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#1 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:20 PM

The home page has finally been successfully upgraded and all functionality, including reviews, has been restored.

I've been trying to do this upgrade literally for years. The first huge breakthrough was getting the site onto the new servers a few months ago. Now, I've finally managed to get the site upgraded to the new software version and the review system moved, upgraded and working.

What else is new, besides the fresh look?

The links to the review sections have been moved to the top menu bar.

Sharing by print, email, pdf, options at the top right of each page.

The language in the review tutorial and the system has been updated and clarified, including the tool tips and score sheet. Much thanks to fingerpickinblue, who did the majority of this re-write.

The ability to use .5 rating increments in ratings. This has no effect on current scores, but it means we can fine-tune our ratings a bit better.

The ability to compare listings' ratings with one another. Just click the "Compare" box under a number of listings and the comparison bar will pop up at the bottom of the page, listing your selections. Then click "compare".

The ability to share listings via Google+, twitter, and facebook.

A "comments" feature on each review. This is like the comments section below blogs and online news items. Only logged-in members can comment.

More new functions will be added over time.


Just like moving house, there are always things that have to be painted, re-done, re-installed, tidied-up, etc. (like the telephone, internet, wi-fi, VCR, DVD player, remotes, and that kind of bullshit). So here we have modules (furniture) that have to be rearranged to account for the new architecture, pictures that have to be re-hung in new places, etc.

I'm aware that there are a lot of character encoding errors (for example: ’, ©, ä) so that's being slowly addressed. Please post other bugs, broken links, and missing images here in this thread.

Have fun!

Also, registrations for The Great American Absinthe Festival are now open. PLEASE don't forget to include your forum user name when registering, so we can verify membership.

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#2 Père Ubu

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 02:15 AM

The front door sure looks nice. :thumbup:

And another huge :thumbup: for the .5 on the ratings. there have been times where an absinthe was somewhere in between, and I quite couldn't bring it to the next higher score, but felt it was clearly better than the lower rating. Or in one case where the louche was a five by the letter, but I knew it wasn't as good as others, and felt kinda bad putting it in the same level as the great louchers in my cabinet.

Edited by Miguel, 12 March 2012 - 02:23 AM.


#3 Absomphe

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:32 AM

The front door sure looks nice. :thumbup:
And another huge :thumbup: for the .5 on the ratings.


What he said! :thumbup:


I noticed that almost all of the reviewers' full real names appear now...so much for my participation in the Witness Protection Program. :laf:

Edited by Absomphe, 12 March 2012 - 04:52 AM.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#4 Joe Legate

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:37 AM

Congratulations, Gwydion. I know you have been working on this project for years. :clap:

#5 Derrick

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:56 AM

Well done! :thumbup:
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:22 AM

:thumbup:

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#7 Scott M.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:41 AM

That is some really nice web design Gwydion. Nice job. Classy, slick, easy to navigate,
rich with information, and professional.
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#8 Ambear

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:04 AM

So excited about the half-ratings. I have so many of those jotted down on my review sheets, but had to pick which direction I swayed in the end.

It all looks so pretty!
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#9 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:37 AM

I noticed that almost all of the reviewers' full real names appear now...so much for my participation in the Witness Protection Program. :laf:

Oops. Fixed.

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#10 TheLoucheyMonster!

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:40 PM

Please post other bugs, broken links, and missing images here in this thread.


Great job and nice look! :cheers:

Some bugs found:
"Proper Absinthe Preparation"
http://www.wormwoods...o...&Itemid=228
no pics, and no video link at bottom

"Absinthe Glossary"
http://www.wormwoods...o...&Itemid=232
sound clips = 404 not found

#11 Absomphe

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

Oops. Fixed.


Thanks, G.

But it's too late...they found me! :dead:

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#12 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:30 PM

We'll miss ya.

Thanks TLM.

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#13 Père Ubu

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:00 PM

Oh man, I missed the unmasking of the clown. I should count my blessings. :laugh:

#14 Absomphe

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:26 PM

:paperbag3:



"We'll miss ya".


I only intimated that my death was immanent. I didn't say anything about leaving. :tongue:

Edited by Absomphe, 12 March 2012 - 03:34 PM.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 03:29 PM

Before, i had a shortcut on my desktop which was the nifty little absinthe glass. Now its gone. Can we get that back possibly?

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#16 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:06 PM

What did it link to? Got a url?

Or is the shortcut still there but no longer the nifty little absinthe glass?

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:16 PM

Here is what i got when i clicked my shortcut today. I realize now the "nifty" absinthe glass is a shortcut to the forum's page. Had to resave it from the new update to get it back. Shortcut to the main site is just an IE page link. (no nifty little glass)

Edited by Songcatcher, 12 March 2012 - 04:18 PM.

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:39 PM

Nice job! Love the new look.
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#19 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:30 PM

"Proper Absinthe Preparation" no pics, and no video link at bottom [FIXED]

"Absinthe Glossary" sound clips = 404 not found [FIXED]


I realize now the "nifty" absinthe glass is a shortcut to the forum's page. Had to resave it from the new update to get it back. Shortcut to the main site is just an IE page link. (no nifty little glass)

The favorites icon on both the home page and forums pages should be a nifty little glass again. You'll probably have to re-save them.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 05:35 PM

Thank you sir.

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:48 AM

Thanx for the addition of "Latest Reviews". The sidebar that actually scrolls correctly really rocks! What will they think of next?

I'm lovin' this new site. :clap:
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:26 AM

Thanks. It's coming together. I tried to get it all in order before launch, but (a) folks were chomping at the bit, and (2) sometimes you just can't know what's broken or missing until people start using it.

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#23 Absomphe

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

sometimes you just can't know what's broken or missing until people start using it.


That's what (s)he said.

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

:wave2:
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:51 PM

Love the new look, has more of a louche feel to it. :cheers:
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:59 PM

sometimes you just can't know what's broken or missing until people start using it.


That's what (s)he said.


Maybe I should start using it. :huh:
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:03 AM

Looks beautiful, well done! :cheers:
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:28 PM

there is a 404 item not found error on the purchase advice section of the main page

The room it smelled heavy of drinkin',  

and the sad silent song, made the hour twice as long,

as I waited for that sun to go sinkin'.


#29 Père Ubu

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:45 AM

So, no .5 edits to previous reviews. I want to do that for a few where I really would have wanted a .5 adjustment.

#30 Gwydion Stone

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 05:32 PM

I just tested some older reviews, and you should be able to adjust them. Try hovering over the star.

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