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    @BenFenner ...I have absolutely no authority but I command you to take a vaca/weekend away from this "forum stuff" ...although I commend your enthusiasm, don't be skipping the beach w/the fam for this...!!! IJS...too short..
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    Update

    I've hit my first actual snag. I'm trying to find the database table that holds some poll information, and it's taking some real time. There are hundreds of tables in the database (one reason this shit needs to be re-written) when there should only be 20 or so. I have to look through hundreds of tables trying to find the data I'm looking for, or look through the source code which sometimes helps find the table. Hopefully doing that will bear fruit this weekend. Sorry for the delay. =(

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    Update

    I found the poll information I was looking for. Can't believe it ended up being right "next" to the other main poll info I'd already found.
    Onward and upward!
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    Update

    I got the polls sorted out and converted in the database. Next up are the posts, which shouldn't be too bad. That will be the last thing to convert on the back-end, then I can work on the front end stuff for it.

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    Update

    I hit a bit of a snag trying to do some of the back-end updates to the posts. I wanted to avoid having to process the over 1 million posts more than I had to, or find efficient ways to get it done so that eventually when the conversion happens, it won't take all day. Sadly, after looking into it for a while, it's just not going to happen. So it turns out the posts need to be processed once, which takes about 2 hours, and then likely again, which might take another 2 hours (but hopefully less).

    So I've decided I just can't save the time, and things will just have to take hours.
    I have moved on getting the rest finished.

    I also found another table I really need to convert, so next up I will be tackling the post edit history table. That should go well, and likely by this weekend I'll be ready to start on the front-end stuff for sections, threads, and posts.
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    ...and you're doing a fine job!
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    Update

    I got the post edit history converted over. In doing so, I noticed I should probably also get the 750 post attachments converted over. But I'm not finding them where I expected to. I'll keep hunting for them and hopefully find them soon. I have Monday and Tuesday off work, so I'm hoping to make more good progress in the coming days.

    Edit: I believe I've found the actual attachment file data now. I should be able to make good progress over the next couple days.
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    Update

    I've converted the attachments, so I'm finished with the back-end work.

    Now I can get started on the front-end work for forum sections, threads, posts, posts with polls, and posts with attachments.

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    Update

    I've basically finished the pure forum section display stuff (think the main page).
    Next I will work on the hybrid section/thread display stuff (think sub-forums like this).
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    Update

    Well, my goal was to finish the hybrid display stuff this week, but I did not. I got lots of good work done, but there was much to do that I wasn't expecting. Don't worry, it was all good work that needed to be done and no snags anywhere. I just underestimated what it would really take for this step. I hope to have the hybrid display stuff done soon. I'll update again later.

    The site is really starting to come together now. It looks and behaves so much like the current site I have a hard time telling them apart sometimes.
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    What about picture hosting with the new site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NissanEgg View Post
    What about picture hosting with the new site?
    This forum has a spotty history with picture hosting. It had it, then it didn't, then it did again but it didn't work well, etc.
    I've always thought a forum should not be involved with picture hosting. That is my personal view on the matter. A forum should do one thing, and do it well. Picture hosting is a completely different animal that should be left up to picture hosting sites that are MUCH better at providing that service.

    For sure, picture hosting won't be part of the initial roll-out. It likely won't be part of the 2nd and 3rd planned upgrades either. After the site is back to normal, and all of the core features are in place, we can then talk about picture hosting and see what it would take to do that, do it well, and do it within costs.

    I hope that answers the question?
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    Update

    Still not finished with the hybrid section/thread display yet, but steady progress is being made. Let me just go into hiding a bit while I finish this part.
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    Update

    The hybrid section/thread display is finished. In the process, I also finished the regular thread display as well. The main things left until we go live are thread creation, post display, and post creation. I'm going to tackle post display next. I think this is the largest task left, which I saved basically for last. More updates soon. =]

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    I'm sure this will be of interest to many people. The current forum has a mobile version which has some issues, but generally I believe it works well. (No clue if TapaTalk is still compatible, or used by anyone?)
    The new site is not going to have a mobile version out of the gate. For sure we will get it working great on mobile devices, but it is not being built specifically with mobile in mind just yet. That being said, I checked the new site on a Galaxy S6 running Chrome and it is surprisingly well behaved. It is by no means what mobile users will want to use for any length of time, but it at least doesn't shit the bed. There were a few odd things I'd like to take care of later, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

    Now back to making real progress...

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    It's going to be a bit before the next major milestone is reached, so nothing major to report right now. I am making progress though, and fixing or improving more things as I go that I've never liked about the forum. Simple little things like the pages shown in the thread preview. Right now if a thread has more than one page, you see tiny links to some of the pages in the thread preview. If there are more than 4 pages, it provides links to the first 3 pages, then a link to the last page. That last page link is extremely useful, and I believe most of us use them to jump immediately to the latest posts. For example, if there is a thread with 10 pages, how often do you want to see the first page? Sometimes... So a link to the first page makes sense (even if it is redundant). But the second page, and third page? Who cares? Who wants to jump to page 3 of a 10-page thread? That's not likely... But jumping to page 9 might make sense, so you can catch up on the conversation...
    So I'm changing the way that works.

    Current thread preview pagination:
    1 2 3 ... 10

    New thread preview pagination:
    1 ... 8 9 10



    It's little things like that which I'm very happy to improve. I've also solved the problem where you would see 1 2 3 ... 4 which was hilariously dumb.

    More real updates soon I hope.
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    Make it so, Mister Fenner.

 

 
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