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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:25 on 14 April 2012.
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Over the next few weeks there will be a few changes and improvements to this website. The following small list is a guide as to what will happen.

1. A new forum search feature will be added in response to a member request. (Done)
2. A site toolbar is being worked on at present to allow certain member functions to be within easier reach and will show membership status. (Done)
3. The Member's Sidebar will be renamed and become a general purpose links column with member functions being removed. (Done)
4. The theme introduced when the forums were given a new look will spread further around the site and this will include a new-look main links bar with the icons removed. (Done)
5. The bug that has always affected the post-count function will be sorted out. This will unfortunately require that the forums be closed for a day whilst all member's postcounts be recounted and the database updated accordingly. You will all be advised of when this will happen in advance.
6. A small number of site functions were broken when we had a server failure some weeks ago, including the password retrieval service. The whole site will be audited for correct operation and anything that broke at that time will be fixed up. (Done)
7. The site will be given a new masthead image. We've had the current one in place for at least four years and it's time for a new look. (Done, perhaps)
8. A tenth forum will be added. This will be called Historical Features and will pertain to anything of a historical nature that is relevant to what is covered on this website. Links to historical articles, videos, and other content can be included. You can also write your own historical articles. (Done)



Some members have stated that they would prefer to add images to their posts without having to wait for this to be done for them. This website does have an ASP Upload function which allows this to happen though I am not satisfied that the security of this is tight enough.

When images are uploaded to websites a number of factors have to be taken into consideration and all of these play a critical role in how a website operates. Things like the size of the image (in pixels), the weight of the image (in bytes), the format of the image (.jpg, .gif, etc), whether the file being uploaded is a genuine image or a malicious script file disguised as an image, the content of the image (is it G-rated?) are some of the things a site administrator has to consider carefully.

Only some of these issues can be verified by the technology used to power this website with the others requiring third-party applications that cost money. For this reason I am not yet prepared to turn on the current version of ASP Upload. For the time being I am still happy to receive your photos via e-mail which I will resize and upload when time allows (usually within a day) or alternatively there is the option of using an image hosting service and simply linking to photos in your posts. The first option is definitely the easiest.

As a guide, photos should be high-resolution, taken in a well lit area with the camera set to automatic unless you know your camera well. If your shots are blurry you should take them again, considering the above advice. If you have a steady hand but have trouble with sharpness it is better to move the camera further back from the subject and zoom the lens in a little to capture the required portion of the subject. The clearer and sharper your photos are the better they will support your questions or articles. You do not need a high-end camera to get good results and I usually touch up minor imperfections before posting photos anyway.

When the new and revised site functions are finished I plan on rolling them out all in one hit, so expect some big changes in a couple of weeks, along with an explanation of what is what and what is where, etc.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 17:40 on 22 April 2012.
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Brad, I'm looking forward to the above-mentioned changes. The most useful change to date has been highlighting new posts; before then I missed many posts because the member's sidebar only provides a link to the most recent post in a given forum (or section) and I thought that function had become redundant.

However, I find it does still serve this purpose: When a member adds a post to an old thread -- which may, for instance, reside on page 5 of a forum -- the new highlighting feature forces one to page through the threads until the highlighted thread appears, whereas the sidebar link allows one to go straight to the thread that has been updated with the new post.

In my view, the best solution would be to sort the threads such that the updated ones always float to the top of their respective forums. That way we can easily jump to the updated threads without having to page through them all. This is akin to the usual BB feature of View New (or Unread) Posts.

I don't know if your database design supports it but I would show the date and time of last post instead of date and time of creation in the date column and reverse sort on that for display purposes, thereby floating the most recent stuff to page 1 of each forum.




 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 18:32 on 22 April 2012.
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Many know this feature as bumping. Vintage Radio already supports this though if turned on it will only work globally - that is, if it's turned on it will affect everyone. I will most likely add enabling bumping to the to-do list though to be fair to everyone I will add a switch in member's control panels to allow this feature to be turned on or off at will.

The feature sorts in the correct order however it uses the thread number as the sorting method rather than the date. This is because the event dates are not recorded in the database in a way that it would understand for that purpose. The date is in English rather than in a format the database scripting would understand, ie: yyyymmdd.

A while ago you STC830 raised a suggestion where the paging numbers could be highlighted where an unread thread/post exists on that page. Unfortunately I've not found a way to make this work though your suggestion today is definitely possible.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 19:33 on 22 April 2012.
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A while ago you raised a suggestion where the paging numbers could be highlighted where an unread thread/post exists on that page.

I don't recall suggesting that in particular, although it would be a good trick if you could pull it off.

However, implementing what you term bumping -- by whatever means available to you -- sounds like the answer for me.

("Bumping" in my experience is activity by posters themselves whereby they add something trivial to their own threads in order for them to be noticed by having them float to the top when View New Posts is used.)


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 21:19 on 22 April 2012.
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("Bumping" in my experience is activity by posters themselves whereby they add something trivial to their own threads in order for them to be noticed by having them float to the top when View New Posts is used.)

That's pretty much it, though what they are doing takes advantage of the feature you'd like added. One of the good things about this site is that the membership is fairly level-headed and as such this feature wouldn't be abused as happens on some other sites.

One thing I have managed to do better here (so far) than most forums is the function that turns link text bold when new posts are added. On off-the-shelf forum packages like vBulletin and PHPBB this function is driven from a timestamp in your cookie. This is the simplest and fastest way of powering this function but there is one problem. When you log in on a different machine the number of 'new postings' is often greater, leading to an inaccuracy regarding which threads one has read most recently.

On here, the database manages this function entirely. It's more resource-intensive and at the end of last year I had to re-write the code on some pages to speed things up however no matter how many computers you use to log in with, the results never go out of sync. If you've read a certain post then it will stay marked as read for all time. Whilst it was a pain to get working I am glad I did it that way. It is a shame I can't find a way to extend that to the paging numbers at the top and bottom of the forum lists though that isn't to say it can't eventually happen - I just haven't discovered a way to do it yet. I'll definitely get thread bumping going though. The basic function is already in place. I just have to add the appropriate controls for member preferences. Approve

PS: You did the right thing claiming to be misrepresented - it was STC830 who suggested the bold font for the paging numbers. Post 25 in this thread. My apologies. Smile


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 15:15 on 18 May 2012.
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GTC, your request for being able to change the order in which threads appear in the forum lists is the next cab off the rank. I'll post here again once this is up and running. Wink


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 17:07 on 18 May 2012.
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Thanks, looking forward to that one in particular.

Am trying out the new search feature atm.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 17:15 on 18 May 2012.
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One thing I just thought of with the search... If you just type one letter and hit the search button the results list will be huge, it'll likely return a link to every thread.

I might stick a three letter minimum on the search phrase form field over the weekend.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 20:54 on 18 May 2012.
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Sometimes I'm frustrated by search string length limitations, especially in subjects where TLA's abound and you are forced to enter more than 3 characters.

However, I think a minimum of 3 letters is a reasonable compromise.

I like the member listing. Can you add some more fields to it such as date of joining and -- when you get it working -- post count?


 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 21:45 on 18 May 2012.
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I might hold off on adding the limit for a short time. I just tried it with the Letter A and whilst it produced a massive page it didn't work the server too hard.

No problems with the sugestions for the member list. They are fairly easy to add. Post count should be easy to fix, it's a quirk that has bugged me for a long time. It'll take some work to finalise though, as I have to manually add the count for each member so far and now that we are about to have 14 forums it'll take some doing with 1,200 members. A forum isn't a forum without it though, so the hard yakka will be necessary. I'll try and do that overnight soon so that the database isn't offline when most people are here.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 22:21 on 21 May 2012.
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^ I'd suggest consolidating the 3 member list columns into one labelled "Status" with values Active, Suspended, Banned.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 01:05 on 22 May 2012.
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... also, the nature of the front page (FP) as a sort of pseudo forum makes it difficult to notice updates. I would suggest making it a regular forum section so that updates/site news items and associated comments are highlighted as recent posts, too.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 18:41 on 22 May 2012.
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I'm back after a few days in the bush. Smile

I've been pondering at times on the future of the front page forum. It's actually a younger and seperate system to the main forums and was intended as a way of being able to easily add news about the site without resorting to the way I did this before - long and tedious manual HTML coding each time I wanted to say something.

There's pretty much three options here:-

1. Leave things as is.
2. Drop the front page forum altogether and make such announcements in General Discussion where they'd be more noticable.
3. Adopt your suggestion of including links in functions like Recent Posts.

I think Option 2 is out because regular updates to a home page adds considerable weight to placings in search engines. From a search engine optimisation perspective it would be suicide to make a home page static.

Option 1 is what we have now. Updates show up on search engines though, as you say, the isolation of the front page from the main forums can mean events on the front page go un-noticed.

Option 3 would go a long way to cure that problem. Making it work with the main forums shouldn't be too much of a problem. At times I've said things on the front page that I would fairly expect some replies too and got nothing at all - scary stuff. I'll add this to the to-do list.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 14 · Written at 20:36 on 17 June 2012.
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Good news GTC, the new thread display function is online. You can turn it on or off in Control Panel from the toolbar.

The database has been 'primed' but it'll take some new posts and threads to show the function working as it should.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 15 · Written at 23:02 on 21 June 2012.
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Thanks for this feature. Dovetails nicely with the highlighting feature.

I only just noticed it because stuff posted on this home page isn't part of the notification/highlighting action, as mentioned above.



 Return to top of page · Post #: 16 · Written at 05:53 on 22 June 2012.
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Yes, some integration between these two systems will probably be next.

My mail server will be out of action this weekend too. I am upgrading to a new version of that software. In the meantime my old webmail address is linked to on my profile page.

Update: New mail server software installed and working well. Now to the integration exercise - more news on this soon. Smile


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 17 · Written at 17:44 on 23 June 2012.
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Okay, it's been a busy day! Wink

Links to recent front page threads have been established on the front page and in members' recent posts pages. The number of links on the front page may increase over time though the front page is only used for site news these days so new threads won't be commonplace.

A new site masthead image has been introduced. I am not the best graphic designer in the world and regardless of whether I do a good job or a bad one I still find that a new look has to grow on me so the new image is semi-permanent.

All other promised fixes and upgrades are now finished except for the troublesome postcounts. That's the next job. Approve

That will be followed by a new look to the front page forum to match the main discussion forums.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 18 · Written at 21:59 on 25 June 2012.
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Can't say that I like the new site masthead image. On my screen it's just about all dark brown, lacking definitional detail and looking like a tiny window in some Gothic dungeon.

I much prefer the previous one.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 19 · Written at 05:54 on 27 June 2012.
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Yeah, I can't say the feedback for the new image is all that encouraging. I might have a go at a new one at the weekend. Hopefully the weather is good again - I work better when the sky is blue.

With the exception of the first version of the site in 2003 the image has always been a radio dial of some sort. I might have to go back to that theme to get something satisfactory.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 20 · Written at 14:18 on 27 June 2012.
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Frankly, I saw no need to change it anyway. I think what you had was perfectly fine. I consider the masthead to be like a brand or trademark than a shop window that needs frequent redressing and brands don't change for the sake of it.

The functionality changes are far more welcome.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 21 · Written at 15:35 on 27 June 2012.
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Hi Brad

As others have already commented, Not a big fan of the new Mast head Graphic.

On another note, is it possible that you can make the website "Fit" the size of the screen? Most people now have a bigger monitor than when you originally coded the site. I my self have a nice 22" wide screen with lots of "White Space" (Brown in this case) on each side.

Dan


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 22 · Written at 15:45 on 27 June 2012.
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Have you switched off profile updates? I note that my thread sort order has reverted to default and I can't change it.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 23 · Written at 16:32 on 27 June 2012.
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GTC,

No. There is no facility for me to override member's own settings. When I get home tonight I will check to see if there is a bug. Your settings should work no matter what computer you use too.

Just out of curiosity, which radio button in your thread order settings is displaying the black dot?

Flakes,

I gave thought last weekend to widening the site as a good number of people have 15 inch widescreen laptops these days. I don't want to return to the days of having a site that varies its width according to resolution or whether a visitor has their browser maximised fully or partly - not many sites are made that way these days because of conflicts between different types of content and the need to keep consistent the location of such content.

It's definitely possible to widen the fixed width though. When setting up the template width here I usually stick to what is done on major sites like those owned by Fairfax and News Ltd. Their sites are the same width as this one, give or take a pixel. If enough members ask for it I will widen up to 1280 pixels. I will start a new thread in General Discussion requesting more comments on this.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 24 · Written at 16:52 on 27 June 2012.
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Brad, there are no buttons at all showing, just like when you had profile updates turned off while you were implementing modifications a while back.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 25 · Written at 16:55 on 27 June 2012.
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I don't mind the current width. If lines are too long they are difficult to read (which is why newspapers are formatted in columns).


 Return to top of page · Post #: 26 · Written at 19:04 on 27 June 2012.
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GTC,

I can't see a problem with the thread display function and after looking at the database you have the correct entry on your line in the members table. It is strange that the bottom radio button doesn't light up though.

You mention that you use Firefox. Can you see what happens in IE or another browser you have and let me know what you find? None of the control panel functions are browser-specific but stranger things have happened.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 27 · Written at 19:48 on 27 June 2012.
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Same problem using IE. I'm sending you a screenshot.

Symptom has arisen sometime over the last 24 hours.

What I'm seeing is the same as when you said in another thread some time back that you had forgotten to turn on updates.

Update: As Brad has reminded me, the user preference settings have been moved from Profile to Control Panel.



 Return to top of page · Post #: 28 · Written at 06:25 on 30 June 2012.
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I have to say that it took me a while to make sense of the new masthead. At first, it looked like a version of Stonehenge... Smile Maybe a better image would be a closeup of a radio dial, Aussie style, with radio station callsigns. The aspect ratio would suggest the use of a vintage slide rule style dial. Something like this:



 Return to top of page · Post #: 29 · Written at 08:06 on 30 June 2012.
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One other thing I'd like to try and do is make the height of the masthead smaller which would raise the top of the content portion of the site up higher so more of it is displayed. This may make it possible to do away with a graphic altogether and just have text there. I'll be doing some experiments over the weekend so if something looks weird or out of place today or tomorrow don't worry about it. It'll just be me fiddling. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 30 · Written at 18:32 on 30 June 2012.
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Reducing the size of the masthead is probably a good idea. Why not do that and incorporate an Aussie mantel set in it? You could change the radio every now and again as you do on the front page.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 31 · Written at 19:59 on 2 July 2012.
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New plain image uploaded tonight with new masthead height. This image is also experimental. I have some ideas for a background and will do more of this through the week.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 32 · Written at 06:41 on 3 July 2012.
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Brad, oh, when you finish all the other things on the list, maybe you'd want to add an icon. Icons are those little graphics that show up in the Firefox browser just left of the URL. Like the little radio I have on my web page www.wa2ise.com

I made up an example icon file: http://www.wa2ise.com/radios/radausicon.ico

which looks like

The html code looks like

html head style fprolloverstyle="" A:hover {color: #FF0000; font-style: italic} /style title wa2ise's Home Page of Radios /title

link rel="shortcut icon" href="http://pw2.netcom.com/%7Ewa2ise/radicon.ico" /head body background="aa5wstg.gif"




I removed the angle brakets from the above, so the browser won't act on them.... Smile

There's various applications that can create the icon graphic file out there.



 Return to top of page · Post #: 33 · Written at 09:34 on 3 July 2012.
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We used to have a favicon here up until about a year ago. I took it down with the intention of replacing it but other things got in the road.

I'll add that back to the to-do list. Smile


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 34 · Written at 17:46 on 17 July 2012.
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Brad, where is the list of my last X posts? Used to be on my profile page IIRC.

Somebody asked me for something and I can't find that post now.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 35 · Written at 18:15 on 17 July 2012.
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A lot of functions on profile pages have been split into their own pages. What you need will be on 'Recent posts' from the link in the toolbar.


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 Return to top of page · Post #: 36 · Written at 20:54 on 17 July 2012.
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Thanks. Perhaps that could be labelled My Recent Posts.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 37 · Written at 22:04 on 17 July 2012.
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This isn't an official promise yet but I am just about to get ready to commit to a complete replacement of this site. The new site would be written in the latest client-side and server-side languages and allow lots more features that are fairly unrealistic to provide here at the moment (by a self-trained developer like me anyway).

Not much would change in the area of navigation - I know I've made a fair few changes with that lately and some of them not announced to members as well as I should have - though site speed would improve by a big margin and things like being able to embed images in posts would become much much easier to do.

A couple of other ideas came to mind a few years ago that would get some use too, such as each member getting their own photo album, where photos they display in their posts can be assembled on one page (or several paged pages) for general viewing by others. E-mail subcription to forums would be included too, along with the possibility of drafting posts in Microsoft Word, taking advantage of the spell-check and sentence structure features in Word and then uploading the post here directly from Word instead of cutting/pasting the text.

E-mail subscription feature could be included here but the problem lies in my ability to adequately test such a feature without sending the entire membership lots of test messages. It's better that I deal with that in an isolated testing environment I reckon. Wink

I am getting some practice in on a new content management system for another website I am setting up. What I do here will depend on how successful that is and if so then that software would become the backbone of a new content management system for Vintage Radio & Television.

For now, 'My' has been added to the link as suggested.


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Brad.

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 38 · Written at 18:59 on 18 July 2012.
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Thanks. Sounds good.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 39 · Written at 01:29 on 29 July 2012.
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"This isn't an official promise yet but I am just about to get ready to commit to a complete replacement of this site. The new site would be written in the latest client-side and server-side languages and allow lots more features that are fairly unrealistic to provide here at the moment (by a self-trained developer like me anyway)."

As long as you can maintain a similar look and feel as we have now (I think you indicated as much), that would be great. As long as it doesn't look like "out of the box" generic forum software look that many boards on the 'net have. The feature where we could upload images to our own photo album for use in our posts would be a nice feature to have, and maybe add an edit box that automatically places the browser code to insert the image into a post, along with sizing commands. So we can get it right without having to think about it. Smile And something to make it easy to use an old image over again in a new post would be nice too.


 Return to top of page · Post #: 40 · Written at 08:46 on 29 July 2012.
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The good news is that all of the above is on the drawing board.

Image resizing will be automatic and is a key part of the Microsoft .NET featureset. It'll be possible to just simply upload a JPG image and the site will reszie it to 655 pixels wide (or whatever the new template allows) and automatically adjust the image height to keep the image at the correct width-height ratio.

The new site will definitely not have those boring looks that most forums have. It's something I've always tried to avoid.

Re-using images will also be possible. It should just be a matter of double-clicking on an album image and the HTML code to display it will be inserted into the comment you are in the middle of posting.


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Brad.

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 Return to top of page · Post #: 41 · Written at 19:16 on 29 July 2012.
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As previously mentioned, I think the recent changes to functionality have greatly increased the utility of this site. Going forward, I would vote for automatic email subscription for thread creators. That way we might get more return visits / fewer unanswered follow-up questions. Said message should include instructions on how to recover your password.

Also, I would strongly encourage the addition of a Help "button" in the site header (say top right) to take members to a structured site usage help topic page (a collation of the various existing bits and pieces plus new stuff as required).




 Return to top of page · Post #: 42 · Written at 23:29 on 29 July 2012.
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When I get more involved with a future site I will set up a new forum called 'Wishlist" or something similar and members will be able to post suggestions, which would then get a 'tick' when implemented and under test. All the suggestions in this thread are quite reasonable and there should be no problem including them.

To give a guide on how things are starting off, I am currently writing a content management system (CMS) for a weblog I am setting up for another purpose. That software will be the foundation stone for a new CMS for Vintage Radio and Television. As a rule of thumb, that software would be the equivalent of the front page, all static pages, member registration engine, front page forum and basic member services offered on this site, though without the main forums that will get included here.

So before things really take off here, I'll already have a stable platform to build on.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 43 · Written at 23:22 on 3 December 2012.
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Been meaning to ask: Why is my Firefox session occasionally labelled as "I am a tuning dial: Vintage Radio & Television"?


 Return to top of page · Post #: 44 · Written at 13:03 on 4 December 2012.
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G'day GTC,

It shows that in all browsers and is a test message I put there a few weeks ago. I am working on a script that will extend a search engine optimisation function that has existed on this site for a very long time. It'll help keep this website at the top of search listings.

At the time I couldn't think of anything better to put as a test. It'll change just before Christmas to include the subject title of forum threads. At the moment this feature only covers static pages here.


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