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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 7:37 pm

phpbb2: USERINFO portal extension


Not installed yet, as we have to deploy all the new portals code as a batch.


But if you use the USERINFO portal, then it can be set to transfer the 2 letter country code of the users country to an xprofile field.

Then you could set the image part of that field to show either:

/ranks/ccflags/{FLAG}.png (user you own profile name)

or



/ranks/ccflags_medium/{FLAG}.png

to show a smaller flag. Set to display in topics and you will see which country a user is from.

Note that for this to work the {MYFF.USERINFO) portal must be included somewhere. Though you could actually blank out its template, so that it does the work invisibly.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:57 pm

phpbb2: view profile bug fix


Rather a nasty regression had got into the viewing of profiles. Custom fields shown an images would not show up correctly

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:36 pm

Missing forums


If you cannot see a forum at the moment, don't panic. The reboot has thrown the nameservers out of whack. The forums are still there.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:51 pm

Zaphod server outage.


Some problems with the web server following a reboot for a kernel update.

Will post more when I know more.

Up now though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:00 pm

Graphics for t-shirts




Rather like the rank images, we need sets of "donation" images.

They need to cover the range 0-100% in graduated intervals. A set could consist of a file called info.txt containing:

Code:

50
gif


then graphic files:

0.gif
50.gif
100.gif

which would describe a really poorly graduated set of three images.

To be useful and win a myff t-shirt we need a minimum of 11 images, preferably 21.

The thermometer one is one style (and actually needs doing as only the one image has been done), but there is a lot of scope for imagination.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:42 pm

Portals rewrite


Just a heads up, at some point in the next week or two new portal code will be installed.

When the portals were written, they were written for efficiency, the code for each portal only getting included if the portal was used.

All well and good, but there was a single file with the configuration for all portals that always got included. Not a problem at the start but this has now grown to 1080 lines which is not a clever size.

So the rewrite will take the configurations out into their own files.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:43 am

phpbb2: Allow use of plain text editor for web pages


Normally web page editing will use the GUI editor unless conflicts are detected.

A new link has been added to make it possible to use the plain text editor regardless, since sometimes the GUI editor is a problem for some users.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:22 pm

Donation portal


Since we are thinking of setting up a server fund, it would make sense to have a way of displaying it.

So why not create a portal?

I am thinking of something that will also have an admin portal part to it, and which will store names and amounts donated.

It would also have some sort of graphic component to show progress.

Anyone interesting in something like this for there forum, if so what features would you like?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:38 am

phpbb2: sub forum latest post link on index page fix.


Thanks DSI for the report. This link could be wrong. Hopefully resolved now.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:20 pm

Major DNS changes


Which in English means the information that wells the world how to get to your forum.

I am working through making all the DNS set up for the forums consistent, we have been through loads of permutations over the years and whilst it has all been working the inconsistencies should not be there.

We will now be rationalizing to three of our own nameservers 1 in Europe and 2 in America and a 3rd party system that will receive its updates in a totally different manner to the others.

This should be robust, and in fact is pretty much what happens now anyway.

However is had to be admitted that updating it all is a tricky process and so I'm posting this as a head up in case anything goes wrong and someone finds they cannot see their forum.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:35 pm

PhpBb2: xtransfer portal extended


This portal now allows transfers from one FIELD name to another. So for example if you let people accumulate CASH, they could donate some of that towards a REPUTATION field for another user.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:19 pm

Network outage


Our entire datacenter has just suffered and recovered from a network issue.

I will let you know more when I know more.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:06 pm

Advertising/Donation options


I don't want to raise any alarm bells here, but at some point in the not too distant future we are going to be buying new web servers.

This is against a background of a continuing slump in advertising revenue, and the recession has also hit the ability of the parent company to continue to subsidize the forums.

In a nutshell this means about $10,000 needs to be found from somewhere this year. That amounts to about $3 from each really active forum on the system.

We will never do popups, or those horrible adverts where you need to click to get past them to get to the bit you want, or anything else for that matter that we hate to see when visiting forums.

So what are the options?

1) We are playing about with other advertisers. This is already happening, the banners are the same size and same position as always and so people probably have not noticed. Revenue generated this week from that is zero!

2) Putting in an appeal for donations to paypal[at]myfreeforum.org or via the shop. If 1000 forums gave $10 each, that would instantly buy a decent server.

3) Getting a bit heavier on advertising to "guests". Something like you see here not too awful? and might even make people register on forums?

4) Using http://infolinks.com/ a solution that does not take up forum space, but is rather intrusive in my opinion

I'd like peoples opinion on the options and to hear other suggestions. As I say there is no "panic" we are well into the black despite the crunch, but equally if we are going to continue to provide the service level we have to make sure the books continue to balance and that we can invest in new servers when we need to.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:50 am

Phpbb2: New MYFF.USERINFO portal


The MYFF.USERINFO portal allows you to show the Country code, flag and ip address of a user, along with their standard user details, xprofile fields etc.

The flag/country code are what we detect from the IP address.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:01 am

phpbb2/phpbb3: title fix on shop portal template


The switch on showing the shop title in the template was malformed so the title would always show.

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