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Title: Forum upgrade
Post by: Qhimm on 2010-06-19 01:21:22
I upgraded the forum software from SMF 1.1 to SMF 2.0. The transition was not 100% clean, so please have a look around and report any problems or issues here (in this thread).
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: obesebear on 2010-06-19 04:10:56
Not sure if you intended this or not.   General needs moderator approval for guests to start a new topic, but not to reply.      In Completely Unrelated, guests can start new topics and reply.
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10166.msg141906#msg141906 (http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10166.msg141906#msg141906)   


Also not sure what happened here http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10036.msg123812#msg123812


Brand new members are required to fill out a captcha only on their first post.   Members can also delete any posts they've made.  This includes the original post/thread as long as no one has replied in it.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: halkun on 2010-06-19 06:31:19
Holy cats! I have an Admin panel now... I'm poking around to see what toys I have...
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: BlitzNCS on 2010-06-19 10:42:18
Not sure if anything can be done about this or if it's even a problem with the software, but the jumplist at the bottom (which I am constantly using) doesn't display any other forum sections unless you wiggle the mouse around a little bit, which is kinda strange. Not that it's a major problem - might just be me.
EDIT: On closer inspection, it just takes longer for them to show up.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kein on 2010-06-19 12:39:14
"The attachments upload directory is not writable. Your attachment or avatar cannot be saved."

I'm new here so I'm not sure if it's your way to disable avatars/attachments or really a bug :P
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Qhimm on 2010-06-19 13:44:20
Not sure if you intended this or not.   General needs moderator approval for guests to start a new topic, but not to reply.      In Completely Unrelated, guests can start new topics and reply.
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10166.msg141906#msg141906 (http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10166.msg141906#msg141906)   

Permissions didn't migrate cleanly so I had to make something up as I went. If something doesn't work well, we can change it.

Also not sure what happened here http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=10036.msg123812#msg123812

Ouch, looks like UTF-8 conversion gone wrong. Wonder if many (older) messages are affected? If so, I'll have to run some kind of recovery...

Brand new members are required to fill out a captcha only on their first post.   Members can also delete any posts they've made.  This includes the original post/thread as long as no one has replied in it.

Again, permissions made up as I went. Switched to 1 easier captcha + 1 security question to try to trick bots while not annoying humans too much.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Mako on 2010-06-19 14:14:36
Sounds like the uploads directory/file wasn't chmodded properly, In regards to the upload file problem. As far as the glitch in characters all I can think of is a directory of a extended character or a emoticon got screwed up. In SMF 2.0 it might be just a simple re-cache of posts. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: pyrozen on 2010-06-19 14:34:47
this has been like this for a while, but it always bugs me:
Most Online Today: 2. Most Online Ever: 2 (08 May 2006, 04:00:28)

Also, do SMF support styles, maybe a nice FF7/Qhimm border @ the top of the forums? just a suggestion, i really like the new look.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: BlitzNCS on 2010-06-19 16:28:12
Also, do SMF support styles, maybe a nice FF7/Qhimm border @ the top of the forums? just a suggestion, i really like the new look.

I do like the idea of at least a slight style, this place seems way too plain for the creative minds we've got here (but maybe that's the irony to it).
What about a full-blown theme? Here's something I spent far too long on and which still doesn't look right (http://ncs.millenia3d.net/etc/QhimmTest.jpg), but you get the idea. Not that I actually think it's a good idea to have something like that, but just maybe as an option.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Furzball on 2010-06-19 16:44:24
Also, do SMF support styles, maybe a nice FF7/Qhimm border @ the top of the forums? just a suggestion, i really like the new look.

I do like the idea of at least a slight style, this place seems way too plain for the creative minds we've got here (but maybe that's the irony to it).
What about a full-blown theme? Here's something I spent far too long on and which still doesn't look right (http://ncs.millenia3d.net/etc/QhimmTest.jpg), but you get the idea. Not that I actually think it's a good idea to have something like that, but just maybe as an option.
Love it! Don't know if it could be put in but awesome if we could make your theme the theme of the site. I'd probably call for something darker though. Oldforums used to burnout my eyes whenever I flipped on the laptop to websurf in bed in the middle of the night.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ultima espio on 2010-06-19 22:18:54
I don't have an option to have an Avatar for some reason :|
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: obesebear on 2010-06-19 22:42:25
I don't have an option to have an Avatar for some reason :|
Profile
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Forum Profile  doesn't work?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ultima espio on 2010-06-20 12:25:53
Nope, nothing about avatars there.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: pyrozen on 2010-06-20 21:42:32
I do like the idea of at least a slight style, this place seems way too plain for the creative minds we've got here (but maybe that's the irony to it).
What about a full-blown theme? Here's something I spent far too long on and which still doesn't look right (http://ncs.millenia3d.net/etc/QhimmTest.jpg), but you get the idea.

i actually think that looks pretty good! Something along these lines would be really cool.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2010-06-20 23:25:02
There are extensions to allow custom user styles in Firefox and Chrome, such as Stylish. Could be useful for sharing such a style without an admin having to actually implement the thing.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: BlitzNCS on 2010-06-21 15:54:51
Been looking into that. I don't quite get it though, is it just modifying CSS? I'm not quite sure how I'd make it work for specifically this website is all. So far, I can only install pre-created stuff from the website, copying the Qhimm CSS file in just crashes Firefox.

EDIT: Seems a style like that is almost impossible - CSS doesn't support image stretching and because the forum uses one BG image for multiple sections, it's hard to get the FF7 look right
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Shuffle on 2010-06-21 16:33:41
Personal messages in russian language didn't displayed correct. Something with code page.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ChaosControl on 2010-06-22 00:12:09
I think im also missing the options to change avatar etc..
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Tekkie.X on 2010-06-22 01:28:25
The avatar option is there, you just can't use a preset one, you'll need to upload one to imageshack, photobucket or where ever.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: nikfrozty on 2010-06-22 11:39:22
Also, do SMF support styles, maybe a nice FF7/Qhimm border @ the top of the forums? just a suggestion, i really like the new look.

I do like the idea of at least a slight style, this place seems way too plain for the creative minds we've got here (but maybe that's the irony to it).
What about a full-blown theme? Here's something I spent far too long on and which still doesn't look right (http://ncs.millenia3d.net/etc/QhimmTest.jpg), but you get the idea. Not that I actually think it's a good idea to have something like that, but just maybe as an option.
Wow if the forums have that look its like playing through the game menu in the browser. :) Love it. ;D
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: obesebear on 2010-06-25 01:58:28
Showing unread topics works, but showing ALL unread topics puts too much stress on the server and rarely works.   Search also seems to be suffering from the same thing "too much load on the server".  And finally, viewing member's posts also causes it.

Is this because of the switch to 2.0?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kein on 2010-06-25 03:17:37
Once set avatar via URL (http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?action=profile;area=forumprofile) I can't change it anymore (no option available):
(http://astr.net.ru/files/qhimm.png)

My fresh 2.0RC3 copy works fine tho:
(http://astr.net.ru/files/local.png)

Wasn't able to find any bug report related to that.

---
Also, in general, RC3 is not so good choice, it has a bit broken search (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=376943.msg2589059#msg2589059) (but well, since it is completely disabled here - no big loss lol).
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Klownboy on 2010-06-25 03:31:00
obesebear, i don't think the search is because of the 2.0 switch. . .i haven't been able to make a search all day today  :x

but it could just be me  :|
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: The Seer of Shadows on 2010-06-25 07:36:32
Showing unread topics works, but showing ALL unread topics puts too much stress on the server and rarely works.   Search also seems to be suffering from the same thing "too much load on the server".  And finally, viewing member's posts also causes it.
I get that problem when I click "Show new replies to your posts" even though I probably have none.  However, "Show unread posts since last visit" works fine even though I have loads of those.

Everything was working fine until earlier today, so this all seems quite random...

EDIT: I can confirm the problems with searching the forums and viewing members' posts (even my own), but searching for members seems to be working fine.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: jeffdamann on 2010-06-25 10:51:50
Personally, the ability to not be able to search or view a users posts has partially broken the forum for me. Now there is information I simply CAN NOT find.... :(  Otherwise I like the look, any idea if search and etc will be sorted out?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: The Seer of Shadows on 2010-06-26 11:10:13
It looks like everything is working all right again.  How was the problem fixed?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kein on 2010-06-26 13:01:45
Not everything- you still can't change the avatar.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: The Seer of Shadows on 2010-06-26 13:37:32
Really?  That's weird, seeing as I just changed my avatar :-P
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kein on 2010-06-26 13:51:21
So, if you can do it - there is no issue then or what? (http://astr.net.ru/files/qhimm.png)
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kudistos Megistos on 2010-06-26 13:56:00
Apparently not. What exactly is the problem? You just upload an image and put the url in that box, right?

Bear in mind that one could never have avatars hosted here, or at least not for a long time before the most recent forum upgrade.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Mako on 2010-06-26 14:05:29
Apparently not. What exactly is the problem? You just upload an image and put the url in that box, right?

Bear in mind that one could never have avatars hosted here, or at least not for a long time before the most recent forum upgrade.

Why can't Qhimm host avatars here?. I believe it already has been don for about ten years now... 
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kudistos Megistos on 2010-06-26 14:11:11
Apparently not. What exactly is the problem? You just upload an image and put the url in that box, right?

Bear in mind that one could never have avatars hosted here, or at least not for a long time before the most recent forum upgrade.

Why can't Qhimm host avatars here?. I believe it already has been don for about ten years now...

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that security might be the reason. I read a thread a while ago from someone warning us of a hacker who damaged servers (or something like that) by uploading corrupted avatars.

It's probably easier on bandwidth as well, and I suspect that qhimm isn't a fan of avatars either (he certainly doesn't like signatures...). In fact, I also recall reading a (very old) thread in which he expresses disapproval of them, but it might have been someone else who said it.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Mako on 2010-06-26 14:21:37
Apparently not. What exactly is the problem? You just upload an image and put the url in that box, right?

Bear in mind that one could never have avatars hosted here, or at least not for a long time before the most recent forum upgrade.

Why can't Qhimm host avatars here?. I believe it already has been don for about ten years now...

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that security might be the reason. I read a thread a while ago from someone warning us of a hacker who damaged servers (or something like that) by uploading corrupted avatars.

It's probably easier on bandwidth as well, and I suspect that qhimm isn't a fan of avatars either (he certainly doesn't like signatures...). In fact, I also recall reading a (very old) thread in which he expresses disapproval of them, but it might have been someone else who said it.

You have to take into account those were back in the dialup days of the internets. But I think your right (I ain't a fan of signatures aether it clogs of the screen with repetitive pics) but to get rid of avatars completely? just the preset ones I think is just a small oversight in the setting on Qhimm part.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: The Seer of Shadows on 2010-06-26 14:43:59
I don't see any need to host avatars on the forum itself anyway.  It's only slightly more bothersome to upload the image elsewhere and link to it.

And I can confirm, with zero doubt, that avatars are working fine.  At least for me.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Qhimm on 2010-06-30 16:39:59
To people who have trouble with avatars: you probably belong in the group who are banned from having avatars after some incident in the past. It is not a bug in the forum.

Other things caused by the switch:


Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kein on 2010-06-30 17:33:30
To people who have trouble with avatars: you probably belong in the group who are banned from having avatars after some incident in the past.It is not a bug in the forum.
Me too, lol? >_>
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ultima espio on 2010-07-03 13:36:48
To people who have trouble with avatars: you probably belong in the group who are banned from having avatars after some incident in the past. It is not a bug in the forum.

I wonder what I did? :|
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: obesebear on 2010-07-12 00:19:14
To people who have trouble with avatars: you probably belong in the group who are banned from having avatars after some incident in the past. It is not a bug in the forum.

I wonder what I did? :|
You've now been given an avatar.  Questions or concerns?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kudistos Megistos on 2010-07-12 00:30:28
Ahem! According to Mr Chandler, Sonichu is copyrighted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJl4KhoLLZc) and his image can't be used without express written permission. Naughty naughty ;D
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ultima espio on 2010-07-12 02:15:20
lol that is rather amusing :P

Seriously though, what did i do to get banned from having one?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ajthedj747 on 2012-03-23 18:33:52
Update us...

Don't bump an old thread unless you have something to add. We have mentioned this to you before, and this post doesn't even really make sense. As such, I've issued a minor warning. - Bosola
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Doonge on 2012-10-16 21:13:39
Apparently I'm unable to send private messages.
I can live with it, maybe it's because I don't have premium membership rights or something.

However, I noticed that I get logged off whenever i click on the "new private message" button.

1°) I click on the "new private message" button, in "My messages" page.
2°) I get an error message "Error : you don't have the right to post private messages".
3°) I click "ok", which set me back to the main page.
4°) I'm a guest, and I have to log in again.


I guess it's unintended?

edit: I can send messages now.  I must have dreamed?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: EQ2Alyza on 2012-10-16 21:30:42
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=11578.0

You must have a minimum of 5 posts before you can send PMs.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2012-10-16 22:20:50
Unable to send PMs with too few posts: intentional behavior.
Logging you out when you try: entirely unintended. I'll look into it.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kaldarasha on 2013-07-08 16:21:56
Is it possible to enhance Aali's Custom FF7/FF8 Driver section to 'Patches and fixes'?
I believe it would be better to store there all the new to old patches (from Kranmar and Kompass63).
I also suggest making for Bootleg a complete own section. It would be better to post a problem with Bootleg there, instead of open a new topic in the Troubleshooting section.
So we would have a better overview in both sections.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Tirlititi on 2013-07-08 17:08:52
Hi.
Since some few days, the thread names are written in huge characters (in every pages, actually). It might be just me, but I don't think so because it wasn't like that before and the other pages (the topics themselves) are just as usual.

Or maybe it is intended? I find it unconvenient anyway ^^'
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Rundas on 2013-07-08 17:46:10
It is a side effect of Tapatalk.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: sl1982 on 2015-01-02 15:40:59
The forum has been upgraded to a new server. Please let us know if there are any unintended side effects.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Vgr on 2015-01-02 20:23:15
The spell check button is gone. I never use it, but some people might.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2015-01-02 20:25:36
Quick reply box is no longer showing. Spell check isn't, either, although I never use that (but some might).
Per-user theme settings seem to have been reset with the server move, but those features still work. You can change them back how you want here (http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?action=profile;area=theme) (link should work for any user for their own settings). I had to switch quick moderation back to icons there, too.

edit: Spell checking in SMF requires a PHP install with pspell, which (AFAIK) is not default. I don't see it returning any time soon.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Zara9 on 2015-01-02 20:45:07
Hey

I like how the board is now on the new server

i was getting sick and tired of the huge stress on the old server before
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Insight on 2015-01-03 11:55:03
The forum has been upgraded to a new server. Please let us know if there are any unintended side effects.

yea, that sounds great. hopefully better performance :3
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: EQ2Alyza on 2015-01-03 16:36:04
Seems good so far. I haven't had any messages about server stress yet  :)
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: sen on 2015-01-03 18:53:37
Browsing here feels much faster now thanks :D
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2015-01-03 20:08:01
A good way to thank Qhimm would be to donate (http://donate.qhimm.com) to help fund the new server. I don't know exact numbers, but as it's a VPS instead of shared hosting, it's almost certainly more expensive than the old one.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Tekkie.X on 2015-01-03 22:50:13
Pffft, who needs a spellchecker?

Me actually, Dyspraxia is fun like that.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: KnifeTheSky77 on 2015-01-04 05:12:30
When viewing the site on mobile, it appears the tapatalk banner/ad/popup is missing its styling. Not a huge deal, but noticeable, the site has been pretty stable since the upgrade on my end
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: EQ2Alyza on 2015-01-12 02:13:24
I've had a few people write to me on YT that they are unable to register for the forums, even when trying multiple email accounts.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2015-01-12 16:46:07
I've had a few people write to me on YT that they are unable to register for the forums, even when trying multiple email accounts.
I registered someone manually who was having trouble. I figured it was just him; I'll try and get in touch with Qhimm and see if we can't get this worked out; whatever the problem is, it's not immediately apparent.

Edit: It's almost certainly related to one of our anti-spam plugins, and has nothing to do with the server move. We can't really disable these plugins; that would cause all manner of chaos, but anyone with such an issue is free to shoot an email to Covarr, gmail, and I'll gladly make 'em an account manually.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Jayuk on 2015-02-03 06:50:17
It appears the password reset feature is down too. Thanks to Covarr for helping me change mine.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kaldarasha on 2015-02-26 05:54:05
What's wrong with the wiki?  :o
It spams some warning messages.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: KnifeTheSky77 on 2015-02-26 06:54:35
MediaWiki 1.20.2 --> The wiki could really use an upgrade
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: NFITC1 on 2015-02-26 13:47:50
The wiki doesn't like history pages either. I can't see what things change.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Maki on 2015-03-02 21:20:50
Wiki does no more produce loads of warnings, nut only the main page is functional. Any other section or article is blank. :(
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Shard on 2015-03-02 21:26:59
It seems if you edit a page, it will show up again. I've done this on two "blank" pages and I can see them now.

There are still a ton of pages that don't look blank.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: ProtomanZxAdvent on 2015-03-03 03:31:54
I live in Central Time Zone (-6) so why is it that in order to get the correct time i have to set it to -1 which is Greenwich Mean Time Zone, that alone makes no sense
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: obesebear on 2015-03-03 14:15:36
It's been like that for a while. Should be fixed now
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Tom on 2015-05-03 16:53:24
In the wiki the images are missing for me, any way to fix that?
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: SpooX on 2015-05-06 21:27:24
In the wiki the images are missing for me, any way to fix that?
Any specific images you are looking for?
A long time ago I exported the wiki into a pdf just before the old providers were becoming unstable.
You can find it here (https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-Cz8fHJq4jOcFZpMDc1UXY0dEk&usp=sharing).

 8-)
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Tom on 2015-05-07 19:38:55
Nice I was looking for the pictures
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kaldarasha on 2016-07-05 15:32:24
I have a request regarding the Karma system. While it looks at first logical to be able to have negative Karma, it is from the psychological point of view unhealthy. It may even motivate trolls to be rude so they can increase their negative Karma. It also brands people, which may prevents that they get help from us when they really could need it. So I would appreciate it if the lowest Karma is '0'  and only an admin can see if it is negative or not, if necessary.
The world is bad enough already, so I don't need to see on a forum how bad I am.

That at last are my thoughts in that matter.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2016-07-05 15:38:44
I have a request regarding the Karma system. While it looks at first logical to be able to have negative Karma, it is from the psychological point of view unhealthy. It may even motivate trolls to be rude so they can increase their negative Karma. It also brands people, which may prevents that they get help from us when they really could need it. So I would appreciate it if the lowest Karma is '0'  and only an admin can see if it is negative or not, if necessary.
The world is bad enough already, so I don't need to see on a forum how bad I am.

That at last are my thoughts in that matter.
Unfortunately, SMF's karma system does not have such a feature. I may disable it entirely, but I'll have to think about it; Karma is also especially useful for new users to know whose answers have the most weight with troubleshooting questions and whatnot.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Kaldarasha on 2016-07-05 15:58:02
How about a mod for it ;)
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=3422

or if you prefer somthing different:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1129

Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: EQ2Alyza on 2016-07-06 06:11:26
If at all possible, limiting it to 0 would be nice. But, I personally don't want it to go, period. What Cavarr says holds the same value for me. High karma users are helpful when searching responses or asking questions for others to answer.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: KnifeTheSky77 on 2017-01-25 15:20:38
Does simple machines have a module/capability for a mobile view -- because that would be pretty cool
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: jmp434 on 2017-01-26 12:16:29
Hello, I have not read any suggestions and others because I speak French and translating everything correctly is complicated.

I therefore propose my ideas and you have to dissect with what has been said before.

So, for me the aesthetics of the forum in general lack of color, it looks a bit dead ... It should give it a really specific style and pertaining to final fantasy, kind of small moogle in notification for messages unread.

Maybe also separate the mods from different games, I remember that to modder FF8 not speaking very well the language I look for more than 3 days to have everything and I still do not have what I really want.

Embed an IRC Chat directly on the main page, and maybe an audio player to make you bored a little less by reading.

I do not know at all what is possible, but for me all this remains of the basic functionalities of a forum.

I hope to help a bit in the ideas :)

EDIT: And banners

Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2017-01-26 14:38:43
So, for me the aesthetics of the forum in general lack of color, it looks a bit dead ... It should give it a really specific style and pertaining to final fantasy, kind of small moogle in notification for messages unread.
I have considered this in the past, but making a decent theme is time-consuming and complicated. Moreso for SMF than for other boards. Between my day job, acting, and planning a wedding, I barely have any free time as it is, and I don't think any of the other site staff are interested in doing this.

Maybe also separate the mods from different games, I remember that to modder FF8 not speaking very well the language I look for more than 3 days to have everything and I still do not have what I really want.
I thought about this, but decided not to for a few reasons:

One idea I had was to add icons for the various games to the forums' thread icon set. You would tag each thread with what game it's for that way. But I gave up on this idea because I kept running into permissions errors on the forum upload. This is something that would need changed in the server, which I can't do myself.

Embed an IRC Chat directly on the main page
Not going to happen, too much work, and potentially annoying for people who aren't interested in it. We have a link to our IRC right in our forum list; that should be enough for anyone interested in it.

and maybe an audio player to make you bored a little less by reading.
Not going to happen, bad idea. If people want music, they can use their own audio players or open YouTube in another tab. For most people it would just make the site load slower, and waste our bandwidth.

EDIT: And banners
I'm not sure what kind of banners you mean. Like a site logo? That's something I would like to put on the forums, but simply haven't done.

Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: jmp434 on 2017-01-26 14:57:35
When I talk about banner, it is giving the possibility to create a presentation below its post I show you on ff7.fr what I did. It would be interesting for modders to do this kind of thing.

After yes a banner specific to the site of qhimm would be welcome also, I counted that in the "theme" of the site

http://ff7.fr/forum/index.php?page=affprofil&id=2690
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2017-01-26 16:41:45
a presentation below its post
Oh, I think you mean a signature! Yeah, that was disabled on purpose years ago. I don't remember why, but I'm sure we had a reason. I'll ask around about that.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Maki on 2017-01-27 12:10:14
The mandatory FF tags are good idea. I noticed some bad behaviour here on board. Subjects tagged as:
[FF8] are for sure Final Fantasy VIII topic,
[FF7] are for sure Final Fantasy VII topic,
No tag is 90% Final Fantasy VII topic.
Once some user asked for something without adding tag and one of moderator? argued (maybe that's a little aggressive word) about not adding tag because other users don't know if it's FF7 or FF8 but if you look at the sub-forum, there are like 4-5 topics without tags about FF7 and mod didn't notice it. Yes, of course you can understand if it's related to the game by content as Sephiroth doesn't exist in FFIX for example, but at least one or two topics without tags I was unable to differ which game is it about. Let me post some examples:
http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17421.0 - no tag but clearly FFVII related

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17312.0 - limit breaks, there's word Tifa so VII related

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17296.0 - no single hint

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17370.0 - again, some words indicating VII

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=16804.0 - no single hint at first sight

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=17036.0 - no tag, but the topic is about GFs and GFs are only in VIII

http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=16796.0 - ;)

I cant find the topic I wrote about ....  :'(
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2017-01-27 17:11:59
Yeah, I added tags to the titles of topics on the release sections and put up guidelines for those, but haven't done any such thing for troubleshooting. I would still rather have it as thread icons; I even made icons for them. But the forum won't let me upload them, so unless Qhimm wants to get involved there's nothing I can do.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Maki on 2017-01-27 18:36:57
What's happening to him anyway? Haven't seen him even once through whole my time here.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2017-01-27 18:50:28
What's happening to him anyway? Haven't seen him even once through whole my time here.
Life and being busy, last I heard. He pops onto the IRC once or twice a year, but typically only shows up on the forums if something goes horribly wrong that requires his intervention to fix, such as a failed SMF update or something.
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: KnifeTheSky77 on 2017-02-08 01:16:33
an SSL cert would be neat
Title: Re: Forum upgrade
Post by: Covarr on 2017-02-08 06:58:46
People have enough trouble posting images as it is. An SSL cert would effectively block any image hosts that don't use HTTPS themselves, as it's not generally kosher to mix secure and insecure content.