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Duncan Mackenzie Duncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"
  • My Name

    Itslloydhere said:
    mVPstar said:
    *snip*
    OK:

    Lloyd_Humph was my old login. I now want to sign into Lloyd_Humph using lloyd [at] lloyd [removeme] humphreys.com

    If that's possible, I'll owe you one Smiley
    so... we don't sign in with email addresses (you do, to Live ID, but that doesn't come back to our system) ... is your new account using the Live ID that you want your old account to be linked to?

  • Annoying sites in Google search results

    I hate those sites... and here's why. A few month ago I was getting an odd error with IIS with an error message that I couldn't find any information about (in terms of what could cause it) ... I did a search, and a expertsexchange link showed up. I went there and there was a question about exactly what I was looking for (IIS said this to me, what causes it and how do I fix it?") and they said (paraphrasing the site here) "join to see the answer to this question". I begrudgingly paid the $ to sign up, and clicked through to see (once again paraphrasing as I don't have access to that page any more) "it is difficult to say what could cause that... try checking through your code and making changes until the problem goes away". Yes, I did get to see a response to that question, but it isn't really the solution/answer that they promise. I flipped out on their support email and cancelled my account...

    It is essentially the opposite of everything that I love about the Internet... I love that when you hit a problem you can do a search and find out that someone else has run into the same problem and posted their solution ... some solutions are better than others, but still ... it is the exact reason I started blogging when I was at MSDN, I could post a quick little how-to and get an enormous amount of traffic of people looking for that information. If my information was helpful to even a few % of those people, it was well worth the time to type it up.

    bah, experts exchange, bah


    I find another site lately though that handled the same style of service much, much better. On this site (JustAnswer.com) I posted a question about a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, and that I'd be willing to pay some amount (seven dollars I think, maybe nine... both #s seem about right in my head) for an answer ... then an expert responded that he'd be happy to answer the question for me for that amount. I was able to look at his profile and see the amount of positive feedback received ... and his credentials (15 years as a Pontiac mechanic), so I accepted his offer of help... he answered my question then I was able to choose if that answer was satisfactory (it was) ... since the answer was complete and what I needed, he got his money... and I felt very happy.

    Now the google-faking style of expertsexchange will get more traffic, but I'm never using them again...

  • Spam Threads

    All have been removed, thanks

    Obviously, a better method of reporting these is needed, but I appreciate the manual reporting that folks have been doing!

  • Editor is broken in Opera 9.x

    I'll check that out turrican, thanks. We have Opera installed, and the editor is supposed to work with it, but I believe this wouldn't be the first editor/opera problem we've seen.

  • No "Microsoft employee" chiclet?

    We have discussed it, and it seems like an obvious indicator to bring back... the old system wasn't very robust though, and was based on the use of a @microsoft.com email address in your profile, so we'll probably create something that relies upon access to our internal network to validate. Some employees have expressed a dislike of an indicator though, thinking that everyone should be treated the same and that an indicator suggests some sort of special status.... any thoughts about that?

  • DIV Formatting loss

    SlackmasterK said:
    Duncanma said:
    *snip*

    'k.

    Right. When I put <div>'s in a post, and apply a style, and it disappears... if I edit that post, the styles are still there. Must be a filter between the select query and the browser.  It seems to store the style along with the rest of the content.

    re: "bug in formatting" -- like the imfamous W00terz thread? Smiley

    Yep, we do a certain amount of filtering during input (whatever the edit control does plus little else), then we do the major filtering during output... that way we leave your source alone... if we have a bug or we if are being overzealous with our filtering, it isn't a permanent issue.

  • Paging bug w/ Go to last page

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    I can reproduce this issue by following this link, then clicking the button to show the previous page:  http://channel9.msdn.com/forums/Feedback/416345-Paging-Bug-w-Go-to-last-page-test-case/?CommentID=416372

    Looks like this could be related to the "Posts not showing up right away" issue.  The symptoms are more or less the same.



    Since this is from July 19th, I'm betting this was the case... but was fixed when we fixed the other similar issue. They were, as you suggest, probably the same bug.

    let me know if you still see the issue.

  • My Name

    So... your original Lloyd_Humph account was userid/password sign in? or Live ID?

    and you want it tied to the same Live ID as this account? or to a different one?

    I'll take care of this for you, once I figure out the right action we are looking for.

    I'm sorry there was a miscommunication about it.

  • Is Ajax a success?

    vesuvius said:
    Duncanma said:
    *snip*

    So Duncanma what is it that Silverlight 2.0 will have to offer that cannot be done in Ajax? I know it looks better, but I'm more concerned with the features you've removed, why they have been removed, and whether Silverlight 2.0 offers a solution.
     
    As I get older, I'm becoming very cynical about any new technologies that supposedly solve problems, as they almost always fall short at some point. Ajax seemed so promising but the stateless nature of it is problematical. You have what is essentially a ‘hack’, and then all this high level code to imitate state that is very very tricky to implement, and the related bugs are hard to reproduce thus eliminate.

    For me the biggest disappointment is the loading circle. It seems the traditional HTTPGET/RESPONSE flicker has been substituted for this. In the real word you guys are in Seattle and I'm in England, so it will always take a little while to pull the data from your servers to my PC. The connection I have is also a major factor. That considered it does appear to me that Ajax as a technology was very limited to begin with, and the more data you have to send, the more inefficient and problem filled it becomes. It is only every best used in places like the following in news websites like The New York Times beneath


    To be clear, I'm not talking about Silverlight 2 in this thread at all, in my mind using a client side technology like Flash or Silverlight to handle something that can already be done via javascript/html is a bad idea... but many web sites keep doing it, so I may be a minority in this opinion.

    As far as the use of AJAX and your connection... the idea is to send less data than a full page refresh, which (in theory) should help you out, not hurt you. The initial page load contains the data for that first page, so that doesn't really involve any AJAX at all... but then when you page, instead of sending down 80-120k for the page, we send down a much smaller amount just for the new entries.

  • SPAM report

    Bas said:
    Duncanma said:
    *snip*
    I think that comes down to a theological question. Do gods create themselves, or are deified by their followers?
    I doubt we should really continue on this path Smiley

    I still think the spam button, with the idea of x votes == hidden ... with votes being weighted based on the user's history on the site ... is a good model. The other option is moderators ... which has many benefits above any automatic system ... or (and I think this is where we are headed now) a combination where users flag content as spam, and moderators are shown a quick list of flagged posts to make it easier for them to notice any inappropriate content and decide if action is needed.