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asked 2010-08-19 02:18:20 +0200

As a companion to the "what's broken" question, what features should we add here?

As a start, it would be nice if there was some mechanism for auto-linking trac ticket numbers. Other auto-link ideas:

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Auto-linking of links would be convenient. (That is, if I type "" then it should show up automatically as a link.) Also, is there a way of linking searches on this site to sage-support so results would show from both? That would reduce the number of duplicate questions.

cswiercz gravatar imagecswiercz ( 2010-08-19 15:19:18 +0200 )edit

FAQ: Disambiguation;-) We are not a CRM support group:

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-23 17:24:52 +0200 )edit

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answered 2011-01-02 04:07:31 +0200

pangard gravatar image

A protocol for including a question and answer by the same person.

This site is a much better reference than the sage-support group. The questions are edited and refined and misguided answers move down the list (but remain there, just in case), and the search works (take that, google). So how about this becomes the place to share some tips with other users? But should we expose all the tip in the question or split it in two parts? And what should be done with the karma?

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I think this would be nice too. As a similar example, the maple support site has both questions and "posts" for this purpose. Since it may be a while before posts are implemented here, I would suggest asking a question for which your tip is the answer, then adding the answer yourself.

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2011-01-02 05:05:47 +0200 )edit

Thanks, I will investigate how the mapleprimes site works.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2011-01-02 13:28:05 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-11-23 22:33:39 +0200

rickhg12hs gravatar image

This is really minor, but it would be convenient if the subscriptions email headers had a "from" entry to make email filtering a bit easier.

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I totally agree!

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-11-24 07:55:31 +0200 )edit

Sorry for ignoring this. What email address can be used? Is there some official "from" email in the sagemath project?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-11-29 15:46:28 +0200 )edit

I don't know of any official address; something like "Ask Sage <>" would probably suit our needs best; at least until someone else has a better idea

niles gravatar imageniles ( 2010-11-30 10:04:38 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-10-22 20:33:07 +0200

Mitesh Patel gravatar image

updated 2010-10-26 20:59:17 +0200

Evgeny gravatar image

Would it be possible to include optionally the entire (unformatted) content of new questions, answers, and comments in the subscription emails? And possibly for updates, the before and after versions or a simple diff of the changes?

edit: this should be working now, edited in the post so that you could see whether the feature works for you or not.

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the entire content is already there (I need to update asksage though), the diffs is an interesting idea will get it done too.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-10-22 20:38:12 +0200 )edit

It works. Thanks!

Mitesh Patel gravatar imageMitesh Patel ( 2010-10-27 23:22:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-09-03 16:25:09 +0200

ccanonc gravatar image

It would be nice if the "red envelope" messages didn't disappear completely after one view. Maybe they could be queued for auto-deletion (like voicemail), something configurable (say 7-14 days after first view.) Is it a performance or storage concern? Deletion or archival doesn't bother me either way, it just would be nice to see them for a few days (since sometimes it's hard to find the same message again if one thinks of another follow-up comment/Q/A).

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I agree with that. It's not a performance concern, but an issue inherent to the design. The issue was recorded here:

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-09-03 18:27:20 +0200 )edit

this feature works now. There is no auto-delete, you have to clear messages yourself at this point.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-11-09 15:44:18 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-08-30 14:05:54 +0200

ccanonc gravatar image

IMHO, when beginning any post, I think that complete escaping of the text you input should be enabled by default. I notice a lot of people posting don't notice their text being mangled. Example: Backtraces

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I'm not sure there is an easy solution for that. Input is always in markdown format. Probably the best way to go is to have site moderators fix the formatting issues - just by editing the pages directly. Maybe William can assign moderator role to some people?

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-30 14:14:53 +0200 )edit

Thanks for the upvote. I don't know how to answer. I am very low on the totem pole, and they are very busy prof[essional]s. =)

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-30 14:17:58 +0200 )edit

Is it really so hard? It's just the complement problem. It might actually make it easier to delimit fields specially formatted in different ways....but I don't know the code as you do.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-30 14:28:13 +0200 )edit

well, all people need to learn - is how to click the "format code button" - it looks like a few zeroes and ones bunched together. Looks like a better tooltip/help/initial orientation, etc. would be helpful.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-30 15:18:32 +0200 )edit

I agree. Maybe it's dependent on user preference.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-30 15:48:18 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-08-22 05:46:53 +0200

Mitesh Patel gravatar image

I'm not sure if it's possible with Markdown, but it would be useful to have syntax highlighting for code blocks. Pygments appears to be the best choice for server-side highlighting in Python applications. Or would this be better to do here in the client?

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Comments or Either would work IMHO.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-26 16:07:58 +0200 )edit

this is fixed now

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-10-14 23:10:14 +0200 )edit

Thanks! Thanks!

Mitesh Patel gravatar imageMitesh Patel ( 2010-10-16 22:22:52 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-08-21 15:29:40 +0200

niles gravatar image

The markdown tips show up when composing a new question, but not when composing an answer--that would be useful. Along these lines, showing a list of all tags when composing a question could be inspirational when trying to think of good tags for the question.

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answered 2010-08-21 07:55:09 +0200

ccanonc gravatar image

There is no "flag offensive" button for comments, only for answers and questions.

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Also, there is no undelete function for comments, you have to remember what you typed previously.

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-21 09:36:31 +0200 )edit

answered 2010-08-20 11:37:34 +0200

niles gravatar image

On sage-support, Karl mentioned the similar website mapleprimes. One thing I like there is that they have "posts" in addition to "questions":

MaplePrimes Posts are for sharing your experiences, techniques and opinions about Maple, MapleSim and related products, as well as general interests in math and computing.

Of course one can write a question and then give the post as its answer, but that seems a little silly (unless it's not possible to set up posts, in which case I'd be in favor of a FAQ item recommending precisely this strategy :).

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answered 2010-08-19 22:12:41 +0200

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updated 2010-08-27 12:47:00 +0200

It would be nice if the profile page informed me of my daily quotas (voting/___ thresholds): both the threshold, and the amount left for the day. :-) My votes for today are consumed (I saw via the red pop-up).

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It would be nice if the vote-takeback-timeout/threshold could be increased. Sometimes I vote poorly, and want to revise my votes from a day before. Maybe a week would be a reasonable minimum threshold? Longer perhaps for those with higher Karma? Ex:Mike Hanson gives >> better Ans&Votes than me. =)

ccanonc gravatar imageccanonc ( 2010-08-27 17:46:20 +0200 )edit

looks like it might be a configurable option in the settings, I've added it to the bugtracker.

Evgeny gravatar imageEvgeny ( 2010-08-30 15:20:26 +0200 )edit

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