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1  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Four New Board Suggestions on: February 01, 2011, 07:13:43 am
I don't think there should be a forum for libraries.. it'll be too messy and too unorganised. A dedicated repository or application (which I know has been worked on in the past, don't know if it is still under development) would fit that need so many times better.

As for more forums, even though I support the notion of a generic system design forum.. there are too many as it is, it'd be better to clean up what is present right now and cut the number down to a third or fourth, then we can have a look at what is missing =\ (my point of view).
Besides, at the moment there are at least half a dozen forums that encompass a part of the system design topic..
2  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Karma on: January 31, 2011, 12:47:14 pm
Even in that form, it still has a tedency to lead to elitism.
A small group deciding what is right and wrong on a discussion board can't be good.
Right now the thing you use to decide who was helpful or not is the post content, not an arbitrary number that may or may not reflect the helpfulness of that person.
3  Community / Website and Forum / top semi-transparant navigation bar on: January 31, 2011, 12:16:06 pm
A new topic because I just can't be bothered going through 4 pages of topics to see whether this has been answered or not (assuming the answer would be in this forum).
But what are the plans concerning the semi-transparant browser-top-fixed navigation bar?

I keep looking for ways to disable that bloody thing as it is annoying as hell (at least those horrible pop-ups are gone.. they were a LOT worse!), but it doesn't look possible.
Tip: use 1 navigation bar on a site, multiple will only confuse people. (which is why I think the semi-transparant one should just be chucked, being new and innovative is nice and all... but people simply expect navigation to be in one of the default locations and styled in default ways).
4  Community / Website and Forum / Re: If it isn't broken, it could still be improved! on: January 26, 2011, 06:50:08 pm
Will check back in a couple of weeks then, as it is right now.. I find the forum unusable (too much information in too whacky places with too many 'spiffy' features that imo just obscure content).
If you want to bounce the ball in regards to themes, I have done some minor style integration and forum design.. I definitly don't see myself as an expert (or even a proffessional) in this field, you can have my opinion regarding theme styles if you so wish. I'm sure my account has my e-mail data smiley-razz feel free to use it to contact me regarding this matter.



As for the pop-ups disappearing too fast: had that aswell, though now they linger... but having to manually close 20 pop-ups per page gets tedious before you even finish =\
I don't want to see it at all, but for those who do, it needs to be tweaked to only generate a pop-up once, and probably only for topics you want notifications of.. or they become unmanageable in numbers (too many to read in the timespan, too many to close manually.. no good compromise possible because the time it takes for someone to read it depends on so many things).
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Missing Forum on: January 26, 2011, 11:07:36 am
I agree, FAR too many categories with sub-forums.
Topics looks like the reincarnation of exhibition? That forum only received a topic a day or so at best... splitting it into multiple makes little sense.

Nevermind the several fora like LED's, displays, motors etc. which should belong in their respective approach forum in my opinion (hardware / software).


PS: like this is a bar-sport clone.
6  Community / Bar Sport / Re: First Post? on: January 26, 2011, 11:00:30 am
Word filters don't work. They just tend to annoy people...
Ass:
Yes, I have to complete this project for an assessment tomorrow!
 - Yes, I have to complete this project for an hineyessment tomorrow!

I forgot the name of the issue, but its well documented.
7  Community / Website and Forum / Re: If it isn't broken, it could still be improved! .. quite a lot, actually. on: January 26, 2011, 10:56:27 am
Ehm...
Now I know YABB isn't the best of forum software... and that SMF has plenty of followers (of which I'm not one, I have to admit.. probably ranks just above YABB =X ).

But the style this forum is given is absolutely horrendous!
There is a semi-transparant site-bar at the top, which I have no idea what its purpose is? it looks like it has some forum bits and site bits? I can't find the close button of it in anycase.
As for the rest, the blue and pure white give a rather unhealthy (high) contrast, the giant icons in front of each forum section are far too distracting... lack of login form on the front page of the forum (apparently you need to click the 'login' text near the search box), unwelcome pop-ups that made me wonder if firefox stopped blocking advertisements (I still don't know what they were, they were gone a couple of seconds later).
PS: medium/light grey small font text on a white background isn't too readable.

In anycase, I checked the control panel.. and there is no default SMF skin installed. For now, I pray this will happen soon...
8  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: Active moderators on: January 17, 2011, 10:49:13 am
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I'm more concerned about why not using resistors with leds is such a common disease.
Indeed, this is likely more troubling...
But... they work without the resistors! so they don't need em!  ;D
9  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: Robotics on: January 12, 2011, 08:21:03 pm
I agree with mowcius's assesment that it is better to use properly spelled words and proper grammar. Even if it is on a phone, this forum has many people on it from all parts of the world spanning all age groups. Using abbreviated words will decrease your chances of a large portion of the community even bothering to read your post. I for one, do not give help to those who don't take the time to try and do a decent job of making a post.

As for this topic, I'd suggest the original poster to make a post in the bar sport or frequently asked questions forum. More people check those forums. I reckon you'll get more detailed advice and suggestions there aswell.
Probably best to create a new topic there with a link to this one, as to avoid cross-posting for the sake of cross-posting.
10  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: A home for neophytes on: April 22, 2010, 09:20:58 am
I try to help where I can, though I'm also new to the arduino platform.
However, I prefer to think I have a better starting position due to a coding background.

The issue with millis for instance, the "It is so simple, how the #### is it you don't get it??" thing works both ways. For the beginner it might be near impossible to understand.. but for the experienced people, it might be so simple.. it is hard to explain. For instance, try explaining what a word is..
I suppose this isn't really the case with millis, but the idea still stands I reckon.

PS: you can stop with the apologies allready, it looks like nobody wants any =P
11  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: WE NEED MODERATORS on: April 08, 2010, 05:59:23 am
As for the example you provided, the second post after that "conflict" was one of them acknowledging his mistake.
People are people, and make mistakes.
We try our best to learn and correct ourselves or get corrected by our peers.

As said, a forum isn't an absolute reference, it is the place to get other peoples input, hopefully from those with (far) more experience.
12  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: Views counter misleading? on: April 02, 2010, 10:30:01 am
It is a "common" problem with forum software.
Most forum developers leave it like this, because even if it is a skewed counter, it is a decent measurement.
Making the counter accurate would require so much data to be stored in order to prevent those double views.. take the amount of users, feel free to half it or quarter it to drop the inactive users. Now multiply this number by the amount of active topics.. (seen a post in the past 2 days).
Thats a gargantuan number, you need at least that many records in order to make the counter accurate.

That is the reason why most forum developers leave it like this.
13  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Forum / Re: Dutch subforum? on: March 21, 2010, 10:13:58 am
Nearly every place on the internet is swarming with dutchies...
For such a small country, we sure have an obvious web-pressence =)
14  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Rules on subroutines / if statements? on: December 26, 2010, 11:49:24 pm
Please do not see this as trying to debunk the offered help, putting a larger data type in a smaller one is bound to invoke problems, so whatever fixes are suggested.. I endorse the same, this is merely for discussion and enlightment purposes.


If random(0, 900) is used, shouldn't you be able to save it directly in an int without casting it down? It should truncate the excess bits off the value, and simply store the 16 least significant bits in the int value? Now taking that assumption, the value would range between 0 and 900, which falls into the valid positive range of a signet 16 bit integer, so no dataloss would be present due to the value restrictions imposed on the random call. Thus making the return value a valid unchecked cast. Please do correct me if I'm wrong?
15  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: How can I synchronize two milis in two separate on: December 14, 2010, 09:09:26 am
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because Xbee API as a lot going on I cannot know for sure if the serial data sent trought then always takes the same time
Which would mean you would continuesly have to get the time-of-flight for packets.
Though for this to work, you do need a fairly fairly failure resistant setup.. you can only ignore so many time-of-flight pings, its an entirely different matter if the finish-line or start-line trigger isn't received.

Good luck!
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