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2018-08-16 08:48:15
Good work
It's been a long time since I've visited the site... I wish it were more active, instead of the Facebook group(s) personally. Ben, I'm glad to see you're giving it some much needed attention!

Do you have a timeline for when the User CP will be live? My main reasoning for visiting was just to change my password, but it appears that the user Settings is still not enabled. No rush, I know it's a lot of work. Now that I see this is actively being worked on, I'll visit more regularly to check out the updates and hopefully new posts.

Edit: Just found a page or two back where you had the password reset/recovery page as one of your priorities, I had missed that previously. Keep chugging along as you can.
Last edited by Nathan_Barstow on 2018-08-16 at 08-59-23. Reason: I'm dumb
2018-08-16 14:03:06
It's good to see you Nathan. You have a legitimate question and I'm glad you asked it here.
I'm still working on the proper password change feature, but PLEASE feel welcome to use this work-around in the mean time:

Originally Posted by BenFenner
Already a member but have forgotten your password? Reset your password here. (Doesn't work while logged in, obviously.)

Assuming you have access to your e-mail account on file with the forum, you can log out, go to that link above, and go through the password reset procedure. It should let you set a new password of your choosing. Let me know if there are any problems. It's had limited testing.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2018-08-16 at 14-10-19.
2018-08-19 10:53:25

URLs (and e-mail addresses) posted in threads and private messages without URL tags will automatically get URL tags applied to them now (like we used to have).
In other words, web site addresses will automatically turn into click-able hyperlinks.

Not only that, but the title of the destination page will be used as the link text if a title is found. This even works for private sections of the forum. If a user links to a section of the forum they have access to, the title will be looked up. This might not seem like a big deal, but it was tough to figure out how to get it working.
This seemingly simple feature has lots of "gotchas" and it took all weekend to work through, with one major hiccup and a couple smaller stumbling blocks. I wasn't expecting it to take nearly this much time, but it was well spent IMO. We needed this.

If a URL happens to be surrounded by IMG or VIDEO tags, or any other tag, it won't be auto-linked obviously. And when a post is edited, the linking stays, and double links are avoided. Again, all very technical things I had to get working.

As a consequence of this work, if you go back and edit a post you've made with URLs that aren't linked, they will automatically get linked if you just save the post again without doing anything. If you absolutely do not want a URL to be linked, surround it with CODE tags as you would anything else.

While I was working on this, I noticed that post and PM previews did not preview emoji properly, so I fixed that while I was in there.

Here are a few examples or URLs auto-linking. If you see issues with this in your travels, please let me know.




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Last edited by BenFenner on 2018-08-19 at 11-05-39.
2018-08-22 07:46:15
Damn, I just keep finding BBC that I haven't sorted yet. I need to get TABLE (and associated) working, but it shouldn't take long at all. Here's an extreme example: BMW Z3 rear shock mount options (all inclusive).
2018-08-23 19:07:36

I got TABLE tags working. It actually uncovered an issue with the BBC parsing which I had to figure out a fix for. Basically newlines were being inserted where they shouldn't, and that made tables (and to a lesser extent, lists) display with way too many newlines in and around them. Sorting that out, I also found many places where I forgot to get emoji working, mostly in PMs and signatures.

For an example of tables in action, see the thread linked in the post above.

Now that I've sorted all that out I should be able to focus on more important things.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2018-08-23 at 20-26-26.
2018-08-24 07:17:47

I've just noticed e-mails originating from the site don't seem to arrive properly. This means new user registration won't work, password recovery won't work, and members won't get notified of new PMs.
I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but it's been at least 2 days, possibly a good bit longer.
I've been working on it all morning, and have a help ticket into our web host now to get this sorted.
Sorry for the trouble, hopefully I'll have better news soon.

Edit: It turns out e-mails were working this whole time. I'd actually changed my own user account's e-mail address a while back to test something out, and I never changed it back. So I wasn't getting e-mails, and I assumed no one else was too. Turns out e-mails were working just fine. Whoops.
Last edited by BenFenner on 2018-08-25 at 00-32-16.
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