New Features January 17, 2006 6:56 PM   Subscribe

I did a bunch of tweaks to the site today and just wanted to give a heads up in case some bugs are found in these pages: Projects history added to user pages. Pagination added to tags pages (MeFi/AskMeFi). Fixed post/comment page pagination issues by completely rewriting the link/comment history pages (all). Removed "posted by" spoofing "hack" (all).
posted by mathowie to Feature Requests at 6:56 PM (102 comments total)

Still no cure for cancer though, eh?
posted by yhbc at 7:06 PM on January 17, 2006


BTW, I'm still tweaking the user history pages, so you might see weird sort orders or the page broken over the next couple hours.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:09 PM on January 17, 2006


Finally bought a coffeemaker, eh?
posted by mischief at 7:11 PM on January 17, 2006


Keep up the good work, sir!
posted by Faint of Butt at 7:14 PM on January 17, 2006


Ok, done with user post/comment history pages. I added in date/time stamps (corrected for timezones) for everything.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:40 PM on January 17, 2006


"posted by" spoofing "hack"

?
posted by scarabic at 7:46 PM on January 17, 2006


the old joke where you make a post that sorta looks like a comment from someone you don't like saying something they never would...
posted by scarabic at 7:48 PM PST on January 17 [!]



and it used to look almost convincing and fooled a few people, but now I block extra text that can mimic how it used to look, so it's more unconvincing like the result above.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:51 PM on January 17, 2006


and it used to look almost convincing and fooled a few people

best idea you've had in months!
pasted by languagehat at 10:51 PM EST on January 17 [!]


toady.
posted by quonsar at 8:26 PM on January 17, 2006


is anyone fooled by the above? It looks fake to me.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:32 PM on January 17, 2006


My impersonation of quonsar was the best, ever. Too bad it was so mild and I immediately told on myself. I'm stupid.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:32 PM on January 17, 2006


If you've got fonts and sizes customized as I do, spoofs never have looked quite right. Not to mention the timezone problem.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:33 PM on January 17, 2006


q's languagehat comment is real close - the only difference I see is the font color for "posted by", "at", and "EST on January 17". And the brackets, too. They're all a little brighter white than they should be.
posted by yhbc at 8:38 PM on January 17, 2006


None of the prior spoofs looked right either, so I'm still unclear on why it needed to be "fixed" in the first place.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:44 PM on January 17, 2006


quonsar's spoof looks as convincing as previous spoofs did to me. I didn't even notice 'pasted' at first.
posted by tellurian at 8:49 PM on January 17, 2006


Here's a screenshot of how q's spoof looks to me. As tellurian says, with my settings, it's pretty hard indeed to see the difference, unless you're actually paying attention. I may have to change my default font for the site, though I don't much want to, set in my ways as I am.

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posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:09 PM on January 17, 2006


Yeah, I don't think it was broken in the first place, but I wonder if the timestamp issue has something to do with the differences that people see - to me, the different timestamp (in the case above, EST instead of AEST). if you have the same time zone setting that the spoofer has used, it may stand out less. Perhaps.
posted by dg at 9:14 PM on January 17, 2006


I've adopted the white and here's my dump.

spoof
posted by tellurian at 9:22 PM on January 17, 2006


Matt, your scarabic one is obviously fake, but quonsar's looks as good as any of 'em ever did, so whatever the fix was it didn't take into account whatever quonsar did that you didn't counter-code for.

(Personally, I didn't think we needed a fix, as it's a pretty clearly accountable form of prankery that is usually spotted fairly soon, but whatever)
posted by soyjoy at 9:37 PM on January 17, 2006


quonsar wrote "pasted by" soyjoy. I don't think this is a real crisis either, I could easily get around this by doing the very subtle alternating background colors thing which no one could replicate.

If it becomes a problem, I'll do that.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:09 PM on January 17, 2006


quonsar wrote "pasted by" soyjoy.

OK, but here's the thing - I missed that until someone pointed it out. As I probably would have psoted by or posetd by, etc. Just saying that it did the trick until examined, just like the previous ones have. But again, I was glad to be fooled for a half a minute before getting to where it was (inevitably) pointed out.

On the other hand, that alternating background colors thing sounds groovy. Do that anyway, man!
posted by soyjoy at 10:15 PM on January 17, 2006


If I squint, if I'm actually reading with the intent to detect a fake comment, then I can tell. But if I'm just browsing a thread, it looks real and I don't glance twice.

Having said that, I'm in the "Who cares?" camp. I'm surprised you actually spent time coding to mollify the folks who were mewling about this "problem." Surely you have better things to do, even if they don't.
posted by cribcage at 10:37 PM on January 17, 2006


the old joke where you make a post that sorta looks like a comment from someone you don't like saying something they never would...

Um, that was not me posting above. I get the joke now, though I rather wish I didn't - I don't know what you THINK you fixed, Matt, but clearly someone has found a way through your meager little preventative measures RIGHT QUICK.
posted by scarabic at 10:48 PM on January 17, 2006


aw man! howcome YOU can do it an I CANT???
posted by scarabic at 10:51 PM on January 17, 2006


Matt, don't know if this was just introduced or not, but I noticed if I put a < less than sign in my comment, it screws up the BR tag at the end of the paragraph. Example.
posted by knave at 10:56 PM on January 17, 2006


OH my GOD scarabic, I'm a TOTAL hacker.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:07 PM on January 17, 2006


See now? with colors, it's way easier to spot the hack (force a refresh on your CSS file).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:11 AM on January 18, 2006


Whoah. </keanu>
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:39 AM on January 18, 2006


This is shaking the foundations of my world. Matt, these alternating background colours are messing with powers you cannot possibly comprehend.

Hides in closet
posted by Jimbob at 12:46 AM on January 18, 2006


Ok, I totally love the alternating background colors. I've never posted on MeTa before, but as soon as I saw that I knew I had to get over here and give someone some props.

Awesome.
posted by thethirdman at 12:54 AM on January 18, 2006


I dunno if I like it yet. For threads with many short comments, it gets kind of stripey and looks vaguely circus like. I should lessen the margins between posts and up the padding so it's more cohesive looking. And the colors might be too subtle.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 12:56 AM on January 18, 2006


Whoah, an excellent solution that didn't have a problem to begin with.

*starts taking bets on how long it takes for someone to get around this*
posted by dg at 1:12 AM on January 18, 2006


I like the colors thing. Cool beans.

The "fake comments"? Ridiculously easy to spot. Plus, any time that anyone said something out of character for them, I just looked at the comment a little closer and noticed the fakery. God, people. It ain't that hard.
posted by graventy at 1:24 AM on January 18, 2006


*starts another pool on when someone posts a new MeTa thread asking "why does MeTa have the alternating colours and not the rest of the site?"*
posted by dg at 1:26 AM on January 18, 2006


Ow, the alternating colors make my eyes hurt. For some reason they make Metafilter look more like Invision Power Board and its ilk (which of course have strongly delimited user posts).

Please consider getting rid of this "enhancement."
posted by killdevil at 1:32 AM on January 18, 2006


The alternating colors make it look like half of my comments are "best answers." It's worth it for the ego trip.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 1:35 AM on January 18, 2006


Please make the stripey stop.
posted by biffa at 2:48 AM on January 18, 2006


I can see the point of it, but the problem is that doesn't look so much like alternating colours, as it looks like every second comment is "highlighted". Some adjusting of visual effects is required I think.
posted by Jimbob at 3:11 AM on January 18, 2006


I'm with biffa.
posted by pompomtom at 3:14 AM on January 18, 2006


(I don't know - maybe just a very faint "border- bottom: 1px dashed" on each post DIV - it would mess with the traditional design of the site less, and still be unspoofable.)
posted by Jimbob at 3:14 AM on January 18, 2006


What Jimbob just said.
posted by Ryvar at 3:19 AM on January 18, 2006


Here's some CSS to add to your Firefox userContent.css to turn it off.
/* Action: metafilter.com */
/* ---------------------------------------- */
@-moz-document url-prefix(http://www.metafilter.com) {
	div[class="comments row2"] {
		background: #069 !important;
	}
}
@-moz-document url-prefix(http://metatalk.metafilter.com) {
	div[class="comments row2"] {
		background: #666 !important;
	}
}
@-moz-document url-prefix(http://ask.metafilter.com) {
	div[class="comments row2"] {
		background: #426746 !important;
	}
}
Is working nicely for me. FF 1.5.
posted by sjvilla79 at 3:38 AM on January 18, 2006


// marks sjvilla79's comment as best answer.
posted by TimeFactor at 3:43 AM on January 18, 2006


So, every other comment is a best answer? Please make it an option to swith off, at least.
posted by Orange Goblin at 3:44 AM on January 18, 2006


I'm with jimbob. I like the idea of distinguishing comments. But this isn't alternating colours, it's just highlighting every other comment. For it to look like alternating colours, both background colours need to extend horizontally to the same width, and/or be different colours to the overall page background colour.
posted by chrismear at 4:12 AM on January 18, 2006


this wacky alternate-best-answer page layout makes the Baby Jesus cry.
posted by matteo at 4:18 AM on January 18, 2006


Stop with the stripes, please! It may 'solve' the spoofing problems, but it's as ugly as hell...
posted by metaxa at 5:02 AM on January 18, 2006


DAMNIT. Markup change, Greasemonkey script breakage.
posted by Plutor at 5:07 AM on January 18, 2006


Please take it away, please. Set an option in Preferences so that zebraphiliacs can turn it on if they like.
posted by Gator at 5:10 AM on January 18, 2006


It may 'solve' the spoofing problems

THERE IS NO SPOOF.
posted by quonsar at 5:12 AM on January 18, 2006


hmmmm... the stripes do nothing for me except make my eyes hurt.
posted by Frasermoo at 5:24 AM on January 18, 2006


Horizonal stripes make Metafilter look fat.
posted by JanetLand at 5:32 AM on January 18, 2006


It does indeed break Plutor's MeFiPost script. I dislike that. It was easier to spot the fakes when they were missing the little "quote" link at the end. Now, everything is missing them. Does this mean that the links are all fake?
posted by caution live frogs at 5:43 AM on January 18, 2006


Mefiquote is fixed.
posted by Plutor at 5:59 AM on January 18, 2006


Hater here.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:25 AM on January 18, 2006


Wow, this looks awful. However, at least I have the pleasure of being able to say I predicted it.

I'm still unclear on why it needed to be "fixed" in the first place.

You and me both.

posted by quonsar at 6:27 AM on January 18
posted by languagehat at 6:33 AM on January 18, 2006


I'm pretty sure Matt had been planning stripeys before the spoofing became an issue this week. So, while the spoofing debate may have speeded his experiment along, it doesn't seem to have been the impetus behind the idea.

And I agree with Jimbob and chrismear; if the stripeys stay, something should probably be done to set off the background from both striped and unstriped comments.
posted by mediareport at 6:37 AM on January 18, 2006


I hate the alternating colours. It has the effect of highlighting half the posts, so it gives the impression that some are more improtant than others.
posted by raedyn at 6:40 AM on January 18, 2006


Another vote against alternating color stripes. It's ugly and provides little value, unlike when it's used to mark a best answer.
posted by pmurray63 at 7:00 AM on January 18, 2006


Balrog hate stripes.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:02 AM on January 18, 2006


Yeah, alternating comments ugly. Don't faked comments pretty much instantly get called out anyway? Just say "post spoofing=instaban" and get $5 when someone does it anyway.
posted by fvw at 7:07 AM on January 18, 2006


Thanks for implementing my suggestion, Matt. It makes the comments much easier to parse.
posted by Rothko at 7:08 AM on January 18, 2006


Im siding with the strip haters as well.
posted by wheelieman at 7:12 AM on January 18, 2006


I've tried applying sjvilla79's fix in my chrome folder but I still have stripes. Should it matter that I'm using an older version of firefox?
posted by Zetetics at 7:12 AM on January 18, 2006


Alternating colors bad. As mentioned above, it makes comments seem unequal, which they may be, but not in an alternating pattern. And just distracting.
posted by gsteff at 7:18 AM on January 18, 2006


I hate it too. Please make it stop. :(
posted by youarenothere at 7:21 AM on January 18, 2006


Furthermore, the spoofing attacks are still possible; you just have to spoof an even number of sequential comments.
posted by gsteff at 7:22 AM on January 18, 2006


Uh... remember when I said "do that anyway" about the alternating colors? I take that back. I assumed this was something that would only go behind the "posted by" portion of the comment. As everybody else has pointed out, this "highlights" every other (entire) comment and looks carnivalesque. Not to mention, once again, that we really didn't need a "fix."
posted by soyjoy at 7:32 AM on January 18, 2006


the firefox userContent.css fix for the solution to this non-problem works great!
posted by quonsar at 7:39 AM on January 18, 2006


The My Comments page displays funny using Opera. It's probably pretty easy to fix too though I actually have no idea. Give us Opera users some love please.
posted by panoptican at 7:44 AM on January 18, 2006




Forbidden

You don't have permission to access /images/random/operamefi.jpg on this server.


And one more person who hates the stripes, it's dis.turb.ing
posted by gsb at 7:50 AM on January 18, 2006


Erm, oh. MeFi hates Opera, redux.
posted by panoptican at 7:54 AM on January 18, 2006


The stripes are fine. get over it.
posted by adamvasco at 7:56 AM on January 18, 2006


actually, why not number the comments, an ordered list or something?

Advanced apologies if someone has already mentioned this. The stripes put me off reading every comment. AND... the comment preview has no stripes, for stripeless refugees just preview a fake comment to read sans-stripes.
posted by gsb at 7:56 AM on January 18, 2006


Please turn off the stripes. I feel like I'm staring at an optical illusion.
posted by bshort at 8:06 AM on January 18, 2006


Non-fan of stripes here.
posted by mzurer at 8:06 AM on January 18, 2006


bad stripes, do not like
posted by Dean King at 8:13 AM on January 18, 2006


stripes off.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:23 AM on January 18, 2006


Stripes are gone!
posted by cortex at 8:23 AM on January 18, 2006


Yeah, what that guy said.

Matt, thanks for putting up with all our relentless rebukes and shit. You do a good job.
posted by cortex at 8:24 AM on January 18, 2006


Huzzah!
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:27 AM on January 18, 2006


Conclusion: change is bad.
posted by killdevil at 8:28 AM on January 18, 2006


sjvilla79: thanks for the example! in addition to eliminating this present atrocity from mefi, i can now view slashdot at something less than billboard sized text!
@-moz-document domain(slashdot.org) {
    body {
    	font-size: smaller !important;
    }
}
posted by quonsar at 8:28 AM on January 18, 2006


I like my noodles long and tangly.
posted by furtive at 8:38 AM on January 18, 2006


this is gonna piss off the drama queen.
posted by quonsar at 8:50 AM on January 18, 2006


Matt, is there anyway you could leave hooks in the css so we can recreate the alternating look with user style sheets?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:52 AM on January 18, 2006


which drama queen?
posted by gsb at 9:09 AM on January 18, 2006


John Hurt.
posted by cortex at 9:13 AM on January 18, 2006


[sends Matt a beer and a stripey toy for the little one.]
posted by JanetLand at 9:20 AM on January 18, 2006


Conclusion: bad change is bad.
posted by soyjoy at 9:20 AM on January 18, 2006


Quonsar, it's okay: I knew this was going to be taken away, the moment I linked to my Metatalk post. It's just how things work around here. Pbbt!
posted by Rothko at 10:12 AM on January 18, 2006


Wait, if you link to it in MeTa, it goes away?

*crosses fingers*
posted by cortex at 10:17 AM on January 18, 2006


Wait, MetaTalk made The Stripes go away?
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 10:24 AM on January 18, 2006


Thank you for removing the stripes, Matt.
posted by raedyn at 10:31 AM on January 18, 2006


Whew. SpoFi went stripey and I'm still getting used to it. I don't know what I'd do if this place went down that road.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:29 AM on January 18, 2006


Yay! Thanks, Matt. Da Voice of da Pipple was hoid!
posted by languagehat at 12:06 PM on January 18, 2006


You must mean mob rule.
posted by Rothko at 12:44 PM on January 18, 2006


Visionary.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 3:19 PM on January 18, 2006


You must mean mob rule.

Come on, Rothko. Matt admitted it was a quick fix, a lot of folks pointed out that it wasn't designed well, and he realized they were right. Mob rule implies bullying, which was not a factor here. You're - ahem - being overly dramatic again.
posted by mediareport at 3:24 PM on January 18, 2006


and he realized they were right

Actually, he had his suspicions from the start, and they were confirmed en masse by most members who bothered to comment. "Mob rule" my ass.
posted by mediareport at 3:26 PM on January 18, 2006


Huh. I took "mob rule" to be a playful reference to languagehat's Jersey-esque rendering in the prior comment.
posted by cortex at 3:47 PM on January 18, 2006


Aw, man. I miss all the fun stuff.
posted by deborah at 7:18 PM on January 18, 2006


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