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.


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 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.
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.
Working on Sections
I'm moving away from categories and into making sections that can have their own moderator.
Unified posts and new economy proposal

Now that modern is a bit more stable I've started thinking about where to go from here. I'm on a train and my TvOS project is stuck so I've been doing a lot of thinking about it. Here's a proposal..

Unified Posts

First I want to unify links, journals and polls and start adding support for lots of other types. There's no reason we shouldn't be able to share images, videos embeds, music, or anything else that is relevant. That means all the permalinks will change and that elements like ratings will be available on all types. I'd also like to rename journals to blogs or simply text entries.

CP Becomes Currency, XP goes away

The biggest change I'd like to propose is eliminating XP and levels altogether. CP (renamed, ideas?) becomes a true currency that you can bank. Every day you visit the site you get a bit more in the bank. To post you pay the going market value of the place you want to post (more on this later). When people react to your post they pay to do so and that CP goes to you. The net earnings of a post determines its position on the front page. The system levies a small tax on front page posts, which is how they decay off. That tax is then used to pay for the stipend given to visiting the site.

Hey big spender, buy a sub!

Categories go away in favor of reddit style subfilters or subs. Creating one is a big investment, but as the owner of one you'll be entitled to do whatever you want with it. Charge a posting fee, levy your own tax, change the design, mod the posts, whatever. Each sub has its own chat, with chat becoming an increasingly integrated part of the experience.

Conclusions, Your Thoughts?

So that's kind of where I think things are going. I haven't played out any of these concepts yet. I may make some kind of simulation to make sure it could even work. Before going too far down this road I wanted to see what you guys think.
Modern updates

A couple of updates this morning:

* Added in versioning to the JS/CSS to prevent release wonkiness
* Added back the Top Users view

Also looks like we're having some UTF-8 character issues. It's on the list.

I couldn't reproduce the chatter sizing issue. Let me know if you're still seeing that or any other issues.
Modern skin is now available!

I've finally gotten the modern skin into a workable state. It was a ton of work, but well worth it. Modern uses the latest web standards, is responsive, and is social and mobile friendly.

Test it out and let me know when you find bugs. We'll shake it out a bit before making it the default.
A preview and discussion of the modern skin

Hi all,

I've been toiling away on a new skin that will bring linkfilter a big step forward toward being a modern website. It's responsive, mobile-friendly, and has features you've come to expect like auto-loading of pages (aka endless scroll). It's also blazingly quick, and I haven't even started optimizing it for caching yet.

As a part of this exercise I'm trying to boil linkfilter down to it's absolute essence. You'll notice that a lot of the gory bits like XP and Points are tucked away behind the scenes. It also doesn't support some of the more esoteric features like ignoring people (discuss). My hope is that most of these changes will be fairly non-controversial as I would eventually like this to become the default and eventually only skin.

One change that I think has the potential to cause some alarm is the unified comments view (discuss). I've noticed that the threading system on linkfilter adds very little to conversations. Most replies are intending to add to the end of a conversation, but depending on which reply button you hit you could end up with a long string of "RE: RE: RE: RE:" and a jumbled mess of indentation. The new system allows for exactly one level of threading, with all replies going to the end of that thread. I think it will make conversations much easier to follow, and more inviting to jump in and participate. Each thread is like a mini chat.

I'm making great progress on the modern skin. I hope you guys will like it. Check out the screenshots below and please let me know your thoughts.



Unified comments



Some site updates

Glad to see folks logging back in and using the site. I've made some pretty significant updates behind the scenes over the last few days. All the source is now on GitHub. Here's a summary of changes..

* Merged with the more modern Otter framework
* Support for proper response codes (404,200,etc)
* Support for memcached caching
* Upgraded passwords to use bcrypt
* Added RSS 2.0 feeds for links and comments (add format=rss)
* Added JSON feeds for links, comments, polls, journals, users (add format=json)

I'm going to take on a modernized skin next and we'll phase out these old janky ones.

There's probably problems, your best bet is to email me or hit me up on Facebook.

Time zone set to EST
The posts should be showing up in EST timezone now and not GMT.  
Still had something on kaboom?
Kaboom ist kaput. If you still had something on there, or if your mail was routed through there let me know. I've moved the and domains and I can forward mail to somewhere else if you want. Shoot me an email.
I think i fixed the problems with posting
If you guys see more problems email or IM me.
To whomever keeps filling up /home...
Hey guys, someone keeps filling up the/home partition on kaboom. I'm not sure where it's coming from, but stop. That's what crashed linkfilter the last two times. I go and delete personal stuff and then someone fills it up again.  
Also I'm going to be migrating linkfilter and the domains to another server soon. I'll over email forwarding to anyone who is using the current system, but I'm not going to have hosting or email boxes or any of that stuff.  
I have no idea when I'll be able to actually get it all done but you should prepare for it.  
Oh linkfilter..
Oh linkfilter, you're lookin' like an old boxer who's lookin' for his last fight. We're coming up on ten years together. What do you otter loving fucktards want?
On vacation!
I realized that I never take vacations when it took me an hour, and watching an instructional video, to set my outlook out of office auto-reply...
Blip up for a webby!!
Go vote for blip!  
Don't let those punks at Revver win!!  
Kaboom is a sad panda
When you take up too much space on kaboom, it makes him a sad panda.  
Please go delete some mail and remove any large files you have FTPed to the server. Thank you!  
Downtime today
Hey everyone.. Linkfilter will be down today from around 6PM-8PM. I will be moving the server to a new location and IP address. DNS will take a bit to catch up. The new IP address will be Sorry for the inconvenience..
Server issues
Hey all, sorry for the server issues.. I made some changes that will hopefully take care of them.. Drop me some comments here if you're still not reseting CP or new comment scan isn't working.
Moved database, site may be slow
Had to move the database back onto the primary server, at least for a week or so, maybe for good.. Email me if it's ridiculously slow or breaks altogether.
Awesome PuTTY tricks..
Paste from the keyboard:  
    * Press Shift-INSERT (Thanks to Jared)  
Use the mouse in vim:  
    * Make sure TERM is set to 'xterm'  
    * Make sure .vimrc has 'set mouse=vn'  
    * Make sure PuTTY hasn't disabled 'xterm style mouse reporting'  
Set up tunnels to arbitrary addresses  
    * The source port input box accepts address:port, just keep typing  
    * See this page  
Sql dumps
I sent SQL dumps to hornpipe2, kingskyprawn, and db. Anyone i forget? Email me.
SQL dumps available
DB banned me from the linkfilter-users group. Turnabout is fair play I suppose, and I was being a pretty rude as Boojit's childish remarks pissed me off.  
Anyway, I was trying to post that I want to make clear that everyone's posts are their own. If anyone wants a SQL dump of their links/journals/polls, please let me know and I'll be happy to make it available to them. Someone get word to DB about that because the offer stands to him too.  
That's it.
Glitch and I are walking away..
As you may have noticed, linkfilter has been down for a few days. Although the screen read technical difficulties, it really was from administrative difficulties. Some of you may have surmised this by now, and assume that this has to do with recent drama between some users who will remain nameless. This is not exactly the case. The recent drama on linkfilter has been a symptom of a ongoing problem, that ultimately neither Glitch nor I have any time or patience to deal with the day to day drama that seems to plague this community. When recent events threatened to involve lawyers or the FBI, it became clear that we could not continue to run the site. The "Technical Difficulties" page went up and plans were made to shut down for good.  
The six year legacy of linkfilter is something that I found very difficult to walk away from. Its something I've thought about doing for quite some time now, and only Glitch's insistance and help from users like Beaglebot have kept the site around for so long. For their hard work they've received very little but grief, and their jobs have been thankless ones. I want to sincerely and personally thank them for all their hard work and persistance over the years. I owe you both more beers than I could ever repay.  
That said, linkfilter is not going away. Darkstar has stepped up to be the sole responsible party for linkfilter. This will be a three month trial, which if successful will result in the code and data being turned over to him to run on his own servers. Glitch and myself are removing our names and email addresses from the site, except to credit as creators. The administration email account will no longer show up in our email boxes. Any problems or concerns by the users will have to go through Darkstar, and whomever he appoints to help him.  
Keep in mind that this is a trial period. Should the site flounder, I will not hesitate to shut it down. If such a thing were to occur, the database would be sterilized to protect identities and released publically. I am also open to suggestions, so feel free to make them. Right now, my primary concern is to get the site back up and running and to remove myself and Glitch as responsible parties.  
Thank you to all the users who have helped keep linkfilter around all these years.  
The folks at valleywag are a bunch of scheming bitches
Those slimebuckets took Amanda's video, downloaded it from blip, tagged it with the lamest "Approved by Valleywag" preroller i've ever seen. Like i should give a shit that you approve of what i watch. Then they posted it to Veoh, who in turn tagged it again. Then they posted it to their site. Now all the major news media people are picking up on the story, from them, and they're using the Veoh video. Shitbag Assholes! We could force Veoh to take it down, but apparently Amanda's team doesn't want to mess with it, and i don't blame them, there's enough drama. But i had to complain about it somewhere.
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