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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 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 2010-08-18 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 2010-08-18 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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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 00:08:06 -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 2010-08-19 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 2010-08-19 05:31:43 -0500

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There is some kind of syntax error in the question "File imports for polynomial rings in sage". Maybe it's user error, but it might be the kind of user error that's prone to happen a lot when there are angle brackets flying around.

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There are a whole bunch of questions affected by the mail server issue. I'll try to see what can be done through the django admin interface...

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 09:47:45 -0500 )edit

Even though the mailserver is configured, the corrupted questions are still in the database.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 09:48:22 -0500 )edit
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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 12:03:09 -0500

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The privacy policy linked on the footer as "privacy policy" goes to a template page that is currently empty. IOW there is no privacy policy.

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The About page is also empty.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-19 12:04:23 -0500 )edit

this is available to site admins through settings->flatpages

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 12:25:19 -0500 )edit

Its been more than a year that this is reported. The Privacy page and About page are still empty/useless.

VInay Wagh gravatar imageVInay Wagh ( 2011-12-25 19:24:31 -0500 )edit

Its been more than a year that this is reported. The Privacy page and About page are still empty/useless.

VInay Wagh gravatar imageVInay Wagh ( 2011-12-25 19:24:31 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-08-19 16:18:44 -0500

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Trying to edit a previous comment, I still get another error page (different from the ones mentioning e-mail problems), main error being with list index out of range, and Traceback mentions switch to copy-and-paste view.

[note: I have no trouble editing this answer]

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Niles, do you mean edit comment underneath a question or answer? Comments are actually not yet editable, only questions and answer are. Could you post a url where you get the error?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 16:27:21 -0500 )edit

no, sorry for the abuse of terminology, I mean to edit an "answer" that I have provided (like the one we're commenting on now).

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 16:47:55 -0500 )edit

Strangely, I get the error when I try to edit some answers, but not others. The following gives an error: http://ask.sagemath.org/answers/65/edit/ it's a link to the "edit" button for my comment at http://ask.sagemath.org/question/20/the-tachyon-object-used-for-rendering-plots

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 16:49:14 -0500 )edit

hopefully by the time William returns I'll write a script that fills in the missing post revisions. Apparently exception fired after the question got saved but before the revision record would be created.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-19 16:55:18 -0500 )edit

thanks for checking into this; if this problem only affects questions from the first half day or so of asksage, then maybe it's not worth spending too much time on. But if the fix is easy, that would be great :)

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-19 17:03:13 -0500 )edit

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