Shacknews Mercury subscription service relaunches

The future of revenue at Shacknews is our newest iteration of our Mercury subscription service. Find out what else we have added to the site with our June 2019 update.

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We decided over a year ago that programmatic advertisements and banners are not the future of online publishing. Since then, the Shacknews development team has been working on ways to implement a subscription service that would offer a value while helping to keep the lights on. I am so happy to unveil the latest iteration of Shacknews’ native subscription service.

Why not Patreon?

Shacknews is not a charity, and we don’t need to go to our readers with our hats in our hands asking for money to create specific content. We went a whole year without ad revenue, and we released all sorts of great articles, guides, long reads, and videos. This is a business, and we believe we can do our own thing with higher margins and a better user experience for our loyal Shacknews community. 



It’s time to get Mega

Lola, Chairpet of the Board of Shacknews, oversaw the development of Mercury very closely and will be the face of the service going forward.
Lola, Chairpet of the Board of Shacknews, oversaw the development of Mercury very closely and will be the face of the service going forward.

New Shacknews Mercury is launching with four tiers:

Mercury Mega ($1/month, $10/year)

  • No Advertisements
  • Download Access to Long Reads
  • Mercury Mega Lightning Bolt Emblem on the Chatty

Mercury Super Mega ($50/year)

  • No Advertisements
  • 1 Limited Edition Shacknews T-Shirt delivered annually
  • Download Access to Long Reads
  • Mercury Super Mega Lightning Bolt Emblem on the Chatty

Mercury Ultra Mega ($100/year)

  • No Advertisement
  • 1 Limited Edition Shacknews T-Shirt delivered annually
  • 1 Shacknews Hoodie delivered annually
  • Download Access to Long Reads
  • Mercury Ultra Mega Lightning Bolt Emblem on the Chatty

Mercury Ludicrous ($1000/year)

  • No Advertisement
  • 1 Limited Edition Shacknews T-Shirt delivered annually
  • 1 Shacknews Hoodie delivered annually
  • Download Access to Long Reads
  • Mercury Ludicrous Lightning Bolt Emblem on the Chatty
  • 2 VIP tickets to an annual Shacknews Special Event

Shackers can gift each other subscriptions by purchasing and sending Mercury codes for redemption. This will also allow for users to stack subscription payments.


Additional Shacknews.com June 2019 Update Patch Notes

Here are some other features we have added to the site with today’s update:

LOL Script Integration

Praise ThomW! Long live the LOL King!
Praise ThomW! Long live the LOL King!

Thanks to the help of ThomW, Shacknews has integrated the 12-year-old LOL Script into our website. We look forward to improving the gamification of our site and the integration of the LOL Page is the first step.

Improved Login OAuth with Social Integration

Shackers can now link accounts from Facebook, Twitter, Steam, Battle net, Github, and Google. This will improve the onboarding process for new users, and also sets Shacknews up for our upcoming projects.

GDPR Compliance - Delete Account function

Shackers now have the right to be forgotten. Any shacknews.com user can now go into user settings and delete their account. This will also delete their entire post history. You can thank the European Union for this new feature. Shackers should beware of the delete account function, because once you confirm deletion, your account and post history will be gone forever. No need to message Duke Nuked, the right to be forgotten is in the hands of our users now.

Shacknews Chatty Search repaired

We have moved the Chatty over to a new AWS server and have a brand new SOLR search that actually works. Thanks to Shackers for their patience as we fixed this very important feature. 


With completion of Phase 2 of our Shacknews redesign, we will be shifting our focus to our next projects. The dev team will be watching for community feedback and addressing bugs as needed. Please understand. If you like what we are doing, please consider signing up for Shacknews Mercury today. Do it for Shacknews!

CEO

Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    June 5, 2019 11:05 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Shacknews Mercury subscription service relaunches

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      June 5, 2019 11:12 AM

      Aw yeah, Mercury is back baby!

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      June 5, 2019 11:13 AM

      I got a few errors when trying to set plan and card (customer doesn’t exist etc) but after a few tries it seemed to go through. Know the Mercury Mega plan probably isn’t do much by way of support but happy to finally contribute something to this place that I’ve been visiting for half my life now!

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      June 5, 2019 11:14 AM

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      June 5, 2019 11:15 AM

      ooh pretty buttons to click.

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        June 5, 2019 11:15 AM

        "You should not tag your own posts." hmm.

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      June 5, 2019 11:15 AM

      Cool. All sorts of stuff going down today. Trying to beat the E3 traffic?

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      June 5, 2019 11:16 AM

      I'm in for 50 a year for sure

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      June 5, 2019 11:17 AM

      Wow account deletion huh

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      June 5, 2019 11:17 AM

      Throwing my money at you when I get back from my month long vacation to France. GO USA!!!!!

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      June 5, 2019 11:18 AM

      Uh oh got an error when trying to pay!

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        June 5, 2019 11:20 AM

        I got an error saying something like unknown stripe url (I’m on phone and didn’t think to screenshot) but it submitted on second attempt if that’s any help.

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          June 5, 2019 11:31 AM

          Ok I tried again and it went through!

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        June 5, 2019 3:01 PM

        Your money is too dirty you filthy animal

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      June 5, 2019 11:19 AM

      Can we get some images of the hoodies? Grats on getting this done shack

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      June 5, 2019 11:20 AM

      So that's why you INF'd this post

      https://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=38286987#item_38286987

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      June 5, 2019 11:20 AM

      Yay let’s go

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      June 5, 2019 11:23 AM

      [deleted]

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        June 5, 2019 4:10 PM

        game outfits would require licensing from the respective game

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      June 5, 2019 11:25 AM

      I did have to try a couple times to submit payment info and Mercury plan, but otherwise it all went smoothly. Nice!

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      June 5, 2019 11:27 AM

      Wow! Not that I would ever do it, but you've added an Opt Out button!
      My big problem is deciding at what level of Mercury Mega to sign up for!

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        June 5, 2019 11:32 AM

        Had a bit of an issue signing up, but was able to get it to work eventually. The first page seems to be the pick a plan page, but if you try to submit that before the credit card info, it spits out an error. Then I also got an error saying something like 'customer doesn't exist' when initially submitting the card info, but it eventually worked, and then I could go back and choose a plan.

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          June 5, 2019 11:41 AM

          Yeah, this is basically same for me - both the payment page and plan page apparently try to process, do their part but fail in the other, but once both are set once it goes through.

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      June 5, 2019 11:28 AM

      Trying to give you money!
      But it just says my zip code is invalid
      =/

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      June 5, 2019 11:30 AM

      Oh wow! Do your posts actually disappear if you delete your account? How does that affect nested conversations, visually?

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      June 5, 2019 11:32 AM

      Even though I’ve been here too damn long, this is the first time I’ve subscribed. Kudos for all you’ve been doing here!!

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      June 5, 2019 11:32 AM

      Gonna do it for shacknews on payday.

      Thanks Asif, it can't be said enough.

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      June 5, 2019 11:32 AM

      You have my money.

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        June 5, 2019 11:58 AM

        ^^ Big spender

        Doing it for Shacknews, indeed

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        June 5, 2019 12:09 PM

        Look at this golden bolted motherfucker. NOT SO TOUGH NOW, EH, NEECH?!?!?!?!!!!111one

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      June 5, 2019 11:34 AM

      holy shit the search! it's so fast! and full of cocks stars!!!

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      June 5, 2019 11:34 AM

      Sweeeet.

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      June 5, 2019 11:35 AM

      I have historically had trouble throwing money at this but I'll try again.

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      June 5, 2019 11:36 AM

      Came here to post "fix search wen" memes

      I am dissapoint

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      June 5, 2019 11:38 AM

      the $1000 tier is lol but sure i'll get the tier 1.

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      June 5, 2019 11:41 AM

      UNF

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      June 5, 2019 11:41 AM

      Mercury, sweetest of the transition metals.

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        June 5, 2019 11:48 AM

        Is it? I'll let someone else put some on their tongue. The only metal I know as actually sweet was lead acetate as it was actually used as an (horribly dangerous) artificial sweetener.

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      June 5, 2019 11:41 AM

      oh SHIT UP!!!

      I gotta have a talk with my wife after work today.

      How easy is it to upgrade a subscription from one tier to another?

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      June 5, 2019 11:43 AM

      AT LONG LAST I CAN UNF THINGS AT WORK!

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      June 5, 2019 11:43 AM

      Are international Shackers eligible for the shirt/hoodie?

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      June 5, 2019 11:44 AM

      I tried to sign up but got this error upon payment: "Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:"

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        June 5, 2019 11:45 AM

        I refreshed the form page and it took me to my account's mercury page and it looks like I'm signed up, so I guess it went through?

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      June 5, 2019 11:44 AM

      I am throwing money at the screen but I got an error saying "Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:"

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      June 5, 2019 11:45 AM

      do really need my tshirt size? ;)

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      June 5, 2019 11:47 AM

      Stripe is choking, TAKE MY MONEY.

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      June 5, 2019 11:47 AM

      Error: "Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:"

      I'll try it at home. Might just be a at work issue.

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        June 5, 2019 11:48 AM

        refresh the page

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          June 5, 2019 11:50 AM

          I did and tried again. Got the same error.

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          June 5, 2019 3:23 PM

          I would like to throw some dollars at you (start at the initial tier and work my way up) but it keeps saying “Customer doesn’t exist.”

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      June 5, 2019 11:49 AM

      What's the shirt implication for Canadians?

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      June 5, 2019 11:52 AM

      I'm trying to order tier 1. I get Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:
      halp

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      June 5, 2019 11:52 AM

      Wow! I just logged on to Shacknews and saw the web site updates... Asif you where right Shacknews really is the best Website on the internet \m/ :) \m/

      Awesome Man! Got to say a massive thank you and to all of Shacknews staff + others involved for keeping the love toward Shacknews + Chatty and for making it happen.

      Feels Good Man + I love Shacknews 4L|F3 + Let's GO!!!!!!! :)

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      June 5, 2019 11:54 AM

      could you make it an option for twitch streams not to play? please?

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      June 5, 2019 11:56 AM

      it's says my Postal Code is incomplete when trying to sign up

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      June 5, 2019 11:57 AM

      HOLY SHIT!!!

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      June 5, 2019 12:00 PM

      Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:

      :(

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      June 5, 2019 12:02 PM

      Does Mercury give WideShack back?

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        June 5, 2019 12:04 PM

        It sure does.

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          June 5, 2019 12:05 PM

          I feel judged by Lola. Do you take the Paypals yet?

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            June 5, 2019 12:06 PM

            This whole thing was about moving away from PayPal...

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              June 5, 2019 12:08 PM

              Oops. Guess I missed that reason. Did they take a fee or extra work to access it or something?

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                June 5, 2019 12:15 PM

                People hated them. They didn’t support gifting and a lot of stuff we are doing. They are also awful.

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                  June 5, 2019 12:16 PM

                  Well, no argument they are awful. To the CC I go!

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              June 5, 2019 12:15 PM

              Good. The less business they get, especially here in the US where they avoid regulation, the better.

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              June 5, 2019 12:28 PM

              Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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      June 5, 2019 12:02 PM

      Did the native lol tools go away?

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      June 5, 2019 12:03 PM

      Will the 'Toggle Theme' button be coming to the chatty?

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      June 5, 2019 12:04 PM

      MEGA Subscribed! What cool logo shows up with my name? Hitting POST to find out :D

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      June 5, 2019 12:04 PM

      So will this Shack Event be advertised later and bought separately?

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        June 5, 2019 12:07 PM

        Well, we have a Ludicrous sub, so I have to announce an event this year.

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          June 5, 2019 12:24 PM

          ShackCon Returns!

          I recommend doing something this October at the Retro Gaming Expo in Portland, Oregon where the Tetris World Championships happen. That's set for October 18-20. We can make it a Shackmeet through town with all its awesome breweries and food places.

          https://www.retrogamingexpo.com/

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          June 5, 2019 4:22 PM

          Technically, “the backseat of my car” can be an event

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      June 5, 2019 12:06 PM

      damnit asif. my custom lol tags

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        June 5, 2019 12:10 PM

        I'll miss my block list until if/whenever ThomW gets around to adding native support for that. Unless it's already there and I'm a derp?

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        June 5, 2019 12:13 PM

        electroly, will there be an update to chromeshack to remove the loltags and keep the other stuff?

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          June 5, 2019 12:16 PM

          yes, i'll try to release an update tonight to clean things up

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          June 5, 2019 1:33 PM

          you can go into the settings and turn off LOL tags for now. That is what I did :D

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      June 5, 2019 12:08 PM

      Neat. I can finally cash out of this hell hole one day if need be.

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      June 5, 2019 12:15 PM

      Heh. Fair warning. If you already have your credit card saved, there is no confirmation dialog when you click "Purchase Code" on the gifting page. I am now an Ultra Mega subscriber AND I control an Ultra Mega gift code. Hopefully I'll remember to give it to myself next year. Or maybe one of you sexy bastards will get it if I'm feeling generous.

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      June 5, 2019 12:16 PM

      Are there family plans?

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      June 5, 2019 12:17 PM

      So how easy is it to switch between tiers mid-year?

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      June 5, 2019 12:20 PM

      Holy shit

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      June 5, 2019 12:22 PM

      GOOD JERB!

      Improvement request:

      lol page should have better page navigation

      https://i.boring.host/17E6YStP.png

      display at least 5 pages at a time... this should display

      FirstPage ... Previous ... [19][20][21][22][23] ... LastPage

      also, the ellipsis are superfluous, which is funny given the definition of ellipsis

      the omission from speech or writing of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from contextual clues.

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        June 5, 2019 12:44 PM

        consistency improvement request:

        I can tag and un-tag in /chatty. I can tag on FP. I cannot un-tag in FP.

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      June 5, 2019 12:24 PM

      I'm in like Flynn!

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      June 5, 2019 12:30 PM

      I can't wait to download all of my patches from Fileshack at lightning speed!

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        June 5, 2019 12:34 PM

        I remember the using the old Mercury to get to the dedicated servers for faster patches but when I canceled my sub it still let me log in and use the premium servers.

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      June 5, 2019 12:32 PM

      LOVE IT.

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      June 5, 2019 12:37 PM

      What is this black magics

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      June 5, 2019 12:42 PM

      still cant subscribe:
      Could not determine which URL to request: Stripe\Customer instance has invalid ID:

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        June 5, 2019 12:45 PM

        hey, sorry for the trouble. please let me know if this is still busted for you. just released a fix for a few users that got into a weird state

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          June 5, 2019 12:46 PM

          i just got it to work by not using autofill in chrome

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        June 5, 2019 12:45 PM

        Mine finally worked just now

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      June 5, 2019 12:47 PM

      Subbed.

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      June 5, 2019 12:47 PM

      fp test

      this is a spoiler post

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        June 5, 2019 12:47 PM

        this is a spoiler reply

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          June 5, 2019 2:06 PM

          caching on the FP comments, I assume. ignore.

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      June 5, 2019 12:50 PM

      Couple things on the redesign. I think the font needs some tweaking for readability. Maybe a hair lighter shade of grey and a little bit bolder. Plus some tweaking to the shiny new icon sizes to straighten out the spacing.

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        June 5, 2019 1:54 PM

        On iOS/Safari I’d have to agree. On my phone, font is not comfortable at all, particularly for OPs, doesn’t work with the Safari mobile viewing settings (to be expected), no option to tweak via your account either. At least that would be nice.

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        June 5, 2019 2:09 PM

        the tag pills on the front page are kind of weird too. maybe no background color at all would be better? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

        https://i.boring.host/17EHUdte.png

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          June 5, 2019 4:23 PM

          Agreed that little bit of background contrast kind of washes out the lettering on the tags

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      June 5, 2019 12:57 PM

      [deleted]

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      June 5, 2019 12:58 PM

      BOOYA! SUBBED! Thank you Asif! Here's my money!

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      June 5, 2019 1:01 PM

      AITOO who hates twitch auto streaming??

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      June 5, 2019 1:09 PM

      Ooh, a complete Chatty redesign. Tags included and a new LOL page. Looking good!

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      June 5, 2019 1:10 PM

      Awesome, LFG!!!

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      June 5, 2019 1:11 PM

      hooooooo booyyyyyy

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      June 5, 2019 1:12 PM

      I can't seem to get through checkout process, it refreshes the page and clears out my info after filling out form fields.

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      June 5, 2019 1:14 PM

      nicely done!

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      June 5, 2019 1:21 PM

      We have moved the Chatty over to a new AWS server and have a brand new SOLR search that actually works. Thanks to Shackers for their patience as we fixed this very important feature.

      Do you realize how many divorces you have caused?

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        June 5, 2019 1:30 PM

        Solution: Delete your account and all those old posts disappear!

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        June 5, 2019 3:00 PM

        None, because there are no married shackers. Those who say they are are putting on a show.

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      June 5, 2019 1:24 PM

      Nice work!

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      June 5, 2019 1:24 PM

      If you all could make the lol tags load after the message/shack/mercury icons on replies that would keep things from jumping so much. Also if you could render the basic [lol] part of the tag and then just populate the "x2" part after load it would also help.

    • gmd legacy 10 years mercury mega
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      June 5, 2019 1:34 PM

      Can't wait for my free copy of Daikatana

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      June 5, 2019 1:34 PM

      everythingisawesome.gif

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      June 5, 2019 1:46 PM

      we are BACK.

      We did it.

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      June 5, 2019 1:52 PM

      So how about those F.E.A.R. multiplayer beta keys?

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      June 5, 2019 1:52 PM

      Will be signing up this weekend, thanks!

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      June 5, 2019 2:02 PM

      "Your postal code is incomplete"

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        June 5, 2019 2:05 PM

        Nvm, it was the CC field also asking for the ZIP code. Never seen that before.

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      June 5, 2019 2:06 PM

      LatestChatty no longer lols things :,(

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        June 5, 2019 2:10 PM

        Oh really? I use the iOS app exclusively to shack. I'm gonna pay 50 a year to support it but hope the mobile apps still work as I never use a desktop in life anymore

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          June 5, 2019 2:16 PM

          The apps will get updated, but we were pretty in the dark on the whole thing so we're going to have to figure it out from this point on. It may take a few days or weeks to get sorted out.

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        June 5, 2019 2:10 PM

        We have an API for them to fix that. Just give those devs some time.

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          June 5, 2019 2:11 PM

          I just don’t know if I’ll ever lol again

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          June 5, 2019 2:20 PM

          Oh thank god. Although, where is the URL for the API coming from? I posted a response somewhere else, but using Winchatty API means I can circumvent my employers web filter. If the API comes from a domain that is shacknews.com then I am boned.

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          June 5, 2019 3:56 PM

          As far as we're aware the API that's available isn't feasible for apps to work with because it requires an active session token from the site

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          June 5, 2019 4:07 PM

          This is not happening. Please read the shackmessage I sent you weeks ago or have Goran read the email I sent weeks ago

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          June 5, 2019 5:22 PM

          The API you guys setup doesn’t work. I told Patrick about it, but it still required some kind of active user session to work.

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      June 5, 2019 2:06 PM

      I am SuperMegaEdgewise!!!

      Any reason to continue running chromeshack?

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      June 5, 2019 2:07 PM

      Hells yeah!!!

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      June 5, 2019 2:07 PM

      Chronic lurker, but happy to support Shacknews!

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      June 5, 2019 2:08 PM

      Holy shit, this is wide as fuuuuuuuuck! This is awesome! Great change!

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      June 5, 2019 2:17 PM

      Awesome! You guys have done such an awesome job with the Shack!

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      June 5, 2019 2:21 PM

      Suggestions:
      The 'house', 'moderator', and 'mercury' (and other types of these) icons should have their link tags include 'target="_blank"', so if they are clicked, the page opens in a new tab/window, so your place in the chatty isn't lost.
      Those same icons should have the title attribute set to be the same as alt attribute.
      The moderator alt / title text should be something like 'This person is a moderator', TMBWTB's icon's alt / title should be different as well ('This person has ham sandwiches'?)
      Adjust the icons or line sone so that all one line version of posts (those with and without icons) are the same height. The .oneline div is 16 pixels high on my Chrome when there are no icons, but 18 when there are icons. The spans for the actual text and user name and icons are all 15 pixels, but I'm assuming the vertical alignment on the image is increasing the line height.

      Will the toggle theme be coming to the chatty, or is that for a future phase?

      This above are just nit-picks. I really like the changes. Lol counts integrated into the site has been long overdue (Thanks ThomW for the hard work developing / supporting LOL counts up until now!)!

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        June 5, 2019 2:26 PM

        -1 to target=_blank. Middle click things if you want a new window, don't force everyone to get one.

        I want to know what the house icon means. It just links to post history, but not everyone has it.

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          June 5, 2019 2:34 PM

          replacement for the 10 year lightning bolt I would guess

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          June 5, 2019 2:43 PM

          Well, they have urls that users post open in a new window instead of replacing the chatty page.
          To me, the chatty page feels like an application, and I don't want an errant click removing my state of where I was in the chatty. Pressing back in this case loses state for me as I have Chrome Shack highlight unread posts, which would have no posts highlighted if I go to another page and come back.
          Also, why are those icons even links if they are just supposed to tag someone as a long time user or as a moderator or whatever?

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            June 5, 2019 3:13 PM

            basically, If I mis-click on a one line post to expand it , and accidentally click on a 'house' from the line above or below the post I was trying to click on, losing my place the chatty (expanded posts, etc) to me is rather bad for a adding a link that seemingly has no purpose (there are other ways of seeing a user's post history).

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        June 5, 2019 3:03 PM

        Additional Suggestions:
        On the new Lol page, for long posts, can the text of the post be truncated, but the names of the people that clicked lol be shown fully? Or doe sthe expand button only show if the loler list is long? If so have it not show the expand button on the user list until that list is 3 lines long. Currently, it is showing for me when there is a second line on names, but the expand button itself is adding more height to the list of users than the second line of names. (clicking the expand button actually make the list on dame shorter when there are only two lines of names, as but expand button is taller than two lines).
        The 'ever funny' should have a one line explanation under the tab but above the results. Something to the effect of 'Were you ever funny today?".
        Clicking on 'hot threads' removes the selection of a particular tag (as it sums all tags). However, clicking off of 'Hot threads' to any other tab doesn't restore the tag you previously had selected (for example, inf), instead it always default back to 'lol'.
        The 'User Stats' tab should not be named that, as it has no stats when first clicked. It should be named something like 'Your Tags' or 'User's Tags'.
        If on the 'users stats' 'lol'd by' tab and there is an 'expand' button for the list of users that tags a post, click the expand button does nothing (button remains).
        The 'totals' section under 'user stats' should be called 'user stats'
        On the Lols / Tags pages, sometime the word 'Lols' is used to refer to all tags, but in other places the work 'Tags' is used. For example, on the 'users stats' 'lol'd by' tab, there is the text "Here are the most recent [lol]s by this user:", however, next to each post, the text "<number> tags" appears. This should be standardized, I would suggest standardizing to 'tags', while the whole feature could still be called 'lols'

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      June 5, 2019 2:25 PM

      Testing?

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      June 5, 2019 2:26 PM

      Lighting bolt!

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      June 5, 2019 2:31 PM

      Wait, did we lose the old timer lightning bolts now? is this now Pay to be OG?

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      June 5, 2019 2:41 PM

      I have to say, that tier system is fucking amazing.

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      June 5, 2019 2:42 PM

      I am a super mega

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      June 5, 2019 2:44 PM

      Question for tmwtb!

      Is it the same manufacturer as previous shirts? This is helpful for sizing.

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      June 5, 2019 3:01 PM

      I've been waiting for an update like this for years. I'm super happy you guys have managed to roll this out. It looks fantastic.

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      June 5, 2019 3:02 PM

      And... subbed.

      <3 y'all

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      June 5, 2019 3:15 PM

      brosef I think that hoodie I bought should come with 1 yr mercury THX

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      June 5, 2019 3:17 PM

      Replying to see what icons I have

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        June 5, 2019 3:29 PM

        I am a month away from a house icon, apparently

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      June 5, 2019 3:20 PM

      I sure see a lot of lightning icons! https://media.giphy.com/media/9K2nFglCAQClO/giphy.gif

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      June 5, 2019 3:22 PM

      In for dat sweet hoodie. Y'all are awesome and definitely worth it.

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      June 5, 2019 3:22 PM

      Where do we see the t-shirt and hoodies? I R DUM

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        June 5, 2019 3:28 PM

        for the hoodie - any and every picture of briefcase ever. I hear a secret gift for the $1k tier is a pair of cargo shorts.

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          June 5, 2019 8:01 PM

          Technically every pair of cargo shorts is Shacknews Branded

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      June 5, 2019 3:26 PM

      Can there be integration of the chattycast into the ios app? I would like to be able to stream it directly from the app.

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      June 5, 2019 3:28 PM

      I am now subbed at the bottom of the rung tier and will upgrade as I get monies. So much excite.

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      June 5, 2019 3:29 PM

      This is pretty awesome! Thanks Briefcase Man! Small bit of feedback, I'm a little color blind and the super mega and ultra mega lightning bolts look identical.

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        June 5, 2019 3:56 PM

        Can confirm, also color blind and I can't tell the difference.

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        June 5, 2019 4:24 PM

        Verified that Shacknews hates color blind folks

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        June 5, 2019 4:25 PM

        I'm only noticing it now that you mentioned they are different. Am also colourblind.

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        June 5, 2019 4:32 PM

        Maybe we can do some sort of color blind mode down the road? Sorry about that!

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          June 5, 2019 6:16 PM

          or just tweak these to meet established best practices?

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          June 5, 2019 6:27 PM

          No worries. Mainly just wanted to mention it. I can always tweak it with an extension if I care enough about distinguishing them.

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      June 5, 2019 3:40 PM

      I belong to the Shack!

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      June 5, 2019 3:50 PM

      lamp

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      June 5, 2019 3:56 PM

      Will latest chatty on iOS be updated to see the new tags? Me want them!

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        June 5, 2019 4:11 PM

        Maybe. We're not sure. This was a surprise to everyone and at the moment there's not a lot known about how to work with the new system other than the handful of things we've heard about won't satisfy app needs

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        June 5, 2019 4:26 PM

        Not unless there are significant changes to the API shacknews has developed

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      June 5, 2019 4:04 PM

      i want more flair.

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      June 5, 2019 4:12 PM

      Any chance you can get the t-shirts to change from those large thick (terrible) cotton t-shirts to a nice tri-blend cut t-shirt? They're so much better and not more expensive in my experience.

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        June 5, 2019 4:41 PM

        I thought our shack shirts were triblend.

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        June 5, 2019 5:25 PM

        The shirts that are a big old school shack logo are soft and comfortable as shit. They’re not thick at all.

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      June 5, 2019 4:21 PM

      Yay I can LOL from the Oculus Quest browser

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      June 5, 2019 4:21 PM

      [unf] that's a big update. Signing up again tonight. Thanks for all that you do, or benevolent ham sandwich wielding overlord.

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      June 5, 2019 4:25 PM

      WHERE ARE THE BETAS

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        June 5, 2019 4:31 PM

        the man with the briefcase : I still see the Mercury ad after signing up.

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      June 5, 2019 4:27 PM

      Neato! Hope it works out as planned.

      I'll do it (for Shacknews) tomorrow.

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      June 5, 2019 4:28 PM

      There's some sort of hideously deformed creature on left of the chatty taking up 25% of the screen. Working as designed?

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      June 5, 2019 4:29 PM

      [deleted]

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      June 5, 2019 4:29 PM

      Please to be explaining how to download long reads?

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        June 5, 2019 4:44 PM

        They’re not quite ready yet. Final proofing was delayed due to some small video game conference in LA. :P I’ll post instructions when they’re ready. Probably within the next 2-3 weeks.

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          June 5, 2019 5:03 PM

          Will stop looking then !

          Thanks!

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          June 5, 2019 5:20 PM

          Why don't you have some sort of special icon after your name (besides the shack icon)?

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            June 5, 2019 7:29 PM

            Never thought to ask if there was a staff symbol. :) Besides, y’all know me.

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      June 5, 2019 4:31 PM

      Oh my, what is this = P

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      June 5, 2019 4:47 PM

      Done & Done. Thanks for the opportunity.

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      June 5, 2019 4:48 PM

      Awesome! This looks amazing!

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      June 5, 2019 4:49 PM

      glad to be able to support the site again. thanks for the updates Asif & team

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      June 5, 2019 4:55 PM

      I don't like the hoodies. Can I give more without getting a hoodie?

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        June 5, 2019 4:58 PM

        The greater good...

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          June 5, 2019 5:00 PM

          I'd rather just give an extra $25 or something so they'd get more and I wouldn't have a hoodie that I'm never going to wear sitting in my closet

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        June 5, 2019 5:09 PM

        Same here. I signed up for the plan that comes with a hoodie but I will never wear it. I'm hot blooded and live in Florida.

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        June 5, 2019 8:02 PM

        How about some special edition Trump Dump "hood"ies.

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      June 5, 2019 4:57 PM

      Asif, can we cancel immediately after subscribing so it won't auto renew?

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      June 5, 2019 4:57 PM

      Wait the pic of Lola goes away with no warning???

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      June 5, 2019 5:02 PM

      Whitelist the Shack in your as blocker. That was the call a few months ago.

      I've never been so happy I did.
      http://chattypics.com/files/shackbrowseUpload_s1ph0k50jw.png

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        June 5, 2019 9:38 PM

        That doesn't get blocked as an ad anyway. I never whitelisted and now I'm back to crappy narrow shack.

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      June 5, 2019 5:02 PM

      Feels good to support the shack again! I hope the apps can eventually make use of the new stuff but at least they are not broken completely.

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      June 5, 2019 5:02 PM

      Subbed. Will upgrade later in the year to get the hoodie.

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      June 5, 2019 5:03 PM

      I will support you Shacknews.

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      June 5, 2019 5:04 PM

      Looks good, like having the option to support back!

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      June 5, 2019 5:07 PM

      I did it for Shacknews!

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        June 5, 2019 5:12 PM

        whoa, that's the second Mercury Ludicrous user that I've seen! Though, you maybe got a great deal on that one. ;)

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          June 5, 2019 5:23 PM

          He is the third in this thread with it. Electroly and Rom Steady are the other two.

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            June 5, 2019 5:27 PM

            Shacknews Q1 FY20 financials looking STRONG.

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          June 5, 2019 5:39 PM

          Why am I not seeing any of the cool stuff? All I see is a little figure (person) next to the names.

          On Firefox, logged in, no ad blocking.

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            June 5, 2019 5:40 PM

            Cleared cache and all? :(

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              June 5, 2019 5:44 PM

              You mean CTRL-F5, or more than that?

              I feel like the full clear always gets rid of stuff I wanted to keep.

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                June 5, 2019 5:50 PM

                I go in settings and clear site data but not cookies, I don't see a little person figure

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                  June 5, 2019 5:53 PM

                  Will that clear my password? Lol I'm not sure what it is.

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                    June 5, 2019 5:57 PM

                    No if you uncheck cookies you will stay logged in

                    Menu > Options . Privacy and Security > (scroll down to) Cookies and Site Data: Clear Data button - UNCHECK Cookies and Site Data, Clear

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            June 5, 2019 5:59 PM

            Are you in the chatty or on the article page

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              June 5, 2019 6:13 PM

              Article. That's probably the difference, but they should be the same.

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                June 5, 2019 6:18 PM

                Yeah that’s the issue. Not sure why they are still different

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          June 5, 2019 10:31 PM

          No deal! Just a believer/supporter/guy who should post on chatty more.

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        June 5, 2019 6:03 PM

        HAMMA SUIT!!!!!!!!

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      June 5, 2019 5:12 PM

      cool cool cool

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      June 5, 2019 5:12 PM

      Could we get jeans next year instead of a Hoodie?

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      June 5, 2019 5:25 PM

      How do i view the new chatty on mobile? Everytime I click the link it opens the app

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      June 5, 2019 5:26 PM

      Asif do you have fatty sizes for the t-shirts and hoodies? Like a 4XLT?

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      June 5, 2019 5:35 PM

      Doing it for Shacknews.

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      June 5, 2019 5:37 PM

      what is this madness

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      June 5, 2019 5:43 PM

      After all these years feels good to be able to give something back to this amazing site.

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      June 5, 2019 5:44 PM

      damn I feel like I'll get shamed if I have a less impressive lightning bolt

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        June 5, 2019 7:32 PM

        Now you know what it's like to be a late developing teenage girl.

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      June 5, 2019 5:47 PM

      Sweet!

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      June 5, 2019 5:53 PM

      What are the sizes of shirts/hoodies? Basically are Tall sizes supported?

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        June 5, 2019 5:57 PM

        I can make sure we order a size for each of our subs that will fit just right.

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        June 5, 2019 6:01 PM

        I'm 6 feet and 190lbs and my shack hoodie is a Large and it fits good. I'd say if you are taller or over 200lbs go xl

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          June 5, 2019 6:04 PM

          #nope. XL is either too baggy or too short typically.

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      June 5, 2019 6:02 PM

      Shweet

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      June 5, 2019 6:03 PM

      I did it for Shackshirt

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      June 5, 2019 6:05 PM

      You know what would be cool for us Mercury subs, if the front page also removed the add columns(LFT & RHT) and was the full width just like Chatty. [ Q ] are you guys going to add that feature and make the front page the full width just like chatty?

      I visit the front page every day and would really love to see it the full width when I read the news on Chrome, TIA \m/ :) \m/

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        June 5, 2019 6:08 PM

        It should be that way...

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          June 5, 2019 6:17 PM

          Hmmm I have tried everything on Google Chrome and even fired up MS Edge and the front page still has the Lola LFT and RHT columns. Any ideas? Anyways totally don't stress it Dude I know today is a big day just thought I would mention it.

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        June 5, 2019 6:09 PM

        Hard refresh the front page or clear cache and refresh

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          June 5, 2019 6:15 PM

          - shift refresh on UI element : fail
          - shift F5 : fail
          - delete all history and cache on Google Chrome: fail
          - repeat all the above tests on MS Edge: fail

          :(

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            June 5, 2019 6:21 PM

            You have Noscript running? I had it to block the autoplay Twitch and it broke the page until I disabled it.

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              June 5, 2019 6:26 PM

              No(and have no idea what that is), I am a complete weirdo and have no scripts or extensions running on Google Chrome(I refuse to run them, my browser is 100% stock). Today is the very first day I am able to use the LOL stuff!!!!!!! Feel so damn Good Man! \m/ :) \m/ , almost like I have been reborn!

              :)

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        June 5, 2019 6:17 PM

        and no twitch auto play

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        June 5, 2019 7:57 PM

        * the Front Page is [ FIXED ] for me now!!!! Thanks Guys! \m/ :) \m/

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      June 5, 2019 6:20 PM

      shieeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

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      June 5, 2019 6:27 PM

      Someone buy me this shit.. stat.

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      June 5, 2019 6:33 PM

      Awesome work Shack team! I look forward to the future!!

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      June 5, 2019 6:37 PM

      oh-mazing

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      June 5, 2019 6:40 PM

      All right, I signed up.

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      June 5, 2019 7:25 PM

      What does the shack house icon mean by someone's name? I assume the hammer means mod.

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        June 5, 2019 7:26 PM

        10 yrs

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        June 5, 2019 7:51 PM

        Where do you guys see all this stuff? Using Latest Chatty on ios here.

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          June 5, 2019 7:53 PM

          use the website to check out the new icons

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          June 5, 2019 7:54 PM

          Apps don't and can't support tagging and flair right now, we'll need changes from shack to be able to.

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      June 5, 2019 7:31 PM

      Curious to see how the [wow] tag usage will evolve, because I can see it turning into a sarcastic remark rather than one of wonder and appreciation.

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        June 5, 2019 7:47 PM

        all the tags can be and are used sarcastically so it doesn't really matter

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        June 5, 2019 7:51 PM

        lol I thought the same thing

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        June 5, 2019 8:07 PM

        Personal I love it, reminds me of this every time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXsYfXqJNM&t=0m26s I am going to use it like crazy and like a Mad Lad :)

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        June 5, 2019 8:12 PM

        Well wow can be “that’s amazing” or “I can’t believe you did that”
        So really it can work either way IRL too

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        June 5, 2019 8:21 PM

        I've seen 'aww' used for both 'oh no' and 'cute'.

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        June 6, 2019 1:31 AM

        I expect to use it like John Oliver's "cool".

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      June 5, 2019 7:31 PM

      Very glad to see the marriage of LOL and Shacknews

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      June 5, 2019 7:55 PM

      I've done the needful.

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        June 5, 2019 7:56 PM

        Damn so many purples. I feel inadequate.

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          June 5, 2019 9:29 PM

          We all do what we can to support the site. A bolt is a bolt -- there's no shame in the tier.

          Except RomSteady} and electroly. Showoffs think they're better than us, with their supple lips and golden-god Jupiter bolts.

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      June 5, 2019 7:57 PM

      Well that's lovely

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      June 5, 2019 8:01 PM

      hello. i like video games.

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      June 5, 2019 8:03 PM

      People without bolts will be looked down on like mmo players trying to join a raid with shitty gear !

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      June 5, 2019 8:05 PM

      I mostly lurk but I read the front page and listen to the Shackcast. Happy to throw you some dollars for your content. Keep up the good work!

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      June 5, 2019 8:10 PM

      OK so I paid just to get wide shack back and stop Lola from glowering at me.

      Well played.

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      June 5, 2019 8:13 PM

      Stupid question for a giant thread: As a general rule, I don't like having sites remember my credit card info. Can I pay with a credit card, but not have it stored?

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        June 5, 2019 8:17 PM

        Apparently not which I’m. It a fan of. That was one reason I did like PayPal better.

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      June 5, 2019 8:18 PM

      Dropped like a bomb, woah! I wasn't expecting to see this on a boring old Wednesday.

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      June 5, 2019 8:22 PM

      lol button looks terrible on mobile

      https://i.boring.host/17G5CnfV.png

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      June 5, 2019 8:37 PM

      Subscribed. Request: signup date info, please, so i know when to anticipate the next charge. Do notifications get sent for an invoice? Or shipping for the Ts? Because i have no idea which email i used to create this account almost 20 years ago, and there’s no way to currently update this info in my account. Or has this been addressed? E

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      June 5, 2019 8:38 PM

      I can seem to LOL things...! Why is this happening?!?!

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      June 5, 2019 8:46 PM

      A thunderstorm just hit my house! Coincidence?

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      June 5, 2019 8:52 PM

      Excited to be able to support Shacknews again!

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      June 5, 2019 8:56 PM

      Done!!!

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      June 5, 2019 9:08 PM

      I wonder how much $$$ will be generated in the first 24 hours of this announcement.

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      June 5, 2019 9:18 PM

      Got mine! How do I see how close I am to a Shack. Too bad I lost my first username. That thing would be closing in on 20 years I think.

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      June 5, 2019 9:19 PM

      I've done it for Shacknews.

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      June 5, 2019 9:27 PM

      Wonderful, I am now a part of the tribe!

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      June 5, 2019 9:28 PM

      [deleted]

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      June 5, 2019 9:52 PM

      I donated so all you cheap fucks better pony up.

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      June 5, 2019 10:05 PM

      [deleted]

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      June 5, 2019 10:35 PM

      Nice tweak to the icons, much less distracting now.

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      June 5, 2019 11:26 PM

      I've only just realized I can disable chromeshack. How confusing!

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      June 6, 2019 12:38 AM

      maybe change it to a mouseover, rather than a list of colours across the top of every post?

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      June 6, 2019 2:07 AM

      Collapsed list of tags by default would be great.

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      June 6, 2019 3:02 AM

      Did I lose my old lightning bolt?

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        June 6, 2019 3:03 AM

        What size is XXL? I need measurements as XXL in Japan is too short for my giant body.

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      June 6, 2019 3:12 AM

      Is this ad for Mercury going to give me "skinny shack" forever?

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      June 6, 2019 3:41 AM

      As a weird european I do not own a credit card. Are there any other payment options?

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        June 6, 2019 3:48 AM

        Does it not take debit card?

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          June 6, 2019 4:00 AM

          It seems like it does but my 'card number' on my debit card is my bank account number (IBAN) which starts with AT (since I am from Austria) and it does not allow me to input letters

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        June 6, 2019 5:35 AM

        Schrute Bucks

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      June 6, 2019 4:03 AM

      Subbed so hard

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      August 1, 2019 4:39 AM

      This is very cool

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