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November 27, 2010
8:34 PM
yourpalal
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As part of the process of changing & evolving the dotTech website, I’ve noticed the list of the “Top Posters” segment, usually on the bottom right, is not there now. Is this just “gone” for a while, or permanently?

IMHO, after posting hundreds of times, & even though it’s kind of ‘neat’ to see one’s username there, I must be frank, & say that I guess it can be as much of a “badge of honor,” as it is an ‘ego’ thing (again, only IMHO).

So, in some (unkown) way, I’m almost glad that it’s not there.

What do others think about this?

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November 27, 2010
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I seem to recall people asking to have it removed.  It was really causing quite a bit of posting-for-the-numbers.

Oh, the site that was :(
November 28, 2010
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Locutus said:

I seem to recall people asking to have it removed.  It was really causing quite a bit of posting-for-the-numbers.


Yeah, it was. Got to be really irritating. Glad to see it gone.
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November 28, 2010
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yourpalal
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Ya,  I think that for some it became a game in itself, where quantity was More important than quality of the content. For others it was an on-going competition–“Oh look…I passed… Captain Picard.” 

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November 28, 2010
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No one ever passes me. Wink

Oh, the site that was :(
November 28, 2010
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yourpalal
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Locutus said:

No one ever passes me. Wink


Hey Locutus! HahahahaSmile

Probably no one else would have picked up on that!

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November 28, 2010
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yourpalal said:

Locutus said:

No one ever passes me. Wink


Hey Locutus! HahahahaSmile
 

Probably no one else would have picked up on that!


Am I missing something? Cry
November 28, 2010
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yourpalal
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Ashraf said:

Am I missing something? Cry


Well……I was going to wait for the Borg to answer1st, but, since I can’t, in good conscience (ya right, …like I have one) Wink keep you in suspense—See member profiles:

First Name Locutus Last Name of Borg

Website http://wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Picard

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November 29, 2010
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Wait, I wasn't even thinking about that when I posted that.  I was referring to me as a member of this forum, not my user account as a reference to some individual from an 80s TV series.

Oh, the site that was :(
November 30, 2010
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yourpalal
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My bad Wink

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December 3, 2010
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OK …I just noticed this…. & really like itSmile Looks good against the cobalt blue!

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December 3, 2010
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I also noticed there is a number “1” to the left of your search bar Ashraf.

 

And I also have a small request: Could you perhaps also add a Recent Forum Posts section to the bottom, right next to the Recent Comments section? When I am browsing the forums, I usually click on the Recent Forum Posts link, but now the forums function without the side menu (which is a good change mind you). Anyways, this is a tiny request from me, but only if you feel it makes sense. It's all cool if you say no….I'd still sob over it though….

December 3, 2010
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@Yourpalal: Thanks! I am not too creative but I was able to muster together my creative juices on that one :-)

@Joy: I know about the “1” but I have no bloody idea why it is there and no bloody idea how to remove it.

And sure I can add a Recent Forum Posts widget to the bottom, no problem at all.

December 3, 2010
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Thanks for adding it, makes things easier for me. And good luck eradicating the “1”

December 3, 2010
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"1" problem

 

It's “Jyo” btw. I got this through highlighting the “1” and right click view selection source. Hope it helps!

December 3, 2010
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I think I know why Ashraf couldn't find it–he was probably looking, like me, at the beginning of the DIV, not the end.  D'oh!

Oh, the site that was :(
December 4, 2010
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Not really. The reason it shows up in view source is because view source shows the end product — after the page has been generated. In the backend that **** 1 is buried somewhere in all the functions and files. I will track it down… someday. For now lets just pretend the 1 stands for “dotTech is number 1″ :-P

December 4, 2010
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Try header.php.  That's where it usually hides.

:D But I'll look at the source code.

Oh, wait.  I don't know PHP, and I can't find it in functions.php either.  I can't find anything in there!

Oh, the site that was :(
December 4, 2010
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Although I do find this theme to be really nice, for the next time you're considering a change.

http://diythemes.com/thesis/version-16-final/

It is a bit pricy compared to this (free) theme or your semi-original blue ($25) theme.  I have no idea what that nice bright clean white one (I for one liked it) theme cost.

Oh, the site that was :(
December 4, 2010
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The problem with Thesis is that it is a theme framework – it is barely usable as a theme itself. So I would have to purchase Thesis (which is costly) and a child-theme on top of that. Now I wouldn't mind coughing up the money for thesis and the child-theme if the themes are good, but if I find cheaper alternatives that are just as good I see no reason to overpay.

For example I was willing to pay for a new theme when I was redesigning dotTech but I just couldn't find a paid theme I liked. So I went with the white one and now this one, both luckily free.

That said, this current theme is actually a framework + child-theme also. Let's see if you can guess which one :-)

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