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Automatic postcode fixes

The site now has a feature that corrects a few problems with the automatic postcode feature.

The site now has a feature that corrects a few problems with th
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I have created an administration facility for UK Free TV that deals with the "automatic postcode" facility that provides links to the mapping, Digital UK trade view and BBC fault reporting system.

The first "feature" is that posts that have provided a postcode as part of the input text now use the provided postcode for the "automatic system". Before, the message creator would have had to put their details into the box at the top right for this postcode to show the automatic links. Only fully validated postcodes (with the usual space between the two parts) work for this.

The second feature is that postcodes that have been stored but do not validate will no longer show the "automatic" links. The invalid postcode is now showing as text at the end of the post.

The third "feature" is that a bug was causing some text inputs to be hidden from the end of posts. All these posts now display their text in full.



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Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Briantist
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10:06 PM

Ash: I don't think they have ever appeared - at least they shouldn't have! The post town is a little less .. specific.

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Monday, 25 July 2011
Ash
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:20 PM

Briantist: Ah, what appears to happen is that when you however over a link. For example if you however over Alan's map link/reception link above, the postcode is revealed.

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Ash's 27 posts GB
Mark A.
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:37 PM
Haywards Heath

Ash:
The following links only appear by the users posts and others will not see the following by yours posts.
UK Free TV map
BBC Reception test
Digital UK tradeview
Freeview HD
Try visiting the site with two different browsers, EG. Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
The browser you usually use will display the above links and the other one will not.

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Mark A.'s 360 posts GB
Ash
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:13 PM
Haywards Heath

OK.... So does that mean your postcode is not RH16 3LB then?!

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Mark A.
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8:54 PM
Haywards Heath

Ash:
With my browsers (IE, Chrome, FireFox, SeaMonkey, ...) it only lists

UK Free TV map
BBC Reception test
Digital UK tradeview
Freeview HD

by my name and not any other post.
What browser are you using?


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Mark A.'s 360 posts GB
Mark A.
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:58 PM
Haywards Heath

Ash
Strange.
All other posts except mine don't display links.
None of yours except the last post.
Your links display my postcode.

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Mark A.'s 360 posts GB
Ash
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:06 PM

Mark: I use Internet Explorer.

It seems that the website sucks up a postcode typed into a post and then assumes that is the postcode of the person posting a comment!

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Ash's 27 posts GB
Ash
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:07 PM

I think the reason other people's posts are blank is because they've not entered a postcode on to this site yet, that's all. If you search other pages on this site the same applies to certain posts by other users.

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Ash's 27 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:24 PM

Everyone - I can't obfuscate the postcodes in the URL links, as they are passed to other sites. The "old way" of masking thing using "urlencoding" (such as %41 for "A") is undone by the browser these days for security reasons.

When I last looked into it, as a postcode does not identify a person, but group of several tens of addresses, there are no security problems using them.

As per the Privacy policy | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice :

"This site will ask you personal information about yourself (your postcode and email address) to make possible the services on our website. Such services include message boards and ukfree.tv Freeview prediction.

By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable the ukfree.tv site to provide you with the services you select. We will treat that information in accordance with this policy and in accordance with the law and Internet best practice. "

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Monday, 29 August 2011
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t
9:54 AM
Rotherham

since 26th aug 2011 we have not been able to get bbc channels at all and bits of interference on other channels. It s never happened before our neighbours have the same problem ( digital tv sony).Tried retuning not had any effect. please any suggestion welcome . thanks

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