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Modifications to eOmahaForums

Postby Admin » Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:18 pm

  • YouTube feeds enabled.
  • Extra Smilies added.
  • RSS Feeds enabled: eOmahaForums RSS Feed Reader Page
    (Until I embed this link somewhere here is the new RSS)
  • Signature Line enable/disable feature added.
  • Justification for text or photos (L-R-C) added.
    (And so we now have a second BBCode line)
  • EMFF (MP3 and podcast player) installed.
  • Template Modifications finalized. All features should be functional.
  • Pages Modified so that if a large picture is posted it will not break the layout, but provide a link to the full sized image.
  • Forum modified so all post will remain flagged unread until either read or marked read.
  • Apple Quicktime and Windows Media Player now installed.
  • Pseudo-WYSIWYG modified for all postings.
  • Automatic Refresh for the Forum Index every 60 seconds.
  • SpellCow Spell Checker added
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Postby nebugeater » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:13 pm

Thanks for all the hard work in getting back on line. I know it can be difficult esp. when it is a labor of love. :banger:

Can you enlighten a bit as to the basis of the change? Did the "owner" of the BBS change? Is this still Jeff's baby or has it been handed off?

I am sure there is a hosting charge for this now that it is not on a personal PC. How is this being covered? If this is coming out of one pocket as I suspect it is I would like to be the first to publicly offer to help a bit with a token contribution. Maybe via a Paypal account. I think the frequent users here realised over the last month how much they come to rely on this as a go to place for information and if they really want this to be around a few $$ a year to help cover costs would be in line. Let em know what the situation is and I challenge all to help keep this thing going if that is what is needed.

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Postby Admin » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:10 pm

As many of you know - eOmaha.com was the second generation of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Forum. Before the demise of that forum due to immature forumers, eOmaha.com came to the rescue and created an environment where local Omaha residents and enthusiasts could come together to discuss potentials, prospect and problems in our great city. This second forum as many of you know was home sponsored by Jeff. But that placed many limits on resources. eOmahaForums is now the third generation of Omaha forums. All we can say right now is that this forum is still in process. It has been moved from Jeff's home computer to an offsite provider.

Thank you for the offer of financial support - but this site has always been a labor of love and hopefully will never ask or even hint of renumerations. It is simply a resource (and forum) for people with interests in the future of Omaha to gather and further the prospect of the greatest city in America. If you wish in some way to contribute to this site we would suggest only one thing. Contribute by the quality of your posts. We do not ever wish to stymie conversation, but make it relevant and constructive. The value of this forum is always in the contributions - your contribution - and as a place of historical recollection - a resource for the ages. That is why it was so important to retain as many posts as possible in this transfer.

Thank you nubugeater for your enthusiasm and your support!

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Postby MTO » Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:48 am

these updates rule! its about time the php as been updates.
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Postby mchine73 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:30 am

Great to have the forum back! While I'm all for the new additions, I think one addition would be most beneficial. On Skyscraperpage.com's forums when there's a large photo only for that post do you have to scroll left/right while the rest remain aligned. I don't know if that made sense or how hard this would be. (I'm pretty computer illiterate.) Just one additional reccomendation that would greatly increase the navigability of the site.

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Postby praymojo420 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:44 am

Some alternate skins to the phpBB default wouldn't hurt. Might give some style and customization to the forums.
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Postby MTO » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:48 am

YES i want a new look too! If I knew nothing was going to change we would have put up a new site by now.
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Postby Admin » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:50 am

praymojo420: 'Alternate Skins' is on the additions list but a little further down right now.

mchine73: I am not quite sure what you are asking. There is a mod that I am looking at which would limit photo size on the posts with a pop up link to the full size photo - but there are too many bugs in that mod right now.

Thanks for your suggestions. If anyone else has any suggestions for this site you can post them in this topic.

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Postby Brad » Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:55 am

I am starting to get the feeling that some of you will never be happy.
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Postby Admin » Mon Nov 06, 2006 1:51 pm

The EMFF Mod is now working. Here is an example:

Grow Omaha Episode #108
"Destination Midtown Update" with Tawanna Black and Jim Champion

[emff]http://www.omahachamber.org/podcasts/GrowOmahaEpisode108.mp3[/emff]

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Postby MTO » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:09 pm

Ahhh that is awesome. I've been on Jeff B's and even Don Lou's butts for half a year now to get a podcast up and running for Grow Omaha. I never even got a no, all I got was no answer.
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Postby Admin » Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:26 pm

For What Its Worth - EMFF stands for Easy Musicplayer For Flash.
It was developed for websites by Marc Reichelt and turned into a Mod by Martin Truckenbrodt both from Germany.
There are a couple other skins that can be used - but I am waiting for Martin's response to how to code them in.

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Postby praymojo420 » Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:07 pm

Brad wrote:I am starting to get the feeling that some of you will never be happy.

Oh, man if you aren't willing to change you'll grow stale.
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Postby MTO » Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:25 pm

Yeah, I'm usually never happy. But that drives me too.
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Postby Admin » Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:29 pm

The EMFF player skin was changed from standard to 'lila'.
This skin actually had a pause button and a volume slide on it which makes listening to podcasts much more convenient.
I do not believe that users can change the skin. This can only be done by changing the php code.

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Postby MTO » Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:59 pm

That skin is pretty cool. Mainly thanks to more functions. But honestly not to worried about the skin of that little player then I am the site.
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Postby mchine73 » Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:54 pm

I figured that description didn't make sense. Here's a thread from skyscraperpage that shows what I'm talking about. http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=88038

See after the first post with the large pictures, you don't need to scroll to the left to read the posts. Hope that clarifies it a little bit. Just something to make the forum a little more user friendly, if no can do I doubt it would be a problem.

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Postby adam186 » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:46 pm

diggin the new logo pic. Great photo. :D

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Postby Admin » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:57 pm

adam186 wrote:diggin the new logo pic. Great photo. :D

Thank you adam186. That was an old pic from last year.
I don't know why the new pic has not been uploaded. ("Forums" above MOA building.)
But with phpBB - There are many things that cause bump in the middle of the night.

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Postby MTO » Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:09 pm

Dont forget the water mark :wink:
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Postby MTO » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:33 pm

That new header pic looks good!
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Postby MTO » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:01 pm

Mark you are doing a very good job with this place! i appreciate it so much, THANK YOU! Every little thing is an improvement including these :help: :arg: :hammer: :thumb: :idea: :type: :clap: :punch: :hi: :argue: :gun: :barf: :what: :no: :despond: :grr: :music:
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Postby Admin » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:06 pm

Again - any and all suggestions are very welcome.
Besides trying to get php meta tags going - I have been working on a new template - one that MTO suggested - but their zipped files are causing problems.
We need a new skin for Omaha Forums. Any other suggestions?

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Postby MTO » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:15 pm

You know what would be cool is an Aqua (OS X) styled theme. I will try and find one for you ASAP mark.
Gosh you have already made so many other improvements I can't think of any more other then some skinz.
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Postby Admin » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:20 pm

http://phpthemes.net/ThemePurixV2.html was what I am looking at right now.

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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:31 pm

Which one of those?

Most of them are way too "underground" looking.
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Postby Admin » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:33 pm

Check again. The chosen template is used on the top - others located below. I had a second take also Brad. This forum will never be ''underground"
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Postby MTO » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:34 pm

Got any better ones?
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Postby Admin » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:36 pm

MTO wrote:Got any better ones?

Suggestions? MTO has made his known. A few very good ones.

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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:38 pm

So you are saying the overall theme of the page, the grey and white correct?

If its time for a change that one isn't bad.
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Postby MTO » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:43 pm

I think it would look much better then the example. With our own stuff in the top left and the Omaha header etc..
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Postby Admin » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:44 pm

Time for a change? The subSilver template is so bland.
MTO is ahead of everyone in this suggestion.
Input - Please...

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:58 am

I always lilked the absolutedsm one. It's kinda badass looking.

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Postby 49r » Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:58 am

the absolutedsm one is probably pretty close to the Aqua theme (just a little darker) that MTO had suggested earlier. I like it too.

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Postby Swift » Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:55 pm

This might have been covered elsewhere...meh....but who runs this site now? I like to know who my taskmasters are.

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Postby Admin » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:59 pm

Template modification tests underway. Some features may be disabled (YouTube, MP3) until full php mods re-programmed.

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Postby adam186 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:06 am

I like!

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Postby DTO Luv » Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:54 am

I thought I was on the wrong site. :) Looks nice.
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Postby omaproud » Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:37 am

Would someone please explain what went on/is going on with this forum? Maybe some believe this is none of our business("our" being members that aren't online everyday and members that don't know other members by name, only screen name),but I think some explaination is in order. I didn't think there was anything wrong with the old forum. We were told the forum was down because it was moving to new server, but then it took three weeks, and now there are hints here and there that there was some personality issues!!! We don't need a blow by blow, but some general explaination would be welcome. :?: Thanks

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Postby Coyote » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:45 am

I think the answer to your question omaproud can be found in the third post in this topic.
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