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Offline dhavid

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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2006, 05:59:07 AM »
I've had minimal experience with setting up forums, but I agree with a couple posters in that...  this is absolutely horrific to use as well as look at.

Hell, the generic, free, PHP based crap that comes with the generic web hosting packages as part of Fantastico offer a TON more features and much better usability than this does.

I thought it was a great idea having a forum for discussion, but have only been here a few times because it's damn near impossible to find any information because of the organizational structure of the forum software.

If you don't mind being like 80% of the other forums out there (that makes it easier to get around since we're all familiar with them), then go with something like PHPBB found here:  http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/">http://www.phpbb.com/phpBB/

That piece of software is so common and so easy to use, you can get on any site and know exactly what you're doing immediately.

It sure would "pretty up" this place a bit as well as excourage more posting and more conversations.

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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2006, 05:49:22 AM »

Only General and DS Support seems to have around 35 threads

running, other forumareas are either not that relevant or

overcrowded with info.



It might be an idea to skip the migration part, create new (existing)

users, assign moderator(s) and manually type over the

most interesting (or even all) threads.



I do not have any problems offering myself as some kind of

moderator doing typing/copying/pasting/posting work.  I-)


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« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2006, 06:31:59 AM »

It's odd, I agree. I have no trouble actually using it, and I don't really miss any features, yet. Navigation is probably the most difficult, but you do get used to it.



Changing already established forums is a pain... But that said, it's only going to get worse. If you -are- going to change it, I suggest doing it soon. Larger files and more posts only increases the number of things that might be lost or go wrong.



I would strongly recommend against phpBB though, the admin and moderation tools are seriously lacking in my opinion. I used to have an invision board, those are the best I've yet seen to run, but sadly they are no longer free. phpBB lacks simple things such as disabling new signups, and seems very vulnerable to spam and a collection of other annoying things. It may not be a problem now, but if it becomes one later then you might wish you'd never used phpBB.



I looked over simplemachines, both in the past and just now, and I have to say it looks very good. I've never actually installed one, so take this opinion for what it is, an opinion based on their site, rather than a solid recommendation. Still, if you do try it out, I'd love to know how easy it is to use, setup and run.


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« Reply #19 on: October 06, 2006, 07:16:46 AM »

You know...at the risk of annoying AT, I do appreciate the feedback.

I'm still on the learning curve, so getting an idea of pros/cons of

various boards is helpful. I apologize for my rudeness here, Alexander.

I hope you won't be too angry.



My only concern is that I don't want people to get some sort

of expectation of anything happening soon. You can expect to

put up with this interface for some time to come.



The other false expectation I'd like to quash is that there is

some sort of informal vote happening here. At the risk of

sounding fascistic, I do take suggestions seriously, but in the

end I'll be the dude getting things to work and Alex is the guy

who has to run it, so the final say isn't really going to be

up to a poll. It'll be what we think strikes the right balance

between admin and member usability.



I thank you for your offer to help, but I don't think it works the

way you might think. When Alex says he runs this place, he's

not kidding. For example, if he decided that this thread is now out

of control and he deletes this and some other posts and locks the

thread, I'd have nothing to say about it, because he's the boss

here. I'm just the sweaty guy with a miner's hat, down in the engine room.



So let me ask this of you guys. I would like to get your ideas,

but I think that continuing to post them here contributes to the

illusion that something will happen soon, and that folks actually

have some sort of direct role to play in that process.  That

is an unhelpful image, because it will only lead to disappointment.



So, please, if you have suggestions, warnings, etc,

*do* let me know. Send me a PM. I'm not too proud to say that

I can use the opinions and advice of others who have already

done this sort of thing.



And I promise to read it and respond and take it seriously.



But let's take it to private messages, because having it as a

discussion topic supports the idea that the topic is up for

discussion, and really, it isn't.



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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2006, 08:28:30 AM »

Im going to chime in here.





I actually like this forum the way it is, it's simple.  I do not mean that to be offensive to anyone.



It is simple to use, it is effective.  It might not look the greatest, it does not, but it really gets the job done.



Just my two thoughts.





(By the way, I did not like it at first but it has grown on me)


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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2006, 11:20:22 AM »

What about the lpuni website? is it not possible to combine these 2 websites. After all, you are sharing the same interest?

Or maybe adopt the same website they use.



just my 2 $


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