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mjp

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And finally, as George Harrison warned us, all things must pass, and it looks like that includes the Bukowski scribbles that have graced the forum descriptions for a long time...

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zobraks

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(playing devil's advocate) They're more "Windows 10-y" than (outdated?) Bukowski doodles.
Yet I'm all for doodles - they make the look of this place specific/distinct and unique.
 

mjp

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It's always been a hack to make those doodles work, and the hack doesn't work on the updated software. I've tried half a dozen different approaches and none of them have worked.

It's not trading one thing for another. It's just the way of all software, isn't it. It changes whether those changes are necessary or not.

I like some of it - like the "like" options.
 

mjp

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Upgrade has been done.

Push notifications have been activated. If you enable that you'll get notified of your alerts here in the forum on your computer desktop or phone even if you aren't logged in. That's optional, of course, and it is OFF by default.

New "like" options, which you can see if you hover over the "Like" link.

You can bookmark posts now, just click the little ribbon thing at the top right corner of the post, to the left of the post number.

And we now support emojis, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on where you stand as far as emojification is concerned. They are available at the old smiley link when you're typing a message.

There are some other changes too, most of which you probably won't care about.
 

zobraks

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It took me an hour to log in, allegedly Firefox was declining cookies from the site (and I've put The Forum on the list of exceptions*).
*and I don't block the third-party cookies to boot
I want to blame the latest version of Firefox (64.0.2) for this, but it worked well (cookies were accepted and all) before the forum upgrade.

Anyway, if you see I'm absent that's because I'm either dead or can't cope with Firefox, forum and cookies.
P.S. Or I'm sleeping through the winter like all the decent folks on this side of the iron curtain.

P.P.S. I see that bukbot is alive and well and probably is doing some checking.

P.P.P.S. I'm getting seasick, thanks to all these circular windows Buks (and other avatars) are peeking through.
 
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mjp

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Firefox was declining cookies from the site
Not sure what's going on there. I logged in to a test account with Firefox and I didn't run in to any trouble, but let me know if things don't work themselves out.
 

mjp

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I might have mentioned a while back that the people who make this forum software vowed that they would never have a dislike option, and technically they still don't. This is a customizable system they've built, so you can add whatever kind of reaction you'd like. By default it does not include dislike, but I figure dislike has its purpose so I added it.
 

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FYI, I was unable to log in yesterday because I was told via error message that I had to accept cookies even though my Chrome settings indicated that I was allowing cookies. For what it's worth, that seems to have cleared up overnight.
 

mjp

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Must have something to do with the new push notification thing. I'll check and see if other forums are having the same issue.
 

zobraks

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It seems to work: for the first time in last five days I don't have to log in again after my browser/computer had been turned off and then on.
Thank you very much.

There's another glitch though - I keep seeing Bob all over the place. Maybe it's just me (being obsessed with Twin Peaks and all). 😉
 
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Wasn't it Bob himself who said, "Ye are Bob, and all of you are children of Bob"?
 

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Well now, I'm not gonna talk about Judy.
In fact, we're not gonna talk about Judy at all, we're gonna keep her out of it.
 
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The search will be updated to the other search engine we were using (Threadloom)...
The search has been updated. It still uses Threadloom, but you can choose to use the native forum search now if you'd like (and save your preference).

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