Important Info! Welcome to the New & Improved BladeForums. Software changes & FAQ info inside!

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Spark, Apr 16, 2017.

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  1. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    Software & site update:

    New features that were not present in the previous forums software platform (vBulletin):
    • Facebook / Twitter / Google account linking & integration. If you are a new user, you can sign up by using any of those methods. If you had a profile already, you can now link your social media account to your profile to allow for sharing of content across various platforms.
    • New content type called "Resources" -
    • Users can be alerted by putting the @ symbol in front of their username.
    • Threads can be tagged for keywords, and liked.
    • Platform agnostic styling & responsive design: vBulletin was not mobile friendly at all, xenforo was designed to work with any device from your phone to your tablet to your desktop
    • Stability & scalability. You should notice speed & other performance increases.
    • Paid subscriptions automatically add features and require no user interaction.
    • Private messages are now "conversations" (essentially private threads replacing your PMs). Messages and replies will be threaded, allowing you to refer to earlier ones easily, eliminating the need for inboxes & sent message folders. As such, we've increased messaging quotas substantially, allowing you to have lots of conversations, with hundreds more messages total.
    • More video media embedding is now supported. Youtube, Dailymotion, etc.
    • Media Galleries allow paid subscribers to create their own areas where they can upload images & other content. You can control the privacy of media you upload, and those you allow to view it may comment, rate, like or share it.
    • If you have previously read a thread, clicking on its title will take you to the first unread post. Naturally this is done via cookies & database logs so it may not work if you aren't logged in.

    Bugs / Issues fixed:
    • The Exchange now works again
    • The Cove wouldn't show up, resolved
    • Moderator permissions prevented them from seeing the site, resolved.
    • Political forum now allows posting again
    • Users couldn't close their threads, resolved.
    • Gold members were able to open / close any thread, fixed.
    • Stickies were not visibly different from other threads, fixed.
    • Archives allowed people to post new threads & replies, fixed.
    • Users had to scroll a great deal because the default style had no optimization. Compact styles implemented in both light & dark themes
    • Links to old threads were broken - fixed via 301 redirection scripts
    Bugs / issues unresolved:
    • Contacting other members who do not have paid subscriptions. For now we've reenabled profile posts but that is not a perfect solution.
    • Alternate style color schemes
    • Thread Attachments need some sort of management system.
    • Announcements are gone, and need to be replaced.

    General issues I'm still working on:
    • Site Portal, I'm working on an add on to aggregrate threads so that you get a listing of recent threads on the home page. In addition, quality threads will be "Featured", which should be interesting for KnifeMakers & knife reviewers.
    • FAQ & Site Rules have to be completely rebuilt; I'm in the process of doing so. They can be accessed by going here or clicking on the "Help" link at the bottom right of every page.
      • For Sale Forums Rules have been posted in Help Area
      • Image Posting Rules have been posted
      • General site rules have been posted.
    • Detailed instructions / FAQ for various forum features.
    • Who's read / viewing a thread or forum
    • Ability to disable avatars & signatures.
    Tapatalk is now disabled. Massive security problems and some shady behavior from them, please read the link & follow through to to see more detailed information.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2017
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    GIZMOMAN Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Platinum Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    Curious..Perhaps ignorance
    How do we post a new thread
    in lets say Productions for sale
    And add pictures?
    GREAT NEW Site thank you so much for all
    you do for us..
    Branabllyr and Polynikes01 like this.
  3. Misanthropia


    Jul 10, 2011
    Since BB code does not appear to be supported, do all pictures now need to be attached in threads?
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  4. Kiah

    Kiah S&S Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2006
    Looking good.

    As far as issues, I'm having the same permission problems as the test board. The Backend and Cove are missing. Can't start threads in any Exchange forum (maker or individual) or Around the Grinder. The PA, WTB, and Knifemaker's WTB sections are there, but they're marked "private" and I can't see any thread not started by myself.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2017
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  5. sk8n


    Feb 20, 2006
    Quick question, is there a way to mark forums as read?
  6. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    The "Post New Thread" button is just below your "Inbox" and "Alerts" in the upper right hand corner. I had to Control-F to find it on the screen......
  7. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    My visitor's messages on my profile aren't showing up yet. Also, my Plat membership isn't recognized, I can't post in the Exchange.

    BTW, thanks for all the hard work, and Happy Easter!
  8. 1234

    1234 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 13, 2005
  9. 91bravo

    91bravo Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    I like the Xen Foro format!
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  10. billf

    billf Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    I'm having permission problems as well - a number of forums are "private" for me...

  11. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2009
  12. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Freedom for @Fullflat!!! Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    Will there ever be a "full view" or "desktop version" button for mobile devices? I really hate mobile layouts on forums. Takes forever to navigate all of the threads in a single column, short length layout.
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  13. The Fort

    The Fort Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 11, 2012
    How about from a smart phone?
  14. jeepin

    jeepin Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2003

    There is no button on mine to post a new thread in the for sale or trade section.
  15. d.r.h.

    d.r.h. Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Ditto on the permissions issue to post in the exchange.
  16. Kiah

    Kiah S&S Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2006
    Looks like my PM/Conversation limit has dropped down to 200 as well, so I'm at "Inbox 145% full" ATM.
  17. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi

    Feb 3, 2001
    Thanks Kevin, for all you do and all you put up with from the monkey tribe. I'm family familiar with most of it since the beta test but I'll have every function accessible to me tested by the end of the week.

    Thanks Kevin.
  18. Bmgillum

    Bmgillum Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    Cannot access "Knifemakers for sale area"...sez page cannot be found...

  19. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    Ok, I'm going to hide the exchange for a bit until I can get this resolved.
    Blackdogfinn1 and Lone_Wolfe like this.
  20. marcus52AR

    marcus52AR Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Looks great! Thanks for all the hard work, I'm sure it was a hair pull situation.

    Happy Easter!

    Looking forward to getting into the new format.
    Lone_Wolfe likes this.
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