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Best client for Perl Monks messages and chatterbox
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by perlygapes
on Jul 21, 2021 at 05:07
    Can I bend someone's ear for a moment:

    Is there a really good client that makes interacting with the Perly Gates message forum and chatter box really easy?
    Or do people just use the HTML page and have to type all the Markdown code manually?

    Prost, as they say in Germania :)
Voting inside longer subthreads with jump marks
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by LanX
on Jul 18, 2021 at 17:57
    For discussion (and as reminder to myself)

    Voting inside longer sub-threads with many posts is easy, you select ++ or -- and hit return.

    But the request will return at the very beginning of the page and you need to scroll again to were you started.

    actually there are anchors allowing to return from where you voted, like


    one only needs to isolate the ID from the radio's name <input type="radio" name="vote__11135141" value="-1">

    Minor complication is that one can vote on multiple nodes at the same time, identifying the one where the request was triggered might require some JS trickery.


    In hindsight, implementing to vote with an AJAX request might be the better approach tho. It wouldn't require to reload the whole page and fiddling with the current vote mechanism.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
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No Votes Available to Me for the Last Two Days
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by roho
on Jun 26, 2021 at 00:38
    For the past 2 days I have had no votes available to me. I normally have 40 votes each day. This is the first time in 19 years this has happened to me. Have I somehow turned off the voting app? If so, how do I turn it back on? Has anyone else experienced this?

    Can someone with the proper access and authority please look into this? Thank you.

    "It's not how hard you work, it's how much you get done."

What are the formatting rules for the "Title" of posts?
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by kcott
on Jun 19, 2021 at 20:06

    G'day All,

    I had some problems with the rendering of the title of a post. I can't find any specific information: Super Search with keywords like title is not particularly useful. I suspect this may be documented somewhere; I hoping someone can point me to that.

    The specific problem occurred with "Re^2: @ARGV ignores quotes [ZERO WIDTH SPACE]". That node's title currently renders as: Re^2: @ARGV ignores quotes [ZERO WIDTH SPACE].

    Originally, the end of that was [&#8203;] which rendered as: Re^2: @ARGV ignores quotes [].

    I didn't think that entity references were honoured in titles; however, this indicated I was wrong (or so I believed). I thought that would be an easy fix and changed the end part to [&amp;#8203;]; but that rendered as: Re^2: @ARGV ignores quotes [&amp;#8203;].

    As I couldn't work out the apparently contradictory behaviour, I simply took a pragmatic approach and changed the end to [ZERO WIDTH SPACE] (its current value).

    Any help with this would be appreciated.

    — Ken

Problems with Newest Nodes
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by roho
on Jun 14, 2021 at 09:19
    I cleared "last checked time" in "Newest Nodes" and now it only shows questions for the last 24 hours. I went to "Newest Node Settings" to change "last checked time", but found no setting for it.

    How do I get "Newest Nodes" to permanently show more than the last 24 hours of questions again (i.e., get back to the way it was before I cleared "last checked time")?

    "It's not how hard you work, it's how much you get done."

Markdown is now supported for comments, experimentally
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by jdporter
on Jun 09, 2021 at 15:15

    Due to "popular demand", PerlMonks now supports Markdown formatting for writeups. Note: Initially, Markdown is only supported for comments (aka notes). If everyone likes it, we will extend the capability to root-level posts as well (SOPW posts, etc.)

    Some relevant past discussions:

    Sorry it took me a minute to implement this feature. :-D

    To enable the use of Markdown in your comments, go to your User Settings and change the "Format writeups as:" selection from 'conventional' to 'markdown'.

    Be aware that this is a global setting. You can't select the format at the time you submit the writeup.

    When you are looking at a writeup entry box (textarea), you will see a short note immediately above it indicating which markup you can use.

    This change was actually relatively simple to implement, since modules for converting markdown to HTML already existed.
    I would like to know if there is any demand for any other Lightweight markup languages.
    For example, we could add support for Textile or some flavor of wiki text.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
PerlMonks on the community dashboard?
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by 1nickt
on May 15, 2021 at 10:09

    This is a great idea for a "Grafana-ish" community dashboard collating metrics from various Perl sites and communities. Should PerlMonks offer to participate? (Sadly the author did not mention us in a list of resources he contemplates metering initially.)

    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
Comment form's help text can avoid supersearch perhaps
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by bliako
on May 12, 2021 at 05:03

    I was looking for how to insert actual < and > on a comment and saw that under the comment box there is this (tags reducted):

    • Snippets of code should be wrapped in ... tags not ... tags. In fact, ... tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (... chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible editor intervention).
    • Want more info? How to link or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.

    But the links either lead to nowhere (1st one) or lead to super-search with no results. Perhaps it can lead to a static page so as to reduce the burden to the site?

    bw, bliako

Stats for super search look buggy
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by LanX
on May 07, 2021 at 16:43
[Solved] RAT not showing a reply
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by choroba
on Apr 29, 2021 at 17:15
Notifications for replies buggy
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by LanX
on Apr 22, 2021 at 13:31
search box link shortcuts like doc:// redirect to
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by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 22, 2021 at 03:26
Basic forum use question - show all replies and comments
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by h2
on Apr 18, 2021 at 17:20

    I'm not seeing any switch or option to turn on view all comments/replies in a thread, which is what I want so I can check a thread and see the entire thread, replies, comments, everything, at the same time. Is there such a view option? It's very difficult to actually read all replies and comments when you have to click many of them individually just to read what was hidden.

    Also, I'd like to get rid of the "Replies are listed 'Best First'" sort because that's not the sort I want, I want either straight chronological, or nested chronological. This was particularly noticeable in a recent thread where 'best' had no meaning in the context of the thread, and the actual 'best' answers were actually hidden as comments you had to click to view.

Encoding Issue
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by choroba
on Apr 13, 2021 at 11:23
    I noticed an encoding issue in the post Re^4: Useless use of string in return statement. When I dislpayed it for the first time, it showed a double encoded UTF-8 character:
    It’s one

    After I voted for the node, though, the encoding issue was gone:

    Itís one 

    I made screenshots of both the versions.

    Update: I'm using Firefox 78.9.0esr on Linux.

    map{substr$_->[0],$_->[1]||0,1}[\*||{},3],[[]],[ref qr-1,-,-1],[{}],[sub{}^*ARGV,3]
Internal problem in Montly/Weekly Best
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by Discipulus
on Apr 12, 2021 at 04:32
    hello pmdevs

    I noticed the following error in nodelets about Montly/Weekly Best, maybe there is some work in progress?

    Monthly Best Internal problem occurred in get_picked_nodes called with 10 bind variables when 9 are needed Weekly Best Internal problem occurred in get_picked_nodes called with 10 bind variables when 9 are needed


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