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Welcome to We Hunted the Mammoth 3.0

So here it is, folks: the new We Hunted the Mammoth, which is exactly the same as the old We Hunted the Mammoth, but with a cleaner and more up-to-date look.

Hopefully this move to a newer WordPress theme, and some behind-the-scenes tinkering, will help to prevent the glitches that have been knocking the site offline in recent days.

The new theme should preserve the same basic functionality of the old theme when it comes to things like commenting and navigating. (In case you’re wondering, the “Recent Posts” and “Recent Comments: widgets are now at the bottom of the page.)

I may do some additional customizing of the theme in days to come. Let me know what you think of this new look!

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129 replies on “Welcome to We Hunted the Mammoth 3.0”

Looking good! Especially in dark mode.

I’m sure you’re already on it, and have tons to do beforehand, but it would be perfect if the comments box could be at the bottom and maybe a tad bigger.

I quite liked the vertical comments. Had a nice Japanese calligraphy vibe. But I can see why you fixed it.

I quite liked the vertical comments. Had a nice Japanese calligraphy vibe.

LOL you’re a monster, Alan.

@Alan Robertshaw
My big takeaway on Japanese calligraphy is that it’s very important to get the order right in terms of down vs across. Otherwise you could end up like Ariana Grande, with a tattoo that says “Japanese BBQ finger.”*

*It was supposed to say “7 Rings,” but instead it originally said “small charcoal grill,” then was ‘fixed’ to say “Japanese BBQ finger.”

I’m glad i didn’t break the comments for everyone permanently! Phewph!!!!

It is also now showing the edits i had made that didn’t show up. So i’m glad that was also fixed!

There is a little person+gear icon that gives me the option to ‘delete all my comments’. Not sure what that is about! I’m risking the vertical mammoth here…

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/487976153412403200/752295471048949830/SmartSelect_20200906-183148_Firefox_Beta.jpg

We probably don’t need that, i’d think!

I was also curious about the ‘upload image’ button. Where are those being stored? Will you run into space issues, if lots of images are uploaded? It might be best to disable that…

On mobile, if i tap the ‘share’ icon, it immediately opens this tab, and pops me to it. When i close that tab and come back, there are three sharing options. I only recognise twitter.

I think Valentin told us that these were russian social networks? Might not be the right ones.

I’m sure this has beem a nightmare, David, bit you’re getting there. Good work!!!

@Rhuu
For me, the share icon opens a little menu with the icons for Twitter and Vkontakte and Odnoklassniki (Russian social networks). I’m on an iPhone, but I think the same appears on a computer. I don’t really think I’ll be using that widget, but for anyone who will, maybe there’s a way to change the icons to more common networks in America like Instagram or Facebook.

What’s this share icon that’s opening up russian social networks? There are buttons to share on twitter, facebook, etc at the end of every post, but I’m not sure what share button you’re looking at.

on another topic the uploaded images are uploaded to my image directory for the blog. I’ve got plenty of space left but probably using the embed function would be better.

EDIT: I think I’ve fixed the share icon thing.

It’s this one, which i don’t see on my desktop, only on the mobile site. It opens up a twitter window now. Not sure if that’s how it’s supposed to work, i honestly never use the share buttons. I usually just paste links.

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/487976153412403200/752373569576501308/SmartSelect_20200906-234309_Firefox_Beta.jpg

You might want to include facebook, but i don’t know what other social networks. Pinterest, maybe? I think there’s lots of Q stuff on there for some reason. Instagram?

I’m still having the problem where the comment box doesn’t grow with the content, but rather the cursor. That’s okay on my new phone (i have a keyboard mode with ARROW KEYS, it is AMAZING) but on my old phone, i would have no way to actually scroll to the bottom of my message.

Oh, also, the title of WHTM isn’t showing up in my mobile browser’s tabs. This page (where i have clicked on ‘share’) looks like this:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/487976153412403200/752383135450267748/SmartSelect_20200907-002014_Firefox_Beta.jpg

It still looks like that when i make a new tab, go to the main site, and click a post title link.

Now that i’m writing a comment, it looks like this:

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/487976153412403200/752383863388504264/SmartSelect_20200907-002437_Firefox_Beta.jpg

The main page (loaded from a bookmark, no links clicked) looks like this –

https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/487976153412403200/752383149153189908/SmartSelect_20200907-002054_Firefox_Beta.jpg

But it did flip between quite a few things before settling on that.

Firefox beta, android (updated today!) On a pretty new phone.

I’ve found out that the typefaces used are Inter and Arimo. Personally I’d prefer to have only Inter used as the site’s typeface (with different font weights and sizes), since the current typefaces don’t look distinct enough to have a reason to use them both.

Otherwise, great work on the site redesign, and nice addition of a dark mode too! It would still be great to have links for those who are being harassed.

I like the new look now that it’s moved over to all sans-serif fonts, and I’m with Alan that Dark Mode looks good, but Dark Mode obscures the site’s name in the upper-left icon. Can the CSS be tweaked to swap out that graphic for a copy that has a more compatible color scheme?

I can’t swap out the grephic (I used a plugin) but I’ll see if I can find a color scheme that doesn’t obscure the name. But it’s not the end of the world to have it obscured.

Late to responding to give feedback on the site, but partner showed potential symptoms of Covid in last couple of days, and we had to sort out tests. Hopefully all ok.

I am liking the new look a lot – initially I went ‘whoah!’, but I quickly adjusted and I really like the body and title fonts, as well as the sense of cleanness and space that has been generated with the new layout.

I was unsure about the white and then the slightly violet background, but I definitely prefer the peach we have now – it’s pretty lovely to my eyes. As is the addition of a dark mode, depending on how my eyes will feel in a day this is a great help. But love the peach!

I wonder if an addition is possible? One thing I used to like being near the top of each article page was the red title link to the older and newer articles. I know it’s near the bottom and it may not be possible with the new layout (maybe smaller?), but just a thought. (And I do admit, I miss the bigger mammoth too!)

Looking great though David, and good work!

IBM Plex Sans looks legible (one can easily tell between “I” and “l”), but it is from a quite problematic company, for [spoiler title=”CW: anti-Semitism”]profiting off the Holocaust[/spoiler]. This typeface is offered free of charge at least.

I hate making you keep considering typography changes when you’re someone who likely isn’t very well informed about typography. Let me know if you wish to discuss this in detail.

Has the background gotten pinker recently? Like, today? It is VERY pink now, and the light gray is difficult to read on it.

@Naglfar

I have not. I find that light text on a dark background hurts my eyes so I haven’t bothered.

hey RV, what are the fonts being used for the various sections of the page (besides the IBM one for the post text). I’d like to have the fonts match up, though the plugin I’m using to change the font only has a limited selection of google fonts to choose from and I might not be able to get the fonts to match up exactly but maybe I could get them a bit closer than they are now.

@David

Inter (of various weights) is being used for headings, post tags and recent activity. IBM Plex Sans is used for almost everything else.

Even if IBM’s history were far better, I think IBM Plex Sans is a typeface that looks too mechanical and technical, and likely doesn’t fit in with the theme of this website that mainly mocks misogynists. It also vaguely reminds me of Reddit since IBM Plex Sans is used for headings across that website.

A font I want to maybe recommend (which may fit the users of this blog better and maybe piss off manospherians) if it’s possible to use is Work Sans. It’s available on Google Fonts and the author of the font even provides links on the GitHub page to donate to Aboriginal Australian communities and organizations that help them. In my eyes it has a somewhat “feminine” look to it – it’s quite dynamic for a grotesque sans-serif, which otherwise generally tends to look rather uniform and static. It has decent Latin coverage, but since the site is in English, it likely doesn’t matter in most cases.

Think I’ve been hitting the wrong button for block quotes! I must have been a lot more tired than I thought as looks like I have been trying to use the ‘Code’ button!

Ah well, at least it looks like I have worked it out now!

This seems to have done it fine now.

Hello, long time reader, first time commenter here. I’m less than thrilled with the changes. So far, night mode is the only feature I like. But my biggest issue is with the night mode button and comment button being always on the screen. I really hate that feature and I wish there was a way to hide them. Can’t there be a menu option to hide/show them according to user preference?

(And if anyone is wondering why I’m just barely noticing the site change, I needed to take a break from reading stories like this for a while for my own mental health.)

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