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8th Jun 2018, 12:37 AM #81
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Was the laptop running, accessing the hard drive while you dropped it? If so, the chances might not be so good, unfortunately, but of course it's worth trying either way.

And I know hindsight is 20/20, so I apologize if I'm stating the obvious here, but hard drives are relatively fragile, so it's worth keeping backups. Even if it's just having an external harddrive on a shelf somewhere, and copying everything over every 2 months, that's a minimum effort solution that can still greatly minimize the potential damage of a hard drive failure. I'd pick up a usb 3.0 hard drive that doesn't use an external power supply.
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7th Jun 2018, 6:24 PM #82
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Chippewa Ghost:When is the donation system for Comic Fury coming back online?


not before the site recode is done

good news on that front (warning: boring code ramble incoming) is that i finished the webcomic viewer a few days ago, which is the biggest chunk of update that was still left (there's some more small stuff, but that will be much less troublesome to update), and it's the biggest chunk of update that will happen simultaneously. I'm just waiting on dreamhost now to set something up correctly (which apparently every time i ask them to do this same thing, requires at least 3 days and multiple false assurances that it's now working) so I can test it on the live server one final time, before swapping everything over.

So that's completely new code for the webcomic renderer (well, it "renders" it as HTML, just don't know a better word), the simple layout renderer, thousands of new lines of code being swapped active at once, scary stuff. But I tested it well and I think all bugs are ironed out now, if not I can always just swap back to the old renderer while I fix things.

The idea here is that things should look mostly exactly identical (I squished a couple bugs with the simple layout renderer), so the change shouldn't really be noticeable. But it enables me to work on lots of things i've been wanting to work on. And obviously a big thing that was sucking away dev time is now done, which is great for the same reason.

e: oh yeah, and under the new system, I set it up so that simple layouts are compiled to dragonslayer, which is then compiled to html, which is then saved to a html cache (tbh that's not even all the layers of cache in there, all the webcomic data gets cached as well). If that sounds like too many steps, keep in mind that the results are saved and only re-generated on changes. Also this means that simple layouts will soon finally be convertible to HTML layouts
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7th Jun 2018, 4:59 AM #83
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hey text, things will be great, probably
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7th Jun 2018, 12:07 AM #84
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Sort of unrelated, but don't feel guilty on my behalf if you want to use an ad blocker on CF, I use one myself. Honestly, I sometimes think about just pulling the voluntary ads completely.
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4th Jun 2018, 4:01 PM #85
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not this one
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4th Jun 2018, 3:03 PM #86
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pfft yeah right, name one good thing that's outside
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3rd Jun 2018, 8:16 PM #87
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yeah that definitely sounds like it's some sort of browser cache problem. I also just checked in chrome and it looks fine for me. Since you said you cleared your cache already, it may be some other website related data that you need to clear in your browser. I googled your problem and found this as a suggested solution, which really just tells you to clear your cache again, but these days browsers have like a million different varieties of that, so maybe it'll help?

Try clearing unrelated data as well. I've had problems in the past with browsers being fucky and then the solution being to clear something that sounds like it couldn't possibly be the problem (I wanna say my history? it was something dumb, but it wasn't the same problem)

Also since you did the usual steps, maybe this is redundant to suggest, but did you try rebooting your PC completely?
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31st May 2018, 8:48 PM #88
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except all of that is exaggerated, and users being greeted with a blank screen after filling out a bunch of forms isn't like a great user experience either.

Don't worry. I'm not going to plaster the site completely in javascript to the point where it just displays a blank page if you don't have it enabled. But sometimes javascript can be used to great benefit, and in fact, is already used in plenty of places around the site.
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31st May 2018, 7:27 PM #89
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you're talking about mass upload, right? It happens when the cumulative filesize is too big, and the server rejects your request (at least usually, of course it could be something else in specific cases) - there's nothing I can really do with how the page is set up right now, which is that it just uploads everything at once without doing any processing on the browser. The advantage is that it works on literally every browser, the disadvantage is... well there's a lot of disadvantages. As is evident.

It's on my list of things to fix, mass upload is one of like 5 pages in the management that hasn't been recoded yet, but once I get to that one, I'll opt for a javascript based solution that should be a lot less frustrating to use
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30th May 2018, 3:27 PM #90
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well, you can advertise with project wonderful, by embedding a banner in your webcomic, via putting a code they'll give you when creating an ad on their site in your layout HTML. It'll probably not return more than a few cents (anything people bid on it really, so it depends on how many views you get), but a few cents are still better than free bids
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30th May 2018, 3:06 PM #91
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you could toss a PW ad on your comic (if you don't mind doing that) and then spend the profits on ads. It probably won't generate much, though, but hey
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30th May 2018, 3:01 PM #92
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the nice thing about electric cars in that regard is also that it's a lot easier to update a few dozen power plants than a bajillion cars, lots of which have outdated technology (often by decades) both in terms of efficiency and pollutant filtering
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29th May 2018, 2:22 AM #93
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it's really important to pay attention to the fact that there isn't one creative commons license, there's a bunch of more specific licenses that are all creative commons licenses.

And what you are allowed/not allowed to do depends on that license. You may not be allowed to use it for commercial work, and (not 100% sure on this) some licenses may allow you to use the image, but not modify it.

So the first step is figuring out which specific CC license it is, and what rights that license grants you. The creative commons website is a good resource
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29th May 2018, 1:30 AM #94
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yes, all of what swamp just said is probably how I'll implement this. and just to be clear, obviously your block list will only affect your own account.
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28th May 2018, 11:29 PM #95
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JammyTheBirb:Blocking NSFW avatars as a group won't work. There are avatars with outright nudity that are supposedly not allowed, but are up anyway. People wouldn't flag their avatars.


Well, people never report them. I message the ones I see, but I'm not monitoring the front page all day and all night. Really people, I can't stress this enough, if you see something that makes you uncomfortable, report it. Even if it doesn't get removed, I want that feedback. Just send me a short lil' pm with a link to the comic profile

I get almost 0 PMs about comic avatars.


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And like, I don't mean to make it sound like I'm just trying to blame everyone else, but I just see all these vague complaints/references in this thread, people trying to be polite and not naming them (which is obviously the right thing to do when talking about this on the public forums), it would be really useful if you could just send me a PM as well, with the specific comic.

I don't want to make anyone feel bad about their work either, but it's really hard to be sure that I'm even on the same page about what people are talking about, when I never get anyone naming specific examples to me.

And especially if the comic in question updates during hours where I'm not browsing the front page, I might not have even seen it. Time zones are probably also a factor, I'm in europe, and a lot of people here are not.
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28th May 2018, 6:42 AM #96
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Yes, this is still a planned feature. I haven't touched the front page code yet, there's not that many things that need to get done before I do that, it's mostly one real big thing that's stalling it

If the avatars are explicit, it's still better to report them, though, by PMing me. Even if you're not sure if it's okay, you can just report it.
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27th May 2018, 2:36 AM #97
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Well send it on over


(and I feel like I should acknowledge that I've read your post xwindows, I'll look into what I can do about that)
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25th May 2018, 2:23 AM #98
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It's new in the text of the ToS, but the registration page also has it. When you agree to the ToS, CF now also saves a copy of them, as of the time of you agreeing (a requirement), so I figured it'd make sense to add it there as well.

I've been enforcing the rule since I've known that I pretty much had to (at least since the alternative is impractical for me)
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25th May 2018, 2:06 AM #99
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is it users when doing so
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25th May 2018, 2:01 AM #100
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to answer that question we must first answer the question "is it users?"
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