Toledo Talk

TT Site Different?

What's going on with ToledoTalk?

I usually just go to www.toledotalk.com and peruse the most recent posts. Now when I do that, I get the following:

Software error:

HTML::Template : Attempt to set nonexistent parameter 'sidebarmembercount' - this parameter name doesn't match any declarations in the template file : (die_on_bad_params => 1) at ../New-TT/lib/Parula/Presentation.pm line 212
For help, please send mail to the webmaster (support@toledotalk.com), giving this error message and the time and date of the error.

I tried emailing jr at the support email address, but the email failed, returning the following error message:

550 Bad destination mailbox address - No such user at that domain

I dug up an old link on Google that got me to the forums, but they don't look like they usually do. Odd layout, everything in the center of the page, no link that I can find that will just show recent threads.

Ack. I guess I counted on TT being here more than I ever would have imagined. Come back to meeeee...

created by gamegrrl on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:27:12 am     Site-related     Comments: 16

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Egads. I just realized that I have somehow found myself on the OLD ToledoTalk.

posted by gamegrrl on Jan 24, 2014 at 09:29:33 am     #  

Ha ha! Timely question, though. I spent a few hours yesterday creating a presentation on my laptop, fooling around with easy-to-read fonts & such. Then when I checked TT, it all looks different to me. Did I somehow change the font display in all my noodling around? Anyway, it's all good.

posted by viola on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:38:15 am     #  

I see a different font too, viola, and I haven't changed anything on my laptop recently.

posted by mom2 on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:44:41 am     #  

I just noticed a counter in the upper right corner that says how many new comments and new threads there have been since I last logged in.

IDK if that's a new feature or just something I haven't noticed before.

posted by mom2 on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:46:16 am     #  

Somethin' ain't right...

posted by gamegrrl on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:57:37 am     #  

The mobile look is different too.

posted by savah1128 on Jan 24, 2014 at 12:00:36 pm     #  

I can no longer access the site at work. Only through my phone because it is now blocked as 'Sex'.

My work doesn't block many sites so I was shocked when I saw that.

posted by justphillips on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:00:25 pm     #  

gamegrrl, you must have been using an old, unsupported view of Toledo Talk.

If you are still having problems, let me know.


E-mail

The email address is listed in the Contact page, located at the bottom of the site.
http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/Contact


Font

With the changes made last evening (Jan 23, 2014), the default font type is now "Open Sans" from Google, which replaces the previous default font of Arial. For at least the last eight months, I've been viewing Toledo Talk with "Open Sans."

The default font size is a little larger, and the spacing between lines is also a little larger.

You can increase or decrease the font size by clicking on one of the 'As' at the bottom of any page. The middle 'A' is the default font size. Depending upon the phone or tablet, you may need to increase the font size.


Blue bar

On a phone or if you resize your browser to a small window, then a simple, jQuery-based, drop-down menu with the traditional hamburger icon is displayed in the upper right corner of the site.

The navigation bar (or whatever you call the blue bar at the top of the site) now remains fixed when scrolling. The exception is with older versions of the Internet Explorer browser where the nav bar scrolls up as before. When I tested the fixed nav bar in my version of IE 8 (used only for testing), the page of text displayed in a very disorienting way when scrolling the page.

The links in the blue nav bar have been rearranged a little.


New comments and threads counters

On larger screens, such as tablets and desktop/laptops, counters of new comments and threads since your last visit are displayed in the upper right corner of the homepage. The "clear" link will zero-out those counters. This info is not displayed on phones or if you resize your desktop/laptop browser to a small window.


Weather messages

The little weather alert messages at the top of the homepage are also not displayed on phones or on small browser windows.


Browser Rant

This does not apply to Toledo Talk but for the Web in general.

In my opinion, you should not use the Internet Explorer browser on your personal, home desktop/laptop Widows computer. Maybe the most recent version of IE is fine. I don't know, and I don't care. I suggest using other browsers, such as Opera, Chrome, or Firefox on Widows computers. These browsers can be installed on older, Windows XP machines.

When my Mom bought a Windows laptop, one of the first things I did for her was install the Chrome browser. When my Dad bought a Windows laptop, one of the first things I did for him was install the Chrome browser. And I told them, "Don't use IE." But anymore, most of their Web surfing is now done with the Safari browser on their iPod and iPad Mini devices, so all is well.

I use the Opera browser. It's snappy. Firefox is too slow and clunky for me. I had used Chrome for a long time, but it seems that a recent update has caused Chrome to use more CPU, so I switched to Opera. All three are based on a similar codebase, but each adds its own tidbits. I also use the Opera Mini browser on my old dumbphone, and Toledo Talk works fine on that device.

posted by jr on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:06:48 pm     #  

Thanks for posting, jr.

But nope, the issues I was having (see initial post) were at www.toledotalk.com. Now when I go to the homepage, I don't get an error. Whatever the issue was, it's gone.

I use Chrome. I, too, hate IE.

posted by gamegrrl on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:42:35 pm     #  

Jr- Are you saying Opera, Chrome, and Firefox are built on similar codebase?
My understanding is Opera and Chrome are built off open source Chromium and Firefox is built by a separate open source project by Mozilla.

Opera is essentially Chrome without the privacy tracking concerns of Google collecting your data.
Chrome does use more memory than Firefox and has more security vulnerabilities at this point.
I use Firefox, Opera, IE, and Chrome due to the fractured nature of web design and compatibility today, with my primary being FireFox and Opera due to principles.

*Security- Firefox
*Privacy- Firefox/Opera
*Speed- Chrome/Opera
*Memory usage- Firefox
*Compatibility- All needed . IE primarily for financial sites that were built only to operate with IE.

Firefox out of the four is the only one that has a contingency plan to deal with turn over of code from a governmental request due to its true open source nature.

posted by MrGlass419 on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:04:13 pm     #  

"My understanding is Opera and Chrome are built off open source Chromium and Firefox is built by a separate open source project by Mozilla."

You are correct.

posted by jr on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:11:29 pm     #  

justphillips posted at 12:00:25 PM on Jan 24, 2014:

I can no longer access the site at work. Only through my phone because it is now blocked as 'Sex'.

My work doesn't block many sites so I was shocked when I saw that.

That's a good one, and it will take me some time to unravel it.

posted by jr on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:13:12 pm     #  

I noticed the difference, but I attributed it to sobriety - a condition I intend to rectify this weekend.

posted by madjack on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:29:35 pm     #   1 person liked this

JR, Thanks for moving the "clear" button.

posted by Trilby on Jan 24, 2014 at 02:33:46 pm     #  

What's wrong with IE? I never have any problems with it, but have all kinds of problems with Chrome and Firefox.

posted by deere1 on Jan 24, 2014 at 03:03:25 pm     #  

jr posted at 01:13:12 PM on Jan 24, 2014:
justphillips posted at 12:00:25 PM on Jan 24, 2014:

I can no longer access the site at work. Only through my phone because it is now blocked as 'Sex'.

My work doesn't block many sites so I was shocked when I saw that.

That's a good one, and it will take me some time to unravel it.

Perhaps it's AC saying "fuck" all the time.... :)

Or me :)

We're both damn sexy.

posted by oldhometown on Jan 24, 2014 at 03:18:25 pm     #   3 people liked this