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why: obvious reasons (spam bots) but it might have been futile since they probably use a venerability in the outdated forum software to register.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