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Post by Joseph » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:10 pm

Hi folks.

An average of 25 of you log in each month.

Of those, 20 or so post.

Of those, 10 of you post at least weekly.

This past weekend was the slowest in almost six years. If everybody waits for everybody else, nothing gets done. Don't be afraid to post more often. It doesn't hurt. You'll feel so good after you do, too.


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Post by Joseph » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:14 pm

PSA #2

Created some new tags: gold, silver and bronze for patrons, site contributors and founding members.

Also, Jan and I have been talking and we hope to upgrade to new forums for the six year anniversary in December. :)

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Post by D. Sauzi » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:31 pm

now THAT is a good announcement :D
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Post by AngryKidJoe » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:58 pm

Define upgrade to new forums.
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Post by Trailer Park Jesus » Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:34 am

i'm a monthly visitor :twisted:

forum upgrade would be good. and dump the dinosaur game forum. time to get with the times.
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Post by Joseph » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:54 pm

We'll be doing an upgrade to phpBB3. Invision and vBulletin both require licensing fees (which aren't currently justifiable on our end).

As for the "dinosaur game forum", since phpBB3 allows for sub-forums, my intent is to make the Gospels of Fish a sub-forum of Open Discussion and to make the Black Isle Games forum a sub-forum of General Gaming.

The trick will be finding a nice template/style so we can modify it along similar lines to the dark and light templates we currently use.

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Post by Joseph » Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:53 pm

Well, I've got a couple templates I'm mulling over that should be easy enough to customise to match our current dark/light options:

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/in ... tyle_id=26

http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/in ... tyle_id=60

Hopefully, we'll have that done for our anniversary on the winter solstice.

Also... we need to get a recruiting movement going. Our current (and past members) will likely never change their habits. They'll keep showing up bi-weekly or monthly to lurk and (rarely) post. So the trick lads and lasses, is to find fresh blood. AKJ and Firsborn brought in our last two members. Of course, neither are active now but... keep trying kids!

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Post by Gorth » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:10 am

Meh, I am not enough of an online presence to have a "following" and my offline friends know better than to socialise online. No idea where to grab some cannon fodder :(
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Post by Joseph » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:40 pm

Fair enough but any thoughts on the templates at least? ;)

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Post by Satan's Onion » Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:36 pm

Kind of digging "twilightBB" in spite of the name.
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Post by Joseph » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:41 pm

Indeed. The love affair people seem to be having with that substandard crapfest masquerading as literature and film is beyond me.

On the subject of upgrading the forums...

I'm starting to reconsider, wondering if it's worth it. We've had 15 registered members logged on this month and posting is at an all time low. In fact, I'm more active on other forums than I am on my own.

Well, it may keep the bots at bay at least. We were bot free for about a year until they recently penetrated our defenses. :roll:

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Post by Marcus » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:28 pm

Both templates are crap. (No not really!)

I dont know, NightPro looks bit more clean and elegant. Twilighter looks more hip.

No idea.

EDIT

1 What about this http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=385

Or

2 http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=10

Or this one!

3 http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=30

Or maybe

4 http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=275

Or?

5 http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=11

Hmm

6 http://www.phpbb.com/styles/demo/3.0/?style_id=555

I should have put in their names...ergh

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Post by Joseph » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:53 pm

The third and fifth ones you found are my favourites. Good finds. :)

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Post by D. Sauzi » Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:21 pm

I like the first most i think, i dislike the fourth and sixth. The fifth would be great as well if the text was more clear, the black on spotted grey is a little hard for my eyes.

There might be much more inside there though, for right now there a bit too many options for me to check them all, but i like Dirtyboard2.0 as well for instance.

I think a general rule of thumb would be looking for black/dark background or gray/brown maybe, and a lot of clarity in the text readibility and buttons, (where i would like something snowflaky to remain).


[edit] oooh, more wonders when i scroll up! I like the orangy one a lot too!, the one with the white background a lot less, prolly due to the white. [/]
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Post by Trailer Park Jesus » Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:38 pm

upgrades are good. have to have a dark template.

but dude why bother? this place is slower than shit
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