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  • Forum Software Upgrade from phpBB to vBulletin

    I'm pleased to announce that we've changed forum software from phpBB to vBulletin.

    While phpBB has served us decently well over the last year, we've also had a number of issues with it. vBulletin has a better user feature set, and behind the scenes, a much better management experience. Importantly, it also has a very clean import path from phpBB, preserving all existing users and posts, the latter being especially critical as the thousands of existing posts are an invaluable resource.

    All existing posts should have come across without issues. The one exception is that any post that included (such as in a code sample) the standard XML escape sequence of &lt; which stands for '<' will in the imported version just have a '<'. There should be no cases or next to no cases of this though.

    Note that any threads you were subscribed to previously (either because you explicitly subscribed to them, or because you checked the appropriate check-box when creating a thread) will need to be subscribed to again.

    All user accounts should have imported successfully, for the most part. You do need to edit your profile to set your proper timezone, as this will not have transferred across successfully. This may be done in the "Edit Options" page of the User Control Panel. You may also need to edit any custom signature you have defined for yourself, if it has a quote in it, as " came across as \"editing, as " came across as \".

    One other setting you will probably want to tweak in your user options is the choice of the editor to use when posting messages. By default this will be "Basic Editor", which is just a simple textbox, but you may want to change it to "Standard Editor", which adds some formatting controls, or "Enhanced Interface", which allows a full WYSIWYG interface using DHTML.

    Be aware that as opposed to the old phpBB vehaviour, when displaying threads in a forum vBulletin defaults to only the last month's worth. Another value (e.g. all posts) may be easily specified via the dropdown at the bottom of the thread listing.

    Expect the look and feel (theme) of the site to change over the next few weeks. Due to issues with phpBB it was considered important to make this switch now, before secondary aspects such as a final look and feel were fully done.

    Working against the limitation that existing posts must not be lost, it will be our goal on an ongoing basis to continue to enhance the user experience on the forums. This means we will in the future further enhance the feature set with plugins to vBulletin, new versions of vBulletin, or even a move to other software where that makes sense and a clean conversion is possible.

    Regards,
    Colin
    Last edited by Colin Sampaleanu; Oct 23rd, 2005, 10:10 AM.

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    Is there a way to edit the titles of posts. I started a thread asking for advice about a problem I'm having on showForm redirects in Spring MVC and the title has got cropped somehow.

    The new software also seems to have problems showing JSTL tags that are typed.

    Here's the post - http://forum.springframework.org/showthread.php?t=19053

    The bit that appears <cotherwise> is actually the c(colon)otherwise tag - I checked this by editing the post. This will definitely cause problems in the Web forum.

    Also, my entire post shows up as bold, yet there are no bold tags in there.

    Bob

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    • #3
      Does vBulletin supports thread posting through emails (like mailing list) - like Jive?

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      • #4
        Is there a way to find threads that you've participated in?

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        • #5
          .. or a way to set your locale?? (they seem to have accounted for timezone and DST but I can't change the date format to something slightly less dopey than mm-dd-yy. GRRRR)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by katentim
            Is there a way to find threads that you've participated in?
            Tim,

            I dicovered this functionnality yesterday click on your name, and selcet "Find all posts by <name>" in the menu.

            Cheers

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            • #7
              Fine. I also looked for that one. However I would prefer a direct access to this feature (as it was before) as it helps keeping track of issues.

              Andreas

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              • #8
                A disappointing user experience

                It's a little euphemistic to claim that "All existing posts should have come across without issues." All links inside a post pointing to another post appear to be broken. Therefore, whenever a post says something like "... For a solution of this problem, see <link>...", the post has become effectively useless.

                I hope that "a much better management experience" compensates for this.

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                • #9
                  problems with new forum:

                  1. yes , all the links which redirect back into the forum has been broken , this is *important* .

                  2. sorting using "views" seem a little bit strange , work for "Architecture Discussion" , but not "Spring Web Flow".

                  3. no "bold" , "code" ..etc when editing a post ,and "code" is *important* , make users easy to read , and l don't like *xxx* to represent "bold" ..

                  4. the forum is not encode with UTF-8 , any characters other than alphabet will fail to display.

                  5. l don't like the forum in blue , spring suppose to be green... hihi

                  l think the conversion is NOT totally successful ....

                  moon
                  Last edited by yfmoan; Oct 25th, 2005, 06:57 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Guys, I'm pretty sure Colin is aware of these problems (there have been some discussions on the mailing list), As he said initially he will take care of the site looks - about the ex-thread ids I don't know.
                    Have a little patience and see what the result will be.

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                    • #11
                      no "bold" , "code" ..etc when editing a post ,and "code" is *important* , make users easy to read , and l don't like *xxx* to represent "bold" ..
                      Have you checked your preferences - if you select advanced editor you can use quote/bold/underline & co even in quick reply.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by irbouho
                        Tim,

                        I dicovered this functionnality yesterday click on your name, and selcet "Find all posts by <name>" in the menu.

                        Cheers
                        Thanks Omar. Unfortunately it lists your posts and not your threads, so multiple posts to the one thread appear - but it's still useable. It'd also be nice to see who the last poster was. Other functionality appears to be good though.

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                        • #13
                          Have you checked your preferences - if you select advanced editor you can use quote/bold/underline & co even in quick reply.
                          Oh .. yes , thanks , l just found this . But this is strange , because you have to submit the post before you can have this function , and when l using this advanced function , l cannot see other posts , this will make editing a bit difficult.

                          moon
                          Last edited by yfmoan; Oct 26th, 2005, 06:30 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I have to say that at least for me the forum loads and moves a LOT faster then it used to.

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                            • #15
                              It appears to me that every thread I have participated is automatically added to "subscriptions", and can be viewed from "User CP". I'm not sure if it's the default or something I did while playing around with the options, though.

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