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  1. With the world all screwed up, and many people unemployed, how does everyone feel about me starting a Hire a HAIFer section? The idea is that people will start a thread about themselves. Not a full resume, because that can give away too much personal information. But a list of their skills and interests. Then if anyone else on HAIF is hiring, or works for a company that is hiring, they can PM the thread-starter and maybe find a good fit. Things are rough these days. My department at work has gone from 50 people to less than ten over the last six months. So I hope t
  2. I think the old BBCodes were converted to the new message format. At least when I did the software upgrade, it spent about 30 minutes churning through all of the old messages. Oh wow, 1640px! You've got way better kit than I do. I'm still rocking a 2011 MacBook Air with a 1366x768 screen.
  3. A couple of notes: BBCode is no longer supported. I guess HAIF has had a full text editor for a couple of years now, so it's not really needed. You can embed TikTok videos now.
  4. Hi all, I've updated the HAIF software. If you notice anything not working the way it should, let me know: editor@houstonarchitecture.com.
  5. Debates used to serve two purposes: Pumping up your followers, and swaying the undecided. As we seem to have fewer and fewer undecided people these days of weapons-grade tribalism, it's mostly about energizing one's base. Still, it's useful to see how a candidate acts on his feet. When I see a politician dodge a question, I have less esteem for that person. I don't know that I've ever fully switched sides from watching a debate, but I have seen candidates in a different light.
  6. Sorry it's taken me so long to chime in on this. I'm going to install a software update today that will hopefully fix this problem.
  7. Yeah, the ads can be problematic. Fortunately, most of the more annoying ones have gone. I'm not sure what I can do about this at this time, though. The ads are selected automatically by a computer based on what it thinks you want to see. We've already filtered out the worst categories, but there isn't a way to flag individual ads or ad types. If it was up to me, we'd only show static image ads like in the old days. Sorry I can't be more helpful with this. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.
  8. Hello everyone, Just a quick note that today HAIF was served with a legal notice because of an image uploaded by a user. I'll take care of it on my end, and everything should be OK. But it's a good time to remind everyone of the rules. Specifically, that people shouldn't upload images they don't own, didn't take, or that aren't free of copyright. Also, they shouldn't copy-and-paste full articles from other web sites. The best practice there is to always summarize and link. Because of the legal method used by the complaintant, HAIF could have been knocked
  9. You are correct — The problem isn't that the forum couldn't have been rolled back to restore all of Crockpot's posts. The problem is that if that was done, it would have removed all of the posts made by people after his were removed. So restoring the posts of one person would have deleted the posts of hundreds of other people. It was an easy choice.
  10. Crockpot is incorrect. There are backups of the forum. Do not assume Crockpot is correct in stating that there aren't. He is not an administrator and has no knowledge of how the forum works. Also, hyperbole like "unacceptable" and "incompetent" is neither helpful, nor welcome. I was very active in Usenet days. Usenet was resilient because it was a network of hundreds of thousands of computers each copying each other's content. HAIF is one server, not hundreds of thousands of servers. This is incorrect. Also you have no knowledge of the w
  11. I've stated this elsewhere, but the message has failed to reach the right ears, so I will state once again: There is no official naming convention for thread titles. Yes, other fora have rules about that sort of thing. We do not. Everybody knows where Chase Tower is. We don't need to append its address to the title of a thread about the building. If you want to put a bunch of information about a building in the title of a thread that you start, fine, do so. Do not pester the mods and others to change titles to suit your personal constraints. @Crockpot
  12. The problem is that the system didn't mark him a spammer automatically, a human did. So therein lies the problem. I put a trouble ticket in with the company that makes the HAIF software and was told that once a message is marked spam, it's gone forever. This is unfortunate, but there's nothing much that can be done about it now. I have e-mailed Urbannizer and explained the situation. I told him he is welcome to continue posting on HAIF, but if he doesn't want to, I understand that.
  13. I don't ordinarily post publicly about individual users, but I don't want people to wonder what's going on and not have information. A couple of days ago, Crockpotandgravel was banned. Actually, he was flagged as a spammer. I'm not sure why this happened, but I'm looking into it. The reason I mention it here is that he was a prolific poster, and being marked a spammer caused the system to remove all of his posts. As you can imagine, with 7,000+ posts to his name, this is causing some continuity issues in various threads. I've reversed the ban, and am tryi
  14. Hi everyone. Sorry I didn't post about the updates I've been doing lately, but it's been mostly behind-the-scenes things. Lots of security things, and some anti-spam measures. You may have noticed the forum was unavailable for about 10 minutes today. That was part of this. Here's the highlights: Added support for [Emoji 11](https://emojipedia.org/emoji-11.0/) emojis Fixed an issue where the inbox list may be stuck showing a spinner when canceling a search in the personal messenger. Fixed an issue where cover photos might disappear shortly after displaying F
  15. I'm not sure the forum software if capable of something like that, but it can certainly be accomplished manually by myself or one of the moderators. It would have to be done by myself or a moderator anyway; it wouldn't make sense to let everyone make changes like that. If there is a topic that you think needs an [Under Construction] or [Complete] or some similar tag, it's best to e-mail me about it. You might think that a PM would be best, but for my workflow, an e-mail will get the quickest response. As for having a boilerplate with statistics about a building or pr
  16. While I agree that wider sidewalks are better, it's possible that there is a reason for the focus on landscaping instead of walkability. There are studies that show landscaped sidewalks actually slow down the average speed of traffic on a street ("street calming" they call it). If this project is headed up by a transportation agency instead of a community improvement group, then that could be the reason for the focus on landscaping instead of pedestrian-level amenities. Or I could be smoking the crack waffles again. That's also possible.
  17. My preference is that it would be something like Common Name [- Development] (address) — status Example: Frobozz Tower - Zorktown Acres (42 White Mailbox Dr) — Under construction Example: Frotz Building (10704 Aragain Falls Rd) — Topped out If you guys want to take that and run with it, that's fine by me. But in no way is this an edict. I'd rather people do what makes sense for the building. The most important part is to communicate, and help people find what they need.
  18. There are five more levels.
  19. Here's a screenshot from February, 2002
  20. The heritage of HAIF goes back to a web site I built in 1997. I had the kind of career where I'd move to a new city every six month to a year, and I enjoyed taking pictures of the building in each city I visited along the way. I put those photographs on a web site so my friends around the country could see them. This was when most people were just migrating from AOL to the actual internet. People would e-mail me questions about the buildings, and I'd add the replies and other facts to the various building pages. My friends would share the web link with their friends, and since
  21. Hines sent this over today, so I thought I'd share it with the group. ----- 609 Main at Texas Opens New Bike Storage Facility The Bike Vault ready for Bike to Work Day MAY 15, 2019 (HOUSTON) – Hines, the international real estate firm, announced today the opening of a new tenant amenity at 609 Main at Texas, a 48-story, 1,073,075-square-foot office tower in downtown Houston. The new well-appointed indoor bike storage facility—called The Bike Vault—is a secured, conditioned bike storage area accessible directly from the garage with a building access badge. It has parkin
  22. This should be fixed now. Finger's crossed! Should be fixed now. HAIF e-mail is now bunged through an outside company that can handle Google's shenanigans.
  23. Since this is a bigger problem than I realized, I've gone nuclear and I'm now paying for an e-mail account at a GMail competitor. One that has a massive staff to counter Google's tricks, and one that still respects its users privacy and internet standards. I've done a couple of tests and it all seems to work now. People should be able to get their verification e-mails. If you know of anyone who is having trouble, please as them to try again. Also please let any discussion threads in other fora know that this should be fixed and it would be great if they'd try again.
  24. This is largely an e-mail delivery issue. It affects mostly people with Gmail accounts, and is affecting thousands of web sites right now. It's a big topic of discussion in the sysop fora I read. Google, in its own interest, is dropping inbound email messages, apparently at random. A server can be perfectly configured, have been sending e-mail for a decade or more, and be on no black lists, and yet Google will silently discard the message. It doesn't mark it spam for the user to find, or send an error to the sender or sending server stating that it's refused. It all just disap
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