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@jwr1@kbin.social

Moved to kbin.earth: @jwr1

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ShadowRam, to kbin

@kbin kbin is constantly returning 50x and 404 errors to me for the last few weeks. It's literally unusable, even for browsing. What's going on? Is it just me? should I move on to a different instance?

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@ShadowRam, you're not the only one having that problem on kbin.social. It's also been happening for me (and probably everyone else). I'm sure ernest will fix it soon; it's probably been delayed because of the holidays. There's more info about the issue in this thread.

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Looks fine to me; we'll see what other people think first.

Also, for reference, someone else had another icon idea: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/SilkyPants/interstellar/icon/assets/icons/logo.png

Edit: Honestly, I like the simplicity of your icon better, but I'd prefer if the ufo were changed to something else.

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Thanks, this looks better, but would you be able to try something that looks like a galaxy/solar-system? Technically the definition of "interstellar" is "occurring or situated between stars" so I'd prefer the icon to be of a larger scale; if you're fine changing it up more, that would be appreciated. Here are some examples:

Something like this would be my preference since it's the closest to "interstellar": https://en.pimg.jp/070/059/788/1/70059788.jpg
But also something similar to memmy's icon would work: https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/138403836
Or like this, but more simple (at a max, 2 rings): https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/planets-solar-system-vector-icons-260nw-1702217212.jpg or https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/solar-system-icon-260nw-360886562.jpg or https://assets.dryicons.com/uploads/icon/svg/5244/0671d0ac-b74a-4bbf-ac5e-06c70478a7e9.svg

The larger center body (a sun, planet, etc.) could still have kbin's logo cut out.

I guess at this point I'd be getting closer to that icon I linked in my comment above, but I still prefer the color simplicity of your original icon.

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Looks great to me! I also like the gradient and the stars. The only changes I'd say are to increase the "galaxy" part (that has the gradient) slightly and also the radius of the stars ever so slightly, since this is going to be a small icon in some areas. I've attached a version that's scaled down to 60x60.

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Yeah, I'm actually surprised myself how snappy it is. I have a really slow tablet from 2018 that I use, and opening a browser (and loading the website) takes up to a whole minute, but opening the app only takes up to 5 seconds, the difference is crazy.

Icon design request for Interstellar

At the moment, the programming of Interstellar is going well (if you want to help with that, see below), but I do need help with an icon design. I'm not that great at designing things and don't have a whole lot of time to do it anyway, so if any of you wanted to create some drafts for an icon (I was thinking something space...

OC Updates on Interstellar kbin app: account login, voting, subscriptions, and more

If you haven't been following the Interstellar magazine, I've added a lot of functionality since the last thread here, including views for magazines/users/domains, better navigation for wider screens, QoL additions (like the @ button to reveal originating domain, inspired by Artemis), and a lot of different bug/functionality...

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Unfortunately, not yet. Only once the api is enabled for kbin.social (you can check by seeing if the API docs page loads) will it work. At the moment, the only api enabled instances I know of include karab.in, kbin.run, kbin.melroy.org, and kbin.earth. While working on the app, I found a kbin bug that causes logins to fail, so unless they've updated already, it's possible kbin.earth is the only instance you can actually log in on.

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I already found a bug where voting/boosting the main thread on a details/comments page doesn't update the status. So if you try to vote, it most likely has worked; it just didn't update the screen.

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Hopefully I won't abandon it, but if I did, it is open source, so at least someone else could pick it up (at some point, I'd like to get more maintainers, so I'm not the only one). Here you go for a chat room: kbin-interstellar:matrix.org, I did matrix to keep it close to the other kbin rooms.

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Are you planning on throwing a copy of your app in Google Play?

Yes, probably once it's more mature. I looked into the process already but was thrown off by the fact that Google wants my government ID (I'm a privacy advocate), but I'll probably end up doing it eventually. Also, if the project gets enough financing, I might put it on the Apple store as well.

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Honestly, that's pretty much what this post and the previous post were for. I'll probably make future posts for other major milestones here as well, and smaller milestone posts are on the Interstellar magazine.

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So if my kbin account is in kbin.social, I am not able to login in the app at all?

That's correct, for now at least. It's not a limitation of the app, but that the API has not been enabled (by the kbin.social admin) on this server yet. At the moment, kbin.earth might be the only server that has working login functionality, but you could try some of the other API enabled kbin servers, it'll pop up an error if they don't work. See my related comment here.

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Yes, it is already compatible. The UI won't look iOSy yet until I adjust it, but at least you'll get the geist. I'll see what I can do about the IPA.

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That would be amazing! Right now, the code is very unorganized, and the general workflow is unstructured, just so you know what to expect :) since it's only really two weeks old. Feel free to make pull requests for bug fixes, feature implementations, code organization improvements, etc. (later, I might have a more concrete list of what I'm trying to do). Also, considering this is only my first real Flutter app, it would be great to have suggestions for the overall code structure (right now it's a mess). If you want, you can join the matrix room as well, that'll make discussion easier.

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I might put it on there too, we'll have to see.

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I just made this GitHub issue detailing a list of some of the things that need to happen; if you're interested in anything, feel free to let me know (so I can avoid it) and have at it. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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@ernest, I'm sure you're very busy, but I still have that question about logins for the API (here).

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