User login

note

Assign people a random avatar image when they create a user account

If you want to assign not just a default avatar, but a random default avatar, that is possible with a setting in the Avatar Selection module.

(I almost made a module to allow a random avatar image to be pulled from a set uploaded by the administrator, in fact I was on my way to the Contributed Module Ideas group, but fortunately i kept searching and found this great module by Stella Power that has this random avatar feature as a bonus.)

Setting up a new GNU/Linux computer (Debian/Ubuntu flavor) for Drupal work, Agaric style

Create an SSH key

ssh-keygen

Send a copy of the public key to an agaric with access to the test server to add it there. Read more about setting up public keys and agent forwarding.

Get Drush

Follow composer instructions on https://github.com/drush-ops/drush (preferred over apt-get or PEAR.)

You cannot reassign an object in a function and expect the outside object to change

Stefan found a bug introduced in a contributed module when the authors took a passed-in object and, instead of only updating its properties as before, tried to change it by assigning a whole new object to the variable name.

This does not work:

Make your menus understand people's angle of intent

I read years ago how Apple at the time had a much more intuitive interface because of things like interpreting anything in the direction of a submenu as headed there, rather than immediately moving focus to whatever happened to be under one's cursor (and also how putting menus at the very edge of the screen gave them infinite depth). Always was on the lookout for people applying this to the web as best practice and finally here's an article and a JQuery plugin:

JavaScript to open external sites (not on domain or subdomain) in new target

It's bad Web practice to open any links in a separate window, but it does help when going for an HTML mobile app and it's becoming accepted expected behavior for anything with a stream.

So here's the JavaScript:

Approaches to in-line editing with a few different JavaScript front-end frameworks

Doesn't seem to be a question of the framework, to judge from the lack of anyone asking or answering the question this way...

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/708801/whats-the-best-edit-in-place-plugin-for-jquery

A Look at the New MySpace

At my other job at Activore we are aware of everything in the social networking space, so without further ado, the new MySpace (new.myspace.com).

For a while now, it has been just a signup page. (Which is probably still all you'll see.)

Railo/Coldfusion can't use function postType that exists in an in-scope CFWheels view helper

In short: POSTTYPE() has "No matching Method/Function"... even though i just defined it. If i define/call it with a different name, it works.

Railo 3.3.4.003 Error (expression)

Message No matching Method/Function for POSTTYPE()
Stacktrace The Error Occurred in
/home/ben/code/gymnet/views/feed/_display_feed.cfm: line 3

App.net Core Values

App.net is a for-pay social network, https://join.app.net/

Their core values are pretty great:

1. We are selling our product, NOT our users.

We will never sell your personal data, content, feed, interests, clicks, or anything else to advertisers. We promise.

2. You own your content.

App.net members always have full control of their data and the fundamental right to easily back-up, export, and delete ALL of their data, whenever they want.

move user search tab from search/user to admin/people/search

Agaric decided to make a contributed module to do this: http://drupal.org/project/usersearchtoadmin

See that project page. The below is mostly notes on wrong turns!

It would be nice if this just used a different permission other than a person's ability to access profiles:

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