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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 2011-12-20 06:16:47 -0500

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I have stopped getting email updates. I tried updating my subscriptions but I don't receive any emails. Is there any way this could be fixed?

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I can't get email to work now either.

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2011-12-21 01:11:09 -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 2010-08-20 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 01:31:25 -0500

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Sometimes the "favorite" button does not appear when I navigate to the homepage.

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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 2010-08-19 00:17:15 -0500

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Is "no answers" broken? So far every question on this site has at least one answer, but on the front page some are flagged as having no answers (e.g., the question about searching source for a particular algorithm) . . . is this somehow a feature instead of a bug?

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Yes, that was an indirect result of the email issue. The author of askbot has written a script that will retroactively fix this, however, I can't run it until 1-2 days from now, due to a family vacation starting now.

William Stein gravatar imageWilliam Stein ( 2010-08-19 11:30:06 -0500 )edit

ah; enjoy!

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 16:41:57 -0500 )edit

Great, this answered a question I had, I think.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2010-08-24 14:40:59 -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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answered 2010-09-14 16:20:20 -0500

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Here are two more features that would be great that I just encountered at http://tex.stackexchange.com/

  1. as soon as I typed the question title, a list of "related questions" popped up, letting me browse and see if the question had already been asked
  2. I could post without creating an account (a captcha was enabled, though, and I had to give a name and email address)
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Yes this feature is very popular, will definitely add it. Thanks!

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-14 16:21:53 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-18 20:56:34 -0500

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I have used ask.sagemath.org for ten minutes and have experienced an error like the above twice: Just after having registered, I got an error. Unfortunately, I didn't keep the error message. It was something to do with relaying a request to a funny email-address, like "qu777@something". However, my registration _was_ successful and my question was posted. When I tried to edit my question (to add "Thanks, Johan"), I got an "Index out of bounds" error. I still do, so if it is of interest, I should be able to get the full error message. Regards, Johan

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This was because I hadn't setup the mailserver yet. I've now setup the mailserver.

William Stein gravatar imageWilliam Stein ( 2010-08-19 11:28:15 -0500 )edit

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