added bookmarking button to 1) main page items
2) concert page items
3) forum posts
4) events board posts
5) RTTP radio show page
6) picture pages
7) amimetalornot pages
// link things on RTTP to your other webpages
added rss feed button to 1) news on the main page
2) news on the forum page
3) events on the events page
4) the events page
// keep up to date on RTTP in your RSS feed readers
Venue Page added news stories related to the venue
added a + new show link in the events area
moved the pictures from that venue
Label Page added a + new show link in the events area
added a picture area for all the bands on that label
Band Page added a + new show link in the events area
sped up the listing out of all the bands from 3-4 seconds to a fraction of a second
made a shortcut so that I can add myspace pages for bands that don't myspace links on their bands page.
Messageboard Fixed the top of the page on IE and made it look better
When it's a news article, related bands/labels/venues links show up UNDER the first post
Added a link to the text only forum on the full forum and the full forum on the text forum
Added a better "Video" link button. it shows up on the new thread, post reply, quote, and profiles pages. myspace supported too.
Concert Page Made the bands names look better
Removed some unneeded returns
Added alttext for images so that webcrawlers might pick them up.
Changed the bar above the pictures when a band is selected to give more/better info.
There is a dropdown on the band name on the concert page. When you mouseover it, you get an informational dropdown.
All Pages Removed the skyNET ads after being banned with no reason. Thanks to everyone for supporting the links while they were up. Even through in the end, skyNET took the cash generated and put it into thier growing bottom line.
Feb 24,2008 12:00am -inking show threads to the RTTP forum - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
right now, since I broke it, if you are logged in and create a thread for a show (clicking the show listing thread check box) you can then click
"Set Events page: >>"
and select the show from the events page.
Eventually, you will be able to add/select a show when you make the thread.
I just wanted to make a way to do it quickly BEFORE more people complained.
I fixed a bunch of the state things on the events page and now the text page uses the same thing. it should all be much better now.
now shows added to rttp will show on rttp unless a state is changes to a state that isn't equal to that particulara event.
yes, the world is a wierd and wonderful place. for some reason it's not just all standard sit there and do nothing pictures. That's right.. video. there is now a way to link in youtube videos cause assholes can't get it right. there you go. click "add video" bang.
I also put in a spam filter thing for the login so that stupid bots will stop posting there. creating fake accounts.
So many security fixes that I'm not even going to start to tell you. Just leave it at "many hacks, many fixes"
Also, I just put up filters on the events page. Currently, you can filter out between "All Shows", "New England", and "New York City". Right now, if you go to www.nycmetalshows.com it auto-sets your filters to NYC shows only. If you go to www.returntothepit.com it shows you all shows. personally, I'm setting my shows to only NE shows cause that's all I care about.
1) had to change all the TABLE STATUS calls everwhere
2) the newer version of PHP had a different class structure that I had to account for in all files
3) went through watching the error fixing 95% of all the errors. the events and forum pages were the worst... probably a couple 1000 errors per page... damn..
4) when you search on the discussion body, it will highlight in yellow
5) there are more icons. there are icons shown in the qik reply if you click "show icons". Also added a "more icons" option to the reply and post pages so you can have access to all the icons there too.
1) changed something on the events page so it's so much smaller (20KB)
2) removed that stupid "size" thing at the bottom of all the pages since it didn't work in FF and was constantly erroring in IE.
At this point, the things on my "to-do" list is fucking huge. by "huge" I mean overwhelming. I seriously have a years worth of ideas, features, feature completes, and new things to do. If someone can come up with an easy way to get get a very large grant, I will take time off from work and just devote it to this site. until then.. the list just keeps growing.
MATTHEW LESKO HEEEEEEEELP!!!1
the main page is updated so it will no longer say Dec 31 1967 for the date... oopies on my part. who's the idiot? I'm the idiot.
the events page now using AJAX!!! AJAX rules and if this is successful, I'm going to put it more places. On the events page, when you are logged in, if you start adding/removing shows that you are attending, the page no longer reloads. it just updates the + or - and does everything else behind the scenes.
I fixed it so that any "random" site that comes into RTTP will redirect to the main site. if you don't know what i'm talking about.. just search for www.ppp.oddones.org.
I think that is it... eh, a few other things, but don't you worry yourself about it.
1) the board's UBB was updated so that links and images work better.
2) on the board there is now a "spam" option for anonymous posts that are spam. report valid spam and I'll take a look at them.
3) ignore/unignore features are on the board. they are currently only working in Firefox. not sure why IE is being bitchy. then you ignore someone, their text is collapsed. if you want to see what they said, you have to click the "toggle" right now it's a [t], but I'll put a graphic in at some point.
Oct 30,2006 12:00am -New Main page, tags, labels, and venues - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
so, I re-did the main page. it looks completely different now. most things on it are collapsable and expandable. I've been working a lot on updating the news sections of the site. this just ties it all together and shows the top roughly 10 stories. I say "roughly" cause the news section display gobbles up space that the events section isn't using. say there are only 3 events, the new section should show 17 news articles. if there are 13 events that day, there will only be the latest 10 news stories showing.
http://www.returntothepit.com/main.php also the section that shows the latest "rttp" news loads 3 seconds faster! I rule. I need to update the "<<more RTTP updates>>" part
I think that is all for now. if you didn't notice from before, I updated somethings with out announcing it to fix some of the posting issues that people where having (like all posts being marked "video" if any post in a thread was edited)
4) bots can no longer post in threads marked "spam" threads. you can't see this, but it's in the back ground. if a bot posts in a thread, I mark is a "spam bot" and then all anonymous posts must go through the spam checking (typing in a random band name).
5) when you type in a post anonymously and it get's caught by the spam filters, it used to crap out on a '. now it doesn't.
I think that is it now. i fixed a ton of other things, but they are all background shizzle so don't worry your pretty little head about it.
Mar 29,2006 12:00am -Holy updates! speedspeedspeed - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
I'm trying to speed the server up more and more. in that, I'm working to get out a few things.
1) the length of names on the messageboard is now a lot smaller. I think it's 65 characters. this allowed me to set them as INDEXES for the USER that started a thread (27K fields), the USER that responds to a thread (27K fields), and the USER from the posting table (400K fields). this sped a TON of queries on the message board tables up by up to 4x. yeah for me. there was a minimal hit in the time it takes to post a thread, but whatever.
2) the events tables is now written differently. there is a separate userevents table where the personal events from the events table are stored. please, test this out and see if it's working correctly. this effects the shows listed on your profile as shows that you are going to attend. this was the test-case for me taking the bands news into it's own indexed table. I was also able to change the HUGE field that stored the info before into a much smaller field.
3) ok, I updated the message board/bands page so that the news is in it's on table and the news field is soooo much smaller. this will cause the bands page and the discussion board to work a lot fast. check it out.
Also, there is now very ridged spam and IP blocking going on. I have blocked off something like 1500 known anonymizer proxies as well as every single IP that has been caught posting spam on the site. fuck them.
the pictures.php page is now showing the date and post processed pictures again.
So.. I'm going around and re-writing SQL commands so they are a lot more cachable. now, pictures come up a lot faster.
the top of the page loads a lot faster.
http://www.amimetalornot.com loads faster.
also, there is now a new way for me to ban ips for spam/abuse.
Dec 18,2005 12:00am -CD-page, SPAM, Events page, and forgotten passwords - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
there was a bug on the bands page where anyone who was logged in could submit a link to a band once it was approved. I fixed that so only offical members can add links to a band's page.
Also, I added a few more things to the spam filter.
You can now link a show listing thread to the events page. If you are logged in, just enter in and event on the events page, then go "edit" the show and select from the list of show listing threads. Once you do this, it will make a link on the events board to the discussion board. also, if you put a flyer on the events page, it will list this at the top of the discussion thread.
USER FORGOTTEN PASSWORD: there was a situation brought up to me. when a person makes more than one account they will only get one e-mail for the first user account if they try to check for their password. well, that was until now. don't go crazy making new accounts or anything please.
the CD review add page now has a selector to tell what you want to do.. you'll understand when get to it. Also, you can now add Split-CDs and Various CDs to the CD review page. there is a field that pops up that let's you add all the bands on a comp or split CD. These comps will now show up on the bands page. BECAREFUL WITH THIS it's a little fragile still.
Dec 6,2005 12:00am -menubar again, fixes, more on the password issue (mozilla), and some counters - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
I added a little bit more to the "login/logout" thing.
this is just my way of slowly starting to take over the world.
also, I did a little more fixing to the user profiles, fixed a few bugs here and there.
with the passwords update issue. I guess some newer users have been locked out. I fixed that. I also fixed the issue with mozilla not working. it works fine now. mozilla users can update thing til their heart's content.
lastly, I put a new view count to the iBitch and the bands page.
I made this page for the future... right now it only shows people's playlists and pictures. this allows you to check out people's profiles in summary for number of playlists and pictures they have. Plus, it's a quicklink to events and webcams.
http://www.returntothepit.com/band.php if you are in a band, you got a few more options
1) click on all bands and you can (when you are logged in) add yourself to a band. don't worry if anyone lies, I will delete them.
2) if you are logged in, you can add logos to the band's page. (this is still a little hokey, but try a couple times).
3) these show up on your profiles page.
4) you will get an e-mail when someone is added as a member to your band.
if you add yourself to the bands page for your band, you will get an e-mail when someone writes a comment on your band (a lot of people miss these like the_network getting a message from steve austin).
features to come:
approved members editing band information
approved members being able to upload an mp3
approved members being able to approve other members
approved members being able to approve/add bios
if you have any other ideas, hit me up with them.
also, if you band's page says:
"le Reporte - 25_ta_life [awaiting approval]"
on top instead of:
"le Reporte - throwing_shrapnel [offical approved]"
email me and I'll add your band to the "offical" list of bands.
Jul 23,2005 12:00am -Users Profile Discussion view - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
if you go to your profile, you can now view the past discussion thread posts that you have made in groups of 30 posts.
before when you had a few 1000 posts, it was either wicked slow or it would time out.
If you click on "discussion" and then "news" it now works
I added a feature to the bands page that excludes bands. what does this mean?
if a band is named "aborted" and you looked at the events part of their bands page, it would show shows for "terminally your aborted ghost". it no longer does that.
Jun 24,2005 12:00am -Users: add pictures to your profiles the easy way! - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
On amimetalornot.php and pictures.php, I updated the screens to add a link that allows you to add the picture right to your profile pictures.
If you see a picture of yourself, just click and there you go! added right to your profile.
Also, I moved around a few things on amimetalornot.php
I added an easy way to make a "band link" to the bands section of this site.
all you have to do is
(minus the space between the '[' and the 'b' and it will do this:
red chord, the
Total Message Board Threads: 2793
Total Message Board ADs: 7
Total Message Board News: 508
Total Message Board Posts: 21799
Total Message Board Edits: 553
Total CDs Added: 604
Total CDs Reviewed: 51
Total Events Attended: 0
Total Picture Comments: 176
Total Picture Comments Edits: 0
Total Band Comments: 2
Total Band Comments Edits: 0
added hide/show comments options so that you can view comments right on the page as you are scrolling through (just like the amimetalornot page), but a heck of a lot cleaner. This works through setting cookies.
there is a new page. this page allows you to see all the comments on pictures and to scroll through them all. this is a little better and different of an interface. I normallized the pages
so they all use the same code to display picture comments.
you can also add comments on the picture comments page.
the comment area is bigger too.
"more" added to the main "home" page so that you can link to the comments page.
comments page added to menubar under "all pics"
I cleaned up things a little.
took out the word "please"
flattened it down so it fits better.
Also, halved the number of ..... there were cause, let' face it, there were waaaaaaay too many.
go through all images and look for ones that are larger than 800w and shrink them. (works only in monzilla)
fixed the "go to bottom" issue with fire fox on the messageboard.
on the profiles page:
when you click "reply" it now drops you to the reply box.
fixed the bug if a subject has a ' in it. so ' away, I guess.
made the user comments section a little bit cleaner. If you are viewing your own user comments area (AKA PM's), you get more space in between them... also I put in "better" wording for the different options there.
on the playlist area, I placed a link to "pop out" your playlist... if you want to do that for some reason. I'm not quite sure why you would want to do this... but go ahead. oh and when you pop-out your own playlist, you can add playlists.
randomshots where there are two location is now fixed.
IE: two shows both with randomshots on the same day.
added subscribed to the profiles page. there is also a bug that people could be subscribed to a forum thread more than once. this means that one person in particular was getting 10+ emails when they would subscribe to a forum.
oopies... it's fixed now.
added playlists to the profiles page. now you can put up a playlist of what you are currently listening to. Make sure you put a return after each track/cd.
on the bands page, I linked in the CD's in the CD reviews for a "discography" type thing. it finds matches and partial matches.
Jan 11,2005 12:00am -Message board thread subscriptions. - vers.3.5 - post by the_reverend[link]
I made it more explicit on the message board if you are "subscribed" to a thread. you can view all "subscribed" threads AND remove yourself easier. I also put in some verbage to make the "subscribing" stick out more so you don't accidentally click on it instead of "refresh"
I put some work in to fixing all the "notice" errors... hope I didn't mess anything up. this is bringing RTTP into alignment with the way that PHP 5.0x works. before, each page was generating 1000's of errors that were quieted. I hope that is fixed.
if I messed up, tell me.
first, there is a new icon on the pictures page. these are to inform me that there is a picture that is in need of a rotating. I know I mess up every now and again.
1) there is now an arrow that tells you what is bring sorted and in what directions. this solves some confusion.
2) there is now a link to your own threads and posts on the message board.
trying to remove all the robots that are constantly killing this server (inktomi.com I'm looking your way), I have now put a temporary robots.txt up to stop them until they forget about the 3000 subdmains for RTTP. at which time, I will remove the robots.txt
I also updates xxx.bands.rttp.com and xxx.user.rttp.com so that they point things back to www.returntothepit.com
let's see how this works.
Updated the layout/how the FAQ page works. I think the layout/look will make it easier to read and use, especially as questions get added to it... like questions are constantly being added or something... Maybe I should add a few things my self
Sep 14,2004 12:00am -Email board enhancements and more - vers.3.4 - post by the_reverend[link]
added "login"/"logout" to the menubar for people that don't use the top part of the site.
also fixed it so cancelled shows don't show up on the main page.
on the user-update page, you can now select to email you when you get a Private Message (PM) or not. personally, I find them annoying and I turned that shit off.
EMAIL!!! on recieving a Private Message (PM), you can set it up to recieve an e-mail. you cna also subscribe to threads on the messageboard so that you can get an e-mail when people reply (you know, like a "real" message board). the whole interface isn't completed yet, but I'm working on it. the thing left to do it mark watched threads and some other nicities.
fixed the concert.php page to work with fest and double show days. I re-did the flash page and the options on top of the concert.php page (adding the flash slide show, kill popups, etc).
I changed the icon for the flash slide show to look more like a "flash" icon.
changed the "more" on the main page to actually point to the discussion board and not to where the discussion board used to be.
on the pictures.php page, I added a link to the band/date and the date of the show that send the link back to the main page. Also, I put a copyright warning and credit on the pictures.php page so that maybe magazines and bands will ask me to use the pictures.
added a "private reply" to the discussion board since my "user comments" seems to have been taken by people to mean PM or "private message" so my note put a link to it on the discussion page.
note: you must be logged in and can only pm an actual user.
max band name set to 45.
if any of you jerks want a band name longer than that.. I'm going to have to smack you.
the `band` from the pictures table has now been set as a index value which should speed things up.
I'm also looking into:
*changing the 255 char length of a venue `location` to 60 since the longest venue name is 60 characters (speed up something I'm sure)
*changin the 255 char length of a user name to 30 since the largest is 27 (speed up the discussion boards)
ok, the site's been slow lately due to the # of pictures in the pictures table and the number of discussion posts in the discussion board.
after a lot of reading, I changed the .35 sec average SQL call time for the main page to print out one concert ot .01 sec
same with any of the concert pages.
http://www.returntothepit.com/view.php?formid=7953 for the forum, the infamous "thread of death" with 400+ rows
before: took 6secs to load with no load on the server and 20 secs to load with average load
mid-way: made table indexing an int instead of a tinytext 3.6 secs with no load
after: no real cahnge from mid-way after set it indexing
edit: after removing the user info look up, a print out of the threadof death under no load was around 1 sec.
now, when a thread gets over 200 relies, the user info look up goes away to make it load faster.
for some reason that picture was removed from the am i metal page. I must have been switching from javascrip to php when that pictures as an example.
Jul 15,2004 12:00am -I made a ton of updates today - vers.3.2 - post by the_reverend[link]
*updated discussion link to go from 100-1000's of SQL queries to 11-12. it was one for each post the user made (to get the subject). they are combined now into one slick call.
*updated cd-add link to go from 1 SQL call per CD-Added to 1 call for ALL cds added.
*updated CD-review link to go from 1 SQL per CD-Reviewed to 1 call for ALL cds reviews
*updated picture comments link to go from 1 SQL per picture comment to 1 call for ALL pictures commented on
*Moved a check from when RTTP was lost in July 2003 for usernames that are no longer valid due to them being lost with that server.
*removed 5 SQL calls from the main page by using the same method as the profiles page uses for CD covers on the latest reviewed section
*removed the separate looks ups on picture comments. another 7 SQL calls replaced by 1.
*restructured so that the Search thing is on the top of the results page.
*cache searched values so that I can do a "top 10 searches"
*Turned all the CD-reviews and CD's search into 1 sql command. Was one PER cd found. (this needs to be monitored for time which bad! it takes about 20 seconds for this query to work!)
*Removed superfluous sql query on the discussion list for the subject since I already know that info.
*replaced 1 SQL query for each picture comment found on the picture comment search.
removed 1 SQL command for all the other CDs by whatever band. also, removed duplicate queries for the CD covers on the most/last section
removed some crappy update stuff from index.php, equipment.php, and bullsiht.php
redid the referrals 1 SQL query PER pictures to 1 for all 60 pictures. 76 sql queries down to 12.
*fixed some times where it posts as anonymous when you are logged in.
Jun 22,2004 12:00am -making the guest count more accurate - vers.3.2 - post by the_reverend[link]
in order to make the "currently viewing" part more accurate,
I've changed the table I use so that it now uses sessions.
once I get this to work, I will key on these sessions instead of the old way that I use to do that allowed for 1 or 2 persons to look like they were 2 or 3 persons.
Jun 11,2004 12:00am -Major speed inprovements with this site - vers.3.2 - post by the_reverend[link]
I looked at my site stats and figured out how I could speed up pages based on how many views the pages get.
/media.php changed from about 10 SQL calls to 3-5 calls
/pictures.php 10 SQL calls to 3-5 calls
/top.php this one was a bitch! looks like to initially load this page it made like 15 un-needed SQLs! I removed all that and cleaned up a bunch of others so that it's quicker to load up.
/amimetalornot.php 15 SQL calls to 5-10 calls
/profiles.php took out about 2 calls here
/concert.php I made a 1 SQL change here. once I fix the whole "extra-location" thing, this should speed up a lot.
/band.php fixed somethings on this that I don't remember
/main.php re-wrote this based on the "extra-location" thing. it was 5-6 SQL calls for EACH concert displayed. I changed it to 1 SQL that contains 3 JIONs. I'm hoping that this doesn't actualy slow things down.
/login.php I fixed something here, but foeget what it was
/events.php change those 250 SQLs to 10...
I also made it so that only 3 pages (the 3 forum pages) load the discussion icons. previously all pages were.
current SQL/second is over 35. I'm hoping to get it closer to 20.
May 24,2004 12:00am -evil flash added to this site? - vers.3.1 - post by the_reverend[link]
that's right... with a couple hours of self-taught flash skillz, I was able to make a dynamic photo slide show.
granted it is still in beta stages, but whatever. I decided to let it out to the world for suggestions.
it still needs a lot of work... I'll get to it when I can.
things to add:
center the picture
make it so the picture doesn't disappear before updating
make the buttons look like a real player
autostart the playing
selectable delay (5 sec default)
etc... etc... etc...
I made it so that if you insert an image into the form....
and you mess up the url, I try to correct it...
that means that is you accidently link it wrong, I will fix it.
if you try to use that on another site, then you will be sadly surprised.
I made the icons look a little better.
this is part of a bunch of changes I'm doing...
unfortunately, I can't build this stuff and getting working on my laptop cause apache is going crazy. I guess you'll see some changes on here soon.
I added an icon for the http server.
also, I put in some meta tags so that I might be able to have the discussion board update at my work. call me selfish, but at work I always have to hit "refresh" otherwise it 202's from my proxy server at work.
I also cleaned up the interface to the banner ads. removed a un-needed database query. I put in the code to allow for there to be 1 banner ad in the menubar. it'll probably be solely used for the zip-up hoodies when I do them.
Fixed the same-named bands on the same date.
Fixed different reviews for different bands on the same day.
added a "download" link for the pictures.
Fixed the downloading from the mp3 page so it names the mp3 file and forces it to download.
I will be uploading it later today,
but I added a count on the amount of Reviews/Discussion posts.
**edit** also added counts on all the pictures that are on the front page since I have that data free anyhow**
Also, for those of you who are cookie monsters,
since you clear out your cookies each time you close your browser, I have created http://simple.returntothepit.com which will always load the simple menubar for you.
no one really cares about this..
and since no one follows the "Don't Link this Picture" thing,
I decided to start collecting what sites people post my pictures on...
so far, there are over 19K places linking my pictures.
New Look on the Update, CD-review, and Picture Comment pages.
I hope it looks/works better.
I might put a new feature in the cd-review page, since every 10 words is the word "gay".
the new feature will just insert the word "gay", "queer", "queer-bait", "fag", "homo" or any other of a pluthora of homophobic terms.
there was a huge bug n this site for 2 years that I finally fixed.
please, logout and then log back in.
once you do that, you will also be logged into all rttp subdomains.
this will also make it un-necessary for the 8 cookies that were previously used so now there is only one cookie.
thanks to this thread: http://www.pmachine.com/forum/threads.php?id=2156_0_7_0_C