Once again, Java causes problems.
Something seems to have changed about the layout fairly recently. It used to be possible to edit a thread with JS temporarily turned on, which was helpful in that it preserved links and formatting (bold/italic).
Now, however, the blue bar 'Neue Antwort verfassen' totally covers up the bar that previously showed the pencil icon for editing the most recent post.
Or in the slightly previous version, the Send button is completely covered up by the intrusive JS advertising message, so that nothing can ever be sent using JS. This means that even those who actually agree to use JS, albeit temporarily, are still prevented from, for example, ever suggesting corrections in Wrong Entry.
Agreed, this isn't really ideal: You have to make a choice regarding Cookies. Sorry, but we're required to do this by law (GDPR). Complain to the EU if you don't like it, I personally don't particularly like it either. Either hit "OK" or "Mehr Informationen", make a choice and then "OK". If you hit "Mehr Informationen", all choices are already disabled by default (which results in the most privacy possible). After that, the bar is gone. Sorry, the bar and the choices are not yet translated into other languages.
Also, internal LEO links used to be preserved even when editing without JS. Now, however, they are broken.
I vaguely remember changing something that might be related, but I'm sure it was due to some serious bug. I will try to look into this more tomorrow.
Again, I find all this disappointing, to say the least. It seems deeply counterproductive to try to wring every last advertising dollar out of the forum by brute force
Yeah, that's why we display pop-ups, pop-unders, video-ads (automatically starting, with sound enabled of course), an ad between every other reply, one to the right, one to the left and one to the top top and another one when you try to leave the page. Oh, no, wait, we don't actually do this, but you might have sparked an idea here... (I'm kidding, there's absolutely no plan to have more than the one banner at the top).
when the forum, of all places, is where LEO has received the most completely voluntary help -- indeed, hundreds of hours of unpaid research contributions, year after year.
For which we are extremely grateful and which is the reason why we strive to improve the forums and other parts of our website. It's not working in your usecase, but non-JS users are less than 1% and we have to take care of tons of other stuff as well (and thus set priorities). Since you didn't always bother to answer questions I had for you, I assumed the issues weren't that big. I'm trying to help, but you need to help me in order for me to be able to help you (at least in the case of the blue bar covering the "Send" button).
That being said: bills still have to be paid, wages have to be paid, taxes have to be paid, rent has to be paid, servers have to be bought...
We're not trying to maximise profit, but more than 30 people have to make a living of the work they're doing to offer LEOs services. Again: we're very grateful for everybody trying to improve LEO in their own free time.
And of course: all people working here are "only" human and make mistakes. If we're able to (we're not omniscient) and time permits, we try to fix those mistakes. Some are harder than they seem at first glance (debugging the Non-JS-version, for instance, is a challenge in and of itself...). Anything to do with link-replacement is (as you may remember from previous discussions) quite error-prone due to the innummerable possible ways to add a link to a discussion and has already given us tons of challenges.
If you want to run your most loyal contributors off, get rid of us for good, forcing evil third-party advertising down our throats is a good way to do it.