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comment error message: white text on yellow background

When posting a comment at, I got an error message which was tough to read since it was white text on a yellow background. I've mentioned this before at asksage, and I think Evgeny may have addressed it already, but it happened again today and that reminded me I had wanted to mention it here too.


The link is here (my comment "I'm afraid the best I could try is . . ." to my own answer). I'm afraid I don't remember the particular error message, but I did have the impression it was a server problem; the site was having serious problems for a few hours this morning, so it may not necessarily be a bug with askbot. I mostly just wanted to comment on the readibility of the error message :)

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-08-31 16:26:08 -0500
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asked 2010-08-31 06:49:32 -0500
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Niles, could you post a link to the offending question or answer (answers have a permanent link in the same row with "edit" link). This may due to corrupted data caused by the initial site misconfiguration or it may be a previously undetected bug. I'd really like to fix it soon of course.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-08-31 10:34:18 -0500) edit
Thanks for reporting this! +50 karma points :).
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-08-31 16:27:20 -0500) edit
ha! thanks :)
niles's avatar niles (2010-09-01 05:02:00 -0500) edit
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Niles, the mail server is down on and that causes severe problems - these are fixed in the latest code already. Unfortunately I have not foreseen this before.

Could you contact William or Mike? I have sent them an email, but maybe they'll react faster if more people nudge them?

As a temporary measure they can enter this into file (instead of any other EMAIL_BACKEND record) and restart the webserver, then fix the SMTP server issue.

EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail.backends.locmem.EmailBackend'

Btw, with the new code you will be able to edit math on your site with MathJax.

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updated 2010-08-31 15:45:17 -0500, answered 2010-08-31 15:40:24 -0500
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Sorry for the long delay--looks like you're in touch with them now. For what it's worth, I did report the Trac server problem, which may or may not have helped get their attention.
niles's avatar niles (2010-09-01 05:03:12 -0500) edit
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