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I have occasionally had this problem with Firefox as well, but it seems to be transient and having to do with maintenance on this editor.  If the worst comes to the worst, you can just insert the text of the URL in the post and this is recognized as a link.

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Also noticing this intermittently on Firefox. If you refresh the page you're on, I've found it usually works on the reload (with post data auto-restored).

Hopefully it will be fixed in the next board version, as it will improve the editor's performance:
 

Editor updates

  • Uses div-mode which is much faster and more reliable. Clicking into the editor is now pretty much instant.
  • Auto-linking and member mentions to use new APIs for better reliability
  • Quotes, code boxes, and spoilers can be dragged and moved and there is no more "red line"
  • When cmd/ctrl right-clicking: options to remove or break-out of quotes, edit links and edit image properties
  • Pasting asks if you want to convert to plain text
  • Totally new code plugin with syntax highlighting as you type
  • Option to make enter behave as a new line rather than with spacing
  • Editor is responsive, and ability to have small editor show in areas with less space
  • Member @mentions in posts can now be selected by tab key

 

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After a recent mention on the forums, I looked on the STEX Mods & Tools at the SC4DataNode v0.94 by rivit.  Clicking on the pink "Download this file" button brought the familiar multiple download popup, but this time with something unusual:

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There is a second mysterious file being offered for download in the *.ipb form.  I do not know what an IPB file is and I've never seen it before on the STEX...Google suggests IPB is a Perl script for the Apple iPhone and iOS apps.  Gobbledygook names on mysterious script files in our downloads raises red flags.  Alarmingly, a Google search for "ipb perl" brings up as top returns illicit guides for injecting IPB trojan exploits to hack into forums, particularly mentioning those using IP.Board forum software such as Simtropolis.

After trying other downloads in the STEX, I again spotted in the Mods & Tools another spooky IPB file piggybacking on the download popup for the DAMN Manager 1.3.1 by yild:

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Coincidently, these are not only in the same Mods & Tools section with the SC4DataNode tool, but they are also sequentially linked such that you can browse directly from one to the other in the STEX using the "Previous" and "Next File" buttons within each page.

These are older files that have been on the STEX through several upgrades and several attacks on Simtropolis...could they be something that was missed in the cleanup, or are they something new?  I suppose it could be something on my own system, and so I'll do all the usual scans, but I won't dare to actually download the files to see what they may be.  I see them both on Chrome and IE, when either logged in or logged out of Simtropolis, and even on my Android smartphone.  Does anyone else see these mystery downloads or recognize what they may be?

Hmmm, they've copied the filesizes of the ZIP downloads, and the one in the DAMN Manager ever borrowed parts of its name...am I being overly paranoid, and are these simply just alternative versions of the tools for, uh, Apple iPhone users?

 


  Edited by Odainsaker

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Damned good question.  I am at a loss as to why a PC gaming site should support anything related to phones other than browsing. What say the STEX moderators?

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I'm not sure if this is a bug or not, but one of my downloads for the Rural GLR is showing in the STEX as having only 1 star. When you open the page it's listed with a rating of 4.71 stars. This is quite irritating, as this mod had one negative review from someone who clearly didn't read the readme. Is there any chance someone could fix this for me please?

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@Odainsaker

Thanks for the report.

I've taken a look at the files you mentioned.

After checking (in a sandbox environment), I'm fairly certain these IBP files refer to a previous version of the upload.

When editing their files, authors have the option to upload a new version of the archive (e.g. zip, rar). On the editing page, there's also a checkbox which can preserve the previous versions. If so, these are able to be selected and downloaded separately, at the bottom of the description -- the dropdown named "See changelog". If you're familiar with Firefox, it works a bit like the versioning of addons on Mozilla's exchange.

The reason why they I believe they're a previous version is because of the file size.
For example:

With the SC4DataNode, the v0.93 file:  SC4DataNode v0.93 Installer.zip  (1,085kb)

This has a matching size to the IPB file named:  3c9ca70d42f66f43cff4b4a4f1a4957d-.ipb  (1,085kb)

Then after changing the *.ipb file extension to *.zip, the file opened normally, and confirmed the two are identical.


I suspect they're named IPB because IP.Board is our community suite. The software must store them in this format, so it knows it's a previous version. Not sure why it's still showing with this extension... maybe it wasn't migrated properly since the site update earlier in the year.

As for the strange file name, I'd say this is just a random hash to make it unique.

Rest assured, there's nothing harmful about this format -- the extension is really superficial. It just seems a minor inconvenience for these older versions of files. ;)

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@rsc204

Thanks, think I've fixed that (check page 3).

Looks like the actual rating wasn't being linked to the stars. Please let me know if you notice any others.


  Edited by Cyclone Boom

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Don't know if you already note it, but the buttons in the post composer have their images changed: link has a cogwhell, cite a centered paragraph, code a smiley, emoticon a link chain and so.

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Hi @matias93

The editor has been modified with changes in the update, mostly to improve performance.

First of all, have you tried clearing your browser's cache? I suspect there might be something clashing with the old format.

There's also a couple of missing buttons to restore (e.g. insert images, YouTube).

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When I look at my profile activity, it seems I gave 1/5 rating to Porkie Props trees and a map from 2004... It's quite weird because I didn't do that.

It also seems that a bot posted reviews on the same files at the same time as a Guest.

I also took a look to other accounts and they also seem to post reviews on old stuff for no apparent reason.

 

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Hmm, that's interesting.

It's also the same on my profile, where STEX reviews are listed as posted "20+ hours ago".


After checking, here's my initial thoughts:

In one of the previous site upgrade (a few months ago), ratings on STEX files were converted into reviews.

As you'll know in the past, ratings were set without the need for a comment -- like how it works now in Gallery albums. This was the case for thousands of ratings, which accumulated over time. The thing is, old ratings mustn't have been stored with a timestamp. So when converted into reviews, only the rating showed with an 'unknown date'.

Since this latest update, it seems these old ratings (now reviews) have been reindexed. This means the system has gone through and assigned them all a date, which was previously missing. For example, if you check the NAM, or a file with a large sample, most reviews show as being posted yesterday.

Think this might explain what's happened.

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Ok, it explains this then.

But I still don't understand why I gave 1/5 to two files. So maybe I did it a long time ago, but it seems quite stupid with hindsight.

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I can't access the Status Update page at the moment.  When I use the bookmark I have, it results in a Page Not Found error. The button to create a new statuses is still available in the "Create" menu up top. Is this a issue, or have status updates been removed?

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Clearing the cache definitely fixes a problem I was having.  I like the improved look.  Pink was definitely not my colour.  Also, has anyone noticed besides me that we now have automatic hyphenation?  Neat.

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You cannot upload image links (I use ImageShack) in the Cities: Skylines CJ section.  There is no longer an "image" icon in the taskbar.  If that is a feature of the last upgrade, it's game over for my CJ and likely the rest of the forum-based ones as well.  If it's a problem, could we have some more information, please.  I logged out of ST and logged back in to see if there was something at my end, but no luck.

Please, Obi-Wan (whoever the designated staffperson is to deal with this stuff), you're our only hope.

 

David

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2 hours ago, dedgren said:

You cannot upload image links (I use ImageShack) in the Cities: Skylines CJ section.  There is no longer an "image" icon in the taskbar.  If that is a feature of the last upgrade, it's game over for my CJ and likely the rest of the forum-based ones as well.  If it's a problem, could we have some more informatrion, please.  I logged out of ST and logged back in to see if there was something at my end, but no luck.

Please, Obi-Wan (whoever the designated staffperson is to deal with this stuff), you're our only hope.

 

David

Check the button 'Insert other media'. It has an option to add images via URL. I understand the image button would eventually return, but meanwhile, there's an option.

Random SC4 image for testing:

CiudaddelLago-17Oct29751420169342_zps969

Yes, it works

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SmilieCanada.gifWell, well.  The image box does seem to be absent at the moment.  But I was able to insert this smilie from my private site, so the "Insert other media" box works.

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I couldn't answer to topics at all some hours ago, so this works again.

One other thing: After I quote something and then start typing after getting the cursor out of the quote box, the text input is backwards. I can go out of the browser window and back in again, and then it works normally.

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We'll get onto restoring the insert image button, and also the one for YouTube videos.

I think these are both custom buttons which aren't in the default setup.

There's still a few other things to fix around the site. Please let us know if there's anything else missing / not working.

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7 hours ago, matias93 said:

Check the button 'Insert other media'. It has an option to add images via URL. I understand the image button would eventually return, but meanwhile, there's an option.

Random SC4 image for testing:

CiudaddelLago-17Oct29751420169342_zps969

Yes, it works

Hi Matias- Nope.  Doesn't work for me.  I either get a) a non functional full link in text; b) a non-functional truncated text link; c) a little tiny box that has 0x0 dimensions and cannot be edited; d) a repeat of my first image; or e) nothing.  I'm stymied.

 

David

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I'd like to suggest that the hyphenation algorithm is too tight.  I don't think you should hyphenate vicariously after only two letters.  This is some kind of European convention and it doesn't work well with English which really needs syllabification:  that is, the hyphenation occurs only at complete syllables.

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OK folks, it's time to step up.  The Cities: Skylines CJ section and, as best I know, the rest of the forums, have been broken for uploading more than one image for almost a week now.  Part of that time was maintenance, I know, and that's understandable.  But, as a result of that maintenance, the upload image" icon is now gone from the edit toolbar.  Using the "Insert other media" button will sometimes allow you to upload one image, as below, but subsequent images are either ignored when uploaded, or upload as 0x0 boxes that cannot be edited (see below), or as a non-functional truncated link.  Something is broken.  You know that.

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I just took a screenie of the above which I was able to post through [ Ctrl ] [ C ].  Go figure.

 

UPDATE- Nope.  The screenie, which was above this line, disappeared when I posted.  I will put it into ImageShack and post it in just a moment.  -de

Doing that as a workaround won't work, though, because it uses ST's bandwidth.  All my images have been on paid ImageShack for years, so all one of my posts here needs to do is process links.  That's not happening.

The Cities: Skylines CJ forum, if not on Death's door, was at least in the intensive care ward before this started.  90%+ of the CJs there are dead, most abandoned by the authors without explanation.  Often the only entries in those CJs were made by the author- commenting is down hugely from a decade ago, and that's on CJs done in the biggest thing that has come along since SC4.  How much longer do you think it will be before the remaining active authors, unable to post new content, simply call it a day and walk?

I've been involved in website administration long enough to know that some problems aren't solved with a snap of the fingers.  A couple of days, a couple of weeks even, might be needed to address something complicated.  That's not unreasonable.  What is unreasonable, though, is the complete absence of substantive communication from staff/management, if not out in the open at least by DM to those who are impacted, explaining in appropriate detail what is going on.  It's time to address that situation.  Please.

 

David


  Edited by dedgren

Wordsmithing/Update

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KK%20Dragon.jpg

JohnNewSig.gif

moose.gif

This little experiment shows that you cannot insert more than one separate image on a given line.  If the need is for a "mosaic" I guess it will have to be composed externally and inserted as a single image.

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One thing I've just found out is that the features slider does not move automatically and cannot be moved by the user. It is stuck on the first one feature. Also, of some weird reason, my latest CJ entry does not show up on the City Journals main list, but appears in the side bar.

Note here how the first three in the main page go back to BTT,  but mine is missing, however it appears in the sidebar.

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