12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby HoodedMan » Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:07 am

The Nightscrawlers staff and administration is very pleased to announce that for this new year, we're going to be able to do what we've wanted to do for a very long time: move the forum to a new platform!

There's a lot to be said for Nightscrawler's current platform (XMB), but its development has been somewhat stagnant of late, and we're no longer getting exciting, cutting-edge features. Our new platform (phpBB) is the most actively developedforum platform on the Internet. For an idea of some of the features it has to offer, please see here.

We obviously want to make this transition as easy as possible; we've spent literally months testing the data conversion necessary and making sure everything down to the last avatar, post icon, and smiley is transferred to the new forum. We've designed a theme for the new forum that's as familiar as possible yet accommodates all of its functionality.

And now we'd like you to take a look! The preview is available here! It is fully functional, but please be aware that any changes and posts you make will not be transferred over to this forum and they may be overwritten at any time. Please feel free to post any comments, questions, or concerns here; we invite nitpicking. We want the new platform to be as great an experience going forward as possible. :)

Happy New Year!

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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby tears~fall~like~glass » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:23 am

Giving you the reminder since you told me to in chat. :P

tears: I find the avatar/username/etc thing to be strange on the right as well. I'm thinking it's mainly because you generally read from left to right, and it's a bit distracting on the right.
tears: otherwise, I don't really have anything that sticks out to me
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Postby Ult_Sm86 » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:26 am

Using this thread as an example, I'm gonna say that perhaps there might need to be a bigger difference between the shades of blue in the text box and the quote box?

Also, reading left to right is great and normal and wonderful and the user info on the right really just throws me for a loop.

I think the only other site I've seen that on was [adultswim]. And it bothered me like heck over there.

Other than that, love it!
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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby HoodedMan » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:40 am

Per user input, I have removed limits on private messages; we may institute them again later, but for now there's no real reason to do so at the moment.

I have also changed the profile to be on the left and body on the right for posts, as consensus was quite clear on that. :P

Known Issues: (I will keep this updated)
Custom titles were transferred as... interests. Well, that's cute.

[Edited on 12/31/11 by HoodedMan]
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Postby Starfish » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:24 pm

Woohoo! You never cease to be amazing, HM! :bounce

I really love the new design; it looks quite a bit more modern. Almost Star Treky... *nerds*
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Postby Saint Kurt » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:59 pm

It's stunning. I love phpBB's features so I'm so excited to see us on the move.

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Postby Svartfreja » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:35 pm

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Postby steyn » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:00 pm

okay, only saw now this thread, hope this isn't too late.

the section's links and their descriptions, it's just too much the same colour in my opinion, for a second I was unsure where to cliick.

for example,

Nightcrawler
All Nightcrawler, all the time! THE place to discuss everyone's favorite fuzzy elf in all his various incarnations!

the link you have to click is Nightcrawler, but on my screen its colour is the same as the description part, and the size is very similiar. Just a little confusing at first glance. Maybe just make the topic/thread/section links a different colour from the descriptions?



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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby HoodedMan » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:23 pm

steyn wrote:the section's links and their descriptions, it's just too much the same colour in my opinion, for a second I was unsure where to cliick.


You're right; "Nightcrawler" should be the same yellow color all the other links are (both on XMB and phpBB). I'll try to do this tonight and see what people think.

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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby HoodedMan » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:18 am

I have finally gotten off my ass and fixed the above issue.

I have at least one report that users are unable to get past the login screen in Safari. Can anyone reproduce this?

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12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby Ult_Sm86 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:44 am

I'm using Chrome but lemme bring up Safari and try it out.


==Edit==

Logged in, had no problems whatsoever. Used both this account and the Game Admin to test it.

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Postby Elwing » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:44 pm

I'm using firefox and I must say you did a great job setting it up to look exactly like the old forum. The only thing that strikes me is the smaller size of the letters used. I find them slightly (just slightly, no biggie) harder to read. Also, some of the posting options offered (flash, glow, shadow) do not seem to work, but it is debatable if we actually need these.
Otherwise fantastic job!

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Postby JSherlock » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:42 pm

I'm using safari and I had no troubles. I do get logged out every time I close the window, which is annoying.
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Postby HoodedMan » Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:33 pm

@JSherlock: When you log in, are you selecting "Log me on automatically each visit"?
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Postby HoodedMan » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:05 pm

Hey all,

I suppose we've gotten as much input as we're going to get at this point. So I'm going to tentatively schedule moving to the new platform a week from now, or we're never going to move at all. The forum will be down from 9:30 p.m. EST - 10:30 p.m. EST on Monday, January 23rd, 2012, after which the new platform will be the one in use at http://www.nightscrawlers.com/forum/.

It's currently planned that all URLs that worked under the old platform (viewthread.php?tid=xxx, etc.) will be redirected to work under the new platform, even though topic IDs will be different. We'll be continuing to solicit input on how everything is working after we have moved.

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Postby Slarti » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:41 am

Thank you for all your work, HM!

I agree -- we may as well go ahead and then do the clean-up from the moving crew. I'm sure we'll lose a box or two. ;)
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Postby HoodedMan » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:06 pm

Slarti wrote:I agree -- we may as well go ahead and then do the clean-up from the moving crew. I'm sure we'll lose a box or two. ;)


Well, hopefully not. That's what I've been trying to prevent with all the preparation. :)
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Re: 12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby Ult_Sm86 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:14 am

Not sure if this is related, but I'm assuming it is.

Chat appears to be down. This could also just be me. If it is, feel free to u2u me.

Am trying to connect from school if that means anything, but it's never (and I mean never) been a problem before. Used to be for Marvelus chat though. Different PORT however.
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Re: 12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby HoodedMan » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:40 am

It's not related. Are you connecting using Java? java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused indicates either the server's completely down (which it's not; there are six people online currently) or your local network is blocking you from accessing the server.
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Re: 12/30 Announcement: Nightscrawlers's New Year!

Postby Ult_Sm86 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:53 am

Strange, 'cause that has never been a problem here before. I'll check and see if I can make it work. Thanks HM.
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