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Journal bedessen's Journal: slashdot hidden or undocumented features 2

This journal entry is to list some slashdot features that are either very poorly documented or not documented at all.

  • comments.pl - This will show you recently created discussions. Check the "(Referrer)" link to see what each discussion is associated with -- article or journal entry.
  • comments.pl?op=user_created_index - This presents a list of user created discussions -- they are not associated with articles or journal entries, and the "referrer" or "story link" is an arbitrary link. You can create your own from this page as well.
  • comments.pl?op=creator_index - This shows you discussions that you have created. This is the same as comments.pl?op=personal_index, I think.
  • topics.pl?op=toptopics - This used to be a really neat feature that would articles for the last 4 days or so, arranged by topic. It appears to have changed so that now there's just a "Yesterday's Articles" and "Previous Articles" link for each topic. This is not nearly as good as the old page.
  • You can see who your friends, foes, fans, and freaks are by using the tilde URL as follows: if your username is 'foo', then http://slashdot.org/~foo/fans will show you a list of users that consider you a friend, and http://slashdot.org/~foo/fiends will show those that consider you a foe. Here are examples for CmdrTaco: friends, foes, fans, and freaks. If you are not familiar with the tilde URL, you can also use it to show a user's information as well as their journal: http://slashdot.org/~CmdrTaco and http://slashdot.org/~CmdrTaco/journal.
  • The slashcode-general mailing list archives are an interesting read for questions about slashcode and related stuff.
  • A recent change has been "karma obfuscation" where your karma is listed only qualitatively, you do not see a number. You can read the somewhat obscure announcement in CmdrTaco's journal entry, and the resultant discussion is here. The default mappings for the karma labels appear to be as follows. Of course this may change.
    • -10 = Terrible
    • -1 = Bad
    • 0 = Neutral
    • 12 = Positive
    • 25 = Good
    • 99999 = Excellent
  • Here are the default Lameness Filters for the subject of a submitted comment. The format is:


    min_match is the minimum number of times the regex must match to flag lameness. This can alternately be specified as a ratio, i.e. set min_match = ratio*total_length. min_length specifies how many characters the subject must have to apply this test. error_msg is the text that is displayed.

    '^(?:\\s+)','gi',0.0000,7,0,'Lots of space in the subject ... lots of space in the head.'
    '(?:\\b(?:[^a-zA-Z0-9])+\\b)','gi',0.0000,10,10,'Junk character post.'
    '\\w{80}','',0.0000,0,0,'that\'s an awful long string of letters there!'
    '^(?:)$','gi',0.0000,0,0,'Cat got your tongue? You mean you have nothing to say?'
    '[^a-zA-Z0-9]','gi',0.6000,0,10,'Ascii Art. How creative. Not here though.'
    '^(?:.)$','gi',0.0000,0,0,'One character. Hmmm. Gee, might this be a troll?'
    '^(.)\\1{5,}$','gi',0.0000,0,0,'Junk character post.'

    And similarly for the body of the comment:

    '^(?:\\s+)','gi',0.0000,40,0,'Lots of space in the comment ... lots of space in the head.'
    '(?:(?:\\W){5,})','gi',0.0000,5,25,'Junk character post.'
    '(?:\\b(?:[^a-zA-Z0-9])+\\b)','gi',0.0000,10,10,'Junk character post.'
    '^(?:.)$','gi',0.0000,0,0,'One character. Hmmm. Gee, might this be a troll?'
    '[\\\\\\,\\.\\-\\_\\*\\|\\}\\{\\]\\[\\@\\&\\%\\$\\s\\)\\(\\?\\!\\^\\=\\+\\~\\`\\\"\\\']','gi',0.6000,0,10,'Ascii art. How creative. Not here though.'
    '[^a-zA-Z0-9]','gi',0.6000,0,10,'Ascii Art. How creative. Not here though.'
    '^(?:)$','gi',0.0000,0,0,'Cat got your tongue? You mean you have nothing to say?'
    '\\w{80}','',0.0000,0,0,'that\'s an awful long string of letters there!'

    Note that there will be unintended spaces inserted in the above, which is unavoidable. There are additional checks as well. There must be at least 7 words per line, and the minimum average line width must be at least 40. Again, remember that these are the default stock slashcode values, the actual slashdot.org ones may differ. Thought someone might be curious, though.

That's about all I can think of for the moment. If I've forgotten anything, or you have more to include, then submit a comment to this entry.


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  • Do you know what the hidden sids mentioned in the faq [slashdot.org] is all about? I assume it is sids that aren't linked anywhere, but I sat and put a lot of them in one day, but never saw anything but "Nothing for you to see here. Please move along."
    • I don't know for sure but I'm assuming that refers to the "user created discussions" because unless you know the sid# (or the command the list them), you will never see those threads as they are not linked anywhere.

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