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    The sidebar at the front page (and the New Posts section)

    It used to be possible to hide the sidebar (on the right) that is displayed at the main page of the forums. Can this feature be brought back?

    In related concerns: what is the purpose of that sidebar? All it has is lottery information and the new posts widget. Lottery notwithstanding (is it even still going?), the new posts widget is unusable as is: it basically never shows anything except the endless GCT drivel (aka let's emulate IRC on forums while generating 400-500 times more traffic).

    In unrelated concerns: UTF-8 characters are kill. They often cut the remaining text off when posting.


    Last edited by Yuubari; 04-28-2016 at 08:16 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yuubari View Post
    It used to be possible to hide the sidebar (on the right) that is displayed at the main page of the forums. Can this feature be brought back?
    Well, I can do it, by clicking on the double arrows on the right of said sidebar...



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    A Friendly Local Erune Yuubari's Avatar
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    I wonder why Chrome does not show it.

    Inspect shows

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    somehow and that's with uBlock disabled.

    OK let's disregard the button (it disappears for me the moment I log in), the question about the new posts section still stands.


    Last edited by Yuubari; 04-28-2016 at 08:29 AM.
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    @Yuubari For me it's a bit out of sight, out of mind. I have it not only minimized, but I got a stylish script to even hid the button cause I'm a bad visual designer who likes function or form. The sidebar is a default feature with vBulletin.

    I was just short of taking out the GCT spam from the sidebox and there's even an option to remove it completely. However, I stopped short when I realized that one people complaining about an issue on the internet does not mean general consensus on the issue. I only know now that one person does not like seeing GCT posts in there but I have no idea how many people agree with this and how many are opposed. If more info is gather on who likes it and who doesnt (and how many dont care) then more action can be taken.

    Though, I could take out the lotto info since it is largely irrelevant.

    And in your unrelated note, it's Latin1 supplement characters (128-255) that are kill. UTF-8 characters are, from what I can tell, translated to their html encoded counterparts and stored in the database that way. This is done in vBulletin before it hits the database. Probably something like "if (len(char) > 1) htmlencode(char)" and since those characters are technically one byte it sneaks past and then MySQL doesnt like it.

    And the internet has been proving to be very unhelpful for a fix to this. Changing char set / collations to uft8 does nothing, changing engines does nothing. Just gives the "Incorrect string value" warning and cuts off everything as usual.


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    Actually, I wouldn't mind if say instead of the new posts, that "top 15 latest topics" table at the top of the forum could be used in it's place on the sidebar (just the topic titles not the full thing of course). The lottery part can be changed just to mark when Kancolle is accepting new registrations though rather than removed, as they aren't always open. You can even have it followed by a server status but considering the sidebar doesn't scroll with the forum and the news/announcement tells us when the games in maintenance it's a little redundant.

    The only other things you could really put on a sidebar are generic timers like when dailies/weeklies reset/monthlies reset. Game time, Link to current event topics (although again, news/announcement does that so redundancy) and other stuff along those lines.

    Frankly it's not worth the hassle considering the side bar is pretty small and only on the main page not all of them.



 

 

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