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New Admin and updates

Discussion in 'Site Related' started by Tom Barr, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Tom Barr

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    Hi,


    We will be working with a new Admin and adding new functions, spam control measures etc in the coming weeks. User's gripes have been noted and heard and we are working to rectify. I could use a few mods, some of the older ones have deceased etc. Mostly approving new folk's post vs screen for spammers. Drama stuff, I'll generally handle, we have only had a couple of those types of issues in 10 years, which means the site is almost absent of drama comparatively speaking. I have a couple of plans coming up that will add a nice data base to the web site. User involvement is welcomed, I'll let folks know more details as I work with the new Admin.
     
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  2. UDGags

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    Sounds good...I think I'm most excited about the spam control :p
     
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  3. Tom Barr

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    Well, hundreds vs none on a typical day, the spammers are working on the new stuff also. We also are going to implement a new PM screening system to weed out spammers who use that without hurting new folks who need to PM with registration questions/issues etc. They just will not be able to PM people till they have certain no# of forum post, folks with more than a set amount will be able to PM folks directly. The data base and the NL's will be my main focus in the coming 2015 year. I'll fix several things and add a very usable plant data base. I figure I have one of the most vast experiences with difference species around, there's a couple of folks who have more, but they do not write as much.
     
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    Yeah, it's a constant fight with spammers.


    APC has a nice plant database compared to most but the search page has always seemed like it could have a better UI (especially for beginners/basic users). When I'm scaping the thing I always do is a Google image search for the plant name that people are selling so the more pictures you have the better in my opinion.


    Something else that I always felt would be a nice addition to the site were summary articles based on all the stickies and great forum posts. The first post will have great information but than on some of the threads people ask and answer great questions about the same topic on Page 9. Summarizing everything (and updating) in an article type format would be awesome.


    Yeah, I don't know anyone having your experience/background that post in so many different websites, FB, etc.
     
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    Thank you for providing the time and effort it takes to keep this website up and running. I'm glad to hear about the plant data base. I was just wondering when you would get around to adding one to the website. Would pruning recommendations be included?


    Unfortunately, I may not have the temperament to be a moderator but I do have a lot of time on my hands.
     
  6. Jason King

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    Hello Barr Report


    My names Jason and I'm here to help Tom, Greg and team with the more technical aspects of the site.


    As you are probably aware Tom and the team keep themselves very busy answering questions related to the forum subjects along with their personal life looking after everything can be too much so this is where I step in.


    If you have questions relating to plants, equipment, etc. please ask tom and the team.


    If you have questions about the site, spam, software please ask me leaving tom and the team to do what they do best.


    Over the next few weeks you will see a few changes.


    Changes being considered are:


    The spam.


    Installing more anti-spam features. This will never be 100% proof as long as we have human spammers but we can try our best.


    Ads. (sorry about that)


    We have decided to start showing ads on the site to non-subscribers, non-members to help pay towards the very high server costs and some future improvements/Add-ons.


    Subscribers will not see these ads as it will be one of the perks of being a subscriber along with other features such as a bigger private message inbox etc.


    The forum theme.


    We will be changing some colours and looks.


    Well that’s it for now, I’m off to get on with things.


    Thanks for listening, I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team.


    Big Thanks to Tom, Greg and the team.


    Regards


    Jason - kisanjong
     
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  7. Jason King

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    UPDATE: Search index has now been restored
     
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    Just curious do you keep aquariums?
     
  9. Jason King

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    Hi UDGags


    Yes I do at this time I have a 180l mixed species low tech planted and two 30l nanos, one that's setup for sulawei shrimp (Caridina Caerulea - Blue Leg Poso) that ive successfully bred, I started with four now i have 40+ and the other is for crs.


    I also grow a lot of emersed plants (my main interest)


    I'm currently in the process of creating an emersed scape 60wx45dx30h.


    And a sort of hydro/aquaponic emersed plant system.


    I will post more details about these in the near future once things are sorted and setup at the barr report.


    P.s let me know if you find any teething problems with the new site so myself, Tom or Greg can sort them.


    Thanks
     
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    New site is great so far, the thread notifications in your messages is a nice touch.


    The only thing I miss is the easy picture insertion button. Now I have to type out [/img] to link from photobucket (unless I'm missing something or an advanced message window). It got me yesterday because once you click the share photos it requires you to put one or you keep getting an error. I had to copy my text, close window and open/paste again.
     
  11. Jason King

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    you have two options the small camera icon is used for attaching album photos and the attachment icon as shown in the image ive attached, this opens a option for the url.




    View attachment 15083

    upload-test.jpg
     
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    As far as I can tell, neither of those two work for what I described.
     
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    Welcome aboard Jason. Things are moving along quickly.
     
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  14. Jason King

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    Hi itb420 :)


    Thankyou
     
  15. Jason King

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    UDGags can you check this for me please.
     
  16. UDGags

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    Edit: Nevermind I found it....thanks...I was missing the advanced mode... I thought the underline A was for color since it normally is and never actually hovered over it.
     
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    no probs its sorted :)
     
  18. UDGags

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    I had one more question that came to mind. Is there a way to see the 'Latest Posts'. On the previous version it was where the 'Latest Topics' is on the home page.
     
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    Click on forums tab and click latest activity
     
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    Thats odd it comes up on my iPad but not on my iPhone.


    It also only shows new topics no replies.
     
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