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asked Feb 20, 2014 in Public Official Posts by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ revision history ]
recategorized Jun 5, 2014 by dimension10

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[SOLVED] see here 

I have noticed, that some pages begin with "www.physicsoverflow.org/..." whereas some begin with "physicsoverflow.org/...", i.e. without the www.  

This does not seem like a great problem at first glance, at least it didn't to me, but now I realise that there is a huge danger in this.    

First of all, this means, that when I login on a page whose URL begins with www.physicsoverflow.org, I am not automatically logged on to a page whose URL does just begin with physicsoverflow.org. (I have observed this, and the only explanation I can give is this) Still not a big issue.      

Now, the big issue, which I have not observed yet, though, is that if you are logged in to both www.physicsoverflow.org, and physicsoverflow.org, logging out of either one does not log you out of the other. Now, this, is obviously dangerous, because few people will notice this issue, and this could end up being a problem on public computers...    

So, this isn't exactly a "minor" bug (I'm changing the title of this question).     

Update: It has now been observed that as I predicted, the same behaviour does happen with logging out. Logging out of physicsoverflow.org doesn't log you out of www.physicsoverflow.org          

answered Feb 26, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ revision history ]
edited Mar 16, 2014 by dimension10
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voting not possible

Voting seems to not be possible.

answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ no revision ]
edited Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10

It seems to be fixed. But there are still no icons for  upvote and downvote. We can use simple arrow icons for now, and decide later if we want any fancy physics-related symbols.   

Huh? I can still not vote, but Polarkernel is aware of the problem. Creation and annihilation operators would be funny icons to up and downvote :-)

Hm yes, I can't vote, again. There was a short period during which I could vote, though...    

As for creation and aninhilation operators, that was exactly what I was thinking of.    


It seems that a part of the images of the Q2A theme has not been transferred to the host. May solve also other issues.

It seems to be fixed now! All the images are also there, including the one for the RSS feed! Great!.               

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(or so it seems)  

LaTeX isn't working for TP.SE questions. 



\(x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}\)  


answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ revision history ]
edited Jun 14, 2014 by dimension10

It seems to be fixed now. By the way, I think I saw polarkernels' comment here explaining this  is solved, the reason why this problem was happening, etc., but I  can't find it anymore.          It's not fixed any longer.    

Was hard to find, but should be fixed now. Please report any negative observation about LaTex.

Unfortunately, it seems it is still not fixed.


Ah, it seems it is not fixed for inline tex. 

It seems that this was some kind of timing issue. On my local server, the bug appeared only very rarely, while on this site it was invoked every time. Not sure, but I assume it was an interference between the MathJax parsing on the pages and the parser invoked in the editor, which disturbed the asynchronous operation of the parser. Restarting the MathJax parser at the document.ready event seems to do the job and to complete unprocessed math.

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When importing questions from the SE network, it seems the corresponding posts get not always correctly assigned to already existing PhysicsOverflow accounts:

Sometimes it works: the answer got attached to the correct account

And sometimes it does not: my question was attached to a newly created account

answered Mar 3, 2014 by Dilaton (6,240 points) [ revision history ]
edited Mar 15, 2014 by dimension10

Reason see here.

Does this work now?

Yes, it seems that my SE questions are now correctly attached to my SE user, thanks :-)

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[SOLVED; I have re-imported all the questions of Dilaton, there is now exactly (56) enough quota left to import Dilaton's remaining questions, however, I will import them tomorrow]                  

There seems to be a bug or unexpected behavior when importing questions of a user with the same name but different emails on both sites:

As (presently) intended, after importing a P.SE question of mine, a new user with the slightly funny name Dilaton (SE-User  is created.

However, when looking at the profile of Dilaton (SE-User it seems that only the first imported question is correctly assigned, whereas the other imported questions




are neither assigned to the profile nor is the rep added up.

answered Mar 7, 2014 by Dilaton (6,240 points) [ revision history ]
edited Mar 9, 2014 by dimension10
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My suspicion is wrong. I imported this, but "Dimensio1n0"'s reputation still increased, and the question did get indexed (i.e. no bug there). This bug is very strange.         

Also, upon importing the question, "Dilaton (SE user"'s rep did not increase, even though the question is from Maths.SE.      

Maybe the import plugin dislikes me and I should take this personally ... ;-P ?

More seriously, if this is a rather rarely occuring exaption and in most other cases and for other people it works correctly, the simplest strategy would be to fix thes rare  particular issues manually, such that @Polarkernel does not have to invest an inappropriately large amount of effort and time into it ...

@Dilaton I agree, I will try to re-import the questions and see.   

Ok, thanks for trying ;-). I guess now only Polarkernel can help ...

There was a bug. While the plugin created a new user "Dilaton (SE-User" for non-matching email adresses, it searched the second time for a user "Dilaton (SE-User)", didn't find it and created the first user again. I have changed this tag now to "(SE)" only, for both actions.

Did you import already many questions? If not, the best way would be to remove them and to import again. Otherwise we will have to correct the user accounts using the new plugin. In any case, please wait with the merge, I like to add an additional  feature to the "Merge User Accounts" plugin.

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Yes, kicking out the first edit is certainly not how it should work ... So I think it is better to unistall it too, as it seems not to behave as expected at all.

@Dilaton Unfortunately it did not work. I don't know what can be done.  

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Is the message box of PhysicsOverflow broken?

For some days, I used to get notified by a yellow dot with a number therein beside my name in the topmost bar, but for same days now, these messages do no longer appear even though there are still new incoming things targetted at me.

Has anybody else noted this bug too?

answered Mar 15, 2014 by Dilaton (6,240 points) [ revision history ]
edited Apr 17, 2014 by dimension10

Yes, I have noticed this too... 

Difficult to test. The event logger to the database works fine and the history in my account is complete. I don't know in when the yellow dot should appear.

@polarkernel The history is indeed complete; however, the yellow marker (in the top-most log-in bar) is not appearing.  

The funny yellow dot is back. It was the following line of javascript

span.qa-logged-in-pad {display:none;}

in the <head> section, that has hidden the message box notification dot. It has been there in order to hide the "Hello" before the user name but has hidden the dot too. I have removed the "Hello" now with a custom language file.

@polarkernel Thanks! Oh my god, I clearly did a blunder by adding that!!! 

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"physic" needs to be changed to "physics", for obvious reasons : )

answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ no revision ]
edited Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10

Thanks, done

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no revisions link \ 

It seems the plug-in for post revisions is not working.

answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ revision history ]
edited Feb 26, 2014 by dimension10

Don't understand. Could you please figure out more in detail, what you observed? I can't see the bug in the image, it's too small.

He probably means the issues conderning the revision history plugin, which are not so straight forward to solve such that we will probably have to live without it for a while ...

I mean, that the link to the revision history for the posts is missing. At least I can't find it.  

After fixing two bugs that I have found accidently I tried to reanimate the q2a-edit-history-plugin of Scott svivian. Please report your experience.

The edit history seems to work now :-) for new edits done in the body of the post. However, other things such as simple retags or recategorizings or moderator actions such as closing seem not to get stored in the revision history.

Just wanted to test what gets stored by the plugin ... ;-)

For me personally it would be ok if just the changes to the body of posts and comments get stored, at least of now.

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answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ no revision ]
edited Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10

It points now to the second link, where edits actually can be suggested and reviewed.

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"other Stack Exchange sites" should just be "Stack Exchange sites".     

answered Feb 20, 2014 by dimension10 (1,985 points) [ revision history ]
edited Mar 2, 2014 by dimension10

Yes we are NOT an SE site ..., thanks

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