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Due to recent investigation regarding the use of the calendar feature on the site, we discovered there were other options available by upgrading our forum software.

 

On top of security measures and various support resources that can come in handy, the new version will have features such as a community blog and picture gallery available to our members, while providing some additional things such as the previously mentioned calendar.

 

This should all be taking place fairly soon, and we may experience some limited down time as a result, but we expect that this will only be a short-lived inconvenience. We also don't expect to lose any previous topics or posts and the basic forum structure should remain intact.

 

We hope everyone likes it <_<

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Cool <_< Making a great forum even better! Honestly, this place is already awesome...now that I have my own forum I *really* don't know how you did it lol.

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Thanks LW!

 

Btw, Viggen tells me there are some other options that may be available like personal blogs that are fully integrated with the forum, etc. However, the upgrade itself is a little expensive, so we'll see which options make sense and how popular they may be etc. He'll explain some more over the weekend.

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Oh, yea, expensive upgrades. Well, this site does not need much <_< I'd say go for the security, because that couldn't hurt any.

 

No wonder your forum is better....I've got free hosting.

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Cool <_< Making a great forum even better! Honestly, this place is already awesome...now that I have my own forum I *really* don't know how you did it lol.

Hey, if you need any help or have questions, shoot me a PM or MSN me. There's a lot to learn when you first get into this stuff, especially security.

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I've got some help <_< my forum is PhpBB not Invision anyway. But thanks! I'll remember you if I need anything B)

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There are two features we would like to integrate, first a fully forum integrated gallery

 

some features are;

Uses your forum's member database

Uses your forum's skin

Links in member profile to their gallery

Uses the IPB posting system

 

Uses GD 1.6.2, GD2, ImageMagick

Watermarking images

Thumbnail creation

Resize images

 

Enable/Disable E-Cards

Maximum image dimensions

Set thumbnail size

Choose image for watermarking

Set watermark opacity

Restrict image viewing to specified domains

Optionally display an anti-leech image when your images are hotlinked

Keep detailed bandwidth logs

Choose if thumbnail viewing is logged

Enable/Disable Image Rating system

Choose to display rating graphically, with text, or with both

Enable/Disable displaying of last 5 images uploaded on gallery index

Enable/Disable displaying of 5 random images uploaded on gallery index

Enable/Disable displaying of gallery statistcs on gallery index

Enable/Disable special gallery category

Choose positioning for special gallery category

Choose how many images to display per row and colum for special gallery category

Choose default image ordering for special gallery category

Reorder gallery index

 

 

the second feature we would like to implement is a blog for each forum member, some features are;

 

Allow members toCreate external linked Blogs

Create local (hosted) Blogs

Moderate their own Blog

 

Overview of all members with a Blog

View how many views, entries, comments each Blog has

View the last entry or comment

Numerous filtering and ordering options

Search entries on keywords

RSS feed of latest entries of all Blogs

Pin and Disable Blogs

Blog statistics

Favourite Blogs (1.1)

Blog ratings (1.1)

Top 10 links (1.1)

 

Redirect to the external linked Blogs

Blog page with latest entries and customizable content blocks

Quick clicks to manage your own Blog

Add entries with full BB-code and attachment support

Posting entries as draft to be published later

Users can comment on Blog entries

Moderation options (lock, edit, delete entries and comments)

Filter entries on categories

Archive page

About me page

View Entries of a given day or month

RSS feed

Trackback

Limit entry size on main Blog page (1.1)

Strip forum header/footer (1.1)

Dynamic Header Images (1.1)

Search this Blog (1.1)

Gallery Album entries (1.1)

 

ArchiveGet an overview of all entries in the Blog

Conveniently ordered per month and day

 

About MeView some personal information of the Blog owner

View statistics of the member's Blog

Pre-installed Content BlocksMini calendar

My Blog links (links to About Me, RSS feed, Archive)

Last 10 Blog Entries

My Gallery Albums (requires Invision Gallery to be installed)

My Picture (1.1)

Last 10 Blog Comments (1.1)

 

Customize your blogChoose between different viewmodes (list, list per date, list per month)

Choose how many entries shown per Blog page

Choose how many comments per page

Define categories for the entries

Allow/Disallow guest viewing/commenting

Allow/Disallow RSS feeds

Allow/Disallow the About Me page

Make your Blog private

Private Club Blog (allow a limited number of members to see it) (1.1)

Enable/Disable Content Blocks

Define Custom Content Blocks

Reorder Content Blocks

Choose placement of Content Blocks (left / right)

Enable friendly URL's

Lock a skin to your Blog (1.1)

 

Integration in IPBBlog link

Manage your Blog from the UserCP

My Blog link in memberbar

My Blog links in profile and card

 

those feature will be available with the upgrade of the forum from version 1.1.2 to version 2.1.0

while version 1.1.2 was free the version 2.1.0 is a commercial product that will cost us a licence fee which we are happy to invest for our community,

 

moonlapse will make the upgrade shortly and hopefully soon we can all play around with all the new features...

 

regards

viggen

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I was just saying to myself the other day I need a new blog. I have one already which I use mostly for musings on Rome and paganism, but having one linked to UNRV would be cool.

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Another thought ..... is there a way that people who don't post for over three months or so get automatically deleted from the registry? The forum says we have 740 members, but as we all know we have maybe 30 who ever post.

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I'm not even sure why people register on a forum like this if they have no intention of posting. There are no additional features simply by joining. However, since there will be new features with the upgrade, its probably something we'll have to consider. I'm sure we will be able to control who gets to use what features, however, possibly based on post count or our own discretion.

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