Welcome to the new forums!

Posted by: neil

Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 07:21 PM

It's been a long time coming, but I'm pleased to say you are now on the new forum system! We believe that the data is in good shape, and the forums are running right, but there's some tweaking that we'll probably be doing on the look and feel.

Do report any bugs in the "Forum Feedback" forum here -- one new topic per bug please.

Thank you for your patience on this migration.

Neil Ticktin
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher
MacTech Magazine
Posted by: Mac007

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:07 PM

Neil I'd like to start by thanking you for all your hard work. The new forums look great and are much faster. I did notice that some posts have no option to reply only notify and email post. Is this a feature, a bug, or what? Thank you again for all your hard work.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:09 PM

Hey Neil! This is gonna take some getting used to. So how come this is the only forum in which I have the Reply button? Or are you still testing?
Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:11 PM

Test
Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:11 PM

Can't edit replies either. I just tried to edit the above post and it said the maximum time expired.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:13 PM

I shoulda known. I'm launching a site for a client tonight and my dev guy in Boston is still testing.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:14 PM

Yeah. I noticed that. I'm gonna bail and let these guys work.
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:15 PM

Hi all,

You should be able to now reply and make posts. We didn't see it at first because it was disabled only for users, but not admins. I believe this is now fixed everywhere, but if not, drop us a note if you can't post a bug. (See contact us link at the bottom here.)

Thanks!

Neil

Posted by: Lea

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:22 PM

We're alive! We're ALIVE!! WE'RE ALIVE!!!

Very, verrrrrrry cool!

LL
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:27 PM

We cannot reply in the Soap Box!

Don't see no steeenkin Post button yet iehtter


Posted by: Pete

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:28 PM

Ok, so at what point do the awful colors change? ;-)
Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:29 PM

Test
Posted by: Pete

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:29 PM

Ok, sig's broken — so what sort of tags work here...?
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:31 PM

kinda sorta,

more work to do

we can't post/reply in any other forum

allllllllllllllllllmost there . . .
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:31 PM

Cool! Looks good so far. grin
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:33 PM

I just notice a strange new thing. Tried to IM someone and it said they'd used up their PM Quota!!!!

I went in and deleted all my old PM I was saving for I don't know what. Refunds I guess smile

Posted by: Lea

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:38 PM

Runs like a ticket machine, too, huh? I still can't believe everything made it to the other side, it's all still there. Now that's just down right awesome! Lemme see if this still works ~







[add extra long line of shocked winkies, 'cause I can't find them right now][/add extra long line of shocked winkies, 'cause I can't find them right now]


Oh, yeah, this place is a keeper. :-D

LL




Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:43 PM

Some new BB code features too

For spoilers, or perhaps NSFW [evil grin]

Click to reveal..
Excellent, let's have some fun.


Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:46 PM

Will that help modem users like Bird?

Does it make the post "lighter" ?????


Posted by: MikeSellers

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:47 PM

Testes, testes, is this thing on?
Posted by: FSM

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Pete
Ok, so at what point do the awful colors change? ;-)
you have 4 style sheets to choose from in your prefs. the mactech theme appears to be best for me (it's not default).
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:51 PM



work with _______

The letter A with color bar underneath in the buttons above this box in reply mode.
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:54 PM

Interesting how to preview the 4 style sheets. Nice.

Sean: Highlite your K Jhawks whole line and choose the A with color bar underneath to choose a color and it'll put the code in for you.
Posted by: starmillway

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 08:57 PM

Teste is it on?

In a half a$$ed way. This looks to be the only place we can reply.

Start talking dirty politics here and they'll make the soapbox work correctly smile

Posted by: FSM

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:01 PM

Originally Posted By: starmillway
Interesting how to preview the 4 style sheets. Nice.

Sean: Highlite your K Jhawks whole line and choose the A with color bar underneath to choose a color and it'll put the code in for you.


it wasn't my fault . . . they just applied the code i was using in the old forums to the new forums and that didn't work. i've fixed it already -- as you can see. wink
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:03 PM

Ok ... try it again now.

Neil
Posted by: FSM

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:06 PM

yep. thanx.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:21 PM

IS there any way of getting the full page back?
...without all the extra "STUFF" in the right & left columns?...

JHK!
It looks like a PeeCee AOL Page.
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Celandine
IS there any way of getting the full page back?
...without all the extra "STUFF" in the right & left columns?...

JHK!
It looks like a PeeCee AOL Page.


Honestly? Think about if this is fair to ask.

Neil
Posted by: Celandine

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:26 PM

Why does that sound like a "Jason" thing to say?

Yes.

If I wish to navigate to the "HOME PAGE" I would.

crazy I'm already getting a headache (NOT KIDDING)
from the tiny font... see you later...
Posted by: FSM

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:32 PM

the software upgrade was likely not too cheap. the man hours spent upgrading without losing anything was not cheap either. if keeping a community together means that there will be some minor changes in appearance to get the extra features we now have then i am fine with what we've got.
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Celandine
I'm already getting a headache (NOT KIDDING)
from the tiny font... see you later...
Try another style sheet. The MM one produces that tiny font. The others are more readable.
Posted by: Lea

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:40 PM

I'll probably say this a gazillion times over the next week, but that all our "stuff" made over to this other side? I'd figured our "history" was a goner. But nope, it's all still there, along with our avatars and sigs and PMs and . . . Total Complete WOW. Unbelievable, just jawdroppin' unbelievable.


Edit: (Which is working now, cool) I forgot ~ faster than a greased lipsticked pig. laugh








Posted by: Celandine

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:43 PM


later :P
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:53 PM

Try the editing again now -- should now work unless we missed a setting for a specific area.

Thanks!

Neil

Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:55 PM

works in this forum and the political lounge.

Doesn't seem to work in Stan's lounge or General discussion
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:58 PM

Yeah -- I'm apparently tired, and didn't hit save on those ... it's a little counterintuitive, but I think I got it now.

Please try one more time (I hope).

Thanks!

Neil

Posted by: Svend

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 09:58 PM

Okay, perfect. Editing works in all forums.

smile

Get some sleep, you did a magnificent job today [happy happy joy joy]
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/06/08 10:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Svend
Get some sleep, you did a magnificent job today [happy happy joy joy]


Well ... I have to give a lot of people credit.

Rick: the author of the software who went through the herculean task of moving our data through several versions to get current today.

John R: for all his behind the scenes feedback and testing.

Andrea, Ed, and others: for additional testing and feedback.

And you all: For being patient while we figured out a decent solution, and testing things tonight to get the settings right.

A team effort all the way through. Congrats to everyone!

Thanks!

Neil

Posted by: katlpablo

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 01:26 AM

smile
It's working for me.


Thanks to you all!
Posted by: katlpablo

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 02:00 AM

My previous post was not intended to answer the original post, but I learned the lesson —as you can see in this one. cool


Hey! We now have a wider range of attitudes and emotions!
grin
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 03:13 AM

Celandine,
Unless you are willing to pay for the cost of upgrading, server space, and bandwidth...then I would be a little more grateful. whistle
Posted by: steveg

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 05:09 AM

Looking good, Niel! Nice work.

One more question. I just noticed that every PM I've sent or received since 2002 is back in my messages list! I usually clean these out every month, but now even the stuff I deleted years ago is back. Is their a way to purge that systemically, or do I just need to spend a half hour going through and batch delete manually?

TIA.
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 05:31 AM

Steve,
I would guess that it would be easier that you just delete them all. At the bottom of each page is a Check All button.

A half hour or whatever isn't that big of a deal. You could just break it down to a few pages here and there and not all at once.

Neil has done a lot here and has other duties he needs to attend to.
Posted by: steveg

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 06:58 AM

Yeah, I know all that. I just didn't know if this was something that was going to be attended to as part of the transition. I was just surprised that even deleted PMs were still cached after so many years. No big deal.

"A half hour or whatever isn't that big of a deal." HA! Walk in my shoes for a day. And I mean all 24 hours of it!
Posted by: MikeSellers

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 07:07 AM

Originally Posted By: steveg
I was just surprised that even deleted PMs were still cached after so many years.


Yeah, that's a little disturbing. Good thing our forum overloads aren't evil. laugh
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 07:36 AM

yeah, I was surprised too to see old PM's I deleted 6 years ago! Only thing I can attribute that to is probably nobody ever did any technical support for Stan it seems. I mean, heck, nobody ever upgraded the boards in 7 years!

I think now that we are on a new server with a more involved Editor, once you delete it, it should stay deleted.
Posted by: Nagromme

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 10:02 AM

Thanks, Neil!

Everything seems fine so far.

If this test link works without my using URL tags...

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net

...then this will be my last post, as I will have died and gone to heaven, where Internet access is limited.
Posted by: Lea

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 10:22 AM

You are so dead. laugh




Posted by: Nagromme

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 10:31 AM

Hey, there IS Internet up here--pretty fast too! But half my bookmarks are blocked mad

Oh well, they let me get here anyway.

Just wanted to add: don't forget to click some banner ads to pay for all this laugh
Posted by: DLC

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 02:18 PM

Neil,

WOW... impressive... I love it so far... a little learning curve but it seem intuitive and many of the new features are really handy and cool !! cool

course you KNOW that last night you drove me to heavy alcohol ingestion because there was no accessible MacTech forum... whistle

[HAL] Please Dave, don't do that again! I'll have to confiscate your terminal,Dave. [/HAL]

Thanks for ALL your hard work... we really appreciate it.

Posted by: Lea

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 02:52 PM

Quote:
course you KNOW that last night you drove me to heavy alcohol ingestion because there was no accessible MacTech forum...


Wow! That was my excuse, too! What are the odds?!? laugh

And hey, David, mucho cool to see you, big dawg!!

smile
LL




Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 02:54 PM

Originally Posted By: DLC
Neil,

WOW... impressive... I love it so far... a little learning curve but it seem intuitive and many of the new features are really handy and cool !! cool

course you KNOW that last night you drove me to heavy alcohol ingestion because there was no accessible MacTech forum... whistle

[HAL] Please Dave, don't do that again! I'll have to confiscate your terminal,Dave. [/HAL]

Thanks for ALL your hard work... we really appreciate it.


You are quite welcome.

Thanks!

Neil


Posted by: Pete

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/07/08 07:40 PM

I'm too lazy to search, so did anyone bring up the question of whether or not there'd be a "new" post count evident on the main forum page...?
Posted by: DLC

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/08/08 12:44 PM

Hi Lea,

Nice place huh !! Well too bad we couldn't share some "spirits" together. wink

The last week has been awesome...
1. My Alma Mater TTU upset #1 Texas
2. Obama gets elected.
3. we get a new cyber home.
4. Our local HS upset their rivals Brookwood last night.
now if my luck holds out TTU will beat OSU tonight. whistle

Thanks, you're a dear!
Posted by: macahol

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/08/08 04:03 PM

Guess I'd better put in my 2 cents about how good this change is going.
GREAT JOB ALL
Posted by: Nana

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/10/08 09:13 AM

What Celandine stated
Quote:
IS there any way of getting the full page back?
...without all the extra "STUFF" in the right & left columns?...

I am in agreement. Can it be an option in the Themes section?


Other than the above, everything else is bombbastic!!!! The speed is amazing.

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!!!!!!
Posted by: neil

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/10/08 11:41 AM

Basically, there are two things that generate revenue for the magazine (and the magazine is who pays for the servers, software, and bandwidth ... which are considerable costs).

Those two things are:

* magazine subscriptions
* advertising in print (which many times includes online)

Google ads add a bit to that as well.

So, I need to find a balance between these and the site design. I will work on this more down the road, but not right now as it's a fair amount of work.

First step is the structure and new forum areas (not to mention the other projects on my plate right now), and then we'll work on the look and feel stuff. I will, however, try to do that before we "launch" the forums to beyond this core community.

In the mean time, enjoy the new setup as is ... as it's a far cry from where it was!

Thanks!

Neil



Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Welcome to the new forums! - 11/10/08 07:15 PM

Hi Neil,
I just wanted you, and MacTech, to know I really appreciate all the hard work you have done to keep this motley crew together.
THANK YOU ALL!

-Curtis