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Old 08-21-2009, 02:57 PM   #76
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My mistake I forgot the parenthesis (). Test with general.useragent.extra.firefoxComment = (Slackware)

[EDIT] Sorry, I made another mistake in the name of the parameter: I wrote genera.useragent.... instead of general.useragent...

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Old 08-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #77
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It should work... NO

[EDIT] OK it works now after I removed my change to general.useragent.extra.firefox

I only modified general.useragent.extra.firefoxComment to (Slackware)

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Old 08-21-2009, 03:54 PM   #78
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There is a separate thread for testing. Please ensure all posts in this thread are feedback or comments on the topic at hand. Thanks.

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Old 08-22-2009, 10:05 AM   #79
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Is that little logo something automatic? I searched for th eoption to put it in, but I couldn't find it. Uhm... maybe my distro is not well-known enough? Where di I specify my distro? When I checked the last time I saw that my tux comes with a question mark on iets belly while other have a clean tux.

-edit-: now I see I have a tux head in place of the logo, how do I put Debian there, and why the question mark?

-edit-: and after editing the tux head is gone again! Does this forum have a life of its own?

jlinkels

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Old 08-22-2009, 12:22 PM   #80
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Is that little logo something automatic? I searched for th eoption to put it in, but I couldn't find it. Uhm... maybe my distro is not well-known enough? Where di I specify my distro? When I checked the last time I saw that my tux comes with a question mark on iets belly while other have a clean tux.

-edit-: now I see I have a tux head in place of the logo, how do I put Debian there, and why the question mark?

-edit-: and after editing the tux head is gone again! Does this forum have a life of its own?

jlinkels
Have a look at my posts: #71 and #72, I give the instructions there. As I am on Debian, they should work for you.

And yes, you have to do a refresh of the page for the icon to come up after you post.
 
Old 08-22-2009, 07:16 PM   #81
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I see I am a little late to this party. I just discovered this when, after I posted from a public computer, I discovered that horrible, obnoxious flag on my post. Now I've been publicly humiliated!

Seriously, being able to turn it off is a good idea. Till then, I guess if I'm not on my own system I need to remember to switch the user agent. (Sadly, prefbar, which is available on the CD I use on public computers, only has Lynx and Netscape 6.2 for Linux options.)

Another idea is simply to apply the distro icon only to the original post on each thread. Even then I don't know that I would trust the icon I see to accurately reflect the distro the question is about. Certainly in my case, I would expect the correlation to be rather low between what the question is about and what system I am posting from.

(While I'm not just posting to test, this post is with prefbar's user agent set to Lynx. We'll see what happens!)

EDIT: Here's another idea to get info about what OS the OP's question is about. You could simply have fields (required?) for it when starting a thread. Perhaps you could then show that information along with "original poster" for each post of the OP.

EDIT2: If you can form a hypothesis about the system from the user agent string, you could fill in that info in the field(s) I just proposed with a request for the poster to change it if the question applies to a different system.

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Old 08-22-2009, 09:02 PM   #82
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Have a look at my posts: #71 and #72, I give the instructions there. As I am on Debian, they should work for you.
Thanks, for some reason it doesn't work yet, neither in IceWeasel, not in Opera (whcih is my default browser).

The User Agent string shows up as: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; U; Debian; en; rv:1.8.1) Gecko/20061208 Firefox/2.0.0 Opera 9.60

BTW, adding "Debian" to the User Agent string is all but trivial in Opera. You have to put the string "Debian" in the ISP setting on the about:config page. Just that string, no semicolon or anything else. As you can see "Debian;" is added to the parenthesed string.

Although I do like the feature of showing the distro and OS, I don't think it is logical to have it depend on the browser's user agent ID. I use 4 regular machines, and various browsers on each of them...

Now let's see if my string is recognized.

jlinkels

-edit:- YES! I got it!

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Old 08-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #83
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Coolio - btw, I am using Iceweasel, I changed the string to FF because a plugin was complaining, IIRC.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 09:09 AM   #84
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It has been pointed out that in many cases a person will be posting from one machine (likely with Windows) with a question about a different (likely Linux) machine.
Exactly, or worse, one with a different distro. That'll really confuse everyone. Either way it won't be helpful at all in those *many cases*.

Don't care much for seeing it on my post either, BTW.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 12:12 PM   #85
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testing...

Thanks GrapefruiTgirl, that worked
 
Old 08-23-2009, 01:37 PM   #86
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Exactly, or worse, one with a different distro. That'll really confuse everyone. Either way it won't be helpful at all in those *many cases*.
The same thing could be said currently for users who don't keep their "Distribution" string updated in their accounts (or only list their primary distribution while they use others). If anyone is making assumptions about the distribution in question by information displayed in the user's profile, they are taking a leap of faith in the first place.
 
Old 08-23-2009, 06:13 PM   #87
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test
 
Old 08-23-2009, 07:44 PM   #88
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While we're still evaluating whether to keep this feature, I have added the ability to completely disable it on a per-member bases. Simply go to http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...do=editoptions and set "Show User Agent in Posts" to "No". If we do decide to keep the feature, I'll work on adding additional distribution detection.

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Old 08-23-2009, 08:04 PM   #89
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While we're still evaluating whether to keep this feature, I have added the ability to completely disable it on a per-member bases. Simply go to http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...do=editoptions and set "Show User Agent in Posts" to "No". If we do decide to keep the feature, I'll work on adding additional distribution detection.

--jeremy
Thank you, Jeremy.

While I struggle to understand that you are applying this capability for a positive reason, I strongly disagree with websites that probe my system to determine what OS I'm using. Perhaps I'm just a little 'set in my ways' from past experiences with sites that done so for the sake of promoting the browser or OS of their choice.

Cheers
 
Old 08-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #90
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Just for the record, we're not actively "probing" for any information. We're simply using data your browser pushes with each HTTP request.

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