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Re: Forum software upgrade!

Postby rustyslide » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:19 pm

Beard-of-gray, user data, such as signature, number of posts and avatar are stored once per user, so it's not an on/off tweak to store a history of updates. I do have the skills to do such a modification, but the return on the investment of my time isn't worth it.

Stumblin, there's currently no ability in the HTML specification to open links in new tabs - you have to do it yourself. I believe in Firefox, clicking on a link with the middle mouse button/scroll wheel will open the link in a new tab. Command-clicking does the same thing in Safari on the Mac. I don't know about other browsers/platforms.

Badfinger, it's really not been that bad. This software is very well designed, and the only hiccup (so far) in last night's upgrade was that Ricochet lost his name for a while - some sort of ID collision with an old, inactive user 'big d', who made a grand total of one post, so I manually updated Ricochet's database entry with data from the old table. The move to this server was pretty uneventful, I had to figure out how to export the database without shell access and not enough free diskspace on the old server.

Any theme updates won't affect legibility. If I do switch to light-on-dark, the font size & weight will be adjusted accordingly. You'd also be able to keep this theme for yourself.
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Re: Forum software upgrade!

Postby bosco » Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:48 pm

The software asked me for a second loin before I could post in this thread.

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Are we going to be able to retain the links and information that were available on the old BRB mainpage? The harp primer was especially useful for newbies. Thx.

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Re: Forum software upgrade!

Postby rustyslide » Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:12 pm

No one's told me to take them down. Until Doc Mojo tells us to stop publishing the stuff he wrote, it'll stay up in one form or another. At some point I will be re-doing the main page, but we won't lose any of the good stuff (harp & slide, etc), and the old page will be cached at any rate.

Other than accidentally deleting a picture of Junior Wells, I think it's all currently intact, so it should still be "especially useful for newbies", rather than "was".
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Re: Forum software upgrade!

Postby bosco » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:59 pm

it should still be "especially useful for newbies", rather than "was".

Got it. When I logged on this morning I used a link in my web history that took me straight to the forum index. Using http://www.bigroadblues.com still takes you to the time honored mainpage.

Thanks for all of your efforts on this project. Great job!

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