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Dthoma's Journal: Yet Another Slashdot Bug? 6

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I just noticed when posting a comment that I appear to be getting a 'Friend of a Friend' modifier applied to my own comments. This has only started happening since yesterday when I set a +1 bonus to all Friends of Friends. Apparently Slashdot has realised that one of my friends has marked me as their friend, so it's giving me the +1 bonus by mistake.

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Yet Another Slashdot Bug?

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  • by red5 (51324)
    I've noticed this too. It's been active for quite sometime. I just never complained because I like it this way. I always wanted a modifier that would make my own comments stickout (I guess I am selfcentered). This is a nice little workaround to accomplish that or at least thats the way I see it.
  • I don't have that modifier set, but I do know that there has been a bug on ID'ing Friends of freinds, since when I click to add someone to my friends list who is already listed as a friend of a friend, they don't have any mutual friends (or foes) listed on the "Are you sure page?"

    It seems like this feature, while I think it is handy for identifying user journals I'd be interested in, has gone too far. THey should just ID friends and friends of friends. They shouldn't bother ID'ing fans, foes, friends of foes, etc. at least not unless you specifically call up that user's information.

    • It seems like this feature, while I think it is handy for identifying user journals I'd be interested in, has gone too far. THey should just ID friends and friends of friends. They shouldn't bother ID'ing fans, foes, friends of foes, etc. at least not unless you specifically call up that user's information.
      I disagree. I think the zoo system is probably one of the coolest parts of Slashdot and I think the whole foes, friends of foes, foes of friends, fans and freaks are all equally important. If I recall correctly, CmdrTaco is coming up with some cool new zoo features, too. I can't wait, myself.
      • Oh, I agree its coll, I just think SlashDot shouldn't go down the Microsoftian road of releasing new features that have so many bugs they actually decrease the performance of the existing system.

        If they can't get the bugs out without betatesting on a large scale, then they could use one of their test servers. Plus it's never been clear to me how to post bugs that appear on SlashDot. When the site was small could just email them to Taco, then for while, you could post them to Slashcode site, now they seemed to have forked far off basic slashcode, that it more of a SlashDot specific choice to implement the still buggy code, then it is the fact that the code has bugs in it.

        I guess I could try to use the PDA version if it bugs me too much. Is that still around? And if so can you point me to the URL?

        • I guess I could try to use the PDA version if it bugs me too much. Is that still around?
          I don't know.
          And if so can you point me to the URL?
          I don't know the URL, either. Maybe someone else might. /me shrugs.
          • Well, while that was possibly the least helpful reply I have ever seen on /., it at least reminded me of my question which was enough to get me to look for myself.

            The FAQ lists two different low intensity versions, but they might be a little too minimalist. There is a PalmOS [slashdot.org] version, and there is a WAP version [slashdot.org] (which curiously none of my browsers can read, but MSWord imports it fine as if it were HTML).

            Using Word, I couldn't browse the WAP version past the main page but based on the similarities I'd say that both versions only list the topics on the main page, and when you read a story only the top 5-10 comments can be read.

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