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mastercomputers

This topic will probably be deleted in the forum restoration, if we restore it?

 

I believe in simplicity. I thought sub-forums were a good idea, in a sense they were but now I believe we rely on tags and keep everything basic. Tags should be the method used for seeking particular topics of interest that someone be interested in rather than using a sub-forum. Provided they use tags in their posts, but if they don't, really does not matter this place is not alive as it is. This will then leave it up to the search facility and also outside search engines.

 

OpaQue: Your robots txt file is not allowing crawlers how it is set up, maybe that's what you want for now but it may prevent search engines?

 

I'm taking this idea from a forum I use to be heavily apart of (no longer anymore) where they had two categories only. Computer related talk and Off Topic General Discussions. Just having two categories means everything is simply in those two places, any computer talk in one and anything else not related in the other. This way when people visit, instead of only being limited to seeing only the information in which sub-forum they go inside, they see it all and can participate on anything that they see interest in participating in because they are no longer limited. The problem was topics moved fast that some just get pushed away, but that's good in a sense, that's showing we have participation even though others are getting pushed out the way. It does mean topic bumping will start, but hey? we ain't getting anything moving, so why not. I had thought about developing a bump button for the topic owner, allow them 3 bumps and that's it. Saves the useless bump posts just to be recognised, hell if we continue with MyCents, they can pay to bump if they like heh).

 

I am all for a complete change here, this forum, archive everything and leave it there for history reasons, get it off this forum, put it somewhere else and we start again.

 

I use to like doing tutorials, but for me, unless I can finish developing a tool to make it easier to write into the forums, I rather just do small useful dumps, get a bit more knowledge out there.  Having only two categories would make this tool get finished sooner, then I am only working on computer related or off topic posting. This was a reason I asked if it were necessary for members to come to the forums, as it'll log them in and post their topic but they won't physically visit the forum but the tool would. I put information on this site higher than the actual members, but we do make it easier for them here, we maybe able to get more participation as a result.

 

If we do need traffic, then I guess I can give away this tip. Be heavy in getting RSS feeds from popular sites, when you receive them, be sure you read their information, research your own and then post your own topic on it in your own words and also site them as well. Their topics are always researched over and over again, so you add your 2 cents on the topic you'll be receiving some of their generated traffic. I don't mean get their RSS feeds to show up here, I mean we just kind of copy their topics in our own way with our own research. A lot of people receive RSS feeds, read them and go off searching for more information on them. If they discover they we cover a lot of these topics from popular sites, we start becoming our own popular site and we should look at offering RSS feeds ourselves.

 

Security, I was quite shocked to see the SSH password in the email with just upper and lowercase alpha characters. To break that requires very little processing power since it'll be in a rainbow table and won't even require brute force. That's why, when I saw security as something you wanted here, I thought it is also better if we don't say we are security experts, unless you like to paint a bullseye on yourself. Really up to you, sometimes this type of exposure helps but also damages your reputation if you don't live up to what you preach and that isn't reassuring for the community.

 

So I suggest we just help to improve security. My suggestion for passwords is always passphrases, even sentences are better than alphanumeric and special character passwords, reason being so much easier to remember. A passphrase like: "Xisto is the best web hosting site" is actually a very strong password, but I usually like changing letters for numbers and special characters as well, just to be extra safe and it's easier to remember than "df9&*(*dkfj02w09JF" which I just randomly hit on the keyboard.

 

OK so:

 

Archive Forum (moved from here)

Fix robots.txt

Clean Slate maybe only a couple of categories

Bump Button?

Tool to make forum posting easier and other tools

RSS Spying to take some of their glory

Topics Topics Topics

 

I do have other ideas for improving the forum from my own experience and I'm positive others would too have ideas that would so improve the "forum software". The bump button was just a small idea, but even hot topic exposure, where topics that are hot usually rise to the top of the forum, but I'm thinking just have their own section where they are linked to those topics. Also, having a dictionary or auto suggestion of tags they may want to use, so that we can at least keep tags categorised. Even if we create a reader that helps suggest tags for the post.

 

I am not sure about IP Board though, never liked it but I will grab myself a Nullified version so I can at least look at developing for this forum. Maybe others would be interested in looking at nullified versions if you're interested in developing for IPB?

 

I will try and be more active, but it's trying to find time but I really would like Xisto to survive. I'm working on a mobile project at the moment, so it'll be hard finding time and I know OpaQue is busy too, so it's really just a work in progress. This place is that slow that it shouldn't matter how long it takes as long as OpaQue can keep it up.

 

Also, can we get a list of those who are actually still hosted here? I do respect privacy, but this information really would help to know what we are dealing with. I know I asked Velma ages ago, but I still didn't quite get the answer I was after. I'm just wondering if there are active hosts still here or not, since I've stayed on this site for possibly a week and only seen a few come and go, but nothing happens when they show up other than maybe an occasional shout.

 

Cheers,

 

MC


yordan

Having a list of users, why not?

However, don't forget the users who give paypal money each month because they didn't find enough topics to be answered...


yordan

 

This topic will probably be deleted in the forum restoration, if we restore it?

No, we created a new server, restored the backup on the new server, and perform sql queries in order to retrieve the missing posts, so we will add topics, we will not remove existent topics.


mastercomputers

When I was a paying customer, I had not realised it was tied to my original membership of these forums as it was created outside of hosting from this forum, it's tied to your email address. So when I was cancelling it because the domain no longer existed and I was not using the server I thought that was all that I was going to lose but I ended up losing my forum account as well which became another downer as I've lost my history in posts and topics, my original sign up date and my low membership number #27.

 

So I understand now that everything is tied, including paying customers but is there a way to see who is actually getting free hosting? Or are they all paying customers now and no one is on any of the free hosting plans?

 

A lot of changes that must go on is something I'm not too proud of but it's really your only way to survive and that's target marketing/tracking, knowing your customers and actually catering to help them be more involved. So if they are free hosted, topics related to what they could help on would get more information here and in return get us more traffic. Advertising pays the way, but if you can become popular, they pay to be here.

 

Cheers,

 

MC


yordan

Ho-Ho, back to the old layout?

Probably more readable for people having a computer with a  small display.


mastercomputers

OpaQue was on yesterday, possible update? I don't know what the current layout is displaying. I had changed just my own user layout to IPB default as soon as I became admin because I couldn't stand the new layout.

 

OpaQue: Could you check IPB file possibly init.php or initdata.php found in the root folder? I'm still having problems with keeping logged into ACP because every page change it thinks my IP address has changed. Need to find a constant,

define('blah_blah', 1);
, that checks the IP and turn that value off. I don't know the exact string but I'd use search terms like ACP and IP. It's so annoying having to log in each page change.

 

I should really get to running a nullified IPB board so I can find what I need fixed. Just haven't got the time to run it yet.

 

Cheers,

 

MC


yordan


 

I had changed just my own user layout to IPB


ouch! maybe it changed the default layout, and not only your private layout?



mastercomputers

I believe we have had an IPB upgrade, I could not see the old skin/template for this place being available, nor would I suggest using it. Was never to my liking.

 

Cheers,

 

MC


yordan

Wow! Destructive upgrade! This would have been a very unfriendly behavior, if it were an automatic upgrade. I would expect the old skins being stored somewhere.



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