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A Kick in the Right Direction - Totseans.com Mass Upgrade Project (April 2012)

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  • edited March 2012
    Also, does anyone have any more ideas for the list? Other shit probably needs fixing/changing all over the place, but it's hard to find by yourself. If you want to see changes, suggest things!
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    I've been looking at the forum whilst not signed in to see what it looks like for a guest. We could make some improvements in the Totseans Kingdom part.

    The only indication that they are hidden is the word private on the right of the link from the main page, I only noticed it by chance. When you navigate there it simply says "there are no posts to display"

    It gives the impression the site is empty in this area, it would be better in the header message if instead of saying "You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed." that you have to be registered to view these threads.
    And maybe to add a sub header to "totseans Kingdom" to make it plain that it's a members only area of the forum.
  • edited March 2012
    Great ideas, thanks again Chippy! I'll add this to the list. During my click-about to see what you were talking about, I also noticed a bunch of spelling mistakes in the forum descriptions so that's another thing which needs fixing.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Yeah they all need looking at, I notice the one for SG mentions HB which doesn't exist anymore.
  • edited March 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    Yeah they all need looking at, I notice the one for SG mentions HB which doesn't exist anymore.

    LOL. Speaking to Dfg right this second, I'll get him to change it. Thanks for the help man, are you available on Skype at any point for more of an in-depth look at the site and other things which need fixing?
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Just a thought, the headder on the main forum page says :
    WELCOME TO THE TOTSEANS COMMUNITY.
    Welcome, chippy., be sure to check out the FAQ section if you have any questions. Also please take a moment and update your with your latest information.

    Superfluous comma after Welcome. Superfluous comma after chippy. No capital letter to "be". "Also please" is grammatically incorrect. "and update" is grammatically incorrect. "to update would be better.

    Also would it be possible to replace the whole message after the welcome with a rolling script. You could add more to it such as forum news flashes and such. It would make the page a bit more dynamic.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    I'll be on skype later, I'm just popping out for a bit in 10 mins.
  • edited March 2012
    Alright, I'm not sure if I have you added on there. PM me with your Skype details and I'll add you.

    In other news, I just got promoted to Admin so expect some nice changes to the BBS. It's such a shame that Dfg is a lazy paki and doesn't understand how to operate a forum properly :(
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited March 2012
    You're an ass, I am currently sitting in a dark room without any lights and I am trying to finish a bonus video which requires tons of edit and god knows what. Kinda hard pressed. I DID make you an Admin so could make changes that seem fit without having to wait for me. I call this progress!
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    I added you trx ages ago, but no ones answering on skype.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited March 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    I added you trx ages ago, but no ones answering on skype.
    I am on Skype at the moment.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    For any admin's interested:

    You can modify the guest welcome message that appears on the forumhome (index.php) to unregistered users by modifying the first_visit_message phrase.

    Admin Control Panel > Languages and Phrases > Search in Phrases > Phrase Variable Name Only: first_visit_message. From the result click on the [edit] button and in the English text field click on the button [Copy Default].

    Now you can modify it and change it to whatever you want. When done, you click on the [Save] button.


    (Initially you find it by going to Search in Phrases and at the 'Search for Text' field you type in: 'If this is your first visit' and click on the [Search] button)
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Would it be of any advantage to ban the better known proxy IP addresses to reduce the number of sellers of illegal products we seem to be getting.

    Here's a list of a few if anyone in admin thinks it would be a good idea.
    67.159.44.138
    67.159.44.*
    67.159.*
    67.159.45.52
    67.159.44.38
    67.159.44.98
    67.159.41.85
    67.159.44.206
    67.159.41.98
    67.159.30.3
    75.126.219.188
    66.90.77.2
    75.126.163.12
    64.191.93.101
    64.202.161.130
    66.90.104.154
    69.93.63.178
    85.234.144.215
    64.202.161.130
    198.145.182.32
    66.90.118.45
    82.103.128.115
    67.159.44.155
    69.57.190.138
    216.180.237.250
    66.232.113.128
    67.159.30.9
    67.159.45.51
    66.79.163.170
    74.86.80.50
    69.80.224.68
    69.73.191.92
    67.159.44.138
    66.79.164.28
    85.195.119.14
    216.40.236.82
    69.72.168.234
    208.53.131.46
    65.254.224.37
    64.85.160.59
    216.40.236.82
    209.11.242.250
    213.251.160.77
    67.15.221.2
    74.86.120.58
    69.41.173.145
    209.67.218.74
    85.92.130.117
    66.98.148.14
    85.92.130.117
    64.141.108.29
    75.126.193.91
    65.110.6.33
    66.232.120.191
    72.232.218.82
    83.170.97.191
    64.72.123.89
    217.27.219.49
    75.126.219.186
    67.159.5.76
    74.86.60.98
    66.212.28.32
    66.226.79.116
    64.72.124.174
    69.64.87.252
    76.76.8.195
    75.126.238.143
    38.114.169.172
    208.109.138.55
    72.232.150.250
    89.149.244.184
    72.37.246.85
    66.79.164.42
    72.22.65.11
    206.251.76.226
    72.232.177.42
    206.251.76.226
    208.53.147.118
    91.121.88.147
    66.90.104.187
    66.232.107.104
    72.36.195.242
    88.198.41.103
    69.64.87.252
    66.232.113.242
    66.90.101.51
    72.249.45.34
    208.64.140.248
    198.145.112.240
    64.111.212.38
    10.195.85.236
    72.21.41.130
    66.212.18.5
    208.109.108.3
    203.22.204.187
    216.130.161.111
    72.20.3.154
    66.197.221.187
    64.22.77.74
    64.202.115.238
    209.67.209.42
    68.178.255.184
    206.51.226.198
    72.233.39.194
    208.113.193.8
    193.28.153.26
    67.159.45.51
    208.122.32.62
    72.46.130.27
    66.212.16.194
    74.86.25.42
    208.53.183.153
    67.159.44.55
    209.17.190.78
    75.126.219.188
    66.232.113.128
    72.46.130.27
    204.157.15.136
    64.128.190.243
    66.7.199.14
    193.33.179.143
    208.71.215.161
    80.86.83.20
    72.36.168.114
    209.190.27.90
    64.191.50.138
    65.99.196.69
    85.196.20.131
    82.110.105.84
    66.232.117.119
    208.109.233.13
    65.38.105.213
    75.126.146.18
    74.86.175.106
    69.64.76.81
    74.86.20.170
    204.8.218.253
    72.167.43.153
    72.232.195.114
  • edited March 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    Would it be of any advantage to ban the better known proxy IP addresses to reduce the number of sellers of illegal products we seem to be getting.

    Good suggestion, but I don't think this would be beneficial to the community. The reason being that people like to use proxies to access Totseans.com, myself included. Users may be behind a filtering service such as those used at schools, workplaces or libraries and proxy servers come in handy for bypassing these restrictions. They're also useful for privacy, a lot of people surf through proxies just because they don't want to leave a trail as they surf the web.

    The spam posts offering to sell illegal products are mostly picked up by Akismet, our spam protection service running on VBulletin. This means that the posts never get through to the public anyway.

    So overall, good suggestion but I don't personally see it as being a beneficial one to implement :thumbsup:
  • edited March 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    For any admin's interested:

    You can modify the guest welcome message that appears on the forumhome (index.php) to unregistered users by modifying the first_visit_message phrase.

    Admin Control Panel > Languages and Phrases > Search in Phrases > Phrase Variable Name Only: first_visit_message. From the result click on the [edit] button and in the English text field click on the button [Copy Default].

    Now you can modify it and change it to whatever you want. When done, you click on the [Save] button.


    (Initially you find it by going to Search in Phrases and at the 'Search for Text' field you type in: 'If this is your first visit' and click on the [Search] button)

    This is for users who aren't logged in. The message for logged in users is slightly different, but searching doesn't seem to bring anything useful up! I'll have to look into it a little later on :)
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Yeah I meant that for my suggestion about the message guests see.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Yeah I meant that for my suggestion about the message guests see.

    For the members message the first superfluous comma is here:
    <li class="welcomelink">Welcome, <a href="members/9520-chippy">chippy</a></li>

    </ul>

    the rest will be in here:
    <div id="welcomeBox">
    <h2>Welcome to the Totseans Community.</h2>


    <p>Welcome, chippy., be sure to
    check out the <a href="faq.php?" target="_blank"><b>FAQ</b></a> section if you have any questions. Also please take a moment and update your <a href="usercp.php"><b></b></a> with your latest information.</p>



    </div>
    <div class="welcomeBoxBottom"><div class="welcomeBoxBL"><div class="welcomeBoxBR"></div></div></div>
    </div>
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    I think it would look neater too if someone moved the breadcrumb into the welcomebox. Just a thought.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Also in the main body of the forum home page, the top most text reads

    Totsean community
    Welcome to the totsean comunity.

    This is right below the welcomebox which says Welcome to the Totsean comunity.

    It would look more like we know what were doing if this was deleted.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited March 2012
    Suggest the text
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    BTW I just thought, if you can't find the text to edit the welcomebox message, all text in vb is in 'phrases' to make translating easier. Go to AdminCP>Languages and Phrases>Search phrases for a part of the test and you should find it. Edit it.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Dfg wrote: »
    Suggest the text

    Which one?
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    If you guys are having trouble finding it in Phrases then maybe it's hard coded into the theme. I tried to change the theme to see if it was still there but it seems the quick style chooser isn't working. Is this another problem that needs addressing?
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited March 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    If you guys are having trouble finding it in Phrases then maybe it's hard coded into the theme. I tried to change the theme to see if it was still there but it seems the quick style chooser isn't working. Is this another problem that needs addressing?

    I already found it, I am asking for the replacement text.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited March 2012
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited March 2012
    Get rid of the comma after welcome. get rid of the comma after the username.

    In fact get rid of the word welcome and move the username up so it reads:

    Welcome to the Totseans community (username).

    Then if you can, replace the

    "be sure to check out the FAQ section if you have any questions. Also please take a moment and update your with your latest information."

    With a rolling script with something like "Be sure to check out the FAQ if you have any questions. And please make sure your details are up to date."
  • edited March 2012
    Yet again, some great suggestions Chippy :D You're on the ball, it's a huge help to us when we're trying to get stuff done. An update from my part - yesterday I went and removed all the instances of "Totse.info" in the ToS and replaced them with Totseans.com. I also made a few other minor adjustments to sentences which made absolutely no sense whatsoever, I'm not sure it was ever proof-read! Oh well, it's mostly alright now.

    Any word on the theme yet Dfg? BK hasn't been online in a few days, it might be time to start thinking about theming by ourselves.
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited March 2012
    trx100 wrote: »
    So, any news on the theming and colors etc?
    If you're gonna retain that logo from cms, then you can expect a blue themed forum to suit it. At this stage I'm sorting out edu related shit IRL. So my activity will be limited to a couple of hours a day. :(
  • edited April 2012
    Blue sounds good. Even if we decide to change the logo, we can still keep it the same color :D I understand your total lack of time with education bogging you down 24/7, I'm supposed to be doing work right now really but I'm just giving it a break for a while, too much in one go really fucked me up.
  • edited April 2012
    Are you going to fix that fucking welcome message or what?! Get your ass in gear Dfg :mad:
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited April 2012
    ^^^ This!
  • edited April 2012
    DFG, listen up! if you're not going to step it up a notch then I'm not gonna keep pushing it on ya. I made this thread as Totseans has potential, but if you aren't willing to put the effort in then neither is anyone else. It all depends on how much you really want this place to succeed. I know you can make things happen, but I think you're terribly distracted (or so it seems, I dunno).

    Are you sure everything's alright on your end? If you're absolutely fucked IRL or you've got problems then it's understandable, just let someone know. Alternatively, if you genuinely don't know how to sort something out then don't hesitate to ask. We're all family here, you'll find the support you need.

    So, what's the crack?!
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited April 2012
    Get on skype DFG.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    trx100 wrote: »
    DFG, listen up! if you're not going to step it up a notch then I'm not gonna keep pushing it on ya. I made this thread as Totseans has potential, but if you aren't willing to put the effort in then neither is anyone else. It all depends on how much you really want this place to succeed. I know you can make things happen, but I think you're terribly distracted (or so it seems, I dunno).

    Are you sure everything's alright on your end? If you're absolutely fucked IRL or you've got problems then it's understandable, just let someone know. Alternatively, if you genuinely don't know how to sort something out then don't hesitate to ask. We're all family here, you'll find the support you need.

    So, what's the crack?!
    chippy wrote: »
    Get on skype DFG.

    On Skype.
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular
    edited April 2012
    The Totse skin in the quick style thing needs to be turfed or changed because it still says Totse.info at the top
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited April 2012
    Spinster wrote: »
    The Totse skin in the quick style thing needs to be turfed or changed because it still says Totse.info at the top
    Jump in here & discuss the layout bro.....Go to choose style.( LH bottom of the front page & choose "TEST" ) and give me your input. (& whoever chooses to do the same...... Do it NOAW!
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    Sorry for being a bit behind things, right jnow I am waiting for the damn money to deposit in my bank because I don't have NO FUCKING WATER, little or no food and the fucking power doesn't stick around not to mention I am pretty much stuck IRL situation with Raven and on top of it all, I had a fuckload work to complete.
    Should make a seperate thread about this anyway.

    I don't see the Test theme?

    Oh wait:
    http://totseans.com/sandbox/?styleid=3
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular
    edited April 2012
    Sweet as Dfg, Just letting you know aye. I dont expect you to drop everything and fix it haha
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    lol power was out from 8 am to 2 Pm, fucking hell. The weather is awesome, too bad I can't take a shit (no water).

    Anyway, I am firing up Operation Blue Storm. (Trx, Chipp, Remade know about it) (HINT: It's a secret)
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    So, while I was just tweeting something I got an idea. Open, Embrace, Neutral, Non-racist, freedom. These were some of the keywords that I think about when reference totseans. You see there are tons of racist around the world and they're different types of them as well. Mostly people like to divide others into groups and then later on ignore them. In some way we're racist towards, idiot, trolls and spambots. But that's an acceptable form of racism. I want this place to highlight something more open, something more real, something more closely attached to humanity. I want a place where people from different walks of life can come and meet and be considered equals. I know it's been attempted before but honestly I can't see any major community or any major force working towards it. Funnily TOTSE and now totseans might actually be the only example I know off that touches this subject.

    I am thinking of finding some way to incooperate this. Also, I would be giving some time to my beloved Totseans today. :D
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited April 2012
    On that note DFG our old friend NaziMick bit the dust last night. He started again on several threads with his Anti Jewish propaganda. Whilst I embrace free speech and the ideals it encompasses, he overstepped the mark by a mile. Blatant racist post after post ensued. It started when he told a new member to F off as a greeting. I PM'ed him politely asking him not to greet new members in this way, which resulted in a threat by way of reply. Several threats later and repeated racist posts I ended up banning him permanently, as I notice after a quick google, several other forums have done. I then took a look at his posting history. I'm surprised he hasn't been dealt with before. In an attempt to clean up the trail of racism he has left on here I deleted most of his posts. Would it be an idea to clean up other non informative threads in our archives in an attempt to bring the site into line with your ideals?
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    On that note DFG our old friend NaziMick bit the dust last night. He started again on several threads with his Anti Jewish propaganda. Whilst I embrace free speech and the ideals it encompasses, he overstepped the mark by a mile. Blatant racist post after post ensued. It started when he told a new member to F off as a greeting. I PM'ed him politely asking him not to greet new members in this way, which resulted in a threat by way of reply. Several threats later and repeated racist posts I ended up banning him permanently, as I notice after a quick google, several other forums have done. I then took a look at his posting history. I'm surprised he hasn't been dealt with before. In an attempt to clean up the trail of racism he has left on here I deleted most of his posts. Would it be an idea to clean up other non informative threads in our archives in an attempt to bring the site into line with your ideals?

    Sure, he had it coming. I would advise removing the said threads from public eye.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited April 2012
    Might be an idea before anyone embarks on a deleting spree of the archived threads to set up some guidelines of what is acceptable to keep and what isn't so we are all on the same page.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    chippy wrote: »
    Might be an idea before anyone embarks on a deleting spree of the archived threads to set up some guidelines of what is acceptable to keep and what isn't so we are all on the same page.
    Well, generally drugs, bombs, porn should be MOVED to the restricted sections. When it comes to threads that are racist (not offensive) they should be moved. Basically we want everything that would drive people away from this place in hidden sections which regulars can see and then we can slowly fade things out.
  • chippychippy <b style="color:pink;">Global Moderator</b>
    edited April 2012
    Good idea
  • bornkillerbornkiller Administrator In your girlfriends snatch
    edited April 2012
    Dfg wrote: »
    I don't see the Test theme?

    Oh wait:http://totseans.com/sandbox/?styleid=3

    Hey!.....That's starting to look pretty good bro. :eek:
    Nice Job!!! :thumbsup:
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular
    edited April 2012
    :thumbsup:
  • edited April 2012
    So for a bit of an update (in case you haven't read the notice at the top of the board today), shit is really moving along nicely. BK, Dfg and Chippy have all been working on the theme (and probably others, sorry if I forgot ya) and we're all making use of a test forum to develop our custom theme on and test it before revealing it to the public. I've been working on the CMS, but I'll probably need a few extra pairs of hands to get the rest of the articles finished. Shit's time consuming and tedious, plus I'm juggling Totseans with a load of IRL stuff which doesn't help.

    However the main thing is, we're making progress! Big shout out to TDR for getting the teamspeak server back up and running too.

    Once we've cracked this theme (BBS and CMS), we can start getting our name out there through advertising and whatnot. It's a bit of a slow process but we're already well under way :D Good job everybody! Let's keep moving.
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2012
    Traffic score is rising, I have been busy getting the name out. I have tons of content for the Photo sections thanks to the recent visits here and there. I would add them into a gallery. Would be working on Jacks and Chris work today but would chip some time in for the other secret operation.
  • SpinsterSpinster Regular
    edited April 2012
    what are the limits to getting our name out their? Like can i make an account on some random forum and post a link or have it in my sig, like spamming but not to the degree where the post get removed and account banned.
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