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Re: It's time to build


Perfect! If you have a space to host your domain name, look in to getting the most current version of PHPbb set up on it. If you don't have a space, look in to getting one that supports the most current version. There are resources on PHPbb listing their favored hosts.

Once you have everything installed and 'running', immediately start going through the plug-ins, themes and etc. and uploading anything you think might be useful. OCCASIONALLY two plug-ins use the same field for something and conflict, but if you download everything you think you might use down the road NOW, then you'll know if eveything will work 'out of the box'.

If anything does conflict, the author will usually fix it immediatelly, but you can ask me as well, as I can fix stuff if it's necessary.

I want YOU to do this phase because it's not hard at all, really, and you should know how to do it yourself. If you have any trusted co-admins, get them in on it so they know how everything works as well. Do not fail to document everything (import links, passwords, package changes, etc..) Once you get that far, let me know, and I'll help set up a custom database and content pages like I mentioned above.

As far as the assets themselves go, I'm primarily interested in not losing accreeditation of authors. I'm going to trust every filename or folder that lists an author for accreditation, first. I've actually done that already. NOW I have about 130 images left that list conflicting authors (or ships) that I need to sort.

For instance: Is Phoenix and Phoenix Merrick the same author? Is Adm Braden and LBraden the same author? Is Servo and Uncle Servo the same author? (Those are actual questions, it would be great if you could clear them up.) Once I have those issues sorted I will be down to a few dozen items that I'll have to actually research. Like who ACTUALLY put the container worksheet together.. or is it a community effort? (It's listed under 5 different authors, probably they were all using it as part of another project, but..?) Then I'll be down to the handful of issues where the same actual image is listed as belonging to different ships. Those will have to be researched individually as well.

Speaking of research, the default search function on Runboard BLOWS.. is there an advanced search somewhere on here?

I note that you mentioned that your previous forum imploded in 2014. As you say, the footprint for these things isn't really THAT big. When you're setting it up this time, go to lenths to ensure that the backup function is working correctly, and that off-site backups are being harvested by someone or something. Speaking of backups, you might check with the Runboard folks to ask them the simplest way to export current forum content IN to PHPbb. EIther they've already done it a thousand times, or they'll try to tell you that if can't be done, because they don't want to lose you.

Woops, just read the end of your post where you said we could discuss it on Discord. If you could be so kind as to answer my questions above here (so I don't have to repeat myself).. THEN I'll join up on the Discord and we can discuss it further there. emoticon

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Perfect! If you have a space to host your domain name, look in to getting the most current version of PHPbb set up on it. If you don't have a space, look in to getting one that supports the most current version. There are resources on PHPbb listing their favored hosts.

Once you have everything installed and 'running', immediately start going through the plug-ins, themes and etc. and uploading anything you think might be useful. OCCASIONALLY two plug-ins use the same field for something and conflict, but if you download everything you think you might use down the road NOW, then you'll know if eveything will work 'out of the box'.

If anything does conflict, the author will usually fix it immediatelly, but you can ask me as well, as I can fix stuff if it's necessary.



This is a good idea, but right now, I think that setting up a new forum is not a priority, just yet. I want to be able to make the gallery site functional first and then if we can, maybe move the forum data from here to the new server later, but runboards will always be an archive board for us as it has been for the last 15+ years.

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crogonint wrote:
I want YOU to do this phase because it's not hard at all, really, and you should know how to do it yourself. If you have any trusted co-admins, get them in on it so they know how everything works as well. Do not fail to document everything (import links, passwords, package changes, etc..) Once you get that far, let me know, and I'll help set up a custom database and content pages like I mentioned above.



I agree with you on this. There are several of us who are meticulous planners, but commitment might be a factor for some, so generally I think that I would have to be the gatekeeper overall of that stuff, and if anyone wants to volunteer to help out, I can give managerial rights to make updates and such...much like here.

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crogonint wrote:
As far as the assets themselves go, I'm primarily interested in not losing accreeditation of authors. I'm going to trust every filename or folder that lists an author for accreditation, first. I've actually done that already. NOW I have about 130 images left that list conflicting authors (or ships) that I need to sort.



Wow! thank you for the assist! that's great. we can definitely use all the help we can get on that.

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For instance: Is Phoenix and Phoenix Merrick the same author? Is Adm Braden and LBraden the same author? Is Servo and Uncle Servo the same author? (Those are actual questions, it would be great if you could clear them up.)



the simple answer is yes.

One thing I can suggest is that once we have the gallery set up and formatted in the way that we like, we can have this archive displayed and maybe put in a contact form or something asking people to clarify some of it? it might make the process go smoother, especially if we have requests attached to the file specifically. I'm pretty sure that can be done with table look ups and such, but I'm not an expert, just a smartass.

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crogonint wrote:
Once I have those issues sorted I will be down to a few dozen items that I'll have to actually research. Like who ACTUALLY put the container worksheet together.. or is it a community effort? (It's listed under 5 different authors, probably they were all using it as part of another project, but..?)



There are a couple of projects like that - another is the Zephyr train where lots of people made different container or carriage types, the only option would be to try to contact the indicated authors to specify what they worked on.

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 Then I'll be down to the handful of issues where the same actual image is listed as belonging to different ships. Those will have to be researched individually as well.



I agree.

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Speaking of research, the default search function on Runboard BLOWS.. is there an advanced search somewhere on here?



on a free board that has had no significant coding update in almost 2 decades? "I think you ovah-estimate theyah chawnces" LOL

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I note that you mentioned that your previous forum imploded in 2014. As you say, the footprint for these things isn't really THAT big. When you're setting it up this time, go to lenths to ensure that the backup function is working correctly, and that off-site backups are being harvested by someone or something. Speaking of backups, you might check with the Runboard folks to ask them the simplest way to export current forum content IN to PHPbb. EIther they've already done it a thousand times, or they'll try to tell you that if can't be done, because they don't want to lose you.



I think the V2 board was regularly backed up, but the account for that server lapsed and the data was lost as a result.

As for the runboards staff backing up the forum, I'm fairly sure that is a routine that is done very early (around 2am pacific time or -7 UTC) on a daily basis if not every other day.

I am on good terms with the admins of the site and might be able to get a straight answer about it, but like I said - transferring over the data to a new server, while tantalizing, is not the real priority as I see it right now.

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Woops, just read the end of your post where you said we could discuss it on Discord. If you could be so kind as to answer my questions above here (so I don't have to repeat myself).. THEN I'll join up on the Discord and we can discuss it further there. emoticon




LOL.

No worries.

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