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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: Today at 03:57:02 PM
The importance of using icons that people can actually understand.

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: Today at 03:50:53 PM
Contextual advertising win? Or fail?

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3  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 07:06:29 PM
App your design looks pretty good -- and your suggestion about putting it off until we do some other changes is a good one -- especially since I think the move to a cms is in order and that would be a good time to do it.  Right now i'm comfortable with where they are.

What you have on the site is a different type of social buttons than what I am proposing. The kind you have on the site right now are the kind that help people share the page they are on, on social networks.

The kind I am proposing, as a first step, are the kind that link to our pages on social networks, which encourages people to follow what we do more, bringing them back to the site again & again. It allows them to subscribe to us, since most people do not use RSS readers and do their subscribing by following sites on social networks. They can be added now, and it would be trivial work to do it...it's just an image that links to a page, no scripts needed.

If we are going to use the type we currently have at the bottom of the page, they would be best added to the most visited content on the main site, first, so people can spread the word about the software. And they need to be closer to that content to actually work. Way at the bottom of the page or at the bottom of the sidebar doesn't cut it. They should be at the upper right of the actual content of the page, in the same area, so visitors see them.

And since there is currently no room on most of those pages, without a slight redesign, and if there is plans on moving the main site to a CMS adding them now would be a waste of work, that was why I said to wait.

And JavaJones' comment about Discourse is something to think about, too.

If you are going to move the main site to a CMS, Discourse can be integrated into Wordpress. It's how SitePoint is currently publishing their articles on their main Wordpress based site, where every article automatically becomes a forum post, too, and integrating the replies on Discourse back as Wordpress comments to the articles on the main site.

You have a need for something like that with the various sections of the main site, and this would make things much easier in the long run, and make the forum content much more visible than the current DC blog, which doesn't integrate the discussion on the pages with the articles, which means visitors that land on those pages miss a lot of the action, here.

This is the original wp-discourse plugin: https://github.com/discourse/wp-discourse

And SitePoint's fork of it, with some extra added features & fixes: https://github.com/sitepoint/wp-discourse

You might need to do your own fork to add options for different behaviors for specific categories, like software pages, so that when someone wants to comment on an app, perhaps with a bug report or other issue, they get sent to the section for that app (if it has one), rather than the carbon copy of the app's content page on the forum.

4  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: scrolling window OUT OF MEMORY CRASH...EVERY TIME on: March 29, 2015, 11:48:45 AM
Believe it or not, this is a common problem I experienced with all other screen capture applications, and the primary reason why I gave SC a try.

And like all other screen capture applications, SC did have the same issue for me, in the beginning, but at least mouser was willing to work to find a solution (which he did), and I no longer have the out of memory problem in SC. Can't say the same about the rest of the developers of those other apps.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don Cheadle making Miles Ahead film on: March 29, 2015, 11:38:46 AM
From the topic, I thought for a minute there that he was making a film about YOUGrin
6  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 29, 2015, 11:19:56 AM
What is the purpose of sharing on other social media is my thought?  Is there a viable reason?  Or is it just because everyone is doing it?  If there's not a reason for it- and it's just to follow trends, then why do it?

I don't think we need social sharing buttons (at least not of this type), but we do need more social sharing to promote DC and grow.

We have a Facebook page that has very little reach.
We have a Twitter and G+ that is the same.

What we need is for DC members that use those services to follow, like, circle, etc.

But it's not enough to just do one click and be done, because that is ineffective for spreading DC and does not increase our reach. It's not social sharing.

What we need is retweets and liking/sharing posts, on an ongoing basis. If you are a DC member on these services, you are the best candidate to help spread DC to your friends and followers, there. That is social sharing and that is what we need.

I created the Twitter account and did a lot of work on the Facebook page to make it look good, for the purpose of introducing new people to our site and community...not for current members to keep up with DC, as most of you may have believed. Stephen and I can't do this all by ourselves. We need you to help by sharing with your friends, too.

So, all you current DC members that Liked our Faceook page, followed us on Twitter, circled us on G+, your job is only partly done. There is still more for you to do, and it doesn't involve adding buttons to this site, unless they are buttons that lead people to our pages on these services. And those would be best added to the highest traffic pages...the ones with the software that brings them here, or possibly at the top of the page, like this:

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BUT...if there is going to be any new site design or upgrading the forum, it would probably be best done at that time, to fit into the new site design, provided that will take place in the near future.

And that is what I believe should be our first serious social sharing step.

7  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 28, 2015, 11:21:18 PM
I don't mind these ones. Much better than that HUGE blue bar that suddenly showed up unexpectedly, while I was trying to reply to a post, covering part of the box.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Hosting with Bluehost for $3.50/mo + a free year of Learnable on: March 28, 2015, 10:41:45 PM
Oh, you mean these links?
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You didn't put any link on the forum:
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Yes, those links. And yes, I did post the link on the forum:

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You might want to turn off your ad blocker for a few minutes, for this one.  Wink
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 28, 2015, 10:22:53 PM
Ok tell you what, after the fundraiser when we are swimming in dosh, i'll print up a list of all 5,000+ posters and we'll get those 5000 post mugs (or shot glasses) sent out to all who havent gotten them yet.

Remember when I made the suggestion for the pocket sized, 2-sided, ceramic "Cody Coin" tokens? They would be perfect for this kind of award. All we need is 2 nice round images to have printed on it. One with Cody for one side, and an image for the type of award it is, for the other. Wink

http://www.zazzle.com/cre...r_chip-256822468050935917

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 09:42:48 PM
I'm totally qualified for that job~! °°hic°°°

Hell... I'm even Irish°°~! It°s in my DNA.°°°

I think he°s just a dirty poser! Gimme a bottle and I°ll prove it°!

I instantly thought of you when I saw this site.  cheesy

You should start a service doing this for desktop apps. It wouldn't cut into this guy's fun, at all, since he's only doing websites.
11  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Hosting with Bluehost for $3.50/mo + a free year of Learnable on: March 28, 2015, 07:46:09 PM
Both of these links are affiliate links:

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They both point here:

http://bluehost.com/track...page=/affiliate/learnable

(I really did not want to put the affiliate link on the forum, but you kind of forced me to do it. Sorry.  Sad)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: March 28, 2015, 04:51:50 AM
The User is Drunk

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Your website should be so simple, a drunk person could use it.
You can't test that. I'll do it for you.

WHAT: I'll get very drunk, and then review your website. I'll send you a document outlining where I thought the website needed help, and a screencast of me going over the website.

How's that for a job?
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Hosting with Bluehost for $3.50/mo + a free year of Learnable on: March 27, 2015, 07:46:13 PM
There is an affiliate link mentioning Learnable, that leads to a co-branded landing page, with mention of the free year of Learnable:

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14  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Hosting with Bluehost for $3.50/mo + a free year of Learnable on: March 27, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
If you sign up for hosting with Bluehost before June 30, 2015, through the special link on this page, you'll get hosting for $3.50 per month, plus Bluehost will send you a voucher good for 1 free year of Learnable.

http://www.sitepoint.com/...hanks-bluehost-learnable/


DISCLOSURE: I work for SitePoint/Learnable but they have not compensated nor encouraged me in any way, to make this post.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10th Anniversary - long time member check-in thread on: March 26, 2015, 12:07:38 AM
Whenever I have some weird software issue nobody else around me even understands, I know I can always post about it at DonationCoder!

That quote should be added to the front page!
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 25, 2015, 12:47:42 PM
I had a dream the other night, that I and the regular #donationcoder IRC denizens were trying to survive in a time that was right on the edge of falling into a 'Post-Apocalyptic' scenario ('Mid-Apocalyptic?').  All we had was a raft of canned goods and some rag-tag assemblies of various floating devices (pool toys, rubber rafts, a half-sunk plastic kayak, etc.) in which we tried to escape the chaos by floating down a river with our stuff.  I remember us yelling at each other a lot, usually to call attention to some floating thing that had a leak.   
huh

I can see it now.. the people on the raft.. we have water, but it's only tap water.. ok, we can get by.. we have food but it's only dog biscuits.. ok, we can get by.  Now the bad news.. No WiFi!!  Everyone jumps overboard.  smiley

Except mouser (who has been known to code with pen & paper, just for fun*). He jumps overboard when he discovers the paper is too soggy to write on.

*Ask mouser about his days at camp, with no computers, and what he and his friends did to keep themselves entertained.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Dreams thread... on: March 23, 2015, 08:42:42 PM
All of my flying dreams were nightmares of being chased and then escaping by unintentionally flying away, out of control, followed by falling, with me waking up at the moment of impact. This often alternated with the driving dreams that were quite similar, with an out of control car traveling at high speed and no brakes, that was difficult to steer and ended up going off the side of a bridge into water, with me trapped inside and unable to get out.

Dont know if it's true, but I've heard flying dreams are related to times of big change in life, or very stressful times - like growing up. Around ten years of age would fit that I guess?

Yes, very stressful times when I felt like I was not in control of my life or direction it was headed. And yes, 10 would be about the age where they came more frequently (coinciding with a traumatic event), but I can remember having the flying ones as young as 5, shortly after starting kindergarten and being exposed to one of the meanest, cruelest teachers I have ever had in my life. To this day, I am still paranoid about fire and being trapped in a burning building, because of something horrible she said to me (which led to reoccurring nightmares of a different sort). She enjoyed scaring the crap out of kids and making them cry. I am pretty sure I am not the only one she gave nightmares to.
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Microsoft Q&A: Azure Mobile Services on: March 22, 2015, 01:11:43 PM
Sitepoint will be hosting a live, 4 part Q&A on their forum:

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Team SitePoint is proud to announce we have 4 Microsoft Q&A sessions being hosted on this very forum. Each 30 minute session focuses on a specific aspect of Microsoft products, the first of which is this Tuesday, 24th March at 9am AEST (click here to find your timezone) on Azure Mobile Services.

Our first session will be facilitated by myself and all questions answered by Microsoft Evangelist Andrew Coates (linkedin | twitter | blog). Andrew Coates has been a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft for over ten years. During that time he’s focused on .Net development on the desktop, in the cloud, on the web and, most recently, on mobile devices. Andrew has a number of apps in various stores and generally has far too much fun doing his job to honestly be able to call it work.

 The four Microsoft Q&A sessions will take place on the following days:

  • Tue 24th March
  • Thu 26th March
  • Tue 31st March
  • Thu 2nd April




DISCLOSURE: I work for SitePoint, but they did not pay or encourage me to make this post.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 20, 2015, 04:43:19 AM
So, in order to get a free upgrade to Win10, you have to be willing NOT to do a clean install?

20  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: March 20, 2015, 04:17:47 AM
I asked for a special portable edition (no installer needed) which I still have. I could mirror/host/post it if needed.

Can you edit the first post in the thread to add the link? I don't want anyone to have a hard time finding it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 19, 2015, 03:18:02 AM
Yes, I installed this, and it's awesome!  Grin

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https://github.com/panicsteve/cloud-to-butt

And here is the results, on a serious, in-depth article on cloud computing. Try to read it with a straight face.  cheesy

https://dl.dropboxusercon...684853/frenfit/mybutt.png
22  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY PRE-RELEASE: Dedicated Windows client for Slack on: March 18, 2015, 10:23:50 PM
Where is the file? Slack just released an official Windows app, and yours is better. I can't promote yours if people can't download & try it.  Sad
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 09, 2015, 01:30:08 AM
I am time traveling!  Grin

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I have been waiting for this laptop to let me know what an appropriate name for it would be. Now I know. TARDIS!
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uTorrent has gone rogue on: March 08, 2015, 12:15:40 PM
I don't have a problem with a freeware app coming with a built in Bitcoin miner, provided the users are told about it up front and possibly offered a paid version without the miner, as another option.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leonard Nimoy, Dead at 83 on: March 08, 2015, 11:54:06 AM
While some have to do it, I think that many want to do it.  Or, their needs have inflated because of the money that they made in their prime, and now that they aren't, they trade on their heyday.

Twiddling your thumbs gets boring after awhile.

Some people can't sit still and need to always be doing something (like me). And it's reasonable to assume that it's the same with entertainers & athletes. Those that try to do something constructive with their free time, like photography, running a pet store or real estate agency are far better off than those that get themselves in trouble by filling their free time with things like partying, drugs, or booze.

Besides, all professional athletes know they are just 1 major injury away from ending their career. Some (the smart ones) actually make a Plan B to fall back on, just in case. (What's Bo Jackson doing these days?)
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