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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: MR on 05 April, 2021, 05:02:51 AM

Title: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 05 April, 2021, 05:02:51 AM
Still took forever to open, so probably need a warning about that in the prelim "We are open" message.  Also a reassuring comment to follow the once-only link from MB to register.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 07 October, 2021, 02:54:41 AM
Pam, Test post by Lee
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 17 October, 2021, 11:59:26 AM
Yes Lee I have managed to be able to log on with not problem now. Thanks for your patience.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 19 October, 2021, 11:40:35 AM
What are the little coloured square shapes above our avatars?  I only have one but Martin has five? :-[
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 20 October, 2021, 02:06:55 AM
I'll check it out, and maybe do something :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 20 October, 2021, 05:16:35 AM
There you go Pam, now you have 5. You will notice on the Forum welcome page below the title 'General Discussion', the board Moderators are listed ie. MR and PamMcD.
You just earned 4 more little squares ;D ;D ;D

Seriously, please be very careful when wielding your Moderator sword. There are literally thousands of small 'help Q&A's' on the Web, to guide you when you are trying to achieve something ie. warn somebody; ban somebody; whatever; ......... etc. Some damage may be irreparable.

Using your preferred search engine, preface your search terms with 'SMF'.
eg. SMF How do I change my avatar?

The people, out there, providing the Answers to your Questions may, probably will, paint with a very broad brush, and may assume that you are an experienced SMF forum user/Moderator/Administrator. Please don't shout back at them when they do not appear to understand your question, or you cannot understand their answer. Emojis work wonders when setting the tone of a conversation. Take the time to look at the date that any of their previous answers were provided, you might be surprised how long this software has been around.

On top of all of that, varying versions of SMF will have varying menu/click/mouseover sequences, to achieve a given task. We are using SMF 2.0.18 should you want to include it in your search terms.

Finally, if you should wish to involve other Moderators/etc. in your search for answers, be sure to provide a link to the page that you are looking at, so that all concerned can refer to the same page. There is also good reading on the Web regarding the powers of Users, Local Moderators, Global Moderators, and Administrators. Consult Dr Google, Duck Duck Go, Yahoo, etc.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 21 October, 2021, 01:02:54 PM
 ;D I had to laugh at my query regarding Martin having five little squares and me only having one.  Did you wring your hands in exasperation at that?  I think I will be keeping my head down and not shouting or reprimanding any one.  We are all grown ups, says she, after asking why she didn't get as many squares as Martin!!! :-[
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 21 October, 2021, 01:09:39 PM
Dare I ask what a "sticky topic" is?
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 21 October, 2021, 01:12:07 PM
OK, so where have my "five little squares" gone???
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 21 October, 2021, 01:14:35 PM
Please ignore previous - I just opened up the thread and saw Pam's and my five little green squares and Lee's five red ones. Also our rankings as moderators and admin. But I'm still trying to find the "reply panel" to continue Lee's instructions about opening up the posts.  I'll keep looking and resort to email if all else fails!  Btw, I like the ability to edit on the run - this is my third attempt at posting this one!
Last question for now - how/when do we graduate from being Newbies? ;D
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 22 October, 2021, 03:41:22 AM
Sticky Topics/Threads are always at the top of the list of Topics/Threads presented when you click on General Discussion just after you login.

Sticky and 'Normal' topics are sorted on most recent post - top to bottom. Sticky Topics are treated as their own list.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: PamMcD on 26 October, 2021, 11:50:11 AM
Thanks, I thought that sticky topic could be something a little risqué! :o
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 28 October, 2021, 08:42:11 AM
Lee, I just noticed this updated URL - https://www.marsden.me.uk/SMF/ - is it the one we should all use from now on?
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 28 October, 2021, 09:32:48 AM

SMF (on the end of your URL) is the folder where all the MB files live.
Now for the geeky bit.
The SMF Message Board is written in php, which requires a server side compiler to run. Our (Pouls) host has such a compiler. The rest of our site runs html. The php compiler takes care of the communication between the host server and everybody's html system (everybody's browser).

That's about as simple as I can make it. Enjoy

BTW where did you notice it? I know where it should be, but have you found another?
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 28 October, 2021, 12:56:45 PM
Thanks.  The main bit that caught my attention was "https" at the beginning, whereas we've always used "http". I just opened my link in 'favourites' to check and sure enough, it now says "https" despite my never touching it! So the warning in Pam's Welcome letter was probably unnecessary, although I suppose it never hurts to be super-careful when internet security is concerned!
Can't remember where I saw it but probably up in my browser while I was reading the MB because there's a longer one there now: https://www.marsden.me.uk/SMF/index.php?action=post;topic=11.0;last_msg=122
 ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 30 October, 2021, 12:43:56 PM
G'day Lee - I logged in earlier and opened this "Logging in comments" thread but the very first post came up, instead of the most recent.  I couldn't remember how to change "last to first" and vice versa so logged out and emailed you.
UPDATE: Thanks for your email response, Lee - and for the benefit of anyone else in the same situation, here's how to change the order of posts up/down > down/up and vice versa:
Mouse-over 'Profile', Click 'Forum Profile'
Mouse-over 'Modify Profile'
Click 'Look & Layout'
2/3 down list 'Set' (tick) or 'Reset' (Not) as required
Click 'Change Profile' (bottom left)
Title: Help with Something
Post by: PamMcD on 30 October, 2021, 02:58:47 PM
I could not find how to start a topic, help?
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 31 October, 2021, 01:38:31 AM
Dunno if this is the quickest way to do it but I go Home > General discussion > New topic (highlighted in top RH corner above all the posts).
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 31 October, 2021, 01:48:18 AM
Some questions for Lee.
1. How did we register 25 users online at the same time on 22 September, 2021, 12:39:39 AM???
2. What time zone is used by this MB? (seems to be 6 hours earlier than VN time, which makes it somewhere around but not quite GMT, I think?)
3. Is there some way we can remain in the "same topic" thread but without replying to the last post in that topic? (eg, like this post - it's in "Logging in comments" because the questions are loosely related to logging in, but to stay in this thread I had to click "reply" even though it's not really a reply to the previous post).
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 31 October, 2021, 09:48:38 AM
I've just finished the update of the Reg Instructions. There are now 6 images and the facility to download the Agreement/Privacy document in PDF and Word formats.Also just done a backup manually. Note to self, Really must find out how to do it through the host organisation - in other words have the backup on Poul's server rather than my confuser.....

1. Those member quantities are pre-anti SPAM measures (requiring Admin approval) when we were swamped with bot generated users (now all in the bit bucket!!!). I you check the Member list you will notice member sequence numbers > 90.

2. Time zone was setup Danish time, UTC +1, for no other reason than that is where the server is most likely to be.

3. I suspect not, the assumption being that you are going to talk to something reasonably near the Thread title. There will be lessons learnt here I think. Precise topics (Ford cars before 1950) might be a very short thread, whereas (ford cars) could go on forever. Further, I you think you are likely to 'Off topic' preface you remarks appropriately. AS your previous post touched on - don't be afraid of starting a new topic - Also don't be too disappointed if nobody runs with it. ;D ;D

4. The date of birth issue is a 'known problem' at SMF. the official line is 'we do not issue bug fix releases for a single issue unless there are security aspects in the issue'. On the plus side there may be a Mod out there to address the problem, (Mods are non-sanctioned, non-SMF, changes to the software, which may or may not be free) there are hundreds of them out there. I will do a bit of research to see what might be available. By way of example, you might recall we once discussed a Mod called Cleantalk (anti SPAM), which we put on the back burner till we assessed the extent, if any, of any potential SPAM problem.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 31 October, 2021, 11:00:02 AM
1. Gotcha!

2. Sounds reasonable - so Poul's generosity has a side benefit of putting Denmark on the map (when I thought the Aussie princess had already done that for them!)  ;D ;D ;D

3. Fair enough.

4. Sounds like far too much trouble - and maybe in the long run it's safer to not disclose any more personal info than necessary to communicate sensibly as I've seen some real true-life horror stories about how easy it is for the bad guys to build up a profile of someone good enough to gain access to their bank accounts just through phone numbers, dates of birth, address, etc etc.
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: Terry W on 31 October, 2021, 12:22:41 PM
 :)no problems here :-*
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: LeeB6430 on 14 November, 2021, 03:52:53 AM
re Birthdate issue - Q4 on posts below. There is an SMF Mod which apparently adds birthdate field(s) to the Registration Form. The minimal documentation currently available does not specify whether or not the date is transferred to the user profile, and, whether or not the date is visible to other users.
For my money, if anyone really wants to know, how old I am or when to send me a birthday card, then they can ask me.
With your permission, end of research. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Logging in comments
Post by: MR on 15 November, 2021, 11:54:44 AM
Yes sir, permission granted!  I've mentioned in another thread that I just tried the birthdate update again and it's still not working, so the door's firmly closed on that one (at least from my perspective)!
But I also wanted to put on record something I recently discovered and which might be helpful for someone else: I opened a thread to post a reply and realised it was upside down, ie latest post at the bottom instead of the top. I closed it to "fix" my profile (I thought) to always show latest posts at the top (as I thought I'd done already, but now possibly mistaken) - but then I realised that the reason was not because my profile hadn't changed properly, it was because I'd opened the thread without logging in!  As soon as I clicked "log in" and then went back and re-opened the thread, the latest post was on top and all was well with the world again!