posted by Dryhte on Wed 26th Mar 2008 09:49
Conversations Hi OSnews staff,

I want to attract your attention to a strange bug in the website. I've been getting an 'Important Notice' lately on OSnews about duplicate items in my sidebar (it's quite annoying because it appears above the other news items, screams to me in red, and I can't get rid of it).

Now I don't have any duplicate items in my sidebar, and what's even worse, if I 'click here', go to my account preferences and 'Set Boxes to Default' (and save), I get the message 'sidebar choices ok', but the notice remains where it was.

I hope it won't take too much time to get rid of this...

Cheers,

d.
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Explanation
by Adam S on Wed 26th Mar 2008 12:16 UTC
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

You are on the default theme, which includes the "account information", the "search", and the "comic" automatically in the header. So if you have these in the sidebar, they are dupes. Remove those from your sidebar and you're all set.

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RE: Explanation
by stestagg on Wed 26th Mar 2008 12:45 in reply to "Explanation"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Well actually, while I appreciate being warned that things have changed, I like the search item in the sidebar, and am willing to put up with a nag box to keep it there. It would be nice to have an option to disable the warning while keeping the layout that *I* like.

thanks.

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RE[2]: Explanation
by Adam S on Wed 26th Mar 2008 15:12 in reply to "RE: Explanation"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

Unfortunately, if things go as I think they're going to, we're going to be disabling themes and some of the sidebar boxes shortly in order to make some further site improvements, so it may not matter much.

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RE: Explanation
by fretinator on Wed 26th Mar 2008 13:54 in reply to "Explanation"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

what's even worse, if I 'click here', go to my account preferences and 'Set Boxes to Default' (and save), I get the message 'sidebar choices ok', but the notice remains where it was.


Then I think selecting 'Set Boxes to Default' should not select the duplicated items. That is the bug.

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RE[2]: Explanation
by Adam S on Wed 26th Mar 2008 15:11 in reply to "RE: Explanation"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

It shouldn't do that. Please hold down the shift key and refresh, I think you're using cached javascript.

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RE[3]: Explanation
by fretinator on Wed 26th Mar 2008 16:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Explanation"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

It works, I think I was confused. By the way, I had never looked through the possible side-bar items. I added the "Cool Software" and "Featured Users". I never knew they were there.

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AGREED
by sakeniwefu on Wed 26th Mar 2008 19:49 UTC
sakeniwefu
Member since:
2008-02-26

I *click here*, set defauts, save changes, *changes applied* it says but the changes are not there. I am using FF3.b4, but tried it with (good as new)MSIE6 and it doesn't work either.

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RE: AGREED
by Invincible Cow on Sun 30th Mar 2008 10:28 in reply to "AGREED"
Invincible Cow Member since:
2006-06-24

I have this problem as well.

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RE: AGREED
by TLZ_ on Mon 31st Mar 2008 10:47 in reply to "AGREED"
TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

Same problem. (Running Opera 9.50 Beta)

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RE[2]: AGREED
by TLZ_ on Mon 31st Mar 2008 10:55 in reply to "RE: AGREED"
TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

And it doesen't work with IE7, Firefox2 and Safari either.

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Well...
by Almafeta on Wed 26th Mar 2008 20:36 UTC
Almafeta
Member since:
2007-02-22

I've been annoyed by this message for a while, but not bothered to say anything -- it's a trivial error, in the grand scheme.

But now, at least the message actually is warning of an actual duplication:

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m39/Almafeta/duplicate_content.p...

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RE: Well...
by Almafeta on Thu 27th Mar 2008 00:33 in reply to "Well..."
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

That url should end in .png, sorry. Just missed the arbitrary cutoff.

Anyhow, that shows two duplicated boxes that can't be fixed.

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Confused
by Alex Forster on Thu 27th Mar 2008 01:49 UTC
Alex Forster
Member since:
2005-08-12

I'm confused. If I can't get rid of the search bar and the user account thing at the top, and I can't duplicate them in the sidebar, why even offer them as options in the sidebar?

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Now I have duplicate content...
by Dryhte on Thu 27th Mar 2008 19:14 UTC
Dryhte
Member since:
2008-02-05

Now I have duplicate content, and I can't get rid of it... I tried shift-refresh, shift-save, anything... I seem to be unable to save any settings. Weird.

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Duplicate "duplicate content" warnings
by StephenBeDoper on Fri 28th Mar 2008 12:49 UTC
StephenBeDoper
Member since:
2005-07-06

This is amusing: at the top of my sidebar, there are now two "Duplicate Content" warning boxes, and they seem to be the only actual duplicate content.

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Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

Yeah, same here... Wish I could get rid of them. Apparently, the controls to change sidebar items don't really work properly with either Firefox or IE7.

Does anyone have any hints for us to get rid of this problem? Thanks...

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The "reset boxes to default" button seemed to do the trick for me (but it would be nice if it were a bit more clear how to fix the problem - I didn't realize the solution until reading this thread).

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Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

Which browser are you using? 'cause none of the changes I make (including 'reset to default') sticks for me... neither on FF3b4 nor on IE7.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Just FF 2.0.0.12 here.

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