How can the forum be improved?

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Can you post a screenshot. Happy to assist you. fyi, you can alter your personal notification settings under:

You can change what see by default, instead of just a categories list, at:


Also, learn more about any aspect of notifications at

It appears to be a bug. The screenshots or pictures can be slightly above 500kb and the pictures will hang on upload.

Here is a link about others having the issue as well.

I ran the vote in Matrix first to see what they’d like in chat.

It’s going to be an RSS of the episodes/livestreams and forum network announcements.

Setting up a bot that only scrapes forum network announcements might be tricky, especially if they’re not all done the same way. It might be better done manually.

@Ulfnic I recommend assigning a tag, which you can make unavailable to the forum at large by restricting to a particular user group / trust level while still making it possible (for those with access) to use across any number of categories.

RSS bot in Matrix only tracks new topics, not replies. :+1:

Tags already support RSS. So, to follow new topics in news you’d just need the url

One improvement I’d love to see here is the replacement of youtube links with odysee links, at least for the main DLN content creators here.

I understand the popularity side of this. I just don’t have any love for youtube and I am way past being ready for another app to take it’s place.

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CubicleNate is now hosting Linux Saloon which is set up like a LUG:

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Oh, this was formally BDLL, I’m in…definitely.


The “About” post for describing the category About the LUGFest category has still default placeholder.

Maybe a reorganization of the categories could be done. In example, what does “Front Page Linux” mean? There is no explanation and the category name is confusing me as a new user. I open it up and it contains links to the YouTube channel TuxDigital (where I come from). Didn’t expect that. But shouldn’t it be under the category “Shows”?

And some of the categories on the main page seems to be out of place to me. In example why is there a “Quality Control Platform” on the main page? Shouldn’t it be under “Destination Linux Network”? “LUGFest” Is completely empty and I don’t know what purpose this category has. “Uncategorized” sounds like you have forgotten to give it a name, instead what is really is: “Off-Topic”, which describe it’s purpose better. “Help Desk” could be renamed to “Help and Support” or maybe “Ask for Help”. “Linux Discussion” as a category in a Linux discussion forum sound a bit strange. It looks like a “General Hardware and Software” category and for the sake of consistency the word “Discussion” shouldn’t be needed in the category name.

I am new in this forum (as you probably can see anyway) and these are my first thoughts and may not make sense to you as someone who knows this forum and it’s structure. I am not familiar with DLN or any other part of this community, I only watch “This Week in Linux” (and love the show).


Rocco, against his better judgement handed me the keys to the cabin on this one. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: For real, he is happy with what I am doing with it and I think we can make great things happen with Linux Saloon.


Is there a way to insert Tabs into your text editing?

Just missed having a tab function, but not sure how difficult it would be to include?

  • (oh, also hashtag labels and a search function. Sorry, just kidding. :slight_smile: )
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Dude that drives me crazy. I have to make a tab in mousepad then copy/paste it in.

I think the problem is tab is a fundamental standard of HTML for transitioning between form elements so the browser thinks you want to move to the next thing. This can be prevented with JS but…

2015 quote from the co-founder of Discourse:

Nor did there seem to be a desire to make an alternative key combo for tabs or put a tab producing button somewhere.

Best thing I can think of is hacking together a CLI command that puts a tab in the clipboard and pastes it with a shortcut key using xclip and xdotool.

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Does not have to be the tab bar or any other key. Just insert Tabs the same way you insert bold or italic text.

For good measure I tried searching for tab in the control panel and nothing related to making posts comes up. I also can’t find anything with my duckduckfoo.

If it’s something I can do I will do it. I don’t have access to the underlying code to add this manually but i’d imagine it’s a nest of complication 20 miles deep that can break or get overwritten each update.

Another potential fix would be a browser extension though it might need to be written.

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Here is a simple script that will send a tab character to current window. It will backup and restore the current clipboard, but probably won’t work on data that is not text? Not sure. Just make sure the echo command includes the real tab character. You just need to assign a shortcut to this script. Tested on Firefox in this forum and it works.


backupfile=`mktemp -t clipedit.XXXXXX`
xclip -selection clipboard -out > "$backupfile"

# Send Tab character to current window. 
# (Make sure the character in `echo` is an actual tab.)
echo "	" | xclip -selection clipboard -rmlastnl -in
sleep 0.2
xdotool key --clearmodifiers "ctrl+v"
sleep 0.2

xclip -selection clipboard -in < "$backupfile"
rm -f "$backupfile"
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Thanks for the effort.

To be clear, it was a bit of a minor issue to complain about needing a fix.

Your all doing a great job. :slight_smile:

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Page Publishing could prove helpful with things like linking to your youtube channels.

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Interesting… I read up on it and got to this point. It looks like it makes the thread into a permanent page with it’s own styling and link which collides a bit with Michael’s SEO/offical site territory. I’ll ask if it’s a good idea and proceed from there.


Can I be bumped to a regular user. I find myself constantly hitting limits to posts on number of replies, inability to add links and inability to upload media.

Thanks for considering!

What do you think the limitations should be for new users?

Here’s most of the settings I can change:

New Users


First day