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by Nathaniel
April 13th, 2022, 10:41 am
Forum: Patterns
Topic: (Engineered) diehards
Replies: 132
Views: 8857

Re: (Engineered) diehards

And how large is that in scientific notation? It's hard to get a good idea of how large something is when its expressed in recursive equations like that. The reason for using recursive equations or tetration notation is that you cannot effectively write the lifespan using scientific notation. It's ...
by Nathaniel
March 21st, 2022, 9:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conway's Game of Life Textbook Launch
Replies: 19
Views: 1416

Re: Conway's Game of Life Textbook Launch

Dave and I are running an "Ask Us Anything" on reddit right now, if anyone is interested: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/ ... essor_who/
by Nathaniel
March 20th, 2022, 2:06 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

77551enpassant wrote:
March 20th, 2022, 1:02 pm
The mobile version of the home page is broken.
A fix is in the works (Macbi mentioned it earlier too). Can you let me know what browser/type of phone you're using? It works fine on all phones I have access to (all iPhones), which makes it somewhat annoying for me to test.
by Nathaniel
March 19th, 2022, 10:31 pm
Forum: Bugs & Errors
Topic: New forums menu bar
Replies: 4
Views: 435

Re: New forums menu bar

I believe these issues are now all taken care of. You might need to refresh your browser to make everything appear correctly.
by Nathaniel
March 11th, 2022, 6:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conway's Game of Life Textbook Launch
Replies: 19
Views: 1416

Conway's Game of Life Textbook Launch

The textbook is finally done, and today is official book launch day! The book can be downloaded in PDF format from https://conwaylife.com/book/conway_life_book.pdf (the same place that early versions of it were hosted for beta-testing). A physical version of the book can now be purchased from lulu.c...
by Nathaniel
March 11th, 2022, 5:47 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

The new homepage is now live at https://conwaylife.com . That doesn't mean I'm done updating/fixing it/implementing other things people have requested. I have also protected https://conwaylife.com/wiki/ConwayLife.com:HomepagePatterns so that only administrators can edit it (though non-administrators...
by Nathaniel
February 20th, 2022, 6:01 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Pattern viewer for forum threads
Replies: 2334
Views: 723048

Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

If I remember right, the process would be to update lv-plugin.js in this GitHub folder , and then let Nathaniel know to propagate the changes to the /ref folder on the server. I've done the first, but not the second yet. I forget -- is there a (good) reason for having conwaylife.com/ref point to it...
by Nathaniel
February 16th, 2022, 1:55 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

GUYTU6J wrote:
February 16th, 2022, 6:56 am
Can it be changed to restore the title and info as well as hide the codebox?
Done. "Show Advanced Options" now turns into "Hide Advanced Options" when it's clicked on, and clicking it again restored the page to the non-advanced view.
by Nathaniel
February 12th, 2022, 11:05 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

dvgrn wrote:
February 12th, 2022, 10:56 am
Two small points
Both changed/fixed now.
muzik wrote:
February 12th, 2022, 10:54 am
I'd prefer a button or link below the viewer entitled "Show Advanced Options" that would present such a text box.
That's doable -- I'll try to get that done later today.

Edit: Done now.
by Nathaniel
February 12th, 2022, 10:43 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

Looks nice, but two points I noted first; 1) Is the RLE header preserved intentionally for the possibility of including non-plain-Life patterns (eg. bounded grids or OCA)? 2) What are the standard settings for style/theme/viewerconfig? 1) There isn't a particularly good reason for the RLE headers b...
by Nathaniel
February 12th, 2022, 10:06 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

If the "integrate with wiki" route is chosen, maybe one model could be that all of the relevant patterns could be stored as pages like RLE:Homepagepattern1 RLE:Homepagepattern2 RLE:Homepagepattern3 with each page giving the name and attribution and any comments as usual, with #N, #O, and #C comment...
by Nathaniel
February 11th, 2022, 10:38 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Pattern viewer for forum threads
Replies: 2334
Views: 723048

Re: Pattern viewer for forum threads

That sounds like it might be consistent with LifeViewer's rule-caching feature. (?) It might be that, combined with the fact that lately LifeWiki has been tossing out database connection errors every now and then. So if LifeViewer makes a request for a rule, but LifeWiki responds with "sorry, I can...
by Nathaniel
February 11th, 2022, 10:26 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

How much work would it to be to include the most recent moderate to major discovery (so 32P21 now) and change it every few days? This is something that I could integrate with the wiki, so that the patterns are pulled from <some page on the wiki, in some format>. However, before I go to the trouble ...
by Nathaniel
February 11th, 2022, 8:14 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

I would suggest a separate interface for phones (not tablets). Use your phone at https://golhobby.com/test/ . When I go there on my phone, I don't see a LifeViewer at all -- is that intended? I personally hate it when my phone redirects to a different version of a website than my computer, and I ca...
by Nathaniel
February 11th, 2022, 8:05 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Proposed home page refresh
Replies: 61
Views: 3441

Re: Proposed home page refresh

OK, here is a possible homepage replacement: https://conwaylife.com/newhome.php Feedback welcome. Currently only has two patterns available to be chosen in the LifeViewer (the one that starts off being displayed is chosen randomly on each page load), but I'll plop more in shortly. Some specific ques...
by Nathaniel
February 8th, 2022, 7:49 am
Forum: Bugs & Errors
Topic: Inaccessible wiki pages
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Inaccessible wiki pages

Fixed now. There was a security setting on the server that was set to prevent bots from trying various nefarious things. That setting has been removed (it's not really needed anyway).
by Nathaniel
February 5th, 2022, 11:02 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Splitting up the forums further
Replies: 23
Views: 12876

Re: Splitting up the forums further

And I forget to ask, who has/have the right to add/edit/remove tags for a topic? Moderators, the topic creator, or every forums user? The topic creator and moderators would be able to add/edit/remove tags from a topic. When creating a topic, the author would be able to type in new tags from scratch...
by Nathaniel
February 3rd, 2022, 12:28 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Splitting up the forums further
Replies: 23
Views: 12876

Re: Splitting up the forums further

GUYTU6J wrote:
February 3rd, 2022, 12:18 pm
Do we have a tag-and-filter mechanism in phpBB that allows for a different categorization method than subforums?
This is do-able, yes -- there are phpBB extensions that allow tags to be added to topics (and you can search or browse by tag, if you like).
by Nathaniel
February 3rd, 2022, 11:25 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Splitting up the forums further
Replies: 23
Views: 12876

Re: Splitting up the forums further

OK, I'm (finally) having a more serious look at this, and I'm looking for community feedback. I'm currently planning on splitting up the forums something like this (note that this partitioning of the board has 3 "layers" since it uses subforums, which haven't been used on this site yet): ConwayLife....
by Nathaniel
February 3rd, 2022, 4:18 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Thread for your website-related questions
Replies: 151
Views: 18772

Re: Thread for your website-related questions

Why is "www." omitted before "conwaylife.com" as the canonical URL? Just because the "www." doesn't serve any purpose, and it's better to have *some* fixed canonical URL so as to avoid things like this CORS issue that came up recently . To be clear, "www." URLs still work here, and will always work...
by Nathaniel
February 2nd, 2022, 7:31 pm
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)

I've made a fair number of back-end changes on the server today that should improve performance a fair bit, especially on the LifeWiki side of the site. Hopefully there are no noticeable changes other than "hey it's a bit less slow now", but let me know if you encounter any wonkiness (especially wit...
by Nathaniel
January 31st, 2022, 9:58 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)
Replies: 3
Views: 634

Re: LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)

rowett wrote:
January 31st, 2022, 1:17 am
Possible issue with redirects and LifeViewer: see here.
Fixed, thanks.
by Nathaniel
January 31st, 2022, 9:36 am
Forum: Bugs & Errors
Topic: Ruletable not working properly
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: Ruletable not working properly

@Nathaniel : It may be related to the recent update of LifeWiki. When the requested resource is /wiki/Rule:methlife the console is showing a CORS issue when LifeWiki is redirecting from /wiki/Rule:methlife to /wiki/Rule:Methlife . You're 100% right (and thanks for tracking it down as a CORS issue)....
by Nathaniel
January 30th, 2022, 10:04 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)
Replies: 3
Views: 634

LifeWiki updated (current version 1.37.1)

I just finished updating LifeWiki to the current stable release of the MediaWiki software (1.37.1). If you were using the wiki at the time, you would have noticed it wasn't super smooth (this is somewhat expected, as LifeWiki isn't a flat "out-of-the-box" wiki, but uses tons of extensions, including...
by Nathaniel
January 30th, 2022, 9:32 am
Forum: Website Discussion
Topic: Thread for your website-related questions
Replies: 151
Views: 18772

Re: Thread for your website-related questions

Yeah, sorry for the error messages and weirdness. I was hoping the update would be painless, but you never really know until you actually do the update. Still working on cleaning everything up.

Edit: Update done now. See the announcement here.