Posted by The_Elves



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T19 Mobile View (headlines and comment information)

Kendall's Introduction to Acts can be found here - the final video will be available on Sunday January 6th
See below for important information and tips about blog registration and finding older entries that have scrolled off the main page. After the Christmas - New Year's break we elves will be working with the blog tech folks to solve some of the recent technical issues.

T19 has been having some technical issues of late, including problems with spambots overwhelming our member registration database, and also problems with blog instability due to extreme server load caused by the blog at times. Our technical folks are looking into these things and we're trying to resolve them. Apologies that it's been a slow process.

In the meantime for those having problems logging in to your account, or wanting to register, please write the "elves" (volunteer blog admin assistants who work behind the scenes to help Kendall) at t19elves (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In order to reduce the server strain, the blog settings were recently changed to limit the entries on the front page of the blog to the 25 most recent entries. To view older entries, it is best to use either the monthly archives links on the right hand side of the blog, or use the T19 mobile interface.


We wish all our readers a Happy New Year, and appreciate your patience as we try to continue to resolve these issues. -- the elves.

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Posted December 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

This post is sticky - look for new entries below. [Updated November 16]

We have had to totally overhaul our blog membership rolls to clean out thousands of spam bot registrations. Some members' registrations may have been affected in that process and normal member registration is temporarily closed while we sort out the details.

UPDATE: As of Nov. 16 we are still working to put new member registration procedures in place. It may be another 2 days. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate readers' patience. In the meantime if you would like to register, please email us at T19elves [at] yahoo [dot] com and we will be glad to give you more details about how we can create a temporary registration for you.

Click on the read more link below for more details as to what is happening with T19 blog memberships.

Readers may have noticed sometimes T19 features adverts for designer handbags and educational courses in the comments. Recently we have been receiving a number of membership applications from spambots, well quite a lot of them. Unfortunately T19 had to take some drastic action now to prevent more serious problems in the future:

NEW MEMBERSHIP PROCEDURES
Our registration procedures are being overhauled which will now require more human input from applicants and for us to manually complete registration. It will not be possible to register as a new member for a few days while this is being put in place and we will update this post with more information as the system is reconfigured.

EXISTING MEMBERS
We have had to review the membership rolls to exclude the bots. In doing so it is possible that collaterally some real accounts have been affected. Please check your account by signing in as usual with your individual password and check that your membership is still active. We hope that this has not happened to anybody, but if it has, it may be necessary to re-register when the new procedures above are in place. In a few cases the account may now be 'pending' - so email us to reactivate it. We would also like to hear from anyone who is having problems or needs help so feel free to email us [with your screen name so we can identify your account] at T19elves [at] yahoo [dot] com

Hopefully this will improve the T19 experience for the future. Many thanks and sorry for any inconvenience - The Elves

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Posted November 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Given all of Greg's hard work in switching the blog to a new server, it seems only fair that this lazy elf who helps with some of the tech and admin tasks here at T19 get busy and do some much much needed and long-neglected work on the T19 sidebar to update links and make finding things around the blog somewhat easier.

We plan to devote a few hours a day today - Sunday to being available to update broken links and make a few other needed changes. We welcome suggestions as to what needs fixing or improving, particularly if there's still anything that needs to be updated following the server move. Leave a comment or send us an e-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Posted March 13, 2009 at 12:28 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Greg Griffith

If you're reading this, you're seeing T19 on our new server.

Took about an hour longer than I had anticipated, but all in all things went pretty smoothly. Thanks to everyone for their patience.

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Posted March 6, 2009 at 10:49 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

As we're sure many of our readers have noticed, we've had some issues with the timestamps of posts and comments being incorrect over the past week both here at TitusOneNine as have our friends and colleagues at StandFirm, with whom we share a server. Some comment threads have gotten quite confusing because the comment numbers and sequence have been unstable, with "replies" sometimes winding up above the comment which prompted the reply!

While our fearless tech leader is working on finding the cause and solution, we suggest you read this comment which I left on a thread earlier today. It offers suggestions on how to help minimize confusion in the comment threads should the sequence get jumbled (i.e. how to link to the comment to which you are replying).

Also, it gives you the link to the place in your account page where you can verify that your timezone and daylight savings time setting (if applicable) are correct.

Hope this is helpful. If questions persist, feel free to e-mail us at: T19elves@yahoo.com.

--elfgirl

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Posted April 7, 2008 at 9:42 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The great value of Titus One Nine to all of us, including this slightly to the left of center Episcopalian, has been the inclusion of all the "news fit to print" (and leaving out some which isn't) regarding the current challenges in the Episcopal Church. You have had the good grace to allow your readers to interpret that information as their intellect determined, until recently. In the days before the HOB meeting and subsequent to it there has been an increasing tendency to parenthetically comment on or reinterpret the input from various sources with whom you are not in explicit agreement. My belief is that this diminishes, not adds to, the value of the information. Many of your sources are unquestionably intellectually capable of making an interpretation of the current situation and the product of their efforts is their interpretation. Adding your editorial comment that they are in error in that interpretation is not terribly helpful as i t does not change their interpretation and they do have a right to that interpretation. It is no more right or wrong, inherently, than your own. So my advice is to go back to reporting the information and quit kibitzing.

But it is your blog and you are doing us all a considerable service by maintaining it, so thanks for that.

I would genuinely appreciate blog readers feedback on this, thanks--KSH.


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Posted September 30, 2007 at 7:53 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Ok, all of you T19 fans out there HAD to know this was coming!! grin We're a bit slow on the draw, but yes, we've now created a blog category for the Sept07 HoB meeting. Here's the link.

So with one click now you can get all the latest news from New Orleans.

Don't forget, we also have an Anglican / Episcopal RSS feed.



Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalEpiscopal Church (TEC)TEC BishopsSept07 HoB Meeting* AdminBlog Tips & Features

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Posted September 20, 2007 at 3:11 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Should page loading be slow for some readers given the heavy site traffic, try this:

To see the headlines at a glance, and the number of comments per post, go here:
http://kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/mobile/

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Posted September 20, 2007 at 1:51 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Update (Friday evening):

1. As to the problem of text disappearing to the left after a blockquote when viewing the "recent comments" page using Internet Explorer, I think this problem is now solved. Please report any continuing problems you find, if any, being sure to note what web browser you are using.

2. I thought I had solved the right overflow problem (i.e. when there's a very long link in the comment, which messes up the right margin). But my "fix" to hide the overflow, just created new problems. I've gone back to the original settings, which means if there is a long link, it will still cause the comment text to overlap the right menu bar.

The EASIEST "fix" is for commenters to avoid posting long links. If you've got a long link, please either use Tinyurl.com or learn how to format your link so that instead of pasting a long url http://www.abcdefghijkl.... etc., it will instead point to the link like: alphabet

Hi all.
We've not bombarded you all with too much admin stuff of late after a month or more of lots of admin messages when the new blog was launched in late May.

A few housekeeping details.

1. First the request: In general, if you're contacting us with a story idea or a technical question or problem, PLEASE e-mail us rather than using the "Private Message" feature to contact us. Our address, as always: T19elves@yahoo.com


We welcome private messages on other topics, but e-mail works best if/when we want to forward something to Kendall or our other elf helpers. Thanks.

2. A question: It's been awhile since we've raised the question of any bugs that need fixing or any features you'd like to see. Or opened the floor for questions and problems. What's on your mind? How can we help? A few folks have been e-mailing us about unwanted e-mail from T19/Stand Firm. We can help with that. We are also always available to help tackle registration / login problems. Let us know in the comments or by e-mail how we can help.

3. Finally: we hope within a week to make some progress again on adding more links, Anglican and non-Anglican to the sidebar. Kendall's travels which left us in charge fro two weeks in July, and our own overwhelming workload of late have meant that any blog formatting changes or adding features or links had to be put on hold. But we'd like to get back to that as soon as we can. We've saved all the links readers have already sent in as suggestions. But we always welcome other suggestions!

Feel free to use this as an open thread to give us your gripes, your questions, your suggestions.... Especially for newer readers / members who may not have had a chance to weigh in on these questions in May, we'd love to hear from you.

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Posted August 3, 2007 at 5:54 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

To avoid cluttering the sidebar, we've decided not to display recent comments there. Instead, we've created a page where you can view the most recent comments to keep up with which articles are generating discussion. Here's the link: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/comments/

Although there is no search feature (yet? maybe we can add one, eventually) on this page, for the meantime, you can use the "find on this page" feature of your browser (look under the Edit menu in Internet Explorer or Firefox) and thus find comments containing certain text, or comments by a certain user.

We're really pleased with how this has turned out. Let us know how it works for you all and any suggestions for making it even more useful. We will see if we can add search capacity within a few days. We're also wondering if we might be able to add a calendar feature to facilitate displaying all comments for a given date. We would be glad to have you all brainstorm with us and suggest ideas. Some of the best features we've been able to design so far have been the direct result of reader requests and ideas.

P.S. Don't forget, you can also use the Advanced Search feature to see which blog entries have the most recent comments.

As an example:
1. enter "the" (without the quotes) in the keyword section
2. choose search in "Titles, Entries, and Comments"
3. Select TitusOneNine in the weblog box
4. On the right in the "Sort Results By" box, select Most Recent Comments

(You could also specify a date range if you liked, or a specific category, such as Anglican - Episcopal)



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Posted June 20, 2007 at 4:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

For those of you who have mentioned that when you first get on the T19 homepage it is not correctly displaying whether you are currently logged in, thanks to Greg G., we figured out the problem. Make sure you are using this bookmark for TitusOneNine: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19 (i.e. with the full www and also the /t19).

At one point we were publicizing the link as http://kendallharmon.net That link works and will get you to the site, but the above link is better and will enable the blog to properly display your login status whenever you visit the blog.

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Posted June 18, 2007 at 7:16 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

We've added a handful of new Anglican links added to sidebar. We'll add non-Anglican links in a few days. Feel free to keep recommendations coming. A list of the new links added follows below.

We've added the following links to the Anglican Blog section of the sidebar. Note that we've made a separate section for international Anglican bloggers and that at least for now, we are not categorizing those bloggers as reasserters or reappraisers.

US: Reasserters

Adiaphora
http://adiaphora.curzons.cc/

All Too Common:
http://all2common.classicalanglican.net/

Northwest Anglican
http://northwestanglican.blogspot.com/

Quo Vadis
http://adamantius.net/


US: Reappraisers

Fr. Gawain ("John Wilkins")
http://stbartswp.dioceseny.org/saltyvicar


And to the list of overseas Anglican blogs:

Anglicans All, from New Zealand:
http://www.duomo.ac.nz/acnz/

Anselmic's place (a T19 reader and Anglican vicar in the Philippines)
http://anselmic.wordpress.com/

David Ould (didn't realize he still had a blog. Glad he wrote us)
http://www.davidould.net/

Dave Walker (Cartoon Church)
http://www.cartoonchurch.com/

Do let us know of Anglican blogs we've missed. Kendall makes the final call on these and there are some blogs he is choosing not to promote. But we'd love to know about blogs we may have overlooked. So, if there is a blog you read which you don't see, please let us know.

Filed under: * AdminBlog Tips & Features* Resources & LinksResources: blogs / websites

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Posted June 13, 2007 at 7:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

We've set up an RSS Feed for all blog entries classified under the Anglican / Episcopal category. Here's the link you can use to subscribe:
http://kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/rss2.0_Anglican

We can set up other category-specific RSS feeds (or Atom feeds). Let us know if there's interest.

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Posted June 12, 2007 at 10:32 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Two new ways to view the blog, especially for those using mobile phones or hand-held devices.

Headlines only: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/mobile/
Print-Friendly text: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/print/

Here are two other possibilities for viewing T19:

A "Mobile" Template for those who want to see the latest headlines (with links to full stories) and comment totals at a glance with no text or sidebar.
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/mobile/

And the Print-Friendly view we linked yesterday. (Note this link is now in the sidebar under Blog Tips & Info). The text of the entries from the main page without the sidebar.
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/print/

The mobile template especially still may be rough. Comments and critiques welcome.

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Posted June 12, 2007 at 6:27 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

We expect it will be a much quieter week in terms of blog information from us elves. One important question remains: making sure the blog is readable for hand-held users. If you read T19 via handheld (Blackberry, etc.) please read the following and chime in with your comments.

This elf has a busy week ahead for her "real" job, and doesn't expect to fiddle too much with TitusOneNine design or features for a few days. We've still got a number of things on our ToDo list, but nothing to our knowledge that urgently affects blog design and readability or features for most readers using laptops or desktops.

We have, however, received several comments from handheld users that the current design is not working well for handheld access. Before we make any major changes, it would help us to ask some questions of those who read the blog via handheld device:

1) Please describe whatever difficulties you are currently having. What we are hearing at the moment is that there is too much text and that perhaps we should reduce the number of entries on the main page. (Currently set to 50 entries. On the old blog it was usually set at 20).

2) Does using the calendar to view a day's entries solve your problem? Usually there will be no more than 20 entries per day on a given date, so using the calendar would be similar to the amount of text that used to appear per page on the old blog.

Try viewing all the entries for June 10 and let us know how that works.
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/06/10/

3) We've also heard that the sidebar may be a problem for handheld users, since it displays first and it is a lot of info to scroll through. The "Print-Friendly" format we've set up may help as it will display articles without the sidebar. Please try the links below and let us know if they work for you.

To view all the articles on the main page in print-friendly format WITHOUT comments: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/print/

(Currently the print-friendly WITH comments format does not work for viewing more than one article at a time. We can try to work on that.)

NOTE: You can also view a single day's entries in print-friendly format without the sidebar by inserting the word "print" in the daily archive link between "t19" and the given date. Example:

The normal daily archive view for June 11 uses this link: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/06/11/
The link for the Print Friendly view for June 11:
kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/print/2007/06/11/

(note: we've removed the intial http://www. in the link above so it would display the rest of the link properly with bolding of the word "print")

Please try out these options and let us know if they make reading the blog via handheld easier. If there are still problems, we'll be glad to try something different.

Note: We've now added a link in the "printer-friendly" view that makes it easy to get to the comments for each article so those reading all entries in print-friendly mode can leave a comment on articles of interest. Let us know if this works ok. Obviously the print-friendly view was originally designed for printing, not for commenting, and so it doesn't have a lot of blog-navigation links.

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Posted June 11, 2007 at 9:11 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

A reader yesterday asked for printer-friendly versions of articles. We've set it up.

Sometimes there really are benefits to letting the elves know your ideas for improving Titusonenine. Yesterday a reader mentioned the trouble he was having printing articles (all the sidebar info was taking up pages, etc.). So, we've set up a printer friendly format to view articles. Now in the gray bar at the bottom of every article with the post time and comment information, you'll see two links:
-- Printer Friendly
-- Print w Comments

Printer Friendly will take you to a view of the full article so you can print it without lots of extra blog information. Print with Comments will take you to the article and its comments.

Note, you can also access both of these links from WITHIN the article view. If you have clicked on the title of an article, or on the comments link, you will see the printer-friendly links in the gray bar that shows the comment total.

Hopefully articles will print cleanly. If we have to make changes to formatting (margins?) please let us know. We're glad to try and help, so do continue to let us know what features you would find helpful. Sometimes we can actually figure out how to do them.

Don't forget, you can always find all of the recent admin posts about blog features by clicking on the blog features category.

FYI: Generally we will make "Blog Tips" posts "sticky " (meaning they stay at the top of the page, even when newer articles are posted) for one day, and then they will revert to their normal chronological place. We expect the volume of admin info / blog tips posts will taper off very sharply within a few days. So those of you who are getting sick of such verbosity from the elves, just a bit more patience, then we'll go back to our evil comment moderating role!


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Posted June 7, 2007 at 5:49 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Let us know how things look for you (ease of readability, especially of the sidebar) and what browser you are using. Thanks. Feedback would be most helpful at this point. Also, we've got a question about individual article display.

We discovered last night that what looked great (at least to us) in Firefox (particularly in terms of sidebar design and layout) was an utter disaster in Internet Explorer. We've now hopefully removed all the font formatting that was causing problems.

Those of you who were having the main section of articles pushed way down the page by the sidebar when using Internet Explorer set to LARGE text size settings should now have the blog displaying normally. (Let us know if you don't!)

Please let us know how things are working for you, especially if you are using a browser besides Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Lastly: a related question. When you are viewing a single article and its comments, do you want the full side bar and all its links to show? On the old T19 site, the sidebar was EMPTY when viewing a single article (no calendar, no search box, no links, etc etc).

Old Blog -- Compare: Main Page versus Article Display
(or if you can't get into the old site: Main Page Cache versus Article Cache)

New Blog -- Compare: Main Page versus Article Display

We're thinking of a compromise. For an individual article display: Have the calendar, search and archive links available on the sidebar, but none of the LONG LIST of links to other websites and blogs. What do you think?

UPDATE:
By the way, we haven’t forgotten some folks' comments about the width of the main article section being too wide for comfortable reading.

How are folks feeling about that? We might be willing /able to experiment later this week or on the weekend with changing the width of the main column if folks are still finding the layout uncomfortable.

Also, what about use of color? Is there too much white space? We like the clean look, but we received at least one comment requesting a faint background color (maybe for the sidebar?) and are mulling that over.

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Posted June 6, 2007 at 5:31 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

We've just added a huge slew of links (nearly 70) to Anglican / Episcopal blogs on "both sides of the aisle" or debate. We've used Kendall's "labels" reasserters & reappraisers as easy shorthand since that is understood by most regulars on the blogs. Of course there are nuances. (We could make a separate category for poor Fr. Greg Jones, the Anglican Centrist, perhaps?! wink )

These are by no means all the blogs on either side, but they are those which we've linked to with some regularity, and / or which provide good sources of news or commentary and thoughtful discussion. (We also tried to focus on those which are updated frequently, although there are a few exceptions to that on the list.)

Feel free to let us know what we've missed, and also if you find any broken links.

You can view the entire list of links on the sidebar here in a larger format that may be easier to read and use.

We'll be working to add links to excellent non-Anglican sites and resources in the coming days. Stay tuned.

Filed under: * Anglican - Episcopal* AdminBlog Tips & Features* Resources & LinksResources: blogs / websites

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Posted June 5, 2007 at 8:07 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

A quick question for any readers who would like to weigh in.

Now that you can see a list of all 12 of the parent categories on the sidebar, we're wondering: If we can figure out how to do it: would you be interested in the possibility of individual RSS feeds for any or all of these 12 categories? (e.g. to get only the Anglican / Episcopal stories)

If there's interest, we can see about setting up such feeds.

In the meantime, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for all T19 entries here. The Atom feed is here.

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Posted June 5, 2007 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

You may have noticed, some commenters have created a "signature line" for their comments, which provides links to their blogs or websites, or quotes or other info about themselves. Learn more about signature lines in today's Daily Blog Tip.

Several readers have mentioned that they miss the way the old blog used to highlight names of those who provided the URL (link) to a blog or website, meaning you could visit their sites to learn more about your fellow commenters. Rugbyplayingpriest's comment is typical:

The one thing I miss is the manner in which the old site made weblinked names blue- thus easy for people to navigate to one another’s own websites. Could it be re-introduced?


To our knowledge, it can't be reintroduced in quite as simple a fashion (On the old blog, you had the choice every time you posted a comment as to whether you wanted to include a URL.)

The way to provide links to your blog or website on the new site is to use a signature line. Several commenters have started using them. Here are a few examples. (note you will only be able to see these if you have your preferences set to view signatures. see details below):
Ross
D.C. Toedt
NewTrollObserver
Dr. Priscilla Turner
LfN
SanDiegoAnglicans
Hakkatan

(This is not an exhaustive list of those using signature lines. All of the above are the signature lines from one single thread. Sorry we couldn't link every user who has set up a signature. Feel free to comment on this post if you have a signature set up -- Show off a bit!!)

And no, as of writing this, we elves had not set up a signature yet! So, we're going to use this post as our means of doing so.

So, now that you know what a signature line is, HOW do you create one?

1. You must be logged in to the site
2. Go to Your Account (which replaces the login link whenever you are logged in)
3. Look for the "Edit Signature" choice in the left menu
4. You can put in a quote or saying. You can put in a link, whatever.
5. To put in a link, you can just paste the URL in the text box. The software will automatically code it for you. (Correction from earlier)
6. Finally, as noted above, you will only be able to view others' signatures if you have selected that option in the Preferences menu.

As always, let us know if you've got questions or need further help with what we've written here.

FEEL FREE TO USE THIS COMMENT THREAD TO TEST OUT YOUR SIGNATURES -- it may take a few tries to get it to look like you want. That's one of the reasons we set up this thread! Note: all changes are retroactive and your new signature will show up in ALL of your comments, even those made before you created your signature.

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Posted June 5, 2007 at 12:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

An opportunity to give feedback on the T19 Archive pages... And don't forget. Any questions or problems? Write us: T19elves@yahoo.com

I think we have the T19 Archives working pretty well now. (They now show only T19 entries, whereas before they were mixing up T19 and Stand Firm entries). Try clicking on the monthly archive links at the bottom of the right sidebar and let us know what you think.

Is the current arrangement clear? useful?

The page design is about as boring as can be, but we can worry about that later... wink Right now we're aiming for content and functionality.

I don't know if it is possible to include more info along with the title of and link to each post:
-- post date?
-- author? (e.g. Kendall or elves)
-- a short excerpt?

If possible, would you want to see some or all of that information?

If it's helpful to compare with old T19 Archives, here's link for April 2007 archives from the old blog
http://titusonenine.classicalanglican.net/?m=200704

If you can't get CaNNet to come up, here's the link to that archive in the Google Cache

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Posted June 4, 2007 at 12:25 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

As on the old Titusonenine site, we are using a daily calendar here in the sidebar. You can click on the date to quickly view each day's entries. It's simple & easy. But right now there are a few small issues with the calendar. Please read this even if it seems to be way too basic to be of interest.

Update: After this post was written and posted, we made some changes to the blog set up that affect blog navigation. There is also more news about the calendar. PLEASE make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for the latest and most current info!

Update #2:
We've now added some blog navigation tools to go back and forth between individual articles without returning to the blog homepage, which should be nice especially for long comment threads. See end of full text for details.

On some blogs, one of the most important reasons to have a calendar in the sidebar is to see which days the author has written something. On a day with posts, the date is highlighted and clickable. On a day without posts, the date is fainter and not clickable. For T19, that is basically a moot point. Kendall did not miss a single day of blogging on his old site from the day he launched it (Jan 15, 2004) to the day he shut it down (May 22, 2007). INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you Kendall for your amazing commitment and dedication.

But apart from being able to tell what dates have blog entries, there are 3 big advantages to getting in the habit of clicking on the calendar each day:

1. It makes scrolling much easier with a shorter page to scroll.

2. The page loads faster, with fewer posts to show.

3. You can instantly see any new entries have been posted. In these early days of this new blog, this might be of particular interest, since, as most readers will have noted, we are often making some of the blog admin posts "sticky" -- meaning they are held at the top of the page and new entries are posted beneath. Whenever there are sticky posts up top, it may not be obvious whether there are any new entries until you scroll down a little ways. Clicking on today's date, however, always ensures you will see the NEWEST posts at the top. Sticky posts are no longer "sticky" when you are using the calendar, they revert to displaying on whatever date they were first posted.

There of course is also the ease of quickly getting to an entry posted on a previous date. If you know the date you can click on the calendar and browse that day's entries. This is helpful when you don't remember the title and a keyword search might be difficult.

IMPORTANT: Mysteriously, several dates in the calendar (currently May 22 - 25) are broken. Even though there are lots of posts for each of those days, the date acts as if there were no posts. Greg is working on that and we hope it will be fixed ASAP. [It appears something is causing the calendar to only display the most recent 7 days of activity. We think it can be fixed pretty quickly now that we've figured out the problem.]

Here's how you can get around the problem in the meantime:

There is a very simple format for the links to each day's entries. If a given date is broken in the calendar, you can use the following links to get you to the daily archives:

May 22: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/05/22/
May 23: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/05/23/
May 24: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/05/24/
May 25: http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/t19/2007/05/25/

Since we are posting this on June 1, it is perhaps helpful to explain how to see the previous month's calendar. To the left of "June 2007" at the top of the calendar, you'll see double arrows. Click on those left double arrows and you'll be taken back to the May calendar.

Finally, while on the topic of blog navigation: we've had some e-mails from readers saying that when they login they keep seeing old entries. We've added a link at the very top of the sidebar to the blog homepage (i.e. the main page). You can also always get there by clicking on the TitusONEnine logo at the top of the blog. This way, if you login and get directed to an old entry, you can quickly get to the home page and the latest entries. (Or once again, click on the calendar to see the date you are interested in.)


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UPDATE 1:

Since first posting this article, we have set up pagination. The main page now displays the 50 most-recent entries (usually equal to 2-3 days' worth of articles). You can then click on the next page to see earlier entries. All entries from the blog's launch through today are now available by following the page links at the bottom of the blog.

Hope this is helpful. As always, we welcome your questions & suggestions.

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UPDATE 2: (11:45 GMT / 07:45 EDT) -- Another Blog Navigation Upgrade!

We were reading the 100+ comment thread on speaking in tongues this morning. And as we got to the end of that long thread, we thought to ourselves: "Self, you clever elf, do you know what would be really nice? Being able to click to get to the next entry, or get back to the home page without having to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page!" So, being an elf, with all of our wonderful magic powers, we made our wish come true!

Now when you get to the end of an individual article and its comment thread, you will see three links:

Next entry (above): [article name and link] -- this goes to the NEWER article
Previous entry (below): [article nameand link] -- this goes to the OLDER article

Return to blog homepage [returns you to the blog's main page]

Hope you agree with us that this is a nice feature!

Note: if you are in the comment section of a "sticky" post that is displaying at the top of the blog, the "next" or "previous entries" relate to chronological order when the sticky post was first written. So if there is a sticky post from May 29 still on the top of the blog today, the other articles in the next or previous sequence will be from May 29, not today, June 1.

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Posted by The_Elves

UPDATE 3: Check out the new "Blog Admin Stuff" section in the sidebar.
When you roll over each link you get a pop-up description about each post. We are so cool we amaze ourselves sometimes! cool smile

Just a heads up. We're slowly figuring out Expression Engine templates, tags and modules, and starting to try and setup the sidebar. Feel free to let us know your preferences in the comments.

Note: the May 2007 archive link that is now showing up at the bottom of the sidebar still needs work. It is displaying results from both T19 and Stand Firm. And there is a lot of stuff yet to fix and edit in the Archive Template page. Please ignore the mess for now. Hopefully we can get back to it tomorrow.

Update: We've found a way for the category structure to be displayed. You can take a sneak peak here. It is nothing like what the final product will be. (Can you imagine one page with everything Kendall has ever posted by category?! Even after only 1 week, the list is overwhelming. He's up to about 160 posts already, maybe a bit more.) But it will give readers an idea of how the category structure works and what gets posted where. TONS of work still needed though to turn this into something actually usable.

UPDATE 2: WOOHOO!!! We've got category links now working in each post. If you click a category you will see all posts displayed in the category. Sweet!

==> Your feedback on sidebar, categories and other blog design elements is both NEEDED & MUCH APPRECIATED. Thanks to those who are offering input and ideas!

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Posted by The_Elves

As regular readers will know, we elves like lists and data. On Monday, we posted a "Titusonenine Top Ten" list to help those still trying to learn their way around the new blog have an easy way to find the posts that are generating the most comments. (One wag said since this is "T19" it should be a "top nine list!" We might just do that in the future...!)

So, how did we come up with that list? Is it just elfin magic? Or can regular readers quickly see what threads are being hotly discussed? Read on! With the new advanced search features here, you too can be an elf!

Here is how to search the blog for the posts with the most comments yourself, using the Advanced Search feature.

1. Go into Advanced Search (up at the top right near the search box and calendar)
2. For the broadest search possible, enter "the" as your keyword (you can of course limit to some keyword of your choosing, e.g. Anglican).
3. Choose: Search on Titles, Entries and Comments in the pull down menu to make sure you'll get all posts
4. Choose: Titusonenine in the blog selection menu
5. Choose: Any Category to search on ALL categories. Or limit to the category / categories of your choice. (Yes you can select MULTIPLE categories)
6. Finally, over on the far right choose: "Sort Results By: MOST COMMENTS"

This will give you a list of posts with the most comments EVER (assuming you've not limited your search by keyword or category).

You could also limit the date range of your search, example "today and newer" or "this week and newer." Try it out!

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Posted May 30, 2007 at 8:33 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

I thought it would be helpful to begin a series of posts highlighting tips about and features of the new blog.

Here's the answer to a question we have seen several times in the comments: How can I permanently turn off the "Notify me of follow-up comments?" feature? I keep forgetting and now my inbox is full!

We replied to one commenter in some detail here:

Library Jim. Go into Your Account, and the e-mail settings button
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/member/edit_email/
There you will see an option
Enable email notifications by default when you post messages

UNCHECK IT. Once you uncheck it, the “notify me of follow-up comments box” will be automatically unselected.

Also, If you have various threads for which you mistakenly had the "notify me of follow-up comments" box checked and for which you want to UNSUBSCRIBE from future comments, you can go into subscription manager, also in your account control panel:
http://www.kendallharmon.net/t19/index.php/member/edit_subscriptions/

There you can unsubscribe from any comment threads you are subscribed to.


Rather than just tell you how to turn off this feature, however, let me also urge folks to read Greg G's comment in the same thread, where he explains more about the e-mail settings for the blog and why some folks may want to keep the "notify me of follow up comments" option checked. Most important is his exhortation:

I strongly recommend everyone spend a few minutes poking around in their control panel. You can do a lot to customize the way you experience the site.


Note, what Greg refers to as the "control panel" is accessed with the "Your Account" link, which you can see once you have logged in. You must be a member and logged in to see it. The "Your Account" link is up at the top of the sidebar, above the search box and calendar.

That's it for today's lesson. Feel free to let us know what tips and lessons would be helpful. You'll be able to find all these "Tips" posts by searching on "Blog Tip" or the Admin Category. --elfgirl

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Posted May 29, 2007 at 8:15 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

Posted by The_Elves

Update -- June 1: We've made several changes to the blog "pagination" and navigation system overnight. You can learn all about what's new in today's "Daily Blog Tip" entry.

An open thread for all reports of "bugs," and "turkeys" (definitions below) and requests about the blog function & setup.

The Background:
We found a bug with the search feature this morning. It is being worked on and should be almost fixed as I type this. [The links to blog entries which showed up in the search results were giving an error message when one clicked on the article title. Should be fixed very soon we hope. Thanks Greg!] UPDATE: Bug is fixed. Greg rocks!

The Request
Since we made this switch to a new blog quite quickly, there is still a lot to do and you all get a chance to give your input. We need input from you all in three areas:

1. Bugs.
(Something that is not working. It is supposed to do one thing, but does another.)

2. Turkeys.
(Something that is working as it "should" but which is not well designed or helpful, and thus perhaps it can be improved)

3. Requests.
Just that. Your requests. Pure & Simple. The new T19 is still a tabula rasa in some ways (example: the side bar). There are many features we haven't even begun to work on or set up because we're still working on the basics, and at least for us elves, still learning the software and what's possible. What would you like to see here? What features would enhance T19 and make it the truly helpful and powerful resource that we would love it to be?

Many extra pairs of eyes and suggestions will be helpful to us. So, go to it. Many thanks!

-- Elfgirl

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