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Old 10-11-2008, 12:14 AM   #1
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Default Changes to the forum system

I went through a good portion of the forum options and changed the following. Before I make these changes public, I wanted to show them to you guys to see what you think. Here a VERY rough draft of all the stuff I changed, so take a look and tell me what you think.

site name/info: changed to www.zophar.net instead of beta.zophar.net.
Why: site is no longer in beta/more accurate, will cause less domain redirects

GENERAL: meta keywords changed to something more emulation related.
Why: better google searching, some spam bots looking for any forum might just glaze over us, maybe.

fixed annoying posts read bug! yay!
why: this was a complaint among staff here. I you were to visit the forums than went to get a sammich halfway though, your posts you haven't read yet would automatically get marked as read. Also I made to where if you read all threads, the forum would automatically get read if you navigate away.

Image: added a bit more captcha security.
why: obvious reasons (spam bots) but it might have been futile since they probably use a venerability in the outdated forum software to register.

censorship: turned it off completely
Why: wasn't being used and will never be used.

registration: email must be verified.
Why: This might curb the dumber spam bots that don't check their email server.

user profile: added a few more words to the user title censor list.
why: I might enable custom user titles, and if I do, I want to make sure that no one can spoof a an admin and the like.

message posting: shout filter/image limit disabled.
why: First let's start with the shout filter. Honestly, if used sparingly, it can add emphasis to a title. Second the image limit is rather stupid. In some situations one might want to have a lot of images loaded. Hell before I was an admin, I was annoyed by the 4 (yeah, 4) image limit imposed on this forum. NOW, I disabled these features, becasue I'm trusting you to NOT abuse them. Any abuse of shouting or excessive image posting will result in a warn, followed shortly by death.

Increased edited by time (without it saying edited by) to 5 minutes
why: 5 minutes should be more than enough time to make any quick changes.

Thread rating: allow users to change
why: simple. an awesome thread can turn to shit and vice versa

search: Words to be Included Despite Character Limit: added nsf zst spc nes smc ips.
Why: need to find a thread about a certain NSF, went to search and say taht it was too short? Yeah, that annoyed me too. I really need to add more though.

Forum home page: show birthday for active users only. Show # of active users.
Why: I don't think anyone cares that joe bob who registered a few years ago is turning x years today. The # of active users gives a general idea how big the community is.

Thread display options: added "99" for User-Settable Maximum Displayed Posts
Why: This was an option in the old ZD system. It's also what I used.

Threaded mode: I will enable this if users really want it.
Why: People like threaded mode, strangely. Personally I don't, but we'll see.

External data: Enabled RSS. Let's see if that works
Why: people have been wanting RSS for a while, but as of the moment I am not too certain how to configure it. I'll have to look into it. XD

BBcode: added strikethrough
why: I like strikethrough. Strikethrough uses the "s" tag

UPDATE: I changed the link colors a bit so that they are more visible in the posts. this also seems to change the link colors in other places, meh.

anyway, that's it. Comments?
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Old 10-11-2008, 12:51 AM   #2
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Suggestion: change the forum header. Seriously, 315px just to say we're at ZMD? It's a waste of screen space. I wrote a Greasemonkey script to replace it a while ago with this modified version:

http://ximwix.net/storage/smallzmd.jpg

Something like that I think is just as effective and we would gain 200px more vertical screen space out of it.
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Old 10-11-2008, 01:29 AM   #3
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I think I only have forum admin permissions and not site permissions. From what I can see, the most I can do is fiddle with the stylesheet a bit.
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Old 10-11-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
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Ok, who the fuck change the colors of the text ? It was nice before.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:58 PM   #5
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It was more professional before.

If you wanna play it like that let's throw some rainbow text in here! Dude that would be so awesome
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:43 PM   #6
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The blue does stand out from the other text, but not the dark grey background so much.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:25 PM   #7
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The blue does stand out from the other text, but not the dark grey background so much.
Yeah, white was fine. Yellow could be fine too. It needs a light color.
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Old 10-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #8
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D:

look I'll mess around with the color a bit more ok? Maybe I''l just make visited the same color as a normal link and increase the link lightness a tad.

UPDATE: I revised the colors to be more... subtle
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Old 10-11-2008, 07:10 PM   #9
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I used to have a website with yellow text and purple links against a green, textured background. This is still plenty better than that.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:03 PM   #10
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So everyone knows...

I upped the size limit on some of the attatchments (I couldn't even upload a zip file with 3 tiny SPC files in it before). I don't think there will be a problem, but I will revert the change if somebody abuses it.
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