TCR Friday Notes

- A couple of quick site modifications with more soon to come. I added a "module" as Drupal calls them, that will automatically fill in the subject line for users when they comment. When you first hit the comment button, it will add "Re: {Title of Post}. If you hit reply to a comment, it will fill-in the subject line with the subject of the comment you are replying to. You can go in and edit them if you wish. If you are replying to someone's comment though, we do ask that you just leave the default because it makes life a lot easier for those viewing comments in the "flat" modes.

- The next tweak is the signature module. It has a few options - the most important is that it will stylize the signature automatically (no more broken tag troubles hopefully). Currently it's set-up to have a small line break and italicize it:

__________________________

Welcome to The New Cub Reporter!

Since the system is doing all the formatting now, I do ask that if you did add a signature, to go in and remove any tags or linebreaks (directly the opposite of what I asked yesterday). I simply typed in: Welcome to the New Cub Reporter! in my signature box without any formatting and what you see above is what is pumped out.

Also, if you change your signature or add one, it will change the signature on all your old comments as well.

Next, your signature will no longer show up in the comment box and you won't have to type around it. If you added a signature to your account, it will automatically attach it to the end of your posts now.

The last note is that after I installed the module, it did take everyone who had a signature yesterday and duplicated them in your comments. An unfortunate side-effect, but everything should be working normally from here on.

- The next tweak is I modified some of the HTML tags you can use in the comments now. It should display the full list at the bottom of the comments, but here they are just in case: <a> <em><i> <strong> <b><strike><blockquote> <code><pre>. Let me know if you'd like to add anything else.

- You may have noticed the "Latest Results" block in the upper right. I'm going to spruce up the flag a little, but you get the latest results and the score should always link to its boxscore. Also don't forget the day of game weather on the left, near the bottom of the page.

- Speaking of yesterday's game, I thought pitchers were suppose to be ahead of hitters at this point? Heckuva day for Pie, Godenot and Theriot and a nice start for Fukudome. Save them runs for the Brewers on Opening Day!

- With all the hoopla surrounding the new site yesterday, you may have missed my post rounding up the offseason prospect lists. Be sure to check it out. On a related note, Steve Holley of Inside the Ivy is willing to do another Q&A with us this year. I was hoping to get more reader questions this time around, so drop me a note or place it in the comments if you have something to ask.

- A few more spots are still open for our second MLB Open fantasy league. Reader Big Lowitzki is going to run commish on it, but you can email me if you wish to join. I don't believe the draft time has been set yet.

Enjoy the weekend....

 

Comments

Great changes. Thanks, Rob.

Those changes make things a bit better. I still miss the numbers on the posts though, but I guess they're not needed so much now. Do you plan to keep the comments embedded in the main post like this or go back to the ole pop-up window like before?

Excellent. Great job on the site so far. It would be cool to have a place to submit photos. Can you attach photos to the comments?
Or imbed youtube videos?
T

Testing...

We currently have no intention of aloowing photos or videos in the comments. Sorry.

Nope. No imbedding of youtubeses. Dang.

What about photos?

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I like the new site. Can I make one humble request...despite any temptations you might find to do so, please don't let people put pictures in their signatures?

Yes, for the love of Ron Santo, please no pictures...

What about photos OF Ron Santo?

Cubs are undefeated!! Put a whipping on many of my Connecticut Defender boys. Not a big surprise, since they were one of the worst teams in AA last year.

Dr. AB: great signature.

Thanks T

Theriot will not fall for the banana in the tail pipe-
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/81884...

WGN to have 2 hour doc on 60 years of .....Cubs and WGN on April 20-

http://www.suntimes.com/business/feder/818762,CST-...

I love this quote from that article:


Unlike the first week of camp, the $48 million newcomer clowns with teammates now, even vowing to reporters that he intends to ''get'' clubhouse neighbor Carlos Zambrano for pranks the first few days of camp, agreeing that Big Z is kichigai, or (expletive) crazy.

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Just a mild suggestion. For each new blog entry could you have the titles font enlarged a little bit. Its a but hard to tell when a new article starts and ends.

Oh and if you aren't aware of T-shirt Gate at Bleed Cubbie Blue your missin some funny stuff.

T-shirt Gate?

Here's the link

 http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/story/2008/2/27/111850/282 

 

FYI, that 'Chad' is not me nor do I have anything to do with that site.

kinda gives me an idea that we should have TCR shirts made and have our Chad ship them out...

The old page looks so shitty now....

apologies if i have missed this answer elsewhere-
is there a set of links for the rest of the cubs blogging world?
thanks

I still have to recreate that page...hopefully next week they'll be back up.

Fancy with the logins and all that. I like the old way with the poster's name bigger; maybe swap the font on that with the subject? Don't need to see Re: in huge letters 876 times. All in all, this looks absolutely awesome!!

When can we start swearing... isn't that what this change was really about?

It starts right about now, asshole.

(I do in fact love the Fan Club--keep it up!)

Did this fucking work?

I am I allowed to keep my bold signature, Rob? Huh? Please...

You rebel

Love the W flag in the right corner, but I'll have to avoid the site on the mornings after I work nights until I can watch the game on DVR or online.

Small price to pay.

As a professional sports journalist, I'm very impressed with the site and the work you guys do.

A-Ram not playing today (already) due to soreness in throwing shoulder accdg to B. Levine.

Another reason why signing Brian Roberts will make the team better (at the RIGHT price).

He simply is unlikely to play an entire season, or close to it.

Very good job!

Just checking to see if my postings work on your new site. I am not overly impressed with trading 3 to 4 good prospects for a very slight upgrade in Roberts.

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