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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 2010-08-20 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 2010-08-20 04:46:09 -0500

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The color scheme.

Maybe a secondary consideration, but I think uniformity of look & feel between http://sagemath.org/ and asksage could be an important way to indicate to new users that asksage is a real part of the sage community, and encourage them to use it. The color scheme and overall look of the google groups page is vaguely similar to that of sagemath, but this is quite different.

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Along these lines, the documentation for sage does not look at all like sagemath.org.

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-08-20 07:23:44 -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 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 2010-08-21 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 2010-09-01 13:16:59 -0500

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Should deleted questions be listed under "Related questions"?

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don't know. should they? right now there is s no "delete forever" function, so potentially garbage posts may appear in those "related questions" what do you think?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-01 13:23:21 -0500 )edit

On this page, I see links for "test question [deleted]" and "Does asking a question work? [deleted]". Maybe we should include only questions that a not-logged-in user can browse? I don't know if this is easy/efficient to do.

Mitesh Patel gravatar imageMitesh Patel ( 2010-09-01 13:32:52 -0500 )edit

oh, I get it now. Will hide them in the next version until there is a "hard delete" function in place. Thanks!

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-01 14:07:14 -0500 )edit
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answered 2010-09-03 09:16:52 -0500

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The search field does not find the following post with query "EOF" (no quotes):

http://ask.sagemath.org/question/90/v...

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This seems like something wrong more generally with askbot -- they might appreciate hearing about it at askbot.org

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-09-03 09:38:55 -0500 )edit

niles: I know :-), but Evgeny is still listening and it's great to keep him around!! ;) Thx Evgeny!

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-09-03 09:52:49 -0500 )edit

I agree with Niles - I'd appreciate if bugs and issues were reported on askbot site. That would in fact help the forum project because people often decide to use software based on the activity on the site.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-03 12:12:52 -0500 )edit

The problem here is that MySQL full text search automatically drops short words (I don't remember the actual number). This will be fixed when forum supports Postgres or standalone search engines like solr or sphinx.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-03 12:15:29 -0500 )edit
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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 2010-09-17 17:14:34 -0500

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The Badges Cron Job still hasn't kicked off...

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