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dev.to Repo Recap of the Past Week

Andy Zhao (he/him)
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Hope you all had a good holiday last week for those who celebrated! This edition will be covering November 20 to November 27.

Features

Bug Fixes / Other Contributions

  • @moriczgergo updated our documentation with how to add series to your front matter. Thanks @moriczgergo!

  • @lightalloy removed database.yml and added it to our .gitignore. If you've previously contributed, you might need to copy over the new config/database.yml.sample into a new config/database.yml. Thanks Anna!

  • @ben added some beginnings of pagination functionality to the notifications page. This pattern will let us add true pagination later on.

  • @lightalloy refactored how our comments rendered, and there are now less SQL queries being called. Thanks again, Anna!

  • @jess refactored one of the ways we handle spam accounts. The PR has a great service object name 👌

  • @mariocsee updated some documentation regarding our API keys. You no longer need to set up Stream API keys for basic development. Thanks, Mario!

New Issues / Discussions

  • We have a small bug where the left end of the navbar is shortened a bit. Thanks @tristan957!

    The navbar width becomes messed up upon clicking on my profile picture #1160

    Describe the bug The overlay seems to be cutting into the navbar.

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    To Reproduce Steps to reproduce the behavior:

    1. Click profile picture

    Expected behavior Navbar to be above overlay.

    Desktop (please complete the following information):

    • OS: Solus (Linux)
    • Browser Firefox
    • Version 63.0.1
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  • The Runkit tag has a bug where it doesn't render in the comment preview. Thanks @antogarand!

    Runkit tag in comments - Broken #1163

    Describe the bug Runkit tags are not working in comments. Instead of a normal tag, they simply put the raw content into a code tag, which has bad formatting and no execution.

    To Reproduce Create a comment with a runkit tag Preview or publish it

    Actual behavior We get content in a code tag, without the formatting or execution runkit should provide us.

    Expected behavior We get a correct runkit tag

    Screenshots If applicable, add screenshots to help explain your problem. image image image

    Additional context Add any other context about the problem or helpful links here.


  • We have service workers that show a cool offline page, but we could brush up on caching pages.

    Feature request - cached content for offline use #1171

    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe. I love using dev.to whenever I am travelling but because I am in India and internet connection is not reliable I end up seeing the offline page with the drawing canvas which is cool but not helpful.

    Describe the solution you'd like Having a caching strategy so that user can see some of the articles when offline would be great.

    Additional context Dev.to is all about the community and knowledge sharing and I think if we can have access to some subset of that knowledge even when offline would be amazing


  • Sometimes duplicate posts are made. Perhaps we could add a buffer to prevent that? More details in the issue. Thanks, @rdumais!

    Feature Request - Duplicate Posts #1170

    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe. I have seen authors accidentally double post a topic on multiple occasions. I am not sure where the problem is stemming from.

    Describe the solution you'd like I believe the Dev.to team should implement some kind of buffer where authors are unable to post a second topic until x amount of minutes have passed since the first post (1-2 minutes).

    Describe alternatives you've considered I cannot really think of any alternatives. Maybe make it so topics cannot have identical names within x amount of minutes of posting?

    Additional context Here is an example I've seen with two different links:

    https://dev.to/jeremyksutter/ultimate-guide-to-selling-your-product-online-25me https://dev.to/jeremyksutter/ultimate-guide-to-selling-your-product-online-212d


  • It'd be great to have a history on dev.to of all the posts you've read on dev.to. Feel free to add the discussion in the issue. Thanks, @yafkari!

    add a history of read articles #1173

    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.

    I'm always frustrated when I read an article the morning and I can't find it again the evening..

    Describe the solution you'd like

    I thought it would be cool, if there is a history of read articles

    Additional context

    That's all ^^

    PS: Sorry for my bad english and this short issue !


  • It would also be cool to be able to subscribe to a series of posts and receive notifications when a new post of that series is released. Thanks, @sturzl!

    Publish/follow a series of articles #1172

    Many authors are posting series of articles. I would like to see notifications for articles in a series without having to follow everything from that author or the related tags.

    E.g. https://dev.to/shikaan/design-patterns-in-web-development---2-memento-253j


  • We have a bit of an edge case where we show text in a post's sidebar that probably doesn't make much sense. More details in the issue. Thanks, @david_j_eddy!

    Replace 'More from @...' #1202

    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe. No problem , verbiage update when viewing an article when user is the author.

    Describe the solution you'd like Either remove the 'More from @...' when user is the author or rephrase to something in the vein of 'Other posts by you.'

    Describe alternatives you've considered Not a critical issue, more a readability / consistency update.

    Additional context dev to_verbiage_update

    Thank you; keep up the amazing effort!


  • Andrew wrote up a great issue on how the save buttons could have better contrast. Check it out below. Thanks @link2twenty!

    Save button's contrast #1204

    Describe the bug Currently, the article save buttons are calculated at #4a68ff and their text is #ffffff this leads to a contrast of 4.45 generally anything below contrast 7 is frowned upon.

    This is calculated in the scss file here https://github.com/thepracticaldev/dev.to/blob/master/app/assets/stylesheets/articles.scss background: darken($purple, 26%);

    Side note: if you're going to use darken and lighten it's generally best to avoid absolutes (ff/00) as they're not really affected.

    Expected behavior Ideally if we could boost the contrast to above 7 that would be good for accessability. I've done some tests and changing the darken to 38% (#0d35ff) would have a contrast of 7.07 and changing the hover to 50% (#0022cf) would allow the affect to remain about the same.

    Screenshots image Left is with the change, right is without Both top articles have the hover attribute.

    Additional context I would have just gone ahead and submitted a pull request but I thought this would be a better way to do it. Also, if the change is accepted, it would make a good first pull request.


  • That's it for this edition. Feel free to share your thoughts on any of the issues.

Discussion (3)

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Phil Nash

W00t! Glad to get my first contribution to the platform done, even if it's only a small one. This will hopefully be the first of many!

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David J Eddy

No problem. I am loving the dev.to team, community, and interaction. If for no other reason, dev.to might be why I pick up Ruby. :)