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Believe it or not, the new forum software, which has been a personal project of mine for the last two years, is finally in a state that I feel is ready for public use.

Obviously, topics and posts from the old forum were brought over, along with topic subscriptions, which you can verify under the Subscriptions tab. Unfortunately, migrating private messages would've been a monumental effort, so they were left behind. If you have any PMs that you need to recover, the old forum software will remain available for the next 30 days only. After that time, all content in the old software will be deleted.

This is not to say that the forum software is "finished," because it certainly isn't. There are no emoticons yet, posting requires the use of traditional forum tags (no fancy WYSIWYG editor), polls aren't enabled...the list goes on. However, if I waited until the software was perfect, it would never get out the door.

This is beta software. As such, it's prone to errors, crashes, odd behavior, and other annoyances. Please don't flood this topic with issues and requests; I ask that you post your thoughts in the appropriate forums: Bug Reports and Feature Requests and Enhancements.

One great favor I ask of you is that you report any security lapses to me immediately via private message. For example, if you're not a mod, but you see a link that lets you delete a topic, you're probably not meant to :) These types of bugs are critical and require immediate attention.

Some things to note about the new software:

1. There is now an ignore function. Simply click the "ignore" link under a user's name in a post and select your ignore options. Both your ignore list and buddy list are managed through the User Lists tab (soon to include a Who's Online section as well).

2. Private messages are turned on by default. All members have a limit of 200 messages (this includes items in your inbox and sent items folder). Any of you who had PMs turned off will need to turn them off again (see the Preferences tab). E-mail notifications of new PMs are also on by default.

3. Please take the time to explore the Profile and Preferences tabs to see the options you have available to you for various forum settings.

4. You can save individual posts and personal notes to describe the post by clicking the bookmark link at the bottom of any post. Never hunt for a specific post again. View your saved posts under the Bookmarks tab.

5. Posts can be saved as drafts. If you find yourself having to log out in the middle of writing a post, click the Save as Draft button and it will be waiting for you when you get back under the Drafts tab. No more lost posts.

6. Topic subscriptions are managed through the Subscriptions tab.

7. Full text search, finally! Post titles, post text, and usernames are included in the forum search.

8. Formatting tags that are more in line with modern conventions; I always hated the FuseTalk tags. See the help section for more info.

9. The default color scheme is blue, but I'm working on a color scheme that's reminiscent of the old forum software for those of you who prefer the dark look. You can preview this color scheme by selecting it on the Preferences page. Other color schemes are in the works also.

10. Posts have a Quick Edit feature that lets you make changes, well, quickly. Click the Quick Edit link under your username to activate it.


Things I'm still working on:

1. Polls
2. Emoticons
3. Help/FAQ
4. Save as Draft for private messages
5. The overall user interface (still a work in progress)


Thanks for your patience through all the delays and false starts. The mods and I hope you enjoy the upgrade and continue to make originaltrilogy.com the best place online for open, honest talk about the Star Wars universe.

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LOL- me too. I had trouble logging in and had to get a new password.
I'm glad the PMs are still on the old site so I can copy them before they're gone.

Also, with the "old skool" colors (which I prefer to the blue),
the type shows up white on white. :-( Guess that's still being worked on.

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Nice work. I will say that Ponch doesn't inspire the same awe as the Emperor, though :P
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A step in the right direction, that's for sure.

Good luck, Jay. It's nice to know that you're still working to make this place grand.
For as much as some people claim to hate what Star Wars has become, they sure seem incapable of shutting up about it.
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Works for me but it seems to have trouble keeping me logged in. But at least I can have my own av now :P

"Right now the coffees are doing their final work." (Airi, Masked Rider Den-o episode 1)

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I'm liking the new forum so far. Now, to add my avatar.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish memes.

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And now, next on the list:

-Duke Nukem Forever
-Chinese Democracy

This new software finally being implemented gives me hope!

http://i.imgur.com/7N84TM8.jpg

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Well Nanner, there goes the long running joke about the forum software... have to find something else to hassle Jay about now.

Kind of weird getting use to everyone's new "faces".

I miss my post count, this is like communism for forums, my achievements have been taken away. :)

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"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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Ooh, does this mean we don't get email notification for every single post in a subscribed thread but only one until we visit? Hoo hoo! Gonna like this.
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caligulathegod said:

Ooh, does this mean we don't get email notification for every single post in a subscribed thread but only one until we visit? Hoo hoo! Gonna like this.


You'll still get one for every new post. I can add single notification to the feature list though.

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Congratulations on the new software!

Is there any chance you could bring back the old colors, though?

Episode II: Shroud of the Dark Side

Emperor Jar-Jar
“Back when we made Star Wars, we just couldn’t make Palpatine as evil as we intended. Now, thanks to the miracles of technology, it is finally possible. Finally, I’ve created the movies that I originally imagined.” -George Lucas on the 2007 Extra Extra Special HD-DVD Edition

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I went back to the old site to get my old PMs...
Has the export PM button always been there?

That's the first I've seen it. :O

It's all so.... white here.

Dr. M

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Trooperman said:

Congratulations on the new software!

Is there any chance you could bring back the old colors, though?


Working on it :)

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TZ=UTC touch -t 200803111811

However, in practice you must take into account the “fuckwit factor”. Just talk to Darth Mallwalker…
-Moth3r

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Darth Mallwalker said:

TZ=UTC touch -t 200803111811


All user actions are stored in UTC.

Date format and time zone settings are in your profile. Any users in an area following DST will need to adjust their time zone to accommodate the one-hour difference.

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*looks around and blinks*
I am fluent in over six million forms of procrastination.
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This is cool. And I thought we wouldn't ever get the new software.
As said, now I have to get used to everyone's new avatars.
http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/654/userbar378030bl1.gif
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C3PX said:

Well Nanner, there goes the long running joke about the forum software... have to find something else to hassle Jay about now.

Kind of weird getting use to everyone's new "faces".

I miss my post count, this is like communism for forums, my achievements have been taken away. :)


I'm gonna miss the old police man. And the occasional "Wait, I didn't post that... Oh, it was Zebonka."

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish memes.

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Sluggo said:


I'm gonna miss the old police man. And the occasional "Wait, I didn't post that... Oh, it was Zebonka."


I converted mine to 80 x 80 and kept it. Looks awful zoomed in, not that it really looked great before. I might change it sometime soon, but there are already too many changes to cope with at once.

"Every time Warb sighs, an angel falls into a vat of mapel syrup." - Gaffer Tape

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who are you? - and what have you done with the real Jay?

;)


seriously like the look new look - well in and thanks to Jay :)

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