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Meddysong last won the day on January 26 2018

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  1. They did but their admin was killed in a car accident. They're not at fault here any more than my wife would be about our site if misfortune struck me.
  2. Man, I'm sorry to hear about your colleague's passing. It always makes me sad to hear that a person died young.
  3. I'm "over here in the UK" too and wrote the lesson that the teacher gave to the students in that class 🙂 The language is still being taught over here; I'll be teaching an advanced course in London on Saturday, whilst our headquarters in Staffordshire will be hosting weekend courses for beginners and post-beginners. And the wider community hit one million learners within two and a half years of launching the "Esperanto for English speakers" course on Duolingo in May 2015. I'm pretty proud of the fact that a mainstream publisher (behind the Teach Yourself series, Michel Thomas series etc of language materials) put out a textbook for the language last year and that it happens to have been seen in High Street stores such as Waterstones and Foyles. And I suppose I should be proud ... I'm the author 🙂
  4. A tip for people using Pages Category Images and getting broken images. When I started using it, $category->pcimage and {file="$category->pcimage"} were producing full URLs but <img src='{file="$category->pcimage"}'> was only stopping at my Amazon S3 bucket; it didn't contain the full URL with the filename and extension. When I pasted the full URL into my browser, I got an error message. The reason is because URLs were being created to my Amazon S3 account, which is where I store my Pages media. Pages Category Images has its own setting in System > Overview > Files > click Storage Settings, which by default is set to file system, using the server where the suite is installed. This means that my category images were being uploaded to a place on my server whilst the system was looking for them on my S3 account alongside the other Pages media. I solved the problem by changing the storage method of Pages Category Images to S3 and within seconds the images were displaying.
  5. Oh, you mean have the text "easy", "difficult" etc showing too just on different backgrounds? Yes, that's easy to pull off. I'm not sure I want to add splashes of colour to the page though. I think providing the explanation about the star system seems a reasonable compromise.
  6. Oh, sure, I can do that 🙂 But you still have the question of "what does red mean? why green?" So that doesn't solve the problem of conveying things clearly. On the record itself, for instance, we explain the scale: So our users will be used to it. But if the concern is that it won't be clear to new people then that'll hold for the colour scheme too. To be honest, why don't I just brighten up the page by explaining that we rate them and "How do you think we did? Let us know by rating it yourself!" alongside the explanation of the scale? 🙂
  7. Funnily enough, the uploader has to choose from a dropdown which says "difficult, fairly easy, very easy etc" and I've made it output as stars. So perhaps I could display it using the what she actually selected instead.
  8. A new project using only Pages: https://uea.facila.org/ The site is set up to present short, easy-to-read articles for people who have started learning the language Esperanto. The front page is a couple of record feeds based on @opentype's Supergrid templates but with a couple of tweaks. For example, if one of the team posts the article, then we get the usual "posted by" message with a link to the poster's profile, but if we indicate that we're posting on behalf of a guest author, then the message becomes "Written by John Smith". I've added an upload field so that staff can embed voice recordings of an article within its body if they want to. There's an example above the article text here: https://uea.facila.org/artikoloj/homoj/la-esperantisto-joseph-rhodes/ Now learners can here the language spoken whilst reading the content! We also have a database containing short films: https://uea.facila.org/filmetoj/ The rating displaying on the listing is actually the uploader's own one, indicating how easy she thinks it is. You can see it under the title in the record view: https://uea.facila.org/filmetoj/esperanto-film-la-teo-kiu-venigas-amatinon/ Readers can give their own ratings in the usual way at the bottom. Although I only wanted the uploaders to use YouTube, I've had to expand it to allow them to post links to videos hosted elsewhere. I think my favourite page is the one where the staff present themselves: https://uea.facila.org/kunlaborantoj/ I love the simplicity of it and its clean look, and how the order is random so that you don't always see the same people in first place. I also quite like the wordlist, where we show the words which you should aim to use in articles: https://uea.facila.org/vortlisto/ So much nicer than the one long list which it used to be.
  9. That's what that does? Wow, OK! I thought it was for strings which weren't used anymore. OK, I'll make use of it -- thanks! 🙂
  10. It seems to be a rare event but sometimes a language string gets changed. That's not necessarily good for those of us who use or provide translations. I've noticed in the past that these might be because of changes in functionality or layout and absolutely understand that no bit of text should be sacrosanct. The problem is that we might never notice. I know I've noticed in the past when searching for something that other results can sometimes have wildly different translations from the original text. I would never have known were it not for a chance discovery. Sometimes it's much easier; here's one from the past hour that I've noticed: That was probably changed long ago. (I have a slight recollection of having caught site of the first example whilst searching something else in the past, which is why that translation has been changed.) It would be helpful if there were some kind of tool which could help us to pick up instances where the default language string was changed between versions, much as the theme differences tool helps with templates and CSS.
  11. That's true. I always appreciate the little courtesies. I think it's probably worth remembering that policies are often what they are to preclude wrongdoers. For example, you have to pay $15 to change your URL if you've already done so within six months. Why? So that people can't costlessly switch domains every time an update comes out and they want to upgrade their several expired sites using their one good license. I suspect something similar is the case here and that IPS, recognising the cases when they're speaking with reputable customers, might be welcoming.
  12. Fewer updates is great. It means there's far greater stability, which means a) we have fewer updates to carry out across our sites and b) the devs get more time to develop new features, such as 4.4, which is coming soon.
  13. He's already made several threads in the past about not knowing how to make his own stylised landing page. I presume this is more of the same.
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