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The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Sun Jan 01, 2017 5:30 pm

Happy New Year, LTPF friends.

With a new year comes a new chatroom thread. Let's get it rolling.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Grip » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:07 am

Happy New Year to all! :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby GalFisk » Mon Jan 02, 2017 7:46 am

Happy new year! How did your year start?
Mine started with the cat bringing a mouse uninjured into our bedroom. After many attempts to corral it using a broom and sheets of cardboard, I managed to chase it into a slipper and carry it out.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:09 am

Happy new year to all my puzzle pals. Lets hope for a better 2017.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Doriana » Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:26 pm

Happy new year to my fellow puzzlers! 2016 was a rocky and difficult year for me, but I hope that 2017 will treat me better. After a longish absence, I'm back at the LTPF, and I promise this won't be a one-month stint after which I disappear into darkness again. No, this time I'm here to stay. <3
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Postby Grip » Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:39 pm

Good to hear, Doriana!

For myself, 2016 was a pretty good year, thankfully!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:35 am

Happy new year, LTP fans!

I'm on holiday in the tropical North. The weather is impeccable, but internet connectivity is pretty spasmodic.

This morning, I spent three quarters of an hour helping a family of tourists whose SUV had got stuck in the sand on Ninety Mile Beach. Later this afternoon, I found the same car stuck in a ditch an hour and a half North of our first rendezvous.

I briefly saw the welfare state through a conservative's eyes.
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Postby WiZ » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:46 am

Not a birthday, but an anniversary nonetheless: Mrs. WiZ and I have been married for 6 years today. We have had the house to ourselves, so we are taking advantage of this and spent all of yesterday baking, and all of today eating. Mmm.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Lynne » Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:06 pm

I can get into the Chatroom here but I can't get to the active puzzles. It just takes me back to the old front page. Can anybody help. It certainly looked as though the DNS was down earlier.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:58 am

I had an email from Paul yesterday evening to say that he had his Tech guy working on the problem. It all seems to be working this morning so well done that man.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:11 am

Something I'm enjoying on the forum at the moment is the rather witty ways people are finding to mark their puzzle as solved. Keep it up folks.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:13 am

I'm sure people from Atlanta are feeling pretty deflated right now. Incredible game.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Grip » Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:18 pm

I agree on both counts! Atlanta is a young team, they'll have another chance.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:07 am

Balin will be very happy I'm sure. I don't think I've ever seen a quarter and a bit of sport where every little break went for one team. Not saying they were lucky , but there was probably 10 plays where even a slightly different outcome would have meant an Atlanta victory.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:27 pm

Oh I am very happy.

I went to the victory parade yesterday; never been to one before. It was crowded and freezing, and I loved it.
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Forgotten Puzzle

Postby trebor » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:27 am

I can't remember who posted it or what the title was, but does anyone remember a puzzle from, I think, last year (certainly before I joined) that was something along the lines of, "Brian is having a great day! He just got a promotion at work...." and then goes on to him being saved by a stranger from being hit by a car, and then later that day he kills the stranger, kills a vendor on his street, and then travels across the country and kills his boss. Am I losing my mind? Did that puzzle exist? And if so, what was it called? I would love to read through it, as I never saw the $poiler.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby RedWine » Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:13 am

That puzzle definitely existed, I looked for it too and cannot find it. I'd also love to learn the solution!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby trebor » Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:31 am

Thanks, RedWine! I thought maybe I was losing my mind. I remember reading a few posts in one day and coming back a while later to find that I couldn't find the thing! It was such a brilliant set-up, too! This has been an Earhart-level mystery for me ever since.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby RedWine » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:08 am

As far as I remember, it was Konnie's puzzle, "There is nothing wrong with a dark puzzle", or similar title. I'd love to know the solution.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:10 am

It's good to be back on here after a long hiatus. Was around somewhere in the 2003-2005 vein as Paradox, dropped off, came back in 2010-2011 as It_So_Happened, dropped off after having some kids and such, and back on again as Hobbsicle. I don't know why I change my username all the time, but so be it.

Doesn't seem quite as lively as the 2010-ish time, but glad it's still fairly active, and I see some old faces here, too. So I think I'll stick around, at least until 2018, when I'll have to take another 5-year break. Wouldn't want to break the pattern.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:55 am

Welcome back, I remember you as 'It so Happened' .

The board is very active at present but the chatroom a lot less so. Happy puzzling.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:16 am

I remember you also. Welcome back - hope you can stick around longer this time!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Grip » Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:50 pm

Welcome back!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Doriana » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:37 am

I don't know if this has already been discussed, but is there a way to move the chatroom to the active puzzles board (and maybe pin it there)? I remember people being a lot more active in the chatroom on the old forum, probably because it was more visible. :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:30 pm

I'm pretty sure we could do this but the difficulty would be that as puzzles get posted on the position of the chatroom would constantly change given that most recent posted on topics get brought to the top . I wouldn't have a problem with this but I'd like to hear other views. NIce idea.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Hobbsicle » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:28 pm

So no sticky option to keep it at the top? It would be better there, but I'm not sure having it swimming around among the puzzles would work that well.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby WiZ » Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:36 pm

It looks like we're equipped with this functionality:

From faq.php#f3r6

Sticky topics within the forum appear below announcements and only on the first page. They are often quite important so you should read them whenever possible. As with announcements and global announcements, sticky topic permissions are granted by the board administrator.
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby kalira » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:05 pm

Personally I think making it an "announcement" rather than a "sticky" is a better option. Making the Chatroom a global announcement thread would make it show up in each subsection of the forum at the top (see the xkcd forum for examples -- they have their forum rules thread and a thread about last year's forum migration that show up in every subforum you visit). Sticky-ing it would just make it stick to the top of the list of topics, but if we're set up anything like xkcd, announcement-ing it would separate it into its own area (always at top and noticeably distinct from the puzzle topics. This would be nice for time-sensitive things (setting up online meetups or picking the puzzle of the year, for example) as well, keeping them easy to see and access while not getting them mixed into the puzzles. You can set announcement threads to show up as announcements for only certain amounts of time, or forever until a mod un-announcements them. As a side note, I believe making it sticky requires it to be native to the subforum it is sticky in -- so the chatroom would have to reside natively in "Active Lateral Thinking Puzzles," whereas if it was an announcement thread it could reside natively where it already currently does (I think).

As far as I can tell, I don't have the rights to make anything sticky or announcement at the moment -- I'm guessing the other mods are in the same boat. Likely we'd have to ask Admin for those rights. (I'd also love to have the ability to delete banned people from our members list, but having just looked that up, that seems to be a right mods can't be given and is reserved solely for administrator accounts... :( )
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby peter365 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:21 am

Hi Kalira

This sounds great. I'd suggest you contact Paul and ask for whatever permissions you need to effect what sounds like a really good idea. I must admit this is not an area that I'm overly knowledgeable on .
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Doriana » Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:08 pm

Hi puzzlers, do we still adhere to the age-old LTPF tradition of announcing our birthdays on the forum? In any case, it was my birthday yesterday, and I would appreciate some questions on my puzzles as a belated birthday present :D
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Grip » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:52 pm

Well, then, happy belated birthday! :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Balin » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:18 am

Happy just-after-your-birthday!
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby kalira » Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:08 pm

Hey mods, just letting you know to check your PMs when you get a chance (in case you don't have those notifications on/didn't notice)! :)
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Konnie » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:19 am

Hey, everyone. I'm back! I've had a lot going on in the past, and to be completely honest, kind of forgot how much I loved this site. I'll try to post new puzzles today if possible. :D
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Re: The Chatroom

Postby Doriana » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:04 pm

Welcome back! :)
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