View Full Version : Forum Upgrade Today

28th October 2011, 09:19 AM
I have been talking about this and meaning to do this for far too long now and today, I find myself with a few hours clear. I can only hope it will be enough...

A bit later today, I will start the upgrade of the software that runs this forum. A few things will break and need fixing once it is upgraded and hopefully there will also be some cool features that make it all worthwhile (especially for moderation and spam prevention, which has been lacking).

Please be patient while this is done. I will stop the forum and post up a message on the front page when it is happening and I will update this thread when it is complete.


28th October 2011, 08:30 PM
Well, my didn't end up with quite the time I thought I'd have when I posted this morning.
I just had the forum offline for about 20 mins while I started some of the upgrade process. So far so good, so I've just put it online again. I'll do a bit more (and probably take the forum offline for a longer period) in an hour or two.

28th October 2011, 10:01 PM
I've completed the initial prep work and first round of upgrades, so the forum is now back online. You should notice nothing different in here yet. I will push on to some more major upgrades tomorrow.

29th October 2011, 09:04 AM
I've just finished the upgrade to the "latest and greatest" version of this forum software. I've not yet had a chance to look at any of the new features. I've also just restored the old logo at the top which does not really match the new style, so I'll have to improve that later. I have noticed a massive wave of spam attacks, some of which are now slipping through as I've had to disable many of the old security settings I had previously to get the upgrade done. I'll slowly be implementing newer versions of these settings, so please be patient. I will turn the forum back on now, so please report any problems you notice in this thread.

30th October 2011, 10:01 AM
Hi Robert, new interface looks great. Thanks for your hard work, it is appreciated.

30th October 2011, 03:05 PM
I think there are still quite a few loose ends. Has anyone tried to attach any images or files yet? I'm not sure if it's working. Could you please use this thread to post any issues that you experience and I'll see if I can sort them out.

31st October 2011, 03:18 AM
I got 406 errors when I tried to upload jpe and gif images.

I like the new look and the attachment manager adds both flexability and complexity to the task of making attachments.

31st October 2011, 08:20 AM
OK. I'll have a look at the attachments and post back here when fixed.

31st October 2011, 08:40 AM
Looks great. Now I have to retrain my brain.


31st October 2011, 04:22 PM
hi Robert
tyred to attach photos yesterday and got an error,

31st October 2011, 04:26 PM
I have a temporary fix for those of you who have been unable to upload attachments. This is a work around until I can find a proper way to fix the new attachment system.

To do this, you can disable the new attachment upload interface in your account preferences. To access this setting (once you're logged in), click on "Settings" in the top right, then under "My Account", "General Settings" on the left. Scroll right down to the bottom under miscellaneous options and you will see "Enhanced Attachment Uploading". Turn it off and click "Save Changes". Now you will return to using the old attachment uploading method.

31st October 2011, 05:48 PM
Great work Rob,

It makes the site much easier to use and it looks nice, as a few of us have pointed out, thanks for sacrificing your "playtime" for it :-)

all the best


2nd November 2011, 03:47 AM
Is there anyway to Enhanced Attachment Uploading to No as default?


I really like the upgrade so far.

2nd November 2011, 09:23 PM
Hi Robert,
Other than the new look to the forum which I will get used to, I do not really see any difference.
If you could make a list of the improvements I think it would be useful.

2nd November 2011, 09:44 PM
Hi Tilly,

There are a great many differences, like all major revisions of most software. However, most of the user interface stuff (the bits you see) have been kept as familiar as possible. There are some new features that don't yet work properly (like uploading attachments). Most of the differences come at the back end, with more efficient server use and security features. There is a massive wave of spam and other attacks that are pounding this forum (like all others) every minute. A large part of my focus in this upgrade has been to better fortify the forum from such attacks. More importantly the moderators who have done a sterling job at manually removing it all before any of you see it, need to have some of their time freed up to look at managing the real content in here, so I'm working on tools to make their jobs easier.

The reality is that 90% of this forum's features are not really touched by the userbase here, so this upgrade will only look slightly different in style to most of you, but be assured, there is a lot more "under the hood". Once I've got the back-end stuff stable and I'm satisfied with it, I may put my focus on some of the user features. As you suggested, it would be useful to list them here.


2nd November 2011, 09:52 PM
BiodieselRick, a good suggestion re disabling the enhanced attachment at default (this will be a lot quicker for now than me fixing it properly:rolleyes:). I have changed the type of this enhancement first to see if it makes a difference. I will attach an image now to make sure.

Yep. Looks like it worked. Can you please let me know if anyone has any other problems with this?