LNH/Meta: Lalo's Archive

Lalo Martins lalo.martins at gmail.com
Tue Sep 11 23:06:07 PDT 2007

Also spracht Tarq (Tue, 11 Sep 2007 09:46:34 +0000):
> I gave it a quick look-over, and I've got to say that I'm impressed. The
> layout of the site and archives is very easy and friendly, though a few
> things that I picked up on:
> 1. The search didn't work for me. I'm not sure what went wrong there. It
> came up with something resembling an error message each time I tried, so
> if you want me to copypasta that for you, just let me know.

Oops, sorry about that.  The full-text search module is alpha, and it 
seems it's corrupting its index periodically.  Easy to recover from, but 
it would be nicer if it just didn't happen :-)

Try it now.

(It's ironical tho.  I wrote this partially because G's search was 
broken.  Heh.)

> 2. The Archives page could really do with some separation between the
> bottom of the table and the bottom of the page, especially since the
> text gets big and bold when you scroll the cursor over it. It detracts
> from the smoothness of what is otherwise a very smooth page, and makes
> it difficult to tell when you're at the bottom (especially so when the
> location of the bottom changes each time you put your mouse over some
> words =P )

Good point.  I'll look into it.

> 3. There were a couple of Alt.stralian Yarns issues missing, too (4, 6,
> 8 and 12). The only Adventures Beyond Comprehension was #10, which is
> probably because others weren't posted in the specified time frame, but
> it would probably be a good idea to add them anyway. Drabble Girl #37
> was also missing. A few of the earlier LNHCP, LNHv2, Onion Lad, Stomper
> Files, Untold Tales are also not there, probably for the same reason as
> the earlier ABC. While it makes sense that these latter ones are missing
> their earlier issues, it is a bit disconcerting to see it start at #7 or
> #10 or #12.

The problem is, there is no easy way to get to these issues "en masse".  
You can save them to a file from G (use the "view original" link) one by 
one, but that's a lot of work, specially since there is no search.  And 
the Eyrie archives don't always have headers -- my system absolutely 
needs headers (well, at least the date).

Thanks for spotting the missing Drabble Girl tho :-)  I added it.

Here's the "open source the archive" call to arms then: if I get messages 
as text files WITH HEADERS, either individually or packed in zip/tar/rar 
files, I'll gladly add them.

> On the brighter side though, over 100 issues of Haiku Gorilla without a
> single one mysteriously having disappeared! THAT's impressive! =)

:-D  wasn't easy either...

> I didn't get a chance to check up on the Older Titles section (like I
> said, I only gave it a quick look-over), but I'm sure that they all went
> off without a hitch. Good job on creating a pretty damn comprehensive
> archive of almost a year of LNH titles!,


                                               Lalo Martins
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