philosophy meta-forum

Suggestions for Improvement

Alfred

215 day(s) ago

We will continue to work on this site. Feel free to tell us about the improvements you'd like to see and to make feature requests here.

Dawes

210 day(s) ago

It keeps creating a login box. I see no way to create an account, however.

Mari

210 day(s) ago

It keeps creating a login box. I see no way to create an account, however.

Dawes

Should be fixed now.

Michael

210 day(s) ago

Test

Nina

209 day(s) ago

Are there RSS feeds for new entries and for new comments?

Alfred

209 day(s) ago

Are there RSS feeds for new entries and for new comments?

Nina
Thanks for the suggestion, Nina. We haven't implemented an RSS feed but we think it's an excellent idea, and will work on it.

Alfred

209 day(s) ago

There's now a simple RSS feed available, which contains the most recent 100 posts. The link is provided in the navigation bar at the top.

Nina

209 day(s) ago

Thanks!

Jaegwon

209 day(s) ago

This is an incredible website, and I love that it has me posting under the name "Jaegwon", since Jaegwon Kim is one of my philosophical heroes. Thanks for the work you did in making the forum, whoever you are. This is going to be a big deal for philosophy to finally have a site like poliscirumors that is actually usable.

Derek

209 day(s) ago

This is an incredible website, and I love that it has me posting under the name "Jaegwon", since Jaegwon Kim is one of my philosophical heroes. Thanks for the work you did in making the forum, whoever you are. This is going to be a big deal for philosophy to finally have a site like poliscirumors that is actually usable.

Jaegwon

I got Derek (Parfit) - too good!

Bertrand

208 day(s) ago

Quotes should be working properly now.

Carole

208 day(s) ago

You should regularly purge your logs. You don't need to keep any ip addresses for long except for those of spammers.

Bertrand

208 day(s) ago

You should regularly purge your logs. You don't need to keep any ip addresses for long except for those of spammers.

Carole

This is a very good idea. Let us have a think about how to implement it.

Alfred

208 day(s) ago

You should regularly purge your logs. You don't need to keep any ip addresses for long except for those of spammers.

Carole

As Bertrand said, we think this is an excellent idea. The IPs associated with posts older than 1 day will now be purged every day. Below is a snippet of the code we're using to do this.

def purge_ips():

old_entries = Entry.query.all()

for entry in old_entries:

if entry.recency.days > 1:

entry.ip = "NAN"

db.session.commit()

Bertrand

208 day(s) ago

Let it never be said that we don't give the people what they want!

Bertrand

207 day(s) ago

We know there's something odd happening with spaces being inserted into pasted links.

Cora

205 day(s) ago

Do we really need the laborious captcha verification when posting with Tor? I think that may be what's keeping more people from posting. Sometimes it asks me to complete four or five verification tasks.

Hilde

205 day(s) ago

I suggest changing the name.

For many philosophers, the 'metablog' brand is toxic. If you want to reach a broader audience, rebrand.

Maria

205 day(s) ago

I suggest changing the name.

For many philosophers, the 'metablog' brand is toxic. If you want to reach a broader audience, rebrand.

Hilde

That wouldn't have been a bad idea at the drawing board stage. It's hard to see how that bell can be unrung now, though. And any forum like this is bound to be viewed with suspicion and associated with the metablogs by some, anyway. Maybe others will be openminded and treat it as its own case. I wonder if having separate topics will help, since much of the really toxic stuff will be confined to threads that can be easily avoided.

Gary

205 day(s) ago

I suggest changing the name.

For many philosophers, the 'metablog' brand is toxic. If you want to reach a broader audience, rebrand.

Hilde

We should have called it Philosophy Job Market Rumors.

Andrea

194 day(s) ago

Someone is obviously gaming the voting system. Posts that went up within the past hour or so have dozens of votes all skewed one way, and the Blanchard post in particular has made a remarkable "comeback." Is there anything that can be done to combat this?

Judith

194 day(s) ago

Get rid of the captcha already. What's wrong with you people. It's the main reason this site is getting so few comments relative to the number of readers. It's a waste of time.

Alfred

193 day(s) ago

Get rid of the captcha already. What's wrong with you people. It's the main reason this site is getting so few comments relative to the number of readers. It's a waste of time.

Judith

All right, all right, no more captchas. Nothing we wouldn't do for our impeccably mannered users.

Debiprasad

191 day(s) ago

Thanks for the forum! Some suggestions:

- Auto-convert urls to urls.

- Increase width on posts and views columns on main page.

Bradley

188 day(s) ago

Implement HTTPS as soon as possible (and by default, too). We really need some basic encryption here given the controversial nature of the discussions.

Alfred

188 day(s) ago

Implement HTTPS as soon as possible (and by default, too). We really need some basic encryption here given the controversial nature of the discussions.

Bradley

Done. All traffic to and from philosophymetaforum.org is now encrypted with a certificate from the let's encrypt poject (https://letsencrypt.org/), and all http-traffic is automatically redirected to https.

Since Bertrand and I are running this site, we have been amazed by how worried people are that their data might be fished. It certainly says something about the climate in the profession.

Karl

187 day(s) ago

test

Karl

187 day(s) ago

For at least as long as we have dedicated usernames, I would suggest the ability to delete one's own posts. In addition, it would be nice to be able to edit posts for a short time after posting (e.g., 5 minutes).

Bernard

182 day(s) ago

How about a "quarantine" or "holding tank" for junk threads? This would be a way to exercise light moderation and improve the quality of content on the front page, but anyone who wants to actually read those threads go head to the subforum and see them. So don't totally censor the purposely disruptive posters, the idea is, but instead just limit their impact. This may prove necessary for the health of this forum, I think. People who don't like anonymous and lightly-moderated discussion of academic philosophy have already attempted to disrupt this and other forums with junk comments and threads (ant spam, 9/11 truther crap, "That braen es heavy gendered"). A strategy to deal with them sounds important.

Muhammad

182 day(s) ago

Perhaps this is intentional, but I find it a little annoying that in going to a given page in the thread, one is taken to the bottom of the page, rather than the top. So if I'm reading a thread from beginning to end, I have to scroll up to the top each time I change page.

Overall, though, I think this site is working quite well; good job!

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