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#1 2005-09-08 12:26:18

John E. Franklin
Registered: 2005-08-29
Posts: 3,588

hide buttons work when logged in

Why don't hide buttons work when you're not logged in?
See I sometimes just read posts while I'm not logged in and
I noticed this.

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#2 2005-09-08 13:22:40

Registered: 2005-07-24
Posts: 445

Re: hide buttons work when logged in

wow! you are 100% right! I tried to view the board 'Ganesh's Puzzles' as a Guest and all hide tags appeared as text only.
Its seems the tag [ hide][/ hide] is not being "parsed" by the forum's server when guests request a page.

Could this be happening to other features of the forum???

What do you think Mathisfun?


#3 2005-09-08 17:58:59

Registered: 2005-01-21
Posts: 7,631

Re: hide buttons work when logged in

Since I am currently working on the hide tag, anything could happen to it!! (In this case my development work accidentally got copied onto the live version during a recent update .... )

Now, the hide tags original purpose was to avoid spoiling a puzzle (in other words you wouldn't accidentally see a solution, but you could click to see).

But now I think it would be cool if it really did hide answers under certain conditions.

So, while we are on the topic, what do you think of this idea:

For a normal thread hide is just the button we are all used to, but ... if the title has the text "(current)" in it (for example How Many Bricks in a Wall (current) ), then the hide tag will really hide the answer to everyone except the person whose answer it is, and the person who started the thread.

So, we could have competitions even!

And if we do hide the answer what do we replace it with - another button that pops up a message "Ha ha - made you click!", or do we have coloured text that says "(Answer hidden while topic is current)" ?

Thoughts anyone??

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman


#4 2005-09-08 22:58:48

Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 21,989

Re: hide buttons work when logged in

Yes, that would be fine! When the question or problem is no longer current, the hide tag would show the solution! Good thought smile

It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge - Enrico Fermi. 

Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge - Stephen William Hawking.


#5 2005-09-10 13:22:17

Registered: 2005-05-26
Posts: 2,161

Re: hide buttons work when logged in

Sounds great! So that means ganesh would post his questions in separate threads? Would all of his previous questions stay the same way, or would they be separated?

And how would you tell when to change a thread to 'not current'? Could there be a way after a certain time frame, or maybe even after a certain amount of people have answered it, the thread could change to 'not current' automatically?


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