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Title: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 14, 2006, 01:05:38 PM
As long as Jon doesn't mind, I thought we could make a thread of things we'd like to see happen with the forum. Maybe they'll happen, maybe not. But it'll be nice to have a place to reference when I'm looking to do something to this place.



Personally, I want to make the signatures dynamic. How do you all feel about that? And I took away the darn '
' when ever a new thread is made and when you preview a message.



There's some other various error messages and things I'd like to clean up. As I said, its if Jon doesn't mind me doing this.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Revned on August 14, 2006, 01:30:16 PM
I want to be able to choose how much of the original message to keep when quoting something. It just shows the entire post above the text box now, but you should be able to edit it too.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: JonLeung on August 14, 2006, 04:59:14 PM
I don't mind errors that you may find being cleaned up.  I've never really noticed the < br / > thing but it's good that you're seeing things that I'm not and removing them if they are an annoyance.  I also like dynamic sigs and Revned's point about the quotes.



I wanted to ask if Daily EXP and Gold were working properly again, too.



I asked Inty to find a way to stop old topics from being automatically locked/"archived".  He said he fixed it but that doesn't seem to be the case.  I can reopen topics but they don't seem to stay reopened - I'm guessing they close again the next day.  Find a way to fix that, if you could, thanks.



Oh, and this may be a bit more complex but I was hoping the boards could be listed in board number order.  Many of them are listed backwards (within their categories) of how I'd actually like them to appear.  Also, every time I add a new board that I consider a default board, I would like it to be added to everyone's board listing automatically.  That is, only if I consider it a default board at the time that I make it.  Or at least give us admins the power to have a global board manager that affects all users.



That might keep you busy.



Oh, and most importantly, do you have a way to maintain backups?  I can use the "Create Backup" thing in the Control Panel but I wouldn't know what to do with the files that are generated should the site ever go down again.  Unless you know how (I'm guessing you would) but I'm really wondering if you want to be taking care of the backups on your end since you'd probably better know how to do it automatically and regularly.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: DarkWolf on August 14, 2006, 05:09:14 PM
Could you get rid of the javascript that brings up a textarea when you double click on one of your own messages?  I often use the I-beam to highlight as I read and I'm always triggering the script.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 14, 2006, 08:19:41 PM
Wow. I never even tried double clicking on a message. That is interesting. No easy way to cancel it out, either. I guess I'll leave that request to be seconded by Jon though. Or I can just try to take it away from non-admins.



Everything else, cool. This provides some interesting goals.



I'll look into the backups. Normally a database can be stored as a SQL statement spit out by some code. That can then be saved as a text document. That doesn't save things like imported files though. Do you need me to backup the entire website, or just the forum database? What kind of backup does the host provide?

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 15, 2006, 09:02:38 PM
Old topics did not become archived. One down. . .

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: DarkWolf on August 16, 2006, 07:48:41 AM
Oh I know!  This probably isn't the easiest thing, but I know it's not the hardest.  Rather than have your signature just appended to each post, I think your signature should stay seperate and be appended when the posts are displayed.  I've wanted to put my current project status in my signature, but since changing the signature will only effect new posts, it's kind of pointless.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 16, 2006, 10:49:20 AM
Thanks but thats what I meant by dynamic signatures. It'll happen soon.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: DarkWolf on August 16, 2006, 11:07:02 AM
I should have re-read the first post, didn't even see that.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Revned on August 16, 2006, 11:54:10 AM
I actually prefer static signatures. It seems like messages should stay as they were when they were first posted. It can be annoying to look back at posts from two years ago, but see signatures referring to current happenings.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: TerraEsperZ on August 16, 2006, 02:33:11 PM
I have to side with the 'statis signature' camp.



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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 16, 2006, 02:57:36 PM
I think it comes down to what you see the point of a signature is. I've always considered it to be a 'current' thing. Kinda like your avatars. If you follow that line of thinking then your avatars would remain the same on all of your old posts. So if a particular image or sig represents a point in your life that you have moved on from, then why keep a reminder of it?



I'd say if you want to have something in your post that doesn't change, then just write it in at the end of each post. I've seen lots of people write in the same closing message on every post while also having a dynamic signature.



I've been looking a poll. I guess I found it.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Revned on August 16, 2006, 04:22:18 PM
I'd actually prefer static avatars too, but I'm sure it would waste bandwidth and disk space on a larger forum.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: JonLeung on August 17, 2006, 05:18:02 PM
Oops, should've responded earlier.  No, bustin98, don't backup the whole site.  I already do that in triplicate, and I would prefer if you only involved yourself in the forums.  I've never really looked at what the site's cPanel's backup feature can do, but there is one for the forums built into it in its control panel.



Here're another two things I'd like - something saying which admin made the current poll, and the ability for admins to edit the post times of posts.  I'd like to tweak the times for the Maps Of The Month topics, mostly, but if it's difficult to do then you can forget about setting that up just for my "amusal and abusal".



Oh, yeah, smileys.  The smileys that are available really are crappy.  Inty was going to code in some more common and less stupid smileys, but he never got around to that.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Revned on August 17, 2006, 08:47:49 PM
Editing post times seems a little too Orwellian to me....


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: DarkWolf on August 18, 2006, 06:08:47 AM
Is it just me or am I not earning gold from the bank anymore?  Something happen to the cron jobs?


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 18, 2006, 08:06:21 AM
It adds 5 gold after each day of a post. Its working fine for me. Since you posted today, don't bank what you currently have and we'll see what you have tomorrow.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Revned on August 18, 2006, 10:17:37 AM
I think it is broken. It says "Interest: 1% (Total) 0". The daily interest also used to stop at 10, but it wasn't supposed to.


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 18, 2006, 12:32:06 PM
Yeah, the interest I tried something so it wouldn't be limited but looks like that didn't work. But it didn't sem to me that Darkwolf's post was referring to the interest. Maybe it was though. We'll see what happens tonight.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: Dan on August 22, 2006, 12:09:31 PM
I can't find a search function anywhere...


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: JonLeung on August 23, 2006, 05:29:30 PM
Can you make it so that when you quote someone, it says that they "said" that text rather than "Said"?  As in, fixing the unnecessary capitalization?


Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 24, 2006, 09:27:54 PM
JonLeung said:
Can you make it so that when you quote someone, it says that they "said" that text rather than "Said"?  As in, fixing the unnecessary capitalization?

The more I work with this forum, the more I think its f-ed up. Not to say it doesn't work, but its not very consistent in what it does.



Take this message. The new lines will become coded with the < br /> tag. I've been working with the quotes, and for whatever reason if I replace the < br /> with ' \n ', it replaces repeating new lines with a single < br />. It really should be the same no matter how the message is posted.



Anyway



I changed the way the quotes work, while keeping the way they are displayed the same. It may look a little wonky, but thats par for the course, isn't it? At least you can edit the quote. And the 'S' in Said is now 's'.





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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 24, 2006, 09:44:53 PM
Looks like the quick edit needs fixing, too. Guess I'll just drop it.

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Title: RE: Forum Wish List
Post by: bustin98 on August 24, 2006, 09:46:37 PM
Dan said:
I can't find a search function anywhere...


Its on the main topic page at the top. Not to say that it works, but its there.

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