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Hi Friends,

Since I released an infinite scroller for the new N3 Latest Activity feed, I have heard from a few sites where it does not work.  It does not work on these sites because the MORE button itself does not work on these sites.  If you click the More button on one of these sites, all that happens is that your browser takes you to the top of the current page.

Why does this happen?

This happens because Ning has set up its HTML such that links and buttons are handled two ways.  IF there is javascript that is called to run when the link or button is clicked, then that javascript runs and does whatever it is supposed to do.  However, Ning ALSO sets the href to #.  href is the URL of where the browser goes when a link or button is clicked.  # means to find a place on the page to jump to.  #spot would move the page to a place labeled "spot".  # by itself jumps the page to its top.  SO when we see a Ning page that jumps to the top, it means that the javascript for the link or button that you just clicked, is BROKEN.

What is breaking the javascript?

I have seen an error in the javascript on all of the sites that I have checked so far, that have a broken MORE button.  This is the error:

TypeError: x$(...).autosize is not a function
http://api.ning.com/files/J9FGucqSAtEIFvXQkfJFf*jC973RBvWDxACdJsJrTI2GdLQnCpLTdkhCzQtDu6gK4kWSMJP1h5mfvd2s5sI60i4SYC24Aktz/set_mainindeinde_u_min.js?r=1406693899
Line 107

This tells me that there is a problem with the autosize function.  Where is this autosize function's code coming from?  This code is in a file called set_mainindeinde_u_min.js which is automatically loaded by Ning as your site is loading.  You can not remove it yourself.

How can I check to see if I am getting this error on my site?

You can see this error in the error console.  The best error console, in my opinion, is in FireBug which is a plug in for FireFox.  This is a great tool to have, and in my opinion, ALL NCs should have this installed on their FF browser.  Others have talked about FireBug in this forum in the past.  Many recognize its utility.  You can get it here: http://getfirebug.com/

You may also be able to see it in the regular FF console or the Chrome or IE console.  You will find them all by pressing F12 when you are in your browser.

Is YOUR MORE Button broken?

If so, please check for this error, and please reply here if you find it.  If Ning doesn't know already, this could be the source of the problem.  I imagine they do, but I am personally interested in seeing if everyone who has a broken More button is also showing this error in their console.  The only way to see if there is a direct correlation between the broken More button and this error is to collect more data and see if everyone with a broken More button also has this error.

Again, I encourage everyone to learn how to use their browser's console or the more advanced FireBug version.  If you are able to use this, then you can provide more detain to Ning or helpers on this forum when a problem arises on your site.

Thanks and Best Wishes!

"TJ"

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  • Have you figured out a refresh workaround.

    • Hi Ceddy,

      If you are referring to a way to automatically load new Latest Activity items to the top of the Latest Activity feed without having to refresh the page, YES, I am working on that.  I'll start a discussion about it, on my site, if I have something to offer.  Let's keep this discussion on the broken More button, but thanks for asking about a way to automatically keep the Latest Activity refreshed with the latest items!

      Best wishes!

      "TJ"

  • I just found another Ning 3 site with this error.  If you go there as a non-member (or not signed in), the More button just jumps you to the top of the page, and this error I mentioned in the original post is seen in the console.  If a Member visits the site, the More button seems to work fine.  The assumption in discussions with a few people on my site, is that the More button DOES NOT WORK for non-signed in visitors.

    However, I signed out of my own N3 site and my More button works fine when signed out.

    So its not always the case that the More button does not work for non-signed in visitors.

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