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Post by Epps on 12/9/2010, 16:11

Info:
As some of you may have noticed the admin staff is getting tired from the limitations that our current forum host (Forumotion) applies. Because of this we are planning to move the Pulp Forums away from Forumotion to one of our own servers. By doing so we are able to do whatever we want with the forums ranging from simple things like multiple skins to nifty plugins that display your steam status on the forums.
Now there are some minor problems like how Forumotion does not allow us to export the database (thus all messages) and how we need to 'remake' the forums on the new host. However we have a crew working on it consisting of Eraserhead, Nick, Jameless and yours truly as we speak.

Of course with a move and redesign like this there will be a lot of debugging/changes going on, therefor we have decided to not give the link to anyone until we have finished setting the new forum up. However feel free to make suggestions for new features or other improvements you find necessary. Please note that our top priority is getting the forums up and running.

Basic to do list:
-Create the (sub) forums.
-Create usergroups, set permissions to all according to these.

-Copypasta all important topics such as the rules.
-Set temporary skin.
-Make the forumotion forum an archive (lock all forums).
-Redirect forum.pulpfortress.com to the new host.
-Install plugins/add-ons that we find necessary .
-Create our own theme/skin (hardest part).

Requested plugins
-Steam profile plugin: http://code.google.com/p/steamprofile/
-Url shortener: http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/8980
-Video support (includes YouTube): http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/9045
-Country Flags: http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/8971
-ImageShack Hack (easy image uploads): http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/8090
-Share support (Twitter, Facebook etc): http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=70&t=1844865
-Shoutbox: http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/mchat_new_version/
-Email on birthday: http://www.phpbbhacks.com/download/9086

Deadline:
9/22, the day Pulp Fortress becomes one year old =D

tl;dr:
We are moving the forums to a new host. You will hear more when we're done.

One final request...
-Please keep this thread serious.


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Post by Young Greezy on 12/9/2010, 16:16

I'm remaking stickies right now

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Post by Epps on 12/9/2010, 19:52

Update:
We are halfway there already, but as I said the hardest tasks remain. We also now have a clear deadline/launch date; 9/22. Why 9/22? Because that's Pulp Fortress' birthday!

Also, if there is anyone here with proper PHPBB skinning experience and willing to help, please report in this thread. Our current team isn't all that well known in the whole skinning department...

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Post by Nicobbq on 12/9/2010, 20:34

I can help you guys if you want since I can't connect on steam on weekdays, at least I could help with the forums.
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Post by Nick on 12/9/2010, 22:44


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Post by Taco_Human on 13/9/2010, 00:06

SO where will the forum be moved to and what will it look like next?
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Post by Epps on 13/9/2010, 00:53

Taco_Human wrote:SO where will the forum be moved to and what will it look like next?
The forum is currently being remade onto a new server (property of Eraserhead) and we will use the same url as our current forum (forum.pulpfortress.com). However like I stated in my first post we will not give the wip link to anyone who is not involved because we want to share a fully functional forum instead of a broken one.

As for the looks there is little to tell. We have spend our time today on getting the forum to run and filled with the basics properly. We will have a chat or perhaps a forum topic later on about what kind of skin (or skins) the community desires. Please note again that we haven't discussed this properly.

Now enough with the official dev talk, I am starting to feel like I am on the Black Mesa dev team...

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Post by jameless on 13/9/2010, 06:45

O if this is the Black Mesa dev team then we should have promised the new forum last month and not deliver until end of next year.
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Post by Epps on 13/9/2010, 12:01

jameless wrote:O if this is the Black Mesa dev team then we should have promised the new forum last month and not deliver at all.
Fixed that for you, Anyway I'm off for dinner now and afterwards I will start the thread about how we want the forums to look like.

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Post by Epps on 13/9/2010, 16:46

I have decided to go with the following add-ons for phpbb:
-SteamProfile; shows your steam status on the forum below your avatar.
-CFUE (Country Flag User Edition); allows users to select their country's flag which will be displayed on their profile.
-Donations; shows how much money a person has donated. Nice feature and allows us donators to brag a little more Wink
-Favicon; phpbb doesn't come with a favicon function by default so yeah...
-mChat; a simple shoutbox because I want t give this idea a third try.
-Share Topic; allows users to share a topic on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. Easy way to get more visitors.
-Topic Preview; when you hover the mouse over a topic title it previews it for a bit. Usefull for finding that one old topic...
-Profile links; Twitter, YouTube, Facebook links for on your profile.
-Video embedding; Allows embedding video's from almost every popular site just by using the page url.

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Post by Eraserhead on 13/9/2010, 16:49

Sounds good! I hope we can also have a proper search engine this time.

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Post by Nick on 13/9/2010, 19:08

You guys are gonna love it, it looks nasty without the awesome skin we hope to make

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Post by jameless on 14/9/2010, 15:06

@Eraser: yes the search function is very advanced. Finally!!!
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Post by Eraserhead on 14/9/2010, 16:02

loving this development bounce

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Post by Havik on 14/9/2010, 16:15

Based off of what you are saying, I wanna see it XD Good Luck guys Very Happy
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Post by Epps on 16/9/2010, 13:19

I made progress with the skinning;
-The darker theme is as good as done. All there is left to do for it are some new images to indicate new posts sticky's etc.
-Super special awesome secret skin is finished.

So now all there is left to skinning wise is making a few images and a brighter skin =D

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