Christopher

State of the forum(s) + changelog

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Good day,

My name is Christopher MacManus, and I've been chosen by Eric [webmaster] to join the administrative team. Some of you may know me as moltar from the Minidisc T-Board, or my photo contributions to minidisc.org. Nonetheless, I am here to organize things a bit and make this forum a quality experience [not saying it wasn't before, of course :wink:]. Please register with us if you haven't, too!

I have made a few changes already in terms of structure; the current month and the month prior will reside on the top, and older news posts [for now] will reside at the bottom. I will look into creating a bin for all of them so they aren't all visible. Posting in the news forums is now limited to moderators only, as there are far too many posts dealing with other topics that should be in a relevant subforum. I'm going to make posting a little bit more focused and make sure that we all get into the habit of posting in the relevant forum. This is very important, so please comply.

Members may not post "sticky" topics anymore, but moderators can always grant that privledge if they believe it is worthy of such. Also, signatures have been increased to 1000 characters - we will not allow massive sigs, though [huge pictures, huge text, etc]; try and use this efficently. I will also be introducing some sort of ranking system soon, and I am entertaining suggestions [PM me]. Maximum avatar file size has been bumped up to 17.5 kb.

I have more in mind for this place, hopefully giving it a better status than before. I believe that dedicated forum'ers [and visitors too :wink:] deserve an organized + nice place to discuss this wonderful technology that has brought us together.

I'll respond to this post when I make further changes, and please PM me with any questions, comments, etc.

Cheers!

p.s. - There will be a change in the structure of our moderators. Despite my lack of posting in the past, I have read many posts and know who's been deserving of such responsibility. More on this later.

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Decreased the font size for the main index by one, and also created the subforums "Hi-MD", "User Opinions of MD" and "'phones" [everything headphone/earphone/etc goes there biggrin.gif].

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Meh, decided to merge "Japanese MD scene / Importing" + "MD Media" together, as well as "Future Minidisc Feature Requests" + the newly created "User Opinions". Also created a Marketplace subforum for sales and such.

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Change the "The World of non-Sony Minidisc Gear" to "Sharp Rules!"... nah only kidding.... but seriously I want the name changed to something like "Sony-Free Zone" or "non-Sony Forum", etc.

That's if it's ok with you guys and the members.

Cheers

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Changed the title and description of the subforum you mentioned. What do you think?

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Congrats Moltar!

How about a seller/ buyer feedback section?

Thanks!

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Changed the title and description of the subforum you mentioned. What do you think?

Hmmmm

Prefer "non-Sony Zone".. sounds more hip

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Congrats Moltar!

How about a seller/ buyer feedback section?

Thanks!

Will have this in as soon as a little issue with permissions is handled; once that is resolved the buyer/seller feedback will be a subforum of the Marketplace that is viewable right under the Marketplace listing in the main index. I will also put all the old news as subforums so it's not as obtrusive.

Prefer "non-Sony Zone".. sounds more hip

Are you sure? Sounds a little off to me. Anything else in mind [not saying this is a bad idea, but would like to hear other ideas as well. biggrin.gif]?

p.s. Added new logo to the forums, but it'll probably change. We're very close to having a new theme here as well.

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What do you mean a little off? So it's not ok to offend Sony now and then!!! God pal! Is this a bland vanilla planet I am in or what!?

wink.gif

Alright then... leave it as is, if you feel I am about to step on someone's poor little golden toe!

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You're a riot. I dunno, Non-Sony Zone? Sounds dorky. biggrin.gif

As you can probably already tell, new template for the forum and logo.

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how about the

"Minidisc Vanilla"

Forum?

(btw, if youve looked at my post number, it being one, its more like at 50, b/c ive had problems with my username)

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How about, "Join The Revolution" Forum. No Sony users or advocates of capitalism. Especially combinations of the two. :twisted:

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Added

- user is online/offline icon to all posts, profile, and memberlist [if you're hidden, it will only show hidden to you, mods + admins].

- moderator name color to yellow, and admin to red. These colors are present just about everywhere.

- if a user creates a post and views it afterwards, his views will not tally on the total views. This always annoyed me.

I was finally able to consolidate all of the news posts into subforums! Integrating subforums was quite an experience, but it appears to be fully functional. Unfortunately, I accidentally lost three months of news forums and all posts within [11/2003, 12/2003 + 12/2002 I believe]. I am extremely sorry for this, as it was completely my fault since I'm still a little bit inexperienced.

Added Buyer + Seller Feedback subforum to Marketplace, as per actorlife's request.

Think I'll put some ranks in next..

p.s. The forum was down for about a hour and a half today whilst I was attempting to install a mod for the forums that completely backfired. Due to some brilliant work I was able to restore the forums to it's normal look + everything is a-ok.

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I have hired Majestic, KJ_Palmer + iceeedtea to the moderator team. I may hire one other person, but this is probably good for now.

I also added new smilies to the forum, iceeedtea's suggestion that borrows off the Invision format. I will probably add some more to that as well. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with these new smilies.

As a closer step to removing guest posts [and a general reminder to those who may post when they're not logged in], there is a javascript reminder that will ask you to login/register when you post under a guest. If you're posting more than a few times, please register. :happy:

Also, a few of the graphic elements such as folder icons/etc will change in then next full days to better fit the new look of the forum.

The forum may also seem a little bit faster, as I made a few code adjustments.

Please private message me with any issues.

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Yay! Thanks for adding the new smilies, Chris! :happy: Much better than the older ones, I think.

I shall do my best in the NetMD forums.

:happy:

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Thank you so much for the new smileys :love: this is more than i had hope for smile.gif very nice :smile: :grin: My fav smiley, :ninja: i might have to invent reasons to use that one smile.gif

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Thanks Kurisu!

WOW! This place is looking great so far... :smile:

For some reason my avatar is not working :sad:

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Actorlife, make sure that the avatar is 150x150, and equal to or less than 17.5 kilobytes.

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for some reason it won't show the image when uploaded from my machine, but it worked when i put it in url form, and it doesn't even work when i tried putting back the other pic i had before. It worked before, hmmm wonder why blink.gif

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yay :happy: new smilies... :grin: good work...

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I can't seem to get the avatar to work either. It's less than 150 x 150 and only 8K. The link to a URL doesn't work for me either.

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I can't seem to get the avatar to work either.  It's less than 150 x 150 and only 8K.  The link to a URL doesn't work for me either.

I just tested this by trying to upload an avatar from my computer, and I can confirm that. Uploading seems to be broken.

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There is indeed an error with uploading avatars, although offsite linked avatars are still functional. I am having the site administrator assist me with this issue.

Anyway, I've changed the font for the title on the main logo [yes, a blatant grand theft auto font knockoff, but I am keen to it], but it'll probably change again sometime soon. I have also added new icons to the main index; the white disc represents posts within that have already been viewed, and the blue [Hi-MD] disc signals that there is a post within that has a reply that you haven't read.

I am going to turn off guest posting tonight. I think now that I've established a solid foundation for the forums, despite a few little errors here and there, we can continue into the vision I had when I first joined the administration team. Plus, new members are flooding in more than before. :happy:

Sorry if the disabling of the guest posting puts anyone off, but it doesn't take that long to register, and it's much easier to keep track of the forums you subscribe to, anyways.

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Avatar uploading is now fixed. Registered users should now be able to upload images to represent themselves, as long as they are no larger than 150x150 and 17KB.

And please, keep it within tasteful and acceptable limits?

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No offence but you cannot use IPB emoticons no non-IPB board tongue.gif

And btw, if you need a php coder, just let me know smile.gif

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