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What is broken on this site

asked 2010-08-18 14:06:43 -0500

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Please list here anything that is broken at http://ask.sagemath.org.

UPDATE: Please post bug reports at the main askbot development site: askbot.org.

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hi guys, would you consider posting these issues at http://askbot.org instead? It might actually serve two good purposes - (1) new users of this forum will be more likely to post b/c "what's broken on this site" will not be the first thing they see; (2) - you will increase activity at askbot.org

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 10:08:36 -0500 )edit

that said I don't mind at all to follow this thread as I receive updates by email, just thinking that some folks may be put off from using your forum by seeing this on top of the list :). btw, I've already fixed many of the issues mentioned here.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 10:48:15 -0500 )edit

Can the default sort order be changed to "newest"? That might help.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-20 14:59:43 -0500 )edit

actually you probably want "active" - that way people will see that something is going on at the site, otherwise they are less likely to post.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 15:15:27 -0500 )edit

Presuming the backend is SQL, a "group by" clause could also help (a 2nd level of sorting). I know pure python lets you do multiple levels of sorting as well.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-20 15:20:21 -0500 )edit

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answered 2010-08-18 14:08:37 -0500

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I tried to change the title to "What is broken on this site?" and got a big "key error" traceback. So that's something else broken.

By the way, we're using the development version of askbot's source code, as of Aug 18, 2010.

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answered 2010-08-19 10:24:51 -0500

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I don't know if this is strictly speaking "broken", but it seems odd to me that each question is listed under its own list of "Related questions". For example, on this page the list includes "What is broken on this site". So maybe not broken, but at least tautologous to the point of being useless?

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John, I agree and little things like this one do matter. I'll clean that up.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 10:34:53 -0500 )edit

I've finally figured out what John's referring to. I didn't even notice that column on the right-hand-side of the page. How are the related questions computed, through the tag system?

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-19 15:17:23 -0500 )edit

at the moment it's 10 questions with overlapping tags, not sorted or ranked in any particular way.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 09:35:35 -0500 )edit

this one is fixed now

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-02 06:29:48 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-19 00:08:06 -0500

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The title of each page ends with "ASKBOT: Open Source Q&A Forum". That's not really something broken, but maybe it makes sense to change it to something more specific.

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answered 2010-08-18 23:56:57 -0500

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I thought I could leave the 'birthdate' section of my profile blank, and got a similar long error traceback from DEBUG=True.

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...and also got error message when trying to post this. Others who post here, note that the post goes through even though there's an error--just go back and refresh the page rather than re-post and then have to delete the duplicate (like I did :)

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 00:03:08 -0500 )edit

also, error message (white text on yellow background!) when I posted the previous comment.

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 00:05:27 -0500 )edit

I've fixed this in the gihub repository

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 09:38:49 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-20 07:56:54 -0500

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At least sometimes, the number of answers/votes on a given question on the front page are just wrong. It's hard to give an example that will be current when anyone reads this, as it seems unpredictable, but you can probably find your own.

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You may be confused with the fact that votes only apply to the question itself (not votes on answers).

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-20 08:08:24 -0500 )edit

there is a 60s caching delay to update front page, so votes on question will appear a little later. cache invalidation could be better.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 09:09:37 -0500 )edit

I see. Why would one vote up a question? Anyway, I also saw questions that supposedly had no answers, while having had them for a number of hours. Sorry I don't have any examples now.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2010-08-24 14:39:37 -0500 )edit

kcrisman: Presumably so unanswered questions can be sorted by upvotes. It's just a "use-case" you may or may not have interest in personally.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-24 14:51:58 -0500 )edit

@kcrisman, those broken counts have been fixed, but the 60s cache delay is still there it will most likely go down or be removed in the future. as for why upvote a question - well maybe you have a point, but @ccanonc is right - the questions can be sorted by votes that's what "popular" tab is for.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-24 15:00:47 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-20 03:48:52 -0500

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there should be a possibility to enter mathematics in (la)tex notation (this was already mentioned in another thread, I just repeat it here)

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answered 2011-12-25 04:51:27 -0500

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Hello!

A strange thing happened today. DSM answered my question, but after some hours this answer disappeared. Is something wrong with the forum or has somebody deleted it? If the latter - why?

Thanks.

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good question -- I remember @DSM's answer looking particularly good (as usual).

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2011-12-26 02:42:05 -0500 )edit

The only reasonable explanation would be that he deleted his own answer... Maybe he will tell you better.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2012-01-03 10:16:24 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-18 14:07:16 -0500

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Harald pointed out that the RSS feed link gives the wrong URL. The right URL is http://ask.sagemath.org/feeds/rss/ which fortunately does work fine.

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This has now been resolved (see below).

William Stein gravatar imageWilliam Stein ( 2010-08-18 15:03:33 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-20 16:01:09 -0500

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Is it possible to use topic titles for the subjects of notification emails, instead of "news from Q&A forum"? This would help to keep track of "threads."

Also, it seems the "From:" header for these emails is missing or blank. Could we set it somehow to the post's author, e.g., Ann_A_Lytic@donotreply.sagemath.org?

Thanks, Evgeny, for your help!

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it's possible, but in general people may not always feel like sharing their email address with everybody. the "From" email address is set in file settings.py with variable DEFAULT_FROM_EMAIL - it's probably blank right now and the only way to access it is from the server

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 18:57:48 -0500 )edit

the other thing that is wrong with notifications - "content-type" is wrong and you see html tags in plain text. The repository version should have it fixed now.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-20 19:02:03 -0500 )edit

Mitesh, this is weird that you did not get karma increase for the upvote. I'll add 10 points manually and keep a look at that.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-21 08:16:14 -0500 )edit

Thanks for setting up more specific subjects for emails! Would it be possible to put just a [fake] "AskSage" in the "From:" header? I ask because I'm looking for a simple way to filter the emails in Gmail to apply a label.

Mitesh Patel gravatar imageMitesh Patel ( 2010-09-01 13:20:05 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-21 02:46:53 -0500

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tooltip for karma change log items, from a user page:

The tooltip says "N points added for . . ." whether the points were added or subtracted.

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