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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2004 12:06 pm 
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only registered users will be able to post, answer posts and edit posts.
So, please register and please use your real location.
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2004 12:13 pm 
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Yeah!!! No more anonymous harassments (right ThinkPadPhile?). :wink:


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Thank you!

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well, i had to do it..
too many guests and not enough real users.. :-)

i call this an OPEN forum because i don't want it closed like ibm's was..
but at least here there is no approval needed to post..

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Good decision, Bill. If you leave anonymous posting enabled, you will eventually get hit by the drive-by spammers who figure out how to automatically post their advertisements to the board. phpBB is a very popular package, so it won't take long (if they haven't figured it out already). This way, people must register to post, but they can still read the messages if they don't. Best way to show how great this place is. :)

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way to go bill... :)

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Excellent. This will stop spammers and most trolls before they can cause trouble :)

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 9:33 am 
Plus it helps us members
I had forgot to sign back in a couple of times and it posted my messages as guest


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i am still learning how this phpBB works..
so it took me that long to make that change..

i will also be initiating several levels of users..

i have some additional changes and enhancements i am considering..
more on this once i flesh out the idea..

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 4:56 pm 
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Muy excellente Jefe!

Now we just need to stifle animated and verbose sigs!

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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2004 7:34 pm 
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morrow wrote:
i am still learning how this phpBB works..so it took me that long to make that change..
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Now we just need to stifle animated and verbose sigs!

Those two are dead easy. No programming skills required. Just go to Admin Configuration settings and push the appropriate radio buttons ;)

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 12:44 am 
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Those two are dead easy. No programming skills required. Just go to Admin Configuration settings and push the appropriate radio buttons ;)


got the first one, where is the one to limit sigs..? :)

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Is there also a button that can limit the size of a quote? Some of them are cascades of quotes within quotes within quotes including sigs which slows everything down considerably. This isn't like the old board where checking new posts got a list of single posts to view and could then walk the thread if I needed to check the previous message for reference. Now the whole page loads, and if most of the page is just quotes, it means I end up having to load multiple pages to see everything that's new.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2004 7:37 am 
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morrow wrote:
got the first one, where is the one to limit sigs..? :)

Just above Avatar settings, "Allow Signatures Yes/No " and "Maximum signature length Maximum number of characters in user signatures"

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Is there also a button that can limit the size of a quote?
Not that I can see. One would have to write a MOD to restrict this. (Or there may already be a MOD around that does this.)

And of course it gets really bad when someone posts a large graphic, say a screenprint of an error (or a photo of their car :) ), and then several responders repeat it in their quotes. For the time being I'd suggest that the people who are annoyed/inconvenienced by overuse/abuse of quotes should keep pointing this out to the offenders :)

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Some of them are cascades of quotes within quotes within quotes including sigs which slows everything down considerably.
I agree. Some people will quote the entire preceding post just to respond with a Yes or No.

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Now the whole page loads, and if most of the page is just quotes, it means I end up having to load multiple pages to see everything that's new.
IMO this is one of the weaknesses of phpBB. Also that posts are in chronological order. If they were displayed in reverse, then you'd be able to read the latest stuff while all the history continued to load in the background.

One thing that might help is to reduce the "Posts Per Page." There's a tradeoff, though, in that lengthy threads would get chopped up into many pages. That makes it a pain to review them from start to end.

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you can display posts in chronological order newest to oldest or vice-versa..

look at the bottom of the window..

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Yes, you can display message in reverse order, but how do you get it to be the preference for all threads in all forums. It doesn't even seem to stick for the same thread from one viewing to the next, and it's not something that can be selected from a user's profile.

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morrow wrote:
look at the bottom of the window..
nonny wrote:
It doesn't even seem to stick for the same thread from one viewing to the next, and it's not something that can be selected from a user's profile.
I should have been clearer, Bill. The feature at the bottom is almost useless to those who want it enabled 24/7. Once you get used to viewing posts (or files in a file viewer) in reverse chronological order it becomes so natural that any other order becomes annoying. Alas the phpBB developers do not seem to have "got used" to that notion (yet.)

Note that my reasons for wanting this are different than nonny's (who wants to minimize bandwidth.)

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i'll look thru the admin panels later and see if i can make that change, universally..

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2004 10:28 am 
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Apparently not? http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=319

Here's a "guest" posting today, 18MAY.

We also need to figure out a way that the moderators can skip the "You can't post again so soon" time limit.

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morrow wrote:
i'll look thru the admin panels later and see if i can make that change, universally..
Let me know. I've not been able to find anything on the phpBB 2.0.6 board that I run :)

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We also need to figure out a way that the moderators can skip the "You can't post again so soon" time limit.
Or just reduce the time delay. It's there to discourage malicious folks from flooding the board with posts. If that wasn't a problem with the old board then it probably won't be with this one.

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flooding has not BEEN a problem with the old board, but this is a new day..
i can try that but it does not address the newest first sort..

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Bill - Can you turn on sticky threads? There seem to be a lot of echoes in the T-series forum.

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i think it IS turned on..
but maybe only for moderators or special users..
time for bed, ask me again tomorrow.. :?

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