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Service outage prompts big changes

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Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:24 am

Folks, our webhost overnight unceremoniously updated PHP and mySQL on the server, instantly breaking both our main website and the forums. We've been working feverishly ever since to correct the problems caused by this upgrade.

As a result, the easiest "fix" was to upgrade phpBB, our forum software, from version 2.0 to the entirely new version 3.0, which was designed from the ground up. So in a sense this was a good thing. You'll find additional functionality here at Liftlines, but it's also possible that despite our best testing you may find some things that our broken. If you discover an error please let us know by replying here and we'll do our best to fix it.

Thanks for your patience!
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:17 pm

I hit save instead of submit by mistake, and it "saved draft." Where is that draft so I can submit it?

I found the draft via user control panel. But I'd advise in general against using the "save" option vs. preview or submit.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:34 pm

One nice new feature is the ability to subscribe to a particular forum (via a link in the blue bar near the bottom of each forum list of topics) in addition to subscribing to an individual thread. The Eastern folks, for example, can do this for the Eastern Lift Corral forum and automatically receive an email when a new topic is started. Like topic reply notifications you'll only receive one notification email -- you won't receive any more until you visit that particular forum online.

While there are numerous aesthetic and functional changes, most of the upgrades are behind the scenes and improve security and forum generation processes.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:40 pm

When I'm browsing the forums the user "Admin" is always highlighted in red. Is this the way you want it?
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Thu Jul 03, 2008 3:44 pm

Nothing I can do about that. The forum administrator shows up in red, and global moderators (Tony) show up in green.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Patrick » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:14 pm

You leave town for one week and all hell break loose.

Tony in Green?

I guess this isn't related on his political views about Global Warming. ;)

Back to catching up. Carry on.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby riverc0il » Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:30 am

The aesthetics definitely leave much to be desired but nice to see there is a new version of the popular software. Avatar and user info is so different. I don't like it because it is not what I am used to perhaps. We'll see if it grows on me or not.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:23 am

riverc0il wrote:The aesthetics definitely leave much to be desired but nice to see there is a new version of the popular software. Avatar and user info is so different. I don't like it because it is not what I am used to perhaps. We'll see if it grows on me or not.


I can't disagree. As far as aesthetics go, I awoke yesterday to find multiple aspects of the website non-functional, so it was a rush to get the default package up and running ahead of the holiday weekend. Aesthetics come next, so don't give up yet.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby riverc0il » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:21 am

[quote="Admin"]I can't disagree. As far as aesthetics go, I awoke yesterday to find multiple aspects of the website non-functional, so it was a rush to get the default package up and running ahead of the holiday weekend. Aesthetics come next, so don't give up yet.[/quote]
No worries. I know what unexpected web site issues can do and the quick need to scramble a quick fix. Always "go" before "show". Hope the unexpected and forced changes are not too bothersome and time consuming for you.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:05 pm

I don't like having to scroll pictures now. I know, picky, picky, picky.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:42 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:I don't like having to scroll pictures now. I know, picky, picky, picky.


Yeah, I've tried to figure that one out but I ran out of time before leaving on vacation. I'm sure there's a setting somewhere I haven't yet found.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:26 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:I don't like having to scroll pictures now. I know, picky, picky, picky.


Something I just noticed...just click on the image and it displays the complete image without any scroll bars.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:16 pm

Some picture links are now broken. Example here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5103&p=22385&hilit=june+hangman+s#p22385
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Admin » Sat Jul 05, 2008 5:21 pm

That's because HTML was used to create those images rather than BBCode. The same thing will affect some of the embedded videos in my posts until I bother to fix them myself.

HTML is a huge security risk to the forums, and in the old version I was willing to accept some of that risk. In the new version HTML is disabled completely, and for good reason. There's not even the capability to allow it.
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Re: Service outage prompts big changes

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:09 am

So what does that mean? I suspect all pictures are disabled in what used to be the old archives, summer 2004 and prior? Like my pics from Chamonix! Any fix possible? Those old reports now show the raw html code. The pictures are likely still there on your server but they do not show. Ignoring the html instructions also results in all those archives now reading as joegm-style stream-of-consciousness with no formatting at all.

I'm sure this is not admin's highest priority, but it is the slow season now, so maybe it can be fixed before too long.
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