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  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Please make the title of news items longer than it is the current length is too short.

Very frustrating adding a story or two as i need to hack the title and the meaning is lost.

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  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Please make the title of news items longer than it is the current length is too short.

Very frustrating adding a story or two as i need to hack the title and the meaning is lost.
NSWGR8022
Headlines are for grabbing attention, not conveying a message - that's what the lead paragraph is for.


The ideal length of a headline is 6 words

How much of the headline for this story did you read before you clicked?

According to a post by KISSmetrics, you might not have read it all.

Writing for KISSmetrics, headline expert Bnonn cites usability research revealing we don’t only scan body copy, we also scan headlines. As such, we tend to absorb only the first three words and the last three words of a headline. If you want to maximize the chance that your entire headline gets read, keep your headline to six words.
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  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
For people on mobile devices, is there a way you can return the option of "jump to forum 1,2,3...x" back to the bottom of the thread list.

The one at the top is fine, but when you scroll all the way down to the bottom to find that the thread you want is on the next page, is annoying to have to scroll back to the top again to click next.

Thanks!
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
For people on mobile devices, is there a way you can return the option of "jump to forum 1,2,3...x" back to the bottom of the thread list.

The one at the top is fine, but when you scroll all the way down to the bottom to find that the thread you want is on the next page, is annoying to have to scroll back to the top again to click next.

Thanks!
seb2351
Done Smile
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Yes, its been 18 months since the last post, but the recent attack by that Spammer from the sub-continent no doubt aggrieved quite a few mods and effectively made the forums unreadable for a while - and thanks to those who put in the time to clean up the mess.

It gives rise to a couple of thoughts which were posted in the now closed thread, which I think are worthy of consideration, depending on the difficulty of course :

1. Limit creation (i.e. - mod approval or even a blanket ban) of new threads/topics for new users for a period of time - perhaps a month.

2. Some of these Spammers perhaps lurk for a while after joining, thus 'new' would pass without them getting noticed, so a restriction on posts (be they new threads or within existing) would be appropriate (which affects everyone of course). For me, anyone who can post more than 1 a minute would cause alarm bells, even longer than that perhaps.



A blanket ban on certain IP addresses is rather useless these days with the use of VPN etc (I even use one (not right now) as I like to watch Sport which is often geo-restricted and can't be seen from a Taiwan address where I am at present).
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

I saw this too amazed at how many posts this idiot posted clogging up the system.

Does this happen regularly because it is the first time I have witnessed such a large number of stupid repeated posts.

Lastly and worthy of mention was the excellent way and speed this issue was addressed. Imagine this crap on Facebook (amongst the usually crap) and asking a large company like them to have it removed? I am really impressed about how well managed this was compared other experiences.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Other forums impose a time limit between posts. This would seem to be a great idea. If a "user" is using something to automate SPAM posting perhaps this could be detected by the number of posts over a time period, the user automatically banned and their posts removed. Not sure how hard this might be to code though!
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
Does this happen regularly because it is the first time I have witnessed such a large number of stupid repeated posts.
MetroFemme
Fortunately, no. I can't recall the last time we had such an aggressive attack by a spambot, and I've been a Mod here for nearly a decade. Shocked

It's the nature of the internet that these things happen, and no doubt Bevans & MGH will have a good look at how things can be improved without overly limiting the usability of the site for the rest of the membership.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
My initial thought is to limit the number of posts a new user (less than 6 months old) can make in any 24 hour period, rather than all posts from new users requiring staff approval, which would become very high maintenance.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
In view of the current 7000+ attack by Shastri and his mates, who appear to have joined the forums today, perhaps the registration of new users should be temporarily stopped until appropriate defenses can be put in place.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Is it possible to search for a string in "My Post", whether
* in a title
* in the text
* in a title or in the text?
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Hi,
Now that FaceBook access has been resolved. Any chance putting RP's social media links on the front page?

Most websites do, to encourage broader access.

Cheers
Big J
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
DATE AND TIME OF POSTS

Posts are dated and time according to the date and time of creation.

If you edit a post, the date and time remain the same, and the post remains the same as originally.

The only way to overcome this is to reply to your own post, which has annoyed one of the moderators.

Can the system be changed so that a post has its date/time altered to that of its date/time or editing? Smile


BTW, the "Reset last visit time" button doesn't work properly, as complained of before.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
DATE AND TIME OF POSTS

Posts are dated and time according to the date and time of creation.

If you edit a post, the date and time remain the same, and the post remains the same as originally.

The only way to overcome this is to reply to your own post, which has annoyed one of the moderators.

Can the system be changed so that a post has its date/time altered to that of its date/time or editing? Smile
WimbledonW
I have disagreed with this notion. You could post today, have several replies, edit your post 5 years later. The date and time posted should be exactly that. Date and time edited is noted at the bottom of the posts. No change is necessary.

I'm not sure what you mean by "the post remains the same as originally". I take it to mean that the post doesn't change when you edit it which is not true. To test this I will edit this post shortly after submitting it.

Edit: This is my promised edit... Smile

Edit #2: Yes worked as expected; at the bottom of the post I read:
"Posted: 05 Mar 2021 21:51

Last edited by Graham4405 on 05 Mar 2021 21:52; edited 1 time in total"
Thus I have no understanding of your suggestion whatsoever...
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
BTW, the "Reset last visit time" button doesn't work properly, as complained of before.
WimbledonW
I'm not sure what you expect it to do? I reset it to midnight on 1st March 2021, went to "View posts since last visit" and I got 3 pages of posts since midnight on 1st March 2021. What were you expecting?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
BTW, the "Reset last visit time" button doesn't work properly, as complained of before.
I'm not sure what you expect it to do? I reset it to midnight on 1st March 2021, went to "View posts since last visit" and I got 3 pages of posts since midnight on 1st March 2021. What were you expecting?
Graham4405
That is just what I expect RP to do. It should change  to say 1 March and display say three pages of posts, as you say.

However RP doesn't change the date to 1 March, it remains at 5 March and lists only half a page of posts. What do I need to do differently to get RP to actually change the Last Visit Date?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
BTW, the "Reset last visit time" button doesn't work properly, as complained of before.
I'm not sure what you expect it to do? I reset it to midnight on 1st March 2021, went to "View posts since last visit" and I got 3 pages of posts since midnight on 1st March 2021. What were you expecting?
That is just what I expect RP to do. It should change  to say 1 March and display say three pages of posts, as you say.

However RP doesn't change the date to 1 March, it remains at 5 March and lists only half a page of posts. What do I need to do differently to get RP to actually change the Last Visit Date?
WimbledonW

Logged in as WimbledonW
Your last visit was on 06 Mar 2021 05:17
The time is 8:19 am.

Logout
Account
Reset last visit time
Link my Facebook account


I am not sure what I did differently, but I finally got "Reset last time visit" to change to a much older time. Well it changed once. Sad

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
BTW, the "Reset last visit time" button doesn't work properly, as complained of before.
I'm not sure what you expect it to do? I reset it to midnight on 1st March 2021, went to "View posts since last visit" and I got 3 pages of posts since midnight on 1st March 2021. What were you expecting?
That is just what I expect RP to do. It should change  to say 1 March and display say three pages of posts, as you say.

However RP doesn't change the date to 1 March, it remains at 5 March and lists only half a page of posts. What do I need to do differently to get RP to actually change the Last Visit Date?
WimbledonW
No idea why it won't work for you, it may be a caching issue.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
No idea why it won't work for you, it may be a caching issue.
Graham4405
Day: 01    Month: 03    Year:2021     Hour: 13     Min:19


I can change the day from 06 to say 01  but as soon as I press Submit, it changes back to 06.

Pressing F5 (Refresh cache) doesn't seem to help.


Has anyone else reported thus problem?
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
No idea why it won't work for you, it may be a caching issue.
Day: 01    Month: 03    Year:2021     Hour: 13     Min:19


I can change the day from 06 to say 01  but as soon as I press Submit, it changes back to 06.

Pressing F5 (Refresh cache) doesn't seem to help.


Has anyone else reported thus problem?
WimbledonW
F5 simply refreshes the page. Anyway, you only get to that screen if you don't select a date and time from the date and time picker on the Reset Last Visit Time pop up before hitting the "Reset" button. I suggest doing that, it works for me.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Use CTRL+F5 to bypass cache.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Use CTRL+F5 to bypass cache.

For no obvious reasons the reset last time visit came  good, back to midnight. Will have to try and retrace the steps. SmileSad

Experimenting a bit more, the "Reset Time" seems to work, while "Reset Date" does not !!! Sad

No need to press F5 or Control-F5.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
A suggestion that has come to mind recently, if someone edits a post more than four times, it gets locked. That is, you can your post up to four times, then on the fifth edit, it is done and dusted, and if you also locked out from contributing to the thread as well.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
A suggestion that has come to mind recently, if someone edits a post more than four times, it gets locked. That is, you can your post up to four times, then on the fifth edit, it is done and dusted, and if you also locked out from contributing to the thread as well.

Jack Le Lievre
Why?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
A suggestion that has come to mind recently, if someone edits a post more than four times, it gets locked. That is, you can your post up to four times, then on the fifth edit, it is done and dusted, and if you also locked out from contributing to the thread as well.

Jack Le Lievre
A work around this "four times edit limit" may to reply to your own post, a practice one of the administrators strongly objects to. Cannot have it both ways.

Surely is is better to edit as many times as you like and keep one page nice and succinct.

A case in point is the "Tangential Turnout" thread (https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11402386.htm ) which has been edited 20 times and has now been looked. There are only two posts on this thread. This thread is now locked, but fortunately is running out of things to add. How does one get it unlocked again?

The proposed four edit limit is totally arbitrary, and mostly counter productive.


As for the "Reset visit last time" button problem, it does seem to work OK.
However the putative "Reset visit last date" button doesn't work."

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