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By Patrick   2015 Feb 9, 7:43am   532 links   134,355 views   63 comments   watch (3)   quote      

Patrick.net is a free anonymous but civil online forum. Please flag uncivil comments with the "uncivil" link so that they will go into "comment jail" where they can be edited by the original user and be liberated from jail after review. Please do not mark comments as uncivil if they are politely expressed but you simply disagree with them.

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If you ban another user, they will not be able to comment on your threads. The ban link is on their user page.

To get another user's attention, mention him in a comment with an @ character prepended to his username ( for example @Patrick ) and then he will get an email of that comment.

If you include a #hashtag in your post, then it will be made clickable. Clicking it will list all posts with that hashtag. You can get emails of new posts with that hashtag by following that topic.

If you include an image URL ending in .jpg, .png, or .gif it will be converted into the visible image in a post or comment.
If you include a YouTube or Vimeo URL, the post or comment will display the video.

If you include a plain URL to another site in a post or comment, and no other words, then patrick.net will attempt to automatically also include a short excerpt of text from that URL.

Most basic html tags work. You can also surround a word or phrase with the * character to make it bold or the _ character to make it italic.

If you're registered, then you can edit any post or comment you entered, but there is no "blow away all of my comments at once" function.

Please write p@patrick.net with questions or suggestions.

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1   curious2   2015 Feb 9, 10:37pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Patrick, there seem to be some issues searching for specific comments. Searching via DuckDuckGo or Google, Patrick.net gets many prominent hits, but clicking on them tends to produce errors, e.g.
500 Internal Server Error
nginx/1.2.1
Likewise, Patrick.net's internal search function produces many false hits, for example searching for "city-journal" returns every occurrence of city or journal.

2   HydroCabron   2015 Feb 10, 3:20am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

Can we have a fresh STEM thread auto-generated every 500 seconds?

3   someone else   2015 Feb 10, 6:56am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

curious2 says

there seem to be some issues searching for specific comments. Searching via DuckDuckGo or Google, Patrick.net gets many prominent hits, but clicking on them tends to produce errors, e.g.

500 Internal Server Error

nginx/1.2.1

Likewise, Patrick.net's internal search function produces many false hits, for example searching for "city-journal" returns every occurrence of city or journal.

yes, it's still in a terrible half-baked state.

trying to figure out how the new categories relate to each other:

companies have events, jobs, technologies, investors
events have companies, but not jobs...
jobs have technologies but not investors...

hopefully will figure all that out today.

4   someone else   2015 Nov 4, 6:39pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

crap, comments were going into moderation for no good reason!

stopped all moderation of comments, so now some spam will get through, but at least no legit comments will be blocked.

if you have any trouble commenting, please email p@patrick.net

5   Alex Benz   2016 May 20, 5:18am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

6   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 20, 6:20am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Patrick says

patrick.net has never received a national security letter.

Phew! I've really been sweating that one. I've been a nervous wreck constantly looking over my shoulder.
I was convinced you told them my hair and eye color by now.

7   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 20, 6:23am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

crap, comments were going into moderation for no good reason!

stopped all moderation of comments, so now some spam will get through, but at least no legit comments will be blocked.

if you have any trouble commenting, please email p@patrick.net

Maybe you should only allow your spam trigger to override the fliter, only if the post has a hashtag #Offendingword at the bottom, which you ask anyway, so that the filter could over write it.
That could get trickey but at least you would still have your moderation against real spam.

8   BlueSardine   2016 May 20, 6:28am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Adult forums, by definition, do not support babytalk...

curious2 says

Searching via DuckDuckGo or Google, Patrick.net gets many prominent hits

9   iwog   2016 May 20, 11:45am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

I'm fine with a browser but when I open pat.net in a cell phone I get an untrusted site warning and have to override it.

10   HEY YOU   2016 May 20, 4:53pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Devil's Advocate response: FUCK EVERYBODY!

" untrusted site warning"; never trust a patnetter. lmao

11   HEY YOU   2016 May 20, 4:55pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

"personally identifying information"

Who keeps calling me ASSHOLE?

12   someone else   2016 May 21, 1:20pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

iwog says

I'm fine with a browser but when I open pat.net in a cell phone I get an untrusted site warning and have to override it.

true, cellphones don't seem to like the certificate i got from https://letsencrypt.org/

the only reason to have ssl is to prevent someone from seeing your cookie and becoming you on patrick.net

thinking of just eliminating ssl completely and generating a unique one-time cookie on each page view.

13   Tenpoundbass   2016 May 21, 2:16pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

thinking of just eliminating ssl completely and generating a unique one-time cookie on each page view.

Yes then dynamically name the add message and new message textbox id or the name that uniquie one-time string. So that new spam bots only work the first time. The hassle of having to come back and set their spam bot script up wouldn't be worth the hassle for them.

This post the id could be something like "R$399KnZ" but the next time the bot tries to post to your url with those form values it wont post. Becuase this time the correct textbox id is "NXl412!r".

14   BlueSardine   2016 May 24, 9:45pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

this is a test of the emergency Youtube embedded video

15   BlueSardine   2016 May 24, 9:46pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny4lRibuh9A"

16   BlueSardine   2016 May 24, 9:47pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Patrick
the above link doesn't work as an embedded video (quotes removed 2 posts up...)

17   Dan8267   2016 May 24, 10:08pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

the only reason to have ssl is to prevent someone from seeing your cookie and becoming you on patrick.net

Now what kind of asshole would do something like that just to mess with a troll by having him post an exclamation of his love of goats? Oh wait, never mind.

18   someone else   2016 May 25, 7:50am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Xanthidae i think i fixed it.

Xanthidae says

the above link doesn't work as an embedded video (quotes removed 2 posts up...)

you can even see the change here now that i have the code in github:

https://github.com/killelea/patrick.net/commit/7234b2be99b35734d40b207d99e8f7eb4ebc4924

please let me know if any more problems. or just send me a pull request if you know php and github things.

19   BlueSardine   2016 May 25, 8:37am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike (2)   quote    

20   BlueSardine   2016 May 25, 8:38am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Works! Thanks!

21   BayArea   2016 Jun 20, 11:16am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick, just a thought...

For new posts, have you considered changing the order of the title and the image when using cell-phone?

It just seems intuitively, I would prefer to read the title then see the related image, and not vice-versa?

22   Dan8267   2016 Jun 21, 11:30am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

Nothing on this site is censored by Patrick except:

  • threats
  • child porn
  • spam
  • copyright violations (upon notice)
  • personally identifying information

You lie! I have it on good authority that redirecting troll's threads to goat porn websites via JavaScript injection is in fact censored! Stop censoring JavaScript. Scripting is free speech!

23   errc   2016 Jun 21, 2:09pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Hey piss off, Obamacare bot

24   someone else   2016 Jun 21, 8:24pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

BayArea says

Patrick, just a thought...

For new posts, have you considered changing the order of the title and the image when using cell-phone?

It just seems intuitively, I would prefer to read the title then see the related image, and not vice-versa?

@BayArea yes, it's a good idea, but i have not been able to get that to work on mobile devices. the formatting goes badly wrong if i try to put the image after the title.

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

25   Dan8267   2016 Jul 22, 10:49am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

maybe if you know css/html you can figure out a method that works and show me. you could just use the browser developer tools to change things around, or save the page and muck with it statically.

The trick is to use the @media css tag to override styles based on width breakpoints. I threw together a JS Fiddle. I've only tested it in Firefox though. No bets on I.E. I never use that browser.

26   someone else   2016 Jul 26, 7:55am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos, for example:

27   someone else   2016 Jul 26, 7:56am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

that was done with a url like this: https://www.y outube.com/v/chElHV99xak?start=53&end=59

i put the space in the url to break it so it wouldn't actually get converted.

28   Dan8267   2016 Jul 26, 8:05am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

29   HEY YOU   2016 Jul 31, 11:51am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I was following the first paragraph until I came to "clear critical thought."
We'll not be having any of that shit!
And apparently it's not a problem.

30   BlueSardine   2016 Jul 31, 12:31pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

This is a major non-damning improvement...

Patrick says

You can do time ranges on YouTube videos

31   Dan8267   2016 Aug 1, 8:04am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

@Patrick, what's with all the spammers? Have they broken the captcha you are using? Maybe it's time to switch to another.

Chances are these spammers aren't targeting PatNet specifically, but rather have bots that target common platforms like PHP. Maybe a simple speed bump in which the user has to play a little "guitar hero" game with arrow keys to register a username.

32   marcus   2016 Aug 5, 2:15am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea offensive or disagreeable.

--Justice William Brennan, speaking for the majority

Maybe you should add something along the lines of:

We also have some free thinkers on this forum that understand that an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good.

33   jazz_music   2016 Aug 5, 11:20am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

you got spam

34   someone else   2016 Aug 5, 11:40am     ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote    

spam deleted.

35   someone else   2016 Aug 5, 11:41am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

marcus says

an idea being offensive or politically incorrect does not in and of itself make it good

also true.

36   Dan8267   2016 Aug 11, 7:31am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Google should have a public way of hurting the page rank of spammers. If someone spams a forum, send the link to Google to reduce the advertised website's page rank. Granted, we'd have to deal with saboteurs, but the benefits would outweigh this cost.

37   someone else   2016 Aug 11, 4:31pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Ah fuck. Yes, I did make some changes this morning.

Ironman says

It looks like the "quote" function isn't posting the name of the poster quoted,

Quote thing seems to work ok for me.

Please tell me which threads with long titles are not found!

38   someone else   2016 Aug 11, 7:27pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

OK, made a little progress. It seems to happen on Safari, but not Chrome. At least I have a starting point to look at.

39   someone else   2016 Aug 11, 7:41pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Hmmm, confusing because I didn't change anything about the code that does that stuff:

https://github.com/killelea/patrick.net/blob/master/html/functions.php#L2217

40   someone else   2016 Aug 11, 8:27pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

OK, I think it's fixed now. Quotes should always have "(user) says" in them. Thanks for telling me about that.

Ironman says

Trying from my phone (Droid), doesn't quote the name either.

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