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tbrown
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You may have noticed some changes made to LymeNet over the last few days. Here is a quick status:

1. The LymeNet web site has been migrated to a new server, and features like "search" are now operating at a more reasonable speed.

2. The Internet connection has been upgraded and we are now operating well under max capacity, unlike the old line which was running 80-100% all day long.

3. This weekend we upgraded the forum software which runs the LymeNet Flash. There are some performance improvements and feature enhancements.

Several people have noticed some of the new features, such as "member ratings". This is one of several new capabilities (along with private messaging, buddy lists, ignore lists, ability to report posts to a moderator, ability to view information on currently-connected users, etc.) which we are leaving enabled for the next several weeks to determine their value.

There are detailed descriptions of all the new features available. Simply click the "faq" (Frequently Asked Questions) link at the top of most Flash pages for help.

I have already seen both positive and negative feedback on the "member ratings". Please try not to think of this as a "contest" or become offended if you don't have a "five-star rating"... There is some potential that this feature could be useful to allow the LymeNet community some degree of self-policing, either in a negative way to help discredit trolls or in a positive way to applaud the efforts of our many dedicated members as I have already observed. If you're feeling overly self-conscious then you can change a setting in "my profile" to disable the public display of your rating.

We welcome your feedback as we continue to make improvements to the system for your benefit. While it has been a rough road to get to this point, we appreciate your good faith and support.

Regards,
-Tom

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Many good updates....Thanks for all your hard work!

Now, how do I "quote" the text of another poster in my reply?? Can't find that info anywhere. Thanks!

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Thank you very much for all the hard work. [Big Grin]
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Thanks for all the new goodies!

It's fun!

Now can we talk about getting some graemlins like they have over at the ic-network?

They have ones that cuss, puke, beat their head against brick walls, CRY, etc.

Well, anyway - I'm still happy with all the new stuff....would be thrilled with a puking graemlin - but hey, maybe that's just me!

[Big Grin]

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tbrown
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Quoting the text of a message during a reply has been turned on again (and you'll see the big black quote marks show up now). After the upgrade it defaulted to "OFF", probably to eliminate duplicating pages of text in messages. Best practice if you use quotes is to cut out all text except for the main point that you are replying to, that way everyone can get right to the point without re-reading an entire previous message.

Regarding the smileys, or "graemlins" as this board calls them... We are capable of adding more into the forum software--I'll look into it.

Oh, and I see someone gave me a rating too. I guess I'll have to do what former New York mayor Ed Koch used to do and roam the streets saying, "How am I doing?"--we'll use my rating to see how well I'm keeping up with the technical issues [Razz]

To answer another member's question, the ratings are an aggregate of all votes, so you really don't have to worry about one single irate person giving you a bad rating as it will all even out in the end. If you still have a bad rating after a few hundred votes then perhaps you've been unkind enough to other users to make them feel that way? No matter, as you can always disable the display of your rating if you wish.

Cheers!
-Tom

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quote:
Originally posted by tbrown:
Best practice if you use quotes is to cut out all text except for the main point that you are replying to, that way everyone can get right to the point without re-reading an entire previous message.


I agree. I wish everyone would do that. Thanks!

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never mind ... got it to work!

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DR. Wiseass
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Hey tbrown -

I gave you them 5 stars cuz I figured you earned them -- always taking flak from us cranky lymies...and beause I really like the improvements around here!

Also - THIS IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED: A SPELL CHECKER! OH, PLEEEEEZ! YOU KNOW HOW OUR BRAINS ARE PRACTICALLY FRIED!

Yes, a spell checker - and a puking, crying, cussing, graemlin that's having a nervous breakdown and/or a Lyme rage.

Also - I find it interesting to see how many times a post has been viewed vs. how many times someone has responded. I don't know why - I guess its because I know there are so many lurkers - I just think it would be interesting to know what others find interesting - yet they don't want to respond for whatever reason.

And that should just about do it.

If I have other ideas, you can bet I'll be back because I want you to feel like you've earned those 5 stars that I gave you...you don't want me to lose sleep thinking, I wonder if I gave him too many stars! Dang! [Big Grin]

Oh, and graemlins that are laughing hysterically! Those are fun. We need fun.

Blessings,

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Ya [Big Grin] did good!

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Great Job!!! I love it!............

Dr. wiseass you are too much...lol [Razz] [Razz]


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So far there is no native spell check in any UBB.Classic forum version, although there have been a number of hacks developed to allow spell checking via a call to another web site...a bit messy, though.

Mozilla FireFox users can always install the SpellBound extension which will check the spelling of any web form, including UBB:

http://spellbound.sourceforge.net/install

I believe the newer versions of the Google Toolbar have this functionality as well, and that will work with MSIE browsers as well.

I'll keep my eyes open for a native spell check modification, as I agree this would be a nice feature.

-Tom

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Thanks Tom dear - I will try those spell checker things out - altho I don't really understand what you said. Thick fog today.

So how's that acquisition of the laughing, crying, cussing, lyme raging, puking gramelins coming?

Go to this link and check out their gramelines: http://www.ic-network.com/forum/misc.php?do=showsmilies

(I didn't find the puking one there - but I'll try to track it down for you - as I know it is probably a TOP PRIORITY for you as well.) HA!

Hey man - somebody's got to keep you on your toes, right?

Blessings & Gratitude,

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Dr. [email protected]#%

I DON'T have Lyme and I still don't understand what the heck Tom is saying. These brilliant tech guys are way outta my league. [Eek!]

Thanks so much Tom for all you've done and are continuing to do.

[Wink]

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Another thank you for all your hard work!

I have a question about editing posts. Can't seem to find a button to submit the edited post.

Okay, I figured ou the answer. The button in the Edit Post dialog is somewhat confusingly called Edit Post. As long as I know, I guess you could call it Buford and it wouldn't matter. [Wink]

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Ok we've added a few new emoticons/smileys/graemlins. Enjoy! [woohoo]

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

[woohoo] [woohoo]

Thanks again to all the administrators for the added goodies, and a special [kiss] thanks to Tom (don't worry my hubby wasn't looking)!

I'm just so happy that I can now [cussing] and [rant] AT THE SAME TIME - BUT
NEVER TO AN ADMINISTRATOR, of course.

I think we should all give a big [grouphug] to the people keeping this machine up & running...

and also let us not forget the one that badgered them the most (recently) and feel free to [bow] to yours truly as much as it pleases you! I'm humble. I can take it.


OK Tom - I'll find more for you to acquire for us - as I know it gives you great joy to give us these grand gifts! [bonk]

Thanks again,

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Here's your chance to vote the "member ratings" feature up or down:

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=5;t=000648

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If you're using a Mac and use the Safari browser you have spell check on this site.

So jettison your archaic microsoft junk and join the up-to-date crowd; we don't do windows.

[Razz]

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I use a hand held Seiko dictionary/speller ($30) where the spelling of some words are on the fringe of my memory...

Problem with spellers, is all the different browsers out there... Hard to be compatible with all of them..

Good job on the web site upgrade. Not easy to do, as I speake from the experience of an IM professional...


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