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Author:  ForumAdmin [ Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Feedback

Please post here any problems with the Forum since its move to the new servers.

Problems noted so far:
a) Avatars did not come across. It is recommended that you upload them again.
b) Board Style 'Getaway Green' doesn't work and will prohibit any user who has the style from logging in. If you have this problem email me at
c) The option to 'Log me in automatically' doesn't appear to work. If it does work for you, please let me know at the above address.
d) Make sure that you refresh your THS main page. If you don't, the link to the Forum will cause you to go into a loop preventing login. the new direct link to the Forum is

Please don't hesitate to post any problems that you encounter here.

David W.

Author:  ForumAdmin [ Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

For the present, please use

to post problems.

David Wright

Author:  JamesGifford [ Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

ForumAdmin wrote:
For the present, please use ... to post problems.

I fixed this last night by moving the "Feedback" section to its own place. Anything in the "Orientation" hierarchy was admin-post only, which is why adding a Feedback topic didn't work. This section has general-posting permissions. I am going to move the referenced thread to this section in the name of keeping metadiscussion out of the discussion areas...

Author:  RobertWFranson [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:49 am ]
Post subject:  Dates of posts

When I read a post, I often glance at the sidebar to see the posting date. However, the date immediately at the side, under the poster's name and avatar, is the poster's join date. On a long post, its posting date at the lower corner isn't even on the screen when I begin reading.

1. Would it be possible to shift the posting date to immediately under the name/avatar, or other more prominent location?

2. As a second choice, could the posting date be made bold?

Author:  JamesGifford [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 8:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

The good thing about phpBB3 is that it's extremely flexible. Varying skins put the posting date (and other bits) in various locations, with various degrees of prominence. I agree that the posting date should be more readily, er, readable, especially on a forum such as this where the pace tends to be leisurely and discussions can be tacked onto for months.

That said, it's something of a pain to tweak the base elements of a style, because the next update will overwrite those patches. The structure is also rather complex and while bolding the timestamp font could be simple, keeping it neatly contained in the overall page format would be hairy and moving it could be very hairy indeed. Styles are also independent and the fixes would need to be applied to both the Green and Blue variations of the skin, as they do not share any common code.

I will take a quick look at the skin code and if I can find a way to make the posting date more prominent (bold and/or color) I will pass the patch along to Rob. Otherwise, everyone is free to rummage the thousands of phpBB skins and suggest ones that are better suited to the needs here.

Author:  RobertWFranson [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

Thanks! ... Sounds like a game of bold Skins versus tricky Coders.

Author:  JamesGifford [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 9:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

I've found the pressure point and passed some notes on to Geo and Rob, as I no longer have code-level access to things. Moving the posting date is probably not reasonable, but making it bold and a standout color should work. Stay tuned.

It might be worth removing the user's join date from the listings as well - it's not particularly useful info on this site and would eliminate confusion. Anyone curious can call up the member profile in a click.

Author:  RobertWFranson [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

Removing the join-date is a good idea. The join-date is nice to have handy in the Profile, but surely it's a low priority to display with each and every post, as well as distracting for at least some of us.

So Jim, now you are in the enviable position of Consultant Without Responsibility? Continuing the pay, perks, and use of the Nexus jet and the beach in Bora Bora, while adding access to one of the Heinlein Society rockets and the Luna City resort. Just rewards, I say.

Author:  JackKelly [ Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Feedback

I've never had a problem finding the posting date. It's at the bottom left. I guess it's an individual thing. However, I do take a certain perverse and borderline unexplainable pride in having the second-oldest join date, after Jim, and would hate to see it disappear altogether. ;)

Author:  ForumAdmin [ Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Fixes to Posting date

As you will have noticed, the posting date has been changed. However, some unexpected side effect has popped up. The background on the site logo has changed to black and you can just barely read the index items below the site index.

My apologies. I have put in request for Jim to help out, and will get it fixed as soon as possible.

David Wright

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