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By Patrick   2015 Feb 9, 7:43am   ↑ like (17)   ↓ dislike   275 links   103,750 views   75 comments   watch (3)   quote  

Patrick.net is a free anonymous online forum. There is no editor. Users choose what to post, what to comment on, and what to like or dislike.

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Aside from those, say whatever the fuck you want. There are no word filters. :-)

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36   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 5, 11:41am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

marcus says

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

also true.

37   Dan8267   1105/1124 = 98% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:31am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

38   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 1:05pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

@Patrick

Did you make some programming changes? It looks like the "quote" function isn't posting the name of the poster quoted, it just comes up as "says".

Also, some threads that have long titles are coming back as "thread not found". Did you change settings on thread titles?

39   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 4:31pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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!

40   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 6:32pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

says

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.

@Patrick

I'm still seeing it in threads, even in this reply. In the HTML it would say "posters name says" as part of the Hypertext at the top of the quoted text. Now it just has "says" as the hyperlink, but not the name of the quoted poster.

41   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 6:36pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

says

Now it just has "says" as the hyperlink, but not the name of the quoted poster.

Here's the screen capture:
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42   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:27pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

43   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:33pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

says

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

I see it happening both on IE and Firefox.

44   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:34pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

says

It seems to happen on Safari, but not Chrome.

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

45   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 7:41pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

46   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 8:27pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

47   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 11, 8:34pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

@Patrick

The "quote" button/hyperlink is missing from the OP in every thread. There's no way to highlight and quote anything in the original post.

48   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 11, 8:48pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Ah yes. Also fixed as of now. Please check.

49   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 12, 8:44am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

@Patrick

Another bug.

If you search a existing User for their comments, if their screen name has two words, it come back as "no such user" because the system is inserting a "20" in the space between the first name and last name of the user.

Example: HEY YOU comes back as HEY20YOU if you click on his user name.

50   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 12, 11:07am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

@Ironman you're right.

That is also fixed now.

Please tell me more bugs and suggestions.

51   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Aug 12, 11:38am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

Please tell me more bugs and suggestions.

Hey wait, when did I become your technical guinea pig? :)

52   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Aug 12, 2:06pm  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Ironman says

Hey wait, when did I become your technical guinea pig? :)

When you started volunteering. Thanks!

53   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 9:56am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

If you want to write a post totally anonymously, just enter it while logged out, and when it asks for an email address put in some crap email like this@that.com. The post will go into moderation and I'll get notified that it needs approval. There's a delay for approval, but then your post is anonymous.

54   BayArea   145/145 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 10:09am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick, just curious...

What server are you using for this site?

Your own private server, third party domestic server, third party international server, Hillary's private server?

55   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   2016 Sep 29, 10:40am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

It's a single virtual server on Digital Ocean. So essentially my own private server. I'm happy with them, much more pleasant to use than AWS:

https://www.digitalocean.com/

56   Dan8267   1105/1124 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 2:28pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

If you want to write a post totally anonymously, just enter it while logged out, and when it asks for an email address put in some crap email like this@that.com. The post will go into moderation and I'll get notified that it needs approval. There's a delay for approval, but then your post is anonymous.

Or just use an alt like every other troll. Do people really need more anonymity than an account not at all associated with your real identity anyway?

57   Dan8267   1105/1124 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 2:29pm  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

Ironman you're right.

Name something you never hear.

58   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   2016 Sep 29, 3:20pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Dan8267 says

Name something you never hear.

that Dan has a girlfriend.

59   Dan8267   1105/1124 = 98% civil   2016 Sep 29, 4:14pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Ironman says

Dan8267 says

Name something you never hear.

CIC had sex with a human.

60   900d     Jan 6, 9:31am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Your site is being perused and critiqued by the dreg cohort of the finest e-biz board within the Web, (redacted link)

61   iwog   548/548 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 9:40am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

WTF? Un-redact the link!

62   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 5:49pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

iwog says

WTF? Un-redact the link!

Why? It's pure spam to use a site only to post a link to promote a different site. Did he contribute any content, or does he only want to take without giving?

Logan, on the other hand, also uses the site to promote himself, but that's fine with me, because he actually takes some time and contributes thoughtful comments.

63   iwog   548/548 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 5:53pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

Why? It's pure spam to use a site only to post a link to promote a different site. Did he contribute any content, or does he only want to take without giving?

Oh I didn't realize it was spam.

I thought another site was making you famous. I'm so naive.

64   Booger   85/85 = 100% civil   Jan 6, 7:00pm  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

In other words, patrick.net exists to protect offensive speech,

Fuck Yeah!

65   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   Jan 6, 7:37pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

iwog says

I'm so naive.

So what else is new.

66   indigenous   233/233 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 10:36am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

If I make a new post and it drifts down the list it disappears.

IOW the posts do not appear to be in chronological order?

67   HEY YOU   103/103 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 10:42am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Ironman says

Example: HEY YOU comes back as HEY20YOU if you click on his user name.

I'm insulted! It should be HEY100%YOU!

68   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 11:11am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

indigenous says

If I make a new post and it drifts down the list it disappears.

IOW the posts do not appear to be in chronological order?

By default they are in chronological order of activity (creation or new comment), and you eventually have to go to the second page to see a post if no one has commented on it lately.

But there are tabs for sorting other ways: number of comments in last week, number of likes, newest post creation time.

69   indigenous   233/233 = 100% civil   Jan 15, 1:23pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Thanks

70   Ironman   888/928 = 95% civil   Jan 15, 2:57pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

HEY YOU says

Ironman says

Example: HEY YOU comes back as HEY20YOU if you click on his user name.

I'm insulted! It should be HEY100%YOU!

It should come back as "User Not Found". That would be a BIG benefit.

71   justme   73/73 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:02am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Has there been any discussion recently of of username histories? I do find it laborious and confusing with all the people that change their names. Another problem with changing usernames is that old posts are harder to understand since the user is now known by a different name.

Hmm, I wonder if I edit and put @patrick in after the fact, will he still get an email?

72   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:07am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Hi @justme yes, I got an email when you edited and put that in.

Should there be some limit on the ability to change usernames? It does get confusing when they get quoted under one name, but have since changed it so that the old quote and new comments appear under different names.

73   Dan8267   1105/1124 = 98% civil   Jan 16, 11:28am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

This site was a lot better when all of CIC's post were redirected to his goat porn collection.

74   justme   73/73 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 11:57am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Patrick says

Should there be some limit on the ability to change usernames?

I think one username ever per email address is a good idea. By the way, are you as admin able to retrace the changes of usernames? I history of usernames on the user "homepage" is work but would be very informative.

75   Patrick   1106/1106 = 100% civil   Jan 16, 12:07pm  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

I cannot easily trace changes of username, because the previous name is overwritten in the database when a user changes it.

It would be possible to trace some name changes by looking at quotes of user comments, but it would be a lot of work, and still not reliable because the quotes could be edited at any time. I suppose I have backups and could look at the state of the database over time, but that would also be hard.

It would be easier to create a new table of names which shows changes over time from now on. Is it worth the work?

What does gmail do? Can you change your gmail address and retain the same account?

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