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1:43 AM
Mmmmhmmm... All quiet on the tavern front
 
2:04 AM
@YiJiang It's true.
 
 
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4:09 AM
does jQuery ui theming have input:text styling? i see buttons and radios and select menus, but nothing for an input textbox. ):
 
Tim
I haven't seen anything along those lines, but I haven't dug very deep into the UI stuff yet.
 
yeah, this is my first go at it
 
No
jQuery UI doesn't include text input
But then why would you need something extra fancy for those?
@rchern box-shadow: inset 1px 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2) creates a nice effect
border-radius: 3px for subtle round ones
Add in the ui-border-all class manually if you want the round corners to match the ones in the theme you're using
 
4:24 AM
that's why i was asking about the textbox. it looks out of place (;
doing checkboxes like buttons are weird though. i don't think i like that
 
@rchern If you want to, you can try using the active state image as the background
Otherwise, use matching border color should be enough
@rchern Oh, and one suggestion - Have a look at the combobox example, and see if you can implement something like that for the site list.
 
an autocomplete sort of thing?
yeah, i do want to do that
 
@rchern I know, I'm remarking up the form in a jsfiddle right now
 
haha
 
 
2 hours later…
6:14 AM
Cleaned up HTML, custom autocomplete
The only problem is that
I hate the way which the icon url is being generated
Using value isn't a very good option
 
ohhh, much nicer than what i have stackflair.com
i like the way you included the icon in the combobox
i was looking at doing a display name search instead of user id, and showing the gravatar could work there
 
6:32 AM
@rchern Well, there's always ajax for that
You don't have to plaster jQuery UI over everything, you know
I mean, now that you've gone and plastered the styles over the select elements and input
They don't look like form elements anymore
 
haha, yeah. i've never played with jQuery UI, so i'm kinda exploring
 
7:23 AM
@rchern Well, I just updated the darn thing:
Yawn... well, that's about it I think
Theme selection is now much better
 
7:47 AM
jQuery toggles always confuse me
 
8:14 AM
did you guys know.. that each chat site has unique easter eggs?
like.. really awesome easter eggs?
just some food for thought
we put the guy who did the april fools unicorns ( blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/03/reminder-its-april-1st ) in charge of the easter eggs, which is like putting Michael Jordan in charge of, y'know, BASKETBALL
 
@JeffAtwood Prepare for chat-noise as people try [status-unicorn] and various things
 
status-easter-egged
 
I'm surprised [status-foo] wasn't abused to removal
 
that is meta's easter egg
A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, web page or video game. The term was coined—according to Warren Robinett—by Atari after they were pointed to the secret message left by Robinett in the game Adventure. It draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many Western nations as well as the last Russian imperial family's tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises. This practice is similar in some respects...
 
@YiJiang - nice
How on earth did this question get 2 upvotes when posted as an answer? ==> stackoverflow.com/questions/3896148/character-limit-jquery/…
 
8:17 AM
I'll give you a hint. Super User Chat might sometimes feel that "it looks like you're writing a letter."
beyond that I can say no more
 
Ah @JeffAtwood , why must you attempt to steal more time from the clutches of my short, insignificant lifetime
 
@AidenBell It looks like you're trying to get things done. Would you like some help with that?
 
@radp - No! Leave me alone SO, you never help, you make things worse rocks back and forth in corner
 
The procrastification is too much!
 
8:21 AM
Right click → Animate
Right click → Animate
Right click → Animate
Right click → Animate
 
hey radp thank you very much for...
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Q: Adapt close dialog UI for upcoming avalanche of StackExchange 2.0 graduates

radpAs an attempt to partially address this issue, it is fair to consider that once migration paths open up to StackExchange 2.0 sites, the close dialog is going to get ugly as each site would get its option control and explanatory text: Here's what I was thinking about to improve the situation: ...

also, whenever I am looking for your stuff, I always want to put in "badp"
I don't know why, and I've done it many times
 
er, badp is my username on non-MSO sites. :)
 
AHA
 
my shenanigans were carefully hidden in the accounts tab.
 
that really screwed me over the other day when I was looking for that post -- just FYI
 
8:22 AM
sorry -- so is it going to be implemented?
 
see, and people think our "one name change every 30 days" rule is draconian and meaningless
THERE ARE REASONS PEOPLE
REAL REASONS
 
yeah, especially when you can name change at will
with enough sites
how much is it now, 25 name changes per month?
 
that's annoying enough that it has stopped most of it though
 
nope, 30 name changes per month.
 
8:24 AM
ctrl-alt-del
 
The best one though is the one with the anniversary letter reminder, couldn't find it though.
 
That stay on bottom link in mobile chat should be renamed "make chat really annoying on the iPhone" :)
 
@waffles is working on the new enhanced close dialog with better migration-to-arbitrary sites support @radp (starting monday in Australia time)
 
Except for that chat is surprisingly usable
 
8:28 AM
@waffles it's worse with opera mobile :) in full screen mode, the link is mostly covered by the show toolbar button. When the chat isn't staying at the bottom that is, then it's off screen.
 
f**k Opera
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that is all I have to say about that
 
The alternative is Nokia's inbuilt browser
I'll have Opera over that anyday, tyvm
 
if there are no other options than Opera, one should choose a noble death instead
everyone dies.. but not everyone truly lives @radp
 
Im going to live forever (link removed)
 
that's always the plan
 
8:33 AM
Possibly wil arnets best performance Excuse the spelling
While I'm playing with the close dialog I should add a "not fair" it's totally unfair that person got that much rep
 
I enabled the chat house ad for meta.so -- Marc fixed the IP whitelist. it's only on question pages though
 
I like the new ads
Smell like possibly pizza is ready. Later :)
 
I guess it's probably time to add site screenshots to this
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very cool
send it to robert@stackoverflow.com once it's in shareable state
 
are the contents somewhat correct?
 
8:44 AM
of course
 
Okay, then it's time to reboot to Windows.
 
@radp I thought the criteria for voting up answers is that it's helpful for you, not just the OP
Well maybe both
@radp Closing isn't just for bad questions... it's also for dupes and questions that belong elsewhere
Which doesn't make those bad questions
 
Noted, agreed
Do you think I spend too much time on the rep part?
Hmm, the gaming logo will be a problem to upscale
The central part needs no interpolation at all, the rest probably does...
oh, it looks fine with no interpolation at all, surprisingly.
 
9:00 AM
@radp See if you can get the vector version form Jin
 
no need -- with no interpolation it looks fine. I was doubtful about the glowing bits.
 
9:14 AM
Hmm, adding screenies and keeping the presentation in 42 slides may be more challenging than I thought.
 
@radp Should try to balance out the timing a bit. The "very good answer" slide can definitely do with a bit more time
 
As the comment says, I'm not using slide timing yet. I just gave each slide 4 seconds
(add 1 per transition.)
The timing will be upon the narrator to give.
the idea isn't however to stop upon each slide
@YiJiang those few slides can be summarized as "the more helpful you are, (next) and the more details you give, (next) the better your answer is (next) and the more votes it receives! (next) So let's talk about voting."
 
9:31 AM
hrm, comments are designed for clarification, humour and?
(I'm looking for something to put above humour obviously)
 
@radp Tangentially relevant information that may help but doesn't actually answer the question
 
that'd be clarification?
 
@radp Clarification helps people understand the question
You can say something like "That HTML is invalid", though that won't directly answer the question
 
okay, so I have:
If what you write is:
• a request for clarification,
• a footnote to an answer or question, or
• humour
it is a comment
Sounds good?
 
9:56 AM
Hah, I just had a run with Reharse timing. Total run time: 1' 14"
 
@radp Just curious, where are you going to put that once it's done?
 
Probably simply youtube.
 
10:58 AM
Cool! It's back up!
 
Tim
Hoorah!
Now, who can we blame..
 
/blame SO TEAM! for unexpected unexpected downtime
 
Interesting, I haven't actually tried this out before.
 
Tim
@YiJiang That, or @AidenBell snapped and unleashed a wave of fury on the SE network.
Hello @MarkC, @Pekka
 
@Tim Hi Tim. The real question is, what are we all doing here at this hour? (Like the stuff up there at 3AM)
 
11:04 AM
@MarkC What timezone are you in?
 
@Yi Jiang: Central, haha.
This is quite an interface! Is this also original?
 
Tim
@MarkC We're a widely-distributed crowd. I also hardly sleep.
 
@MarkC It's 7pm Saturday on GMT +8 here ;)
 
@YiJiang Yes, but those comments at 3 were by people (at least Jeff) in the US.
Interesting, I'm having a look at the rooms feature now.
 
11:28 AM
okay, so here's draft 5
I added close captioning of what the narrator should say :)
 
Tim
@radp Is it meant to go quite that fast? :P
 
@Tim yep! It's timed to the "speaking".
You know, short internet attention spans.
 
Tim
@radp Ah, yes, heh. Actually everything shifting around so quickly does have its own kind of "game" feel to it.
 
@radp Well yeah, but it's far to fast to even read what it's saying
 
I was doubtful I could cram the SO formula in less than 3 mins...
 
11:31 AM
Why not just don't do narration, and let the user control his/her own pace?
 
that's not something youtube lets you do...
 
@radp If there's no narration, then I can just hit the pause button if I need to read through everything clearly
There's also a typo on the "click the tick" slide
 
The actual slide or the "close caption"?
 
"If you thik an answer"
 
Fixed in draft 6
 
Tim
11:34 AM
Actual slide
 
Woah... far too fast, I can't even see the flag button graphics before the next slide pushes in
Of course, it may just be that I'm trying to read the captions and the slides at the same time
But it still feels like it's going to fast
 
@YiJiang yeah, that's a problem too :)
I can speed up the transition so that content gets more time
 
Tim
@YiJiang Yeah, I gave up trying to read the slides under the assumption that you'd normally listen to the narration and not try reading...but then it seems weird to have all of that text.
 
@Tim Not everybody has sound :)
 
It's unfortunate that there really aren't any good slide sharing sites out there right now
 
11:38 AM
if I drop the transition from 1.0 sec to 0.5 sec, I can give each slide 0.5 secs extra!!
 
Tim
@radp Right, but I had assumed you were ignoring that, otherwise I'd rather focus more on slowing things down so people can read. :P
(narration or otherwise)
 
eh, it's not like the text makes great examples or the such.
anyway, it'll be to the narrator's own timing that the slides will advance I guess.
I just want to have something faster paced than ubuntu's 10 min tutorial.
 
The questions examples esp.
I mean, I actually want to read them!
And you won't let me, before moving on :(
 
The question example needs lenghtening
The rad question is just a title
That's a bad message.
Should do the same fading out stuff I do for the rad answer.
anyway, bbl lunch.
 
Tim
I think the fast pace concept isn't terrible, just that there's a point at which all that motion becomes far too distracting, then even though it's short enough to keep most people's interest, it's too busy for them to actually absorb anything useful.
That being said, I think it's coming along very nicely, just needs some tweaking here and there. Good job. :)
 
11:45 AM
SO down?
SO down?
 
Tim
Yes
 
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Q: Downtime alert.

radpPractically all SE sites I tried, except Meta, are failing to load for me, with the exception of MSO. Additionally, all chats are offline and MSO's visit chat acknowledges this by not advertising any room. #StackOverflow is down - ISP power issues - we will be back up soon Geoff Dag...

 
How long should it take?
 
Tim
shrugs
 
@Tim Actually I need to lengthen it somewhat
It's dropped from 42 slides to 38! Unacceptable.
 
Tim
11:55 AM
@radp Hahah :P
 
I don't know why, but Qalculate won't do integrate(ln x+3) for me
 
ln(x) + 3 or ln(x + 3)?
 
Tim
Heh, the sight of half the room dropping out of chat was amusing.
 
Or integrate(ln (x+3)) for that matter
 
I think it's infinity if you include 3 in the integration
if I remember calculus well enough
or were you just looking for the primitive function?
 
11:57 AM
@Jorn Why do you have Zeus's image from AOM as your profile image? :p
@Tim Why? What happened?
@radp Erm... it's math homework (looks around embarrassingly)
 
oh, no problem.
 
Tim
@YiJiang All of their profile images jumped off at the same time, like a wave of discarded users
 
12:30 PM
Rebuild full-text catalog In progress ...
 
Tim
Yay progress
 
this spinner is tiring ... it give me no progress ... just spins
 
Tim
The little green SQL Server spinner that gives you no indication of whether a process will take five minutes or ten days?
 
Qalculate keeps giving me integrate( ln(x + 3) ) = integrate( ln(x + 3) )
Grrrr....
 
12:41 PM
 
Tim
MATLAB said int(ln(x+3)) = ln(x+3) * (x+3) - x - 3, but my brain isn't being maths-friendly at the moment, so I can't check if that makes sense.
 
@radp Yes I know that, it's just that I'm trying to use Qalculate... for erm... something
And I think I've got the syntax wrong or something
How can I get it to give me the indefinite integral?
 
fires up Oracle™ VM© Virtualbox®
@YiJiang I'm installing Qalculate, in the meantime you may try asking on SE
 
12:58 PM
Creating an account on SuperUser. Not entirely sure if it's the right place, but heck
 
SHE IS BACK
2
 
Tim
@waffles Peace and sanity has been restored to the world!
Certain annoyances still exist, but such is life. :P
 
SHE IS STILL BROKEN
 
Tim
Don't make me revoke my star...
Heh, what's broken?
 
1:15 PM
Does anyone think my last comment here was too harsh?
-4
A: What is this SO offline page all about?

OTZSO mods are trying too hard to make it look 'geeky'.

 
Tim
@Diago Nah, I don't find it to be all that harsh.
 
...who upvoted OTZ's comment?!
It's plain flamebait
it's off topic
 
How long is a ban for bad questions in effect?
 
@LasseVKarlsen AFAIK you have to contact the team and prove that you will get better, and then the IP ban will be lifted. The ban's are IP based, although in his case the suspension was done by a moderator. IP Ban's do not suspend the user itself, only block questions from his IP.
 
Hmm, IP ban?
 
1:26 PM
wow, is it that harsh?
 
@LasseVKarlsen Also he doesn't have an email in his profile. I am not an SO mod but without an email it is not possible to inform someone why they get suspended.
 
So if a colleague of mine starts posting bad questions from work, I can be banned from using SO from my workplace?
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@LasseVKarlsen Correct. It's one of the negatives but it happens only in rare cases. Also means you can go beat said colleague up.
 
There are 10k people at uni using the same proxy IP as I do...
Now I'm scared.
@Diago How the hell am I supposed to know who he is to begin with?!
 
@radp It only applies to really bad question being asked. There is a blog post about it I will find now.
@radp Fair point. Can always mail the team and ask :)
 
1:28 PM
I thought it was an account flag, not an IP ban.
 
Problem with account flag is that usually this will probably only happen to low-rep users
So it wouldn't cost them much to just ditch the account and make another
 
Tim
@radp Use Wireshark to snoop on your university's network traffic and track everyone making connections to SO!
 
Well, I've asked the question, but it's only got 3 views
Is it a slow day on SU?
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Q: How to find integral of logarithmic functions with Qalculate

Yi JiangIt's odd, but I must be missing something, but Qalculate! is refusing to give me the indefinite integral of a logarithmic function. The following works: integrate(2x) integrate(lnx) But trying integrate(ln(2x+1)) just gives me back the same equation. Even giving the equation a lower and uppe...

 
@YiJ, I've tried fiddling with it
it fails to give all but the most basic primitives
 
Can you do integrate(ln(f(x)) ?
 
1:30 PM
for example, no luck with x ln(x)
 
@radp Maybe Qalculate just isn't that powerful? :(
 
I'm afraid so :/
Tried Maxima/wxMaxima?
 
Morning everyone
 
'noon
 
Tim
'Ello
 
1:34 PM
You missed a rep whoring window, @The
 
@radp LOL, when was this?
 
...holy shit I must delete it
 
You know how I love those @radp :-)
Sites having isues at the moment...? :-/
 
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Q: Downtime alert.

radpPractically all SE sites I tried, except Meta, are failing to load for me, with the exception of MSO. Additionally, all chats are offline and MSO's visit chat acknowledges this by not advertising any room. Rebuild full-text catalog In progress ... waffles

It's too late. I've hit the rep threshold :/
 
I thought so
LOL
> StackOverflow.com is still down for me. ServerFault.com won't log me in... and I can't vote on SuperUser. I think I'll go do some chores and come back later today ;-)
 
1:37 PM
It's all my fault, I should've made that CW
 
It's MSO. Rep points there don't "count" ;-)
Put another way: Nice Work! :-)
 
@TheUnhandledException Why don't they? You get rep by finding bugs, proposing features, etc.
Those are valuable activities <.<
 
hello everyone. SO still down , damn!
 
Sure, it's easy to inflate the score via freehand circles
 
Tim
Well, people need to freak out in response to SO withdrawal. You provided them a place to do so. :P
 
1:42 PM
can't this comment be flagged to oblivion?
-6
A: What is this SO offline page all about?

OTZSO mods are trying too hard to make it look 'geeky'.

(a comment to this post, if I have to tell you which one then it shouldn't get flagged)
 
@radp I guess I meant, Reputation is far less of a valuable indicator on Meta. Or, not less valuable, just very different. It shows how well you understand the culture of SOFU, as opposed to how knowledgeable you are about a particular dicipline
 
@YiJiang Yeah. Weekends normally are.
 
What I'm trying to say @radp is, you deserved the rep :-)
 
not really... all my other questions and answers were proposals and bugs about the system, well all those that didn't backfire spectacularly and I had to ask deleted
 
@Diago Would it be better if I ask on ubuntu.se?
 
1:45 PM
anyway, that means I have to give back this rep to the community via bounties :P
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@YiJiang Even slower. I asked a question there this morning only had 5 views so far. SE is slow over weekends
@radp I can't find the blog post but here is Jeff's official answer:
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A: Can we prevent some of the low-quality questions from entering our system?

Jeff AtwoodBased on the feedback from this post, we have now implemented a form of screening during the question ask period. Questions from IP addresses or accounts with a history of extremely poor questions will no longer be accepted. This is intended to weed out the worst quality questions. (hint hint, ...

 
howdy all
 
hmm, the SO movie question is too "young"
 
Tim
'Ello @AidenBell
 
1:49 PM
@radp - What you mean
 
@AidenBell questions must be 48 hours old before you can start a bounty on it
 
@AidenBell For a bounty, because he's in a giving mood today ;) Look at the top starred post on the right
 
@YiJiang I got 190 rep completely undeservedly <.<
 
@radp There there...
 
also -- if I start a bounty today I won't lose any +10 from comment upvotes!
(right?)
 
1:51 PM
At least this isn't Yossarian saying this to Snowden
 
Well I'm off to make some coffee and breakfast while I await SO's return. Catch you guys later!
 
okay, since I already have Altruist
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Q: Show reputation change in Recent Activity even if negative

radpIt is confusing to not show the reputation change on your Recent Activity page just because it is negative -- for example, due to casting a large bounty. If nothing is shown, one is led to believe there was no change at all. If today's (or this week's, or even this month's) net result is -68 rep...

okay, even with the bounty I've hit the limit :/
 
@radp You might have dropped it on one of the weird bugs I encounter on SO that is quite serious but very rare
I mean, this one:
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Q: Account mixup when viewing questions

Yi Jiang Because this is the third time this has happened, I think I should post a question about it. Look at the screenshot above (click on it for the full size version). Basically, O_o. It occurs when I visit a question. It happens incredibly rarely, maybe once every, I dunno, thousand visits to t...

It's just...
 
that screenshot looks ancient
 
I don't know why they don't look at that problem. It's hard to reproduce, yes, but it suggest something very wrong with the sessions system
I don't know. It doesn't happen often enough to investigate properly
 
1:58 PM
I mean, those are from even before than the StackExchage™ MultiCollider SuperDropdown™!
 
@radp Oh, no that's because of the user style I'm using
 
@YiJiang You may want to use the default style then
When I look at this bug the screenshots scream "old question!"
 
When they only displayed questions from other sites I found it to be quite useless, so I removed it
 
Yeah, but the screenshots still scream "ancient" to the rest of us :)
At least add a note or something
 
It's just that it feels weird nobody's responded, because if I can reproduce this more reliably it basically means I compromise other people's accounts!
 
2:01 PM
Thing is I've never experienced that...
 
Actually, I should try posting an answer when it happens, just to see what will occur
@radp As I would suspect, if not Meta would be full of questions like that
I don't know... it's just too weird
 
Fixed problem with your question
you had messed up with the link numbering and had [![][2]][3] instead of [![][3]][3]
 
@radp Erm... thanks!
 
Tim
@radp cough Yi Jiang is not Yi Jing cough ("Yi Jing is using a custom stylesheet") cough
 
@Tim gah, I couldn't fix that in the same revision by 13 seconds :/
You're so slow! :P
(j/k, tyvm)
 
Tim
2:11 PM
Damn :P
I am surprised that that question hasn't gotten more attention, hmm.
 
2:42 PM
Anyone in here familiar with HTML standards know if <script> tags can be arbitrarily placed or are required to be in <head>? It passes W3C valid, but doesn't seem right
 
As far as I know <script> tags can be anywhere - but I could be wrong...
 
@AidenBell Anywhere. In fact, it's usually recommended for them to be placed at the bottom of the body tag, for performance reasons
 
@ChrisF @YiJiang - Cheers :)
I trust you over the w3c lol
 
I think it's good practise to keep them in one place - traditionally in the head, but increasingly at the bottom as @YiJiang says
 
@ChrisF - Have ill-thought out templates just injecting them left right and center. Don't want to rework them all unless I have to (don't ask)
 
2:45 PM
sounds like a nightmare
 
@AidenBell Neater to collate them into one place, but whatever works for you I suppose ;)
 
@ChrisF - It all works and is valid through you guys and w3c so it is getting dropped down the priority list lol
 
Well good luck!
 
;) Cheers @ChrisF
"Stackoverflow.com is still offline because the database, was, well “Suspect” according to SQL server" ... :(
 
Tim
Hmm...What to work on today...
 
2:51 PM
5
Q: A heartbeat/status page showing whether SO and other SE network sites are up and running

Marek GrzenkowiczCurrent prolonged downtime made me realize that StackExchange needs a page showing real-time status of all network sites similar to Skype Heartbeat or Last.fm Status.

sounds easy enough
 
Tim
Hm, that's actually kind of interesting.
Mainly due to the shiny UI aspect, but. :P
 
I should be researching hosting HTML controls inside a Silverlight app - but I'm prevaricating instead
 
Okay, chat is officially too good.
@ChrisF You're lying instead of researching?
 
@Tim - You talking about those heart-beats?
Creepy
 
Tim
@AidenBell Yeah
 
2:54 PM
@ChrisF +1 for prevaricating
 
@PopularDemand Damn, wrong word - Procrastinating
 
so SO is so back up
 
Tim
@PopularDemand Why is that?
 
@Tim It knows what @AidenBell is going to do before he does it. In some cases.
Looks like this hasn't been reported yet, I'll post it as a bug.
 
@PopularDemand now I am confused
 
Tim
2:56 PM
Ah ha
 
voodoo
@PopularDemand - What URL is that?
 
@AidenBell Sometimes shows up to the right of questions.
 
Tim
It's also at the very bottom of MSO's main page.
 
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