The New DCSki: Report Glitches/Bugs/Suggestions Here
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Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

Hi folks!

The new DCSki has been launched, and there's a lot of new code under the hood.  There are likely to be some bugs and glitches.  If you encounter functionality that seems broken, or notice any display issues, please report them here so I can investigate.  Feel free to ask questions as well.

- Scott

Laurel Hill Crazie - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 08/16/2004
1,795 posts

Scott, it looks great. Thanks for the years of dedication to the DCSki community. I've not found any bugs and perhaps it's too late to add features but a post review would be nice and maybe an autosave feature before the comment is posted to help idiots like me who navigate away from the site before I post that wordy comment I typed with 2 figures is lost. Thanks again. I know, say it with a subscription. I will and your new features article reminded me that you do ads differently than almost all internet sites. I've taken for granted how that alone makes DCKI an easy, comfortable place to be. 

snowsmith - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 03/15/2004
1,308 posts
Scott - great work! Thank you. 
Private messages - I am able to view the PM’s I received, but I could not find the responses I sent. 
Crush
2 months ago
Member since 03/21/2004
998 posts

This is OUTSTANDING!!! Love the design and it looks great and your responsive design on my phone is perfect! Wow!1603465928_ziovtwfyvkps.jpg

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Denis - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 07/12/2004
2,184 posts
Thank you Scott.  It works great.
JimK - DCSki Columnist
2 months ago
Member since 01/14/2004
2,670 posts
Looks good.  Just started to snoop around the new DCSKi a few minutes ago.  My login remained in auto-mode even after the switch! :-)
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Looks great!  So nice to be able to access DCSki on a phone, although most of the time I prefer my laptop.

The default approach to URLs is not what I'm used to.  Be simpler if a complete URL (starting with https: ) would default to being a hot link.  Note that I prefer being able to see the actual URL text most of the time.  Always a bit hesitant to click on a hidden link even when the highlighted text is an obvious title.  Plus I like to have some idea in advance what type of website the link is for, meaning a ski area, or a vendor, or a news outlet.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Having trouble uploading an image file.  Took a screen shot and tried both PNG and JPG.  The files were under 200KB.  The error message is "Error - unsupported file type.  Please only upload files in GIF, JPEG, or PNG formats."

Using Mac OS X 10.13.6 and Safari.  Yeah, I know I'm behind the times.  New laptop didn't happen in 2019.

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

marzNC wrote:

Having trouble uploading an image file.  Took a screen shot and tried both PNG and JPG.  The files were under 200KB.  The error message is "Error - unsupported file type.  Please only upload files in GIF, JPEG, or PNG formats."

Using Mac OS X 10.13.6 and Safari.  Yeah, I know I'm behind the times.  New laptop didn't happen in 2019.

If you're taking a screenshot on the Mac, you'll likely need to rename the file so it ends in ".png".  Although Mac OS X screenshots are in PNG format, Apple names the files like "Screen Shot 2020-10-24 at 12.25.40 PM" without the suffix, and DCSki checks for the suffix.  So just add ".png" to the end of the file (the Finder might ask if you really mean to, so confirm that you do), then try re-uploading and it should work.

Just did a quick test, and you might need to make sure the filename doesn't have spaces in it too.  So first change the name to something like "pic.png", then try to drag and drop it in.  That just worked for me:

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Testing.  I started with was a JPG file that had the default screenshot name.  That didn't work.  But renaming to "Indy contest" including a blank space did work.  I'll keep in mind that the extension makes a difference.

For screen shots that are over about 400K, I have a habit of using Preview to shrink them down to about a 200K JPG file.  For years, all I had at home was a slow DSL connection.  Even with most people having fast connections, I tend to avoid large image files when it really doesn't matter.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Another test for a screenshot file on a Mac.  In this case the original screenshot is over 1 MB because of the background so I was using Preview to Export to JPG and could easily rename it at the same time.

"Snowshoe 10.08.18 AM.jpg" as a picture filename didn't work.  Turns out It's the periods in the date that are confusing the issue. Changing to "Snowshoe 10AM.jpg" worked fine.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Is there a particular reason that Italics is not an option along with Bold and Underline?  I've gotten in the habit of using italics to make quoted material stand out.  Not traditional but works for me since I'm very visually oriented.

In the post about Powdr parking reservations that starts "The start dates for the Epic and Ikon reservation systems are coming up soon.  " I tried to using Indent In, but it didn't work.  Looked okay in the window while drafting the text, but didn't show up about posting.  So I used blue instead.

https://www.dcski.com/forum/99424

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

marzNC wrote:

Is there a particular reason that Italics is not an option along with Bold and Underline?  I've gotten in the habit of using italics to make quoted material stand out.  Not traditional but works for me since I'm very visually oriented.

In the post about Powdr parking reservations that starts "The start dates for the Epic and Ikon reservation systems are coming up soon.  " I tried to using Indent In, but it didn't work.  Looked okay in the window while drafting the text, but didn't show up about posting.  So I used blue instead.

https://www.dcski.com/forum/99424

 Hmm.  It looks like I had italics disabled.  I fixed it.  :)

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Scott wrote:

 Hmm.  It looks like I had italics disabled.  I fixed it.  :)

 Thanks!

Now for the next issue.  I tried to indent the quoted text.  It looks correct in the editor, but the indent doesn't show up in the actual post. ??

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

snowsmith wrote:

Scott - great work! Thank you. 
Private messages - I am able to view the PM’s I received, but I could not find the responses I sent. 

 I just implemented the ability to view Sent private messages.  When you visit your profile settings page, you'll see the number of messages you have sent.  Click the number to view them.

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Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

marzNC wrote:

Scott wrote:

 Hmm.  It looks like I had italics disabled.  I fixed it.  :)

 Thanks!

Now for the next issue.  I tried to indent the quoted text.  It looks correct in the editor, but the indent doesn't show up in the actual post. ??

I just dug into the indent issue and I think I see the problem.  (Caution: Nerdy web developer commentary follows.)  I base my WYSIWYG editor off of a JavaScript plug-in called Summernote, and it looks like it's applying an embedded style for indented paragraphs (setting a margin-left style on specific elements).  However, when displaying messages, I perform fairly aggressive sanitization that strips out a lot of "extra" stuff that could lead to cross-site scripting attacks, etc.  It looks like my sanitization is stripping out that embedded style, so that it loses the indentation.  I'll need to look at this in more detail to see if I can come up with a solution that allows this without compromising security.

Note that the sanitization is also likely going to strip out other format options Summernote provides (such as setting the color of text; essentially anything where it might be embedding in-line styles instead of using base HTML tags).

fosphenytoin - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/20/2017
132 posts
Suggestion for future enhancement:  When we receive a private msg notification in our email, it would be nice to display msg content in the email.  Reason: I can view the msg right the way to decide if I need to sign into DC Ski to give a reply, or I can wait to reply later.   Bottom line, one less click.  
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Scott wrote:

marzNC wrote:

Now for the next issue.  I tried to indent the quoted text.  It looks correct in the editor, but the indent doesn't show up in the actual post. ??

I just dug into the indent issue and I think I see the problem.  (Caution: Nerdy web developer commentary follows.)  I base my WYSIWYG editor off of a JavaScript plug-in called Summernote, and it looks like it's applying an embedded style for indented paragraphs (setting a margin-left style on specific elements).  However, when displaying messages, I perform fairly aggressive sanitization that strips out a lot of "extra" stuff that could lead to cross-site scripting attacks, etc.  It looks like my sanitization is stripping out that embedded style, so that it loses the indentation.  I'll need to look at this in more detail to see if I can come up with a solution that allows this without compromising security.

Note that the sanitization is also likely going to strip out other format options Summernote provides (such as setting the color of text; essentially anything where it might be embedding in-line styles instead of using base HTML tags).

 My guess is that no one else would miss Indent.  I actually rarely use it.  That's one reason I started using italics.  Learned long ago to depend stick with the most basic text formatting as possible for email.  I don't use color or an editor's bullets for that reason.

Every so often after a copy & paste I've ended up in the HTML window for a blog entry.  Ack!  So much extra stuff!  Sometimes I just re-type the short section of text I want to quote.

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

It's probably more gimmicky than useful, but for fun I just implemented a new feature on user profiles that shows a tag cloud of topics the user frequently posts about.  Just click on any user's name to see it.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago (edited 2 months ago)
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Scott wrote:

Note that the sanitization is also likely going to strip out other format options Summernote provides (such as setting the color of text; essentially anything where it might be embedding in-line styles instead of using base HTML tags).

 I'm all set now.  Realized that the Remove Font Style eraser icon on the formatting menu lets me see what the post will look like with everything stripped out.  That's actually quite useful in some cases.

I'm quite happy with basic black text with just Bold and Italics as formatting options.

Scott - DCSki Editor
2 months ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts

fosphenytoin wrote:

Suggestion for future enhancement:  When we receive a private msg notification in our email, it would be nice to display msg content in the email.  Reason: I can view the msg right the way to decide if I need to sign into DC Ski to give a reply, or I can wait to reply later.   Bottom line, one less click.  

I just enhanced DCSki so it shows the subject and body of the private message directly in the e-mail notification.  Let me know if you notice any issues!

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fosphenytoin - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago
Member since 12/20/2017
132 posts

Scott wrote:

I just enhanced DCSki so it shows the subject and body of the private message directly in the e-mail notification.  Let me know if you notice any issues!

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 Validated, no issue noticed thus far.  Thanks for the quick turn around. 

ZARDOG
2 months ago
Member since 10/25/2020
34 posts
Wunderbar :)  
marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago
Member since 12/10/2008
2,318 posts

Well, can't quite do what I want for links to news articles.  When I copy a headline and use that as a hot link, the text stays big.  Just posting a URL gets changed to text that only shows the source without any indication of the URL itself so it's really hard to tell where the link might end up.  If there is any problem with the link, would be very hard to know what to fix.

There are examples in the thread about Season in Doubt.

Scott - DCSki Editor
one month ago
Member since 10/10/1999
1,113 posts
Ugh, I just saw the dreaded "missing reply" bug re-appear when I tried replying to a post.  I was hoping that bug hadn't made its way to the new site.  It doesn't happen frequently, but if you post a message and don't see it, or it seems to "split" a thread into two separate threads, let me know.  In most cases your disappearing message will have made it to the database, and I can restore it and repair the thread.  Just have to figure out why the darned problem happens in the first place...
fosphenytoin - DCSki Supporter
5 days ago
Member since 12/20/2017
132 posts
Another suggestion: can you add post # on the thread?  If I want to refer to a particular post for a thread, I have no way of "referencing" it, I use screen shot as a workaround.  
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