exactly the same as anon.

Maximal title length (123456789 123456789 123456789 123456789 123456789 123456789 ....)
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by LanX
on Apr 02, 2018 at 07:56
    Is there a reason why we don't limit the title's length?

    IMHO 80 chars should be enough ...

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery


    Shortened title to ~80 chars for illustration.

Brave BAT
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by drose2211
on Mar 15, 2018 at 13:05

    Have the maintainers of Perlmonks ever considered becoming a verified publisher for Brave browser? Its my primary web browser and allows donations through BAT. Probably wouldn't be much, but I know some of my monthly BAT would go to the site. Just a suggestion.

FullPage Chat no longer refreshing
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by Lady_Aleena
on Mar 12, 2018 at 18:52

    FullPage Chat is no longer refreshing for me in my Debian Jessie Firefox-esr 52.5.2. I'm still trying to find the problem, but it is slow going. Maybe you all can give me some ideas of where to look to fix this?


    No matter how hysterical I get, my problems are not time sensitive. So, relax, have a cookie, and a very nice day!
    Lady Aleena
Is there a minimum Rep for Best Nodes of the Day?
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by kcott
on Feb 04, 2018 at 03:08

    I ask this purely out of curiosity; it has no bearing on any particular node being included in, or excluded from, Best Nodes of the Day.

    [All figures shown below were correct at the time of writing. There's a good chance they'll be different by the time you read this.]

    Best Nodes of the Day normally shows the top 10 nodes (ordered by Rep); occasionally there's less than 10. Just now there's only 6. Newest Nodes shows 19 posts in the last day (2 Questions; 17 Notes); Worst Nodes of the Day shows 0 nodes. There's also zero Nodes to consider; although, that's possibly entirely irrelevant.

    The Reps for the Best Nodes of the Day currently range from 17 to 8. I wondered if the lowest ("8") was based on $NORM (from Voting/Experience System); however, the value of $NORM is currently 13.8398, so that doesn't appear to be related.

    My next thought was that there was some minimum Rep for inclusion in Best Nodes of the Day; hence the title of this post.

    And, if there isn't a minimum Rep; what is the criterion for inclusion?

    — Ken

Refresh 23771 please
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by liz
on Jan 31, 2018 at 06:10
    • Perl news appears to have stopped. This looks bad as being the first choice on the list
    • The Perl 6 Weekly is missing in the list ( )
    Thank you for your attention.
Your connection is not secure
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by snopal
on Jan 17, 2018 at 15:51

    Of late I have observed that my https connections to and are providing me with the titled 'not secure' notice.

    It appears to switch between both host names... will be ok and will not, and then other times the reverse is true. Knowing this, I can switch my URL domain name and not get the message, but this is incompatible with any bookmark I define. Sometimes it is secure, sometimes it is not. I change my bookmark and get similar results.

    I'm not complaining, as I have a quick fix every time I see it. However, it could be confusing users relying on search engine links into the sites if they happen to use the more frequently mandated 'https' protocol.

"Tough Beans" Questions That No One Can Reply To
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by sundialsvc4
on Jan 05, 2018 at 21:15
    I do not confess to fully understand why permission denied ... tough beans is out there, and of course, given who I am, it might be just-me. But I see posts out there today, for instance which have no replies and which (I) cannot reply to. Is this mechanism actually working as intended? Or is there some kind of bug here?
Questions on Perlmonks
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by aartist
on Dec 27, 2017 at 14:24
    I concur that we have around 1.2 million nodes. How many questions have been asked on Perlmonks ?
SSL Certificate Expired (update: not anymore!)
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by haukex
on Dec 07, 2017 at 13:44
Tests for PM code?
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by LanX
on Nov 18, 2017 at 12:02

    this might be of general interest, so I'm not posting it in the Inner Scriptorium

    I think I have identified the code which renders markup in the monastery ParseLinksInContent

    But ...

    • Where are the tests?
    • Are there special node types used to test code nodes?
    • How are pmdev supposed to test new code?

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Je suis Charlie!

Newest Nodes: Notes: Skipping huge list of notes
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by beech
on Nov 14, 2017 at 03:58


    So this is what I see on Newest Nodes under Notes

    Skipping huge list of notes

    I have a better idea , trim the list so its huge-1 :) its better than skipping


    update: I approve this node under Perl Monks Discussion :)

TOC draft sample
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by ww
on Nov 07, 2017 at 08:14

    Draft, sample revision of Markup in the Monastery per LanX's excellent suggestion that we include TOC's in at least some informational nodes. Thanks LanX!
    Comments, please, from all (and see Re: TOCs and deeplinks for our house rules for background/my comments).

    Update/edit: per suggestions in replies from LanX and pryrt, some chapter titles in the body of the doc have been changed to more closely match the TOC entries.

    Markup in the Monastery


    Chapter 1 - Basics: Para & Code markup

    There are just two basic markup elements you MUST use when posting a comment or question:

    <p>...</p> Paragraph tags, so the narrative part of your node won't be an unreadable mismash.


    <c>...</c> Code tags around code and data (which can be cut and pasted direct from your editor).

    And now you know those, you can go back to creating your node unless you'd like to learn more.

    Chapter 2 Additional Markup (Overview+Examples)

    Here's a synopsis of important tags and their actions:

    Your PostPM Markup:Result:
    <p>first paragraph</p>
    <p>second paragraph</p>

    first paragraph

    second paragraph

    <p>The result is in <c>$array[0]</c></p>

    The result is in $array[0]

    use strict;
    use warnings;
    my @array = ("Hello world\n");
    if (@ARGV) {
        print $array[0];
    use strict; use warnings; my @array = ("Hello world\n";); if (@ARGV) { print $array[0]; } #
    Note: The "download" link is automatically displayed on <c>...</c> blocks. It links to a raw display of the displayed code. You don't need to do anything to enable this link.
    link to PM nodes by name
    Have you tried [Super Search]?
    Have you tried Super Search?
    Thanks for your help, [tye]
    Thanks for your help, tye
    Thanks for nothing, [tye|wiseguy]
    Thanks for nothing, wiseguy
    Link to PM nodes by ID
    Please consult [id://3989]
    Please consult Super Search
    External Links
    Did you try []?
    Did you try
    Other kinds of links
    (more info)
    Check out [pad://NodeReaper]
    Check out NodeReaper's scratchpad
    Did you check [doc://perlfaq]?
    Did you check perlfaq?
    text/font formatting
    This will be <b>bold</b>
    This will be bold
    This will be <i>italic</i>
    This will be italic
    This will be <tt>fixed width</tt>
    This will be fixed width
    Blockquotes (indented)
    A wise monk once said:
    "Indenting is good"
    .. and I agree
    A wise monk once said:
    "Indenting is good"
    .. and I agree
    My favorite flavors are:
    My favorite flavors are:
    • vanilla
    • chocolate
    How to make toast:
    <li>insert bread</li>
    <li>press button</li>
    How to make toast:
    1. insert bread
    2. press button

    Chapter 3 - Warnings & Tips

    PM markup code is NOT entirely w3c html 4.01 standard nor is it XHTML, so even if you're expert please scan these notes.

    Textual content:

    Ordinary paragraphing is accomplished with <p>...</p> tags, which (imprecisely) allow you to have your text appear in what may be called "conventional" paragraphs; that is with blank lines between paragraphs. That's highly recommended, as it makes your node easier to read.

    Links: Please, do NOT use <a href="">something</a>. Instead, create links (especially those to nodes at PM) using [...] The ... inside the square brackets may be a node's title or its id://(number). Optionally, you can override the target's title with your chosen alternate by adding |(some word or phrase) after the id or title before closing the square brackets.

    For example, [Super Search|Did you try to find that here?] will render as Did you try to find that here?. More extensive and sophisticated information can be found in What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?.

    Lists: lists can be either ordered (decimal numbered - using Roman numerals or letters is beyond the scope of this note) or unordered (bulleted). One of each follows; first the ordered list, created with this:

    <ol><li>line 1 of list</li><li>line 2 of list</li><li>and so on</li><ol>

    1. line 1 of list
    2. line 2 of list
    3. and so on

    The unordered list uses <ul>...</ul> around the list item <li>...</li> tags:

    • line 1 of list
    • line 2 of list
    • and so on

    <b>...</b> can be used to enclose words, phrases or sentences you want to have appear in boldface. As a courtesy, do NOT abuse this... and use the preview function to check. Similarly, <i>...</i> can be used to italicize content.

    <tt>...</tt> tags surrounding a word or phrase (commonly, a single key word or symbol) cause that word or phrase to be rendered in something akin to a system font; eg: key words within the surrounding text.

    Heading tags, <h3>...</h3>, and smaller (through <h6>) may be used. Head tags, unsurprisingly, cause their content to render as headlines. For example

    <h4>A headline<h4>

    <h6>A smaller headline</h6>

    Any <hn> ... </hn> tag pair can be thought of as implying line breaks above and below (absent manipulation with css or other techniques far beyond the scope of this node). Please note that <h1> and <h2>are discouraged here.

    <blockquote>...<blockquote> is used to indent a (brief, please) segment of your text and works like this (the fixed width pseudo-tags, below, illustrate the actual useage):

    <blockquote>This is a blockquote. Note that it is indented both left and right and offset top and bottom by a blank line. This blockquote rambles on to ensure that regardless of the width of the viewer's browser window, there are multiple lines inside the blockquote. Note that there are no paragraph tags around this paragraph although using them would be allowed...and that it is permissible to include, for example, <b>textual</b> <i>markup
    </i><c> inside the blockquote. <p><c><p>
    What's more a blockquote can include multiple paragraphs. Again, this is padded with enough non-substantive verbiage to make it wrap in most user's browser windows.</p></blockquote>

    If you find it necessary (and you should make every effort to ensure it is NOT) to create a very long post, please use <readmore> ... </readmore tags. Should your post make it to the front page, the readmore segment collapses to a link by which the interested reader can see the entire post.

    Puzzle answers aka spoilers

    If you post a puzzle, enclose the answer in <spoiler></spoiler> tags, so you don't spoil the puzzle fun for others.

    Detail: <spoiler>...</spoiler> tags are intended to (temporarily) redact (in the intel world's sense; "black out") some brief piece of text or code whose visibility would spoil a thread for some future reader. Example:

    In a simple case, the material inside the spoiler tags will become visible when highlighted; the general idea being that a little more work is required to see the content than simply viewing a node.
    The reader's preference settings may cause <spoiler> tags to be rendered in unexpected ways.  Note that when wrapped in <c><code> tags the </c></c> tags will be treated as literal text.

    Nesting: Check for proper nesting. For example, if you open a paragraph tag, close it before beginning a blockquote or code segment. And that leads us directly to the next important pair of tags.


    Use code tags, <c>..</c> (or <code>...</code>), to post code and data. Doing so preserves your indentation, blank lines and those symbols for which use of character-entities is conventional elsewhere. Char-entities are discussed further, below

    A typical use would be to cut'n'paste your code into a PM node Code tags cause the code (or data) they enclose to appear in a distinguishable font. If you have turned on line-numbering in the section on "Code Listing Setings" in Display Settings the code lines will be numbered. The following is inside <c>...</c> tags.

    #!/usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; use (some module); if (some condition) { do something; and something more; # with a comment to make this a very, very lon +g line which will wrap in many browser windows, absent a gigundo moni +tor and so on. If you don't have auto code wrap on in "code," you'll +see a red plus sign and a lack of line number on the continuations af +ter wrapping is performed (sometimes at unfortunate points, as can be + seen in this instance, if you don't have auto code wrap turned on. } else { &whatever; # Note below } sub whatever { do something; }

    Note the download link, above. It appears after each stand-alone code block and allows readers to retrieve the code or data, without the line numbers.

    Note that in line 11 the "&" did NOT have to be written as a character entity (&amp;). If you're not seeing line numbering, see that setting in Display Settings.

    <pre> vs. <code>

    At first blush, the <pre> ...</pre> pair may look like an alternative to code tags... BUT DON'T USE IT HERE chiefly because <pre>...</pre> tags will not persuade the Monastery to provide a download link for the contents of the <pre>... and while it is now supposed to wrap lines that are too long for the viewer's browser window, there are ways Monks could use CSS that would defeat that. So, please. don't use <pre>...</pre> except to deal with exceptional cases... like that in the next paragraph (which still needs examples of using pre inside a long stretch of code).

    Exception: non-ASCII characters inside the ... may magically display as unrendered entities (i.e., as question-marks) instead of the character you expected, whereas inside <pre> ...</pre>, they may work as expected. (Thanks, pryrt).

    More untoward or problematic markup

    Inserting a <br> tag forces a newline at the point at which it's inserted. Monastery documents differ on its acceptability but in the form in this sentence, it generally works... while alternates, like XHTML's <br /> do NOT work.

    Using <div>...</div> tags is NOT deprecated, but unless you're expert in .html, you probably shouldn't use them here.

    <font (something="something")>... </font> tags are frowned upon. Don't use them except in extraordinary circumstances.

    Character Entities

    Please read carefully the hints which appear below the text entry box when you're creating a node. Outside code tags

    For: Use:
    &  &amp;
    <  &lt;
    >  &gt;
    [  &#91;
    ]  &#93;
    ®  &reg;
    ©  &copy;


    If you are a logged-in user, you have Display Settings which you can check or change. See particularly the section HTML Related Options. It is highly recommended that you check the checkbox and set the two other options to their maximum values (3 and 4, respectively). These will tell you quite clearly when you omit a required tag, and will help when you bork tag nesting rules.

    Most of the tags discussed above should be used in pairs (that is, <tag>... </tag>. While some of the other tags addressed in this node will DWIM even if you fail to close them, the <b>, <i>, and <tt> tags will not, nor will some "block level" tags like <ol>.

    A table listing all PM-approved html and arguments is available for those who wish to delve deeper.

    Beware of using your browser's "view page source" feature to see how a writeup has been formatted. Not only are you viewing a node after it has been processed by PerlMonks (turning What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information? into actual links, for example), but many browsers do additional processing on received pages, such as inserting missing closing tags.

    In the interest of brevity and simplicity, some statements above are oversimplified... and some do NOT apply to the CB, for which see PerlMonks Approved Chatter HTML Tags.

    ...and finally

    None of this will be much help if your content is unclear. Use an explanatory title, standard spelling, grammar, and punctuation. If posting a question, explain exactly what your problem is (and include warnings and error messages, verbatim, if received). Tell us what your input is in a separate code block or as a <DATA> section at the end of your code. Be explicit about the expected output, unless that's utterly unambiguous, and tell us how what you're getting, if anything, deviates from your expectations or desires.

    How do I post a question effectively?, Before You Post ... and On asking for help address many valuable points. If you're new to the Monastery, you'll profit greatly — EVEN IF YOU'RE IN A RUSH TO GET AN ANSWER — by reading these. And, oh yes, remember, "Your 'urgent need' is not our emergency."

    Back to the PerlMonks FAQ.

    As noted above, please comment here or address comments to ww.

Lightweight interface to cast votes?
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by LanX
on Nov 04, 2017 at 10:18

    I wanted to address the problem that we need to scroll down in order to click the vote button, which is annoying when reading longer sub-threads.

    (At least when using a mobile I can't just hit return to submit)

    I can think of a nodelet hack injecting buttons which does am AJAX request and updates the result.

    Problem is that this would cause unnecessary overhead because the whole page is returned.

    I was browsing thru our XML generators but couldn't find any mention of a light weight interface.

    Am I missing something?

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
    Je suis Charlie!


    improved wording, added emphasize

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