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Poll

Stick with SMF?

Keep the current forum.
- 4 (21.1%)
Keep the current forum as a subdomain for archival purposes, set up a new forum using a different platform.
- 15 (78.9%)

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Author Topic: Simple Machines Forum  (Read 5064 times)

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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #60 on: January 14, 2014, 12:41:02 PM »

First against the wall

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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #61 on: January 14, 2014, 02:37:05 PM »

Brent, are you experimenting with shit right now? I can post fine elsewhere, but I just tried to post in the "Don't You Know There's a War On?" thread and it just breaks the forum when I try.

What an oddly specific error.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2014, 02:37:28 PM »

[Joke about the NSA]

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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2014, 03:11:23 PM »

Update: Constantine tried to post in that thread, and claims he did, but the thread shows no new posts.  :hurr:

Maybe this is happening with some other threads, but that's the only one I've noticed it with so far.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2014, 03:16:25 PM »

I'm doing nothing.  I don't know what you're doing.

Constantine's post ended up in the trash somehow.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2014, 03:21:30 PM »

Because I deleted it. I told him this.

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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2014, 03:30:42 PM »

All right, so I'm currently leaning very heavily towards Vanilla.  It's a GPL project, fully funded by hosting and support services.  The idea behind it is that the core software itself is very, very feature-light, and almost everything - quotes, who's online, you-name-it - is tacked on by plugins, many of which have been professionally code-reviewed and blessed.  It's our best bet for getting something like a bespoke forum setup without writing the damn thing ourselves.

And, while I don't necessarily want to bring this up but I know somebody else will: It's the same software that the Penny Arcade forums use.  Gotta figure, hell, if it's got the social options available to keep that group from trying to literally assfuck each other all the time, there must be some magic it.  And to be honest, I like the idea that PA Inc. has probably been making its own contributions to the project for a while now.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2014, 03:34:23 PM »

Vanilla looks pretty good. Any way we could start a repo on bitbucket to host plugins?

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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2014, 03:35:05 PM »

What sort of time table are we looking at here, by the way. In the next few months? Or by the end of the week?
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #69 on: January 14, 2014, 03:39:18 PM »

From wiki:

Discourse     User-selectable themes     No


So yeah, let's not do discourse ever, ok.

Stylish (Chrome, Firefox) lets you impose your personal design on the web.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #70 on: January 14, 2014, 03:40:47 PM »

I like the idea of a forum that acts like a Structure Deck in a TCG. It's okay straight out of the box, but then you add in what you want and what you enjoy and it becomes your own.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2014, 03:41:15 PM »

I'm hesitant to give dates, but I could order the new machine any time I decide to at this point.  It's all in place.

GameServers (it's still GameServers, they've been overall very excellent providers) says they can keep the current machine in place for about a week after the new one's up so we can make a smooth transition of it, but I don't know what kind of lead time the new machine will have to set up, and I'm not going to pull the trigger until I feel confident that everything that's currently here is safely backed up somewhere.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #72 on: January 14, 2014, 04:01:06 PM »

All right, so I'm currently leaning very heavily towards Vanilla.

Yeah, looks the best out of everything I've seen in my extensive research clicking on links in that Wikipedia article Constantine mentioned.

Er, I mean, Golgo 13 with a mustache.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #73 on: January 14, 2014, 04:13:18 PM »

A good barebones framework that we can do what we want to seems like a good idea to me too.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #74 on: January 14, 2014, 04:36:24 PM »

There's also a tool called Vanilla Porter (mmmm, vanilla porter) which can do an export/import from an existing forum into Vanilla.  It says it supports SMF.  In which case there might be a third option besides the two in the poll up top.

Obviously there are a lot of moving parts and plenty of potential for breakage in an export/import operation, but it might be worth at least trying it and seeing if it works satisfactorily.  And then if it doesn't we can always fall back to the "keep the old boards on a subdomain and start fresh" option.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #75 on: January 14, 2014, 04:50:21 PM »

I'm fine with whatever Brent wants. I love him long time.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #76 on: January 14, 2014, 05:36:04 PM »

please send help
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #77 on: January 14, 2014, 05:37:29 PM »

Yeah, looks the best out of everything I've seen in my extensive research clicking on links in that Wikipedia article Constantine mentioned.

Er, I mean, Golgo 13 with a mustache.

I'm not entirely sure if you're sassing me specifically or just being sassy in general, but it seems like you agree, so I'll just go with that.  Feeling pretty good about this decision you guys.
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #78 on: January 14, 2014, 06:24:41 PM »

LETS GET THIS TRAIN A-MOVIN'!
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Re: Simple Machines Forum
« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2014, 06:43:42 PM »

I'm only familiar with Vanilla through the Penny Arcade forums, and while that looks pretty good, keep in mind they probably have an army of volunteers there working on the code, so of course it'll look good. At the very least I'd like to see some middle-tier Vanilla boards as well, to see what can be done when you have fewer resources on tap.
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