Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Busy Beavers

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Well, my friends, may God have mercy on my soul, but I have gone “all in” on what I’m hoping is something we will call “The Tesla Top” in retrospect (if not, we’ll have to come up with something clever like “The Final Reaming of Tim“, but we’ll see). In any case, trust that I’m focused on making your SlopeTalk experience as amazing as possible. Lots of tickets to conquer, Slopers!

More Improvements

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The SlopeTalk project is going precisely as I anticipated, which is that I can’t stop thinking of new ideas. Each day, a somewhat better version comes out. Sorry to be so repetitive, but it’s vital you hit Shift-F5 on your keyboard when you visit SlopeTalk to make sure you’ve got the latest version during this rapid development period. The most recent improvements include:

  • Scrolling – – this was driving people bananas. They would be typing away, and the screen would scroll all the way to the bottom. This has been fixed. Just make sure auto-scroll is off in Preferences.
  • Paste Image – – instead of having to Upload an image, we’re going to let you just paste (Ctrl-V) directly into the input box. This isn’t quite done yet, but it mostly works now, although not elegantly. Try to paste (with your keyboard) a graphic, and you’ll see a URL show up. Don’t worry, that’s supposed to happen (and it’ll be gone when the feature is complete). Post it, and voila, there’s your graphic.
  • Notifications at Top – A number of you asked for this, and I’ll describe it below.

Dead Sea Scroll

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In the midst of all the SlopeTalk testing, the most frequent complaint I’ve heard is that the page cheerfully keeps scrolling as new comments accrue. This kind of makes sense, because some folks use comments almost like a ticker tape. However, some people don’t want that. They’d prefer to leave the page where it was and come back a few hours later to pick up where they left off.

I think we’ve fixed this issue. Please make sure that, in Preferences, you have auto-scroll set to Off, as shown below. In addition, please hit Shift-F5 on your keyboard to make sure you’ve got the latest version. In any case, here’s that link again, and I hope it works smoothly for everyone now.