Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

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Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby Furrhan Blackwood » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:26 pm

Hey, all!

This week we're going to update our version of PHPBB to the most current one since we're a bit behind. We're also going to give these forums a fresh new look by applying a new style.
Our current style is called Prosilver and it's the boring default one that comes with the software. We hope the new style we're about to introduce will make the forums more appealing and more accessible.

We're also intending to introduce new smilies (hopefully including some furry ones!) in the near future so stay tuned for those!

As a result of these updates it's possible the forums may be down for a day or two this week while things are being installed. So if you try to visit and can't see the site then please don't worry - it'll be back on-line soon - and if you find any bugs once the new site is up and running then please do let us know and we'll fix them as soon as we can!

As always if you've any questions, suggestion or concerns about these updates anything then don't hesitate to reply in this thread or to PM any of our staff at any time!


Cheers,
Furr. :)
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby Marcwolf » Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:59 pm

Hi All.
We are now running on PHPbb3 3.1.18
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby Furrhan Blackwood » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:24 pm

UPDATE:

We've successfully updated our PHPBB which is the software our forum runs on. Many thanks to Marcwolf for the hours of work he's put in to iron out the bugs. Also, as you've all no doubt seen by now, we've updated our theme. Do you like this new colour scheme? Do you prefer the old one? Would you like something different entirely? Feel free to let us know either by commenting in this thread or by private message, tweet, or note on any of our social media accounts! If you do prefer the old one I will enable the option to let you change it back for yourself so that everyone can choose what theme they like.

I've also updated the profile pages. You'll see that they're a lot less cluttered and that we've removed the fields for sites that no longer exist and for services that people no longer use. I've also added an "about me" section where you're free to add whatever information about yourself you'd like people to know. Sexuality, Relationship Status and Occupation have all been removed as this information can go in the "About Me" box. You can type up to 1000 characters in that box so go nuts! If you can't fit all you want in there then let me know and I'll increase the limit, within reason of course. Additionally, many fields were duplicated on the profile page. Those duplicates have now been removed however it was impossible to transfer the information into one single set of fields. So if you're missing any information from your profile such as your twitter, Facebook or Skype accounts then you will need to add that information again. I do apologise for the inconvenience; however there was no way around it.

What updates do we have planned for the future? Here's a list in no particular order:
  • New furry-themed smilies/emoticons
  • Revamped Featured Furstralian section
  • Utilisation of the portal as a proper homepage
  • Introduction of a news ticker so you always know what's happening in the community
  • Introduction of a forum Mascot
  • Completion of the reorganisation of the forums and removal of duplicate threads and posts
  • Introduction of a "Poll Of The Month" to get people talking, possibly with prizes for our favourite comments in the subsequent discussions
Keep a lookout for all those changes in the near future!

And now, a reminder:
Don't forget that the banner competition is still running! You can win $20 and an animated icon simply by designing us a new forum banner! All the details of the competition can be found here.

Finally, if you've any questions, concerns or comments about any of these changes or updates or about anything else-forum related then please don't hesitate to message any of our friendly staff at any time! We'd love to hear from you! This forum is what you make of it so your input is essential for building our community.

I hope you've all had a great start to the week and I'll see you around the forums!

Cheers,
Furr.
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby FoxTailedCritter » Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:46 pm

Whoa that was unexpected.
Looks pretty good though, I like it. Thanks Marcwolf.
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby Furrhan Blackwood » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:34 pm

Thanks, Fox!

UPDATE:
We're aware of a few bugs with the system and we're working to rectify them as soon as possible. The bugs are as follows:
  • Users being logged out whilst navigating the site or opening and closing tabs in their browsers
  • CleanTalk Anti-spam protection causing issues with registration.
What are we doing about these issues?
  • Combing the server logs to pinpoint the log-out issue so we can rectify it.
  • Deactivated Cleantalk. Users should now be able to register with no problems. If you are experiencing issues with registration then please email support@furstralia.com or use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
Please note that due to having Cleantalk deactivated, we are experiencing a significant amount of spam posts. As a result of this all new users will temporarily have to have their first three posts on the boards approved by one of our staff before they will be able to post normally. This is a simple and temporary measure to keep spam posts off the board as it allows us to make sure that only posts by real people are visible to you, our valued users. To have a post approved simply write it and submit it as normal and our software automatically saves the post and notifies us that there's a post waiting for approval. You'll get an automated PM when your post is approved. We do apologise for the inconvenience and we will do our best to ensure these issues are rectified as soon as possible.

What can you do to help?
If you get logged out then please let us know the exact time at which you were disconnected as this helps us determine when the error occurred on the server and what that error was.
If you encounter any spam then please report it using the report button located on every post and we will remove it.
If you encounter any other bugs or issues then please don't hesitate to PM any of our staff, to email us at support@furstralia.com or to use the "Contact Us" link found at the bottom of every page.

Again, we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by these bugs and we promise to have them rectified as soon as we possibly can.
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Re: Upcoming Forum Maintenance - Possible Outage and/or Bugs

Postby Furrhan Blackwood » Mon May 23, 2016 7:20 pm

Updated profile fields:

You can now share your Furry Network account on your profile! This option can be accessed via User Control Panel > Profile> Edit Profile.
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