RUDYBOT!

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It was hard to watch and it took over an hour, but the RudyBot Pizza Maker eventually produced a tasty, if mangled, slice. Not bad for a beta product. But would it be ready in time for the product launch in September?

RSS support partially released

It's taking me a lot longer than expected to get RSS import tools working as gear. Rather than wait for all those pieces to be in place I went ahead and released the RSS output for sectors. Look in the upper right corner of the sector banner to find the link.

Tuesday Ten

Ages ago there was the Tuesday Ten. Just put your music player of choice on random and see what the day brought you. I think tomorrow would be a good day for that. It is Tuesday after all

Nifty macOS Catalina feature

"Click the Markup button in MacOS and there's a new button that will send images and documents over to your iPhone or iPad so you can mark it up with your fingers or an Apple Pencil (and changes are reflected in real time on the Mac's screen)."

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/10/macos-10-15-catalina-the-ars-technica-review/4/#h1

random

cornpone, 8 years ago:

Last nite while working at the golf range. I sold Old LF user, maggie, a bucket of golf balls.  

I recognized her because fb had suggested her as a friend a while back. the mutual friends were glitch and jones, maybe clu.  

anywho, it's a small small internet."

Next Release: RSS In and Out

I'll be continuing on the modernization and quality of life improvements here before returning to any RPG elements. Next up is support RSS feeds for both reading in posts to sectors as well as allowing linkFilter to integrate into RSS readers.

RSS Inbound

The next release will allow sector moderators to subscribe their sector to a number of RSS feeds. Only moderators will be able to see these feeds. They will be able to easily convert one or more items in the feed into posts in the sector. I may also add some auto posting ability, since it's still pretty dead around here.

RSS Outbound

All sectors and views will support an RSS output. Authenticated views like Home will include a token to make it easy to include your customized feed in a reader.

New Release: Embeds

Embeds

With this release you can post embedded images and videos. Images can be posted from Flickr, Imgur, Giphy, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or any direct link to an image file. Videos can be posted from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

Other embed types like audio and podcasts will be added in a future release.

Release Notes

  • Added support for reading oEmbed API calls
  • Added support for detecting oEmbed endpoint
  • Added support for using oEmbed proxies
  • Added video post type
  • Added image post type
  • Fixed bug where users could not edit or delete their own posts
  • Fix XP dropdown so that it won't be empty
  • Moved old static images to /imgs
  • Added support for multiple types to rating
  • Fixed issue where titles would preview long but then be truncated
Erica Synths' Girts Ozolins on creativity and experimentation
Spoon Seraph

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I wish I could get to people's archived posts via their profiles

TSIA, baby! #featureRequest

Exactly 23 minutes into each of the first nine seasons of Cheers
Violence is Invisible

Violence is Invisible

New Release: Bounties

Bounties

This release of linkFilter introduces bounties, activities that grant extra rewards for completing specific tasks. Bounties typically run for a week or a day and encourage users to explore and interact.

Once acquired you can click the XP bar to track your progress. Be sure to complete your bounties before they expire, and then collect you reward.

Currently only Cando 99-30 in The Archive is offering bounties, but expect to see more soon.

Release Notes

  • Adds support for bounties, activities that grant additional rewards for specific actions
  • Fixes for nightly and weekly maintenance
  • Fix for new sectors not appearing in post dropdowns
  • Refactor award for bounties and prep for award log
  • Fixes for pagination in sector view
Is RSS coming back to LF?

RSS!!!

Hatepup Lives!
New Release: The Archive

The Archive

This release introduces The Archive, moving all the posts from before "the collapse" to a separate section of the site. Posts in The Archive are locked: no voting, no editing, no commenting. Posts can be recovered from The Archive by crossposting them to other sectors.

The Archive also introduces linkFilter's first NPC: Cando 99-30. Cando manages The Archive and will soon start offering bounties for activities involving all those old posts.

Crossposting

This release also introduces crossposting. Any post can be crossposted to another sector. The original post creator gets awarded XP as well as the person crossposting. You can crosspost your own posts too, but you won't get double XP.

Release Notes

  • Posts can now be cross posted to other sectors
  • Crossposting results in XP rewards for original post as well as cross post
  • Posts and Sectors prior to the 2011 shutdown are now contained in The Archive
  • The Archive can be browsed by year and month, by sector, or searched
  • Posts in The Archive cannot be edited, voted on, or commented on
  • Significant improvements to search
  • Significant improvements to site performance
  • Fixes for avatar selection
  • Fixes for mobile site
  • Fixes for site sluggishness for users with space in username
  • Fixes for search not being updated on new posts
  • All users are subscribed to new sectors (for now)
  • Fixes for posts that are associated to a hard deleted user
  • Support for filtering by date moving forward from linkFilter launch
  • Bookmarks will work deleted and archived links
  • Fixes for sectors containing "all" in the token
  • Purging caches on user preference update
  • Recent posts in archived sectors moved to limbo
Next Release: The Archive

I wanted to share my thoughts on the next release for linkFilter, because they may be controversial.

Post Reset / The Archive

I'm going to be moving all posts and sectors except for the very latest ones into a new section of the site titled The Archive. A new heading at the top will allow you to delve into the sectors and visit the heyday of the site. Search will return results from the both areas.

This will allow us to start building a series of sectors that are user moderated and focused on whatever you're interested in. When more of the game mechanics start to come into play there will be reasons to visit The Archive and pull posts into the main area.

User Reset

Once I've introduced some more game mechanics I'll be doing a user reset, pulling everyone back to level 1 and 0 XP. I want to give everyone a reason to start posting again since most users who were here back in the day have already unlocked everything. There will be new things to unlock and new mechanics to allow active users to progress quickly. All posts and sectors between now and the reset will remain active.

Thoughts?

Share them here, in the chat, or on the Discord.

New Release: Markdown Editing

Now with Markdown

Out today, Markdown editing across the site.

I don't know about you, but I always found the editing on linkFilter lacking. My wonky CR/LF to html break conversion never worked right. It also made the text edit fields terrible to look at.

I've removed support for editing HTML directly, and now we just use markdown. All the old rules for where images are allowed and aren't still apply.

Refactored posting

I refactored the posting of links, journals and comments to use as much of the same code as possible. Moving forward this should make making changes easier and more uniform. As with all refactors, you will probably find a bug or two, just let me know.

Other stuff / Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug with comments creating new threads when they weren't supposed to
  • Fixed mobile mode so you can post again
  • Removed support for legacy skins
  • Turned off all post-per-day cost multipliers
  • Added support for mod deleting and undeleting
  • Removed support for mod editing
  • Comments use proper user/title/body after post
  • Added notification on new sector creation
Fall 19 roadmap

Now that the first new features for linkFilter have been released in ages, I wanted to share with you some of direction I'd like to take the site.

I want to double down on the gaming aspects of the site. I'll be introducing a parallel alternate universe narrative where the internet is almost entirely a handful of walled gardens. LinkFilter is one of the last refuges of the open internet, and your character comes to share, curate and defend content there.

I'll be introducing character classes, each with its own role on the site. The "mod" class for example, is a curator on the site. They have specialized tools for managing lots of content. All classes will be able to perform all functions, just some functions will be better/easier for your class. I'll also be introducing inventory. Stuff you can add to your characters to enhance their functions even more. Eventually I'd like to introduce NPCs into the mix.


Before I get to any of that, we'll need one more round of bug fixes and quality of life improvements. I'm going to move all the editors to use simple markdown, for example. I'll also be adding in an invite system, so we can welcome other members into the community.
Introducing Sectors, glimmer and some new rules

I'm excited to announce some new features to the linkFilter community.

Sectors

Sectors replace categories and can be created by anyone. Journals and Polls are now posted into sectors as well. Anything posted into your sectors can be moderated by you.

CP becomes glimmer

I've renamed CP into glimmer. The function is exactly the same, except instead of getting reset every night you will get additional glimmer on the first visit of each day. You can accumulate up to 1000. I've also tweaked the amount you get each day slightly.

New level up screen


You'll notice a progress bar in the upper right which shows your progress to the next level. Reaching a new level will show a new animated level up display.
RIP Rip Torn
Startup Growing Pains
My company CARMERA is right around 50 people now. We've hit the point where we need middle management, and that team needs to spin up and get working effectively. It's the least fun part of the startup cycle. Meetings all day everyday. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel though.
30R
Working on Sections
I'm moving away from categories and into making sections that can have their own moderator.
Foreshadowing

College Admissions Scandal

Bill Cosby
Harvey Weinstein
Jeffrey Epstein
NXIVM
Cardinal George Pell
David de Rothschild
Benjamin Netanyahu


Yeah, listen to the lyric. Here we go!

We are the ones prophesized to return
My main concern is for all of you to learn
How to live, yes through the lyrics I give and send my friend
This age is coming to an end -
Not the world - but the age is ending.
Listen to the astrological message I'm sending
Truth is truth, whether or not you like me:
We are living now in the age of Pisces
When Pisces is over, at the year two thousand
When the Sun of God changes his house and
Enters the Age of Aquarius
The Sun of God as man is hilarious
When you think of Jesus, think of the Sun
The flaming Sun, that's where they stole this concept from
Stop believing and read your bible logically;
The New Testament is really old astrology
Jesus is the son of God - no lie -
But they might be talking about the Sun up in the sky
The Sun that hangs on the cross of the Zodiac
The Zodiac with twelve signs to be exact
Each sign is a house, and you should keep in mind
Each house equals, a period of time
The time: two thousand years and that's a fact -
It's called an age or a house in the Zodiac
The twelve disciples are twelve months of reason
The four gospels signify the four seasons
When Jesus fed the multitude with two fishes
It signified the Age of Pisces, not fish on dishes
If you read the bible astrologically it's clearer,
The next age will be the age of the water-bearer
It's called the Age of Aquarius,
When logic and truth will take care of us
So in this age of spiritual dignity
You'll see a rise in femininity
And creativity, meshed with masculinity
You got to get with me, this is your true her-story
Do you wanna go higher...

Everybody's bad and everybody's tough
But how many people are intelligent enough
To open up their eyes and see through the lies
Discipline themselves, yourself to stay alive
Not many
That's why the universe sent me today on this stage
With this to to say
The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer
And in the final hour many heads will lose power
What does the rich versus the poor really mean?
Psychologically it means you got to pick your team
When someone says the rich gets richer
Visualize wealth and put yourselves in the picture
The rich get richer, cause they work towards rich
The poor get poorer, cause their minds can't switch from the ghetto
Let go, it's not a novelty
You could love your neighborhood without loving poverty
Follow me, every mother, father, son, daughter
There's no reason to fear the New World Order
We must order the whole new world to pay us
The New World Order and the old state chaos
The Big Brother watching over you, is a lie you see
Hip-Hop could build it's own secret society
But first you and I got to unify
Stop the negativity and control our creativity
The rich is getting richer, so why we ain't richer?
Could it be we still thinking like niggas?
Educate yourselves, make your world view bigger
Visualize wealth and put yourselves in the picture!


- KRS-One 1997
Total Information Awareness

Remember LifeLog?

linkfilter.net/journals/1181

I remember.

Ever wonder why I disappeared when I did, why I never had a Facebook account?

[111]

#NSA should've hired me thank #Q very much


The People are the aware ones now.
Attn: Darwish
311 - Galaxy (1997)

Between Mars and Jupiter there’s a gap for another planet
Now way back yeah maybe a mad man
Just blew the shit out of it
Now we’re tryin’ to get back in alignment
Explains why we go through cycles always tryin’ to find it
Closin’ into the age of Aquarius crazy weather floods
Tornadoes low jet streams not gettin’ better
Enterin’ a twilight zone activities grown
And every single day more people spottin’ UFOs

Let’s come together with this new coast shit
We got the motherfuckin’ kids now lets freak this shit
It’s messed up if you’re feeling (feeling)
Everything is wrong, we’ll take over the pentagon

It’s fucked up in this paradigm cuz
I’m burning fossil fuels I don’t even need to
Free energy has been harnessed
We don’t use it why ’cause the technique’s been suppressed
The hourglass has passed through granules that’s cool
We gotta bust it, break all these rules and
Switch change up the pitch
Rearrange our lives and this dumb shit we’ll ditch

Let’s come together with this new coast shit
We got the motherfuckin’ kids now lets freak this shit
It’s messed up if you’re feeling (feeling)
Everything is wrong, we’ll fumigate the chevrons


I found a bootleg of the cosmic conscious then erased it
Visualized the breath technique slowly became it
Now something is watchin’ me since I have found the keys
To free this energy my high speed light body
The galaxy is crazy it doesn’t amaze me
That we’re livin’ out of phase and quickly decaying
6 protons, 6 neutrons, 6 electrons
Is encoded in this planet we live on
reddit catching up I see
https://imgur.com/XS0JkUO