Update: Tweaks, fixes, rules clarifications and helpful information

Hi there! Today’s update is all about tweaks – small things that help polish the website off.

New ‘How do I?’ section and tweaks to the front page

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I’ve added a new section to the home page with links to both Help and FAQs (for The Askblog List) and our list of Askblog Resources, Advice and Help (for all askblogs everywhere). I thought the later especially needed linking somewhere on the website, and so now it has a home.

Dates in the News section now use a monospaced font so that all the entries are better aligned.

Finally, the spacing between the headings for Fan Blogs and Original Characters and their subcategories has been tweaked.

Navigation menu links for Help and FAQs (and other documents)

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Now you can browse Help and FAQs by a handy-dandy menu on the left of the screen.

Menus have also been added to other really long articles on the site (like our Rules page). Conversely, this means both I and others can link directly to a section in these articles.

Lastly, the page headings have been moved into the sidebar as well (so they fit in with other pages on the site.)

Section breaks (all over the place)

I’ve also added section breaks where appropriate for a nice visual touch (and to break up all the whitespace.) Here’s what they look like:

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People on older browsers that don’t support the code I’m using will just see this:

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Rules clarifications

Speaking of rules, I’ve updated some of the Site Rules to be clearer (and a bit friendlier in tone, too. ^^;)  None of the rules are changing their meaning, I’m just updating them to better reflect what I mean by them.

There are three rules that have been updated, and you can read about the changes in the Rules Clarifications post.

Behind the scenes fix – transparent proxies

Lastly, if you’ve ever gotten a “Sorry! You took too long to vote” error message almost every time you’ve tried to vote (and there should only be a small number of you), it’s because you’re behind a transparent proxy.

Some ISPs use transparent proxies to cache data so they don’t have to send and receive as much data – but as a result, the IP address the website gets will be the one of whatever proxy server is handling your computer at the time, which is usually different each time you load a page. This messes with how The Askblog List’s voting system works.

With this update, I’ve changed how the website talks to ISP servers so that it tells them to not use cache servers when dealing with the website. This should fix the problem for anyone whose ISP respects those signals.


Barring any emergency fixes, the next update will introduce at least one feature I’m really excited about. Until then!

–Mark Kéy-Balchin


Changelog for 24th Jan 2015 update:

[+] Added “How do I?” section to the front page with links to Help and FAQs and the
[+] Added navigation panel to Help and FAQs, Terms of Service, House Rules and Privacy Policy pages. Users can now link directly to a specific heading in these pages.
[*] Changed rules 1a, 1b, and 3b so they are clearer and more friendly.
[*] Changed HTTP headers so that pages tell ISPs to avoid using transparent cache proxies when visiting this website.
[*] Added section break lines (with pretty fading effect) to home page, Help and FAQs, Terms of Service, House Rules and Privacy Policy pages.
[*] Moved headings for Help and FAQs, Terms of Service, House Rules and Privacy Policy to the sidebar.

 

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