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Martin L. Shoemaker
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So as long-time members know, there was a dark period. New users couldn't get their confirmation email. Existing users couldn't recover their passwords -- not even us admins, so I was locked out.

Brad fixed this by basically reinitializing the site to defaults, and then installing updates. All hail Brad!

But in the process, the site was reset to phpBB basics. A lot of little customizations were lost. For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page.

In the next few weeks, I'd like to fix the place up a bit. But to do that, I'd like your help.

For now, I ONLY want to hear about former features of the forum that are currently missing, and which you would like to see back.

Maybe next year, we can discuss some new features.

Thank you!

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
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Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2017 1:47 am
Disgruntled Peony
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New users can't make avatars, and the users who already have avatars can't change them. I'd like to see this functionality come back, please. wotf007

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If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
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Posted : November 8, 2017 2:12 am
Martin L. Shoemaker
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New users can't make avatars, and the users who already have avatars can't change them. I'd like to see this functionality come back, please. wotf007

I changed the avatar settings to forbid remote avatars and allow uploading of avatars. Please give it a try. Thanks!

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2017 10:29 am
Martin L. Shoemaker
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And PLEASE! I'm new to phpBB. If it seems like I break something, please let me know ASAP.

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2017 10:30 am
Jeremyteg
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Avatars are back!

R x 2
HM x 2
SHM x 4
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Posted : November 8, 2017 3:23 pm
MattDovey
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The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001

(this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still exists in my profile)

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Posted : November 8, 2017 8:59 pm
Martin L. Shoemaker
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The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001

(this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still exists in my profile)

Was your avatar remotely hosted? I turned those off, thinking no one was using them, and that they might be risky. But I can turn them back on if people want them.

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2017 11:16 pm
Martin L. Shoemaker
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Avatars were limited to 6K, also to 100x100.

Evil Martin bumped that to 16K and 180x180, and he allowed remote avatars.

Go wild, people. Go wild.

wotf013

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2017 11:21 pm
RETreasure
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Avatars were limited to 6K, also to 100x100.

Evil Martin bumped that to 16K and 180x180, and he allowed remote avatars.

Go wild, people. Go wild.

wotf013

Fancy.

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Posted : November 8, 2017 11:57 pm
Disgruntled Peony
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The avatar limit is set to 6KiB, which is so tight I can't upload a 180x180 JPG because it is 6,968 bytes i.e. 6.8KB. Might be worth easing up on it a little bit? Bandwidth isn't that expensive anymore wotf001

(this may be why my avatar has disappeared from my posts altogether, even though it still exists in my profile)

Was your avatar remotely hosted? I turned those off, thinking no one was using them, and that they might be risky. But I can turn them back on if people want them.

Mine was remotely hosted, too, although I don't remember why. (It's possible the site didn't give us the chance to upload an avatar before, or that I had it hosted already and decided that was easier.) I'll be playing with avatars later, when I hop onto my computer proper. Haven't decided if I want to revive an old picture or draw a new one. wotf007 wotf010 There's a chance I might even do a self-portrait, if I'm feeling sufficiently not-shy. wotf015

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it. ~ H.G. Wells
If a person offend you, and you are in doubt as to whether it was intentional or not, do not resort to extreme measures; simply watch your chance and hit him with a brick. ~ Mark Twain
R, SF, SHM, SHM, SHM, F, R, HM, SHM, R, HM, R, F, SHM, SHM, SHM, SF, SHM, 1st Place (Q2 V38)
Ticknor Tales
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Posted : November 9, 2017 12:26 am
Martin L. Shoemaker
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For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page.

Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts.

It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is.

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2017 2:22 am
MattDovey
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For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page.

Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts.

It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is.

That is a super handy link. Never realised we had that here. Replacing my bookmark now 😀

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Posted : November 9, 2017 8:14 pm
Martin L. Shoemaker
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Posts: 1786

For one, I can no longer find the link that shows all new posts and comments as my front page.

Found it! It's under the Quick links menu in the upper left: http://forum.writersofthefuture.com/search.php?search_id=unreadposts.

It used to be under the thread/post list. I'll leave it where it is.

That is a super handy link. Never realised we had that here. Replacing my bookmark now 😀

When the forum gets busy, it's the only practical way to keep up.

http://nineandsixtyways.com/
Tools, Not Rules.
Martin L. Shoemaker
3rd Place Q1 V31
"Today I Am Paul", WSFA Small Press Award 2015, Nebula nomination 2015
Today I Am Carey from Baen
The Last Dance (#1 science fiction eBook on Amazon, October 2019) and The Last Campaign from 47North

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Topic starter Posted : November 9, 2017 9:45 pm
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