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Feature Request for the Historical Story Access List

Ernest Bywater

I've got 2 feature requests for this list.

1. I'd like a feature on the Historical Story Access list where I could tick a box beside the story title and then select an option to have the story deleted from the list. I envision it working the same way as the system for removing stories and authors from the Library lists.

The reason is at the moment the list shows every story I've looked at, thus about half of them are stories I've never read because I looked at them while trying to find a story as a result of a search when helping someone with a Lost Story request.

2. I would also like to have the list display the story description beside it if possible, and / or the codes. Often I go to the list to answer a Lost Story request because I remember reading the story in the past, but the title alone doesn't bring it to mind, so i end up looking at a bunch of hopefuls. Having the description there would help me with this search. The same issue applies when I want to re-read a story because it should be easier to find in the list if I can't remember the title.

Thank you.

AmigaClone

@Ernest Bywater

I would also like to have the list display the story description beside it if possible, and / or the codes


It would be nice if this part could be implemented the same way the list in the "Similarly Tagged Stories" where there is a toggle to show that information when desired.

REP
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@Ernest Bywater

I agree with #1, but not #2.

I generally don't use that feature. I checked it and found that I have 1,960 (20 pages) of stories listed. With no way to search, sort, or delete stories, the feature is essentially useless.

I disagree with #2 because adding that much material would probably quadruple the page count. It would be nice, but you can click anentry to get that information.

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PlaysWithWires
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The description (but not the codes) is actually in there in a title attribute. I'm using Firefox, and it shows up as a screen tip if I hover over the story title.

This is admittedly a bit slow, but if I right click and View page source, I can scroll through - they are highlighted in blue.

For the sorting/searching thing, I periodically save my history (ever since an attempted tweak of the Settings page lost the lot) by highlighting the table and pasting it into Excel. I imagine this would also work in Libre Office, but I haven't tried it.

Vlad_Inhaler

@Ernest Bywater

If I understood what you are asking for, it is outside the site's control. Was your entire list of accessed stories not deleted at the end of June?
I use a Mozilla-based browser and it maintains a list of pages I have accessed, the move to https rendered that list obsolete and I then went in and deleted the entire history for https://storiesonline because the information was now useless anyway.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater
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@Vlad_Inhaler


If I understood what you are asking for, it is outside the site's control. Was your entire list of accessed stories not deleted at the end of June?


Vlad,

What I'm asking about is a site generated list. I have a Premier Account so I don't know if the list is done for the other accounts. However, if you have a Premier Account and you go to the Home page in the top left corner just under all of the main links is a box with the number of stories available and below that is a link with my account name followed by the number of stories visited to day followed by the number I'm allowed each day - at the moment it reads Ernest Bywater 0/100. If I click on that link it opens a page to show the titles of the stories I've read today, and that page has a link that says History. When I click on that link it shows a long list of stories visited at 100 stories per page. My list currently has over 1,100 stories listed in it. Many of them are ones I looked at while trying to help others, and some are also old favourites I've re-read. I'd like to be able to remove those stories from the list so I can limit it to just the stories I've read by aren't already a favourite etc.

This list I'm talking about is not the browser history list.

Replies:   Reluctant_Sir
Reluctant_Sir

@Ernest Bywater

Well.. I learned something new today. I never clicked that link so had no idea!

And it also records those you download, not just the ones you read online, which is fantastic.

Thanks Ernest!

Replies:   Vlad_Inhaler
Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Ernest Bywater

1 - I'll see about adding that functionality. You can achieve the same effect by clicking the grey dot next to the story's entry in any listings.

2 - The description is currently in the 'title' property of the story title, so when you hover over it with your mouse, it shows up. However, that's becoming useless as more people switch to touch devices which don't make use of the 'title' property for links. I'll need to update it to work on touch devices, I'll probably do it along with the removal check box.

Ernest Bywater

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

1 - I'll see about adding that functionality. You can achieve the same effect by clicking the grey dot next to the story's entry in any listings.


Just having that dot beside the actual list would be good. I just tested the author list option, and it works, but it required me to go and find the other list to do it. That means more download to do it that way. Sure, it isn't much, but living in a country where most of us have to pay for every damn KB means it soon adds up.

Ernest Bywater

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

The description is currently in the 'title' property of the story title, so when you hover over it with your mouse, it shows up.


Never seen that action on that list before, because I thought they were just links that took you to the story. That works and solves the second part of the request.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Ernest Bywater

I implemented the feature. It was simple enough. Check it out.

I didn't put a dot as that would require that I hide the row when you click the dot, for interface consistency. That would have taken quite a bit of programming.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I implemented the feature. It was simple enough. Check it out.


I just tried it out, and while the individual page lists appear to change a check of the whole list shows the ones I marked to change the setting on are simply moved to the bottom of the list. Maybe it needs to wait for the various databases to update before they actually disappear. I started with over 1,100 stories on the list, and still have over 1,100 stories despite marking about 400 for removal. Got to go out for a few hours so I'll review the situation later tonight after I get back.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Ernest Bywater

I just tried it out, and while the individual page lists appear to change a check of the whole list shows the ones I marked to change the setting on are simply moved to the bottom of the list. Maybe it needs to wait for the various databases to update before they actually disappear.


Actually, it was a bug. I didn't account for the change when displaying the list. I've fixed the bug and now you won't see them.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I've fixed the bug and now you won't see them.


It works like a charm now. Thank you.

Vlad_Inhaler

@Reluctant_Sir

I had also never noticed or used that particular link. Well, I did start my previous post with "If I understood what you are asking for" because EB is known to be well-versed in web issues.

Crumbly Writer

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

2 - The description is currently in the 'title' property of the story title, so when you hover over it with your mouse, it shows up. However, that's becoming useless as more people switch to touch devices which don't make use of the 'title' property for links. I'll need to update it to work on touch devices, I'll probably do it along with the removal check box.

Don't forget, many of those 'newer' touch devices also offer pressure sensitive options, meaning you can do the same with by pressing and holding, rather than by just clicking a given link. Granted, it won't help with archaic, obsolete system (cough, cough, Windows Surface, cough, cough), but it would help the vast majority of your users using the newest tablets.

Crumbly Writer
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@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

The description is currently in the 'title' property of the story title, so when you hover over it with your mouse, it shows up.

That functionality doesn't seem to work on my device (a Windows 7 PC desktop), as hovering does nothing at all. Instead, I've got to click on the "Show story details" link.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Crumbly Writer

That functionality doesn't seem to work on my device (a Windows 7 PC desktop), as hovering does nothing at all. Instead, I've got to click on the "Show story details" link.


CW, check if you have something stopping any scripts from running, as that may eb causing your issue.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Ernest Bywater

I did have AdBlock+ installed, but after disabling it for the site, the functionality still isn't there. Hovering doesn't seem to affect anything on the site, despite working on every other site I visit regularly. I'll try in on my Apple products and see if they respond any differently. Maybe it's just the ancient PC OS?

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Crumbly Writer

I did have AdBlock+ installed, but after disabling it for the site, the functionality still isn't there. Hovering doesn't seem to affect anything on the site,


This does not require scripting. So script/ad blockers have no effect. The functionality is built into the browsers.

You need to pause over the link for a second for the box to appear. But also, it depends on the browser. Maybe your browser doesn't do it.

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
Crumbly Writer

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

You need to pause over the link for a second for the box to appear. But also, it depends on the browser. Maybe your browser doesn't do it.

I'm using FireFox on a Windows 7 PC. I used to use the 64-bit WaterFox instead, but gave it up when FF finally went 64-bit itself (which allows me to open a gazillion windows). WF didn't always keep up with the latest FF revisions.

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