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Forum Upgrade

Discussion in 'Administrative' started by Clarity, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    I'm still working on it all. For the next few hours, the functionality is and will be in place, but the look of the board will slowly work its way back over to the way it's supposed to look, as I figure out how to do that.

    There may well be some broken images here and there, I'll fix all that as I get to it. Have no concerns.

    I am more than a little excited about this new software. I highly encourage you to look around and play with things -- I think some of the features you discover will blow you away.

    I'm very interested in what you all think. Positive, negative or in between. I can tweak almost anything, so if there are things you like, or don't -- let's hear about them in this thread.

    New season, new software. :wink:
     
  2. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Still working on colors, getting some features (like user reputation, the WYSIWYG post editor, thread display (linear, threaded, hybrid, etc.)) working properly, etc. No ETA on when I'll be completely finished, but there's no gigantic rush. Everything should be more or less working properly now, and it's not like there's a ton of traffic here at present.
     
  3. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    First and foremost, the biggest change is obviously that the postbit (the area on a post that has the poster's name, number of posts, title, etc.) is now above posts rather than to the left of them as it was in the old software. I personally prefer the new format, but I've just created an option in each of your user profiles that lets you decide for yourself how it should display.

    If you want to go back to a left postbit (and you can play with this by switching back and forth to see exactly what I'm talking about -- you will not break anything), just click on "User CP" above. This is your control panel for your individual account. Click on "Edit Options" (4th down on the left). Now look for Thread Display Options. Within that window, look for the thread display select option which allows for Top (the default and what you're looking at now), or Left (the older display type). This is where you can change this. Try both ways, stick with whichever you prefer.

    There are 9 billion changes all over the place. I *will* be putting together a thread devoted to introducing some of the great new functionality, options, etc. so that you can make as much or as little use of the new toys as you like.
     
  4. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    C-Dog, we appreciate all the effort you put into this site. Thanks a ton, and keep up the great work!
     
  5. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    Thanks Mils.

    Now and again I find myself wondering if there's really any point whatsoever to this forum. But I think there is, and think there will be more of one in the near future.

    I've started putting the main site together. Going to build it around a complete set of 2003 stats, and start working backwards.

    With time, I think this forum will get up to the pace that I'll enjoy more.
     
  6. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    OK, I'm done playing with colors and such now. Excluding buttons and other little graphical widgets like reputation bullets, tacks, forum rating stars, etc., if you all see anything that is still that awful purple/blue default color that the forum was after I upgraded it -- please let me know in this thread.

    Also, let me know what you think of the color scheme. Ultimately I'll build 3 or 4 different ones, but this is going to be the default. I did not have the luxury of simply plugging in the settings from the previous forum, so I had to reinvent the wheel a bit with this. If colors clash, blend too much, just plain look bad, or whatever -- gimme a heads up.

    Any and all feedback re: the new software and everything related to it is appreciated. I mean any complaints, comments, suggestions, what have you. The goal is to have it the way we want it.
     
  7. buckeye68

    buckeye68 Rookie

    I like the colors now much better than the morning blues. I figured those were just temporary.

    This site has to be a ton of work to keep up. From one Buckeye fan to another I offer a sincere thanks for all that you have done.

    Don't give up on this site too quick, there are a lot of pissed off people at Bnuts and even BSB that will eventually find there way over here. Bucknuts is a Goddamn joke any more. There are no rational discussions or attempts to break down the games any more. If we rush for 250 yards it is only because or passing game sucks if we throw for 300 yards it is because our rushing game sucks if we go for 250 rush and 300 pass in the same game then our special teams suck and the hot dogs at the stadium were cold. I want to hear bpeople bitch I will talk to my customers and wife :)

    There was a great analogy posted a little while back that summed up the difference between fans and supporters. I guess I am a supporter, as are most of the folks here at the Planet.

    Christ they are even bitching that Brutus was screwed for the Cap. One Mascot challenge. I understand the he got the most votes but the rules said the on-line voting would only account for half the totals. Get a life for Christ's sake.

    Let me get off of my soap box but not before I say thanks again and keep up the great work.
     
  8. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    The fans vs. supporters has been a theme I've subscribed to for some time. I enjoyed Mr.B's article, and complimented him on his originality with that one. :wink: He wrote it just the way I would have.




     
  9. MightbeaBuck

    MightbeaBuck with hat in hand

    I like the threads that this site generates -

    more thought, or insight or whatever the secret ingredient is. Not only in the originating post, but in the followups. I think that while the bells and whistles are nice, don't make it too hard for someone (like me) with almost no computer savvy to stay with you. I am here for the conversation, usually as a lurker, and it may take me a while to figure out how to play with these extras. Thanks for a great site!
     
  10. Clarity

    Clarity Will Bryant Staff Member

    No worries there. While JelSoft is great in advancing forum technology with this product (vBulletin), the best part is they always want to maintain the same basic functionality. So no matter the version, the same basic tools and ease of use will be there. The advanced stuff is more about customization. This board can now display very much like the linear 'quick hit' feel of O-Zone. Which really appeals to some people. Or it can be a hybrid like BSB. Or it can be threaded like BNuts. But to me, it does all three better than each of those pieces of software do their thing. That's a matter of opinion, and it comes from a guy who likes bells and whistles.

    But keeping things accessible for all is still my highest priority. If I can afford them options and cool features above and beyond that -- then that's where I'm having fun.

    I am not a tech guy. I ran into a problem with the database while upgrading yesterday, and nearly put my head through the laptop trying to figure it out by myself. Fortunately I was able to reach a friend who is vacationing in Orlando (poor bastard can run, but he can't hide), and he was able to talk me through a painfully techie process of renaming and/or dropping columns within cells, or cells within columns, or whatever the hell it was, in mySQL. Not that I can tell you what mySQL is, beyond the database that does magical things to store all these little letters we type. Eh, forget it. :wink:

    Anyway, thanks for the comments. Let me know if you run into anything that doesn't look right. And have no worries about waking up one day and not being able to figure out how to post. When and if vB ever moves in that direction, I'll either stop upgrading, or find a new solution.
     
  11. Hubbard

    Hubbard Administrator's Staff Member Bookie

    Love the buckeye leaf stickers in front of the forum names! I love all these touches
     
  12. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    The new format is smooth. The new features are very intuitive. I look foreward to seeing the main site. Excellent work here.
     
  13. jenkinswoody

    jenkinswoody I heart Wendy Peffercorn

    Looks nice and love the buckeye icons. Thanks C!
     
  14. CleveBucks

    CleveBucks Serenity now Staff Member

    Looks good so far. Still working my way through things. Thanks for all the work you do C-Dogg.
     
  15. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    Great stuff Clarity. It will take some time to check out all the new features.

    Several things:

    1. Some of the smilies ( :) :( :wink2: :biggrin: , etc.) have a blue tint to them. I can live with it but the traditional yellow tint (or maybe a scarlet/gray) would look better to my eyes. It's your call obviously, it just looks "wierd" to me.

    2. I can only save 10,000 private messages on this board!?!?!? Whats up with that??? Obviously I'm kidding here. That's a ridiculous number. Unbelievable in fact. I can't imagine having that many saved on this board (meaning on "your" disk space). and to think I've been limited to 5 EZmessages at Bucknuts! :biggrin:

    3. In the User CP section of the board I've noticed a possible "glitch". When you go to the "Edit Options" section there seems to be an excessive amount of "blank" space between several of the headings (Messaging & Notification, Thread Display, Date & Time Options, Miscellaneous, possible others) and the area where you would select your settings. It's not really a big issue other than convenience. I had to "scroll" down for quite some time before I got to the options I could set. Then I needed to "scroll" down again for each additional heading. Again, not a major issue, but I almost stopped, assuming there was nothing more to be seen, or that it was a software "error".

    4. Some of the new features are crazy cool. I've used 282 KB of your disk space to store/upload 15 attachments. One of my attachments (the OSU Helmet with Buckeye Leaf stickers) has be acceced/downloaded 3,935 times?!?!? Wow! That one seems to be popular/a problem. This was already discussed in another thread, but it is very cool to seen the numbers for myself.

    5. Keep up the great work, it is appreciated. I assume there will be other things I run across, but the upgrade is very cool.
     

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