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Request #56190 Either remove "email via web form" or add warning
Submitted: 2004-09-10 06:13 UTC Modified: 2004-10-30 10:08 UTC
From: Assigned: dufuz (profile)
Status: Closed Package: PECL website (PECL)
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 [2004-09-10 06:13 UTC]
There once was a possibility to hide one's email address on PEAR website. But recently "email via web form" (mis)feature was added, which is now used for trying to get support directly from package maintainers.

Please either remove this or add a BIG RED warning that support is to be received thru pear-general.


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 [2004-10-20 05:56 UTC] borz_off at cs dot msu dot su
Latest example:

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Could you give me an example how to create a multiple page form with
data from a mysql table?
I want to create a form with a dynamic page number.
For now I use something like: eval('class Page_Step'.$stepID.' extends
HTML_QuickForm_Page ...
(I know it's very bad ...)
thank you
 [2004-10-20 15:02 UTC] helgi at trance dot is
Thanks for reminding us of this, I'll try to handle this, this evening, I'll add a big red warning and probably a checkbox which has to be unchecked to email.

Though I feel the same regarding that this is a misfeature in a way, I hope this will be enough for the time being, but I was thinking of looking into the possibility that if a person hides his email only a pear dev or higher can actually reach this email form.
 [2004-10-21 01:55 UTC] helgi at trance dot is
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

In case this was a documentation problem, the fix will show up at the
end of next Sunday (CET) on

In case this was a website problem, the change will show
up on the website in short time.
Thank you for the report, and for helping us make PEAR better.

added a note about emailing pear-general if the person needs support, should keep everyone happy, if not then reopen this feature request and state why.

 [2004-10-25 05:31 UTC] borz_off at cs dot msu dot su
Seems the letters are not yet BIG and RED enough:

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I have to display a list of item in HTML with <ul> and <li>.
The data are in array like this:
  [e1] => array(
    [sube1] => 'sube1',
    [sube2] => 'sube2',
    [sube3] => array(
      [subsub1], 'subsub1'
  [e2] => 'e2'
And I don't know how many level there is.
Can I do that with Sigma?

 [2004-10-25 06:11 UTC] klaus at capitalfocus dot org
Maybe we could make two changes:

1) Use CAPTCHA and a checkbox to ensure people actually _read_ the text and that robot submissions don't get through.

2) For logged in devs, provide the real email address in addition to the form (captcha could be omitted).

Btw, Alexey, it might just be that you have such popular packages that no one else is getting bothered in the same way. I have only had 2 or 3 submissions via the web form, offering help and suggestions for my packages. I guess other people just aren't being bothered enough yet.
 [2004-10-25 06:18 UTC] helgi at trance dot is
I made the sentence bold and 110% in font-size, but red I'm not going to add, thus trying to keep the friendly concept everyone wanted.

Of course when though I'd change the font-size to 500% and make it red and blink, some users will still email, but let us know if this doesn't at least reduce those emails, if not then I'll consider something more drastic.

Klaus: We already have CAPTCHA, the checkbox I don't want to add just yet if it doesn't have to, and regarding the email stuff, think you should raise that issue on pear-webmaster, since this is a little sensetive matter I guess.
 [2004-10-28 15:00 UTC] helgi at trance dot is
Seems that this is enough for now, just open this again if something else is slipping by :) But of course like stated before people can be very ignorent and still post even though  there is a big red blinking text about not emailing ;)
 [2004-10-30 03:32 UTC] borz_off at cs dot msu dot su
Fresh ones. Maybe you'll finally make the warning red, add link to pear-general subscription form and pair of checkboxes to uncheck in the email form?

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I just started to use html_quickform, and stuck with a problem and
can't find any web examples. Essentially, it seems like validation is
ignored (ie, in "Option A" below) when I specify a form action. Is this
right, or should I be doing it differently?  

Here's a small code example.

Many thanks.


<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
     <title>A simple form</title>

require_once "HTML/QuickForm.php";

// Option A
// $form = new HTML_QuickForm('frmTest', '', './out.php');

// Option B
$form = new HTML_QuickForm('frmTest');

$form->addElement('text', 'txtAge', 'Age?');
$form->addElement('text', 'txtTelephone', 'Telephone number?');
$form->addElement('submit', 'btnSubmit', 'Submit');
$form->addRule('txtAge', 'Age is required', 'required');

if(!$form->validate()) {


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I've just started experimenting with your form controller class.  First
may I say thankyou for your contributions to PEAR.  I think I will be
able to find many uses for the form controller class on my website

I have a slightly newbish question for you.  I'm wondering if the class
has support for the following example:
I would like to have a 3 page wizard-style form quite like the
regWizard.php example (if it were 3 pages.)
On one of these pages, I'd like to have a form that would allow me to
add multiple Artist/Descriptions.  So, that form page would have two
textboxes, an add button, and back/forward buttons.  Each time 'add' is
hit, the values of the textbox would be added to an incremental key
value for one array holding all submissions for the 'add' form.

I hope my description makes sense.  I want to look into this idea
futhur myself.  I was just hoping you might have some insight into how
this could be acheived.

Thanks for your time,

Dave Eckblad
 [2004-10-30 10:08 UTC] helgi at trance dot is
So you got your wish granted ;) It's red now, and I altered the text also, the checkbox stuff I'm going to wait with, if this isn't enough then the checkbox thing might be needed.

Though I've also been thinking of just adding one checkbox which people have to uncheck, and layoff the red color in favor of the checkbox, but that's something for a later date if needed :)

Like always open this bug report if this isn't enough.
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