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Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Tech_zeroguy » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:38 am

So, a few things:

  • I upgraded phpbb to the current version, 3.1.9.
  • I installed the American English language pack, and set it to the default. I was annoyed that British English was the only option.
  • Our old style broke, because it was for phpbb 3.0.x, and doesn't work for 3.1.x. Sorry. I just modified the default style to put the old header image in. It doesn't look great just kinda plopped in there, but at least the image is still there?
  • Registration has changed so that new users require admin approval (this is all "techies", mods, and Gravity Defier, I think?). This is to avoid the near-constant spam stuff, since we don't exactly get many legit new users. Maybe we should just turn off new registration or something, I dunno.

If anyone would like to help modify the style or figure out a better antispam system or something, let me know. The best way to do that is probably to contact Gravity Defier :) . I don't see an easy-to-install phpbb module for google's reCaptchav2, or else I would have just used that. (The current module is for the old reCaptcha system, which is broken by bots as far as I know.)

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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby TerresaWiggin » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:55 am

Thanks Zero! The site looks pretty great! You could maybe change the color behind the banner image to be darker and that would probably make it blend better... idk.

As for new user sign up, the constant spam is a problem, but I wouldn't turn off registration altogether... if only for the selfish reason of my girlfriend is working her way through the series and I want to bring her on when she finishes. Honestly though, I think its good that we get the occasional new blood, even if it is a rare occurrence.

Oh, also: are we going to bring back chat at any point? if we don't plan on doing it officially, I might try get a room started offsite and just link to it in the battleroom for people to hang out.
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Tech_zeroguy » Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:16 am

TerresaWiggin wrote:Oh, also: are we going to bring back chat at any point? if we don't plan on doing it officially, I might try get a room started offsite and just link to it in the battleroom for people to hang out.


Looking around the old site files, I found what I think was the chat software we were using, and installed it to http://philoticweb.net/forum/chat/. Does that look right?

I'll maybe look at the header and colors and such when it's not 2am. We did endure that mysterious screaming woman up there for years, though, so maybe this isn't so bad.
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby buckshot » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:16 am

Thanks Man!

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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby starlooker » Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:38 pm

Holy schmolios, this is quite the change. Thank you!
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby neo-dragon » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:18 am

Nice! Thank you for your hard work.
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby steph » Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:14 am

This was certainly a surprise to sign on to! Thanks for continuing to keep us running.
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Postby Luet » Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:06 pm

Thanks for all the behind-the-scenes work that you do for us, zero!
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Claire » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:59 pm

Wow!!! Thanks! Is the mobile site new, or have I somehow avoided using it all this time?

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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Ela » Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:54 pm

Thanks for the upgrade! Looks good!

Is it possible to get a lighter background color for the index page? I find the blue a bit hard on my eyes.
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Tech_zeroguy » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:53 pm

Claire wrote:Wow!!! Thanks! Is the mobile site new, or have I somehow avoided using it all this time?


The new install of phpbb has better mobile support ("more responsive"). Or it's just the new theme maybe; regardless, I assume it's new.

Ela wrote:Is it possible to get a lighter background color for the index page? I find the blue a bit hard on my eyes.


I changed a couple of things, but I don't know too much about what I'm doing. Is this any better, worse, or the same? I'm not sure if I get what specific color you're talking about, though; all the blues seem very light to me. Like pastels.

Also, you can change what theme appears for you by looking in your preferences. If you click your username in the top-right of the page, and click "User Control Panel", then go to "Board Preferences", then see "My board style". (Or click this link, and look for "My board style".) prosilver_pweb is the current default and the only one I spent any real time with, but you could try the others to see if any are less aggravating.

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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Gravity Defier » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:51 pm

Thanks for changing the background color on the banner panel area. Looks much better. :kisses:
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Gravity Defier » Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:09 pm

I just wanted to let everyone know that we've had three attempts at registration since zero changed things around, and I've been contacting them individually to try to verify they're people, not bots. So far, one has not responded and the other resulted in a delivery failure. The most recent one was just sent, so a response may come yet.

Just wanted to reiterate, zero and I are open to alternative methods of allowing registration if anyone has ideas that wouldn't take too much effort/time.
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Ela » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:58 pm

Tech_zeroguy wrote:
Ela wrote:Is it possible to get a lighter background color for the index page? I find the blue a bit hard on my eyes.


I changed a couple of things, but I don't know too much about what I'm doing. Is this any better, worse, or the same? I'm not sure if I get what specific color you're talking about, though; all the blues seem very light to me. Like pastels.

Also, you can change what theme appears for you by looking in your preferences. If you click your username in the top-right of the page, and click "User Control Panel", then go to "Board Preferences", then see "My board style". (Or click this link, and look for "My board style".) prosilver_pweb is the current default and the only one I spent any real time with, but you could try the others to see if any are less aggravating.


Looks better to me. Thanks for your work!
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby EAGLE » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:46 pm

Glad to see this forum is still around...nice update!
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Re: Upgrades, and signup changes

Postby Eaquae Legit » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:14 pm

Thank you Zero for all the hard work. I want to come back here. I miss you guys.

I also started a discord server because I hang out there a lot. I guess anyone who makes it in here is fine to see the link:

https://discord.gg/EeMRay6

It's half chat/half forum. I don't want to replace pweb but it's like a ghost town here and if there's a way to link the two I'd be all for it!
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