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    • CommentAuthorDavid_Corfield
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010

    I've set up a blog at wordpress while ongoing problems with commenting at the cafe continue. It's here.

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    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010

    The Café is running on really really bad software. Why don't you just archive a bunch of stuff and start from scratch?

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    • CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010
    This comment is invalid XML; displaying source. <p><a href="http://www.math.ntnu.no/~stacey/Vanilla/nForum/comments.php?DiscussionID=28&page=1">The Unthinkable</a></p>
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    • CommentAuthorMike Shulman
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010

    The Cafe was actually running on really great software in many ways. Going to Wordpress is definitely a step backwards, especially in terms of the presentation of math, but we have no choice at the moment because of the current mysterious validation bugs that Jacques can't figure out how to fix.

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    • CommentAuthorUrs
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010

    I hope we can go back once the problem is fixed.

    But I also think it is important to have a workaround to keep the discussions going. Otherwise people will tend to stop participating and not come back.

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    • CommentAuthorTobyBartels
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    Yes, I love the old blog software in many ways. Conceivably, it's possible to make WordPress do all of that, but I don't think so (particularly the math support).

    Good luck fixing it, Jacuqes!

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    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    I think that the validation step on the old forum was a complete waste of time. There should be a way for plaintext coments to be placed without validation. That is, until a dollar sign tag appears, the submit post button is enabled without previewing.

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    • CommentAuthorJohn Baez
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    I'm a pretty busy guy but I'm not too worried about the extra second spent on that validation step. In fact, if I were that worried about wasting time, I wouldn't have posted this comment.
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    • CommentAuthorMike Shulman
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    Harry, couldn't you just regard the extra few seconds of validation as another convenient way to procrastinate doing your homework? (-:O

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    • CommentAuthorTobyBartels
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    I don't mind the validation when it's a few seconds; I only mind when it's a few minutes. (^_^)

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    • CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    Patience \propto Age?? :)

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    • CommentAuthorDavidRoberts
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010
    Imagine the time when a webpage took thirty seconds or more to load, and minutes if it was picture-heavy! How did we survive? ;)
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    • CommentAuthorEric
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    No kidding :)

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    • CommentAuthorTobyBartels
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    I instructed Netscape to not download images by default. It was the only way to surf.

    I still usually surf with Javascript off, although that's not as important as it used to be.

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    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010

    @Toby: No love for lynx?