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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 00:14 on 17 December 2009.
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As of midnight tonight there are two new features on the Vintage Radio forums.

The first allows those who have included a signature when registering their account here the chance to display that signature in their forum posts. For those who would like to add a signature to their account, this account update feature will be available before the end of the year.

The second feature is one requested by several members over time and will thus prove quite popular - the ability to edit your posts after you have submitted them. This feature has been available on the front page comments system for a long time however it is now available in the forums as well. Whilst the edit feature on the front page commenting system has a two hour time limit there will be no time limit on the same function in the forums. The 'edit' link will appear in your posts no matter what. Of course, it goes without saying that members will only be able to make changes to their own posts! Wink

If you have a suggestion for new forum features then please feel free to comment in this thread.

A note to spammers: We are not interested in the products and services you continually post on websites and e-mail to people. This website covers only one specific subject matter and I would greatly appreciate it if you would advertise elsewhere. Anyone who spams will be banned, have their post(s) deleted and risk being reported to their ISP and/or the police.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 14:25 on 13 June 2010.
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Hi Brad
I want to post some images to the technical forum, being ads for the STC830 radio.
The instructions are to email them, but I can't find any facility to email you.
Can you please help.
Graham


 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 18:51 on 14 June 2010.
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G'day Graham,

If you e-mail any images to brad.mail.vintage-radio.com.au I will post them for you. Please do not forget to let me know the thread's title so I can locate your post.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 15:31 on 21 June 2010.
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Hi Brad
Regarding images, they are sometimes hard to find when attached to posts. Would it be possible to include a page of thumbnails of all images on the site, or some other image archive?
Regards
Graham


 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 18:31 on 21 June 2010.
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This will happen at some time in the future. A new website engine is currently under development and with that each member will be able to upload their own images and link to them in their posts. A page where each member can view their own images will be a big part of this feature.

Whilst it is technically feasible to add all this functionality to the current website my web server is very short of disc space and thus requires a fairly expensive upgrade before more features can be rolled out.

It is something to look forward to though. Once the new site is finished and rolled out, there won't be another discussion forum anywhere in the world with the same member services. Smile

Update: One other new feature that may get added before then will be the ability to view a list of the most recent posts you have made.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 10:40 on 2 July 2010.
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Hi Brad
OK sounds good. Looks like a lot of effort and expense has gone into your website.
Could a new/latest posts facility be included? Or a date put with the last posts in the last post facility?
Regards
Graham


 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 18:57 on 2 July 2010.
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I used to think that hosting websites inhouse was cheaper but it is not always the case. UPS batteries require replacement every two-three years, servers have to be pulled down, stripped, cleaned and reassembled, the extra electricity has to be paid for, software upgrades can be a bit of a pain especially since this server still runs on Windows 2000 Advanced Server which is now an eleven year old operating system and because I do use professional rack servers, they are expensive to buy, repair and replace. The same server owned by a retail webhost will have something like 200 websites hosted and this would cover the costs plus nett the webhost a tidy profit. There's only half a dozen sites on my server though.

There are still two advantages for me though. The first is that knowing that I can do it myself is a rewarding experience. The second is that I have every possible feature and configuration available to me whereas when I outsourced the hosting back in the early days of Vintage Radio I was given a certain set of features and was told I had to pay extra for the more useful ones.

I figured that since I have a good broadband connection here and that I am paying quite enough for it I may as well double-up and get my money's worth on that. Fortunately my ISP doesn't charge for uploads otherwise going back to a retail webhost may well prove financially beneficial.

In answering your question about recent posts, yes this will happen. Most good forum software allows for a few ways to go back to where you left off. A list of recent posts, a list of your own posts going back to when you signed up, a search facility, etc. It will all materialise eventually, though certainly this year. I've already built the template for the new site however that is the easy part. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 15:15 on 19 July 2010.
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Hi Brad,

Both of your email addresses (vintage-radio & hansard) are bouncing at the moment.
I can send the error report if you like.

Graham


 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 17:05 on 19 July 2010.
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Yes, I am still having difficulties with Mail at the moment. I will have another crack at it tonight. Due to spam I may even set up a new address once I get the mail server sorted. If this happens I will announce the change and direct people to my member profile page - when e-mail addresses on these pages are displayed by members they can only be viewed by those who are logged in so it is a nice way to help fight spam robots. Smile


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...


 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 16:30 on 22 July 2010.
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OK Brad. Will it be possible to attach pics to the email from your profile page?

Graham


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