Concerning the editing post policy
Posted 30 April 2009 - 02:24 AM
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 02:56 AM
The Forum Rules, if you bother to read them, are complete bullshit anyway. This place is not the place it is because of "the rules", it's all the great people that come here and a crapload of mutual respect.
Something changed, a few people respectfully asked if that something could be changed back, and so far those people have been shat on by admin.
If admin would like to change the rules willy nilly, as is apparently their right in this non-democratic forum, then the least they could do is show a teensie eensie little bit of respect
Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:37 AM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:42 AM
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:59 AM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 08:17 AM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 07:45 PM
... that makes membership purging ... necessary to have.
It's normal database maintenance and no reason to be alarmed.
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:07 PM
The 'Trading Post' forum is a unique case where the ability to edit posts in retrospect is a worthwhile thing to update listings, etc. Unfortunately, phpBB has an all or nothing approach when it comes to this, so there is no way to enable editing past the limit in only one forum. phpBB also doesn't have any sort of edit versioning/history system which someone mentioned – if it did that would obviously be a preferable solution. While I understand that this is a bit of an inconvenience, all I can ask is that you appreciate why we've brought in this limitation and make the best of it.
As for the membership purges, since someone brought them up, they are necessary to curb the number of spambot "sleeper" accounts* that we have had since the upgrade to phpBB3. Since the reCAPTCHA plug-in we were using before doesn't work with phpBB3, we have had to put up with an increased level of these type of accounts registering. It's a pretty arduous task to go through the new registrations and weed out these one by one (we were getting in the region of 30 a day for a while), so realistically a purge is the only way to do it. Sure, it may catch the odd member who has signed up but hadn't got round to posting, but I'd think that the ratio is pretty low. It does not affect any member who has made at least one post, so shouldn't make a difference to anyone else. I've recently been experimenting with adding some anti-spambot questions to the registration page (as I mentioned here) which seems to have worked nicely – so hopefully in the future I won't have to do these purges quite so often.
* Accounts that sign up and have links in their profile with the intention of raising their Google PageRank (etc) but never post spam and hence never get noticed.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:58 PM
Tom has stated that if he could change the Trading Post only to allow unlimited retroactive editing, then he would. This would be a fair compromise and I am glad that Tom sees the advantages of unlimited editing in the Trading Post forum.
The following modification lets you set time limits per forum and even per user: http://www.phpbb.com... ... &t=1346435
Posted 01 May 2009 - 09:49 AM
Unfortunately, due to the fact that installing phpBB's mods requires modification the base code, upgrading the forum becomes a complete hassle. Even with the relatively few updates we had installed back on the phpBB2 forum, each phpBB update took hours to install. I'm a bit reluctant to start installing mods on the forum, since phpBB3 does most of the things we need out of the box.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:09 AM
I'm not familiar with the phpBB code, but there's probably a much simpler mod one could do to open up editing in one forum.
I'm assuming the code to check for the time limitation is something like this:
The modification could be something like this:
The Trading Post is sub-forum #4 here. If my theories are correct, you would need to modify the following three lines of code:
- The line of code controlling the display of the "Edit" button
- The line of code which prohibits the Edit form from displaying
- The line of code which prohibits the actual edit from occurring
I hope you'll keep it in mind. Thanks for your time.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:30 AM
While I don't mind the psuedo-code modification, I am extremely puzzled as to why my statement concerning AutoMOD was removed.
Perhaps it was a mistake while changing the code blocks. In any case, here is the link to AutoMOD again: http://www.phpbb.com... ... &t=1428495
Thanks for your time.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:38 AM
Hmm, I added the code blocks but I didn't touch anything else. Did you add the link to AutoMOD originally or did you edit your post to add it? Maybe we both were editing the post at the same time... sorry if that's the case.
I'll take a look in to AutoMOD.
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