Website Update Announcements (Updated: January 21, 2020) • Page 8

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Jason Tate, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. September 23, 2019

    Made a few very minor changes to the supporter management system to better show to a former supporting member, whose credit card has expired, that after they update that card, that they can now reactivate their account with only one click. It was a little confusing in the wording before.

    I don't think I screwed anything up, but if anyone sees any issues, please let me know.
  2. Scheduled Maintenance

    October 23rd, 2019: At 3:00 AM UTC there will be scheduled maintenance on the main website, followed by maintenance on the forum server at 4:00 AM UTC. The expected downtime is roughly 30 minutes for each server.
  3. October 31, 2019

    Automatic theme selection is now available for supporters.

    In your preferences section, there's now an option for "automatic theme selection" which will automatically change the website's theme to match your computer or phone's theme. So, if you're using Dark Mode on iOS, it'll switch automatically to Dark Mode here in the forums. This is great for if you have your phone set to automatically change at a certain time, or sunset, and want the website to match.

    Screen Shot 2019-10-30 at 5.27.27 PM.png

    A few things things of note: This will override whatever theme you have selected and changing the theme while it's selected will do virtually nothing, it'll reset itself to your system theme no matter what. Second, it takes a refresh of the page for it to work because the first time you visit the website it checks what your system theme is, and then the next page you visit will kick in and move it to the correct color scheme. As far as I know, this only works using Safari and Apple devices since I'm using their standard to detect what your theme is.

    This should be live for all supporters within the next few minutes.
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  4. November 21, 2019

    Added some new Star Wars emoji.

  5. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Hi Jason! Super minor, but typing comments doesnt seem to be working in Duck Duck Go on iOS (used to up until recently). It just shows up as Greyed out and won’t let me type/leave comments (I switched to Safari to type this). Not a huge issue but I know you like hearing things as they come up!
  6. Duck Duck Go has a browser? I’ll look into it.
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  7. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Yep, I originally used just the site for search engine but switched to the browser like 8 months ago. Has some quirks, but I like their views on privacy and they are down the street from me!
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  8. Jacob Tender @podchasmfm @banthafodderfm Supporter

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  9. I can't replicate this on the latest version of iOS and the DDG app.

    One possibility was a very slow internet connection at the time, or maybe it's a bug they have since fixed.

    Screenshot 2019-12-30 at 4.26.27 PM.jpeg
  10. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Thanks! It actually went away a few days ago I noticed so I can dive into the Menzingers bracket officially now :) thanks for looking into it!
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  11. January 21, 2020

    Today I'm happy to announce a new feature for mobile devices. Since, I believe iOS 11, when you would type in a textarea in the browser, it would automatically expand to fit the size of all of your words. This was something built into the operating system and not something I could control. In theory, it's a nice idea, however it had one pretty big side effect. Once you typed enough that the textarea would expand, it would go down below the keyboard on the screen and you could no longer see what you were typing. It was an annoying game of type, scroll, type, scroll. In iOS 13 the Safari team fixed this and textareas no longer expand with the content inside. This means you'll always be able to see what you're typing into the message area, but, it also means that the message area is one fixed size and if there's a very long message inside, it can feel a little cramped. Today I'm adding a new feature to help address this.

    Now, when you're posting a message from our "more options" page on a mobile device (or small screen), you'll see a new icon in the toolbar.

    This expand/shrink button will expand the posting box to fill up your entire screen giving you far more real estate for your message. This is great for long messages, needing to work with longer quotes, or reading back through a long post for edits.

    I've tested it on all phones running iOS 13 as well as phones going back to iOS 9. (It works on those as well but the textarea will also still expand below the keyboard because it's an old operating system.) I've also tested this on various Android devices and it works as expected on Android 8, 9, and 10. (The one issue you may see on Android is that if the keyboard is currently on screen and you hit the button it will not expand as far, if you dismiss the keyboard and then hit the button, you'll get the full screen experience.)

    I also took this time to fix a few bugs with the emoji insert system.

    With a good majority of people visiting and posting on the forums from a mobile device, I think it's a huge benefit to be able to take advantage of the larger screen sizes and give posters the option of having a larger message area when they need it.

    If you like seeing new features like this added to the website, please consider becoming a supporting member of the website. For just 7 cents a day you can help support the continued development of new features on this website and its continued existence.