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You can now search your own topics and comments, and a theme preview page is available

Two updates today:

Theme Preview page

This is another contribution from @deing, who's been working on this one for a while. It ended up being more complicated than it originally seemed and still has a few minor oddities, but I think it ended up coming out quite well.

When you're on the Settings page, there's now a "View theme previews" link just below the theme-selection dropdown near the top. That will take you to this new Theme Preview page. The blocks with the theme names at the top give you a quick idea of each theme's color scheme, and you can click them to change the whole page's theme and see what it looks like on the example topics and comments below.

I should also mention that Gruvbox themes (with Light and Dark variants) were added about a month ago by @lugubris. I don't think I ever announced those being added, but you can easily check them out here now.

Search your own posts

@mrbig's recent post with multiple suggestions reminded me to work on this one. You know the drill: it's minimal, the interface is a little weird, etc. but you can now search your own topics and comments (separately).

To use it, go to your own user page and click into either "Topics" or "Comments" from the top, you can't still be on the default "All posts" view. When you go into either of the individual post types, there will be a search box at the top, and you can use that to search your own posts.

Just like the overall site search, the search always works as "look for all of these words", so only include multiple words if you want to find posts that contain all of them. I'm hoping to upgrade the PostgreSQL version that I'm using fairly soon, which should make for some easy enhancements to search, so hopefully soon we'll have some more capabilities there.

Let me know if you notice any strangeness with the search results.

And as usual, I've given everyone 10 invites, accessible on the invite page

7 comments

  1. [3]
    Wes
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    The theme previews look great. Nice work @deing! The links they use appear to be real. How did you prevent them from being clicked? I'm very curious.

    The theme previews look great. Nice work @deing!

    The links they use appear to be real. How did you prevent them from being clicked? I'm very curious.

    9 votes
    1. [2]
      deing
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      This is one of the fixes Deimos added to my initial preview page (which looks slightly different, too); it's accomplished using the pointer-events: none rule.

      This is one of the fixes Deimos added to my initial preview page (which looks slightly different, too); it's accomplished using the pointer-events: none rule.

      9 votes
      1. Wes
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        Very cool. That's a new one to me. Nice work both of you.

        Very cool. That's a new one to me.

        Nice work both of you.

        5 votes
  2. [2]
    kfwyre
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    Theme Preview looks great, @deing! I love that I have the top comment over there! ;) Also, thank you @Deimos for implementing the user search! I echoed my support for it in @mrbig's thread, and...

    Theme Preview looks great, @deing! I love that I have the top comment over there! ;)

    Also, thank you @Deimos for implementing the user search! I echoed my support for it in @mrbig's thread, and it's great to see it working (and so soon)! I've made so many ask threads at this point that I'm starting to worry I might accidentally duplicate old ones, so this is a great way to make up for my poor memory.

    Also, while I'm at it, a big thank you to all the other contributors. I know there seems to be a near-constant community anxiety about the site's identity, policies, and growth, but I hope everyone helping to build this place knows that there are users like me who are very happy to be here. While I'm excited (and even a little anxious) about the future of Tildes, I think it's important to appreciate the site as it is now too. This is already a great place to be.

    Thank you to everyone who has helped it become what it is so far. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is my favorite place to be online.

    7 votes
    1. suspended
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      We all have the top comment :P

      I love that I have the top comment over there!

      We all have the top comment :P

      4 votes
  3. ainar-g
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    I've actually noticed the search bar this morning (UTC+03:00), but since you usually announce such things immediately, I thought that it was always there, and I simply didn't notice. I am a mostly...

    I've actually noticed the search bar this morning (UTC+03:00), but since you usually announce such things immediately, I thought that it was always there, and I simply didn't notice. I am a mostly sane man after all! And yes, this feature is an immense improvement for me, thanks!

    5 votes
  4. dubteedub
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    I love the theme preview page! Thanks @deing And thank you @deimos for making comments searchable. I know I have struggled to go back and find certain things I have written here to expand on or...

    I love the theme preview page! Thanks @deing

    And thank you @deimos for making comments searchable. I know I have struggled to go back and find certain things I have written here to expand on or share elsewhere and it is really not fun having to click through page after page of comments / posts if I forgot to bookmark them at the time.

    5 votes