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Author:  yezzir [ Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Question for Moderators

Is there any way to update the features on the board? I've seen boards where people can give stars or "props" to anybody's posts. It highlights good posts, and rewards good, consistent posters. I enjoy seeing which opinions people post that are liked by the public. There are a bunch of people here who's thought out posts should get some recognition from fellow members.

Just checking. :thumbsup:
:v):

Author:  Eli [ Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

All it takes is $$$.

Has anyone ever thought of upgrading to something like vBulletin? I'd be will to pitch in a little money, even annually, to pay for the software.

I could also help with the site migration, as I've worked with a few vBulletin boards in the past. It could be done on the side (say, at test.vikingsmessageboard.com) using a temporary test database. We'd test both the functionality and the database migration process itself. When it comes time to go live, we'd shut down the site, make a database backup, do the migration of the users and posts, then come back up.

Author:  Cliff [ Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

It isn't a matter of money ... Most of that stuff is free to install via plugins.

I can't speak for why glg hasn't intalled it but I prefer it with less clutter.

Author:  Eli [ Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

Cliff wrote:
It isn't a matter of money ... Most of that stuff is free to install via plugins.

I can't speak for why glg hasn't intalled it but I prefer it with less clutter.


Using plugins with phpBB can be a major PITA. I've also maintained phpBB boards and keeping the plugins installed while updating to newer versions can be a nightmare. You end up having to use a patch management system and even then there's no guarantee that all the plugins you have installed will work correctly each time you upgrade to a newer version. And if you don't upgrade, it's guaranteed that you'll be left vulnerable to attacks. It's much nicer to have the functionality right out of the box and supported by the vendor.

Author:  Cliff [ Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

Eli wrote:
Cliff wrote:
It isn't a matter of money ... Most of that stuff is free to install via plugins.

I can't speak for why glg hasn't intalled it but I prefer it with less clutter.


Using plugins with phpBB can be a major PITA. I've also maintained phpBB boards and keeping the plugins installed while updating to newer versions can be a nightmare. You end up having to use a patch management system and even then there's no guarantee that all the plugins you have installed will work correctly each time you upgrade to a newer version. And if you don't upgrade, it's guaranteed that you'll be left vulnerable to attacks. It's much nicer to have the functionality right out of the box and supported by the vendor.


It's true that you have to worry about the plugins every update ... but something like post ratings you can be sure will be included shortly after every new release.

Still ... it's $250 to buy the software (plus I'm sure support contracts after the first year or so if you want to keep it). Then if they upgrade their software you have to repay to upgrade. Not to mention the hassle of actually switching to it ... and all so that we can gain the functionality to start a message board post/member popularity contest?

It's not my decision or anything ... I just don't see the point, I guess.

Author:  glg [ Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

Eli wrote:
Has anyone ever thought of upgrading to something like vBulletin?


Not really. I guess it's just not philosophy for the board. ie, I prefer simple, free, no ads, etc, etc

Author:  Purple bruise [ Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

Sorry to bother you but when I log in and go to the board index and try to post a comment my account is logged out. I am not sure what is going on. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Author:  glg [ Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Question for Moderators

Purple bruise wrote:
Sorry to bother you but when I log in and go to the board index and try to post a comment my account is logged out. I am not sure what is going on. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.


The login gets stored as a cookie, so maybe something has gone awry in your browser? Try clearing cookies for this site and see if that helps.

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