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Forums Upgraded
« on: March 12, 2010, 03:08:03 am »
We've been planning this for awhile anyway, but our recent load issues bumped it up the priority list.  Our forum has been upgraded to version 2.0 of the Simple Machines Forum software.  For the most part, things will work the same as always, but there have been a lot of important changes.  One in particular that's worth mentioning, we now have the option of join-able groups.  Go to Profile >> Group Memberships to adjust your groups, and join new ones.  We currently only have some administrative ones, but we may add more later.  And if anyone has suggestions for some, let us know.

Also, and this is important, please clear your browser cache before coming back to FT if you've visited the site in the last week.  A few days ago, we set up things like theme images and such to remain in your browser cache, but the theme has changed, so if you don't clear your cache before coming back, the forum is going to look downright weird.

I'll also be adjusting our load-balancing settings over the next few days, so things may get a little bumpy.  Please bear with me while I try to get things tweaked to run as smoothly as possible.

As usual, if something seems broken or out of place, PLEASE report it to an admin!  We can't fix it if we don't know about it, and we'd rather get PMs by the dozen about a problem than to have it go unfixed for months.

Hopefully this new software will help the site handle its growth over the next year or so, until we can afford a new server.  And if you'd like to donate to the "FT's New Server" fund, please contact me privately.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 06:37:46 am »
I went to FT this morning, and was confused for a sec (I had just woken up). Thanks Natasha! (no c, I remembered!) The forum is really quite smooth now.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 07:55:10 am »
Good to see things back in one piece. I'll start on Darkheart soon :)

:natasha:, you forgot to mention that the custom profile fields have been wiped clean.

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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 08:09:05 am »
I knew I was forgetting something.  They're not gone, though, the problem is that the data has to be migrated manually, and I was too busy with other stuff to mess with it.  I'll get it soon.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 09:19:16 am »
I like this new layout. things have become much easier to read than before... Cudos!
It seems like humans have forgotten that they are animals at heart... We furries awakened to that truth...

What could that mean?

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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2010, 02:42:34 pm »
It's very shiny. I like it!
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2010, 03:45:39 pm »
Everything looks all fancy now : D Might take a little while to get used to, but I like it.

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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2010, 05:01:11 pm »
The new layout is AWESOME! Great job :)

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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2010, 05:09:16 pm »
Everything looks all fancy now : D Might take a little while to get used to, but I like it.

I have to agree with this.
I was so used to our old layout...
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2010, 08:35:16 pm »
I like this so much better! I can finally edit posts from a phone!
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2010, 11:35:14 pm »
Hooray for the new forum layout!
Quite surprising to return to something new after being absent for a while.
Although I was used to the old layout, hopefully I can adjust to the new one.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 01:21:01 am »
:shock: Wow! I like the new look. It's gonna take some time to ajust though...
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2010, 01:32:48 am »
*nudge*

Things that have been mentioned but may not be in your todo list:
- ...Signature stuff x2...
- The kit for skinning
- Implementing user awards
- May want to discuss a few of the hot new features. To me, the most worthwhile one is explanations for moderation, assuming it was left on, but beta-testers know a whole lot more than just that.
- Maybe a rundown of UI changes?
- I'll keep thinking and/or looking around for things. Sorry if this is a nuisance.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2010, 05:45:08 am »
*nudge*

Things that have been mentioned but may not be in your todo list:
- ...Signature stuff x2...
- The kit for skinning
- Implementing user awards
- May want to discuss a few of the hot new features. To me, the most worthwhile one is explanations for moderation, assuming it was left on, but beta-testers know a whole lot more than just that.
- Maybe a rundown of UI changes?
- I'll keep thinking and/or looking around for things. Sorry if this is a nuisance.

Refresh my memory, what signature stuff are you referring to?
The skinning kit will come after the layout, which has barely even been started yet.
Awards are in, since that was the easiest to bring over.  I'll try to work on importing the old data tomorrow from the rest of the custom fields, I was too busy trying to keep the server alive today.
I don't have time to do a full write-up on what's changed, and I was going to just link to the one on SMF's website, but I can't find one.  I'll try to search for it more later.

Oh, and I fixed a bug in the hotlink protection on the new "static" site (where things like layout images live), so if the site looked like something from 1996 to anyone, clear your cache and re-visit the site.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2010, 06:18:41 am »
I'm referring to the signature length workarounds.
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2010, 09:48:05 am »
I have found only one problem. You can't edit posts from before the update...
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2010, 11:50:22 am »
EDIT: :natasha: (Though I fail to see the point when I've been on this anyway.)

Though almost purely aesthetic, I figured you might appreciate seeing this one:



It's not lined up like the rest of the user profile fields are. A more visual example:



Likewise, a quick second example, just to show it isn't just my own profile:



Blank entries in SQL table, maybe?

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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2010, 12:38:08 pm »
The signature length workarounds you found aren't something I'm overly concerned with fixing, especially since it'd require some pretty significant modifications to the underlying code.  It's good to know that they exist though.

As for the blank line in awards, that's actually intentional to improve the way they display in threads; I forgot that it carries over into user profiles.  I plan to make little images for them in the near future, so this is a temporary (and very minor) glitch.

Haddock, can you point me to a post that you should be able to edit, but can't?
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2010, 07:01:28 pm »
« Last Edit: March 13, 2010, 07:03:41 pm by Haddock Wolf »
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Re: Forums Upgraded
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2010, 07:08:46 pm »
I love the upgrade so far. The only thing I don't like is that the species thing is gone.
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