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AmigaClone

Lazeez,
In the comments section at the end of a story, the first page of comments have a date/time stamp, while the subsequent pages don't.

Is this working as intended?

Crumbly Writer

@AmigaClone

In the comments section at the end of a story, the first page of comments have a date/time stamp, while the subsequent pages don't.

Is this working as intended?

All of mine are dated. Is this recent, is it on SOL or another site and was there anything else unusual about the messages? That kind of data will help Lazeez track it sooner.

It's not uncommon for a fix somewhere else to upset something unintended. In those cases, the main key is providing enough information for him to isolate and duplicate the problem.

Dominions Son

I did some playing around with a story I follow that has comments turned on.

http://storiesonline.net/s/14679:191384

The date/time stamps, are there for the first page of comments, but if you change the "comment" page, the date/time stamps don't show.

Interestingly, going back to the first page of comments shows the first page of comments with no date/time stamp.

To get the date/time stamps to show again, I had to refresh the complete web page, which forces you back to the first "page" of comments.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@AmigaClone

In the comments section at the end of a story, the first page of comments have a date/time stamp, while the subsequent pages don't.

Is this working as intended?


Not really, but I'm not sure I have the time to do what it takes to fix this problem.

The comments "pages" are loaded via a javascript without reloading the story's text.

To draw the time stamp in the user's local zone and format, the page layout sends the date/time in computer format wrapped in a small javascript to convert it to human readable format.
like so: < script>tstamp = new Date(1483276208000);document.write(tstamp.toLocaleString());< /script>. The '1483276208000' is the computer's time stamp. the bit 'toLocaleString()' is the command to convert to human readable timestamp.

For whatever reason (security probably), when a chunk of text is loaded and inserted into the page via javascript, the embedded scripts aren't executed, so no drawing happens and no time stamps show.

In order to fix this issue, I would have to rewrite the loading scripts to fetch the data piecemeal from the server and draw it via javascript on the page. Or reload the whole last page from scratch including the next comments list in order to trigger the small timestamp-creating scripts.

Considering how many readers have actually turned off the comments display at the end of stories (27% of readers is very high considering that most don't even know that they can turn them off), I'm not sure I can justify the effort. We'll see in the future.

Dominions Son

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Nice to know what the issue is, but I agree, I wouldn't consider this a high or even a medium priority issue.

Save this for some day you are bored and don't have anything better to do. :)

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Dominions Son

Save this for some day you are bored and don't have anything better to do. :)


An entry in Lazeez' diary for the Twelfth of Never has this covered.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Ernest Bywater

An entry in Lazeez' diary for the Twelfth of Never has this covered.


That soon? :)

AmigaClone

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Thanks for the answer and especially for the explanation of why that was happening.

Since the comments themselves are unaffected, I agree that there is no reason to try to deal with that at this time.

Crumbly Writer

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Considering how many readers have actually turned off the comments display at the end of stories (27% of readers is very high considering that most don't even know that they can turn them off), I'm not sure I can justify the effort. We'll see in the future.

Wow! that means that 27% aren't satisfied with merely NEVER viewing contents, but never want to see them at all. I can understand, since whenever you view the current chapter, you end up with several pages worth of comments, but still.

It also shows why I'm no longer getting as many comments as I did when it was first offered. Still, 73% is much higher than the normal 3% of readers who respond (i.e. send email or offer feedback) on a story!

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Crumbly Writer

Wow! that means that 27% aren't satisfied with merely NEVER viewing contents, but never want to see them at all.


Probably mostly viewers with slower connections. Turning off the comments means opening the page for the last chapter downloads much less data.

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