New Feature: Is it helpful?
I've added a new feature that lets you mark comments you find helpful. It is pretty simple, if you found a comment helpful, just click "yes". If you didn't, click "no".
New Posting Rule - UPDATED
I've scaled back the original posting limits so that you can post only once per 12 hour period, not 24 hour period. That way if you post a story at night, you can post another one during your lunch break the next day.
Anybody try the new slideshow editor yet?
UPDATE : I let the domain the image server is on expire by mistake. I renewed it this morning, but it usually takes a day to get everything going so I hacked around the problem until everything is back to normal. The only "catch" is things will load noticably slower until tommorow.
Howdy Folks, I've just pushed out a pretty slick new slideshow editor. It's not done yet, and while it should work on about 90% of all the browsers, it won't work on some. If you haven't already done so, you'll be required to install Microsoft's Silverlight before you can use it.
Do let me know if you have any problems using it or even just figuring it out. You can always use the old editor by clicking on a link below the new editor.
Slideshows, Popup Images, Mail
I *think* I fixed the issue people were having with slideshows. For one, it doesn't stop working when you have a hard-core popup blocker like it used to. For two, I made it a bit less complex, so that alone might fix things. Further, I upgraded the text editor I use to the latest version and while doing so discovered that I was using two versions at the same time!
Second, I fixed a bug where if you clicked on a link to your private messages in an email, it would sometimes crash photographica.
Third, I did some magic on the server to speed things up.
Fourth, I made it more obvious that you have to have an account to comment.
Fifth and finally, I improved the page that gets generated when things blow up in your dashboard. Granted things shouldn't blow up, but at least now when they do it gives you a happy message and spews out a bunch of debugging information that will help me find the problem.
Update: This time, I think I really did fix the slideshow bug!
Improved Avatars, Mail and More!
All kinds of fun...
- Avatars: You can now upload any size for your avatar and crop it right here on photographica.
- Mail: Looks nicer.
- Profile: You can add up to 10 website links.
- Profile: AIM/MSN/ICQ instant messenger accounts can now be added.
- IE6: Fixed some bugs, probably caused some new ones, and died a little inside.
I'll be out of town this weekend, so I sure hope all this works!
If you are having trouble uploading today, know that I'm working on it. Specifically, if you upload and it returns a "timeout" error, it means you took too long to upload, which is not your fault. The cause relates to how I fixed yesterdays problem... moving the load balancer that decides what physical server should send you a webpage. Long story short, unadjusted, the new load balancer gets a little pissy when you take a long time uploading. In the meanwhile, you can probably avoid the error by uploading smaller images or perhaps getting a faster internet connection (grin ;-).
UPDATE: should be fixed. let me know if you have problems uploading still!
New Story Editor
I'm pleased to announce an upgrade to the story editor. You should be able to do the same things you were able to before. I've yet to find a good icon to use for either the popup image button and the slideshow button. Right now they are the same icon, which is rather confusing. The left button is the popup, the right is the slideshow (if you are a subscriber). Even if you click the wrong button, it will not matter because you can just switch tabs.
If you are a graphic designer and want to donate a couple of 22x22px gifs, I've be very grateful.
Let me know if any of you have questions or encounter any problems!
You used to be able to post as many stories as you like provided you follow the unwritten rule "No more than a post a day". We'll now I've enforced this unwritten rule in Photographica itself.
From now on, you cannot publish more than one story in a 24 hour period. That means if you posted a story this morning at 10am PDT, you will not be able to post again until 10am tomorrow. During this time, you can create a draft of your story; you just will not be able to publish it until tomorrow.
Let me know if you have any questions about this new policy.
Your Photo Guide to Today's Outage...
At 4:00pm PDT today, somebody decided to plug their brand new $20,000 refridgerator sized Cisco Router into the power provided by our data center. Rather than turning on like a good giant router, this one decided to throw a giant fireball that burned the hand of the tech who plugged it in. The UPS, which keeps the power on when the city looses power, didn't like this one bit and threw it's breaker and took down several racks worth of servers. Photographica and XLAN were on one of those racks and we lost power for about an hour.
The tech is okay, but the router sadly didn't make it.
(a couple of these are from Cisco.com... I only wish I had one of my own to take a picture of...)
Become a Photographica Subscriber!
Photographica has been alive and running since 2001. During these past seven years, Photographica has grown from a small-time website of around 500 users to a thriving community of more then 13,000 members. That is a lot and there is every indication we will continue to grow! There is plenty more this site can be and plenty more it needs, but to continue, Photographica needs your support.The Photographica Subscription
For less then the price of a single copy of your favorite celebrity rag, you can be a Photographica Subscriber. What does your $3.95/mo get you?
- No Advertising
Turn off those annoying ads!
- A heart by your name
Subscribers get a nice little heart by their name
Subscribers can create slideshows to embed into their stories
So Don't Wait - Subscribe Today!Yet another super-bump for the day
This is a reminder(!). It is pretty cool watching the tag cloud thingy evolve. Once we get more stuff tagged, there is all levels of coolness in store for how to navigate this website. There is no reason we can't pull off some of the stuff flickr does. But it needs you to work. What is tagging?
Tagging is a system lets you, the reader and participant of this website, decide how to categorize the vast amount of information at this website.
For example, using tags - Here is a map of all the tags so far. The larger the tag is, the more popular it is.
The goal of tagging is to look at a story and say "wow, I want to see more posts like this one!". So you view its tags and find a characteristic you would like to see more of.
See, the idea behind tagging is that you get to decide what uniquely describes a post. So the catch is it is up to you to make it work!
This informational reminder has been brought to you buy the letters R, D and J and the number 2.
Bumped, three years later, by Cory: A blast from the past and a quick reminder to tag your stories!
Photographica, Refresh Edition (UPDATED)
Hope you like the new look. If you've got bugs or any other kinds of issues with the new page, post 'em here!
Update: Enjoy the new comment layout. I'm aware that some cannot change their avatar and I'm working to fix this as we type.
Got Image Trouble?
Hope you are all enjoying the many changes to this website. It has been a long road to get here, but I think it was well worth it.
Update 1:21pm PDT - Fixed for real!
I've been getting several reports that they are having trouble inserting certain images into their story. From what I understand, the photo will upload just fine but it can never get inserted into a story. I'm scratching my head as to what the problem may be.
These are kind of old, so it is cheating in a way. You'll have to excuse it though as I'm a bit occupied making this place a better one.
These were taken with a tripod and a flashlight with a blue gel. I actually managed to use one of them as a backdrop for my homepage (http://www.coryking.com).
Photographica Upgrade Discussion Topic
At long last, Photographica has many exciting new features and improvements. So, what is new?
- A fresh new look!
- Tags are back! You tag your story while you edit it.
- Tons of fixes to long standing issues.
- Private Messages can contain the same kinds of formatting as a story.
- Edit Stories: You can now edit your stories after you post them.
- Create Drafts: In addition, you can work on a story by saving it as draft and publish it when you are ready.
- Improved editor: No more HTML or learning or tags. Works like a mini version of word
- Flagged Entries: Stories that are in the challenge will have a flag next to them.
- Details: Details about the challenge are better presented.
Using MyYahoo, Bloglines or Google Reader?
Make sure to add our "New Stories" RSS feed to your newsreader!
By the way, if you are using MyYahoo, you can have the story thumbnails show up by clicking on the feed options (the Gear icon above the feed) and select "Headline summary, and Image" and click "Save".
We can delete!!!
we can delete our own images!!! yes i mean not only the editors, but all users!!
The only thing is that you can only delete images that have not been used in a Story or a slideshow.
Have fun deleting!
Thanks cory! ur the bomb!