Eric Allione

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  • Birthday 09/26/1984

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Kailua, Hawaii
  • Interests is an ad-free philosophy forum. Topics are organized by world region but also span into creative writing, science, and technology. All are welcome.

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  1. Eric Allione added a comment on a file: (NB34) Blog - Delete Blogs   

    This worked, thank you. Please have this for 4.0 also if IPS leaves this feature out again.
  2. Eric Allione added a comment on a file: Member Map   

    I am so happy to have the Member Map back after that last API crashed. The new global view looks great, but it's really too bad that hovering doesn't show member names unless you click on them first.
  3. Eric Allione added a comment on a blog entry: 4.0 - File Storage   

    Whenever I run a webpagetest I get an F for both "compressed images" and "progressive jpegs". I have brought that up dozens of times with my hosting live chat and every time they scapegoat the forum software. I am not qualified to believe or disbelieve that, but I hope that there will be some easier to way to manage and verify image compression now that these things will be in a more unified place.
    Also, I have some caching rules in my .htaccess that I don't fully understand. I hope keeping those won't override whatever new caching options will be available. Hopefully someone can release a tutorial on what our .htaccess should look like in order to reflect the most up-to-date caching rules.
    Overall, Thank you for making this more CDN friendly. I am in the process of setting up a CDN, but am a bit intimidated about how to reference all of my CSS etc, as well as how to make sure that the CDN stays up to date on styling changes that I make.
  4. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: Option to limit how many posts will display in a specific forum [4.0 suggestion]   

    If it would be easier to program, I would definitely settle for "start a new page after x amount of videos have been posted". That way you could keep the conditions global.
  5. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: Option to limit how many posts will display in a specific forum [4.0 suggestion]   

    Ok but don't you agree that it would be nice to have topic-by-topic control over this?
  6. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: Option to limit how many posts will display in a specific forum [4.0 suggestion]   

    Yes, that's what I was referring to when I said:

    I have it set to 30 there. I like being able to view 30 posts on each page, I just want the "post per forum page" limit to be about 5 on threads which use a lot of videos. But surely it's not ideal to have to compromise every single forum on my board just so that one music/video thread won't crash!

    I know you weren't suggesting that, just wanted to state the obvious in general.
  7. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: Option to limit how many posts will display in a specific forum [4.0 suggestion]   

    One make-everybody-happy feature that you can add would be to include an option to limit the number of posts per forum page that will overwrite the global setting assigned from "Topics, Posts, and Polls".

    The main problem that this would address is with media-heavy forums that list several videos. Dedicated server or not, these are often going to crash and take an unreasonable amount of time to load with 20+ videos on one page.

    However, if I could go to a music forum in my ACP and select an option to set its specific number of posts per forum page to 5 or 10, then I wouldn't have to worry about request timeouts or people giving up and bouncing.

    If there is already a way to do this please tell me how and I sincerely apologize.

    However, since each of my threads are set to show 30 posts, my current solution is to lock all music threads once they hit 10 videos, and then use internal links to reference the various locked music threads . Please tell me that you agree this is not ideal.
  8. Eric Allione added a comment on a file: Random Topic   

    I just read that randomly generated content helps with increasing the frequency SEO indexing. This should help thanks!
  9. Eric Allione added a comment on a file: Content Spy   

    Thank you for the help with the fatal errors, rebuilding my templates did it just like you said.
  10. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: Ability for admin to set "paste as plaintext" as global default   

    I know the last thing IPS needs right now is to get flooded with more suggestions since the priority right now is fine-tuning and beta-testing 4.0, but I am so happy with this "paste as plaintext" feature that I would love for it to be a default for new members.

    This was actually one of the major draws for me to upgrade to 3.4. I keep trying to tell members to post their own original content, lol, but when they see things they like on the internet they just dump it into a thread, and then leave a citation. On the BB code side this looks like [font size = 4 ][background: 256, 256, 256 ][font: sans serif ... ] etc etc, wrapped around every paragraph block.

    It is usually my older members who get paste-happy, but these are the ones least-likely to notice the little button which posts as plaintext. Would it not be better to be able to make this the default, and then give them the option to find this little button and decide if t hey DON'T want it? Common sense seems to dictate that people should control their formatting forum-side, rather than dump messy mark-up code in the editor which they don't understand, especially when their tables get lost or there is a crazy background color and then they just get frustrated and confused.

    Overall, this little feature would potentially save admin a ton of janitorial work. And all admin l like "yes/no" options in their ACP rather than stuff we can't control, so everyone wins right?

    PS. A big thank you to the IPS team for promptly patching my forum to fix a pasting bug with IE and Chrome!

  11. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: 4.0 Feature Request: customize the text color palette   

    If I understand what you mean correctly about just defining the hex values, then it sounds like you will be jumping straight to the "more colors screen":


    That would certainly be better than the intermediary smaller-palette color summary that we get in 3.x. It would still be better to have a "favorite colors" palette that admin can predefine because looking at a giant hex chooser can be a bit overwhelming. But still, what you say sounds like an improvement. Thanks for putting so much work into generation 4. We're all excited about it.

    Shameless tangent in before the close : Please let us customize the cell sizes in tables too so we can integrate pictures well with text.
  12. Eric Allione added a gallery image in Screenshots for bug reports.   

    better palette
    Hopefully the first layer of the color chooser in 4.0 looks something like this, and we won't have to click "more colors". 
  13. Eric Allione added a post in a topic: 4.0 Feature Request: customize the text color palette   

    >IPS blog : " The buttons that appear on the toolbar are completely customisable in 4.0 and you can set different layouts for desktop, tablet and mobile."

    Please let us take this a step further and customize the actual text colors which can be picked upfront, directly editing colors in this primary grid with better-contrasting hex values. Yes, there is a "more colors" option, but many don't see it. All we would need to have is an "anchor name" for each replaced color; out of lack of imagination, we might get away with blue2 and blue3 etc. Of course, it would be best if admin can set the permissions for this feature.

    This request is in response to a couple of problems:

    1) Most users don't understand how to manipulate colors with hexadecimals.
    a) Low-level work like that shouldn't be part of the posting experience anyway.
    2) There are 40 colors in the palette but for any given skin but only about 10 contrast well.
    a) They can still be ugly if they contrast well.
    3) Users don't always pay attention to logical contrast.
    4) Most users don't see the "more colors" option, they just try to pick a color that's right in front of them.

    With some trial and error from the site admin within the spectrum of contrast-friendly colors, a large variety of usable colors can be selected: all of them contrasting well with the main skin.

    The bottom line is that it is simply embarrassing to represent a forum which offers so many colors that are completely unusable. Examples: Azure , Yellow , Honeydew , Lavender Blush , Alice Blue , Antique White , or Light Yellow . The worst damage from this usually isn't from obvious non-choices like white but from ones that just barely do not work and that might be deemed as cute like: Pale turquoise , Cyan , or maybe Lime . These will still burn your eyes on all but the dimmest monitors and create extra janitorial work for admin.

    But someone might ask, "I have multiple skins, how would this work for all of them?" Steve00 has provided an excellent solution for this:
    .post_body .post span { color: green !important; } All you do is put that code in the ipb_styles.css of your secondary skin(s), and it will guarantee that all colors used for emphasis will be translated into your chosen alternate text color for that skin. Just replace 'green' with the ideal hex value.

    This solutions seems well within the capabilities of the IPS team, shouldn't take too long to code, and being optional I can't imagine why anyone would be against it. Although I do not see a downside in this, I will still put a public poll up so that people seeing another side of this can voice their opinions.

    PS. If anyone can suggest how to hardcode these changes myself, then please offer some guidance. I am not able to use "Inspect Element" on the rich editor, so I have no idea where to begin. Thanks.
  14. Eric Allione added a gallery image in Screenshots for bug reports.   

    color palette
    Please allow us to customize this palette in 4.0!
  15. Eric Allione added a comment on a file: Local Time in Topics   

    This is still working on 3.4.5.  However, currently in summer, it's an hour off for people on the mainland regardless of whether I have DST detection on or not. It's accurate for me in Hawaii but we don't have daylight savings time here. 
    I'm sure it will be accurate again after the fall switch, and 1 hour off is no big deal. People will still get the general idea about what time it is for other people. 

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  1. Eric Allione » ndruelbe

    I saw you asking for help in the Cold Space support. I would just ask your question in Skinning and Design... I had tried to ask that author a few questions but he hasn't been logging in so I gave up and had a moderator delete my Qs. Also, that author doesn't really speak English.

  2. Eric Allione

    Wondering if all my BB code in old posts will get unruly in 3.4

  3. Eric Allione » MisterPhilip

    Thanks for the help. It looks like I have to retype everything if I want to do that and I can't indent if copying in mass amounts of information via Notepad.

    1. MisterPhilip

      Take a look at the reply I just posted. I think you can get around that by pasting as plain text. Cheers!

  4. Eric Allione

    Unable to post - Just getting an error saying "You need to enter a post". Not sure how else to report this bug!

  5. Eric Allione » Telemacus2

    hey, you need to fix your homepage url. I'm afraid you can only leave one. You wrote two down and it concatenated them into a dead page.

  6. Eric Allione » rsyvarth

    That upgrade fixed all those errors I was having with the sound alerts... consider me a slave for life if you ever need anything. You can hold me to that.

  7. Eric Allione » Mikey B

    Prison Break is a great show... Make sure to finish watching the fourth season!

    1. Mikey B

      I'm on Season 4: Ep. 10 on Netflix and I'm running out of enthusiasm for the show, it's getting boring to me now. :(

    2. Eric Allione

      Well keep in mind those shows were designed to be watched as one episode/week, not for binging on Netflix. But I feel that, I had to take a "break" during season three.

    3. Mikey B

      Yeah I can relate to that, didn't think of it that way.

  8. Eric Allione » Heineken

    Hey did you write a shoutbox mod to add a 'slap' action? I downloaded it but it seems to have been deleted from the site. Was just wondering if there was any reason not to install it.

  9. Eric Allione » HeadStand

    That free BB code table mod you wrote is a hundred times better than the one that cost $20...

  10. Eric Allione »

    Gotta love how 1 minute of work from someone else's end can save someone else weeks of confusion. Thanks for the rescue on that skin!

  11. Eric Allione » Mark H

    Thank you so much for fixing my site!!!!!