Site changes

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I've made a few changes today:

  • One criticism often received is that the list of themes is growing larger every year and there's no easy way to view similar ones, e.g. all girls themes, or all historical themes. As a step towards remedying that, the all themes list on the Browse page (when not viewing the lists as clouds) is now grouped, logically I hope.
  • A number of security vulnerabilities that were pointed out by an AFOL security consultant have been addressed. The changes should not have affected the site from working correctly, but if you do notice anything that's broken, please let me know.
  • There is now a 'reads' count shown next to news articles. Counting stared at 9am GMT+1 this morning. This will enable us to see which articles are 'hot' and once I know what number constitutes a 'hot' articles I may well indicate them as such. It doesn't update immediately, as the data is cached for a while, for performance reasons.
  • I'm often asked to change people's user name which I can do, but only by delving into the database manually. So, I've added an option on the 'Your profile' page so you can now do it yourself. Changes are tracked for auditing purposes.

49 comments on this article

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By in Finland,

Could those "groups" be some kind of Master Themes or Theme Groups, that could be used for searching and data mining? I've often wished for that.

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By in United States,

whats up with the boxed numbers in the browse section?

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By in United States,

^^ Eventually yes, possibly.

^ The number of the sets in the theme/year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks good. Some of the numbers/years (eg Alpha Team 32 2001-2005) are getting flagged up as international phone numbers on my browser! Guess it's my skype? When they correspond to international dialling codes.

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By in United Kingdom,

The {not known} section in Browse says 2 sets in the box, but returns no info when clicked on.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, I've just changed my user name and Brickset logs me out for the change to take effect. When I log back in I am returned to the Change User Name screen. I would have expected to be returned to the My Profile page or maybe the Home News page. It's great to be able to change my user name; this isn't a big deal, just providing user feedback :-)

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By in United States,

To be honest, the categories seem a little arbitrary. Would it be possible to keep the default "complete list" of themes and options to make one's own categories?

EDIT: Also, do you think it would be possible to have some kind of feed on the front page for the latest approved reviews? I feel that set reviews form one of the core pieces of user contributions on this site, and it would be nice if they were highlighted as such.

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By in Sweden,

I'd like to be able to view all minifigures released in a given year. Right now it seems you're only able to view yearly within a theme, so it'd be nice if there was an "All themes" option for that.

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By in United States,

How do you track the reads? I don't go into the page unless I want to comment

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By in United States,

Will it say what the username was originally? Because people are going to get really confused really fast.

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By in United States,

@NeilMartin, thanks I've now hopefully corrected that.

@legobigbloke, The two unknown theme sets have been deleted until we know what they are: that entry was showing in the list error so I've removed it.

@UtarEmpire, I am happy to take suggestions. Enabling users to group them individually would be a lot of work for little benefit, IMO.

@Graysmith, I'll add that to the to-do list!

@Bob Clear, it counts reads of this page, so it isn't ideal or 100% accurate but it gives some indication of how interested people are in the article, and in particular, the comments.

@jonbuddy, no, but it's recorded in the database so I can see them in case there are issues later.

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By in United States,

The boxed numbers are sort of distracting. I think it is because they are in black versus the lighter blue used for the theme names. Perhaps the color for the numbers can be muted so it isn't more eye catching than the theme name?

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By in United States,

^It doesn't seem like that to me. It think that may be a matter of opinion.

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By in Netherlands,

Sorry, but I like the old page. Everything was on alfabet, so easy to find. No I have to think first in what category a particulary set should be...
So if it's possible, I'd like to have the choice to go back to the old way.

Peter.

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By in United States,

In the real time results that drop down from the search box, please could we flag the ones that we own in green.

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By in United States,

^^ I guess I can't please everyone all the time, but I'll see what I can do.

If you know the theme you're interested in already it's quicker just to type it in the search box, but if you don't, which probably accounts for most of the use of the browse page, then grouping them should make it easier to find.

@Brickmatic, I'll tone the numbers/border down a bit...

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By in Israel,

Looks great! Thanks for all the great work Huw :)

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By in Hungary,

Sarcasm ON
Now everyone, find "Collectable Minifigures" theme in the browse page in 5 seconds!
Good luck!

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By in United States,

The problem I've always had is finding subthemes like Alien Conquest and Kingdoms. Under the old system, I would start looking in the 'A' and not find it, only to remember it is a subtheme and not a theme. For some reason I don't have this problem with City, probably because the box always has "City" on it. It's only the Space and Castle sets that I don't think of as subthemes because of the way LEGO brands them.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't know if this is just my browser, but a lot of the themes on the Browse section have the years broken: instead of being normal text, they appear as skype numbers, giving me the option to add the number to my skype. It's not on all themes, just some, so it is kinda distracting. Other than that, the update is pretty useful. Thanks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad i can change my username now.

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By in United States,

I like the changes for the most part, and to me the grouping of themes is helpful and more organized in my opinion.

I was having one issue when browsing minifigs in my collection: they were opening the picture in a new tab from the link (to bricklink) instead of only opening a pop-up image when you click on them. Not sure if this is related to the new changes or not.

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By in United States,

The browser looks fantastic. I also like the dates for the theme's lifespan. Marvelous work.

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By in United States,

^^ thats related to a change I made a while ago. I hadn't noticed it myself but I should be able to fix it.

@yooha, just type 'collectable' in the search box, or click on the statue of liberty image at the top of the browse page...

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By in United States,

As opposed to catagories, I would prefer the ability for each user to create a list of favorate themes so they can have an option to only view favorates when browsing.

Not sure if that's reasonably possible or not, though, since I know very little on website design.

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By in United Kingdom,

All good updates it seems to me, thank you very much for you continuing hard work Huw (and the other moderators too) to improve this wonderful website!

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By in United States,

I'll second Peter1975 in that I liked the option to just choose any subtheme from the Browse list without having to dig. :o)

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By in United Kingdom,

I looked on the licsenced themes and I couldnt find speed racer!
hopefully it will be fixed...

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By in United Kingdom,

I do have one suggestion actually, would it be possible to change the review writing system so that one can save your progress through composing a review and be able to come back to it later? I know I would find this useful and I am sure many other writers of longer reviews would as well. Thank you.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 Yes, a 'Save as Draft' feature could be usefull.

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By in New Zealand,

Awesome Changes Huw!

Although I'll never change my name.......

XD

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By in United States,

Thanks for the name change option, Huw. I've been looking to try and, oh, "connect" all my LEGO accounts. It's just nice to have all my accounts with the same name.

@CapnRex101: That would be rather nice, especially for those who would prefer not sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end... :P

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By in Australia,

I'm seconding UtarEmpire's Edited post,

"EDIT: Also, do you think it would be possible to have some kind of feed on the front page for the latest approved reviews? I feel that set reviews form one of the core pieces of user contributions on this site, and it would be nice if they were highlighted as such."

I like that idea, would allow us users to see which sets are ones we should maybe look into picking up.

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By in United States,

Great job HUW

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By in United States,

^^ An activity feed is planned for the future, to capture new reviews and everything else that goes on on the site.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why 'reads', why not 'views'? It looks quite strange.

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By in Norway,

Many thanks for the possibility of changing the name. I wasnt happy about the nickname I choose earlier. So now the former nickname is replaced by my real nickname I got from my friends :-). Thanks again.

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By in United States,

^^ I did debate with myself about that. I visit http://www.pocket-lint.com and that uses 'reads', which felt somewhat 'cooler' than views for some reason.

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By in United States,

I know this is an old update, but I don't like the new theme/subtheme/year finder on the 'my Sets' page. I like the old one way better.

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By in United States,

It was taking too much room, that was the problem with old version.

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By in United States,

@Huw I like the toned down boxes (as well as the new organization in general). Thanks!

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By in United States,

^ You're welcome...

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By in United Kingdom,

Might you be able to do anything about being able to have a 'save draft' function on a review Huw?

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By in United States,

^Couldn't you just save it in Notepad or something?

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By in United Kingdom,

^No, when you re-paste it back in to the review it looks fine when you are writing it, but the font changes when you click submit so it looks all wrong.

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By in United States,

^^^ Probably yes, but it won't be a 5 minute job.

^ Notepad will be fine, but other editors (Word etc.) will introuce unwanted formatting as you suggest.

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By in Australia,

I second Skywalker1966. I too have been changing my username across the board the unify my accounts and it's great to have finally done it here.

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By in United Kingdom,

How difficult would it be to put different themes under more than one category in the 'Browse' list? That way it might be easier to find ones which are ambiguous. For example, I was surprised to find Adventurers under 'Historical', thinking they would fit better under 'Action/Adventure'.

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