Christopher

State of the forum(s) + changelog

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I doubt we'll get scorned with the emoticons, D. :happy:

Thanks for the offer, I may enlist you in the future but things are still pretty basic right now. I know how critical you are of things, and I'm surprised you didn't have anything else to say - so that must mean you like this place a bit now. Puts me quite at ease.. :happy:

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I'm going to report your guys! mad.gif

Just kidding :laugh:v

You still have to see my netpicking in the suggestion forum...lol

IBPlanet.com Mod Team :happy:

- Daijoubu

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Custom ranks are in. There is a 45 character limit, but it will be increased or lowered depending on how it plays out - and it requires five posts for you to use. GZIP is now on, as well. I will introduce predefined ranks as soon as I find/make some decent icons to compliment them.

I will probably spend a good bit of tonight organizing the forums, as there are alot of sticky-type posts that shouldn't be, posts that shouldn't be in certain forums, etc.

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Custom ranks are in. There is a 45 character limit, but it will be increased or lowered depending on how it plays out - and it requires five posts for you to use. GZIP is now on, as well. I will introduce predefined ranks as soon as I find/make some decent icons to compliment them.

I will probably spend a good bit of tonight organizing the forums, as there are alot of sticky-type posts that shouldn't be, posts that shouldn't be in certain forums, etc.

GZIP isn't on, just checked

How did you actualy "turned" it on? blink.gif

You can test with:

http://pipeboost.com/GetReport.asp?URL=htt...ms.minidisc.org

http://leknor.com/code/gziped.php?url=http...minidisc.org%2F

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Indeed, avatar-changer-oplenty :rasp: , since I would never dare to install something of gzip's caliber on Eric's server - this is a matter that he will handle on his own time. I'm sure it'll be installed soon, and I merely assumed it was already in since he did "check" it, like you guessed..

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You shouldn't have to install anything blink.gif

Built-in feature of PHP and phpbb

Haven't used phpbb for awhile, let me download it and see where's it

Should be somewhere in the Admin panel...

Edit: Found it

General Admin

- Configuration:

Enable GZip Compression

Edit2: Made a little edits and tested this extreme style mode...over twice as fast :ninja:

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I installed that extremle style mode on local and got 2x speeds up, definitivly worth it, took me only 2mins smile.gif

No files to edit, just upload a few and overwrite one

If you want to get the time shown at the bottom, let me know smile.gif

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ExtremeStyles, as per D's recommendation, is in. Cache mode is on to further improve preformance, and I must admit the forum is purring quite nicely. We're still having issues with GZip, but it doesn't concern me as much as it used to since things seem pretty sufficent for the time being. I added a word count, and if you have posts but it isn't showing up on your word count, please PM me and I will fix it [granted you follow an instruction I give you]; it works for mostly everybody, however - the info is in each of your posts and in your profile.

I have changed the online/offline icons, and also added a googlecounter to the bottom of the index. Can't miss it.

I also fixed some code today that's been bugging me for the last week, whereas when you used to be in a subforum or thread it wouldn't show the links to the thread/forum/etc - it would just show a link to "The Minidisc Community Forums" index. Glad that's over with. :rasp:

That's all for now.

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It's still running as slow as ever on my end.

Can someone remove the 'Your message has been posted, click here to...' screen that you recieve after you preform an action? It is quite annoying; I think it would be better for it to directly send a poster back to the new post.

'nother user posted in the 'Old News' section. Link. Eh?

While viewing the NetMD subforum:

Moderators: None

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Total Words: 3,229; 33 posts.

blink.gif Holy crap!

Chris, do you mind if I take down/revise [more of the latter, however, as I am quite lazy :pfft:] a few of the NetMD 'stickies/announcements' in the subsection? They're quite old, and some of them are quite outdated and need to be changed to reflect newer times.

Ooo. I want to do some tweaking of this forum, too! :pfft: :sad:

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I'm not sure about the speed thing with you, as it's blazin' on my side. Try a traceroute?

I think I might be able to remove that message you spoke of, but it's not that bad, is it? I'm sure it's not too hard of a MOD, so I'll snoop around and see what I can do.

As for the post in the "Old News" section, yes, it is unlocked because I feel it's fair to allow people to reply-only to topics that are still recent. They cannot post new topics there, though..

Not sure about the moderator bit, but you are a moderator in that forum and that's all that matters. :happy:

Whatever you feel fit to do within your forum go ahead and do so. This place needs a major cleanup, and that's one of the key things that needs to be revamped.

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Running much faster than before, good job! :smile:

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Okay, put a few things in:

When you submit a reply now, it will instantly go to the post you wrote in the thread. This goes for new threads as well.

I added a links section at the top of the page above the "log out" link. Right now it contains some favorable e-tailers that are reputable, as well as the lone sponsor for Minidisc.org. Please consider visiting these sites for your future Minidisc purchases. I don't recieve any comission, they're simply just great sites that should be well known.

I will be adding further links covering various things as time passes.

Also, at the bottom of the page where the information about who is online resides, hidden users are no longer counted, as well as guests [i will note that guests show up in the total visitor count, though]. Simply just registered members. Hidden users do not show up in the "Who's online" anymore, either. If you're hidden, you're hidden! :happy: [not to the staff, of course].

I took out the google counter. I guess the spiders haven't infiltrated us..yet.

p.s. I'm very glad that so many of you have registered with us as of late, and I thank you for contributing to the Minidisc Community Forums. Let's make this a great place for related discussion!

Oh yeah, I might change the forum structure a little tonight, so keep an eye on that.

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I did indeed change the forum structure a good bit; hope you like it. :happy:

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looking great! lovin' it! slow load up at times though :ohmy:

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I don't quite get why do your guys make a new forum for every month of news?

Just put them all togheter...

I can make a little script to pull the news off the forum if you wish biggrin.gif

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We may eventually digress from the current News formatting, but for now it works. With the subforum feature it's catagorized quite nicely and isn't too terribly obtrusive, eh? I think if this place ever takes off then I'll look into something different.

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I don't know, never seen such setup in my whole 18 years of existence wink.gif

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Oh, it's not that bad for phpbb. Did you see the place before I came here? I think I've done quite a good job, thank you very much. :rasp:

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Oh, it's not that bad for phpbb. Did you see the place before I came here? I think I've done quite a good job, thank you very much.  :rasp:

Nop, where's this? :laugh: Not MD-T, I hope :rasp:

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Apparently when I installed the custom ranks MOD it didn't process all the way through. That has finally been corrected and is 100% functional now. There was a similar issue with the online/offline MOD as well [specifically in topic viewing] that was also fixed.

p.s. Fixed a good bit of phpbb vulnerabilities so the baddies don't blow this place to smithereens.

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Whatever error that was with the login has been fixed. Phpbb is a real pain in the arse sometimes..[spare me the IPB advertisement, D. :rasp:]. Also, I would offically like to welcome BJ to the moderator team. This is definitely the last person I am hiring for the forums, unless some of the old moderators come back and are interested in rejoining the team. Hopefully Roland [MDX400] will be active soon and help you guys out with the difficult technical topics.

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Decreased the font size for the main index by one

When the board is barely readable now you make changes to elliminate forum readers with older eyes.

Some forums go out of their way to use software which follows the MSWindows mandate of enabling View>TextSize>Larger because they know not everyone has youthful 20/20 vision. Not an insignificant number of us must use a magnifying glass, 19" monitors and 600x800 resolution and squint.

My world changed after losing my good retina leaving a damaged one. I've been on (arpa) internet since 1978 when there was only one font...yet only in the last two years a crop of youngsters suddenly insist on doing the 'Bible on a pinhead' thing for each webpage. Since the ink is free and the tools are bountiful, why not focus on enhancing communication rather than adding barriers.

Thank God (big G for the big Guy) that the trend of black backgrounds has reversed. Try reading dark blue font on black regardless of size. Just hope that war stays won.

If you've read this far, the is rant over...turn the music back up.

Traveling to Japan regularly, I used to get my Sony product info at the Sony building on the Ginza in Tokyo where a dedicated group would gather with their favorite vinyls on the 3rd floor where Sony's latest was on working display. Anyone else BTDT? Incidently, there was an area of Tokyo called Sonyville with combined living/work buildings where Americans/Aussies worked at less than minimum wage (foreigners were exempted from Japan's min wage) doing translations for Sony's instruction manuals because Sony wanted manuals which were correct technically and grammatically. Now American companies contract foreigners to write instruction manuals in broken English. Duh Does anything ever improve? You think I'm done? Well my doctor does...to be continued later in next life.

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Okay, so what would you like me to do? On my browser, I "increased text size" and it worked quite well. Please follow suit and you should be fine. If this does not work on Microsoft Internet Explorer, then I suggest you download the latest version of Mozilla FireFox, which seems to correct this issue. Mozilla Firefox is a much more advanced browser and carries features that will compliment your internet usage, espesically for someone who has used it as long as you, and it's free.

http://www.mozilla.org

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