Based on a suggestion by Murrough Landon, for dances in publications that (a) have a link to an online PDF and (b) give page numbers for the dances they contain, the database now displays direct links to the specific page of the PDF containing the dance in question. To test this, look at The Prince of Sutton Coldfield and click on the link given under “Online Sources”. At least on Chrome/Chromium and Firefox, this should open the internal PDF viewer with the actual dance (not the first page of the publication) displayed in the window.
This uses the
http://…/foo.pdf#page=X link style promulgated by Adobe, so it should theoretically work with Adobe Reader, too (I don't have Adobe Reader so can't check – let me know how you get on if you're in a position to try it). Your mileage may vary.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 7 October 2018 23:36
It's time once more to crack down on spam-type user accounts on the my.strathspey system, which are annoying and seem to outnumber the real accounts.
From looking at the database, it seems that most if not all of these unwanted accounts either have both their first and last names set to the username of the account (which in real life would be weird) or else have no first and last names set at all. In theory we require first and last names, so any account that doesn't have any at all is technically breaking the rules of the game.
What I'm going to do a week from now is delete all accounts that fit this description where the user in question hasn't logged in for six months. If you want to make sure your account isn't inadvertently deleted, you should:
Ensure that it has a first and last name associated with it (it would sure be nice if it was your actual first and last name but if you call yourself “Hamish McGonigle” nobody is going to be the wiser), and/or
Log into your account. You can log right out again but we want to know that you're there.
Accounts that have dance lists, ratings, or collections in the dance database will also be exempt.
After these suspect accounts have been removed, all remaining accounts that have no first and last name associated with them will have their first name set to “Anonymous” and their last name to “Dancer”. The users in question will of course be free to set them to something else in their profile (except the empty string or any name consisting of all spaces).
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 18 January 2018 1:15 (last edited on 18 January 2018 1:16)
@David: The list of RSCDS branches and affiliated groups on the server is based on the data on the RSCDS server as of shortly after the Deluge. This is unfortunate and annoying in many respects, and unlikely to change anytime soon because it is virtually impossible to obtain this data from the current incarnation of the RSCDS web site other than by doing it by hand. I'm hoping that this situation will change in the future.
If you send me your group's particulars (preferably by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) I can add it in manually.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 22 November 2016 13:55
SCDDB collections now support “sharing URLs”. These are difficult-to-guess web links that you can give to people whom you would like to allow read-only access to a collection of yours. Anybody who knows the sharing URL for a collection can look at that collection (they don't even need to be signed in to the site).
You can find the sharing URL for a collection by going to that collection's page. It is listed prominently on the overview tab.
· · Posted by Anselm Lingnau · 10 June 2016 2:05