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  • What is a good Twitter client for Mac OS?

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    My top requirements:

    • Free

    • One feed for tweets, @replies/mentions, and possibly also DMs (that is, one *unified* feed with all together), colour-coded if possible

    • Passable interface


    • Doesn't use Adobe Air

    • Cocoa-based application

    • Good AppleScript dictionary

    • Handles as well as Twitter

    1 AnswerSoftware1 decade ago
  • For what language editions of Wikipedia do no traditional encyclopedia counterparts exist?

    In English, it's easy to point to Britannica, in German, there's Brockhaus, et cetera. What languages (for which there is an edition of Wikipedia) don't have a native-language encyclopedia of the traditional sort? Which one is the most widely-spoken of those?

    3 AnswersWikipedia1 decade ago
  • When does passive tolerance and storage of questionable material endorse such material?

    I'm thinking in particular of the case of Wikipedia and its policy of no censorship. For example, Wikipedia contains some violent and/or disturbing images. Is Wikipedia responsible if, say, a kid stumbles on the Thích Quảng Đức article (< >) and was frightened? What if someone imitated the monk? Is censorship compatible with the neutral presentation of information?

    2 AnswersPhilosophy1 decade ago
  • If you were to design a MediaWiki skin, what would you change from the default (Monobook) layout?

    MediaWiki is the open-source wiki software that Wikipedia uses. It can be skinned, and can vary quite a bit, from the default Monobook skin (< >) to the upcoming Vector skin (< >) to wildly different custom skins like the one the They Might Be Giants wiki uses (< >). If you designed your own skin, what would you change from Monobook?

    4 AnswersWikipedia1 decade ago
  • What's the best content you've ever contributed to Wikipedia?

    This can include text, images, audio, video, references, or even typo corrections. I'm not asking about monetary donations to Wikimedia. I'm not interested in articles about coal companies, for the most part (for those in the know).

    8 AnswersWikipedia1 decade ago
  • How can I combine CSS sibling and child selectors/"combinators" properly?

    Short question: If I want to pick the child h5 of a div with id "foo", only when the div is preceded by a sibling with class "bar", what selector combination should I use? Is this possible to do, purely in CSS?

    I'm messing around a little bit in with some personal CSS on Wikipedia. I'm using the beta Vector skin (see < > for an example) and I've added a few scripts (see < >) that add menu items with extra actions. I'm self-taught in CSS/JS, so yes, some of that stuff might be very ugly. :p

    One script, the one that toggles the left-hand sidebar, appears even on Special pages (pages generated by the software, e.g. Special:Prefixindex or Special:Watchlist, as opposed to normal wiki pages) and so it generates a menu when there might be no general actions that appear as tabs on the right. Because of the way in which the borders for the tabs are generated, the resulting menu top doesn't have a left-hand border. I know what property to set (I change the border-image on the h5 child of the div that constitutes the menu) but I don't know how to use the selectors properly for the given case. I want to select the child h5 of the #p-cactions div, but only if it (the #p-caction div) is preceded by a div with class "emptyPortlet".

    I initially tried

    .emptyportlet + #p-cactions > h5 {…}

    but that didn't seem to work properly (which seems obvious in retrospect: it's looking for the h5 having the sibling), so I'm asking here. Any ideas?

    4 AnswersProgramming & Design1 decade ago
  • What label should be used by the link for creating a new section on Wikipedia talk pages?

    On Wikipedia, if you are on a discussion page, there is a link to start a new section, so that you can start a discussion on some new topic or other.

    Historically, this button was labelled "+", beside the edit button, but as this was somewhat cryptic, I (through the general consensus of a community discussion) changed it to "New section".

    In the new skin, associated pages (like articles and their "talk" or discussion pages) and the actions are separated, with verbs being used for the actions and nouns for the pages. Since the new section link is an action, the usability team has suggested that the text "Add topic" be used.

    I don't think "Add topic" is entirely clear—"what's a 'topic'?"—but the decision to distinguish actions by using verbs is entirely rational.

    What do you think the label should read? I'd just like a bit of input, preferably from people not entirely familiar with Wikipedia.

    Some links:

    The discussion page for "Plutonium" in the new skin: < >

    Creating a new section in the discussion page for "Plutonium" in the new skin: < >

    3 AnswersWikipedia1 decade ago
  • How does Yahoo! Answers' nickname truncation system work, and why is it so configured?

    I'm confused about Yahoo! Answers' nickname truncation system.

    I know that there's a nickname truncation system because if I use as a nickname my ordinary pseudonym, "Nihiltres", it is annoyingly truncated and replaced with "Nihiltre..."

    As someone who's experimented a little with web design, I can appreciate the idea of a system that would impose width restrictions—with a narrow space for avatars, long names are difficult to format nicely. It's somewhat silly in my case, because the "..." is longer in both number of characters (they should use the ellipsis character "…" and not 3 periods "...") and in literal width ("..." is wider than "s", for me at least). I can tolerate simple off-cases where there's an unfortunate strict limit.

    I figured to myself that this was fair, and guessed that the system would cut off certain nicknames based on a character limit, except in some cases where it would use a few lines to display several short words. After all, if I were programming such a thing, I might find that a reasonable approach.

    I noticed a few minutes ago, however, a nickname with a very long word and multiple words. Curious, I changed my nickname to the current one with two hair spaces as an extra "word" each, and suddenly my nickname appears in full and even, for me at least, on a single line.

    Aside from the oddity in the effectiveness of my little hack, how does this work? What are the limits that cause the Yahoo! Answers software to truncate a nickname or not? Moreover, why is it configured in such a way that my hack is necessary for me to avoid truncation, while those with less reasonable nicknames have theirs displayed in full?

    1 AnswerYahoo Answers1 decade ago