[NOTICE]: TONMO.com overhaul

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Like the shape-shifting octopus itself, TONMO.com is evolving yet again... :roll: :bonk:

Ok, I'll spare you the prose... the deal is that I'm working on a major upgrade to TONMO.com, such that I'm changing the core software infrastructure that powers it... :goofysca: There's good reason but not worth discussing... So, you'll see some weirdness on this site over the next week or so, I imagine...

I mean, weirdness that's out of the ordinary... :wink:

The main objective is to preserve all content, usernames/passwords, images, etc. Wish me luck, and thank you in advance for your patience! :)

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Thanks Joel -- watch this space for updates... I'll keep a list here, if only to keep me organized on it, maybe you'll find it interesting...

Here's the work in progress. PLEASE DO NOT POST THERE, thanks ever so much --

http://www.tonmo.com/forums

Key Tasks: (this list will grow large)

Purchase software [done]

Install software [done]

Run successful email system diagnostics: [done]

Run successful file upload diagnostics: [done]

Integrate TONMO.com logo and copyright info [done]

Conform to 800 pixels wide, insert TONMO.com navigation [done]

Attempt database import (rough cut): [done]

Restrict access to Supporter's Forum: [done]

Configure Forums to show all threads: [done]

Add custom profile preference: [done]

Configure Who's Online Now settings: [done]

Fix Smiley issues and categorize: [done]

Assign users to usergroups: [pending]

Manage permissions: [done]

Admin Timeout: [done]

Turn off Template names: [done]

Configure color settings and forum designs: [pending]

Set up moderators: [pending]

Front page /Splash page integration (BETA): [pending]

Import Image Gallery: [pending]

Integrate w/ OCTO DB: [pending]

Fix "all posts dated Jan 1st, 1970" issue: [done!]

Re-establish announcements, locked, and sticky status: [pending]

Note: I'll be editing this post regularly to update status, add tasks, etc.
 

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BTW, if anyone out there wants to make any observations on the test forum, by all means please post any input, concerns, etc. here in this thread. I may already be working on it but haven't added it to the list yet (which will be very long before long). I may not act on all suggestions, but your input will be greatly appreciated!
 

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No error, it's hidden until I'm able to test permissions thoroughly and confirm it's working as designed. Thanks!
 

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Cool new features to note:

1) Similar Threads: at the bottom of threads, there will be links to five other threads like it, based on analytical logic within the system

2) More User profile control (profile picture, birthday, primary ceph interest)

3) Calendar

4) Thread display customization / message editing interface options

5) Thread subscriptions -- get email notifications re: new posts in your favorite threads, and/or have them listed in your User Control Panel.

6) Paid subscriptions (integration with PayPal for the TONMO.com Supporters program)

7) Personal ingore / buddy lists (I kinda miss pakoc now... :wink:)

8) Auto-detection of Daylight Savings

9) Special Users (e.g. Supporters) keep their ranks (e.g. Architeuthis)

10) User "Reputations" (uh-oh... :mrgreen:)

11) Post public notes to users (kinda like a guestbook for users)

12) Many Webmaster intangibles :police: :wink:

There's more, but I think these are the highlights...
 

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Thanks Kevin -- jury is out as to whether I'll be able to pull this off in time for the new year, but that's the goal...
 

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Phew! Just spent the morning dealing with a very close call, almost brought the house down... :goofysca:

Here's a sneak peak at things to come, still rough --

http://www.tonmo.com/cmps_index.php

The main "post" there in the middle will be a news-ish type area, where only certain users (i.e. moderators/scs) can post hot items. This is still being worked out.
 

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OK, here are two problems I have not yet been able to overcome, despite more hours than you'd care to know in effort:

1) Avatars not associating properly with users

2) Attachments not associating properly with posts :-(

The good news with attachments is that they DO show up in cases where there was a note that had the attachment linked to from within the post using the IMG tag (to make it show up on the page).

If you have some "classic" posts with attachments and you want them to be preserved, you can help me out by going to your post, clicking on your photo attachment, copying (CTRL-c) the URL for the image, and then editing your post, and pasting (CTRL-v) the URL in your post, and wrapping the IMG and /IMG tags around it (in brackets [] ).

For avatars, I'm afraid we're all going to have to select new ones once the new site is finally ready...

:heee: ........ :oops:
 

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Folks,

We'll be making the cut-over sooner than later, most notably because I'm not going to do another import of users --- so anyone who is joining TONMO.com at this point won't make it to the other side, until I get the other system running.

...I intend to do another update of posts/threads so that we don't miss any discussions.

While the changeover may happen soon, the tweaking / enhancements to the site experience will continue.

You may have noticed the "query failed" message on the homepage, not sure if that can be fixed, or whether we just cut over instead.

Re: the OCTO DB, I tried to get it going but was not successful. This shouldn't be *too* hard... but it is when you're not a developer... :bonk:

Thanks for hanging in, we'll get there!
 

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Problem overnight, I had the site going fine (relatively so), but then it seems my hosting provider responded late to my earlier request for help, and while I slept half the database was obliterated...

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Let's see what today brings!
 

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Thanks Carol! Trying to restore an instance of the database from 1pm yesterday, fingers crossed...

Once we do that, then I have to re-do all the work I did yesterday from 1pm to 2:30am in order to get it functional again. :bonk: It should be a bit quicker than last time; it's easier the 2nd time around... not sooner than tomorrow, I'd imagine...
:sleeping:
 

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