Ye Bug List
Bug or Feature?
There's "google ads" that pop and cover the upper part of damned near every article. If I click the 'x', a white box is left still covering the upper part of the article... Is this me or you?
In the comments to WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters I posted a reply to this comment, however now my reply appears to have become a bit shy! Checking in my "My Posts" section the comment still appears to be live (there is no "widthdrawn" associated with the comment), and indeed there is no "Comment removed by moderator/author" notification below the comment I replied to... but my post still isn't there. In case you can't check the actual contents of my comment, it was a Futurama reference too (like the comment I replied to) so I can't imagine it being it being removed for any legal reasons.
Oh, and another thing, I realise that comment nesting is something thats probably being worked on as I type but it appears to be a little borked, nesting is all over the place!
Re: Invisible comments?
If it's forget the blackjack and hookers, then I can see it. I'm afraid your attempt to build a cloaking device, for the invisible stealth-shed, appears to have failed...
Re: Invisible comments?
Thats even stranger then as I still can't see it, either on my computer or, as I've just found out, on my phone! Will have to try logging out to see if I can see it...
Re: Invisible comments?
Okay, if I log out I can see it, log back in and its gone again.
comment section formatting bug
Recently the comment section became virtually unusable when using FF/Waterfox (works fine on IE and Chrome but I'm not switching). Every comment/response becomes narrower (down to few letter per line). I'm not sure what's the matter (even enabled all scripting to test for noscript related issues). Any suggestions/fixes?
Re: comment section formatting bug
I too am seeing the weird indenting in Firefox (on Win7, FF v22 and now also v23).
I would vote for some form of indenting so that you can more easily see to which post a reply corresponds, but the current indenting seems excessive and even random - I replied to one post but my reply wasn't indented as expected. Other posts are indented more than other reply posts,but for no apparent reason.
For example this thread: when sorted by Thread, the first post ("Ground", by petur) has two replies. The first reply (from AC, "Do you really think cheap knock-off..." etc.) is indented much more than the second reply from Phil O'Sophical. I don't get it - they're both replies to the original post.
The m.forums (mobile) version recently broke for iOS 6.1.3 on iPhone. (It's a work phone so I get what I'm given.)
I can no longer type anything into the post title text at all.
I still see the box itself, but can't get a cursor in there. Which is odd.
Also the "Enter your comment" bit is in a huge box, which looks really silly next to the tiny text box for post title.
The normal site works ok on iOS.
- I've also found the Office 365 advert to be evil, it pops open extremely easily and once open, it covers part of the text entry field, including the Preview button and won't go away without changing page. Can you get them to fix the "close" button on the ad?
Addendum: I cannot log in either.
The new squared-off "one-line text entry" box doesn't work at all under the Safari on iPhone 4S.
Please fix ASAP, or just put normal boxes back and stop messing with it?
Is this still a problem, Richard 12?
I was connected to a VPN server located in Bucharest last night and whilst connected tried to view this website. One of the adverts on the right was just a stream of what looked like Chinese characters. Using google translate didn't help an awful lot unfortunately.
My question is this: if I recall correctly ad networks have misbehaved in the past and can even be used to spread malware. Is there any way for you to check if there was anything wrong with the ads being displayed last night? I'm guessing that there isn't but thought I'd ask in case there was.
Now it's happening again, and this time no VPN connection and on my office PC.
Weird - we'll have a look.
BTW Google is the only ad network we use.
Shame on using such bad language
browser.zoom.full FireFox option breaks El Reg comment system
Just a follow up to my recent post on this bug (no responses, had to find the fix myself). browser.zoom.full (bout:config) option is such a great feature if FF (nothing worse than a website with small font where zooming in increases the font size and picture elements at the same time - and this makes them look ugly/low res). This option worked just fine until some recent change on theregister.co.uk site (waterfox got no update so it's the site). Why? I did not see any noteworthy change to site functionality. Please fix.
Re: browser.zoom.full FireFox option breaks El Reg comment system
We recently moved the site from static to dynamic html - a few bugs in forums, including this one. Should be fixed now.
Third Para bug
The first line of every third paragraph in the articles has a spurious line break in the middle of the line. Is this 'house style' or office cleaner?
Re: Third Para bug
Are you running an ad blocker of some kind? I suspect: yes. The 3rd par break is where our advert would go.
Not sure if it this is bug or not but my bronze badge seems to have done a runner...only noticed today....
My last post has the following at the bottom of the post:
& 1 thumbs down
No big deal, but the ampersand seems to get displayed even when there are no up votes. Either that or there are missing up votes from the display (highly unlikely given the list in my posts list). This happens both when viewing a list of my own posts and when viewing the specific thread in question.
Re: Server not found - Firefox can't find the server at forums.theregister.co.uk.
What's your DNS server/settings? What's your ISP? Is this all from the same internet connection, or even when you move between home/office/college/whatever?
Can you put the icon back on the left side of the post.
Where it is supposed to be.
One of the rarely mentioned things I like about the reg site, is that it's fast, and the code iis well written.
From big PCs to old age phones and overstressed cheapy tablets, the reg site always works well.
I just tried the 'inline voting' on this old phone i'm currently using, and am pleased to report that the 'graceful fallback' for challenged devices works well.
The only thing that still doesn't work with thidd phone is that I am unable to select a post icon!
Re: Inline comments
I like the inline voting. My only (small) complaint would be that every time you upvote/downvote, you get a new page load, which adds another page to your history, so you can't just back out to the original article, or El Reg's main page.
Also, I see we still haven't worked out the random logout problem. After reading, and voting on a number of comments in the same article, all of a sudden, I'm told I have to log in to use this feature.
Re: Inline comments
Darryl, you are correct!
It turns out that what I thought was "graceful fallback " for old browsers is the way it's done anyway.
I am the future president of Azerbaijan & I will get 70% of the votes
Thank you El Reg.
Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, but today when I click the red / a.n.other colour 'The Register' banner at the top of a comments page this now takes me to http://forums.theregister.co.uk. It used to just go to the theregister.co.uk
Its a shame as this is how I used to navigate the site - to read the headlines in my lunchtime
Definitely not a feature - and definitely not something I can reproduce myself. Forwarded to devs for perusal.
This should now be resolved.
just for those that care about the details ...
We'd recently changed the base href urls from http://www.theregister.co.uk to //www.theregister.co.uk which will, eventually, help if/when we get around to implementing https ...
Sadly, ie9 and below seems to struggle with such urls in a base href.
We believe if you were seeing this problem, it was because you were using IE9 or below.
In the short term, we've given IE the full http:// url, and noted that as something we need to fix more correctly before https can happen.
Enjoy the weekend :)
Minty, regarding the IE bug (and as you know, it is a bug, because what you are doing is part of the spec), see also this: http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/2010/02/10/5a-missing-schema-double-download/
Incidently, this browser-bug screws up the 'w3m' browser too :-( -it tries to use ftp instead of http (though only apparrently on submitting a form) - so don't blame me if your firewall is logging ftp attempts from me!
Main logo link when on forums no longer points to www.theregister.co.uk
Something broke in the last update, when on a forums.theregister.co.uk page all links that used to start with www.theregister now start with forums.theregister, meaning no links back to the front page of the site and almost all of the other links on the page give you a 404 page error.
I'm too daft to get hyperlinks to work.
> You need to put in the code yourself. You are a techie. This is not hard.
I'm a techie. This shouldn't be hard.
But if the Preview is anything to go by, this <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/23/el_reg_forums_faq/">is not a fooking link</a>.
What am I doing wrong? I've tried non-anonymous Preview, too. Do I have to have 100 non-anonymous posts (which I probably don't)? It says "In total, your 177 public posts..." so I should be ok, no?
Not too daft...
Yes, you need 100 non-anonymous posts. We introduced this in cautious mode. But maybe we can relax this now.
Re: Not too daft...
Thanks, Drew. I wouldn't mind if you did.
Date/time in comments is now date only.
It was useful before. e.g. I just replied to an AC but couldn't say @AC 12:42 because it's just date now. So if there are multiple ACs in a day then that's stuffed that.
Just curiously, what purpose is served by changing something that was fine, and more informative, before. I don't think the new (and handy) 10 minute editing window affects that significantly.
Re: Date/time in comments is now date only.
Now, the time shows as '..a few minutes ago' etc. (for those of us readers unable to tell the time .....sigh)
A classic case of change with no advantages and just disadvantages.
This change (which isn't even user-configurable scores a BIG black mark)
New mobile layout
(Posting in here as I don't seem to be able to create a new thread?)
What's going on with the new mobile view? Complaints are:
- It at least *feels* like it loads slower
- The spinny Vulture icon covering the page while its loading is annoying/really disruptive - what's wrong with just letting the browser do what it normally does when loading a page?
- You can't tell which stories you've read as links and visited links are the same colour
- The comments button after a story appears to dump you randomly into the middle of the comments page, and the number of comments shown on the button doesn't appear to be right
- Long comments pages break Chrome's UI a bit; normally you can just drag up & down a bit to show the brower's bar, but on those pages you have to scroll almost all the way to the top of the page before you can see it for some reason.
- The icons at the top right look a bit blurry and hence budget.
Is this picky? I know no-one really likes change but honestly I can't see any obvious improvements in the new layout!
Re: New mobile layout
- Stories which are off the main theregister.co.uk site don't load from the main page (e.g. "Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?" on Channel Register).
- Firefox on Android seems to get a bit confused regarding the back/forwards control and story links in other tabs.
- Don't like the smaller comment icons. Bah, humbug.
Re: New mobile layout
Thanks for the feedback - and no you are not being picky.
we are currently cleaning up the back-end code - and will set to UI improvements over the next couple of weeks.
The idea behind the spinny vulture icon was to let people know something was going on in background. But this may to have backfired. Like you I think it makes the page load time seem slower.
On visited links - can anyone tell me what sites actually use visited links on mobile views? (Our iPhone app does not - no-one minds there for instance.)
Re: New mobile layout
A thread dedicated to this has opened here.
Thanks - this is one of the problems with mobile stuff - so many browsers, so many OSes. And desktop android emulators are, I am told, a PITA. We will be sure to check out site on FF on Android though.
Noted about icons. Let's see what we can do here.
Re: New mobile layout
I agree that the new mobile site is a step backwards. My gripes (mostly experienced with Boat browser on Android, but some also occur in the stock android browser and Chrome,.
1. No followed link colour change.
2. What spinny vulture icon? I didn't know it was there until I tried the site with Chrome.
3. Some links occasionally fail to load anything - blank page with m.theregister.co.uk in the address bar. Separate but similar, seems to happen always when going back from comments to the article, but here, the address is the article's.
4. Page position seems to get carried over when navigating either back or forward, so going for the comments link at the bottom of an article dumps you half way down the comments page. Happens mostly when going to/from a comments page.
5. Double tap zoom is broken in different ways in different browsers, either doesn't do anything, or the text doesn't reflow. (Text has reflowed when a page is navigated back to).
6. When leaving / returning to the home page, it looks like an animation has failed to display, a 10 pixel bar of the last page appears on the left hand side of the screen.
7. On the comments page, the header bar (masthead and search/user/nav buttons) often get stuck at the top of the page while (or partially) when scrolling down the page.(sometimes also includes the browser address bar and tabs).
Glad to know that you're working on the mobile site, and I hope these are useful in sqashing the bugs. And please restore some kind of followed link indication.
Re: Re: New mobile layout
thanks for the feedback. We are addressing most of the things that you raise over the next couple of weeks.
As long as you are commenting, Drewc ...
Why does ElReg no longer feel a proper time-stamp on commentard posts is a good idea?
Seems daft to me ...
Just curious. Your site, your rules.
Comments' time indication
Now it shows immediately upon posting a comment An hour ago. Is it just me?