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I logged in today and I see an entirely new web page design with no notifications about it.

 

The new design does not have the ability to show the users content which I find extremely inconvenient as I may have active threads in multiple forums and the users content is the best way to track my active threads. Otherwise I may not notice responses in certain threads.

Doesn't anyone else find this very inconvenient?

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You beat me to the announcement by about two minutes. We announced the upgrade earlier this week.

Apologies for any inconvenience as we work through the new software. I am, though, pretty sure the "Find Content" feature is still available:

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However, it may not show complete results for a short time, because the software has to reindex all the old posts. That's happening right now, and hopefully the results will fill out over the next day or so. Let me know if you experience any other problems.

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Looks like there's also a "Content I Started" tab under the Activity tab at the top of the page, plus a button for following a topic to get notifications for new posts. (And a "Content I Posted In" link hidden under "My Activity Streams".) Hope those options are useful to you, once the search system has reindexed old posts.

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Just to throw in my two cents as well: this was an update that we really needed to perform, primarily due to security concerns of the older software being outdated (for around 2 years now, in fact). We'll do our best to smooth over any quirks of the updated software.

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Why is half of ckeditor disabled including mathjax, source editing etc? x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}

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You should still be able to use the math BBCode tags: [math]x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}[/math]

Could you be more specific about the other issues you're experiencing?

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1 hour ago, Cap'n Refsmmat said:

You beat me to the announcement by about two minutes. We announced the upgrade earlier this week.

Apologies for any inconvenience as we work through the new software. I am, though, pretty sure the "Find Content" feature is still available:

Screen Shot 2017-07-22 at 4.49.54 PM.png

However, it may not show complete results for a short time, because the software has to reindex all the old posts. That's happening right now, and hopefully the results will fill out over the next day or so. Let me know if you experience any other problems.

 

58 minutes ago, Cap'n Refsmmat said:

Looks like there's also a "Content I Started" tab under the Activity tab at the top of the page, plus a button for following a topic to get notifications for new posts. (And a "Content I Posted In" link hidden under "My Activity Streams".) Hope those options are useful to you, once the search system has reindexed old posts.

Ahh, I see.

Thanks for the reply. I was just a little disoriented with the changes and thought that the feature had just disappeared entirely. As with any changes, one always notices what's different before noticing what's new or how it may improve the users experience.

Thanks for the tips.

 

BTW, another change I noticed was that my origional user name was different from my display name "TakenItSeriously". My login was always the origional name but this time it required my display name and found no account under my user name.

This caused me quite a bit of concern because of persistant hackers that I have been dealing with for four years. and the login details would be the kind of thing that could have been overlooked assuming username and display name were the same.

In many instances they have created false but functional commercial web pages to bypass internet security, limit my interface to the real commercial websites by acting as a man in the middle hack intercepting my data before passing it on like man in the browser mallware.

They would then not only have full login access but even limit my options such as removing certain editing features such as blocking editing features to change emeail to more secure email, block changing password, block tighter security options. or redirect support to a non-associated fake support person.

These threats are far more widespread then you may think created by state backed hackers as well as organized chrime rings.

How can I guarantee that this is not a more extensive form of that kind of hack which could monitor or even limit or edit to misrepresent me and my free speech capability?

Thanks for your time and attention.

 

 

 

Edited by TakenItSeriously

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OOps. Wrong forum....:D Are we going to have a New Content button? This looks like a rather radical change from previous ones.

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There's an Unread Content button under the Activity tab at the top of the page. Looks like it's only caught up with the past day of posts though. That'll get better soon.

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7 minutes ago, TakenItSeriously said:

BTW, another change I noticed was that my origional user name was different from my display name "TakenItSeriously". My login was always the origional name.

Yes, IPB no longer has a difference between Display Name and Login Name, so you'll have to use your display name from now on.

7 minutes ago, TakenItSeriously said:

How can I guarantee that this is not a more extensive form of that kind of hack which could monitor or even limit or edit to misrepresent me and my free speech capability?

Thanks for your time and attention.

You can compare the new SFN to the forums run by the maker of our forum software, Invision: https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/

Those forums should look and behave broadly the same, apart from the logo and minor tweaks.

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50 minutes ago, Cap'n Refsmmat said:

Yes, IPB no longer has a difference between Display Name and Login Name, so you'll have to use your display name from now on.

You can compare the new SFN to the forums run by the maker of our forum software, Invision: https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/

Those forums should look and behave broadly the same, apart from the logo and minor tweaks.

Wait what?

Are you saying that these forums are no longer a private venture? That was the whole reason I chose to post here over the stack exchange conglomerate. Are you saying that science forums are now a property of another company like stack exchange?

Why I find this to be a concern is that its exactly how we lost all reliabliity in mainstream news outlets when they all merged under single entities. Then there is only one source that could be leveraged by commercial or state entities to control all content.

Public forums serve the same public need in many ways that those media outlets once did. Not only for the free exchange of ideas but for the protections that free public exchange grants us. It's far easier to oppress a society that has no free speech.

Edited by TakenItSeriously

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2 minutes ago, TakenItSeriously said:

/cut

Even if that's the case (I'm ignorant about this), you're getting too hung up on it.

What dictates the quality of the posts are the members. Good members won't suddenly get worse if the forum changes ownership. I originally registered on 3 science forums and copy pasted my threads on each one to see which one would yield better replies and I decided on this one. That's all that mattered to me.

P.S. pressing enter once now skips two lines by default. You need to hold shift + enter to drop down one line. Just thought it might be handy to know.

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9 minutes ago, TakenItSeriously said:

Are you saying that these forums are no longer a private venture? That was the whole reason I chose to post here over the stack exchange conglomerate. Are you saying that science forums are now a property of another company like stack exchange?

Just to clarify and allay your concerns on this point: this is not the case at all. (Nor was it Capn's point.) SFN is operating in exactly the same manner today as it did yesterday and for the preceding decade, i.e. entirely independently. We've simply updated our forum software, and Invision is the company that provides the software.

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Here are what the buttons of the full ckeditor look like minus a few. I use ckeditor on occasion.

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There should be a button which looks like Σ to insert a mathjax equation instead of having to use bbcode (which I can never remember) but you might have to download this plugin to use it.

http://ckeditor.com/addon/mathjax

To add buttons there should be a configuration file (*usually called config.js) the above example looks like this. It may be called something different on the forum software.

CKEDITOR.editorConfig = function( config ) {
	// Define changes to default configuration here. For example:
	// config.language = 'fr';
	// config.uiColor = '#AADC6E';
	
	config.toolbarGroups = [
		{ name: 'document', groups: [ 'mode', 'document', 'doctools' ] },
		{ name: 'clipboard', groups: [ 'clipboard', 'undo' ] },
		{ name: 'editing', groups: [ 'find', 'selection', 'spellchecker', 'editing', 'Math'] },
		{ name: 'forms', groups: [ 'forms' ] },
		'/',
		{ name: 'basicstyles', groups: [ 'basicstyles', 'cleanup' ] },
		{ name: 'paragraph', groups: [ 'list', 'indent', 'blocks', 'align', 'bidi', 'paragraph' ] },
		{ name: 'links', groups: [ 'links' ] },
		{ name: 'insert', groups: [ 'insert' ] },
		'/',
		{ name: 'styles', groups: [ 'styles' ] },
		{ name: 'colors', groups: [ 'colors' ] },
		{ name: 'tools', groups: [ 'tools' ] },
		{ name: 'others', groups: [ 'others' ] },
		{ name: 'about', groups: [ 'about' ] }
	];
	config.extraPlugins = 'mathjax';
	config.extraPlugins = 'widget';
	config.extraPlugins = 'dialog';
	config.extraPlugins = 'lineutils';
	config.extraPlugins = 'clipboard';
	config.extraPlugins = 'notification';
	config.extraPlugins = 'toolbar';
	config.extraPlugins = 'dialogui';
	config.extraPlugins = 'button';
	config.mathJaxLib = '//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/mathjax/2.7.0/MathJax.js?config=TeX-AMS_HTML';
};

To make the equation editor work you need to download a few plugins and extract them into the plugins folder.

Also CKEDITOR.replace needs to include the extraPlugins bit.

CKEDITOR.replace( 'textareaIDhere', {
 extraPlugins: 'mathjax'
}  );

 

plugins.zip

Edited by fiveworlds

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1 hour ago, Lord Antares said:

Even if that's the case (I'm ignorant about this), you're getting too hung up on it.

What dictates the quality of the posts are the members. Good members won't suddenly get worse if the forum changes ownership. I originally registered on 3 science forums and copy pasted my threads on each one to see which one would yield better replies and I decided on this one. That's all that mattered to me.

P.S. pressing enter once now skips two lines by default. You need to hold shift + enter to drop down one line. Just thought it might be handy to know.

Because I've had first hand experience with this. At the peak of my troubles with hacking and lets be frank, they weren't private hackers, they were elite hackers who could control commercial providers to also act against me. It was all started when i was creating a new method for dealing a rig-proof poker game for online poker, i.e. players all had a hand in shuffling the cards in a peer to peer platform that the poker site didn't control. I was developing it in a completely transparrent way in a poker theory forum with the help of members at a key time when many US state legislatures were looking at bringing poker back.

It wasnt poker they were worried about. Around a year later after I realized it had to be NSA backed hackers using fisa warrants to get commercial companies to cooperate I took a closer look at that origional dealing platform. I realized that a peer to peer encripted messaging platform could be based on the same security protocols as the dealing platform back when they were shutting down any private security means or communication possible even shutting down small email providers in the process.

link to the post discussed above, see end of thread to see my first comments on hackers:

note: twoplustwo is still a private forum so I can still link to its threads which exist in a permanent archive. To keep it that way, please consider what it means if that Forum Thread link ever goes dead.

If I can be hacked and have my ip stollen corrupted and destroyed and even have my hardware destroyed and stolen as well as financial accounts hacked, then it can happen to anyone because I'm about as boyscout as it gets. It makes me sick when people say they arent worried because they havent done anything to be worried about as if I did.

So they were violating me in any and all ways possible 24/7. This included the stack exchange forums which had gobbled up all private forums by the hundreds. I could no longer get any tech help through any forum when I was auto-locked with every first post no matte how legitimate the question and I had been posting in forums since they started in the eitghties, so they all followed proper ettiquette and rules.

Edited by TakenItSeriously

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Ehh, this seems a bit...far-fetched to me.

First of all, you don't seem to know that much about computers (I don't mean that in an insulting way) from reading your posts in another thread, so how could you have developed this? Or was it purely theoretical? Even so, there is no reason to give everyone a hand in shuffling. It isn't done in real poker and it would be more subject to bias than the standard method which you claim to be rigged.

And that's another point. People keep talking about rigging casino-type games but it is well known (among reasonable people) that the safest way to run a casino is legitimately. It is pure probabilistic mathematics. It is actually one of the safest ways to make profit. There is no reason for fraud.

15 minutes ago, TakenItSeriously said:

This kind of exploitation also spread to support forums in the stack exchange network when asking for help but I found myself getting auto-locked in any new forum I tried to join with my very first post for no real reason even though, Ive been posting in forums since they first began as a member of si-list (technical and research forum) back in the eighties, so I'd always excercise proper ediquette and forum rules.

Sorry to ask, but are you absolutely sure about this?

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4 hours ago, Lord Antares said:

Ehh, this seems a bit...far-fetched to me.

First of all, you don't seem to know that much about computers (I don't mean that in an insulting way) from reading your posts in another thread, so how could you have developed this? Or was it purely theoretical? 

Security protocols aren't based on anything but logic and math, and I'm highly gifted in logic, despite a learning disability connected with short term memory. I was solving logic problems at 4, llearned QM, SR,GR, Astronomy at 7, learned winning poker at 10, independantly developed a version of many worlds theory before knowing it was already done by the time I was 21. Many Worlds was a dismissed theory back then.

I scored a near perfect score (1 wrong answer) in what was supposed to be an unbounded logic test that was based on speed at solving set theory problems. I had to be seriously gapped much higher than anyone in the history of that test for that to even happen or the test would have been designed to be a lot longer because I actually finished it early.

But if computer tech is what you want to judge me on, while it's an incredibly broad field I have no real training in any field, but I train myself in the fields I work in as an autodiadact.

I was hired as a sr system design engineer and promoted to sr staff (the highest tech position at the time which typically required a PHD but I got it based on accomplishments without a degree) including three years winning the top award given internally to one employee each year.

I retired as the leading authority in the field of High Speed Digital Design with the possible exception of Dr Howard Johnson who was its founder. I developed the logical models, methods, and techniques that applied electromagnetic field theory properly to design and was able to make first hand prediction of anomalies instantly using my models while 6 figure field solvers took two days to solve a single component and with far less accuracy.

The entire communications industry which is mostly Cisco and who have the most competant engineers in the industry IMO was brought to a complete halt for two years  at the rollout of Gigabit Ethernet when not a single design world wide could pass EMI tests. 

My employer, Marvell Semiconductor entered into the Gigabit Ethernet market two years late, and all of my designs passed with perfect results validating my work developed ten years previously after which all major tech companies came to me for my help with their designs.

I would note that every design review I did corrected their problems on the next revision in every single case which numbered in the hundreds or posible even over a thousand. Those numbers would have been a lot higher if the FAE engineers hadnt filterd most reviews themselves.

Despite Marvel's late entry into that market we captured 80% of the enterprise market followed up with taking 80% of the client market. As soon as I left Marvell their market share of both markets fell to 20%.

Post Retirement:

original work that I've managed to solve in multiple fields which I learned as an autodiadact since retiring. Just prior to the rig-proof dealing method  project I had made monumental break trhough discoveries in probability theory and combinatorics, though its never been recognized. Without a PHD I have no ability to publish, so I see no possible way that it could have been recognized. I couldn't even win any of the millenial prizes if I solved them according to their rules.

I did independantly verify my results through Monty Carlo Method which is the common method used for validating probability.

I found a more definitive solution to the Twin Paradox

I discovered a feasible model for the mechanism behind my own 2e condition. Also created a feasible mechanism for how we use our subconscious works which has apparantly become accepted since doing so.

Other unvalidated work includes solving a completely novel method for finding large prime numbers in real time using wave harmonics and local matrix referencing.

my latest accomplishment is an unconfirmed solution to the Balance paradox which is a 5000 year old unsolved problem.

Outside of proving the [non]existence of odd prime numbers I've never failed to solve a problem that I started working on including a logically consistent model of the TOE, unconfirmed of course.

Sorry for going on, but I never compiled a list before now so I thought I may as well make it up to date.

 

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Even so, there is no reason to give everyone a hand in shuffling. It isn't done in real poker and it would be more subject to bias than the standard method which you claim to be rigged.

The points that I made had nothing to do with rig-proofing games or cheating in poker. They had to do with unlawful hacking and destruction of my life which only started with that single project and spread to include decades of projects on all of my local drives and cloud accounts. including projects I had intended to monetize since I retired to work on my own projects away from the corrupt practices in business. They also destroyed thousands of dollars in equipment was that justified?

Are you saying that people who work on research projects deserved to be hacked? Are you saying that people who work at home are legitimate targets for the government? What exactly are your arguements bassed on?

Your arguements are so randomly based on inconsequential facts that its hard not to see them as trolling.

 

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And that's another point. People keep talking about rigging casino-type games but it is well known (among reasonable people) that the safest way to run a casino is legitimately. It is pure probabilistic mathematics. It is actually one of the safest ways to make profit. There is no reason for fraud.

Sorry to ask, but are you absolutely sure about this?

What the exactly are you trying to say with this bizarre random comment that has nothing to do with what I was saying?

Edited by TakenItSeriously

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3 hours ago, fiveworlds said:

There should be a button which looks like Σ to insert a mathjax equation instead of having to use bbcode (which I can never remember) but you might have to download this plugin to use it.

http://ckeditor.com/addon/mathjax

To add buttons there should be a configuration file (*usually called config.js) the above example looks like this. It may be called something different on the forum software.

Thanks, we'll take a look to see if we can add this directly. I think the version of CKEditor used here may be custom, so we'll have to see how to add MathJax in.

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[modtip]Lord Antares and TakenItSeriously, please return to the topic of this thread. [/modtip]

 

Edit: Cap'n, my fancy tags aren't working. :mellow:

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I just noticed the editing features that have been sorely missed for the iPad, and I'm terrible at recalling BB code from memory. Bravo!!! Editing from buttons is:lol: going to feel like a luxury feature!

OK first editing bug, emoji inserts shifted that many spaces to the left when I attempted to insert at the end of the line.

Oh, and a simple feature that goes a long way is expandable edit windows for those of us who need to constantly cut down oversized posts to more reasonable sizes.

Edited by TakenItSeriously

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Not bad...

I am reading this on a big screen - a design is a bit too wide for my taste. I am missing side content (list of new posts and user feeds) - is there any way to have them again? Where can I read user feeds?

Also, I look a bit too pale on my avatar picture. I actually have a bit grayish complexion.

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10 hours ago, Cap'n Refsmmat said:

You should still be able to use the math BBCode tags: x=b±b24ac2a

Could you be more specific about the other issues you're experiencing?

Compare the above quote with your original post. In your original post it appears as Tex while in my posted quote it appears as BBCode. 

Edited by LaurieAG

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Fiveworlds +1 but I can't reference your post

I'ts good to have a programmer or three with us.

 

@The bosses,

BTW I accidentally clciked twice on the green heart for 5worlds and a rather peremptory notice came up

 

"you are not allowed to give reputation to this user"

 

Could you not soften this message to something more human?

 

Some of the other messages are more like from a Victorian germanic schoolmistress, rather than seeming to want to be friendly and helpful.

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1 hour ago, studiot said:

"you are not allowed to give reputation to this user"

Could you not soften this message to something more human?

Some of the other messages are more like from a Victorian germanic schoolmistress, rather than seeming to want to be friendly and helpful.

You should just be glad it didn't rap you on the knuckles with a steel ruler for being impertinent.

I'll look into it.

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