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Old January 27, 2005, 07:22 AM   #1
tyme
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Suggested technical/content changes to TFL?

Anything from additions or changes to the library and links pages, to more outlandish requests like a TFL bittorrent tracker (which is not likely because it's not really relevant, and also because of ongoing legal issues with bittorrent trackers and because Derek tried it on THR and it went nowhere).

I'm curious what changes people would like to see, and particularly if several people have some of the same ideas.
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Old January 29, 2005, 05:48 PM   #2
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I would like to see thumbnails.

Where instead if just tacking an IMG, that can be huge and slow dialup users down, they could thumbnail it. If people want to see bigger pictures, they could click on the thumbnail.

It would work kind of like the attachments, except for web based pictures.



I hope you can understand that, I'm not even sure I do.
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Old January 29, 2005, 10:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, I understand, but that's a relatively complex php thing, and even then it wouldn't work as you imagine.

Since linked images never go through the TFL server, the php script would have to open a connection to the remote server (which stock vbulletin never does), download the image, figure out what the dimensions are, and use that to add height= and width= properties to the image tag.

But height= and width= don't actually change the downloaded image, so even though the image would be smaller, it would still take just as long to download.
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Old January 29, 2005, 10:27 PM   #4
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I would like to see a simple icon to click on to go to the next page in New Posts instead of needing to get the cursor onto the next page number.

e.g. I am on page 9 and instead of clicking on the tiny 10 to go to the next page, there would be a bigger 'Next Page' icon to hit.

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Old January 31, 2005, 01:33 PM   #5
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Create a voting class of threads...

1. The vote would last 30 days.
2. The results can be easily viewed by name and indication of vote.
3. The votes would be tallied.
4. Perhaps have a single line "notation" applied to each vote.

Example.

Vote on the most popular caliber
Vote on the most popular frame
vote on the most popular retailer
Vote on the most popular range
Vote on the most constructive politician
VOte on the most destructive politician

You get the idea, the current problem is that the threads that try to get a tally going...like todays "how many NRA mambers do we have" will be lost in the shuffle in a couple of days.

Just a thought.
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