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Admin
Forum Admin

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Posted - 11/05/2002 :  03:36:01  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage Send Admin a Private Message
Well, here it is folks. Phase one of my big redo of SFN's code. There are bound to be a lot of issues and bumps along the way so please post anything odd you might be experiencing.

My Page A central location for topics you started. Quick links to edit your profile, select color themes, check Private Messages and more!

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We have an undocumented forum code tag called spolier which is used with /spoiler. Text between these must be selected with the mouse to be seen so people just reading the post can only see it if they want to leaving you free to discuss movie or book plots without the fear of ruining it for everyone. Don't forget the brackets!

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Admin
Forum Admin

16 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2002 :  14:18:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage Send Admin a Private Message
I am also sad to report that the process is going to mean losing all existing polls.

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filthy
SFN Die Hard

USA
14408 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2002 :  09:56:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message
Please, oh PLEASE!!, keep the font of a size that a 1/2 drunk, recently snakebit, old man can read it!



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"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  02:21:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
Don't worry, I will do more testing before I implement more CSS. I really had no idea it was so bad for some people. I looked at the site with a variety of browsers and operating systems and it looked fine on all of them. Perhaps I can do some more end user testing next time to work out things like that.

Oh, avatars seem to be OK now.

Gravity, not just a good idea...it's the law!

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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  02:22:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
I'm curious...does the site seem any faster?

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Tim
SFN Regular

USA
775 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  03:38:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Tim a Private Message
Hi...
Two problems.
First, I had to get a new password to sign in. I don't know if I forgot my password, or what. I've been logging in automatically since the begining. Just this time my PC didn't remember the password.
Second, about a half an hour ago or more--just before 4:00am--I couldn't get on this site. It was loading incredibly slow. Not to brag, but there aren't too many home PC's faster and with more and faster memory than mine, and I use high speed cable. Plus, other sites would come up as fast as I can click the mouse button. Does that mean anything?

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their -- their love with women all across this country." Dubya in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 9/6/2004
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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  03:45:35   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
I was doing major upgrades a while ago and moved the forum back to it's original directory. How does the speed compare now? Is it still slow or was that temporary? Other sites share the server so if it was temporary there are lots of possibilities as to why. Have you noticed the timer at the bottom of the page? The times I see are anywhere from .03 seconds on up to .7 for a big page. I don't have a supercomputer. Just fast DSL.

Gravity, not just a good idea...it's the law!

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Tim
SFN Regular

USA
775 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  04:02:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Tim a Private Message
Okay, I'll try again.

Third post. First two not here.

Had to get new password. Always logged in automatically. Maybe, both me and my 'puter forgot the password, even though I use the same one for all news groups.

Navigated the site for a second or two, then got really slow, or page said that it couldn't find this site. Several tries--saqme thing.

In case it matters, I use IE 6.0, high speed cable, router, and very fast high end 'puter with tons of high speed memory.

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their -- their love with women all across this country." Dubya in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 9/6/2004
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Tim
SFN Regular

USA
775 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  04:04:21   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Tim a Private Message
Okay, looks good and timer says 0.2 secs.

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their -- their love with women all across this country." Dubya in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 9/6/2004
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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  04:07:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
Passwords underwent a major change during the upgrade. They are now encrypted in the database and in your cookie. Before they were not. You needed to log in again in the worst way. I'm sorry that it's inconvenient but security is a big part of what this upgrade is about.

I'm not sure why the site died then. I am guessing it was either a server reboot or maybe they restarted the ASP service or something like that.

.2 seconds I can live with. Let's hope it was just a temporary thing. I like those much more than their permanent brethren.

Gravity, not just a good idea...it's the law!

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Tim
SFN Regular

USA
775 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  04:13:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Tim a Private Message
OK, logged in again and the process timed at .08. Looks pretty darned good to me.

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their -- their love with women all across this country." Dubya in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 9/6/2004
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
13458 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  21:24:23   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
quote:
I am also sad to report that the process is going to mean losing all existing polls.



Darn.....


Oh hey, I'm in....!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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Terryt88
Skeptic Friend

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  22:18:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Terryt88 a Yahoo! Message Send Terryt88 a Private Message
@tomic,

I am going to be setting up a forum for a group of people in the near future and I wanted to go with forum software that:

a) had good features
b) was relatively easy to manage (I have to pass the responsibility to someone else at some point)

and most importantly
c) is free :)

So I was looking into Snitz. Do you like it? Do you have any tips/suggestions/warnings before I start to put this thing together? Thank you much!

-Terry
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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2002 :  23:12:31   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
Snitz is excellent! Not only that but I have a tremendous amount of experience working with it and actually author many modifications to the the base software so I can provide you with excellent support which is sometimes more valuable than the actual product.
But there are probably other options out there you could try like Yahoo Groups etc so it really just depends on exactly what you want to do.


Gravity, not just a good idea...it's the law!

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Tim
SFN Regular

USA
775 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2002 :  03:03:59   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Tim a Private Message
Man, it's doing it again. I wonder if this will come up. Must be me.

This time I couldn't get the Active Topics pages-- said no active topics found. I came to here no problem, clicked reply and it did it again. Way slow or 'Page not found.' Same thing yesterday afternoon.

"We got an issue in America. Too many good docs are gettin' out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their -- their love with women all across this country." Dubya in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 9/6/2004
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@tomic
Administrator

USA
4607 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2002 :  20:55:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit @tomic's Homepage Send @tomic a Private Message
I notice that this happened at approximately the same time of day. I am guessing it's routine maintenance or something someone runs on a site that's CPU intensive at that time of day. I could be wrong but the time coincidence is strong enough to make a guess.

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