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by Alex Frakt
Thu May 07, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I'm curious why you're loading so many files and not concatenating them. Each page is loading 13 CSS files. That's 13 HTTP requests. Worse, you're loading a CSS file with @import directives in it to load other CSS files. This is bad bad bad . Depending on the browser, those can be blocking requests...
by Alex Frakt
Thu May 07, 2015 1:45 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

Re: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

And one final note. I also looked at these styles on my Android phone. On that small of a screen, none of the styles were as readable as the current prosilver style. Yes, there is less information available with the prosilver style (e.g. the complaints raised about not being able to see the origina...
by Alex Frakt
Thu May 07, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

Re: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

We made some changes to the site homepage to add a little spacing between the lines and hopefully fix the ugly font issues for everyone.
by Alex Frakt
Wed May 06, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

Re: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

- many browsers don't check style sheet freshness each time they load a page. This is for performance reasons, they css should be versioned on the server side to force clients to update css caching Funny. earlier today I sent ladygeek an e-mail about changing the name of the homepage stylesheet to ...
by Alex Frakt
Wed May 06, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

Re: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

I am a bit confused by the styles examples provided, as the style for me is fine. It is only the hugeness of the font size in landscape mode, that is my issue. ... Can't we just set the font size and be done? If there are instructions for setting a size, that would be helpful to share. According to...
by Alex Frakt
Wed May 06, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

Re: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

On my regular computer (not a tablet) I use firefox and with the new changes, have a large gothic print with little space between lines and is hard to read. If I use chrome browser, I have the old, serif type with more space between lines and is easier to read. I always like to use firefox. slk I'l...
by Alex Frakt
Wed May 06, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Would it be possible for forum version to be a user selection?

Large (non-adjustable) font size in landscape mode. .. SOLUTION? ... When evaluating the dozen or so different phpBB templates at the web site (link provided by Alex, above) I was quite surprised that most of the skins or "phpBB 3.1 Styles" worked well in both portrait and landscape modes...
by Alex Frakt
Wed May 06, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles
Replies: 41
Views: 4449

UI issues (especially iPad)? please evaluate alternate styles

I'm splitting this off from the existing bug report thread because I would like more feedback on the style options for those who have issues with the user interface after the upgrade. Note that this isn't limited to iPad users, if you have other devices, I'd be more than happy to hear your preferenc...
by Alex Frakt
Tue May 05, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

A couple of points on server-side unread post tracking: 1) This is probably temporary. Once we get everything under control, we will experiment with re-enabling it to see what kind of performance hit it takes. 2) Give it a day or two, turning it off meant that the current state had been lost, so ev...
by Alex Frakt
Tue May 05, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military SBP--Delicate Situation [also bad VUL]
Replies: 11
Views: 1299

Re: Military SBP--Delicate Situation [also bad VUL]

I'm working with the guy who sold me the VUL 20 years ago in an attempt to keep it afloat. I can't avoid the fact that I took my eye off the ball, not fully understanding the impact of 'cost of insurance' on the cash value so I didn't increase premiums to balance that. Having said that, as my 'fina...
by Alex Frakt
Mon May 04, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military SBP--Delicate Situation [also bad VUL]
Replies: 11
Views: 1299

Re: Military SBP--Delicate Situation

Just trying to get the conversation going. But could you post more info on your VUL? Perhaps something could be salvaged there.
by Alex Frakt
Mon May 04, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

A couple of points on server-side unread post tracking: 1) This is probably temporary. Once we get everything under control, we will experiment with re-enabling it to see what kind of performance hit it takes. 2) Give it a day or two, turning it off meant that the current state had been lost, so eve...
by Alex Frakt
Mon May 04, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Polls Disabled
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Re: Polls Disabled

The thread is locked. My original post was an announcement. I left it open to see if I had missed anything major that outweighed the factors leading me to disable polls. I have not. Yes my decision was not made democratically. None of the policy decisions here have ever been. I take input, from memb...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I think the problem of having all of your posts showing up as unread is the result of one of those new features I turned off. Specifically 'Enable server-side topic marking: Stores read/unread status information in the database rather than a cookie". You can imagine the size of the database ta...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 11:33 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

How do I subscribe to a conversation to be notified by email when a new post is added to the thread? I see where I can do it when I post a response, but, can I do it if I have not already posted? At the top and bottom of each thread there is a little wrench icon. Click it and "Subscribe topic&...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

A new problem has arisen. Now, when I click on "view your posts", everything shows up as unread, even the threads that were read a long time ago. As I've stated earlier (somewhere), the indexes are used to keep track of posts you've read. You're seeing is what happens when the indexes hav...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Would it be possible for forum version to be a user selection?

P.S. Silly question. If websites can maintain multiple versions (standard and mobile), why not also keep the last simple html version for older systems? Early adopters select forum version 3+, and users with older systems stay with forum version 2. (I tried Vanguard's then new mobile version, it wa...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Notifications temporarily disabled
Replies: 1
Views: 1094

Notifications temporarily disabled

The new version of the forum software has a feature called notifications. Since the forum is running slow and this feature appears to have a fairly heavy server overhead (at least with the default settings), I've temporarily disabled it. We will revisit it once we get the speed issues under control.
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

It just occurred to me that there is a fair amount of processor overhead with notifications. I am going to turn them off for now. Once we get the speed issues under control, we'll revisit this feature.
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

The forum software deletes notifications based on an administrative setting rather than an user setting. Given that this is a new feature in phpBB 3.1, I'd expect that the software developers will collect feedback and decide if this should be something controlled via User Control Panel. From my exp...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

5-3-2015 | Attempted to delete notifications by every apparent method and in combination, logging out, deleting forum cookies, deleting all history and all cookies, etc. Perhaps there is a magic button somewhere. (Sure! That's something they would do.) - Above list of notifications - 1. "Mark ...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 2:38 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

... the bogleheads label on the top is no longer a hot link back to the main page. The square logo to the left of the word "Bogleheads" works for that. Previously, both the logo and the text were links to the main page. Now it's only the logo. Right now it seems very burdensome to move th...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 2:02 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

TomatoTomahto wrote:How do I change font size? I'm on an iPad as I write this, and the font size is a bit large, but on the home page it is unusable it's so large.

Try holding the Apple key and - (Minus). Apple+ makes it larger if you go too far.
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:57 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1
Replies: 69
Views: 5740

Re: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1

555 wrote:How do I delete all the notifications?

Click the Notifications link. There's an option to "Mark all read".

Next to it is the option to get into the Notification settings if you want to limit them or turn them off completely.
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:49 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

A couple of issues that came up on the announcement thread. Making the header text (not just the logo) a link to the homepage again on the list. Using the full screen width may not be, but we will test making it flush left. I find the double margins highly annoying. As you may have guessed, the prim...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Change request : On my desktop Firefox 37 browser, I now get the tiny buttons where it used to say "report" and "quote". The new buttons are not intuitive to me. I suppose they might make sense on a mobile browser with limited screen real estate. But they don't make sense on my ...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:42 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

my apologies , I did not see this thread https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=165039&newpost=2479205#p2479187 May I suggest that for the moment you set it so this thread is always at the top of the list? I merged your thread here. This thread is currently pinned to the top o...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

A private message sent to me on April 23 has reactivated itself (since the upgrade) and is showing as a new message no matter how many times I read it. I don't want to delete it, I just want to see "zero PM" on the banner heading when there are no new messages. Go to your Inbox and click ...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:33 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: where is the symbol to enlarge?

Hi, I used to click on the "A" in the top corner to enlarge the font size... is that no longer available? I cannot find it anyplace now. Thanks .... It's gone. You have to use the browser to change font sizes now. CTRL+ (or Option+) will usually make the font larger. CTRL- (or Option-) ma...
by Alex Frakt
Sun May 03, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Two problems regarding "# Replies" on the home page ( www.bogleheads.org/index.php ): ⋅ As pennstater2005 mentioned in this post , when I click on it, I get an error message: ... ⋅ The count is one too high. I.e., it is the number of posts , not the number of replies ....
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Polls Disabled
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Re: Polls Disabled

The problem with a "sorta poll" where you are asking each person for a reply is that: 1. Many people would give a quick click poll response but not bother to write a full post, so you get fewer opinions and worse statistics It is now impossible to conduct a good poll on this site and I th...
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum is now back ONLINE!
Replies: 45
Views: 3093

Re: Forum is now back ONLINE!

I'm merging and locking miscellaneous threads on the new forum software in an attempt to keep things in one place so nothing gets overlooked. Please direct bug reports and usability issues to Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests . Questions on how to use or find features should go ...
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

BTW, we know the forum is slow. I believe this is due to some heavy, but temporary, reindexing going on in the background as a result of the upgrade. We'll keep you posted.
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 10:15 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 224
Views: 18497

Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Please put all requests and bug reports on this thread. We will be working to sort out everything we can and provide information or workarounds where we can't.

Questions on how to use or find features should go to this thread: What's new and changed in phpBB 3.1.
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum is now back ONLINE!
Replies: 45
Views: 3093

Re: Forum is now back ONLINE!

We will be making fixes as we go. The header link is on the list. I'm afraid that using the full screen width may not be, but if possible we'll test making it flush left. I find the double margins highly annoying. As you may have guessed, the primary reason for the upgrade is to better accommodate m...
by Alex Frakt
Sat May 02, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Polls Disabled
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Re: Polls Disabled

I would also add that i am a little bit worried that moderation on this forum is getting a little bit uptight. There is substantial value in keeping and allowing some levity... I enjoy levity as long as it's on-topic. You don't suppress tools in a toolbox because they are sometimes badly used. The ...
by Alex Frakt
Fri May 01, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate for kids—Thoughts?
Replies: 47
Views: 2838

Re: Karate for kids—Thoughts?

My university had a strong martial arts program. I tried karate and aikido and eventually settled on judo in which I got to brown belt before graduating. My son and I also did BJJ classes when they were offered in the next building (Carlson Gracie Jr. is my neighbor :-)). IMO, any of the martial art...
by Alex Frakt
Fri May 01, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of personal time
Replies: 24
Views: 2241

Re: Value of personal time

Locked. General comment thread. Threads in the Personal forums must meet the following requirements - It must be personal . In other words, you must be asking about your own situation. You can also ask on behalf of someone specific, such as a family member. - It must be actionable . You must be abl...
by Alex Frakt
Fri May 01, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Polls Disabled
Replies: 60
Views: 5695

Polls Disabled

After consultation with the Advisory Board, I have disabled polls on this site. The general problem with self-selecting polls is that the results only tell you only about those who chose to respond to the poll. They cannot be relied on as reflecting the broader will of the participants of this forum...
by Alex Frakt
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unusual Way to Increase Social Security Benefits?
Replies: 37
Views: 2679

Re: Unusual Way to Increase Social Security Benefits?

Locked. Discussions of schemes to evade taxes are not acceptable on this forum.
by Alex Frakt
Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Calculating Cost Basis [in Quicken]
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Calculating Cost Basis [in Quicken]

One of my DRIP's has a small fee associated with it. The contribution is 250.00 with a 1.00 administration fee. When calculating the cost basis do I use 250.00 or 249.00? $250. The cost basis of a purchase includes commissions and fees. From the IRS Topic 703 If you buy stocks or bonds, your basis ...
by Alex Frakt
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: IBD: How Does Your Nest Egg Compare To Most Americans'?
Replies: 14
Views: 3871

Re: IBD: How Does Your Nest Egg Compare To Most Americans'?

Locked. Other people's personal finance decisions are off-topic here. From the forum policies: Non-actionable (Trolling) Topics If readers can't do anything with the content of a topic other than argue about it, it does not belong here. Examples include: - US or world economic, political, tax, heal...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard governance and investor rights
Replies: 66
Views: 3778

Re: Vanguard governance and investor rights

What Jack Bogle wants (or wanted) for Vanguard is not so material as he hasn't been involved in the management of Vanguard (even as a director) for decades. And that worries me. According to a New York Times article, Bogle was squeezed out of his own company, and the board has acted in ways that co...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do you pay in Property Taxes?
Replies: 188
Views: 12194

Re: How much do you pay in Property Taxes?

Locked. Non-actionable general comment thread.
by Alex Frakt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Loss Harvesting: How do you do it in practice?
Replies: 40
Views: 2906

Re: Tax Loss Harvesting: How do you do it in practice?

If you are going to track cost basis, …. What do you mean "If"???? The IRS REQUIRES one to track cost basis, so one had better track cost basis. Someone has to track it, but it doesn't have to be you. Vanguard (and every other brokerage/fund company) will do it for you automatically if yo...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tax Loss Harvesting: How do you do it in practice?
Replies: 40
Views: 2906

Re: Tax Loss Harvesting: How do you do it in practice?

Also, does the decision on dividend reinvestment make a difference? If you are going to track cost basis, automatic reinvestment will leave you with a whole bunch of tiny transactions that need to be dealt with. It's a lot more convenient to not reinvest distributions automatically. Direct them to ...
by Alex Frakt
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: lost a bid for questionable practice of seller's agent
Replies: 28
Views: 3596

Re: lost a bid for questionable practice of seller's agent

I've had to remove several posts from this thread. Please confine your comments to the original poster's questions.
by Alex Frakt
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Broke buy quarterly
Replies: 40
Views: 3056

Re: Broke buy quarterly

I merged your two posts. To get the best advice, it's important to include all your investing information in one place.
by Alex Frakt
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: One Spouse Outearning the Other?
Replies: 64
Views: 5926

Re: One Spouse Outearning the Other?

Locked. General comment threads are off-topic on the Personal subforums. The OP did not present a personal and actionable issue.
by Alex Frakt
Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor is hoarder, piling garbage outside, collecting vans
Replies: 32
Views: 5161

Re: Neighbor is hoarder, piling garbage outside, collecting

I've removed several posts from this thread. Let's keep this discussion to the OP's question of what can be done rather than your favorite local hoarder horror stories.

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