Forum posts made by gav

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 27 Jan 2017 14:41

Wow thanks! It looks like my request has been implemented.

Does it take a while to compile? Right now my profile badges are showing the number 1 instead of the correct one. E.g. The author badge shows "1," but I've written more stories than that.

You are quite correct. These numbers are just placeholders until the badge process runs. This is normally around 4am UTC for the keen viewers at home.

Topic Site down for maintenance - from 4pm PST Friday 13th
Posted 12 Jan 2017 00:13

In light of today's outage, we need to install some new hard drives on our database server.

This maintenance will start around 4pm PST and could take upto 3 hours. It can take that long to clone 300gigs.

Maybe if Sprite deleted one of her photo albums we could halve that time 😁

Topic just wondering
Posted 11 Jan 2017 15:06

I know t hat now lush must charge to be member because you have so many members and although i uerstand the need to charge
why do you keep all those who haven't even posted here in years? i have seen people on friends lists that not seen here for years

We have to enforce paid membership on things that costs money. So think image uploads, PM's etc these all incur a cost be it storage or backup space.

In fact the server went down today for ~4 hours because we ran out of disk space on the database server. We are having to double our disk space on that server now to accommodate future growth.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 08 Jan 2017 12:21



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Wow, I have never been so close to a Magical_felix outburst before. All of the positiveness of these posts have been brought down in one fell swoop by your petty grammatical pickup. This remark was uncalled for.

Might I suggest you reboot your 2017 and show us the new Magical_felix. Grow some empathy, love & feeling, ditch the hate and sarcasm.

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Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 15:43



Are both sides of the collaboration eligible for the badge, or only stories for which the collaborator is not the "author of record," so to speak?

The way is is today, a story has a single author but can have multiple co-authors. Its these co-authors who are credited with the Collaborator badge.

Does it make sense for the author to also receive this? I guess?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 15:40

Is there a way that the blue site can have some of these new features too?

Done

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 07 Jan 2017 14:00

I think the "Collaborative" badge would be a great one. It throws the author who's not the author of record a little bone, and it also might inspire some fun collaborations. It's very easy to hunker down and get in a certain rut, writing your own stuff (nothing wrong w that), but I've had a lot of fun and learned a lot in my three collaborations, all of which took different forms, w VirgoGo.

That is, the badge might produce a very positive kind of response as people who are motivated by such things (me included) look to earn it.

The new badge should be available now to the lucky recipients. Now with any new badge, its surely going to annoy the current crop on Omni holders lol

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 16:08



Give 'em a badge too. You know people love badgers :)



I think you're just after the "Inventor of new badges" badge

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 14:50

don't know how long it's been around, but being able to see the "stories coauthored" by the author whose page you're on is very cool!

added 5 minutes ago, the paint's still wet lol

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 06 Jan 2017 14:24

Can we have an opt-out for the 'sound an alert when a friend logs on'? As far as i know, this alert is triggered regardless of your privacy status. I know if you're on a PC you can press shift when you log on and this keeps you anonymous, but that's not possible on a phone, which is what i usually use. Sometimes i log on for a fleeting moment, and then i'm away again, so the alert is pretty pointless, except for making me look ruder than i am :)

thanks x

i'm sorry Jen, that incessant beeping is probably caused by me Embarassed

i have added a checkbox to the login page so you can go incognito from your mobile device, does this help?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 05 Jan 2017 12:57

I would love an easily accessible toggle switch that would allow me to disable all images that appear on the site. I suspect this would only work for premium members, since for this to make any sense, you'd have to be able to browse the site ad-free to begin with.

I know various types of images can be disabled in settings (forum signatures, for instance), but I see enabling and disabling those pictures as more of a long-term or permanent setting depending on your general preferences. They require some digging and navigating. The idea would be that this would be an easily changeable and universal on/off switch, a bit like the "visible/invisible" or "away/available" online status choices.

I generally like the images on the site, but when I check out the site on my phone in a reasonably public place, I'd like to know that nothing untoward is going to pop up on my screen. (E.g. I'm on a bus or train and I want to check out my timeline or something).

So this would make disappear avatar images, the pictures on stories, images on forums, pix posted to one's profile, etc etc.

Thanks for considering it!



have you tried this setting? maybe there are a few areas this doesn't work on, but if so let me know so i can fix it up.


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Topic Any way to get more advanced than what the Advanced Search options allow?
Posted 04 Jan 2017 22:28

Hi there,

I'd like to search for stories that have `all of the tags I select` or `any of these tags but none of these`or maybe even in `multiple categories, containing all of these tags` -- basically a more robust search than just any story that contains any of the tags I selected.

Or maybe I just don't know how to use the advanced search options? That would be great, please teach me.

TIA!!

-jennifer

hi jennifer

unfortunately not, advanced search really isn't :(

a more advanced search has always been on the backlog, just need to dedicate some time for this.

cheers, gav

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 01 Jan 2017 15:43



if we spiced it up by having the female membership send topless shots, he might go for it. ;)

Why are you excluding half our members? How do you think Buz paid for his recent request for a new story editor control :p

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 01 Jan 2017 13:51



Any progress on this or is it just me who finds it mildly inconvenient?

It should take you to the next unread message in your inbox. Is this what you expect / see ?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 19:33



It is closed.

Maybe we could just put the word 'COMP' under the score box or something? A visual indicator that it was a competition entry as opposed to a normal story submission?

Great idea, I've added this now.

Topic disconnection
Posted 30 Dec 2016 19:26

Is it just me or is anyone else being disconnected from the server pretty often the last couple days? I know a couple other friends who have experienced the same problem. Is there a solution?

The solutions is for me not to publish updates when the sites busy Embarassed

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 17:04

Isn't that comp closed now, so we can reveal the scores?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 16:22



1. I suspected as much and this is why I think this new policy of voting will help. I don't for one second question the seriousness of this issue.

2. My point was solely with those who enter the comps. I know for me I worry that I won't have enough votes to qualify (per the rules you must have a minimum of 10 votes.) We don't find out how many votes we get until after the comp closes (and yes, how we got scored overall.) I don't need to know who voted for my story (unless the tell me personally) as much as I'd like to know that I earned the necessary 10 votes and can stop stressing about if my story qualified. While I can't speak for any one else... I'm sure it would be a nice thing to know that their story did make the 10 vote minimum cut.

Gav... if you could please... consider a blurb in our timelines for just this issue.

Maybe we can solve your stress with an alternate approach. I wonder if authors get to see the number of votes made on their comp entries. I don't see adverse effect with this, does anyone else?

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 16:12

I would like to see the icon for 'competition story' entries returned to show which new stories on the front page are competition entries.

Can you elaborate a bit on this one, more pictures than words please :p

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 16:11



awesome, gav it looks great now! if i say so myself, the dark theme gives a rather sleek feel to the site. sexy sexy...

since you seem to be in holiday spirit, or have just ate a box of wheaties, may i make one more request? i would absolutely LOVE if we were able to upload images at the 'customize profile' page. i do everything on the site from my phone except change my background. in order to do that, i have to hop on my laptop. i understand that that in itself isn't a hardship - but it is rather tedious.

in order to change my background, i have to scroll through not only my image gallery, but my hidden image gallery, and five albums. to make this task easier, i upload (often reupload) an image to place it at the very end. if we had the option to upload on that page, it would be much more user-friendly. or, is there any way that the order of our image gallery could be reversed, like it is on the story submission page, with recent uploads first? that would be very much appreciated as well.

as ALWAYS, thank you for ALL of your hard work. your dedication to the site is evident in every visit. Hugs

I opted for the easy option, hope it helps :)

Topic Is there a point for local times on our walls?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 16:10

So a question about this
I have noticed a lot of people who I talk with..who have told me they are in the UK are appearing as having a time zone that does not match being in the UK
but more like west coast

Would they have had to scroll and select that as being their time zone..or is it possible its a glitch?



They probably haven't setup their Timezone. Any examples, PM me.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 14:05




That because of daylight savings time....

Like I said, it's rubbish. They just add an arbitrary # of hours ignoring DST changes.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 13:54



OMG!!! i just tested this out and i absolutely love it!!! is there any way that it can be extended to the forums? the dark theme transfers everywhere but here.

thank you SO much for EVERYTHING you do, gav! Hugs

EDIT: there seems to be an issue with stories/poems showing up on those profiles that use the default background. the link is visible, but you can't see the introduction.

Thanks HD, fixing this up now.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 30 Dec 2016 13:45

I've noticed that the forum posts times have always been an hour off every time I have checked.

My clock is correct on my profile.

Thanks Gav for that. It makes it easier to remember that not every one is in my time zone. Let's my brain have one less thing to work out. I'm lazy and don't need another task, lol.

Like this one is saying I am posting it at 1:36 am but it is 12:36 am.

The timezone handling in the forum is rubbish, sorry. The time on the story side of things should be right, let me know if this isn't the case.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 28 Dec 2016 19:37



Used to be a time where you could at least vaguely gauge a persons writing by their scores. Now 99.9% of stories have solid 5's and RR's are rarely awarded now so You can be already into a story before realising it's not a good choice for you. Some are going to say that's not true but it is. Rarely do you see a score less than a 5. Scoring has also become a popularity contest. "If you don't score mine, I'm not going to score yours". I really can't see any positive reason for knowing who scored your stories and what the score was (can usually be figured out). All it's done is breed animosity. It could be argued that yes we are all adults and/or scores/views don't mean anything but they do.

I do care about scores and comments. Whether you personally, care about scores or not doesn't change the fact there are those of us who do. Hopefully true scores would give writers an indication as to whether We could do better. As it is now, it means practically nothing.

I would assume that even if scoring was anon again, lush would still be able to identify serial or malicious score bombers so they could be dealt with.

p.s. Gav thank you for all that you do. Big Hugs

p.p.s. Why isn't my city on the time zone choices? Lol. We don't do that silly daylight saving thing. Our curtains will fade faster.




https://upload.lushstories.com/1356144373-trinket.png

According to my calculations its lunchtime for you. For a Queenslander, that's a liquid lunch obviously.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 28 Dec 2016 16:08



And this, too! I can see a problem of where to put it, however. Maybe the time zone could be on our profiles?



I've added a local time field (with an accompanying setting to hide of course!) to your profile page.





A drop down menu of your friends to make it easier to send messages. The way it is now you have to type each name in. Be nice if it was set up like the way we set who can see our image galleries where you can select from your friends list.



I've added this too, is this what you expected? I normally just use the auto-suggest list when I write a new message, all my friends have quite unique names. That's why I pick them :p

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 28 Dec 2016 15:57

I made a suggestion back in 2013 about creating a 'night mode' or 'reading mode' for Lush. It would work by utilizing a secondary CSS file activated by clicking a toggle button. The original concept also incorporated the idea of a reading pane which would allow you to temporarily control both the text size and background colour on the story pages. This was primarily to assist the visually impared and dyslexic.

https://www.lushstories.com/forum/yaf_postst29176_Site-Suggestion-DARK-LUSH--Reading-in-the-dark.aspx

https://upload.lushstories.com/2067317809-imageproxy.jpg

If this is what you guys had in mind we could possibly revisit the idea if Nicola approves. Maybe we could come up with something a little more Kindle-esque in design?

https://upload.lushstories.com/1255358490-kindle.png

2013, zoinks we better not it wait another year then evil4

i've added an experimental Dark theme. i'm pretty shit with colour schemes, so if anyone has some better suggestions for colour replacements i'm happy to change them.

once i've established a base Dark theme we can investigate what elements we can provide as customisation points on a per user basis.

Topic The Submission Editor
Posted 27 Dec 2016 17:55

I used to be able to center text in the story submission editor, like section breaks such as
-oOo-
I cannot achieve that anymore - will it get fixed?

I have tried the way this system does it and have also tried writing HTML to do the same such as




I've just added the justify buttons to the editor. Let me know how that works out.

Topic Site Unavailable - 7:30pm zulu time for about 30 minutes
Posted 23 Dec 2016 14:11

And we're back.

Now running Http/2 yay \o/

Topic Site Unavailable - 7:30pm zulu time for about 30 minutes
Posted 23 Dec 2016 11:09

I'm moving servers around, so the site will be unavailable for about 30 minutes.

This will commence at 7:30pm gmt / 11:30am pst / 6:30am aest

See you soon :)