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  • The Inbox and Private Message functionality has the potential to be very useful. Some issues: On selecting "Write a New Message", I see a blank field "To" next to a field marked "--contacts--". "--contacts--" should presumably expand to a list of users who I've marked as my contacts. However, the only way I can find to add to this list is to compose/receive mail from some user. 1) I might like to add a user to my Contacts list for future reference, without actually composing an email to this person immediately. 2) I think of 'contacts' as frequent contacts, and would like to be abl
    We're now getting into the final points. One thing that I envisioned for this site is some way for individuals to showcase themselves and if they wanted to share certain identifying and possibly fun information. Currently that section looks extremely corporate and wreaks of someone wanting spam targets.

    My suggestions are,

    1) remove telephone numbers all together
    2) keep addresses as knowing what country, city, organization etc.
    3) My job is, (choose one only):
    - technical professional in industry or government
    - professor or university staff
    - graduate student
    - undergraduat student
    One of the more interesting application areas of Maple is in the area of cryptography. A symbolic system's algebraic and integer facilities are great tools in exploring or developing ciphers. Today, I was chatting with a colleague of mine on the topic of ancient computers and at one point, I had expressed my desire to find a replica Enigma machine ... I was promptly introduced to ... Paper Enigma Machine

    There has been active threads on easy ways to post Maple or math specific content - e.g. code snippets, good looking math, plots etc. This Web site will definitely be less effective if people are forced into cumbersome processes to put what most of us would consider to be "fundamental" information into their postings.

    Theory has it that Maple is good at producing HTML code. For the original application that it was intended - i.e. creating self-contained Web pages, it works pretty well. Can this theory be extended to cover our MaplePrimes beta application. How easy is it to use Maple as the authoring environment to express some math and to do a plot and general HTML code that is useful for MaplePrimes? 

    Just out of curiosity, are we actually intending on using the content rating tools, or are they there as part of the default Drupal installation? I ask because the rating boxes (e.g. here) take up a reasonable amount of screen space, and never seem to go away, even after one rates the page. I would expect the rating box to go away or change after I've rated something. At the moment I find the rating boxes distracting, since I'm more interested in the user-provided text.
    Well, I've been working on a units poster for some time now... Okay, so this isn't the same as some of the blogs which are currently posted, but c'est la vie. I recall thinking how close g (= 9.80665) was to π, and only now do I learn that that is more than coincidence. When the French came up with the metre, I guess they wanted something very close to three Parisian feet, and there were at least two possibilities: 1/10 000 000 the distance from the North Pole to the Equator or the length of a pendulum which has a half period of 1 s. As it turned out, they picked the former, but as both were close appropximations to the same standard, it ended up that `≈`(sqrt(g/m), pi/s), and thus, solving for g, we get that `≈`(g, pi^2).
    Hello everyone and welcome to MaplePrimes. My name is William Spaetzel and I am the guy who did most of the technical work behind this website.
    Hello everyone and welcome to MaplePrimes. My name is William Spaetzel and I am the guy who did most of the technical work behind this website.
    This is just a test
    > x <> 23!!
    >>> x^@
    Under "my account" there seems to be no easy way of listing all of my recent posts (of all types). There's only an option to list recent blogs. Most of my content are either forum posts or stories as proper blogs are not one of the default content options that I'm given. T4.
    You can now choose to add a Creative Commons license for all posts that you make to MaplePrimes. At the bottom of the posting page you will find a new section that lets you choose the different uses of your content that you will allow. To learn all about Creative Commons licensing, check out
    I find the font/colour combinations make posts a bit hard to read sometimes.
    1. The title colour for comments and times is a light grey, while the colour of comment text is a darker grey. These can be hard to read against a white background. With occasional exceptions, non-coloured text against a white background should be black for maximum contrast.
    2. Distinct comments should be visually separated from each other somehow, either by a horizontal bar or by using a different background colour for comment headers. (The latter is what is done, for example on Slashdot).
    Presently, any links outside of the Maple Primes site open in the same window. Would it be possible to have the external links open in a different windows. This way once done viewing the external link the window can be closed and there is still a Maple Primes session window open. Presenly, one must backspace out of the external site to get back to Maple Primes. Any thoughts on this? JB
    According to the information on message formatting, all posts are formatted using HTML tags. This will prove problematic for people posting snippets of Maple input, which is likely to happen often. For example: ========================================================= > p := piecewise(x
    This post is primarily a test of attaching pictures and documents within the environment. If this works, you should see a photo of the view from our rental apartment during my family's recent holiday in Tuscany, and you should be able to access a Maple document via the attachment. Any problems in viewing or detaching, contact me. Any questions on the apartment, see
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