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major forum upgrade today
« on: November 28, 2011, 05:58:59 AM »
I did a major forum upgrade today, and obviously a lot of stuff is currently broken.

Please bear with me for the next day or so.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2011, 06:04:36 AM »
Loving the new look  :o
Thank Admin...  ;D great job..
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2011, 06:09:54 AM »
You like this look? ???

I hadn't 'fixed' the theme yet, it was basically the low-level stuff that got a huge upgrade.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2011, 06:28:30 AM »
well yeah..! it looks more neat and since blue is my favorite color, any forum with lots of blue is good... I just saw this new theme . ::) wasn't able to log in to SOR due to some reasons for a few days  >:(

(the last time i checked it was the same white background, with blue headings and all that..)
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2011, 08:57:52 AM »
+1 for this look as well.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2011, 12:03:32 PM »
Will miss the old unique look :P

To nag with a request: can we get something at the top of the forum pages that takes us to the main SoR website (e.g. like the old forum had the "logo" at the top)?
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 08:04:25 PM »
Gertlex, yeap definitely.

At the moment however I'm just trying to get the darn anti-spammer defenses working again . . . so many things are broken now :-\

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2011, 10:52:39 PM »
Looks good so far, Admin :)

Hopefully the little annoyances/breaks won't be too much trouble to fix up ;)

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 01:11:34 AM »
In the last hour I had to reinstall the forum *again*. But it appears all the basic stuff is now working (most importantly the anti-spammer defenses).

If you see any major bugs, report it here. Over the next few days I'm going to be fixing the look of the forum.

fyi, the SoR Chat is still not working properly grumble grumble . . .

It might take a week before things are back to 'normal'.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 08:25:00 AM »
I may be missing it somewhere, but where is the mark forum read, or mark messages read...

Thanks

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P.S. - I do think the new look is a bit cleaner.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 08:47:11 AM »
I may be missing it somewhere, but where is the mark forum read, or mark messages read...
oh, I didn't think anyone used it so I removed it . . . oh well, I put it back just for you :P

btw, I don't like the title or the buttons at top, I was just toying around with different looks.

If anyone has artistic skills and free time, let me know!

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011, 10:38:21 AM »
oh, I didn't think anyone used it so I removed it . . . oh well, I put it back just for you :P

And me.  :-\

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011, 05:14:08 PM »
Hi,

If anyone has artistic skills and free time, let me know!
How artistic, or perhaps I should ask, in what way artistic (buttons, backgrounds, logos, header/footers, graphics or something entirely different)?


One thing that changed for the worse IMO, is the number of replies and views in the same column - makes it harder to spot the posts with no replies.
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2011, 07:56:14 PM »
I may be missing it somewhere, but where is the mark forum read, or mark messages read...
oh, I didn't think anyone used it so I removed it . . . oh well, I put it back just for you :P
Thanks  :P

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2011, 05:49:55 AM »
1)

I'm still fixing things, mostly low-level hidden stuff you guys don't see.

I've also added two new anti-spam programs, including a firewall (anti-SQL injection and anti-DOS stuff, etc), and anti-bot questions (what is the color of a pink elephant?). The one day the anti-spammer defenses were down, 25 of those buggers managed to get in . . .



2)

Question: is there anything about the old forum you guys liked that is missing or sucks in this new version? Is there any must-have feature you've seen somewhere else that you'd like here? Speak now while I'm in the mood to implement it.  :P



3)

I had an issue with the old Skype mod for this forum. If you wish to re-add your Skype info to your profile,
1) go to Profile -> Forum Profile
2) scroll to the very BOTTOM of the page
3) enter your info into the Skype box



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If anyone has artistic skills and free time, let me know!
How artistic, or perhaps I should ask, in what way artistic (buttons, backgrounds, logos, header/footers, graphics or something entirely different)?
I'm up for pretty much anything. The title and the links at the top are hideous, in my opinion :P

Suggestions on colors and link designs are also welcome.

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One thing that changed for the worse IMO, is the number of replies and views in the same column - makes it harder to spot the posts with no replies.
I don't remember what it looked like before, lol . . . but I've added this high up on my to-do list.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2011, 02:56:55 PM »
I like the old better...
But then again, I am still using Windows xp...
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Re: major forum upgrade today
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2011, 02:44:09 PM »
Hi,

I'm up for pretty much anything. The title and the links at the top are hideous, in my opinion :P

Suggestions on colors and link designs are also welcome.
I'm (slowly) trying to sketch out a few ideas.

But if it's pressing and you want several different ideas to choose from, why not tap into the collective talent mass and make it a regular competition, complete with a deadline and such?


I don't remember what it looked like before, lol . . . but I've added this high up on my to-do list.
They were in different columns (side by side).
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2011, 09:37:36 PM »
Soeren, what if I write code that puts the replies number in bold if it has zero replies?

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2011, 10:17:01 PM »
hey Soeren . . . I found a very easy way to separate the columns, so I just went ahead and did that for you instead   :P

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2011, 02:37:46 AM »
Where did spell checker go?  ???
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2011, 03:35:05 AM »
Where did spell checker go?  ???
Oh, I had disabled it . . . didn't think anyone was still using it lol . . . anyway, I re-enabled it for you.

btw, any modern browser (Chrome/Firefox) has automatic spell checking as you type. :P

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2011, 03:42:48 AM »
Thanks Admin  ;D
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2011, 01:40:49 AM »
i saw on a car club site i belong to a "garage" section for our cars. maybe you could make something like that but for our bots? it was mainly just attached to our profiles, but there was a section to just search through the "garages" and take a look at what they have going on.

it's just an idea!

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #24 on: December 04, 2011, 03:50:19 PM »
Hi,

hey Soeren . . . I found a very easy way to separate the columns, so I just went ahead and did that for you instead   :P
Thanks a lot!
It makes it so much easier to see :)
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2011, 09:59:36 PM »
I'm having trouble with the CDN I'm using, resulting in some of your IP addresses getting confused with blacklisted spammer IP addresses.

Long story short, send me an email if you find yourself suddenly blocked out. I'm likely to decide to remove the CDN in the next few days, unless I can resolve the issue . . .

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Unable to download a zip file from a forum post
« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2011, 11:11:20 AM »
Hi,

Thanks for your site and forum.

I'm trying to download the zip file that's attached to this forum post:
http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=3292.msg25198#msg25198

The zip file name is "50buck bot.zip"

When I click on the link to download the zip file, my browser, Firefox, offers to open or download a file called "index.php"  but does not seem to know anything about a zip file.

I'm mindful of the fact that computer error usually means user error.  Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2011, 11:26:05 AM »
Dabbler, it works for me . . . I'm on Chrome.

I just left-clicked it, and it downloaded as a zip.

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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #28 on: December 12, 2011, 01:49:42 PM »
Using Firefox 8.0 I get the same problem as Dabbler.
Screen shot attached.

(IE9 and Chrome seem to work)
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Re: major forum upgrade today
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2011, 08:35:39 PM »
You guys really like to keep me busy . . .

It should be fixed now :)

 


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