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Time of post is missing (at least in not logged-in session)
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by Anonymous Monk
on May 10, 2022 at 18:50

    As a reader who has not logged in, the time of post is missing from the view of;mode=root-and-node (got "Tough beans" message when the text was a link). That makes it hard to track which thread/post I should read next.

    And no, color gradient is not helpful in my case.

    Please show the age of post again.

Warning: PerlMonksFlair now links to a porn site
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by kcott
on Apr 27, 2022 at 17:17

    See " : get your perlmonks flair!" for more about PerlMonksFlair.

    I had a link to this on my home node:

    <p>[id://1049026|PerlMonks Badge]: [ +t.jpg]</p>

    Overnight, ++Cristoforo advised me: "Someone linked your `perlmonksflair` link to a porn site!". I immediately removed that paragraph. I'm reasonably certain that I've seen similar links (e.g.<monk_name>.jpg) on other monks' home nodes; they may also exist on non-PM webpages including, potentially, $work websites.

    It looks like the author, gideondsouza, was maintaining this up to, and including, 31-Jul-2017; that is also the last time he visited PerlMonks. I suspect ownership of the domain expired and was bought by another party (just guessing, though).

    I'll add a link to this post on " : get your perlmonks flair!"; however, given the length and popularity of that thread, my addition may not be particularly prominent. Perhaps gods, janitors, or other cabal members with appropriate permissions, might consider adding a large, bold warning to the top of the OP.

    — Ken

Is "Tidings: What's New at PerlMonks" Obsolete?
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by kcott
on Apr 23, 2022 at 02:13

    G'day All,

    Just to be absolutely clear, this is about "Tidings".

    The first paragraph of that node begins with:

    "Your site maintainers are constantly improving the appearance and functions of PerlMonks to make your experience here the best it can be. To find out what has changed recently, or since the last time you logged in, peruse the headlines below."

    Unfortunately, while "constantly improving the appearance and functions of PerlMonks" is certainly true, reporting such via Tidings is not.

    I make a point of checking this node every time I log in (that probably averages more than once a day). I rarely see any updates; the last was 16-Jul-21.

    I don't wish to single out any particular changes, but it seems many occur without notification in this node. Purely for example, the recent "User Profile Element: CPAN author ID" would seem like a prime example to be notified in Tidings.

    I've been a registered user for well over a decade; as such, I'm familiar with some for the foibles of this site. For newer users, or less frequent visitors, this may appear as stagnation. Let's avoid that by either using Tidings regularly or retiring it to the monastic archives.

    Discussion appreciated.

    — Ken

Is this OK?
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by jwkrahn
on Apr 09, 2022 at 18:56

    Is it OK to post some Perl code I found on the web and critique/make fun of it, or should I just post it on ?

User Profile Element: CPAN author ID
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by jdporter
on Apr 04, 2022 at 14:38

    We have just added a new field to the user profile: CPAN author ID. You can put your PAUSE author ID in this field. When someone views your profile, they will see it and it will be a link to the corresponding page on metacpan.

    Do you like this? It can be removed if it is unpopular.


    I have turned off users' ability to set this value themselves.
    The field itself is still supported, and you can see it displayed on certain monks' homenodes.
    If you would like to have your CPAN ID on your homenode, please just /msg gods with your request. Thanks!

    Update 2:

    As a convenience, I have added the CPAN IDs to user profiles based on the info provided in this CPAN api (about 30 monks) and in this MetaCPAN api (about 185 monks). Interestingly, there was almost no intersection between those two sets of data.

    I reckon we are the only monastery ever to have a dungeon staffed with 16,000 zombies.
Random Perl Pair Programming
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by InfiniteSilence
on Apr 01, 2022 at 16:30

    I'm watching Mark Gardner and Gabor Zabo doing some pair programming and wondered if there could be a facility here at PerlMonks to initiate the same thing?

    I think it would be like the equivalent of a private chat ... someone is online and you can see what project they would like to code in this fashion. Since you could see their ranking on Perlmonks you could get a feel right away if this might not be a great idea maybe?

    Celebrate Intellectual Diversity

Problem: Side effects of editing a post and going back and forth in navigation history
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by LanX
on Mar 25, 2022 at 10:51

    I recently did an edit of a post and afterwards did not only mysterious duplicates appear but also was the newest version of the node replaced by an older edit.

    I was able to reproduce the problem by going back and forth in browser history and seeing reloads happening:


    I can't tell which phases forced a reload, but I could easily tell that they sometimes happened, because I occasionally saw a very new CB chat while navigating back.

    Could this be related to different server configs?

    Maybe my test was flawed, but I wanted to document it anyway.

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

Color for Error Messages
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by LanX
on Mar 18, 2022 at 09:24
    Today we had again a case of a monk complaining that he couldn't post.

    Turned out that he used only one word in the title and overlooked the black and bold error-message in between other bold labels. (Which I can understand)

    <strong>Title must be more than one word!</strong>

    One possible solution for you all is to adjust Display Settings with

    strong { background-color: white; color: red; }

    This should stand out with all color themes and there are only 14 nodes using <strong> tags, most of which are pretty obscure.

    Of course it might be better to add an error_msg class to the CSS, but I learned to humbly make small steps. :)

    Cheers Rolf
    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language :)
    Wikisyntax for the Monastery

CUFP not included in Best Nodes?
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by 1nickt
on Feb 22, 2022 at 15:02

    Title says it all. Is this by design?

    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
The Highest Rated Node of All Time
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Jan 21, 2022 at 23:40
Demotions of monks
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by syphilis
on Jan 05, 2022 at 00:46

    When and why were BrowserUk, Corion and ikegami demoted from Pope to Patriarch ?
    I don't see any discussion about this drastic action ... though I guess it's possible that I'm simply looking in the wrong places.

    Just curious.

Content deleted from beautyfulman's old posts
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by eyepopslikeamosquito
on Jan 02, 2022 at 19:23
Created Node Lost
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by kcott
on Dec 25, 2021 at 13:33

    G'day all and Merry Yuletide.

    I just posted a reply to "[OT] Merry Christmas and gift of love": it appears to have disappeared from the system.

    I ran it through "preview" a few times — no major changes; just a few typo fixes and such like — without any problems. I then hit "create".

    Now, "[OT] Merry Christmas and gift of love" shows no replies, my listed posts from my home node do not show it; it's not in Newest Nodes, RAT or Meditations; even the front page shows it has no replies.

    I managed to save a copy of the origin text: recreation is not a problem. There's obviously some underlying problem — that may be very minor — investigation would be appreciated.

    Please advise on appropriate action: just repost or await fix. Thanks.

    — Ken

Site outage
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by Co-Rion
on Dec 08, 2021 at 16:35

    We had an intermittent outage, but now the site is back up.

    The outage was caused by an upgrade to the MySQL client libraries, which made them not want to talk to the server anymore. The error code was ERROR 2027 (HY000): Malformed packet. The solution is described on StackOverflow.

    The resolution was to upgrade the DB password on the server to a new algorithm, which was a fix done in three minutes.

    The hard parts were getting home, looking through all the logs, and finding the error :)

Invalid ID in reply notification
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by kcott
on Dec 05, 2021 at 23:31

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