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  1. So, it appears we may have to upgrade to 3.1.x of the phpBB forum software as I suspect the 3.0.x line will likely be stopping support soon.


    As such, I figure tomorrow might be a good day to do the update early in the morning (PST) while people are still recovering from ringing in the New Year. I'll be aiming around 7am PST (Los Angeles)


    The server will be unavailable. I will be backing up the server before I begin this but I do HIGHLY recommend that you do back up anything that you might want to save.


    Due to the time it's taking to do the backup, I'll do the upgrade tomorrow after I've confirmed the backup is good.


    I hate when life interferes. Ok. I've had to delay this a bit long so that will allow for more people to save what they need to. I'm going to try on the 17th to get the upgrade done.

  2. I'll be aiming to do a software update of forum next week. Specific date and time TBD (likely over the weekend of May 15-17, 2015) but I expect that this may take upwards of an hour or so. Once updated it may take some time to get various pieces as the forum software will not necessarily support all the mods (modifications) we currently have. I believe the Chat should be fine (although I'll need to relink it in the right place.


    Additionally there may be some user interface (the way the forum looks) changes (minor but likely).


    Hopefully this update will help address our rash of spammers and the like.


    If you have questions do not hesitate to contact me.

  3. So finally got a chance to update the server software and did a couple of reboots of the system. I've noticed some weird behaviour of late (showing a page seems to pause midway, particularly on the main page). We're definitely not taxing the server and I've cleared out a variety of caches. I'm hoping that the reboots, clearing of cache and update resolves this but if you happen to see other stuff.. post here or send me a PM and I'll check it out.

  4. Just as an FYI to everyone. I haven't forgotten about this. We just have to resolve something in the back end first so I can implement this. Unfortunately I'll be a conference for the next week (22,000+ customers) but I'm hoping to get to this over Labour Day weekend.

  5. Mike, what kind of skills do you have? Canada could probably be one of the easier places to move to. If you are young enough, I believe Australia is also relatively easy to get into (takes a year or two to get some kind of work visa). As a Canadian living in the US, my g/f and I likely to move back to Canada since my immigration process into the US is longer than anticipated (I have a work visa and have a green card application in but the GC may take anywhere from 7-20 years, depending on recent reform). I'll retire by then and in a lot of ways, Canada has a better support system for retirees.

  6. So the topic of user topics has been brought up. One suggestion for the ranks is the following:


    0 - 9 = Finch

    10 - 199 = Rabbit

    200 - 499 = Manatee

    500 - 999 = Gorilla

    1000 - 2999 = Elephant

    3000+ = Stegosaurus


    I would like some agreement on them. If you like the suggested ranks, please vote yes. If you do not like them, vote no and leave a comment on suggestions as to what to change. If you like none or most of them and have suggestions otherwise.

  7. I gave rossco and C.O. one, I just wasn't sure how to give 'general ranks' that autmatically happen when certain post counts are reached.


    Sounds like SyrLinus is getting onto it though, I think it's a good idea as do most others on here. If nothing is happening in a few weeks I'll take a look and see if I can get it up and running, I'm sure it's not that hard to implement. We just need to come up with the rank names and at how many posts they kick in from, so feel free to post some suggestions. I don't want to create the rank names myself ~ this is YOUR forum and it's only right you should all have the input


    This is why I need agreement on the ranks. I'll add it in but I need some agreement on the ranks themselves.

  8. Perhaps something like this? Lots of options obviously


    0 - 9 = Finch

    10 - 199 = Rabbit

    200 - 499 = (Some sea creature?)

    500 - 999 = Gorilla

    1000 - 2999 = Elephant

    3000+ = Stegosauraus




    I like these and wouldn't mind a vote to see how many would be ok with these titles.

  9. Thanks for those, maybenot.


    Ok. So let me figure out what the ranks might be and see if I can start adding them. I won't be able to start adding any until this weekend as my work stuff (my 5am-to-5pm paying job) is a bit heavy this week).

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