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« on: September 28, 2005, 03:37:41 AM »

The forum's attachment support is a little lacking:
1) The attachment goes unnoticed unless you know exactly where to look for the link.
2) If you preview your post before posting it, the attachment doesn't get attached.
3) If you try and attach a file that's not on the allowed file type list, you lose the text of the post after the error and have to write it again.

Yes, I know I could use shared files, but for tiny patches that don't need to be generally available there doesn't seem much point. Wink
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2005, 06:39:59 AM »

I'm afraid there's not much I can do about that.  I've been waiting for the portal software for the next version of this forum to be released (it's been a damned long wait), but perhaps the updated forum code addresses those issues.

Otherwise, shared files is probably your best route.

Sorry...
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2005, 11:10:21 AM »

I'm surprised you're still using YaBB SE, Talisman. Ever consider upgrading to SMF and then tie in another portal - maybe even Mambo? LSP has always been slow in development. Not trying to pick a bone with you or anything, just making a suggestion.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2005, 11:20:05 AM »

It's a valid suggestion, RPGSL...

Yes, I've considered upgrading to SMF, and I'm really looking forward to being able to use all of it's features.  I've used it in a couple of other smaller forum projects and was quite impressed with it's capabilities.

My needs here demand the use of a portal, and I have tried a number of different ones including Mambo, Xoops and so forth.  I haven't been satisfied with the degree of integration I achieved, and have yet to see anyone else achieve it either.  This is apart from my concerns over an upgrade path that would preserve the assorted Enigma specific data I've implemented without a substantial amount of rewriting which I don't have time for.

LSP has been dangling the carrot for a while now ("Almost into Alpha testing...blah blah blah"), but I've decided to hang in there for the finished product.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005, 11:43:24 AM »

My personal fave is Drupal (having contributed patches to it), which has a forum of its own already, rather than being a nasty integration hack like the typical portal scripts.. but hey. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2005, 11:56:33 AM »

Got a link, and does it have an upgrade path?

By the way, I did download the LSP CVS version of Enigma 2 a couple months ago, and it was looking pretty good.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2005, 12:42:15 PM »

Found drupal through google, so don't worry about a link.  Looking over the upgrade threads, I think too much data would be lost to justify switching to drupal, and the time it would take to locate, install and assess 'basic' function modules is more time than I can dedicate.
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2005, 02:53:43 AM »

I wasn't particularly suggesting that you use it, but it is the most useful CMS-type tool I've ever played with, especially for community-focused sites. Data conversion is not too tricky, there are import scripts that support a pretty wide variety of source systems that can be used as templates.

It would, for example, be easy to set up a proper module download area with reviews/ratings and even privileged people able to flag modules as tested/translation-ready/good/etc. The time it takes to switch these things is always pretty prohibitive, though. Ah well.
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