Tecker Blog

Conflicter Updated

Posted in by Plaz on the April 29th, 2007

Conflicter, Tecker‘s sister site dedicated to ending global conflict through frank discussions about current issues has just been updated.  Conflicter now has all of the latest features which we have been adding for months to Tecker.  Make Conflicter lively with email alerts, and a new recent answers page.

Email Alerts

Posted in by Plaz on the April 28th, 2007

Tecker now supports email alerts.  There are two types.  You can sign up to receive alerts whenever someone answers a question you have asked.  Because the user’s page will soon be re-worked, I have not yet built in the option to subscribe or unsubscribe from these alerts.  However, when new users register for new accounts, they can sign up now for them.  These alerts cover all questions, even ones you have asked in the past.

Also we allow you to turn on alerts when you view, ask, or answer a question.  Just look for the little email icon with the plus sign.  You will receive alerts when a question is answered.  Anyone logged-in user can sign up/unsubscribe for these alerts.  We also have a mange page for these new alerts.  You can sort this page alphabetically or by the time you signed up for each alert.

Our system knows if you are signed up for both types of alerts and only send you one email.  In addition, you will not receive a email if you are the answerer of the question.  (Why clutter up your Inbox with something you already know?)

Manage Alerts

At Tecker we know that your Inbox is oft full, and realize that you might not want constant emails. That’s why we never sell your emails and let you control what mail you want to receive.  We also offer RSS feeds for recent questions and answers.  An RSS feed per question (with answers as items) is coming soon.
Also we added a Google Custom Search box in the left side.  Google search is better then no search, but Google is often a few weeks behind in indexing the site.  Eventually, we plan to make our own search, which would work cleaner and better.

Google Search Results

This also marks the completion of the Tecker .8 milestone.  We have been sidetracked in the past few months by other commitments, but here’s some new stuff for Tecker.  Enjoy.

-Michael Plasmeier (ThePlaz)

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Recent Answers Page

Posted in by Plaz on the April 22nd, 2007

Tecker now has (and has had for a month now) had a recent answers page. This page lets you track recent answers posted to Tecker.  You can filter the list by answerer username and type of answer.  In addition you can restrict the list to the last 24 hours.  We offer a handy filter page to help you set up the filters.  Also, we offer a RSS feed which offers the same filters.  Just set up the filters you want and click on the RSS icon in your browser.

New Recent Answers Page

How do you like this new page?  What else do you want to see? Comment below or send us a message.

User’s Question Count

Posted in by Plaz on the April 22nd, 2007

User: SJTechZone suggested that we add a count of how many questions asked and answers people have answered to their user’s page.  So while I was talking to them, I quickly added that features to the user’s page.  Can you beat SJTechZone’s 70 answers?  Get to Tecker.

Tecker Stats

Posted in by Plaz on the April 18th, 2007

Here are some Tecker stats for 12/24/2006 to 4/18/2007.  Enjoy.  Notice the bump given by net@nite and then when SJTechZone discovered our site and answered a lot of questions.

Log in Referers Regex

Posted in by Plaz on the April 12th, 2007

Tecker would like to thank Jim, the programming mentor on my robotics team for his help in making a regular expression for us. Now when you log in, the web page you come from directly before is stored. The regular expression checks and sees if that page is a Tecker website. If it is, we bring you to the page you were just at before logging in. If you come to Tecker from another website, we send you to the homepage. Before you were just thrust back out to wherever you came from even if it wasn’t a Tecker website.
If you know regular expressions, this is the regular expression (regex) he sent us to check for a Tecker URL:


It works if there’s a www or not, and for any page on the site including ones with GET requests in the URL. I spent about 10 hours trying to figure this out, but Jim got it in a few minutes. Regex is one of those things which are very hard unless you are good at it.


Here’s a regex checker which is handy