Heads up for the admins



  • Specifically, @PJH, @dhromed, @apapadimoulis, @PaulaBean<!-- = "brillant"; -->. (None of the other admins visit, it seems.)

    As of the next update, deleted posts will be collapsed by default. There will be a button at the top of the topic to turn it off, and you can click on the collapsed pieces to view the posts.

    Here's a screenshot of the feature from my local machine:

    If you clicked on "1 post omitted" above on the left, you would see a comment that someone posted on the article after I performed the FizzBuzz Cleanup. This is what the deleted posts look like.

    The functionality will be disabled when:

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    • You click the "Unhide Deleted Posts" button
    • You filter the topic to a person's posts by clicking "Filter to <n> posts in topic" on the usercard or clicking their avatar in the topic map (You can re-enable it by clicking the button)
    • ?show_deleted=true or ?show_deleted=ACTUALLY_YOU_CAN_PUT_ANYTHING_HERE is present in the URL

    Personally, I can say that this change has improved my reading experience in even the limited time I had to try it out (I wrote it on the 15th).

    Since this is a significant change to the UI, I figured you would want to know in advance. I'll also be making a similar post on Meta for the admins of other sites, but with a slightly different tone ;)



  • :thumbsup: for me at least, this will be easier to read; it somewhat distracting to not only see "this post withdrawn by author" -- but then wonder, why was it withdrawn? was it too vile? was it typos? was it...



  • Here's the meta post, with another screenshot for your viewing pleasure:

    @apapadimoulis said:

    for me at least, this will be easier to read; it somewhat distracting

    I'm pretty sure that was the case for everyone (who could see deleted posts).



  • @apapadimoulis said:

    :thumbsup: for me at least, this will be easier to read; it somewhat distracting to not only see "this post withdrawn by author" -- but then wonder, why was it withdrawn? was it too vile? was it typos? was it...

    That's still going to be a problem for 24 hours after the post gets withdrawn, even though nobody except the admins can see anything about the post other than its author.


  • :belt_onion:

    @riking said:

    ?show_deleted=ACTUALLY_YOU_CAN_PUT_ANYTHING_HERE

    The bad ideas thread is that way :arrow_right:



  • `?show_deleted=<script>alert("This is not XSS unless Discourse managed to make booleans into an XSS vulnerability.");</script>`


    Weird...

    `` `no space```

    `space`


  • sockdevs

    That's one of the more fun things that I like about SMF, actually. It rewrites the parser in PHP to handle getting things from GET specifically for situations like this.

    Aside from replacing the default separator from & to ; because it avoids the whole having to write shit as &amp; everywhere for validation, it actually looks easier to read, it actually accepts empty parameters.

    There are plenty of cases where you get URLs with ;save or ;xml in the URL which are internally parsed to $_GET['save'] and $_GET['xml'] which wouldn't otherwise be defined.

    Seems like the same solution should be applied here, meaning you just need to declare ?show_deleted


  • mod

    I'm wondering why information intended for the admins was posted in a public topic, instead of, say, a PM? I would have suggested the Staff area, except @riking can't access that, so...


  • sockdevs

    Because surely it applies to all the moderators of which the group of people in 'staff' is quite big.



  • Flag a random post for moderators ;)


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