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I have no idea what is wrong with the forum. Yesterday afternoon I was getting a 'server stopped responding' yesterday afternoon, no forum at all. Then after several hours of that I would get the home screen, but nothing else worked.
I sent a note to Herb and to the hosting service to try to get help. So far, it looks like the forum in intact (knock wood) but something to do with indexing or who knows what is broken.
Hang in there, Have FUN! Someone will figure this out.
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Well now the forum functions work, but I get several lines of error text above the image of the tram.  Also, there's about 20 posts from 1970, which can't be right (unless you guys were doing mail corespondents back then)

But at least the forum works now, I can post and see topics.

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It also looks like we have lost some topics. Still waiting for support to look at the system.

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Hi Ken and all,
For James
the forum is displaying oldest first as a default when the Recent tab is selected. If you click on the "Last Post" date column the list is reversed and displays latest first - BUT...

To all,
It looks like the last week's worth of postings are trapped somewhere - there is a significant gap after August 13/14 or so. This stuff (even this post) does not currently appear in "Recent" This might account for some of those error messages.

LATER EDIT 1 - just checked some of my posting I've made in the last week and they are in the topic but the topic is not showing correctly in Recent for the most recent postings.

I'm sure normal service will be resumed shortly, Please give the Moderators and techies a chance to sort it out for us,

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Our host, the owner of the server and author of the forum software, is working on it...

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I was just informed that a server crash caused the problems and that the database was corrupted. Also, it will be FIXED. Good news.
So, we can continue to use the board in it's odd state for now (is that Tejas?, the odd state? ) and when the repairs are done, we should have our system back WITH the Appetite Mine.

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Looks like we're only down to 3 "1970's" threads, so the problem is mostly taken care of.

Great job to our excellent supermoderators/moderators/helpful techie forum members.

THANK YOU!!!

--James:rah:

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Yes, the 1970 posts are getting fixed, but there are still a lot of missing topics and posts. We will see... I was told we 'were under the head' when the server crashed. Just lucky I guess.

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It happens to all forums every now and then.
I never lose much sleep as in most cases, it gets fixed eventually...

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Ahh so this must be why I can't find the G button to insert some pics in my post!?

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I tried to do a search on turnouts and switches and even though it says there's over 60 hits I only see the first page of them.

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In the Calendar section of the Forum the 13th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention keeps showing up the 1st day of every month.

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Even after the fix the Convention still show up every month.

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Odd, no posts I add to the thread on my own layout actually show up...

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Another problem noticed :-

Woodie posted to my Mysterious Moose Mountain thread...
...this evening, after the site went back up again.

His post SHOULD be the 1st-post of page-61...
...BUT page-61 doesn't seem to exist !

If you click on Woodies last post directly in the N.G.Forum board...
...it comes up ERROR.

It just would be Woodie who's found a way of posting to non-existant pages !!

:moose::moose::moose::moose::moose:

Si.

B.T.W I am impressed that Jim got my page-60 back, as it was missing yesterday.

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There are still problems. On the R?C control forum soldering batteries topic the most recent post by 'Si' is listed but missing!.

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Hi Dave.

I posted in that & some other threads, to test if they were OK or not.

I found about 6 that were not.

Am working with Herb on a 'possible' ( I hope ) fix for this.

If it works, 1 or 2 posts will be lost NOT the whole thread.

There is damage due to the server-crash, but it is not as much as it might seem & no NEW or pre about 3rd week August threads seem affected.

Lets hope for the best.

:moose:

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Si, I found the same problem..."ERROR" when I clicked on the new message. As I have stated many times before, I have trouble just turning the damn computer on much less figuring out what's happening after it gets warmed up! I leave this computer stuff to those who know what to do. I know what to do with computers however, it involves a BIC lighter and a can of gasoline...

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Okay, my thread's new posts are finally showing up.
MODS, could someone please delete the test posts at the end of this thread?
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=6389&forum_id=4&jump_to=85313#p85313

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Hi Lee

Your Threads new posts don't seem to be showing up to me.
They do on the forum main index...
...but they are still not appearing on a fresh page.

I have 4 Threads affected by this & have checked these also.
Robert C. I have also checked your thread.

There are a couple of other small Threads affected by this...
...in fact, as a once in 10-years happening; we got of lightly.

All pages are in fact INTACT...
...it is just at present, no NEW pages can be created.

There seems only one solution to the issue.
I have been looking into this matter with Herb.
I will post a bit more on this very shortly.

I gotta have dinner now !!

:moose:

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Hi Lee B. and Robert C. and Me !

Your pages & mine were at the top of their respective Forums when the server-crash happened; this is why they were affected.

Our Threads are not able to create new-pages properly, due to a damaged database.
What is already there however, is not damaged, and will be still viewable by anyone who wishes.

There is no way to easily repair the damaged database so these Threads are able to create new pages.
This may put what's already there at risk & in my view is unlikely to succeed.

What we need to do, is to therefore start new 'Your Tittle' Part-2 Threads.
Some boards only run to 99-pages anyhow, so it is not unusual to see Part-2s of long-running Threads anyhow.

Our existing Threads, will be LOCKED, preventing any further 'ghost-posts' being added; and they wont be editable as a result of this either.
However, they will still be there, perfectly viewable & linkable to.

I would suggest Lee B. you edit your Post No.130 and Robert C. your Post No.260...
...to say your respective Threads continue as new Part-2 Threads on their Forums.
If you have started a new Part-2 Thread, you can put a link to it in your edits of posts No.130 and No.260 as well.

Following this, all 'ghost-posts' on the 'invisible-pages' will be deleted.
Your No.130 and No.260 will be the last-posts shown on the Forum, so will not return an ERROR when clicked on; the user will go to your Thread as normal.

There is no other way to deal with this problem.
No threads have actually been lost.
I for one, am pleased that mine will still be on Freerails; I've got some Part-2s to start as well !

This is extremely unlikely to ever happen again.
It's a fluke once in 10-years event.

:moose:

Now ... to get on and post more cool modeling !! :cool:

All the best.

Cheers.

Si.

Now where did I put my BIC & jerry-can ?

L:

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Hi Si,
you've got another phantom problem thread - The Cat SIXTY thread at http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=5689&forum_id=11&page=19 has at least one phantom post from me. Sorry mate...

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Okay, I'll change 130 on mine and the other one with content after that and will edit the rest as MOD DELETE on the rest.

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Hi again Lee & Robert.

Just a correction to my above post to you both.

Lee Post #130 and Robert Post #260 will in fact have to be DELETED.
If you want to add a message or link at the end of your Threads...
...it should be done on your next editable-post prior to this.

It might be possible to add a new #130 and #260 ... AFTER the 'ghost-posts' have been deleted...
...but getting rid of these, means the last-post on the page will be initialy deleted also.

- - - - - - -

John, yes I'm aware of that.

7 threads were affected, as far as I can tell.
They are :-

Stoney Creek
Aus. O Outdoors
Caterpillar SIXTY
Timpo 1:32
Crookedest Railroad
Mysterious Moose Mountain
Soldering Batteries

ALL of these Threads are OK though.
They can be viewed as normal, by clicking on any of their pages at the left-side of their Forums.
Clicking on the right-side however will return an ERROR message.
These are the 'ghost-posts' that need to be deleted.

There's no point in posting to these threads now, as new posts will NOT show up.

If anyone comes across anything OTHER than these, that returns an ERROR message...
...Let me know.

Cheers.

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Hi Bob D

The same as above ^^^ applies to your 'Soldering Batteries ??' Thread in the R.C Forum.
The 'ghost-posts' will be DELETED and the Thread with be LOCKED preventing any further posts.

You can start a Part-2 and link to Part-1 as described above as well.

It's NOT possible to post anything further in this Thread which will show up.

Hope that helps.

- - - - - - -

Time for tea and CHEESE Gromit !

:moose:

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You sure that the tea and CHEESE didn't get corrupted, Wallace?

Gromit

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" I have trouble just turning the damn computer on much less figuring out what's happening after it gets warmed up! "

Howdy Woodie :cb:

Warmed up ?

Just crank up the Volts on your vacuum-tube heaters...
...Windows 'll start up loads quicker !

:moose:

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Hi Si and and Mods,
Gallery is still missing under the "Menu" heading options. Any progress with this one?

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Hi John {oztrainz}
and Si I also can't access my gallery under Menu, MY GALLERY is not there can't upload any more pics to post on my new HO/00 scale garden railway thread.

Also being having an issue with passwords , just found in Menu I go to my account and can change the password as well.

Tony from down under

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Hi John & Tony.

Yes, the 'G' button is not appearing as it should.

There have been reported problems on Macs with Safari browsers a number of times before...
...but none as far as I know for P.C users.

Just for the record John & Tony...
...are you Mac or P.C ? and what Browser are you both using ?

You should be able to still upload photos though, using the 'attachment' button at the bottom of the posting window for now.
It's pretty easy to do, I'm sure you've done similar elsewhere.

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Hi again Tony.

I just changed my password...
...and it seems to be working fine for me.

Perhaps it was a key-slip, or upper/lower case thing ??

:moose:

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Hi Si,
The whole Gallery heading is missing from the menu option. so no photos by anyone are visible in Gallery because Gallery itself is not visible. The G gallery button visibility in the toolbar when posting is a separate issue

currently running Chrome under Windows 7 via Parallels on a Macbook Pro - confusing huh? :bg:

That was after 1E10 refused to play fair with Windows 7 and Yahoo Groups, but that's another long and unrelated story...

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Hi John.

Yes I know about the Gallery in the menu.
The photos are appearing in threads as they should.
But yes, browsing through peoples Galleries seems to be 'switched off' or something at present.

It needs looking into.
Herb asked about this earlier, from a question he had.
I think Jim the server-guy may have to have a look at this.

Oh well ... I can still post photos as attachments at the moment.

:moose:

Si.

" currently running Chrome under Windows 7 via Parallels on a Macbook Pro "

Seriously FUBAR !!

Why don't you get a Sinclair-Spectrum...
...the 'G' button might even appear !!

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Hi Si I just changed my password to one I can remember and yet hard to crack, pity about the forum gallery I wish I kecpted that link I had.

The only problem with using the Browser is you can only post one pic link per post.

Tony from down under

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Hi Tony.

I'm pleased you were able to change your password...
...that function was working for me here.

Yes ... 1 pic. per post is the way it is with the attachment function at present.

The gallery is still there & displaying pictures to threads as it should.
It just isn't visible in the way it has been in the past.
It seems likely that the reset after the server-crash may have returned some setting to 'default' or suchlike.
It is going to be looked at to see what is possible.

10 pictures per page ain't too bad though.
Sometimes pages with more pictures than this...
...can take an eternity to load for slow-speed cellphone or 'country' users...
...they do for me !!

:moose:

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Hi Helmut F.

I just noticed in the 'General Talk' Forum another rouge-topic has popped-up.
There may still be one or two of these, I have not yet noticed.
I thought I got 'em all.
This topic was probably at the top of it's board when the server-crash happened.

The topic is :-
' Need Help Selecting Scale '

This Thread has lost the ability to create NEW pages...
...so cannot have any NEW posts added to it that will show up.
The NEW post to it today returns an ERROR message.

I'm going to see if the last-post problem can be removed.
But this Thread can't have any NEW posts added now & will have to be LOCKED.

Helmut F. please start another 'Part-2' of your Thread if you wish & continue the conversation.
Your original Thread can still be viewed & linked to in the normal way...
...just nothing further can be added to it.

I'm pretty sure this is the last problem-Thread from the server-crash out there...
...there were only a few.

:moose:

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Hi Si, yeah my new password is working fine thanks, I should of stuck with Photo bucket and there was another photo sharing mob I was using till I found out FR had a photo gallery, looks like I will have to find the other photo sharing mob and hope their too dear.

The topic is :-
' Need Help Selecting Scale '


Gee I have being over the whole forum and haven't come across this thread.

Si is it furthers day in the UK tomorrow your time, or do you have it when America does.

Might get a chance to do some work on the layout this afternoon.


Tony from down under.

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Hi Tony.

Every experience I've had with PhotoBucket ain't good...
...they should have called it PhotoOuthouse, as far as I'm concerned.
Same with a lot of others, I aint even gonna mention.

I have some photos hosted on Google.
It's FREE and FAST, they have their own software called Picasa as well.
It's the only photo-host I would personally recommend.

However...
...the BEST place for photos that are displayed on Freerails-Threads, is here with the thread.
I'm sure you've seen on the Net, threads which say...
MISSING PHOTO
MISSING PHOTO
MISSING PHOTO
Pretty annoying...
...that's outside photo-hosts for you IMO.
(fingers crossed we won't loose ours !)

' Need Help Selecting Scale ' is in the General-Talk Forum near the top of the Home-Page.
Quite a lot of interesting comment there.

Stick to your HO/OO though Tony !!
Take it from me 'rubber-gauging' is the DISEASE of model railroading !
Stick to 1 scale, he says, as he starts messing with 1:12 figures again !!

Robert tells me it's the beginning of spring in Aus. !
Looks like it's the perfect time to rev things up on outdoor railroading.

You haven't got a chance in the cricket though !!

:moose:

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Hi Si, yeah that is one of the reasons I quite Photo Bucket, lost a few photos and a friend on anther forum lost all his pics from his US holiday.

I was looking at Google photos before and it is quite easy to upload pics, one problem everyone gets to see them, will give it a go, that way can put a few pics at once.

Yes, I am too far into HO scale now to change to another scale, never get the money I paid for my trains, even though I am at the low end of the hobby.

I do have an old Hornby 0scal clock work tank steamy, want to give it a new least of live ad a coach and power the coach bogies with battery power. My train club has a good mixed garden railway gauges will do a video next time I go which will be next Saturday.

Yeah not a good time for sinus and asthma suffers, the Australian native plants are the worsted for that problem with all the plants flowering, my back and front garden is full of flower, attracts the honey birds.

You will be in autumn now, we hope to get a break from the hot summer, last spring was pretty hot spring, makes a long summer, want to get all the heavy construction of the layout out the way by summer.

Tony from down under

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Hi Bob & all.

The photo you saw was posted as an attachment...
...so does not need the Gallery function to appear.

I mailed Herb very-early this morning, about a possible solution to the Gallery not being visible.
I hope that this solution will fix the Gallery problem.
If not, we will continue to investigate the Gallery situation.

Bob, & anyone else looking at this thread.
There are a number of essentially redundant threads around, such as the one Bob posted his question to...
...with support & problem type questions etc.

So that a more focussed & coherent approach to support etc. for members can be given...
...some of these Threads, like the one mentioned, will go, since there is nothing of any use there.
They are just making it difficult for members to get clear support & for it to be given in ONE place.

I'm going to try therefore to focus all support & problem issues in to 1 single main thread...
...which looks like it may well be the now renamed 'FREERAILS FORUM TECHNICAL HELP' Thread, in the READ THIS section, right at the very top of the Home-Page.
( THIS THREAD )

It will make it easier to deal with things as they come up & offer better support for users.

Bob, I think the Gallery will be fixed soon.
It has taken a significant amount of head-scratching to see the answer.

However, you should be able to post photos, right now, if you wish...
...using the attachment button, as discussed in some of the above^ few posts.

:moose:

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Si, I feel alone! I seem to be the only nut who has access to the gallery, can upload photos there, and have no problems (as far as I know) with anything. Maybe its because I am a computer idiot and don't know better or maybe I am "living right" (improbable) or ...who knows??? Maybe I need some of my crap deleted to make me feel wanted! Or maybe I should just shut up (oh yes) and live with the problem.

Ignoramus is bliss....
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Howdy Woodie :cb:

I believe I figured out the Gallery problem after coffee No.12 at 7.00am this morning !

I've P.M.ed The Herb 'bout it...
...& it'll probably get tested later today or tomorrow.

If it's correct, the answer was a simple one (aren't they always !)...
...but difficult to explain...
...it just took MAJOR hair-loss to get there !!

We'll see ............................

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Clif (wclm) Posted this on 30th Aug.

I to was looking through the reload of Freerails and noticed that the "gallery tab" is missing. I did find that the gallery was still there when I hit the "G" in the post reply window.
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Clif Korlaske

Another member that seems they CAN see the 'G'-Button...
...But NOT the top-menu tab.

Clif, I might send you a P.M.
But, are you still seeing the same today ?

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Sorry Si but no Gallery at all as seen from deepest, darkest Southwest England. Zilch, nadder, niente, sod all.

And NO 'G' button on Post Reply page.

We're doomed Captain Mainwaring , I tell you we're all d-o-o-m-e-d.

Keep burning the midnight diesel boys, the answer's in there somewhere.

Regards & Thanks for your efforts on our behalves,     Michael

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Hi Si and all,
"Gallery" is still missing under "Menu" heading where it was previously

Not sure if this has anything to do with it?
I also echo Micheal's thanks comments

EDIT - Additional late thought - If Woody as a moderator can see the Gallery and we as regular users can't maybe the permissions table was corrupted in the crash and an earlier/different/default version is currently in place?

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Hi John.

I had a EUREKA moment last night & thought EXACTLY the same as you.

Problem is, as SUPER MOD. and ADMIN. I have been unable to see the Gallery either.
Previously the Gallery worked fine on my P.C.
I have now checked on Mac. Cellphone & P.C. with permissions & ziltch ?

Herb & Woodie can both see the Gallery.
Clif (wclm), see post No.44, can see the 'G' but NOT the top-tab.

It is MOST perplexing ??

:moose:

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Si----
''If it's correct, the answer was a simple one (aren't they always !)...
...but difficult to explain...
...it just took MAJOR hair-loss to get there !!''

Herb----
''Si, please be advised that your FreeRails healthcare plan does not cover hair transplants, false hair pieces, re seeding, watering, cultivation, mowing, flower garden maintenance, or a number of other issues, It is, in fact easiest described as not covering much of anything in the accident, sickness, tests, x-rays an the like. Sympathy, in very limited amounts is provided, upon payment of a $500 co-pay.''

Payable in advance, of course.

Herb

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Hi Herb, I still can't access my gallery still not showing up in my Menu.

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I've never seen a FR Gallery option or menu since I joined, never knew there was one until I saw the posts here about it "gone missing."

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Hi Mods,
Looks like we have another casualty, Martin's "Dirty STuff" thread just misfired - Last visible post September 1st showing different from "Recents" with today's post by Martin not making it through.

Sorry but it looks like we're not done with "Part 2" threads yet. :-(

Last edited on Mon Sep 5th, 2016 10:56 pm by oztrainz

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I've never heard Herb so pissed-off on the cellphone before

" GALLERY'S GONE MISSING !? "

There's a lot of thieves about these days
We'll get the guys !
We dug the lime-pit in the desert for em already
You should be able to post photos as an attachment for now though

All the photos in the Gallery appear to be still there
The button to use it has become invisible to some Members though
Clif used the Gallery to post his creepy-house photos OK yesterday
He can obviously see the 'G' button, so can Herb & Woodie, I can't see it here though

It's still being investigated as to why this is happening


Stay outta trouble !

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Hi Martin

Sorry to hear about this

Just took a look at the problem
I'm afraid to say that 'Dirty Stuff' is the 9th Thread found with the same problem
It can't create new pages

What is already there seems like it will be OK and viewable still
But you will have to start a 'Dirty Stuff' part-2 to continue posting
The affected threads all seem to have been at the top of their Forum when the server crashed


Keep yer chin up !

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Ay, cannot post new stuff in the Dirty Stuff topic, it says topic closed...

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Hi Martin

The Thread was locked since no new posts will show up anyhow
The other 8 Threads that can't create new pages have been locked as well
There are a number of part-2s already started for further posting
It aint the best news in the world but at least we didn't get hit by a meteorite !

To view the thread as normal you should click on the page No. on the left-side of the Forum
Clicking on the right-side last-post will return a 'page not found' message
This is because the page has not been created & does not exist

Martin, your post from today is now there, I moved it back one post from the 'ghost page'
All pages & posts including todays are now viewable from the left-side page index


It's a dirty business !

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Out of curiosity, these threads don't happen to be the ones which were updated or added to during our recent system collapse, are they?

I'm sure most everyone remembers a couple weeks back that the forum completely collapsed, and admin got the forum back up and running, but there were some glitches since then of forums dissappearing, dates being changed to Jan1st, 1970.

Is it possible that while those problems were being corrected, the fix affected topics which were active and being added onto in the meantime?

Just trying to figure out what the heck is going on, just like the rest of us.

--James

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" Out of curiosity, these threads don't happen to be the ones which were updated or added to during our recent system collapse, are they? "


Inspector Clouseau couldn't a done better
Read the Thread this aint a W.I. meeting
Take my word for it pay attention and don't skip class
The room service in San Quentin is terrible


Keep yer nose clean !

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Unix time (also known as POSIX time or Epoch time)
Is a system for describing instants in time
Defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since 00:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Thursday, 1 January 1970

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Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since 00:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Thursday, 1 January 1970

Maybe that explains why nobody "remembers the 60's" - they never happened.

Does that mean I can maybe get a refund on all that alimony I paid to the woman I married in that decade, prior to 00.00.00  ?.

Hopefully,      Michael
 

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Hi Michael

There's no apostrophe in the sixties
I guess you didn't remember that
Refund ?
Good luck !


Have a cold one !

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I don't remember nuthin' - I was there (somewhere) in the 60s.

Grammatically I agree with you - no ( ' ) because nothing is missing & no use of the Possessive. Our newspaper typographers often use that construction however.
Well observed ! 

Regards,                      Michael


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" Our newspaper typographers often use that construction however."

They also tap your cellphone
Previously worked as barrow boys
And generally talk a load a guff


Get some Shakespeare from the library !

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Can one of the admins make clear what is going to happen. Are we continuing the way it is now or is the solution of Ken still an option. Better make a decision fast, that saves us (the members) for eventually losing new posted stuff.
Please a clear answer and not some "coded" language.

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Hi Alwin.

I will try and answer your question the best I can at present.
I personally have only been looking at this situation since around 31st August.
This is 2 weeks after the server-crashed.
During these 2 weeks & previously, a lot has happened, that needs investigating.

It also seems like a fair amount happened in the week before the server-crashed as well.
However, having an ongoing technical-conversation with the entire Membership about this, is clearly not possible.
Time spent chewing the fat, over water under the bridge, is time wasted as far as getting answers is concerned.
But specific matters-arising for Members have been answered here as clearly as can be.

2 issues principally.
The missing 'G'allery button & how to currently upload attachments as normal.
& how to deal with an individual Thread that can't have new posts added; 9 have been found.
I've had 4 Threads affected by this situation, and want to know what caused it as much as anyone.

Freerails has run flawlessly for 10 years.
Discovering what all of a sudden 'upset the apple cart' & fixing it, will hopefully ensure another 10 years of smooth service.
There is little point in making a 'fast' decision, if it turns out to be the 'wrong' one.
It seems like fast & wrong decisions, may well have caused the problem in the first place.

Of course, everyone has 'opinions', I've met individuals in my life, who are 'experts in everything'.
The REAL expert of course is Jim, who has ensured HIS server, running HIS software has run like a Swiss watch for 10 years.
So, once the Freerails-staff have assessed the situation in full & decide the best solution to the various issues...
...I'm sure that Jim will ensure that his server & software, will continue to give another 10 years stella service.

Jim costs money, by the way.

Others have spent a HUGE amount of their personal time, mopping this up as well.
Here are their salaries.

Herb....... $ 00,000.00c
Woodie... $ 00,000.00c
Si........... $ 00,000.00c
Eddie...... $ 00,000.00c

All the best.

Si.


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I understand that Si, but I don't gonna post anything new (with photo's, wich take a lot of time to upload) when I am not sure that it also stay on freerails. So as long it is not defnitive if the backup of a few weeks ago is restored or not I won't post anything time consuming (read: photo's)

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I really don't understand! How come I have few (if any) problems uploading photos, adding to my threads, looking at others' threads and photos, and living life as I have before all this stuff??? I have the most valued "G" button, it has never gone away, and the sun still shines bright (and hot) here in Tejas.
Maybe I shouldn't say anything about any of this.
Maybe the flowers will still bloom in spring.
Maybe the moon will wax and wane.
Maybe...Naaaw...

"What...me worry?"

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Exactly one of the more vexing problems

Why did some lose some functions--and others not?

The easiest thing to do is complain--But that leaves those who have been working hard--Si and Eddie-- feeling like their effort is wasted--they should be appreciated for bringing things back to where they are now. Information on specifics is being amassed to provide Jim (the server man) with sufficient data to work with. ''G is broke'' doesn't hack it.

Please cool down. When all has been tried, we will let you know. Incidentally, the re-do with backup WAS done, that was when we were off line.

Herb

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Hi Alwin

Good to see you wear a helmet
You can't be too careful these days
A lot of idiots drive around using cellphones

I've been authorized to refund your Membership fee

$00.00

There you go
Can't do better than that


Don't get a flat tyre !

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If a reboot is needed and it'll kill a few of my last posts, I'm just fine with that, if it matter either way.

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Me too, not an issue if it might fix it.
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Who's talking about roll backs & reboots ?
Not me
Listen to the Herb

" The re-do with backup WAS done, that was when we were off line."

That dawg might eat cigars
But he doesn't talk crap


Have a nice day !

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I was just putting it out in case it ever came up later, that's all.

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Hi Lee & Robert

I aint talking about what you guys said
It's most understanding of you both not to worry about loosing a few Posts
What I'm saying is
It's basically business as usual

I don't think at the end of the day anyones gonna loose any Posts
The 'G' button 'll get fixed & possibly even improved fingers crossed
In the mean time anyone who wants can upload attachments
And we got a handful of threads that need part-2s started


There's no such thing as a free lunch !

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We still have the calendar problem.

Do they have any idea on how to fix it?

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Hi Nathan.

I just had a look at the calender.
I don't actually use it, so I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like.
It looks pretty OK to me though.

What is the problem you are asking about ?
If you could give some info. on what's happened to it, it would help.
I will try & look into it, if I know what I'm looking for.

All the best.

:moose:

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Hi Nathan

Damn coffee machine exploded
So bin a bit slow to wake up this morning
Don't sweat bud just ask Nice Guy
Problem fixed


Keep it on the black stuff !

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Thanks Eddie.

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Where is this gallery everyone's writing about?
It just occurred to me that I've never even looked there...

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Hi Lee,
If you haven't seen it previously, then you can't have missed it now? Can you?

My current understanding is that at present the bit that lets us see the Gallery is broken - and looks like it will not be an "instant fix". The photos in the gallery are safe - but you just can't see them or access them for your posts at present. The Mod's and Admin's will let us all know when regular service using the Gallery is restored and how to access it once it is fixed. Please be patient. I'm sure that the Gallery will return, but it will take "as long as it takes" to make the "magic" happen.

At present you can attach one photo type file per message if you use the REPLY option from the topic rather than the QUICK REPLY panel at the foot of each thread's page. BUT please ensure the photo file you attach is at 800 pixels at the widest. This will insert a photo that has enough detail to be very useful, but that won't take forever to download. Please remember not everyone on here has a high-speed internet connection available to view FreeRails.

I hope that this helps clarify things,

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To All:
I can open the galley and see all the photos.
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" It just occurred to me that I've never even looked there..."

Hi Lee.

Don't worry you haven't missed much !

It is possible to 'browse' Members Galleries.
But you're WAY better off looking at Members photos in the actual Threads they are part of.
The Gallery-window contains no text, titles etc. for the photos, just thumbnails.

In the time I've been at Freerails, I've 'browsed' a couple of Galleries...
...and just thought, why bother, there's no description of anything shown.

Most peoples Galleries, mine included, just look like a muddle of images, in date-order, as they've been uploaded.
Meaningless !
You can create basic folders in your Gallery, but I haven't, and neither have most others from what I can tell.

The Gallery-window is a square containing 9 thumbnails.
I've got about 1000 photos in mine, in 111 pages, 9 per page.
As you can imagine, clicking through these & being able to actually find anything, is like looking for a needle in a hay stack.
It is nothing like moving & organizing photos in a regular drag & drop window.

Attaching a photo using the button at the bottom of the Posting-window, is really no different.
The only thing being different, is that only 1 photo per Post is attachable.

To me TEN photos per page, is MORE than enough to load & look at in one go...
...if you want to show more than 10 photos, simply start a new Page.

Pages with VAST amounts of photos, take quite some time to load, for many people with 'real-world' speeds & devices...
...and have absolutely no benefit that I can think of, compared to a nice quick loading Page with a sensible number of photos on it.
Pages with VAST numbers of photos per Page IMO are simply annoying !

P.C. users have had no issues that I'm aware of in using the Gallery in the past.
But Mac users with Safari-browsers certainly have, I believe Firefox might be OK on Macs...
...but most Mac users seem to habitually use Safari.

Of course, a lot of Members don't bother using EITHER method, and just use their own favoured photo-host.

Missed anything by not seeing Members Galleries ?

Nope, not really, it's all in their Threads, presented 10x better !

:moose:

Si.

Bring on the nay sayers !! .................................

;)

HOLY COW !! ... I just read ^ ... Basher can see the 'G' !!

What's your secret ? ... I can't see $4!7 here !!

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I don't claim to see the "G" I just go to menu near the top of the page. Select that and a dropdown menu appears with gallery as the last item. All the pictures are there.
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Here is how I get to gallery photos.
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Here is what I see in Gallery.
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If I select the "W" I get to the site of W.C.Greene one of the best on Freeails.
Basher

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Hi Basher.

You are one of 'the chosen few' !
The Gallery top-menu is currently not appearing on most Members screens.

I've been looking in to why this might be.
But the problem so far defies all logic Capt.Kirk & could be a Klingon plot to blow our safety-valve !

It seems nothing in particular, to do with what hardware Members have either, at least not for the most part.

I used to see what you do ... now I don't !

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!

:moose:

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Looks like the themes might be screwed.

It needs investigating.

I assumed Herb & Woodie would be on 'sea' theme...
...but perhaps they're not.

'aiblue' & 'ultra' bring the top menu for me...
...haven't checked any further than this yet.

Will check on P.C. & cellphone as well.

It does seem it was THE DAMN THEMES !!

I totaly NEVER use any other theme than 'sea'.

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!

:moose:

Si.

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OK

It looks like the ONLY ONE of the 4 Themes there as options, that is working 'normaly' is ...

... AIBLUE

- - - - - - -

Members who want to use the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload photos...

...On the top 'Menu' click 'My Account'...
...then click 'Preferences'...
...then click 'Theme'...
...then select 'AIBLUE' as the 'Board Theme'...
...& finally click on 'Save' at the bottom.

You should now have access to the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload to...
...by going back to the top 'Menu' and clicking on 'Gallery'


If you ALREADY have the 'Board Theme' selected as 'AIBLUE'...
...just go to the top 'Menu' and click on 'Gallery'


:moose:

Si.

All the other Themes, INCLUDING the default 'Sea' Theme, are NOT working as they should be.

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That what you guys wanted to see ?
The galleries are full of pictures of trains
The dude on the bicycle is gonna be over the moon
I gave him a refund as well


What's on T.V ?

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Basher is the Gallery 'G'od
Give yer self a pay rise
Outta one shitstorm and into another !


Where's my Valium ?

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Blast the UFOs first or you're dog meat

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All I'z got to say is that I use Ultra, and it works with the G--FOR ME!

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Hi Herb.

Yes ... The 'Ultra' Theme does kinda work, but has some other aspects that need to be corrected.

This Theme has been altered from it's 'normal' configuration, as have the other 2.

Until these Themes have been fixed, the current recommendation is therefore the 'AIBLUE' Theme, as directed below, For Members wanting to use the Gallery functions.

As far as I can see, this Theme is 100% as it should be.

:moose:

Si.


- - - - - - -


Members who want to use the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload photos...

...On the top 'Menu' click 'My Account'...
...then click 'Preferences'...
...then click 'Theme'...
...then select 'AIBLUE' as the 'Board Theme'...
...& finally click on 'Save' at the bottom.

You should now have access to the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload to...
...by going back to the top 'Menu' and clicking on 'Gallery'


If you ALREADY have the 'Board Theme' selected as 'AIBLUE'...
...just go to the top 'Menu' and click on 'Gallery'


:moose:

Si.


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OK Genii & THANKS SI !!! (& Erudite Eddie an' All)

Being a totally analogue person I've not the foggiest notion what's been going on but by following Einstein Si's instructions as above --  I can see the Gallery !! (but 'orrible background screen colour).

Now I'm NOT being picky - any photos is better than NO photos - but, the photo order in my personal Gallery is totally out of subject/date/context order - but I ain't complaining !.

I haven't tried the big 'G' button yet (hasn't worked for me since the last Gallery tweak back about ? Fem/March).

Y'all give yourselves a raise on that fat $0.00 salary.

Thanks & Mucho Riguardo,   Michael

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Members who want to use the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload photos...

...On the top 'Menu' click 'My Account'...
...then click 'Preferences'...
...then click 'Theme'...
...then select 'AIBLUE' as the 'Board Theme'...
...& finally click on 'Save' at the bottom.

You should now have access to the 'Freerails Gallery' to view & upload to...
...by going back to the top 'Menu' and clicking on 'Gallery'


If you ALREADY have the 'Board Theme' selected as 'AIBLUE'...
...just go to the top 'Menu' and click on 'Gallery'


Push a couple of buttons and yer there !

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Thanks Eddie, never seen the forum so blue before :>)

cheers
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Hi Robert

The problem was a simple one
The Gallery was all there and working
It was just 'invisible' to most Members
It took A WEEK to find out why

There are 4 'Themes' Members can choose between
2 out of the 4 were broken and not showing the Gallery Menu tab
The 3rd Theme does show this but displays the page all wrong
Only the 'AIBLUE' Theme out of the 4 was not completely broken

Most Members using the default 'Sea' Theme which used to work fine saw no 'G'
The 3 broken Themes will be repaired at some point so all 4 are back in working order
Members can still view Freerails in the default 'Sea' (green) Theme if they want to
They will NOT see the 'Gallery' button unless switching to the 'AIBLUE' Theme though

Non members and Members before they log in always get the 'Sea' (green) Theme
Once a Member logs in they see Freerails appear as the preference they have chosen
Or continue to see Freerails in the default if they haven't changed this
Most Members don't change the default to one of the other 3 available


Beam me up Scotty !

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A difficulty opening P.M.s in the 'AIBLUE' Theme has been reported
Opening and sending P.M.s in the default 'Sea' Theme works fine here
The whole 'Themes' issue is gonna get looked at in due course


Hot dog !

:f:

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Done!!! Thanks Eddie and anyone else who has been dealing with these problems.

Actually, I had mine set to the "Sea" theme and wasn't seeing Gallery in the Menu.  Now it's fine.

BobD.

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Well,
I just wrote an article including 6 pictures out of the gallery into the Deltang receiver thread, the 'recent' shows my name and submission data/time, but  -page not found- error comes up. Sh..happens.

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Hi Helmut.

I just had a look at the Deltang Thread.
It was not possible to recover your last Post.
The thread isn't able to create a new Page.
As you probably know, a few 'pt.IIs' have been started.
Some Threads at the top of their Forums were affected by the server-crash.

Deltang pt.I can be linked to & viewed normaly, no further Posts can be added though.
I have started a Deltang pt.II

:moose:

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Hi Reg & John.

I just moved this over here to the FREERAILS FORUM TECHNICAL HELP thread
We are hoping that this will be the 'one-stop' place for ongoing technical recommendations
If any Members want the most up to date information on any issues, this is the place to find it
The issue of PMs in the 'AIBLUE' Theme was covered on this page already in Post No.106

Thanks John for the excellent explanation which you gave Reg
I have pasted it up here in the FREERAILS FORUM TECHNICAL HELP thread

*****

Hi Reg,
This could be a lingering effect of the crash we had recently. You may be set up in the background like I am. My understanding is that there are still some problems with parts of the "Board Themes" we use to view this forum. I am also using Chrome to view the forum.

Go to Menu > My Account > Preferences and check the "Board Themes" field

For me - under the "aiblue" Board Thems, I can see messages but not open them. If I use "ultra", I can see and open messages. So far the rest of the of the forum functionality appears to be working OK for me.

Can I suggest that you try "ultra" for a while and see if everything still works and report back please?

*****

Hi Reg

I'm pleased to hear your PMs are working OK now
The general Board Themes situation will be looked at shortly
We have been waiting on this so far to see if any further issues arise
I'm pleased to say that all issues regarding the server-crash seem to have been noted


Off for a cold one !

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Hi Alwin

Thank you for your observation

I had to scrub the last three posts
The information posted was NOT correct anyhow

The matter is being investigated
Multiple Login attempts WILL be noted if they arise
ANY fake Logins or eMail accesses will be looked at VERY carefully indeed

There have been none discovered though

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Hi Herb

Any further communications regarding this matter
Should be sent to me as a PM only

I have looked into the situation you mentioned
I can probably fix it

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Well, you have to know the ropes....
for me, 'simple' enables me to read the PMs, 'aiblue' is for the gallery, and 'sea' for the looks. OK, keeps those grey cells in training...

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" Keeps those grey cells in training... "

Good morning Helmut.

You're up early !

:moose:

You should be able to browse your PMs in the blissfully calming 'sea' Theme.
& use the visually arresting 'aiblue' Theme, or the Bill Gates 'ultra' Theme for uploading to the Gallery.

The 'ultra' Theme in fact, is working OK for BOTH the Gallery & PMs !

Our highly trained flea-circus is checking the circuits as we speak.

;)

Si.

Don't worry, as long as the grey cells are jumping about & no grey hair is falling out.

Personally, I'm worried about BOTH !!

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Still having problems posting.

I tried to post to this topic:

TOPIC

It indicates I posted but nothing is there.  Tony Walsham's name showed prior to mine that he posted but I never saw anything.

When I hit the symbol to go to the last post in the topic, it says Page Not Found.

BobD

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Hi Bob.

There was a problem at the end of the Page, on that Thread.

Tony Walsham, in fact, made a TRIPLE-POST ! at the end of the Page.

I have fixed the 'Page Not Found' error.

However, no further Posts can be added to that Thread.

Yours is now the last Post.

It can be viewed & linked to as normal.

A 'pt.II' will need to be started, to continue with the Topic.

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Thanks Si, I felt it was similar to what we had been seeing. I'm surprised mine didn't show up multiple times.

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Hi Bob.

You are right.
There were a number of multiple Posts in that Thread, at the transition point to a new Page.
After getting your message, the 'surplus' Posts at that point, were removed.

The Thread was active at the time following the Freerails server-crash of 16th August this year.
Some further new Posts were added in November.
But the Thread has taken 3-months, to reach the point of creating a new Page.

The Thread was obviously slightly damaged around the 16th August, when the server-crash happened.
It has taken this time for it to emerge as a problem though.

There will be the odd 1 or 2 things like this that happen, as a result of what was done back in August.
By and large, as you see, things are working as they should be.
But due to the HUGE size of Freerails, it is basically impossible to check every single Thread for this kind of 'fallout'.
We can only deal with the 1 or 2 remaining difficulties, as and when they emerge.

The Thread has been made a 'sticky', as have the few others, that have needed 'pt.II's started.
It can be viewed and linked to in the normal way, just no further new Posts can be added.

:moose:

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Hi, I just changed my avatar but it does not show in a new post.
Any idea how this is possible? I already deleted some freerails cookies, not sure of it were all of them.

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Hi Alwin

I checked out your Avatar
It's working just fine at this end

I didn't have many Avatars on hand
So I used this Pamela Anderson one for testing

It was either that
Donald Trump
Yosemite Sam
Or Lance Armstrong

If you're not happy with Pamela
Let me know
We'll work something out


NICE FLAG OUTFIT !

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Eddie,

Thanks. It didn't work from my computer. The problem was the browser, it rememberd the old avatar. I cleared the history and the cookies of the browser and now its working fine.

B.t.w. Pamela is nice though I changed her for a stupid train.

Alwin

P.s. I wonder why you have avatars of those people? L:

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Seemed like a good idea at the time??:P

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Could it be that some topics are still missing? I was looking for my "nature takes over" topic in the diorama section but can't find it.

Thanks, Alwin

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Hi Alwin.

Thanks for reporting that.

I'm sorry to hear the Topic is not displayed properly.

Roberts 'Hybrid Power' & my 'Last Of The 3 Foot Loggers' Topics, both have the same problem as well.

I will do my best to find out why your Topic is not appearing.

Again, there was a glitch last weekend, further 'fallout' from what was done in August, which has thrown up some essentially 'random problems' which have not yet been understood.

As soon as I know any more, you will, I would like 'Last Of The 3 Foot Loggers' back as well.

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MOVED from the Santa Claus & Elves Thread in the General Talk Forum.

Originally Posted by Tony M.

" Hi oztrains, I can't access my gallery now message coming up with Free rails needs some info image URL, does that  mead  photo web link, was going to send you a PM but couldn't post the pic, handy you are in the admin, being in there for a while."

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Thanks Eddie I thought of going there, when I saw John is a Super Moderator but I did try to send him a PM but couldn't post that pic, why I posted it there.
It is a pain I can't even access the setting in the menu anymore for some reason, it isn't there, the computer is a couple of years old now.
I keep on clicking insert image and it comes up with that picture.
Hope someone can help Tony from down under, hope not back to one pic per post.:us::bang::shocked:

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Hi Eddie,
More information from Tony - have been trying to raise him by phone but get an answering machine.

From Tony -it started Christmas day when I tried posting the latest update layout pic.- 
I haven't being on Free rails for a month or two...
I thought the problem was solved when the forum crashed , I can't access the G for gallery either think the cause is either Google of windows ten, as usual something simple like Eddie said.
End of info so far...

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style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Morning John, top phone call, many thanks , I have found out that I am running on Edge window10 operating systerm, there must of being an update that stuffed me up from seeing Freerails gallery. The only option is now if I can use Firefox if not looks like I am stuck with posting one pic on the post, will go have a look today to see if there were ticked where they should not be sad .:bang::us::f:L: looks like spell check gone as well style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Tony from SE/QLD

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Hi Tony :wave:

There are a ton of browsers out there, for sure.

I have 'Safari' on a Mac here, to be honest, IT"S RUBISH !
I have had numerous reports of functional-problems with 'Google Chrome' browser.
More RUBISH in my opinion.
I did have 'Internet Explorer' on my P.C, dragged & dropped it to the trash though, more RUBISH !

Sorry if I sound somewhat opinionated, but of course I do have opinions. ;)

NOW...
...I have 'Firefox' on the old-school Mac ( TenFourFox, if anyone wants it, from 'SourceForge', still being updated & supported, NOT by Apple OF COURSE :f: ).
...& also 'Firefox' on my trusty ol' 20th-century P.C. !

All is well !
'G'-buttons all over the place...
...& no more checkout problems from my electronic-component supplier, or when ordering ceeegars online. :mex:

Who needs all the rest ... when the firey-fox is THE BEST ! ;)

All the best.

'old-school' Si.

BTW ... What on earth is all that ... background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255) ... all about ?

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Hi Si, I am amazed that the background colour showed up at the beginning of the post I didn't type it in rgb(255,255,255)
I can't even access the quote button anymore either , will chat to my son today change  Edge to either Firefox or IEP as my default Browser., buy a windows 8.1 copy other answer.Did some research and Firefox support windows 10.
Happy new year Tony from down under.

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PHOTOBUCKET !! ??


Just get Firefox for free on your new P.C.

Set your User Theme to 'Ultra'

& carry on using the Freerails Members Gallery as before

Shouldn't be any problem


Photobucket ??

Dont waste keystrokes !

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style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Morning Eddie, my son said there is a lock in windows 10 that is hard to unlock and no curcuity, he doesn't want to do  looks like I am stuck with one pic per post unless i buy a windows 8.1 copy and go back to windows 8.1 which has internet Explorer11 worked well. style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Photobucket was just a test because they had for downloading to a forum the choice of URL pic file, tried it didn't work. style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Actually I did change to the ULtra setting when the forum crashed mid year, did work fine till I must of had an update in windows Edge that suffed things up, need another update to fix the issue in edge. style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Happy new year for tomorrow night . Eddie. style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Tony from down under not far away here now about 90 minutes to midnight. style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"
style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"Tony from down under.:bang:;) style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"

I think there is a problem here this crap background-colour is coming what to do?????

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I just realised we have two computers, my sons computer windows is windows 7 once he gets off it tonight I am going to hijack it and open up free Rails that will be a big test pure awesome.
Also found out you can upload pics to YouTube as a slide show but the down side is you have to own the pics, not all lost wish I thought of this earlier can't wait, on a high
Tony from down under, all over for another year, hope everyone had a good new year.;):P

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Eddie,

If you go to the Bachmann Forum Sign In you automatically are at the place where you type in your name.

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php?action=login

On both my Win 7 with IE and my Debian with FireFox I have to click on the place to enter my name for Freerails.

This may be a problem of the software used for the this form, but it would be one less thing to do each login.

Nathan

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HI Tony,
In Windows 7 and IE10, I run with 2 tabs up -
Tab 1 - is the message I'm currently working on
Tab 2 - is the Gallery - Now there are a few extra steps here that will help you find your photos in specific albums -

Step 1 - Menu > Galley

Step 2 - Click the alphabetical letter for you user sign-on - (T for TonyM)

Step 3- Scroll down until you find your user name - beside it is a list of your albums - Double click on the album you want (say Camdale Station Complex) 11 photos will display You can now check what you have previously uploaded to this album and make sure that the photo you want to post is where you think it is.

Now back in Tab 1 - your message - add your text and scroll to where you want to insert your first photo.

Step 1  - Click G button  - A pop-up "All your photos" appears

Step 2 -  At top left of pop-up -click the album you want

Step 3 - if necessary, use Next/Previous links to display the photo you want to post

Step 4 - left click on photo and it appears in the message like below (one of my photos)

Step 5- add text and then repeat steps 1 to 4 to add your next photo

 



Next photo




Hint - use the Preview button to see how your message looks - When you are happy with everything, click the "Post Reply" and you are done :2t: 

I hope that this gets your sorted,


 

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OK, I now have a problem...After all these years and having no problems whatsoever and even getting a "new" computer from Mr. K...as of today-1/2/17- when I want to reply to a thread or send a photo from my gallery (which worked yesterday) the damn thing says "browser not supported" and just looks at me. I am a computer doofus so don't tell me to just hit the IP on the DOL and double click on TR and then 1/2 BS...yadda yadda. What the hell is going on? It's things like this that makes me want to send the whole thing to "file 13".
What to do? Why can't my browser browse any more???

Woodie-an Outlaw with a 'tude

***By GOD it did reply! Is it fixed?***

OK, It's the G function that don't like me! God, I hate computers!

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Hi Nathan


I am not sure I understand what you mean

The Freerails login seems quite standard to me

The software shows the user name and password boxes

So does the site you linked to

Am I missing something ?


What happened ? It's 2017 ALREADY ?


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Eddie,

Yes, the boxes show, but the cursor is not in the box, I have to move it to there from where I do not know. The Bachmann site has it there as soon as the login shows on the screen.

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Hi John, yet another snag in posting the pics from the gallery win7 the problem is  now my sons mouse with his disability he has configured his mouse switching the left click to the right click left click isn't working, pain, Will be asking my son when he get onto his computer this morning to sort that out, I may have switch mouses, nearly there as you said computers can be a big pain in the bum.

Tony from SE/QLD

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" Yes, the boxes show, but the cursor is not in the box, I have to move it to there from where I do not know. The Bachmann site has it there as soon as the login shows on the screen."


Hi Nathan :wave:


That is normal operation.

Loads of 'boxes' initially appear without cursors.

It is up to the user to 'choose' where they want to position the cursor next.

So they make the cursor appear, just as entering an 'edit' in a word-processor, for example.


:moose:


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HI John, this is how I broke past the having to have a URL link to post pics, first up I joined imgur as when you  copy a photo you have a choice of links the best link I picked and Free Rails excepted is a direct link, this is where it get hard but we got around it.
At the top of the left hand page you open two new tab pages not splitting the screen as I said this is step one, next pose be step two then step three, of course you must preview each upload and leave enough space for typing.

Part one .
Tony from SE/QLD

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Part two open up what image sharer you use right click the pic and comes up with a choice of files choose direct link all image shares should be the same as imgur, then you go to the top of the page and click Free Rails .

Over to part three.
Tony from SE/QLD

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Part three, now I have managed to get past needing URL being a long time coming thanks to my sons effort this should of happed a long while back .
Once you hit insert image and comes up with the URL you now touch the ctrl  left hand side of the key board and the V button that comes up with the URL link ok it and bingo back in business, you can see on my post in 00/HO scale garden railway Camdale layout, page 13 last post, on a high. Have start again  on the next image  

I hope that is pretty well straight forward , an more info I will help out, imgur is well known a lot of people use imgur, he told me about them and they are free. 

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just found out that i can not open a PM

i have to switch from aibleu to SEA

after that i was able to read my PM

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Hi Cor & Freerails Members



There are still some issues with the various 'Themes'



The 'AIBLUE' Theme is working OK for using The Gallery


The 'ULTRA' Theme however is the CURRENT RECOMMENDATION


BOTH the P.M. and The Gallery functions should work OK at once in this Theme



There has been a small software update by 'UltraBB' to v1.172 recently


One or two aspects of the various Themes are still to be addressed


They all work at the moment but not fully as they are intended to



'ULTRA' IS THE CURRENT RECOMMENDED THEME FOR ALL MEMBERS AT PRESENT



Where's my Valium ?



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There are different themes? Hmm. Whichever one it is I use the multiple tones of green one. Is easy on my eyes.
And makes a nice compliment/contrast to Firefox's walnut theme.

Where's your Valium?
Maybe it took the wrong crosstown trolley?

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Lee B said :-

Most of my posts are done cut-and-paste from my
computer and lately, the format is all messed up. The lines of text are broken
up almost randomly, sometimes entire blocks of texts simply won’t appear in the
finished post, and I cannot select ANY formatting buttons as it’ll boot me out.
I can’t use the emoticons, either. 

I went through all the different screen types
to see if any of them worked better. Nothing worked.

At this rate, I won’t be posting much here
anymore unless someone can find a fix…


- - - - - - -

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Hi Lee.

Pasting 'formated text' into the Reply Window is not generally recommended.

The results are often unpredictable, same as with other software, as well as Freerails.

It may sometimes work, but seeing as there are so many different software programs Members might be using, compatability & users usage is impossible to allow for.

Microsoft have also done something strange of late with their software.

Try using the 'Ultra' Board-Theme & typing text into the regular Reply Window, without pasting it in from your other programs.

What O.S and Browser are you using ?


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I'm using internet explorer.
Okay, lesson learned on cutting and pasting, but ANY function button I press boots me out of the reply box completely.

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Hi Lee.


If it is possible for you to download FIREFOX which is quite simply 'the best' browser there is, issues of various types that have cropped up with 'Internet Explorer' may well disappear.


Since there are so so many different browsers out there, it is very very difficult to offer any good advice concerning all the possible variations.


FIREFOX is really the only browser we can hope to offer any advice in using.

It it a 'multiplatform' program, available for Windows, Apple, Linux & even cellphones I believe now.


I have a number of different browsers on both Windows & Apple.

Internet Explorer & Apples 'Safari', & from what I generally hear, Googles 'Chrome' are prone to certain problems of one sort or another.


FIREFOX is generally a well behaved browser, is updated regularly & is INDEPENDENT of all the major corporations such as Microsoft, Apple & Google etc.


I have FIREFOX on both P.C. and Mac, and have no issues with 'smileys' or the Gallery.

I don't have Windows 10, which some users have reported other problems with though.


What Operating-System are you using ?


It is possible that due to some recent changes, by Microsoft etc. not Freerails, that it may well be that the Forum software by 'UltraBB' needs a fix.

It is only possible to fully understand these things based on reports like yours.

They are sometimes difficult to make sense of though, when all is working OK here, and a user is having issues.


Generally the first thought is that Freerails is the problem.

But experience shows that it is generally corporation software updates & weird browser setups that are in some ways really the issue.


It aint an easy game to win ... but we are trying !


:moose:


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Problem: Not able to upload photos, etc.
Cure: Get RID of any MICROSOFT updates sent to your computer since 01/01/2017.I did and my computer works like it did before, just right.

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Thanks Woodie


Microsoft are 2nd on my $%@& list after the freeway traffic into Long Beach


The 'Ultra' Board-Theme is currently recommended for all Members


The other 3 Board-Themes are OK for browsing but need a couple of updates



Klingons off the port bow Captain !


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Just to put in my $0.02...
I use Firefox on a Linux platform (Ubuntu) to the extent possible.  It seems it is impossible to completely divorce oneself of MicroSoft.
I rarely have problems, tasks are not interrupted by unnecessary messages from MicroSoft (and other software vendors), and I have much better control over all of my applications.
Linux really isn't any more difficult to install and operate than Windows. Kind of. It is different. The operating system itself is "Open Source", meaning there is no fee for the license, and there is a ton of great Open Source (yes, that is a formal license agreement) software including office suites, photo editors, CAD, just about anything you might need.
Most files generated in Windows can be opened and edited by Linux based applications.  So you don't lose access to past information when you make the switch.
I manage a water district and we just abandoned the "industry standard" SCADA software (Wonderware, commonly referred to as "Underware"), which is Windows based, and opted for a Linux based application with which we are absolutely delighted.  
There are several "distributions" of Linux.  I prefer Ubuntu, but others may lean to Red Hat based distributions.  You DON'T pay your money, but you do get to choose.
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It's probably an issue at my end but as it doesn't happen with other sites I thought I'd out the problem and see if there are any answers.

Looking back over the Updah Creek thread, several of my photos have inexplicably become very large whereas they weren't when posted. I've also noticed that in at least one case, a photo that is posted is totally different to the one that is supposed to be there and is not even one of mine, the imposter being some Far Eastern fishing person!

I've tried to delete and repost my photo but it keeps coming up as the fake photo. I'm using Windows 7, Firefox and Flickr as the photo host and working on a laptop.

The issue seems to be peculiar to FreeRails so any observations would be most welcome.

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Hi Doug.


Mmm ... Yes, this does seem like a very strange thing indeed !


All I can say is, that I have not seen, or had reported, in the last 7-months, anything whatsoever that even slightly resembles what you've noticed.


The reason that Freerails provides Members with totally 'unlimited and FREE' photo-hosting, is quite simply because 3rd-party outside photo-hosts are NOTORIOUS for creating problems with serving photos in peoples Threads.


Missing photos are the 'normal' problem, I'm sure we have all seen the repeated 'missing photo' boxes, on numerous Threads, on numerous Sites, whilst on the web.

This is 99.9% of the time, either the photo-host screwing up the users links, or the user themselves, moving or deleting their own photos, normally accidentally.


The other common problem is extremely slow loading times, from poor quality photo hosting.

My general observations are that Photobucket is one of the worst in this respect, and I have noticed extremely poor loading times from many many others including 'Flickr', at my end as well.

Photos hosted on the Freerails server, generally have absolutely STELLA loading times !


As far as I am aware Doug, there is simply NO WAY that the Links to display your photos on Freerails, could possibly be changed or altered in any way at this end.

Certainly not replaced with a Chinamans !


If you have tried deleting the 'Chinese fishermans' photos & reposting what you hope to be 'your' photos & the same photos reappear, it seems to me that it is 99.9% certain that 'Flickr' have somehow screwed up your photo-hosting & who knows, the 'Chinese fisherman' is probably, right now, looking at photos of country and western loving loggers.


As for photos 'changing size', the only thing I can say is this again points to the fact that somewhere along the line 'Flickr' have screwed up the actual size of photo that you have chosen to be served by their Site.

There is no way that Freerails can change the size of the photos, which in the first instance are Posted fine, and then days later appear to have changed.

It looks as though the 'Flickr' links & database are simply serving up total garbage in not only the size, but also who's photos you are actually getting !


I will have a look at this Doug, really as a curiosity, as I have no doubt that there is nothing I can do about it at this end.

So a couple of questions.


What size ---x--- in pixels photos do you Post on Freerails ?

I'm guessing from what I've seen, when your photo-hosting is working correctly, that they are 800x--- something.


Second question, can you direct me to 'the worst possible case' of this happening, ie. what Page is it on ? so I can have a look at what is appearing to you as wrong.


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Sounds like another great fishermans tale to me


I just caught the worlds biggest ever fish



I didn't get a photo though !


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Si, the most recent example of a "fat photo" is in post 125 on page 13 and is titled l (7) and shows the underside of my turntable. All photos since this one have remained at the posted size which you rightly surmise is 800 x something but there are quite a few earlier ones that have bloated.

The fishy fisherman appears on page 11 in post 107 as j (0) about half way down but I've just discovered that if I reduce the correct photo size to 640 x something or less and re-post it I can delete him and the proper photo can be posted in his place. Weird or what!

Changing the photo titles doesn't make any difference but I'll change the size of this example to get rid of the fishy smell when you've had a chance to see what I'm talking about.  However, if it's not an inconvenience for the forum, I don't propose to go back and find and alter all the others so affected but I'll keep a close eye on what happens in  the future.

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Hi Doug,
I has a look though your whole "Updah" thread yesterday at about this time and couldn't find any "fat photographs. - everything appeared to be lined up OK 
This was with Chrome as the browser and in Ultra viewing schema. I couldn't find anything "fishy" either.
"Curiouser and curiouser" as Alice would say..
 

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That's very interesting John. I wonder if it's just me that's seeing things the way they seem to be and some incompatibility between Firefox and the forum or Flickr. I've just looked at the thread using Chrome and I get the same problem so if anyone else reads this and cares to look, I'd be interested to hear what you see.

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Hi Doug.


It's not always possible to guess these things.

But guessing or fault-finding is about hunches !



It is possible that 'Flickr' received complaints about files being mixed up generally.

If they investigated this & found there was a problem, they could have reverted to an earlier backup of their files/links, before the problem existed, & this backup could now be running.

Therefore the problem you saw, is now fixed.



Why is it possible that YOU may be seeing the problem still ?

Precisely how this may be implemented in your computer & browser is unknown...

...but, your computer may be holding 'cached pages' on its hard-drive.



These pages may get deleted automatically after a set time, or when the allotted 'cache space' is filled.

The computer may well also store some data about 'cached pages' for longer, if say they are regularly visited ones, ie. Updah.



Also photos stored on your hard-drive may well be found & loaded by your browser, BEFORE they are loaded from 'Flickr', as this method loads your pages faster.

The 'fat photos' could be larger copies of the same photo, which have the same file name as the 'clone' you uploaded to 'Flickr'.



You could try emptying your browsers 'cache' & see if the Chinese Fisherman is still angling Updah Creek ! ;)


:brill:


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Certainly very fishy ... better get back to the Mystery Machine and tell Shag & Scoobs !

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Si, thanks for the input of which, being a computer numpty, I'm afraid I understood squat! I've replaced the fishy fisherman by deleting him and posting the slightly smaller sized "real" photo and that now seems OK but the bloated photos still appear. I guess I could go to each,and replace it with a smaller sized version which I may do in due course.

As for clearing the browser cache, I've heard the expression but haven't a clue how to go about it. I use CCleaner(free version) on a regular basis to clean up much of what I generate in useless space takers but that doesn't cure the problem. If I send the old laptop in to my local tame gurus for a service, I'll raise the issue with them and see what comes of it. Thanks again Si and all who commented.

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Hi Doug.


On Firefox.

Go to PREFERENCES in the main Firefox menu.

Then go to the ADVANCED section.

Then go to NETWORK on that menu.


That is where the 'cache' options are.


You can see how much data is 'cached'.

The Apple I am on today, has A LOT 'cached' at present ... 350 MB


You can manage how much 'cache' you allow there, if you wish.

You can also EMPTY CACHE using the button there.


I would do that.

The 'cache data' just speeds loading generally.

So if you EMPTY CACHE nothing important is lost.

The 'cache' will just fill up again, as you surf the net.


You may have a LIMIT set there already.

Or you may just have a big, ever expanding 'cache'.


Give it a go !

Might just drown that fishy Chinaman. ;)


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'Cleaning' is a different thing to 'cache'.

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... and cure the fat photos without having to reload them ;)

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Thanks Si but I'm sufficiently dumb as to not know how to get into the Firefox menu. At some time I set Firefox with Google as the home page so that's all that comes up on my screen. I've been to the 'net to enquire and it suggests I call up %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ but that doesn't show me anything like the files that you're referring to. I think it's best I leave well alone and deal with the issue when I next get my laptop serviced. I'm more and more sure that there's some incompatibility between my system and the forum as the problem doesn't occur with any other site.

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Hi Doug.

PREFERENCES is in one of the normal drop-down menus, at the top-left of your screen.

Go there, then the ADVANCED button, click that.

Last step, click on NETWORKS.

Then simply EMPTY CACHE.

Simple.

All those faulty 'cached files' will be gone.

You should I think, get new 'mended links' from 'Flickr'

We hope !


Si.


If the problem at 'Flickr' we are guessing got fixed.

It may have only affected certain parts of your photo-hosting.

Which is maybe why only a few photos were either muddled or bloated.


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Sorry Si, but I just don't get this. I have no drop down box on screen nor any way to get to one as far as I can see. As I said, I'll have to go in to our local specialists and get them to look things over. This is all too much for my lonely single brain cell!

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Doug, I have had mucho problems putting photos on my thread...I changed the computer to an "earlier date" and that worked until Windows did some "updates", the change worked again until Mozilla screwed with me somehow...when I wrote a post and wanted a photo, I clicked on the G and got "browser not supported" BS...Well, I can send photos to my gallery from the computer but that's as far as it goes. Si offered some suggestions and even helped out. Then (while just screwing around), I tried this...I wrote the words, hit enter and moved the vertical line down a bit, brought up FR on another tab, went to my gallery and clicked on the photo I wanted. It was enlarged...then (from experience with another site) I RIGHT clicked on that large photo, a box dropped down with some stuff..among it "copy image", I left clicked on that then went to the other tab with my post, RIGHT clicked and got another drop down with "Paste" among the selections...I left clicked on that and THERE WAS MY PHOTO JUST AS IT USED TO BE WHEN I WAS A GOOD BOY AND USED THE "G"...It worked! Maybe you can try that...good luck!

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Thanks Woodie. When I've re-read your post to get it in my thick head I'll have a bash and see what happens.

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Hi Doug.



Just another clue as to where the 'preferences' button is in FIREFOX.



It is in the same menu as 'About Firefox' & 'Quit Firefox'.



There are only 9 menus in the FIREFOX that I am using now...

...it really shouldn't be that difficult to find 'Preferences'.



Good luck ... This tape will self destruct in 5 seconds . . . . .



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Thanks for your patience Si but I'm completely clueless about computers. I haven't any idea as to how to get into Firefox menus and the leads in your last post mean nothing I'm afraid. As I said earlier, I'll get round to letting the experts have a look at some time.

Meantime, I am noticing that other posters have fat photos in their threads so it's either not peculiar to me and possibly a throwback to the forum crash or it's some glitch in my viewing.

In the same way as the photo gallery is only available in certain backgrounds, I've tried changing that but it makes no difference.

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Hi Doug.


Thanks for your observation on other 'fat photos'.

That is most peculiar.

I have not seen this myself.


However, Freerails DOES allow Members to Post whatever size photo they wish.

Provided it is under 0.5 Megabytes in file-size.


We generally recommend 800x--- photos, as you know.

Some Members Post 1024x--- photos as well.


But for example, if a Member wants to Post a 'panorama'...

...much wider than 800 or 1024 pixels...

...it will display on the Page at the size they choose.

This obviously involves 'scrolling' the Page.

But it does mean that a wider & higher-res image can be viewed/saved etc.


:moose:


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Well Si, after pressing just about every button I could find, I finally got into the Firefox menus - needless to say, being the numpty that I am, I was looking in all the wrong places before! - and found and cleared the cache. Mine seems to be set at a limit of 350MB which was full.

Unfortunately it's made no difference and even though I shut down and restarted the computer, the bloated photos are still there. If I'm the only one seeing them, then the faullt must be somewhere in my links to the forum but if others are seeing them (for example on page 11 of the Updah thread)then I suspect it's a fault going back to the forum crash.

The issue doesn't occur with any other forum or including photos from Flickr into emails for example, so for me it's an exclusive with FR. It doesn't bother me and perhaps we've spent too much time on it but I will ask my tame experts to think about it when my laptop goes in for a service.

Thanks for the help, sorry I've been such a clutz and I hope it's not caused you too much grief.

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Hi again Doug.



Doug, I am more than pleased to help if I can.



There is no fault going back to the server-crash regarding these photos.


As far as I can tell, looking at Page 11, the 'fat photos'...

...are simply caused by 'Flickr' links to photos larger than you wanted.


There is no way that Freerails can change or alter these links in any way.

If they were simply faulty or 'corrupt' I suspect NO photo at all would show...

...not just the correct photo, but bigger than you wanted.


Since these links are essentially supplied by 'Flickr'...

...bad links must be a problem at their end, not Freerails.

I can't really say much more about it than that.


The situation with 'Themes' will be looked at soonish.

This in fact has nothing to do with the server-crash either.

They were changed before that happened.


The reason they have not been changed back to their previous settings yet...

...is due entirely to my decision to 'watch the board closely'...

...following the problem in August last year.


As a result of this close watching...

...numerous problems have been 'mopped up' without any general comment about them.



The hours are long, the pay is terrible, but we are still surfing the internet rails ! ;)



LONG LIVE FREERAILS !



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And more power to your elbow Si for taking on the Super Moderating task. Much appreciated.

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Hi Doug, Si and all
just went and had another look at page 11 of Updah thread  and in post 107 (see http://freerails.com/view_post.php?post_id=89483} the first photo of the parade is wider than the rest of the photos on that page.  
Now going to the direct Flikr link at [url=]https://www.flickr.com/photos/33431492@N04/22371498298/]]https://www.flickr.com/photos/33431492@N04/22371498298/[/url] I find under the photo at at left  "e(6) modified by CombineZP"  So lets see if this works- now copying the just original fat photo from the original thread and deleting surrounding text...e (6) by slateworks, on Flickr 
 Now going back to Flickr and selecting BBcode from under the Share Photo icon at bottom right and selecting size as "Medium 800 by 314 pixels (can use little down arrow at right of size field to select from a range of sizes for your photo) we then have  Copy the BB code and paste directly here e (6) by slateworks, on Flickr 

Checking back to see what size the original photo came in as: testing for 1024 x 402 pixelse (6) by slateworks, on Flickr BINGO!! -  we have a winner!!!  
Now if you weren't a wake up about the 800 preferred pixel size, then it is likely Flikr would bring in whatever size  the photo ended up when it was uploaded to Flikr, This photo looks like a composite, so it would finish up greater than 800 wide after uploading to Flikr.  
Clear as mud, Doug??

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OK...


...now I'm waiting for Johns explanation on...


...the phantom Chinese fisherman angling Updah creek !


Was his fish a prize winner ?


;)


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HI Doug, Si and all, 
I'm sorry but I can't help with the fishy Chinaman. I have photo j0 in post 107 looking like this - (I have included text either side of the photo and am using a straight Copy/Paste)

luggage and freight (white metal castings) were added,


j (o) by slateworks, on Flickr


This photo looks narrower than 800 pixels wide - is probably 720 pixels wide.  For me this is the correct photo in the correct location within the posting.

More Alice if you can still see the Chinaman - He must have emerged somehow from the rabbit hole on Doug's machine??


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This is a job for the Mad Hatter I'm sure !


Perhaps Doug has been making a model of a Chinese angler ?


Gotta go ... I'm late ... I'm late . . .


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OK gents, there's an explanation for these.

The parade photo was originally posted at a larger size in view of its width and I wanted to make the content as clear as possible so that one isn't a "fat photo".

The Chinese fisherman has been drowned and the correct photo put in the post by using a 640x480 size. If I use the 800x600 size he magically reappears! Weird or what!

Thanks for the input John but it's most likely a Flickr aberration as you say Si. I can get rid of any other fat photos (I think) by reposting them at 640x480 but that will involve a search and destroy exercise and I'm rapidly losing the will to live over it so will leave things as they are for now.

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The ultimate FR devotion--"losing the will to live"--Quick, someone apply liquid spirits!

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