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Old 02-08-18, 05:02 PM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

I can confirm that I do have 400 now. Thanks, IBJoel.
Old 02-08-18, 05:20 PM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

And I'm up to 1000. Thanks!
Old 02-28-18, 07:01 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by IBtyen
Instead of removing these blank threads, can you alert us in this thread or send one of us a PM? It will help us to have a live example so we can take it to our tech team.
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-review...l#post13279426
Old 08-05-18, 07:34 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by IBtyen
Instead of removing these blank threads, can you alert us in this thread or send one of us a PM? It will help us to have a live example so we can take it to our tech team.
https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-review...l#post13384255
Old 08-06-18, 03:59 PM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Thanks Nick, I've deleted those threads.
Old 09-03-18, 06:31 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by IBJoel
Thanks Nick, I've deleted those threads.
Have you addressed the underlying problem?

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-review...l#post13400886
Old 09-03-18, 07:16 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by Nick Danger
Have you addressed the underlying problem?

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-review...l#post13400886
My copy of the codebase is extremely old, but it's a simple fix. In login/post.php, instead of:

Code:
  if (is_array($dailyReviews))
  {
     ... 
  }
Change it to:

Code:
  if (is_array($dailyReviews) && count($dailyReviews))
  {
     ... 
  }
  else
  {
     die("Nothing to post!\n");

     // Or, alternatively, just a plain ol' exit;
  }
I get the sense that the site and forum are what they are, and unless something truly critical is getting in the way of usability, it's not going to be updated or fixed.

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Old 09-03-18, 07:17 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Why are we worried about fixing a non-problem? The blank threads are actually useful, verifying that there are no new reviews that morning.
Old 09-03-18, 07:21 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Why are we worried about fixing a non-problem? The blank threads are actually useful, verifying that there are no new reviews that morning.
That could be better accounted for as well. Again, instead of:

Code:
  if (is_array($dailyReviews))
  {
       ...
  }
Use:

Code:
  if (is_array($dailyReviews) && count($dailyReviews))
  {
       ...
  }
  else
  {
       $post = "No new reviews have been published today.  Sorry!";
  }
Old 09-03-18, 08:18 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Why can’t we just put Adam in charge?
Old 09-03-18, 09:06 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

"Why not just fix the site? (Why can’t we just put Adam in charge?)" could make for a good thread title change.
Old 09-03-18, 10:58 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Why canít we just put Adam in charge?
Iíve been thinking this for years.
Old 09-03-18, 10:58 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Why canít we just put Adam in charge?
Far too much liberal bias?
Old 11-18-18, 06:16 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Why are we worried about fixing a non-problem? The blank threads are actually useful, verifying that there are no new reviews that morning.
It was an experiment to see how responsive IB would be. In December 2017, IByen asked for examples so they could fix a bug that Adam says can be handled with one line of code. Today, eleven months later, another blank thread was posted.

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-review...l#post13445934

I'm done with the experiment.
Old 11-18-18, 07:58 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Yep, dozens of those blank threads in the past year. There are almost a dozen blank threads in that forum’s first page right now. Possible easy and quite useful fix offered by Adam over two months ago. IB response?
Old 11-19-18, 09:56 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

The blank threads are an indication of no new reviews being posted for that day, just as Trevor said. The reason it has not been "fixed" is because it is not a bug.
Old 11-19-18, 10:01 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

As the person who originally wrote that script, it is a bug. The blank threads don’t even have titles to click on.
Old 11-19-18, 10:02 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

Originally Posted by IBJoel
The blank threads are an indication of no new reviews being posted for that day, just as Trevor said. The reason it has not been "fixed" is because it is not a bug.
So you're saying they're a "feature"?
Old 11-19-18, 10:10 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

The new definition of ‘facts’ is having a trickle down effect on the country. A way to fix it was detailed by Adam months ago. It’d be a nice fix for the community, and looks pretty simple. Can you either fix it, or tell us that some technical reason prohibits it?
Old 11-19-18, 10:16 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

I can stop the blank threads from being created. The cron was wiped out during a server change a few years back, so I’m executing these scripts remotely from my own server. I can’t update the code, but I control when things run. I can have a script check the RSS feed for new reviews and only execute the daily review script when needed.

That won’t fix the other issue where Ultra HD Blu-ray reviews don’t appear in the list. Maybe I can write something to simulate a login and create these threads differently.
Old 11-19-18, 10:19 AM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

That seems like a lot of effort for something that isn't a bug.
Old 11-19-18, 12:19 PM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

I have an improved daily recap system in place now.

Example with review content
Example without review content
Old 11-19-18, 12:42 PM
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Thank you Adam. Joel, pay the man.
Old 11-19-18, 12:48 PM
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Re: Why not just fix the site?

While we're at it... There's a nice "Buy Stuff Here" link at the top-right corner of the site (link below). Most of the links on that page are dead and have been for a long time. If there are actually some affiliate links that work, it would be nice to update that page (get rid of the dead crap), and maybe promote that once in a while to help with revenue.

https://www.dvdtalk.com/support.html
Old 11-20-18, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by The Cow
While we're at it... There's a nice "Buy Stuff Here" link at the top-right corner of the site (link below). Most of the links on that page are dead and have been for a long time. If there are actually some affiliate links that work, it would be nice to update that page (get rid of the dead crap), and maybe promote that once in a while to help with revenue.

https://www.dvdtalk.com/support.html
I'll go through those links today/tomorrow and let tech know which ones to remove. I also opened an official tech ticket for the zero reviews and 4K reviews issues, so that can be handled with a little more oomph.

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