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Important forum upgrade + New Features
« on: Aug 28, 2009, 10:03 AM »
The forum is ready for upgrade. The upgrade is scheduled on September 13, Sunday at 7 pm, EST

Other time zones will be

Pacific Time, 4:00 pm
Mountain Time: 5:00 pm
Central Time:  6:00 pm
Eastern Time:  7:00 pm
United Kingdom:  12:00 midnight
Western Europe:  01:00 am (September 14)
Central Europe:  2:00 am (September 14)
Taiwan: 7:00 am (September 14)
Australia (Sydney): 9:00 am (September 14)


During upgrade, the forum will be in maintenance mode and not accessible. The approximate time to complete is 3 hours. It will be back live as soon as it is complete.

What can you help us before upgrade?

1. If you uploaded your avatar to the forum, please make a back up and upload to other sites such as photobucket and use that URL. If you don't make the change before September 13, your avatar will not be displayed after upgrade.

2. Before upgrading, the forum will back up all data. Please help us reduce the size of the backup by exporting your PMs and delete them from the server.

What changes should you expect?

Other than new features (see posts below in this thread), the only two that won't be available are

1. Member Map.
2. Option to upload your avatar.

How would you be affected after the upgrade?

1. The elimination of member map will cause all current flags displayed in your profile and post disappeared. You will need to manually select your country flag by modifying your profile.
2. If you uploaded your avatar to the forum and did not make a change to a URL prior to upgrade, you will see your avatar missing.

What should you do after the upgrade?

Nothing really. Just log on and play around! If you experience any difficulty or problems, please report in the thread below or contact mods.

Do you know the forum has a board for posting?

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?board=35.0

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If you have any comment/feedback/question, we would be glad to hear them in the following thread

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=8710.0

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« Last Edit: Sep 11, 2009, 02:15 PM by ethan »
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Re: ****New features for testing before upgrade****
« Reply #1 on: Aug 28, 2009, 10:11 AM »
Homepage - you will see a slight change with the pic in the middle and with the addition of "Recent Topics"





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New header
« Reply #2 on: Aug 28, 2009, 02:47 PM »
After logging in with your username and password, you will see a new header that has BBM greetings, links to your account settings and snapshot of forum stats.

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Setting up your profile
« Reply #3 on: Aug 28, 2009, 02:53 PM »
The upgrade will enhance the profile that changes the layout and other additional fields.

Click on "profile" on the menu and you will see the following.

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Modifying your profile
« Reply #4 on: Aug 28, 2009, 02:56 PM »
To edit your profile, click on  "edit profile" on the header. Here you can set up your avatar, country flag, BBM anniversary, signature, etc. You can also enter links to your Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. If you have livejournal or other websites, you can enter it in the website field.

Important note - after the upgrade, the forum will not have the Member Map and it will impact your country flag currently displayed in your profile. To have your country flag, you will need to modify your profile and choose the flag after forum upgrade.



For more details on how to add your avatar, click HERE

Two new flags were added for your selection - if the flag you are looking for is not in the list, please let the admins know.


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Look & Layout setting
« Reply #5 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:01 PM »
Changing your preference setting for look and layout of the forum.

In this section, you can personalize the look and layout of the forum. First, click on "Look & Layout" in the header and you will see the options.

If your Internet speed is slow, you can check the following three options.

Don't show pictures in posts, only links.
Don't show users' avatars.
Don't show users' signatures.

Three useful settings are

1. Return to topic after posting by default - check this if you want to the thread which you are replying instead of the entire forum.

2. Don't warm on new replies made while posting - check this if you don't want to receive warning that there are new replies to the thread after you click "post"

3. Use Quick Reply on Topic Display - With Quick-Reply you can write a post when viewing a topic without loading a new page. You can still use bulletin board code and smileys as you would in a normal post.

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Change account setting
« Reply #6 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:10 PM »
Account setting allows you to hide your email to other members and your online status and change your password.





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Email setting
« Reply #7 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:20 PM »
You have the option to include email in your profile.

If you choose to hide your email address, it will show "hidden" to others viewing your profile and not allowing other members to contact you directly via email. When you see your own profile, you will still see your email but it is italicized like myemail@ennisjack.com


If you choose to let others contact you by email and not to hide it, your email address will not be visible to other members but showing an email icon.


When members send you an email, they will be entering an online form. After the form is completed, you will receive an email directly from the sender.



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Notification setting
« Reply #8 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:26 PM »
To change your notification setting,

If you prefer not to receive any notification from the forum by email, un-check the first option.

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PM option
« Reply #9 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:27 PM »
Update your PM setting.

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Add Buddy to the list
« Reply #10 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:30 PM »
You can add other members to your buddy list by entering their usernames or adding them from their profiles. It will display a list easier for you to communicate with your buddies online.



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Re: ****New features for testing before upgrade****
« Reply #11 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:41 PM »
Thanks Ethan for this job you did, for the explanations and reminders :t)

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Enhanced features
« Reply #12 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:52 PM »
Auto Video Embedded in the post

When you insert a video link such as YouTube, the video will be automatically embedded like the one below. Currently, the forum is set up to include 30 embedded videos per page. Increase the number will add more loading time.

In addition to YouTube, it also supports many video sites, for example

Dailymotion    Google Video    MetaCafe       Veoh
Vimeo       Apple Trailers    Archive.org   Bebo      Brightcove network       ESPN
Facebook       Flickr      GameSpot    IGN       Imeem (Video)      ImageShack
JustinTV       Kewego network      MegaVideo    MSN Live/Soapbox       MySpace    photobucket   TinyPic       Truveo      Yahoo Video
 
You can check the following thread - http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=4685.0

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Enhanced dropdown menus
« Reply #13 on: Aug 28, 2009, 03:57 PM »
Page dropdown menu - the menu will appear in all areas when there is more than one page to browse.


Font type, size, color dropdown - during posting, you can select font type, size and color from menus.

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Topic filter and enhanced search dropdown
« Reply #14 on: Aug 28, 2009, 04:01 PM »
Topic filter - In the topic view, you can filter the topics by date, number of replies and number of topics per page.

Please don't forget to reset or you will filter topics inaccessible to you


Enhanced search dropdown

The search bar includes dropdown menu to limit the search area. In a board, you will have the option to search in the entire forum or that particular board. In a topic, you will have three options to limit the search.

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PM with Flashing icon and new emoticons
« Reply #15 on: Aug 28, 2009, 04:09 PM »
Flashing icon when receiving new PM - when you receive new PMs, a flashing icon will appear.



New Emoticons - we hope you will enjoy them. The forum currently has sufficient number of emoticon for the time being. We will evaluate the usage and make any adjustment as necessary.

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Adding links to the bottom navigation menu
« Reply #16 on: Aug 28, 2009, 04:16 PM »
Adding links in the bottom of navigation menu

The following three links on the top header are also placed in the bottom.


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Re: ****New features for testing before upgrade****
« Reply #17 on: Sep 01, 2009, 06:40 PM »
Extra field to enter a reason when editing/modifying your own post

When a post is edited, there will be an field to enter the reason why it is edited.



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Re: ****New features for testing before upgrade****
« Reply #18 on: Sep 01, 2009, 06:42 PM »
Another improvement for the forum stats. The archive boards and topics will not be listed in the top 10 boards, topics both by replies and by views. This improvement may eliminate some popular boards/topics once they are archived. Such elimination won't be permanent as their replies and views grow fast and will be on top 10 soon.

As you can see below, the current forum stats list duplicates which make the top 10 less useful. In the testing site, you will see that there is no duplicates.

Current stats in the forum


Stats in the testing site

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Re: Feature testing + important forum upgrade information
« Reply #19 on: Sep 01, 2009, 08:38 PM »
Updated the testing site with hpv's suggestions. The ones in a box now all have links.

0 Posts | 0 Messages - links to all of your posts and all your PM inbox. (it will show the number of posts and PMs you have).

Please welcome - link to http://ennisjack.com/index.php?topic=7817.0



Also, you will see "Monotype Corsiva" font type in the dropdown menu when you post.

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Re: Feature testing + important forum upgrade information
« Reply #20 on: Sep 02, 2009, 03:12 PM »
Added the code
Code: [Select]
[img width=600][/img]
Just click on the icon 



When you click the icon, the posting screen will display
Code: [Select]
[img width=600][/img]
You can edit the number to increase or decrease the pixels of image. If you don't want to resize, either click icon or remove "width=600" part.
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Re: Feature testing + important forum upgrade information
« Reply #21 on: Sep 04, 2009, 09:35 AM »
Just to clarify the request to save PMs as some of you have asked.

Your private messages (PMs) won't be deleted after the upgrade.

The forum will be upgraded to a later version of software. Before doing so, the forum will first backup all the data. PMs take space and it would really help the forum to export them to your computer and delete them from the server from time to time.

Now it is a good time to do it.

How often should you export your PMs? As soon as you are about to reach 70 pages (that is about 2000 messages).

Thank you very much for your understanding and help!!
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Re: Feature testing + important forum upgrade information
« Reply #22 on: Sep 08, 2009, 11:26 AM »
Change of Avatar setting

After the upgrade, the option to upload your own avatar will be disabled in order to conserve the serve space. If you upload your avatar to the forum, please save a copy and upload it to photo site such as photobucket before the upgrade by modifying your profile and insert the URL. There will be more BBM avatar lists to personalize your profile. The list includes BBM, its characters and cast members. If you don't like any of them, please feel free to use others hosting at other sites.

To modify your profile, click "profile" and then "Forum Profile Information" - you will see the option to either choose from the list or enter the URL of your own pic.

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Re: Important forum upgrade + New Features
« Reply #23 on: Sep 09, 2009, 08:23 PM »
If you use mobile device that has Internet connection and browser, you can browse the forum using a text version without graphics.

Set your URL to

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?wap

or

http://ennisjack.com/index.php?wap2
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Re: Important forum upgrade + New Features
« Reply #24 on: Sep 10, 2009, 03:19 PM »
Condense the header. - you can hide the header to give you for forum space by clicking +. To expand, click it again.

 

After it is hidden.

 
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Re: Important forum upgrade + New Features
« Reply #25 on: Sep 10, 2009, 10:54 PM »
If you prefer, below are the links to google translation.
(translations may not be accurate but they will give you an idea).
click on the flag for your language.

French" title="French" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; German" title="German" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Italian" title="Italian" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Dutch" title="Dutch" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Spanish" title="Spanish" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Portuguese" title="Portuguese" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Korean" title="Korean" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; 简体中文" title="简体中文" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; 日本語" title="日本語" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Greek" title="Greek" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Arabic" title="Arabic" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Russian" title="Russian" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; 繁體中文" title="繁體中文" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Norwegian" title="Norwegian" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Finnish" title="Finnish" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Hebrew" title="Hebrew" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px; Indian" title="Indian" width="24" height="24" style="border: 0px solid ; width: 24px; height: 24px;




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New Features in the forum - check them out!!
« Reply #26 on: Sep 13, 2009, 10:07 PM »
You may notice time difference in the forum. To adjust the time based on your time zone,

you will need to go to "Look & Layout"  on top section of "My Settings."

In the field of "Time Offset" click "auto detect." It will show the hour difference.

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Re: Important forum upgrade + New Features
« Reply #27 on: Feb 08, 2013, 06:11 PM »
The forum added a few options for adding various social media website plus Skype.

Skype   
Facebook   
MySpace   
Twitter   
Google+   
LinkedIn   
Youtube   
DeviantArt   
Pinterest

To add them, simply go to edit your profile.

http://www.ennisjack.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;sa=forumProfile
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Re: Important forum upgrade + New Features
« Reply #28 on: Feb 10, 2013, 11:56 AM »
OMG !  Thanks Ethan but I will change nothing as member !  :)
It could be like this, always like this....
Sometimes I miss you so much, I can't understand it.

As you get old you begin to wonder-
what was all that lightning and thunder
actually about ? (Gavin Ewart)