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Gord Barentsen

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  1. HI Marjorie, This has actually been discussed recently in the development forums. Apparently there's an issue with inconsistent coding in terms of how certain site content is wrapped in page styles; it's an ongoing discussion and the software developers are aware of the issue. It should be fixed before too long.
  2. Hi everyone, I just wanted to thank @NotWithoutMyOntic for making a donation of $100 to LiquidFractal to help with site costs! Thank you for your generous donation to keep us going!
  3. ...because they didn't read the terms: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/07/22000-people-agree-to-clean-toilets-for-wifi-because-they-didnt-read-the-terms/ Highlights:
  4. yeah mate i have to say that i really like the Chameleon skin...Dashboard personally doesn't float my boat but the eye candy in Chameleon is great
  5. UPDATE: Thanks to our dedicated theme developer, both Chameleon and Dashboard now work fine with MS Edge as well as the other browsers. Issues with formatting in IE have also been fixed, but I'd still highly recommend using some other (non-Microsoft) browser for your experience of the site.
  6. Hi everyone, I thought I'd head this issue off at the pass before anyone else noticed it. The short version: Internet Explorer and Edge are not recommended for use with the new themes (Chameleon and Dashboard). The slightly longer version: Chameleon and Dashboard use the latest CSS and browser technology to provide the best visual experience possible. In its time-honoured tradition of adhering to its own insular version of the Internet, Microsoft insists on doing things differently with their browsers, with the result that not all functions work with IE or Edge. In fact, while Edge is supported by the theme developer, IE is not officially supported for these reasons. If you do want to use the site with these browsers, I'd suggest switching to the default skin (4.2 Blue), which is much less resource-intensive. There are scrolling issues with the graphics-rich backgrounds with both Microsoft browsers (particularly IE, which will give you a bumpy ride with both themes but is a particular trainwreck with Dashboard). In short, everything works fine with Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Vivaldi. Heck, even Avast! SafeZone browser plays nice with the code (if anyone even uses it ). Firefox is at the bottom of this list since you'll see some minor scrolling issues; all others mentioned perform flawlessly.
  7. I'm still ironing out some issues and checking out how they work, but yes, I see no reason why we can't allow others here to make Spaces. I just have 50 things on my mind right now with the impending trip so we'll see what happens.
  8. Hello, At long last, the software upgrade has arrived! A couple of you may already have noticed some of the significant changes to the site, but let me shortlist some of the really cool changes: Spaces - unlike Domains (which are more research intensive), Spaces are more open-ended and social subgroups on the site. As promised, we now have the official Zombie Apocalypse Space for all your post-respiratory needs . I've also created a VIP space, which is for the veterans and those who support the site in various ways. If there is a Space you might like to see (or create and manage) on the site, post in Suggestions or send me a PM. New Forum Views - guests and those who aren't logged in will see the traditional forums listing, but all Members now get two different ways to organise Forum content - Grid view, which organises Forums as information cards, and (my favourite) Fluid view, which dynamically lists topics based on the Forums you choose from the menu to the right. Reactions - you can now React to a post, which gives you more options than simply Like. If there are Reactions you want to see on the site or have icons to suggest, please let me know. Attachment Drag-and-Drop - now, instead of uploading an attachment to a post and then adding it, you can drag and drop it from your desktop straight into your post. Media Gallery improvements - it's now easier to enter information and apply it to all uploading images at once, and easier to add content in general. The list goes on, and I'm sure you'll see other improvements and tweaks in the coming weeks. As a result of the upgrade, certain themes have had to be put on hold (or, in the case of SkyBlue, retired for now - sorry @Tegan Holmes!). This is because of the fundamentally different template structure, and I don't have time right now to rework the old theme to suit the upgrade. However, you'll probably find the sexy new default theme and the updated Chameleon theme will do the trick.
  9. Just accessed it right now...
  10. LOL lotta that going around these days . I'm in the middle of getting my conference paper together, and will be out of the country for a while (I'll post an announcement shortly), but after I return all will be made clear and I will have a cornucopia of answers for all!
  11. Yeah, I switched out the default images with stuff I thought was more appropriately nerdy and fancy. Maybe we should run contests for best background? Best background(s) get saved in a gallery and put up for a month or something? Thoughts?
  12. lol...I actually decided to make it available to everyone, but have recently been dealing with some configuration difficulties in the theme (which have since magically sorted themselves out....no kidding! . I'll get it set up for everyone except Guests in the next day or so.
  13. Economies is a points economy app I've installed with a mind to creating a Referral points system for Tutor Clients who refer people who become Tutor Clients either solely online or with in-person tutoring consultations. I'm just too busy to configure it right now. But I am also thinking about developing another points system for top participants, where points can be used to win raffles for prizes and so forth. More news on that as it comes!
  14. It's a Pallas' Cat, endemic to Central Asia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pallas's_cat
  15. Ok, at first I thought ohhh, here we go...another Internet cat video. But this is one of the funniest I think I've ever seen
  16. That's what ya get for missing the staff meetings, boyo I'll be posting some information on the recent site updates in the Site Information blog. Basically, I've wanted to expand the site in several different directions, and the software I've installed on the site reflects that. Hint: there will be something about the impending zombie apocalypse as well.
  17. OK...at long last, following @Marjorie Pfennig's request I think I have opened up the Language Oddities blog! Everyone who is a Member, Tutor Client, or VIP should be able to post in the blog. If you are a registered Member or in one of these groups and can't post, let me know. Let the English mutations flow!
  18. As with Dashboard, here's a screenshot so those of you out there who haven't registered yet can see what you get with free Membership.
  19. I'm adding a screenshot so people who haven't registered yet know what how snazzy the new theme is .
  20. Unfortunately, right now you can't upload your own backgrounds - I configure 6 pictures from which you can choose the one you want. I'm not sure if this will ever be a feature for this or Dashboard - but I'm looking into getting code that would allow for a few more choices. Maybe I should create a forum where people can submit background requests, and the ones with the most votes get into rotation for a while?
  21. Hi everyone, I'd like to introduce a new theme, available from the Themes menu at the bottom of the site main page: LF_Dashboard! It has a side menu - a bit different from what we've seen so far, but I hope you all like it! Please feel free to test drive it and let me know what you think in the Suggestions forum.
  22. Very soon (as in the next site software update) there will be an option to create groups, or Clubs, based on topics of interest. I haven't yet thought through how it will be deployed, but everyone here will definitely have that option available to them when the time comes.
  23. Hello, Just taking this opportunity to introduce a new LiquidFractal site theme: LF_Chameleon! Please let me know what you think of it here, or in the Suggestions forum. This theme does require a little more in terms of graphics hardware, given that it's quite image-rich and involved static backgrounds - you might notice a bit of lag if you're using a smaller laptop (like an HP Stream or other low-end portable machine), or a machine that doesn't have dedicated graphics memory. But for most desktop computers it should be just fine. Some options are currently available only to Tutor Clients and VIP members: for example, there is a Background Picker that allows you to select your site background image from a series of 6 images. Click the paintbrush by your name at the top to select your background image. I really hope you like Chameleon - it's high time we had a change from the default theme! If you're wondering where the previous SkyBlue default theme went, I had to disable it as it doesn't play nicely with the new collaboration software I'll be talking about soon.
  24. I followed this link off my wife's Facebook account: nametests.com. It analyzes your FB account and tells you what job you're really suited for. For anyone who knows me, view below and laugh! (Did I mention this was Facebook?)
  25. Just a note to let all Tutor Clients know that they no longer have Forums where they previously were. Instead, all Tutor Clients have their assets and accounts moved to private Domains in the new Domains section of the website. All of you should now have correct access; if you can't get into your areas, please PM me. Thanks!
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