405th Community Software Update!

Discussion in 'News and Updates' started by Art Andrews, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Division Staff

    Good call. Let me find that style element.
  2. StayFrosty


    Do you think you could change the background from black to a grey color? Just doing that would make the new sit look pretty much like the old one when using it.
  3. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Division Staff

    Moved from #111111 to #222222.... not sure about that... will let it sit for a day and we will see.
  4. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Good morning everyone.

    I'd like to apologize for earlier telling you that the file archive attached to the old site was still accessible. I misunderstood and it in fact was only accessible to myself and Art.

    However, that has been changed and the archives are once again accessible at the old forum location. This will stay this way until the archive migration is complete. You won't be able to upload for the time being but you do have access to download all of the files that are currently there. You will have to log in as usual to the old site.

    If anyone has any difficulties with this, please let me know and we'll try to look in to resolving the issue.
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  5. Chernobyl

    Chernobyl Division Librarian Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Great news. This should have been set up before the move, but better late than never. At least now our members won't be having issues with carrying on their builds while the new Resources area is populated.
  6. Daschlenn

    Daschlenn Grunt

    I just looked at the old File Archive, but there wasn't any Halo stuff... Was it taken off or something?

    Never mind! Realised I wasn't logged in to the old webpage, so I couldn't see it! Derp!
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
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  7. PerniciousDuke


    Okay, I have one suggestion that I would like your opinion on Art Andrews

    Backstory: I really liked being able to see when a member joined right under their name. I liked it because if they joined this month I knew that I needed to welcome them, give them extra patience, give them the intro pointers, etc.

    I understand that you may not want to display how long people have been a member because it would be a badge of pseudo-seniority and result in some feeling entitled and metaphorically walk around the site with bravado. But, what about the member's forum rank? Is it possible to have that change based on post counts and time? For instance, for the first month a member is listed a "New Recruit" and the next two months they are simply listed as "Recruit." If this works you might even be able to step it out further and have a badge that says "Enlistable" when they have reached 3 months and 50 posts... Thoughts? I am mostly interested in being able to see when they are in their first month.

    Will this work for people who have become a member only on the new site? I have a new member Feanaro who is saying that they can not access the content from the old site archive. He is looking for the Stalker armor set.
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017 at 10:28 AM
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  8. Omnijobs

    Omnijobs Recruit

    People without accounts on the old site can not download files, and account creation is disabled. Just found that out for myself. Would it be possible to have account creation enabled for those of use who just started? Thanks for all the hard work guys! As someone who has been thrown into a job that requires web design and having little to no web design experience I totally get how daunting the task is, but these forums and you guys are absolutely amazing!
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017 at 7:28 PM
  9. Cadet

    Cadet Executive Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    It is very unlikely that account creation will be reactivated on the old site, as the intent is to shutter the old site completely once the files are transferred. If there are members who do not have an account on the old site and I want files for a build, I myself am wiling to email them the files off the old archive until the new Resources section is up and running. I would hope that others would also be willing to step in and render assistance in disseminating files to others in a similar situation.
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  10. Dirtdives


    I'm on line for most of the day and would be willing to "render assistance" to anyone needing help w/ file location and acquirement.
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  11. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

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  12. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Division Staff

    As a default, this software doesn't show enlistment date or post count in the User Info Block. The User Info Block is the section you see to the left of each post showing who posted and a little bit about them. For a long time, forums have been moving away from time and/or posts being in this section because it gives a bit of a false impression about a member; ie if a member has been here a long time they are given more consideration, even though there participation might be next to nothing or if a member has a high post count they may be given more consideration, even though many of their posts may be essentially valueless. One way the software now combat's valueless "atta'boy" posts is by using the Likes system which simply allows you to like another members posts. Additionally, this software has a trophies system, which allows us to define actions on the site that will award you trophy points, which in turn apply to a Title Ladder. The title ladder is the Covenant name you see beneath most member's account. Honestly, we are still working that out a bit as it seems a bit random and unclear at the moment but the Title Ladder is a FAR better estimation of a member's contributions to the community than simple post count or time (although both of those do contribute in a small way to the trophy count which in turn applies to the Title Ladder.

    I do like your idea of new members being marked as "New" for the first so many days... let me see if there is an easy way to do that.

    In the meantime, while it isn't quite as easy, you can click on the member's name and the popup window shows their registration date.
  13. PerniciousDuke


    I do get why it is not shown in the info block. I wasn't looking to add it. I just wanted to be able to quickly see when a member is brand new. I also thought it would be nice to quickly see when we should be recommending they join a regiment. Mostly just the new thing. I look forward to your findings and all the new additions you have been implementing. In the meantime I will click on their name to check their registration date as you suggested. Thanks!

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