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2012 Apr 2, 7:09am   167,826 views  428 comments

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This is the place to make suggestions for how Patrick.net can be most helpful to you and to discuss them.

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309   Patrick   2022 Nov 26, 12:05pm  

Maybe they are deliberately erasing the patrick.net cookie. I don't trust DDG.
310   Tenpoundbass   2022 Nov 26, 1:52pm  

Patrick says

Ballotopedia has a lot of the facts:


Ballotopia is curated glorified facts for some, and regurgitated MSM smears for others. It's not a collection of posted articles with discussions as they happened. The media likes to rewrite history and play selective memory, it would be nice to have the receipts from when the episodes were unfolding before the media can spin and clean it.
311   Tenpoundbass   2022 Nov 26, 4:28pm  

Also with your critter catcher, people will post in them when RINOs vote with Dems on issues, that undermined our interests. Ballotopia only tracks bills they sponsored, not how they voted, or the detriment it had on their base at the time. People forget these events, it would be nice to have a place to replay the tape. We're looking for Backstabbing events, or Hero events, not general official records. Nobody remembers the ramifications of those when the next election cycle comes.
312   Patrick   2022 Nov 26, 7:32pm  

Tenpoundbass says

Yes a searchable section dedicated to politicians, by office and party.
Perhaps on down the road, then I would like to be able make api calls to your Critter Catcher, you could become the go to source for such crowd sourced repository. Like the Craigslist, Wiki, or Facebook of who's who elected officials and would be candidates.


How would this be different from search right now? If you know a Congressman's name and put it in, you will find a page for them.

I do plan to make an API so that people can use patrick.net programatically, or by using the API in an app (though I hate apps).
313   richwicks   2022 Nov 27, 7:51pm  

I have two suggestions:

1) I want the ability to tag a comment do I can refer back to it. Some things take days or weeks to research. I can bookmark them (and do), but it would be nice to have the ability to tag/untag a comment

2) It would be nice to have a list of responses to what I've written. I know this is sent in email, but I think it would be better to have a pull down on responses you need to take note of.
314   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2022 Nov 27, 7:52pm  

richwicks says

I have two suggestions:

1) I want the ability to tag a comment do I can refer back to it. Some things take days or weeks to research. I can bookmark them (and do), but it would be nice to have the ability to tag/untag a comment

2) It would be nice to have a list of responses to what I've written. I know this is sent in email, but I think it would be better to have a pull down on responses you need to take note of.


like favorites? or just searchable tags?
315   richwicks   2022 Nov 27, 9:04pm  

FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden says


richwicks says


I have two suggestions:

1) I want the ability to tag a comment do I can refer back to it. Some things take days or weeks to research. I can bookmark them (and do), but it would be nice to have the ability to tag/untag a comment

2) It would be nice to have a list of responses to what I've written. I know this is sent in email, but I think it would be better to have a pull down on responses you need to take note of.


like favorites? or just searchable tags?



Searchable tags would be nice, but I think that's overkill. Say you can tag a comment with a name, and search based on that..

I'm thinking more like a website favorites.
316   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 2:28pm  

Tenpoundbass says

Yes a searchable section dedicated to politicians, by office and party.


@Tenpoundbass OK, how about this:

https://patrick.net/post/1377838/2022-11-29-us-congressmen-lists
317   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 3:19pm  

richwicks says

Searchable tags would be nice, but I think that's overkill. Say you can tag a comment with a name, and search based on that..


Well, every comment already has a unique id number, and you can find any comment by number like this:

https://patrick.net/comment?comment_id=1902282

Or did you mean a way to give multiple comments the same tag?
318   richwicks   2022 Nov 29, 4:02pm  

Patrick says


Tenpoundbass says


Yes a searchable section dedicated to politicians, by office and party.


Tenpoundbass OK, how about this:

https://patrick.net/post/1377838/2022-11-29-us-congressmen-lists



I think just having a checkmark to the left to tag a post as something you need to follow up on would be nice.

I imagine having a button to the LEFT of a post might be difficult to implement but something like that would be ideal.

Basically, bookmarks for the site is what I suggest.
319   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 4:21pm  

@richwicks OK, something like the existing "pinned" list for threads:

https://patrick.net/pinned?a=Patrick

But for comments instead, right?

It wouldn't say why you pinned a comment, but hopefully you'd remember why.
320   richwicks   2022 Nov 29, 4:45pm  

Patrick says

richwicks OK, something like the existing "pinned" list for threads:

https://patrick.net/pinned?a=Patrick

But for comments instead, right?

It wouldn't say why you pinned a comment, but hopefully you'd remember why.


That would be good enough. I mean, I just need to know "I promised to respond to this" - but it takes more than 5 minutes for me to do it. One I have to do, is read a law in Pennsylvania that legalized mail in voting.
321   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 5:08pm  

OK, it's kind of a good time for this, since I was planning to merge the database tables for original threads and comments so that search could be unified. Right now there are separate tables and it's a pain.

After they are unified, then there can be just one kind of search, and one kind of pinning.
322   richwicks   2022 Nov 29, 5:11pm  

Patrick says

OK, it's kind of a good time for this, since I was planning to merge the database tables for original threads and comments so that search could be unified. Right now there are separate tables and it's a pain.

After they are unified, then there can be just one kind of search, and one kind of pinning.


Can I make a suggestion?

Make a PARALLEL system to start with if you're about to do an overhaul. If the underlying database isn't changing, you can run two interfaces at the same time on top of the DB.

Also - BACKUP.
323   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 5:17pm  

I do have a reasonable daily backup system I think. Worst case, one day is lost. Eventually I hope to have all comments immediately mirrored to a different server, but that's time, money, etc.

For the db migration, I plan to take every thread, make the text of it a comment, and have that thread just be a kind of skeleton which just has a bit of metadata and points to the original post content in the comments table.

So everything is going to be a comment. A "thread" will just be a wrapper around the first comment, which is the original post.

The whole site should look and work pretty much the same, except that search and pinning will be just one thing instead of two.
324   richwicks   2022 Nov 29, 5:22pm  

Patrick says

I do have a reasonable daily backup system I think. Worst case, one day is lost. Eventually I hope to have all comments immediately mirrored to a different server, but that's time, money, etc.

For the db migration, I plan to take every thread, make the text of it a comment, and have that thread just be a kind of skeleton which just has a bit of metadata and points to the original post content in the comments table.

So everything is going to be a comment. A "thread" will just be a wrapper around the first comment, which is the original post.

The whole site should look and work pretty much the same, except that search and pinning will be just one thing instead of two.


Again if you like (and you probably don't), I can help you clone this machine and you can run it locally for development. Setting up a website in your home is easy, but the name of the site will change, and you'll need to open ports on your router, and to setup let's encrypt. I can show you how to do all that.
325   Patrick   2022 Nov 29, 6:28pm  

Thanks, but I've got this, no problem.
326   richwicks   2022 Nov 29, 7:06pm  

Patrick says

Thanks, but I've got this, no problem.


Well, I can see you're using Let's Encrypt still and have the script running for it.

Setting up your router to allow 80 and 443 passthrough is all you need to do to test locally at home - and REALLY you don't need that OR Let's Encrypt unless you plan to allow access by the wider world.

All you need to do is clone the virtual machine. To do that, setup a VM that is CLOSE to what you have here, and then use sudo apt --installed to get a list of packages you need and/or are missing.

SMTP won't work though, that's a BITCH to setup on anything other than an "approved" server.
327   Patrick   2022 Dec 5, 3:24pm  

I reformatted thread lists (home page, author list, search results) to always have the user icon in the thread summary.

Also, the first image is much larger, and more of the text is included.
328   rocketjoe79   2022 Dec 5, 3:28pm  

Noticed the HUGE IMAGES and I liked it better the other way. I have to scroll a lot more to read the next set of thread titles. Compact is better!
329   Patrick   2022 Dec 5, 3:42pm  

OK, I'll make them smaller.
330   Patrick   2022 Dec 5, 3:45pm  

@rocketjoe79

How about now?
331   Patrick   2022 Dec 5, 3:48pm  

Heck, I just removed images from post lists entirely, except for the author icons.

Cleaner, but then the site looks like mostly text.
332   Patrick   2022 Dec 5, 3:58pm  

Actually, all of those changes sucked.

Reverted everything, so site is back how it was.
333   rocketjoe79   2022 Dec 5, 4:13pm  

Looks great again!
334   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2022 Dec 5, 4:17pm  

rocketjoe79 says


Looks great again!


make patnet great again!!!

didn’t want to miss an opportunity to say that
335   Hircus   2022 Dec 8, 8:13am  

@patrick

I noticed if I make a comment, then click edit, then submit my edited text, I get a "no such comment" error. It does however save my updated comment ok.
336   Onvacation   2022 Dec 8, 8:20am  

FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden says

make patnet great again!!!

When was it not great?
337   Patrick   2022 Dec 8, 9:26am  

Hircus says


patrick

I noticed if I make a comment, then click edit, then submit my edited text, I get a "no such comment" error. It does however save my updated comment ok.


Thanks Hircus, definitely a recently introduced bug.
338   Patrick   2022 Dec 8, 10:13am  

@Hircus should be fixed now.
339   Patrick   2022 Dec 14, 3:20pm  

Image tagging was broken for a while. Fixed now.
340   FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden   2022 Dec 14, 8:26pm  

Onvacation says


FortwayeAsFuckJoeBiden says


make patnet great again!!!

When was it not great?



always great, but we just keep making it great
341   Patrick   2022 Dec 15, 5:25pm  

Left and right arrow keys now cause navigation to previous and next page of threads or comments.
342   HeadSet   2022 Dec 15, 5:31pm  

Patrick says

Left and right arrow keys now cause navigation to previous and next page of threads or comments.

Now you tell me. I just got taken off a page I was typing when I used an arrow key to move the cursor.
343   Patrick   2022 Dec 15, 5:33pm  

Oh shit.

Thanks for telling me @HeadSet

So what I need to do is detect that the text box is not selected. Or maybe I should just drop this whole idea.
344   Patrick   2022 Dec 15, 5:53pm  

@HeadSet

OK, now I detect that the text box is not selected before using the l/r arrow keys to navigate.

Please let me know if it's still broken in some way.
345   HeadSet   2022 Dec 16, 7:13am  

Works perfectly!
346   Patrick   2022 Dec 16, 3:21pm  

You can now upload pdfs from your local computer. The result will be a link that says "view pdf" that people can click on to see it, like this:

view pdf

You can change that link text if you like to make it more descriptive of what you uploaded.

The same 10MB limit applies, as with images and videos.
347   DhammaStep   2022 Dec 28, 5:02am  

I have a suggestion of a feature I actually saw on another site that I think might be good for Patnet and Patrick's sanity. I don't use Twitter, I use Nitter to read twitter posts. On thing I've noticed on Nitter is that YouTube links are redirected through: https://redirect.invidious.io/ which supposedly doesn't track you like YouTube would. I'm not an even intermediate in computer wizardry, so it's probably way more work than I imagine it is.

It's still a good site regardless. I keep coming back, right?
348   Onvacation   2022 Dec 28, 5:26am  

DhammaStep says

I don't use Twitter

I just signed up!

Twitter has a lot of "anti-vaxers" now.

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