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Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:02 pm
by rustyslide
The latest version of PHPBB (the forum software) supports most of the things that I felt were missing and led me to my on-again/off-again efforts to write some custom forum software for us (mostly off-again).

So, we're going to see how this goes. I'm finally able to feel comfortable in turning off administration approval of new accounts, which has been a thorn in my side for two years (and has probably hurt overall forum activity), so please flag spam posts for the admins/moderator in case the new measures don't work.

I will be going through the three week backlog of new user registrations now as I eat my lunch.

I plan on merging a lot of the forums (all of the discussing forums will be 'Talking Blues'), there will be one guitar forum (currently slide, acoustic, electric, tabs, and equipment), etc. You should probably speak up with objections, though I think that everyone who commented about this liked the idea before.

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:52 pm
by zhyla
Merging sounds like a great idea. Maybe you can rename the other sections to just the instrument name (guitar, bass, harp, piano, etc), just so it's easier to read the list. The blurbs for the different sections, if needed at all, should be very short.

Too bad, I was interested to see how your wheel re-invention turned out.

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:10 pm
by The Breeze
I re-invented the wheel once. The only place I could find a use for it though was as a door. :D

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:43 am
by Lo-Fi
I second the merging of guitar forums. Makes sense to me( although that may not be a ringing endorsement).

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 7:10 am
by stumblin
I'm comfortable with the merging idea. Make whatever changes you feel are necessary.
Thanks, Rusty, for all your great work in keeping this forum alive, nice one mate!

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:23 pm
by rustyslide
Have started merging the about-blues topics into Talking Blues.

Also, apparently new members have to have their posts approved. Sweet. Nuked a spammer already, and someone pasted in some HTML code linking to some bizarre webpage* that might be spam, but I'm not entirely sure. I was probably a bit rude.

*URL is sites.google.com/site/skeatesy

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:03 am
by ricbleu
I'm liking what I'm seeing, Rusty. It's easier to move round topics, nice and accessible and tighter all round. Thanks heaps for all the time you must have put into this. :D

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:23 am
by rustyslide
ricbleu wrote:Thanks heaps for all the time you must have put into this. :D


An hour or two. Should have done it a while ago.

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:42 pm
by guitarslim101
Merging sounds fantastic.

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:10 am
by rustyslide
Already done, so I hope it was good for everyone ;)

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 8:01 am
by Raggedyman
If there's ever anything I'm looking for that's blues related,or if I'm just in the mood for a change from the usual sites I visit,I come here.
Great site,all the info anyone needs,and good people.

Thanks Rusty. 8) :D

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:36 pm
by s1120
I like the setup. I can see the diferent forums if we had a ton of traffic, but at the traffic valume that is here,I think grouping them all together will help generate more intrests in some of the posts that may have gone unnoticed in the past. Good work on the place. It has a nice vibe here!!!

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:17 am
by Bill Moore
Thanks so much for all your work Rusty, I seldom have time to log onto the forum here, but there is always some interesting discussion when I do.
Thanks again, Bill

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:21 pm
by blueswriter
Rusty... I'm having a problem posting a new review of the Rory Gallagher Ghost Blues DVD set. It keeps reverting back to the information page where you type/paste a new topic. Any clues?

Re: Ch-ch-changes

PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:59 pm
by rustyslide
Huh. But you posted here OK, clearly. Let me try and post something in that forum.