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  • #9872

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Just a little thread to keep you updated with any developments of the slightest interest re: the blog.

  • #11053

    Tim
    Keymaster

    The front page now has an “Articles from the archive” section, which gives you three random articles from our back-catalogue of 240-odd articles. Commenting is still open on old articles, so do feel free to chip in on something old even if there hasn’t been any discussion on it for years.

  • #11191

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Just a question about server performance – when you post a comment or something on the forums, would you say the site responded quickly or slowly? (Or, of course, somewhere in between the two)

  • #11193

    Annette A
    Participant

    When I’m posting from somewhere with a decent broadband speed (ie at work) it’s pretty fast, I’d say. It takes a while when I’m at home, due to the pathetic phone network BT have saddled us with in our village, and a lack of will on the part of virgin or anyone else to cable us. So I’d say the servers themselves were pretty good.

  • #11195

    Hairy Gnome
    Participant

    I would say the servers were a little on the slow side, but not so bad that it poses a problem even for someone with such a low tolerance of slow sites as me.

  • #11207

    Anonymous

    I do find the site slightly slower to render than some others. Not really problematically so, but I have noticed that there’s a noticable delay on domain lookup, even before the page renders, and a slightly slow load while things gradually get themselves hidden/visible and all in the right places (I’ve always assumed this is the javascript/ajax loading in combined with jquery waiting for pageload to complete before executing)
    </geek>

  • #11208

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @mike – see if you think the site’s a bit quicker since 27-09-10 – it’s now moved to a new server and it’s a touch quicker I think. I might also move the mySQL database to a new server too…!

  • #11209

    Stephen
    Participant

    Site is much quicker since the 27th for me :)

  • #11210

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Good good good!

  • #11378

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Latest developments:
    – BuddyPress updated to latest version, you now see icons in the activity stream. Woo!
    – Right hand navigation tidied up with a “quick links” box at the top with links to the main parts of the site.
    – Facebook box on right hand size made less irritating and nice logos with links to other social media guff put in
    – Sticky welcome post on front page

  • #11417

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Eagle-eyed readers will notice the sticky welcome post on front page has a sub-title – this week it’s “laughing to hide the tears”. I fancy I might change it from time to time, so if you’d like to suggest a sub-title let me know here!

  • #11453

    Alison
    Keymaster

    @tim I love the “Articles from the archives” bit on the right hand nav. There’s stuff in there I’d forgotten I’d written!

  • #11458

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @alison – I know! As at today’s date we have 256 articles – and there’s some really good stuff in the archives. Even though I say so myself! :-D

  • #11698

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Minor update – posts now have the date at the top instead of the time. A two minute fix for something that’s really been annoying me for months!

  • #12019

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Site updates:

    1) the much neglected “Resources” section has been tidied up and prettified. http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/resources
    2) the top menu has been tidied, removing the “Groups” and “Members” tabs which were never used
    3) A new page for posting up Excel templates for blood glucose logging – http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/resources/logging-templates/

  • #12021

    lizz
    Participant

    Aha, I was wondering where all the tabs had gone. I find when I’ve logged to the ‘forums’ page, often the time of the last posting is say 59 seconds ago or something, but if I go to that posting in fact it was 20 minutes or 2 hours.

    I have found the site less easy to use than others, which make sense very quickly.

  • #12022

    lizz
    Participant

    PLUS for instance, I just posted that comment above, and after posting I was still on the first page, and my comment was here, on the second page. That is very illogical.

  • #12024

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @lizz – the time thing being wonky is a “feature” (or “bug” as we like to call them) in Buddypress, so there’s not much I can do about it I’m afraid.

    I agree – I think the Forums and Activity features aren’t entirely user-friendly; but I’m stuck with Buddypress as it was, frankly, the best of a bad lot which fitted my criteria for blog / forum integration. There is better forum software out there (older readers will recall the forums used to be completely separate from the blog and were accessed through a sub-domain and which used some different forum software) , but it just doesn’t mesh so well with the blog. I guess we just have to take the rough with the smooth.

  • #12025

    Stephen
    Participant

    Hey @tim – how do I navigate to my scary article from the Resources section? Can’t find it! :)

    PS – CGM one will be written on Monday.

  • #12049

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Blog updates:

    1) mySQL database moved to a new server, so hopefully better performance and fewer crappy timeouts!

  • #12050

    Anonymous

    Good work @tim
    Just to bug ya.. Need to short your blog description out for us using mobile like devices. I know, I know you could not give a rats ***, but we live in hope.. Emailed you a screenshot.

  • #12051

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Done and done Mike!

  • #12054

    Anonymous

    Good and good! :-) ” iPad say’s hi **wave** “

  • #12056

    Tim
    Keymaster

    You haven’t got an iPad have you Mike? You didn’t mention that in our last 300 emails at all ;-)

  • #12063

    Stephen
    Participant

    @tim – what you done to the theme? It’s hideous!

  • #12064

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @stephen – he he! Thanks! What specifically don’t you like? I only updated the header…

  • #12065

    Stephen
    Participant

    You’re welcome :)

    Personal opinion : don’t like the gradient – just seems to darken the whole page.
    Professional opinion : blue text on grey background (subtitle) is not a combination I would use on a web site Blue text is dodgy due to poor reception by the eye anyway (especially my knackered ones!) but when used on grey it’s not terribly readable.

    In my humble opinion …….

  • #12066

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Didn’t you get the memo about not being allowed to express personal opinions on here? :-)

    There was a dark gradient there before (black at the top to navy blue below), so this one’s actually a bit lighter. TBH, I’m not really that keen on the look and feel of any of the site, but I don’t have the mad design skillz to improve it that much.

    If you fancy re-doing the banner yourself to something you would like to see, then it needs to be 1250×125 pixels in size and the font is “London Between” which you can get from dafont.com. :-D

  • #12067

    Stephen
    Participant

    The memo was in blue text so I couldn’t read it :P I wonder if the green used on the “Reply Posted” and other notifications would work ….. I’ve got some serious astronomy to do tonight but if I get 10 minutes I’ll see if anything springs to mind :)

  • #12068

    Anonymous

    Open it up to the floor, perhaps a little competition and mini poll/vote to decide which one?

    Just a thought?

  • #12069

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Vote? Poll? Common consent? All sounds dangerously communist to me.

    All I want is for a talented designer to come forward and offer to redo the entire for free. I do realise the prospects of this happening in reality are very slim.

  • #12070

    Annette A
    Participant

    The blue subtitle is almost invisible on my screen, as the hue is too close to the grey.
    (I’m a born critic, I know :-) )

  • #12072

    Anonymous

    Ooh, I’d love to offer to help if only I was a talented web designer. In my opinion the banner that mentions rotting toes (nice) should be in orange (i.e. the same orange that shows times since recent activity) or white. It would stand out a lot better, unless you don’t want it to stand out :o)

  • #12073

    Anonymous

    And by banner I mean the text in the banner that mentions the toes thing, not the whole banner! :o)

  • #12075

    lizz
    Participant

    OMG never noticed the rotting toes! I may have stayed away if I had!

  • #12077

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @claire – I kind of wanted the sub-title to be more subtle than the main title. It is, after all, a sub-title. I might play around with it a touch more as it does all look a little goth.
    @lizz – the sub-title is designed to put off anyone without a sense of humour. :-D

  • #12081

    Alison
    Keymaster

    As co-writer of this thing I suppose I should care about all of this but I’m afraid my anorak is in the wash so I won’t be able to join the pixel/banner/theme/colourblind/ipad geekfest. If I was to summon up every ounce of effort and force myself to have an opinion, I’d say that I like the new banner thing less than the old one but I’d struggle to say why.

  • #12082

    Stephen
    Participant

    @alison, did you miss the revolution? Geeks are no longer anorak wearing losers! I present to you Geek 1.0 (yes I admit I stole the image for my avatar) vs Geek 2.0 (and yes I am that cool!)

    http://zoice.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/geek2_0.gif

  • #12083

    Tim
    Keymaster

    It’s not that bad a new banner, damn you all!

    I wanted to use a new and more distinct font – which we could also use on the forthcoming video blog titles. So I redid the header and the colours too while I was at it. (As an aside, I’m really into fonts now, having read “Just My Type” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-My-Type-About-Fonts/dp/1846683017) – a book all about fonts – over Christmas).

  • #12084

    Alison
    Keymaster

    @stephen Loser is a bit strong. I’d have settled for the fact that you’re all a bit special. The husband is a fully fledged geek so I am experienced in these matters. I know you no longer have real anoraks, but I’m convinced you all have virtual anoraks that you put on at times like this. I’ve seen it happen too many times ;-)

  • #12085

    lizz
    Participant

    It’s a slippery slope into geekdom when you start bandying around phrases like ‘I read a book about fonts over Christmas’. And think that a remark such as ‘I’m really into fonts now’ can pass as an aside.

    Although, actually, I have to admit… I LOVE browsing font sites. I often download something special for the weekend. Or a particular project. In fact I have a regular weekly update by email of new, spectacular, bright, crazy, cool or smoooooooth fonts.

    Just off to put my bedtime anorak on.

  • #12086

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @lizz – well, I would highly recommend said book above ^^ it’s quite an entertaining read. Especially the bit about the infamous antics of Mr Gill Sans.

  • #12087

    Annette A
    Participant

    I hate the Gill Sans font. (It has bad memories for me). I must get hold of this book, it sounds interesting…(Being a geek just means you know more about the subject in question (fonts? Banners?) than the person calling you a geek :-) .)

  • #12095

    Stephen
    Participant

    Hmm @tim – does the Facebook Connect not persist your logged in state? I hate having to log in each time I go to a site :)

  • #12097

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @stephen – I’ve no idea – evidently not. You can still use your old Shoot Up log in if it doesn’t do what you want.

  • #12164

    Annette A
    Participant

    @stephen has found a minor glitch in my logging sheet (cheers Stephen!) – It only affects the graph of the bolusing on the 8th day. I’ve sent a new version to @tim to upload, (for those who know how to use excel quite well it’s straight forward to correct, for those who dont, just use the new version when it arrives :-) )
    (If anyone finds any other problems, let me know – I tried to find all of the them (its mainly to do with where the graphs are taking their data from), but there’s always one that sneaks through…)

  • #12165

    Tim
    Keymaster

    New version uploaded and the old link should now grab the new file!

  • #12227

    Hairy Gnome
    Participant

    @tim – is there any possibility you can allow editing of one’s own posts on the main blog? Not essential I know, but despite my best proof reading efforts the occasional typo slips through, it’s embarrassing! :)

  • #12228

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @teloz – you should be able to as you have “Contributor” rights – I’ll drop you an email.

  • #12363

    Tim
    Keymaster

    This is only a test after an upgrade – remain calm!

  • #12431

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’ve just re-jigged the links page to make it more user-friendly and actually slightly useful:

    http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/resources/useful-websites/

    I will have missed approximately 16.9 million useful websites, so could you reply here or drop me an email with the ones I’ve neglected to list please? Ta!

  • #12434

    Dave
    Participant

    All good. Can I add http://www.bdec-e-learning.com/ that I was directed towards by @alison for a quick carb counting guide? Just completed the course and whilst I’m sure it’s nowhere near as good as the the full-on DAFNE it’s a start.

    Also for the manufacturers I’d add http://www.accu-chek.co.uk/gb/ as I like their meters and you can quickly ask online for replacement batteries and books etc – just don’t expect them to be too quick in delivery.

  • #12436

    Anonymous

    I would second the BDEC course, good intro to carb counting.. Also something complete away from Diabetes – http://theoatmeal.com/ We all need a larf from time to time. :)

  • #12440

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Thanks chaps – duly added!

  • #12454

    Tim
    Keymaster

    In other news, I was looking through the stats today and loads of our traffic comes from search engine searches for terms like “king charles spaniel, king charles cavalier, cavalier king charles spaniel” and “Woof!” (http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/2010/07/woof/) is one of our most popular articles.

    More people come to Shoot Up by searching for dogs than diabetes. This is so depressing I don’t even know where to begin! :-D

  • #12621

    Annette A
    Participant

    Any chance of adding another converter to the RHS – one that covers the change from % to mmol (or whatever the new version is actually in) for HbA1Cs?

  • #12622

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Next you’ll be wanting the moon on a stick! I’ll have a look…

  • #12623

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Do you know if there’s an easy formula to convert one to the other?

  • #12624

    Annette A
    Participant

    Is it sugar free? If so, I’d like 2 please :-)

  • #12625

    Annette A
    Participant

    Oh, yes there is. I have seen it, I’ll go hunt.

  • #12626

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Wikipedia says IFCC-HbA1c (mmol/mol) = [DCCT-HbA1c (%) – 2.15] × 10.929

    Hmmm….

  • #12627

    Annette A
    Participant

    Voila:
    (old value HbA1c (%) – 2.15) x 10.929 = new value in mmol/mol.

  • #12629

    Annette A
    Participant

    Mine came from Diabetes UK, so for once you can believe Wikipedia!

  • #12630

    Annette A
    Participant

    Why do square brackets (and contents) disappear when looked at in the Activities tab?

  • #12631

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Square brackets and what not get stripped out to (probably) prevent insertion of rogue code! I’ve got a new box down at the bottom right with a converter. Amusingly it gives the wrong answer.

  • #12632

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’ve taken it off and given up! If anyone is better at me at basic Javascript functions (!) then could they drop me an email please? :-)

  • #12633

    Alison
    Keymaster

    That would be handy. My head is currently in the sand about the HbA1c changes – after using the old way for practically my entire life, I feel like a pensioner who’s suddenly been told they have to measure things in centimeters and kilograms!

  • #12917

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Blog latest: just a small technical tweak so that member profile pages don’t get indexed on search engines. This should protect you from stalkers and Internet wierdos. There are more than enough already on Shoot Up ;-b

  • #12918

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Blog latest: another minor tweak – the section with the user pictures on right hand side now displays the top twelve contributors in terms of comments on blog posts in the last 30 days (excluding me and Alison). It used to display the last 15 logged-in users. Thought it might make a change.

  • #12919

    Alison
    Keymaster

    Ah, I sense someone trying to start some competition!

  • #12920

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Indeed! Sadly it doesn’t count forum posts – which is a bit of pain, but hey hum!

  • #12922

    Cecile
    Participant

    @tim: Thanks to your site’s apartheid policy, my suppressed horde of limericks have no voting power…tut, tut, tut 🙄

    Oh, and while your hands are all greasy with tweaking, can’t you enable users to specify their therapies (pump,pens,pills) in their profiles?

  • #12923

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Thank heavens for that – there’s 320-odd posts in that thread now!

    In terms of greasy hands, your wish is my command – I’ve added a “About you & your diabetes” text box to the profiles, so you can fill in a bit more detail. You can edit your profile by clicking on your name in the top right corner > Profile tab > Edit profile > Fill in new box.

    Don’t say I’m not kind to you!

  • #12924

    Annette A
    Participant

    You’re not kind to @ckoei …Oh sorry, you said don’t…

  • #12925

    Cecile
    Participant

    @annette: 😆 (this, along with @lizz‘s McTit, will bless me with a jolly smirk ’til doomsday)

  • #12926

    Tim
    Keymaster

    :-(

  • #12941

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Changed it back to the old style thingy as I preferred it.

  • #12960

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’ve added an “Off topic” section to the forums – for discussion of things non-diabetic, for example what I’m planning to read on my holidays. We’ll see if anyone uses it and will maintain / delete it as required!

  • #13027

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Upgraded blog to latest major release of BuddyPress – which might give us some new features to play with. Chief amongst these is the ability to use the search box in the top right to search the forums *and* blogs posts from the same place. Hurrah!

    Updated the theme to latest theme – will fix the header soon.

  • #13039

    Annette A
    Participant

    But I’ve lost the little link ‘View’ which allowed me to jump straight to the post, rather than the start of the thread. Can we have it back? Or has it moved somewhere I cant see it?

  • #13040

    Cecile
    Participant

    Click the time-link to view&see…

  • #13041

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @ckoei – cool! I hadn’t noticed that!

  • #13042

    Annette A
    Participant

    Hey! Cheers @ckoei – it didnt even look like a link anymore.

  • #13043

    Cecile
    Participant

    I’m just relieved this is Shoot up – if it had been Twitter, a blind poking at meaningless symbols would’ve caused friends, favourites & retweets (phew!)

  • #13047

    Tim
    Keymaster

    If anyone cares, we’ve just turned down yet another offer for advertising on the site. Aside from the stripykat advert on the bottom right, we’ve always had a strict no advertising policy. Even ads from reputable pharma companies. This is because I hate blogs covered in ads and I presume you do too.

    If you’re interested, Alison and I share the hosting costs for the site between us. They’re pretty modest and so we’re not prevented from running our second yachts, etc.

  • #13215

    Tim
    Keymaster

    More updates on the site – a new look (which is pretty similar to the old look, but just tweaked a bit). There’s also a new front page – which is designed to allow quick access to everything that’s on the site – both the forums and the blog in one place. Hopefully you’ll hate it and yearn for the old format again.

  • #13277

    Tim
    Keymaster

    More updates on the site – a new look (which is pretty similar to the old look, but just tweaked a bit). There’s also a new front page – which is designed to allow quick access to everything that’s on the site – both the forums and the blog in one place. Hopefully you’ll hate it and yearn for the old format again.

  • #13281

    Annette A
    Participant

    Don’t like the font… :-)

  • #13283

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Interestingly enough the one at the top in one of Google’s web fonts that’s generated on the fly. Technology and all that!

  • #13284

    Annette A
    Participant

    It is easier to use/see on a mobile device now though (that’s an android smartphone, not a fruit based product, although I’m sure it still applies…)

  • #13285

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Is it? I’ve had another user on Twitter saying it’s worse to look at on a mobile device! I haven’t actually looked at it on mine – that would imply some sort of design process, rather than just making it up on the fly

  • #13301

    Cecile
    Participant

    My cheapskate non-fruit chops the front page category headers in half…and gives Shoot Up an athletic flavour :)

  • #13309

    Cecile
    Participant

    The home page’s “Recent sitewide activity” takes about half a day to update (though you do get it clicking the “Activity” tab at the top).

  • #13310

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @ckoei – that’s a feature not a bug – the feeds on the front page are cached to save them having to be reloaded every time someone visits – thus saving wear and tear on the server.

    I guessed that most people come and have a look at the site at most once a day or so or every couple of days, so it should give most people an overview of what’s going on. The activity tab is – as always – the place for your latest Shoot Up fix!

  • #13314

    Cecile
    Participant

    @tim: Pah! You should change “Recent” to “Past”, then… ;-)

  • #13316

    Anonymous

    Well I like the new look!
    Its rather tastefully done in various shades of grey and I like how if you hover the curser over our avatars our name comes up. (Little things please little minds). I also have to agree that apart from the blatant advertising its free from picture noise….. less is more!

    Well done Tim and Alison.

  • #13317

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Thanks @Mustard – I wanted it to be easy on the eye. I hate forums that have too much going on – especially forums that allow signatures at the bottom of every post – awful, just awful!

    The blatant advertising is a very important part of the site – I think everyone should do their Christmas shopping over at stripykat.com – the Kindle cases are selling like hot cakes! :-D

  • #13368

    Anonymous

    @tim

    Anyword on how the mobile side of the site goes?
    I’ve gone from it being rather cluttered to just getting a blank page when I click on forums (the blogs page works though)

    Is this payback for complaining?

  • #13369

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @furrypaul – damned right, next complaint and you’re banned from the site! ;-)

    Nah, I haven’t looked at it yet, but it’s working its way up the list.

  • #13455

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @furrypaul – I’ve tweaked the site and it should now display better on a mobile device. Can you let me know if it doesn’t? :-)

  • #13554

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @furrypaul – I’ve tweaked the site and it should now display better on a mobile device. Can you let me know if it doesn’t? :-)

  • #13616

    Tim
    Keymaster

    If anyone cares, Shoot Up is now on a new hosting platform. You shouldn’t really notice any difference – aside from, hopefully, a slight speed increase.

  • #13621

    Anonymous

    Whatever happened with the transfer at Lunch its sorted my phone out!
    I can see the site again in a readable form, don’t press any more buttons on the server & I’ll do the same with my phone!

  • #13634

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @furrypaul – I fixed that about a week ago! But yesterday I also had to remove the compression doubry*, which might effect how you see the site too if you were using an older browser.

    *”doubry” being a technical term

  • #13636

    Anonymous

    The update last week let me access the site on the phone again but this ones actually made it so I can use it.

    I’d been meaning to drop you a line to let you know but I’m more often on phone than by a pc.

  • #13638

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Ahhh – that’ll definitely be the compression thing then…

  • #13639

    Tim
    Keymaster

    In other news, I’m working on tweaking the front page so that it updates more quickly. You have to wait a day or so for the latest posts, etc., to appear, which isn’t ideal. If any readers are experts on incorporating feeds into WordPress pages, then please do get in touch :-)

  • #13650

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Front page now tweaked – should update recent activity, news posts and so on instantly. If it looks a bit weird then it might be you’re caching the old CSS file – it’ll sort itself out soon enough

  • #13739

    Tim
    Keymaster

    There’s a new front page – I would like to say this was a planned change. However, a plugin update destroyed my old front page and *cough* I didn’t have a backup because I’m an idiot. So a new page was rapidly rebuilt from scratch. D’oh!

  • #13842

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Right – I’m planning to put in some actual and real time and effort into ironing out some of the bugs and crappy “features” on the blog and forums. So if there is anything – in terms of features – you would like to see on the blog or anything that particularly annoys you then let me know by adding to this thread.

    I will try and solve the more realistic and sensible issues!

  • #13880

    lizz
    Participant

    Realistic and sensible? What could be more realistic and sensible than a free chocolate bar dispensed every time you log in?

  • #13881

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @lizz – sounds good to me; I’ll see what I can do.

  • #13882

    Annette A
    Participant

    Sugar free (or not affecting bg), I hope, but tasting like proper chocolate. Please.
    (I can imagine a desktop having a dispenser drawer, but what about laptops? And smartphones, well now that would be a challenge) ;-)

  • #13883

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I was going to dispense “diabetic” chocolate bars. Tasty but they will result in a mild side-effect of uncontrollable diarrhoea. Sound okay?

  • #13884

    Annette A
    Participant

    Tasty in what way? They’re horrible.

  • #13885

    Tim
    Keymaster

    So you’re worried more about the taste than the uncontrollable diarrhoea?

  • #13886

    Annette A
    Participant

    My experience is that I have to eat an awful lot of it before any effects show themselves. (I’m ‘lucky’ in that respect.) And as its not so nice, I never get to that point :-)

  • #13887

    lizz
    Participant

    Oh! Don’t you find that chocolate is quite good at not raising the blood sugar quickly as it has fat in? I never eat the nasty stuff. And, like Annette, have never suffered even if I do…

  • #13890

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I was going to specially commission chocolate bars that caused uncontrollable diarrhoea.

  • #13891

    lizz
    Participant

    Well, I guess that’ll be a good slimming Aid. you could advertise in all those slimming magazines and down the right-hand side of Facebook. Have Diabetes? The little tip that makes Drs hate you – join Shootup the blog to find out how to shed ponds and die laughing!

  • #13893

    Anonymous

    @tim so that would be XXXXLax ?

    The main time that diabetes made me lose weight was before I knew I had it. Stuck in hospital after diagnosis the NHS idea on how to fatten me up was to feed me three diabetic meals each meal time.

    Thats not treatment – it’s torture !

  • #13895

    Tim
    Keymaster

    You poor thing @ladyupnorth – did you need counselling for such torture?

  • #13916

    Tim
    Keymaster

    There’s been an astonishing rise in the amount of spam submissions to the blog; so I’ve added a bunch more anti-spam defences. If everything works as planned, human uses won’t notice any difference but if you find anything doesn’t work or you get automatically banned (!) then drop me an email.

  • #13956

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Oh, if anyone cares we’re currently re-designing the site to make it better. At this stage it’s not wildly different but essentially is intended to have a more distinctive look and feel and a front page that actually looks nice and works! Anyway, watch this space.

  • #13957

    Dave
    Participant

    Shall I prepare my “it’s not working on mobile devices” email? ;-)

  • #13958

    Anonymous

    No that “its all broken & I hate you for doing that” email, tweet & forum post is my job, can’t think why @tim doesn’t give me his phone number ;-)

    But…

    Why do all the forum avatars have blue circles on them now (or at least that’s what it looks like on my phone!)

  • #13959

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @seasiderdave – I’ve been checking the new version of the site on a mobile device as I go along, so it will work. At least it will work on my Samsung phone that I’ve tested it on and that’s all that counts to me!

  • #13960

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @furrypaul – he he he! I’ve spent a surprising number of hours on the new site making sure all the code is done properly, rather than hacked together as I go along. So it should a) all work and b) continue to work when plugins are updated, etc., etc.

    The blue circles appear all over the place as I changed the CSS file to display a blue circle graphic wherever there was a HTML bullet code. This was to make the headlines on the front page look nice. However, HTML bullet codes appear *all over* the site in all sorts of weird places – hence the graphic appear where it shouldn’t. This is one of the many things that is sorted out on the new look site.

  • #13961

    Tim
    Keymaster

    By the way, don’t get too hyped up about the new look site – it’s not that different, just tidied up.

  • #13962

    Anonymous

    Oooh I shall ready my flood of “I preferred the old look” posts. Taking my inspiration from all those that I so enjoyed reading when DUK had the affrontery to update their visual identity without asking for a signed approval slip from every single Diabetic in the UK

  • #13963

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Ha ha ha! As the Ts&Cs say “Shoot Up is not a democracy”; so much like North Korean leaders we will simply impose our will with the new look and feel!

    I was just looking at the earliest copy of the site on archive.org:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20090424124758/http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/

    I think we should have the “What’s hot and not in diabetes” column from the original site back!

  • #13964

    lizz
    Participant

    Ooh, looking forward to the new look. I shall expect to like it. And am also dusting off the affronted comment section in my collection.

  • #13965

    Anonymous

    @tim I like the 2009 site style, it works perfectly on my phone too!

    New fangled CSS stuff, I may start using the internet archive as a proxy. ;-)

  • #13966

    Dave
    Participant

    I concur 2009-style rocks. Where’s the online petition? What’s the hashtag? Let’s get it, erm, “trending” < -- is that the right term? It’ll be better on dial-up too as it’s smaller. (I wish I could type the sound of a modem)

  • #14103

    Tim
    Keymaster

    The observant might notice the site looks slightly different; this is a mere, minor tidy up. The big design change is still in the pipeline. Oooh, exciting!

  • #14022

    Tim
    Keymaster

    The observant might notice the site looks slightly different; this is a mere, minor tidy up. The big design change is still in the pipeline. Oooh, exciting!

  • #14108

    Anonymous

    @tim

    Bloomin marvelous, the site looks great & is displaying properly on my phone for the first time in ages!

    Don’t touch anything!

  • #14027

    Anonymous

    @tim

    Bloomin marvelous, the site looks great & is displaying properly on my phone for the first time in ages!

    Don’t touch anything!

  • #14110

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Hmm, we’re planning lots more look and feel changes. They will be good, but what I could do is let you have a look at the beta versions on your phone to see if they work. I’ll email you when we’re closer to a finished design. How about that for a slice of fried gold?

  • #14029

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Hmm, we’re planning lots more look and feel changes. They will be good, but what I could do is let you have a look at the beta versions on your phone to see if they work. I’ll email you when we’re closer to a finished design. How about that for a slice of fried gold?

  • #14111

    Annette A
    Participant

    What have you done? I try to find the most recent posts, and I can only see 5 of them?

  • #14030

    Annette A
    Participant

    What have you done? I try to find the most recent posts, and I can only see 5 of them?

  • #14112

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @annette – you should see the latest five posts at the top of the left hand side but if you click on “Blog” on the menu at the top you get to see everything.

    Oh, or do you mean on the “Activity” tab? If so, that’s broken – I just need to fix it – oops. [Edit] Now all fixed!

  • #14031

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @annette – you should see the latest five posts at the top of the left hand side but if you click on “Blog” on the menu at the top you get to see everything.

    Oh, or do you mean on the “Activity” tab? If so, that’s broken – I just need to fix it – oops. [Edit] Now all fixed!

  • #14136

    Tim
    Keymaster

    The blog seems to be a little flaky at the minute – the database wot runs it keeps getting corrupted. I’ve repaired most stuff but if something behaves oddly then do drop me an email and I’ll do my best to fix it!

  • #14055

    Tim
    Keymaster

    The blog seems to be a little flaky at the minute – the database wot runs it keeps getting corrupted. I’ve repaired most stuff but if something behaves oddly then do drop me an email and I’ll do my best to fix it!

  • #14290

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’ve had to install yet more defences against spam – we were getting loads of spammy sign ups – which while said users can’t post comments it does rather clog up the database. Anti spam plugins can sometimes effect real people so if you have any problems email me at tim@[the site’s domain].

  • #14335

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’m back from my holidays if anyone is wondering why there’s a sudden flurry of posts from me. You probably hadn’t even noticed I was gone *sniff*

  • #14371

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Update: yet more anti-spam defences put in place. Let me know if you have any problems logging in / viewing the site (though if you’ve got problems viewing the site then you won’t be able to read this…)

  • #15426

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Shoot Up is now hosted on a new webserver. Hopefully it’ll speed up site performance; if anything appears broken drop me an email and I’ll fix it.

  • #15430

    Tim
    Keymaster

    For once, it appears that a major update to Shoot Up has worked without any surprises, mysterious crashes or catastrophic loss of data. Perhaps a first for Shoot Up!

  • #15477

    Tim
    Keymaster

    That’s the site updated with a new theme and more emphasis given to the forums and that sort of thing. Enjoy!

  • #15714

    Anonymous

    Um. This may be intentional – but it’s odd at least. When I open the main page (this here, there: http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/ without any subpages) I get a few random posts displayed. Which is occasionally confusing, when something “brand new 2009” pops up. It makes for interesting reading, but I sort of liked the chronological order.

    Edit: Also .. refreshing the page gives me new random posts. I’m not sure that means it’s me being especially weird or “that’s how it was planned”.

  • #15759

    Tim
    Keymaster

    I’ve just smartened up the site a little – let me know if anything’s broken

  • #15791

    Dave
    Participant

    God bless Google Chrome.
    This page is saved in my favourites http://www.shootuporputup.co.uk/activity/

    Appears now not to show recent activity. Shall I delete the link or any chance of it being resurrected as I always used it as a cheats way to see if anything new had been put on the various different pages?

  • #15792

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I turned that function off as it was getting spammed to hell. But now I’ve put some new anti-spam stuff on, I might turn it on again. Gimme five minutes!

  • #15806

    Tim
    Keymaster

    If you find anything usual with your user account – it posts as “anonymous” rather than your name and suchlike – then do let me know and I’ll fix your account.

  • #15875

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Software update – you can now use emojis on the blog and forums 😀 Please don’t.

  • #15802

    Tim
    Keymaster

    And the activity stream is working again after deleting several thousand spam accounts and over 10,000 spam activity comments! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep on top of the spam now.

    I’ve added a handy link in the top menu. Whoo hoo!

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