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[*] posted on 27-12-2017 at 22:14

Yeah I suppose this is the difference between studying a thing and having professional experience and industry knowledge of it.

That said I do think things such as React, Angular and Vue etc. to be the way of the future.

Funny thing is loads of people said similar things in the strange period of time when shiny new frameworks were being pumped out in ridiculous quantities! Haha ... and there all gone now :D

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[*] posted on 6-1-2018 at 08:48

I think it would be cool if we could upload avatars.

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[*] posted on 19-2-2018 at 04:27

I can't add much to this topic, but one feature of the SM forum that I think is very important is
the inability to edit forum posts after 24 hours.

This removes the temptation to correct mistakes without announcemen
- bad for science and threads containing 'lively discussions'.
I have seen this occur elsewhere.

As a user my only real complaint is spam,
all other aspects of this forum I can live with,
I'd continue as-is until unable to, unless maintenance is too difficult.

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[*] posted on 29-4-2018 at 17:08

Quote: Originally posted by JJay  
I think it would be cool if we could upload avatars.

I second this.

Check out the ScienceMadness Wiki:

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[*] posted on 29-4-2018 at 17:15

My vote is please do not change it!

It works. It's solid. It's reliable. It's dependable.

Please let's use our heads here and realize when
to leave well enough alone!

Every darn time any software actually works well,
it's not long until someone changes it into some
piece of garbage that does not work nearly as well.

This works well. Please leave it alone!

[Edited on 30-4-2018 by sodium_stearate]

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[*] posted on 22-9-2018 at 02:18

I guess I should probably add to this thread to mention that I've made progress with converting to phpBB. The theme I chose was semi-arbitrary, and other themes can be imported easily enough. Here's an example of a page from it:

It's running the test database, which has been scrubbed of a lot of data, but the rest should all work. There are some glitches in how it parses bbcode, but those could be fixed for the production run. I set up nginx instead of Apache as the web server, which allows for regex-based redirection from old links. I also kept every single thread, post, attachment, and user id the same when doing the transfer, so any redirects can be done just by repositioning the relevant numbers in a new URL. And that can be done with simple regular expressions. Since phpBB had the most similar underlying database structure, that's the one I went with. It also has the ability to automatically update the security on MD5-hashed passwords to (I think) bcrypt when users log in. That means we can keep password hashes intact during the transfer, without security ever being any more lax than it already is.

There are lots of things that could be changed here, like the maximum size that inline images show up as, among other things. If there's anything wrong about the way that anything looks, there is certain to be some way to change it.

If we want to integrate the boards better with the wiki, there is an extension here that greatly simplifies this:

I'd expect this to at least modestly increase participation in editing the wiki.

I guess I need to know what the next step is now. AFAIK, this is the furthest anyone has come with this.

[Edited on 9/22/18 by Melgar]

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[*] posted on 24-6-2019 at 14:27

What happened? Any results? I would love to see a mobile optimized version of this forum. Who even runs the servers? Do you have contact to him?
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