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kingkenny
-17th May 2010, 07:32
I have a free upgrade to version 4 of VB the software used to run the forum. It will have some advantages but will probably just move the buttons around. Who wants a change?

Gav
-17th May 2010, 09:26
Craig has done the upgrade on Fnet. And it looks a little strange at first but once you get used to it it's actually quite good (in my opinion). There's a few security improvements too. The caveat is that it broke some of his modules.

On the whole I think it worked out quite well.

Might take a while to get all the kinks worked out. I certainly think it's worth it.

Run it up on the test environment see how it looks.

Ps. I hear it's also easier to set up different themes so people who don't like orange can choose something different.

thefiftyniner
-17th May 2010, 15:40
I don't know whether it just me though but I feel that participation on FNET has dropped a little since the upgrade and I am not convinced that their forum environment is as readily accessible as this? May be just an old stick in the muds opinion though? :(

Gav
-17th May 2010, 16:58
I don't know whether it just me though but I feel that participation on FNET has dropped a little since the upgrade and I am not convinced that their forum environment is as readily accessible as this? May be just an old stick in the muds opinion though? :(

In many ways we play better here. Though the politeness means that we get less "interactive" chat. Fnet is an old community. I've been on it for a long long time now. I'd say this board is more approachable. There are a lot of people on there who are - in internet terms - grumpy old men.

I think the reason it's dropped off is that things are slacking off for the US right now. So people have less to chat about. I don't think it's a sign of the board upgrade being a bad thing.

Qwerty
-17th May 2010, 23:55
One known problem is that stylevar editor, used to change the style of the forum, doesn't work that well. There is a work around you have to do if you want to use stylevar. If it does work then it gets confused about which parts of the forum need to be in which style, like banners not appearing on all pages unless you enter them on the specific areas of those pages.

Andy
-18th May 2010, 07:01
... so people who don't like orange can choose something different.

With Fixed term Governments you have to like orange or lump it for 5 years now - (if they get the 55% rule through)

Handy ;)

Andy
-18th May 2010, 07:10
... so people who don't like orange can choose something different.

With Fixed term Governments you have to like orange or lump it for 5 years now - (if they get the 55% rule through)

Handy ;)

Hungry Hippo
-18th May 2010, 07:40
In .........is more approachable. There are a lot of people on there who are - in internet terms - grumpy old men.

I think the reason it's dropped off is that things are slacking off for the US right now. So people have less to chat about. I don't think it's a sign of the board upgrade being a bad thing.

They certainly like a good moan and a whinge, and chuck the fertiliser around too - check out the thread on 'names on uniform' (as they like to call them!).

Interestingly, while they are all trying to pin down the rules on this, our own Pink Elephant gets a mention, and it's reached the stage where they all appear to be awaiting a guest visit from the 'great PE' to put them out of their misery!

TLove
-20th May 2010, 10:00
Sounds good; it it works for you I'll upgrade my forum aswell :)

sphericalcat
-20th July 2010, 02:46
I don't know whether it just me though but I feel that participation on FNET has dropped a little since the upgrade and I am not convinced that their forum environment is as readily accessible as this? May be just an old stick in the muds opinion though? :(

I might be wrong, but I get the impression that forums (fora?) are generally going out of fashion, because the youngsters now do the bulk of their online socialising on Facebook. This is a real shame, because Facebook is a very fractured and amnesiac environment without any serious discussion facilities.

Gav
-20th July 2010, 08:50
Depends what you mean by socialising. If you mean share photos and talk crap then you are probably correct. If you mean actual discussion of topics then forums are still being used all of the time. You just need to look at how busy game forums (yeah fora is more correct but I think that forums is now acceptable) to see how much effort that they can put in. There's the caveat that about 90% of the chat on these forums is pure noise. And even though FB is popular now there's no guarantee that it's going to be popular as we head into the future. Does anyone still use Myspace?