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Offline Azhtek

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Site Updates
« on: September 16, 2010, 10:08:59 AM »
Every now and then, I'll add something to the site. It might be a minor tweak that you'll never use, or the next big thing (unlikely). In any case, all updates to the site, big or small, added or removed, will be noted here for reference.


Added/updated the Gallery. This functions, as you might imagine, as an image gallery, but audio, video and text can also be hosted. As well as that, this modification allows video links from more sites I can be bothered to link. To do this, you simply provide a plain link to the video in question.

For example. Say I wanted to link a YouTube video I liked. I would post the link as, [noembed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQcwY22DA4k[/noembed]. This would automatically embed as the following without any need for tags:



Simple. Any questions regarding modifications listed, post them here and I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

Offline Azhtek

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 12:17:50 PM »
Tinyportal is functional, but not yet optimal.

Tinyportal, as you may have seen upon coming to the site's front page, is a portal modification that allows the display of information such as the most recent posts, articles, and other assorted information blocks on the sides of the site, which show you some of your stats, who's online, recent posts, and other tidbits.

Right now I'm in the process of setting it up and we'll see if it works out. Tell me what you think about this one, please, since I am unsure if people like coming to a front page and seeing a forum, or something more.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 04:17:53 PM »
I think the new layout is cool looking. thanks for the changes.
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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2010, 06:20:06 PM »
I'm thinking if it were at all possible, have the main Tinyportal display only show forum threads from important sections like the Furry Within Information area only. Although I like how it does show the Introductions forum too-- it's neat to see who's joining, but there's th e possibility that important announcements will just be buried.
(14:25:43) Zerrif: My sister just made me deep throat a granola bar.
(14:25:43) Zerrif: .-.
(14:25:53) Tsunama: Faggot.
(14:25:58) Bellatrix:  Sexy zerr o.0
(14:25:58) Sabata_McCloud: You enjoyed it.
(14:26:00) Dissius: Should have been easy for you Zerr.

Offline Azhtek

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2010, 09:30:57 PM »
Yeah, it chose some boards at random, but as I said I'll be screwing around with it in the future to show more important and relevant information.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2010, 02:30:06 PM »
Now that is a brilliant way of making life easier for all of us that wish to embed a link, no hassle of using the tags or running the risk of a typo rendering the embedding to nothing more than a line of text.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2010, 12:07:45 AM »
Bit of an error going on with the gallery. Users can upload things, but can't view any submissions. I'll try to iron it out.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 08:14:13 AM »
You may have noticed the Tinyportal has been removed. Mostly for some scripting issues I was having, really. I've also taken down the gallery, because that thing was broken since day one of installing it. I'll attempt to either repair it or replace it in the very near future.

Tinyportal, we'll see if I need that again. It didn't serve much purpose other than being a place to shove a Ventrilo chat status box, the generated script for which was normally fucked.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010, 08:24:01 PM »
Well... if it's not all that useful, I see no reason to not ditch it
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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011, 07:23:46 AM »
Due to an increase in bot activity around the site, for the protection of users, I've installed reCAPTCHA on the registration page. If you aren't familiar with this system's name, you'll be familiar with its looks. Anyway, hopefully this helps keep the bots away. If it gives anyone you know trouble, let me know here or in PM, or have them email me.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2011, 04:13:04 AM »
definitely a good safety measure Azh, I was slightly surprised that there wasnt already one built into the registration process, then again it does seem redundant unless the site is being targeted by bots on a semi-regular basis.
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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2011, 07:02:30 AM »
There is one that comes with SMF by default, but it's rather weak.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2011, 11:33:10 AM »
So, the gallery is just about bust. I can't get the damn thing to work no matter how hard I try. I can install a third party system, such as Coppermine, but then it'll be detached from the site. You won't need to register again, I can bridge the databases, but you'll leave FW's forums for the gallery. I'll let some user feedback regarding that issue come back to me before I put in the effort.

Next, I've added a couple more boards. Hold your gasps, please.

They're in the gaming area. They're three new boards covering some games. One is MtG, another is MMOs, and another is Tabletop games. As is, I've installed a mod that allows for the creation of MtG decks. The others are kind of just floating there at the moment, but you can post in them to organise events. I'm looking to expand the user interests of FW a little, if that's the correct term to be using.

A number of people are already using the free MtG engine on GamesiPlay to great effect, and I figure, why not allow them a place within their own community to share decks, strategies, and so on?

The MMO board is mostly to organise things. I'd love to see another attempt at an FW guild on WoW, or another MMO if people are interested. (First attempt didn't work out so well due to organisational issues.)

Tabletop, I'm not that sure what I'm doing with that. I'm scouting around for a mod that would allow the creation of army listings with icons, similar to what the MtG mod does. I'll post more later.

Anyway, questions regarding the individual boards and their functions can go into the boards themselves, and questions regarding broader things can be posted here or PM'd to me.

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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2011, 10:33:31 PM »
Just so you know, there's a mod you can get that allows forum dice rolling.  Might be useful if anyone wants to set up a game in your tabletop section.

As for the gallery, I'd kind of like one (as long as it won't cost anything), I'm a strong supporter of free awesomeness.  If it costs money then I'm kind of "meh" about the gallery.
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Re: Site Updates
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 12:11:04 PM »
Honestly, Azh, I'm inclined to say "Fuck the gallery."  It's just been a gigantic headache for you, and although I applaud your herculean efforts, I think it's time to give it a rest.  You've done your duty, so you can let it go if you want to. :P

And yayyyy a tabletop games forum!  Argon will be pleased. :P


 

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