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Mrs. Chip
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Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:01 am

Thanks pedant for these improvements!
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Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:15 pm

Yes, thank you and to all those who keep this forum moving forward. I’m grateful for this resource.
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Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:22 pm

the horizontal rule / horizontal line / section line bbcode, [hr], can be a dashed line now.

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[hr]

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[hr=dashed]

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debunix
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Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:45 pm

pedant wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:20 am
more improvements!

previously, when quoting a post with images, the images therein would be reproduced (as thumbnails) only if they were in an [img] tag.
unfortunately, images uploaded directly to teaforum as attachments were not reproduced when quoted.
now they are! but only for new quotes going forward.
Especially pleased to see this improvement, yay!
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Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:17 am

Now that we're running pretty smoothly, I'll put in a request for another feature that I LOVE from the WELL, a 30+ year old internet community, which helps keep my list (sort of like a feed?) manageable: the ability to 'forget' certain discussions, or even whole sections of the forum. This doesn't keep me from seeing them if I want to, but it would be like being able to see an 'unread posts' view without particular topics that may be very active, but not of interest to me at the time (e.g. if I didn't want to read about a particular tea vendor, or for sale items, or a type of tea that always gave me stomach trouble).

I thought about this a lot while traveling recently, and being irritated by how much scrolling I had to do on my phone screen to get to the topics that I want to keep up with even when on the road with limited screen time & screen size.
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Tue Oct 29, 2019 11:55 pm

debunix wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:17 am
'forget' certain discussions, or even whole sections of the forum.
i don't have time to write a phpBB extension for this (i.e. do it the 'right way') since i'm working on other features.
eventually, someone who is not me may write one. it's been requested by several people, so hopefully someone makes one. i just bumped the request.
but in the meantime, i can offer you kind of a hack.

if you install the adblocking extension called uBlock Origin (BEWARE! uBlock Origin is (and has always been) COMPLETELY UNRELATED to the web site ublock.org, so install ublock origin, not ublock), then you can add custom filters to do this. on desktop, ublock origin is available for all 'real' browsers like chrome and firefox. on mobile, YMMV. for example, it's available in android for firefox but not for chrome since chrome's mobile app doesn't support extensions/plugins.

with ublock origin installed, open up its dashboard (circled in green):

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next, head over to the My filters tab, and you can manually add entries for topics to ignore based on either their topic title or their forum title:

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here's the examples in the screenshot above so you can copy/paste:

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! by the way, lines beginning with '!' are ignored
! they're just used to add comments

! -- block specific topics --
! note that this is case-sensitive, and it will match on an incomplete topic title.
! for example, this will block 'What Oolong Are You Drinking' but not 'What OOLONG Are You Drinking'
teaforum.org##ul.topics > li.row:has(a.topictitle:has-text(What Oolong Are))
! if you want to make the matching case-insensitive, you can format it with `//i` with the title in between the slashes like this:
teaforum.org##ul.topics > li.row:has(a.topictitle:has-text(/what oolong are/i))
! (the 'i' at the end stands for case-insensitive)

! -- block all topics from a forum --
teaforum.org##ul.topics > li.row:has(a.topicforum:has-text(Fermented Tea))
3 examples there. first is ignoring a topic title (case sensitive). next is case-insensitive. and then 3rd example is ignoring topics from a forum.
to be clear, there's no need to reproduce any of those lines starting with !. they do nothing.

you can copy/paste those examples to block more topics.
for example, to block this topic, you only need to add this line to your filters:

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teaforum.org##ul.topics > li.row:has(a.topictitle:has-text(Site Feedback & Discussion))
to toggle blocking, you can just disable/enable ublock by clicking its large 'power button' in the first screen shot. it will change from blue to gray.
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Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:35 pm

Interesting option. I'll check it out.
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