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Discussion in 'Help and Feedback' started by Amin Sabet, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I wanted to call attention to two new user options which you can find in your account preferences:

    https://www.mu-43.com/account/preferences

    Lazy loading means that images are loaded only when they are about to enter the viewable part of the screen as you scroll. This can reduce data usage and speed page loading but may result in jank (page stuttering) and/or affect page position after clicking on links such as "first unread" post.

    The other new option is to remove all ads from the site if you are using or have used our affiliate links. This works on the honor system. Simply attest that you use our affiliate links, and all ads will disappear.

    Both of these are opt-in, meaning that they do not affect you at all unless you choose to enable them. If you enable them, you can later disable them at any time.

    Lazy loading is now the default option, but you can disable it at any time.

    Again, here is where you can find those options:

    https://www.mu-43.com/account/preferences

    They look like this:
    options.

    Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
     
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  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    By the way, I encourage everyone to look at all the options on that preferences page. There's some cool stuff there you may have missed!
     
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
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  4. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Thanks Amin, I turned on lazy loading.

    BTW I did not have any luck with Bullit or whatever it is called. The root of the problem seems to be its need to use FB or some other 3rd party Auth, which prevented me from linking this site to it. The bigger negative was the spam text I got in the middle of the night that overrode the silent mode on my phone :dash2:.

    I'd really like to have notifications on my mobile devices but so far this was not working for me.
     
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  5. Giiba

    Giiba Something to someone somewhere

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    Aug 19, 2016
    Burnaby, BC
    Amazing! Thanks for the hard work.
     
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  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I'll try to find a better solution, Larry. Soon the browsers will all support notifications, which will make it a lot easier.
     
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  7. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 10, 2010
    Southport, OzTrailEYa
    pellicle
    thanks ... I have now engaged that (it wasn't) and I'll see how that travels

    I've not had the really slow loading I've had in the past (like when I reported it) since then so I'm not sure if that was my end or middle. FWIW I don't consider that I have a slow connection and I'm never within cooee of my internet quota here at home either.

    Thanks again for thinking of me and (as always) Best Wishes
     
  8. PacNWMike

    PacNWMike Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 5, 2014
    Salish Sea
    guess?
    Giving 'lazy loading' a try...thanx
     
  9. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    I think lazy loading is great since I have my data load to think of :) but it seems to behave a little odd when clicking a reference link (eg, a notification link to a direct post) then you can end up anywhere on the page and not on that particular post. Guess it's because of no place holders or scroll restriction or something. No idea. Just wanted to mention :)
     
  10. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Thanks, @Danny_SWE@Danny_SWE

    Yes, I think it's because the lazy loading doesn't account for the size of the images. As you said, no place holders. That's one of the reasons I made this opt-in as opposed to opt-out.

    I'm using it, though. Seems to improve overall site performance from my phone.
     
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  11. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Hi Larry, I just added support for Pushover, which is an alternative to Pushbullet:

    https://www.mu-43.com/account/external-accounts

    Pushover doesn't need to use FB or any 3rd party auth and has some nice features like quiet hours. However it is a paid app. Maybe give the free trial a go?
     
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Here's how the Pushover notifications look in Android:

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  13. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry

    I'll give it a shot! thanks Amin!
     
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  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Pushover on the iOS lock screen.

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  15. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Looks good, do you like it so far?
     
  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Here's my Samsung (Android) lock screen:

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  17. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    Larry
    Seems to work just fine.
     
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  18. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I've been using lazy load since Thursday and think overall it's a good thing. Pages load much faster. Can anyone think of a reason not to make lazy load the default? It would remain user configurable but would be opt out rather than opt in.
     
  19. Brian Beezley

    Brian Beezley Mu-43 All-Pro

    Lazy load usually doesn't put me at the spot I intended. Regular loading acts as most websites do. I use lazy loading, but I know what to expect. It might confuse a new user.

    Brian
     
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  20. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I'm going to give it a try. Even if I end up reverting it, this will raise awareness that we have the option.