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Some of you may have noticed that the site was down for the last 10 minutes or so. I hate taking it offline, but I had to do so to correct the issue we had with historical comments. So as of now, here's an updated status report on the site upgrade...

First and foremost, I am pleased to announce that Mac OS X Hints now has ... an official new comments RSS feed! Just point your favorite RSS reader to this URL:

feed://www.macosxhints.com/backend/commentfeed.rss

You'll see the 30 newest comments on the site, with a link to the original article along with the comment's text. This has been near the top of my wish list for a very long time, and now it's here. A big thank you to Michael Jervis of the Geeklog team for creating this feature in literally a few hours. You see, he saw a poor half-hearted attempt I made at the feature, and took it upon himself to build and release a Geeklog plug-in to handle the task. Thank you, Michael! This will make it much easier for all of us to keep up with the comments on the hints published here. It's still a bit tricky to find the comment itself when visiting the site, but I'm working on at least a partial solution for that as well.

In the less exciting but still interesting department, here's what else has changed recently:
  1. Historical comments (those posted before Friday, May 26th at about 2:00pm Pacific time) should now be correct. We had issues with quotes and backslashes, which can really mess up code snippets, amongst other things. If you're reading an old comment, and you notice something that looks wrong, please use the Contact Us link to let me know about it--there are a lot of old comments, in a lot of different formats, and while I think we found the proper fixes for all of them, that may not be the case.
  2. I've tweaked the Search preferences to match the old site's behavior. This is just one of those niggling little details that, despite my best attempts to think of everything, I overlooked. Geeklog's default search (what you get by using the search box) is a "phrase" search -- search on finder folder, and you'll only get matches with that exact phrase. Not very useful here, obviously. I have switched it around so the default search is now an "and" search -- the same search will find any hint containing the words finder and folder. I also switched the order of the pop-up in the Advanced search page, so the default is an "and" search as well.
  3. I've cleaned up some layout issues with the Classic theme, most notably on the Pick of the Week pages.
  4. I brought back the hint counter in the menu bar area. Sure, not too important, but it was another of those details I overlooked.
That's about it for now; thanks for the feedback thus far, and overall, I'd have to say it's been a relatively smooth transition.

-rob.
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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: BrianYoung on May 30, '06 04:02:03PM
So I guess I get to post this...

Rob, that link should be:

feed://www.macosxhints.com/backend/commentfeed.rss

:)

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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: robg on May 30, '06 04:05:05PM

Sorry, I get lazy with the URLs, given that most readers don't care :). Fixed now, though.

-rob.



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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: leenoble_uk on May 30, '06 04:13:43PM

A point of order on the hint count: over 8861 hints served. So is that 8862
then?

Either lose the "over" or perhaps adjust the hints served number to round
down to the nearest 500 or 100. 'twould make more sense then. It's like
saying "it's about 8:43" when someone asks for the time. ;)

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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: inemo on May 30, '06 04:18:22PM

There are names for people like you ;)

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I'm just a mac baby :)



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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: robg on May 30, '06 04:31:16PM

It's an old throwback to the fast food signs of my youth. Back before Mickey D's lost count and just went to "billions," they had an actual figure, prefaced with "over."

We always had a discussion as to exactly how far "over" that figure they were. So I used the same wording here :). Truth be told, the real number is "n+1" hints. I may change it someday to reflect the actual value :).

-rob.



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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: bbumgarner on May 31, '06 07:06:05AM

Don't change the wording -- I love it. I, too, remember when McDonald's placed an actual number on their signs. When my best friend, from my youth, and I would go to McDonald's we'd always speculate as to how close to that number our order would be.

Brad



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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: club60.org on May 31, '06 12:13:23AM

I don't see a problem here. When you load the page the counter is frozen (not
updated dynamically) and while you read there are more hints served (you are not
the only one on this site) ;-)



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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: thelamecamel on May 31, '06 01:23:44AM
I like the makeover... once I switched to the 'classic' theme (it's better than the 'classic' original!) But would it be possible to offer an RSS feed without images? One of the things I like most about RSS is that it's uncluttered and of a uniform design. The silly "Take our survey" images and now the "10.4 Only" images clutter up the feed, which is otherwise pretty good at informing me whether an article is worth clicking through to.

P.S. Comments are now being hard wrapped when you preview them - try adding a long word to the middle of a line somewhere in a paragraph.

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Site news -- great new feature and a general update...
Authored by: yergnov on May 31, '06 05:52:32AM

Not to mention the countless number of hints located in the comments
below each "hint"- I often find the sub-hints to be very useful.



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