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Forum Upgrade
« on: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 »
After putting up with masses of spam we finally decided enough was enough. So last night I upgraded the forum to SMF 2.0, as you can probably tell by the especially "non-flixel" looking theme and smell of fresh paint.

There are lots of nice enhancements (such as being able to upload attachments and embed Flash files), but the biggest changes is this:

For New Members - ALL of your posts will be moderated before appearing on the forum.

Once you have made enough sensible non-spam related posts you are automatically upgraded to a full Member. At that point your posts are no longer moderated. The threshold is pretty low, but enough that it should allow us to catch most spammers right from the start.

Spot any problems with the new set-up? Please email us: mods@flixel.org
« Last Edit: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 by photonstorm »
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #1 on: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 »
Great!

I have had feedback from members that usually have slow/troubled connections with the old forum codebase, and they said that this new forum is a bit faster for them as well, which is great.

Needs some theme-ing though hehe.

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #2 on: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 »
When searching on the forums, if I type a phrase/keyword in the search box at the top of the page, I am sent to a search page that shows no results.  Simply clicking the "refine search" button again (without changing anything), will yield the correct results.  I'm not sure if it's just me with this issue, but if it's system wide, that might be something to look into.
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #3 on: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 »
how many posts does it take to become a full member anyway? i know the whole moderation thing is important for keeping out spammers, especially since their posts have been getting rather graphic on several forums, but having to wait longer than usual for my questions to get answered because i have to wait for it to get checked out is a little inconvenient.

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #4 on: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 »
These are sweeeeeeet! Awesome work guys!
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #5 on: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 »
how many posts does it take to become a full member anyway?

5, so it's not exactly much. An active member will do that in a day or two.

And to be honest I'd rather have people wait a short while for approval than to see the sort of spam we've been suffering from on here. I mean I like sexy ladies as much as the next guy, but there's a right place and a wrong place for stuff like that! and some of it was down right disturbing.
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #6 on: Sat, Jul 9, 2011 »
the spammer pornography gets worse than that, trust me. a friend had to move their forums to a completely different site because the spammers started posting some down-right illegal stuff. :(

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #7 on: Sun, Aug 21, 2011 »
This is probably the most anal-retentive, rude, and absurd request I've ever considered making, but I'm very picky about my bookmarks looking nice, can we please get a favicon that isn't the default SMF one? :)

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #8 on: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 »
I appreciate the update and the effort the moderation must take!  The porn spam was pretty off-putting.

I thought there were no forums for a little while, though, since you didn't put in a redirect from the old URLs.  Ah well, I found them eventually ;-)

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #9 on: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 »
This is probably the most anal-retentive, rude, and absurd request I've ever considered making, but I'm very picky about my bookmarks looking nice, can we please get a favicon that isn't the default SMF one? :)

Word! ;D Main site has nice little flixel logo.

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #10 on: Mon, Aug 22, 2011 »
The moderation people "moderate" it pretty fast.

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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #11 on: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 »
Ok I've put the main flixel.org favicon onto the forums.

There.. don't say I don't ever do anything for you guys now ;)
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #12 on: Fri, Aug 26, 2011 »
Great.
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Re: Forum Upgrade
« Reply #13 on: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 »
The "Flixel Forum Upgraded" link at the top right of the site links to : http://flixel.org/forums/index.php/topic,4663.0.html

it should be http://forums.flixel.org/index.php/topic,4663.0.html

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