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Dean

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  1. Hi all. I've looked in to this a bit and while I can't pinpoint exactly why it seems to be a problem with CloudFlare, I recently delegated DNS for the domain to them. They provide a proxy which goes through their CDN which is a nice thing but absolutely not necessary, so I've disabled this feature. Hopefully this sorts it out, in my testing I wasn't able to recreate the problem so it's possible it's been localised to a few people based on their internet connections in some way, pretty hard to say. Keep me updated here, definitely let me know if anybody has trouble getting on.
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    Forum Update

    Hi everyone. I've run through some server + forum updates just now. I needed to reset the forum theme to complete defaults as part of this update, I've tried my best to set everything back to the way that it was but if you notice anything funky please let me know so I can fix it up before I remove the old busted ones completely.
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    Server Update

    I like to post details for those who know what I’m on about haha. It’s all good!
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    Server Update

    I've also installed a SSL certificate and set the forums to redirect from HTTP to HTTPS, all seems to be working fine here too. Long overdue.
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    Server Update

    Hi all, I've updated PHP on the forums web server which is responsible for the 'brains' of the forum. Everything is looking fine from my end but if you come across any problems please let me know.
  6. The cost of the forum software itself is actually only $25 every 6 months, so $50 per year. This covers all updates and some in-built spam filtering, the forums will continue to function without these features however from a security perspective it's pretty important we keep everything up to date. The biggest cost comes from hosting the server itself, we get quite a lot of traffic per day and the forums simply wouldn't function properly on a shared web hosting package like you can pick up for $100 a year from various web hosts.
  7. Correct, and the ad revenue doesn't even cover all the costs.
  8. Well spotted, that seems to work in the exact same way.
  9. I know it’s not supposed to show up if the display name for a user has never been changed, are you guys definitely looking at someone who’s changed their name? if so that’s a bit weird, I’ll look in to it.
  10. As far as I can tell Tapatalk is the only way. It is the most highly requested thing about this software and I can see that somebody is working on a potential solution (can't really tell how it will work) so hopefully in future there's a better way. I know Tapatalk is a bit temperamental but it should definitely still be sending push notifications, it's not something that's been removed. If it's not working maybe try reinstalling the app and check your push notification settings.
  11. No worries dudes! I guess that was part of the reason we built in the "Real Name" option which most people have gotten on board with. Theoretically we could add a 'Nickname' field in a similar fashion but that means everyone has 3 different name fields which is a bit excessive.
  12. Hey folks. I saw someone mention the other day that the 'Display Name History' feature hasn't been working, I've fixed that up today. For those who aren't sure how it works, if you go to a members profile next to their name up the top you will see an icon that will show you all changes to that members display name. Helps if you don't recognise someone!
  13. No offense taken at all, you're 100% correct. I'm obviously happy to throw in my opinion (as I have) to try and come to a reasonable solution but at the end of the day I am primarily an admin for the technical administrative functions of keeping the boards running properly. From a technical perspective we unfortunately can't differentiate between the ability to delete single posts and deleting entire threads - It's all or none. I personally believe that the fairest solution is to leave the current ability to delete content in place as we do have the ability to recover any post/thread within 30 days if somebody raises a legitimate concern with any deletions. I'm definitely not trying to take any sides here or step on anyone's toes, I'm simply using my experience in IT and web security/privacy to construct my views on how this should all be dealt with. If the majority view is overwhelmingly in another direction and Aria is happy with it then it is definitely possible for me to prevent the deletion of content, but I think a logical and unbiased discussion needs to be had both with all of you guys and internally with the other admins. I know this is "just a Blink-182 message board" but when we're talking about peoples privacy that doesn't really matter. One of the best parts about these boards has always been the fact that people have real discussions outside of Blink-182 related topics, and often these can get very personal so we need to deal with privacy with a certain level of seriousness. @Aria - Would really love your input here, if you'd prefer to discuss privately hit me up through PM/Facebook.
  14. I hear you, and that's a fair comment. From a technical standpoint this gets a bit tricky, the way threads work are that the thread itself is very much tied to the initial post - In fact the initial post basically is the thread so if you started a thread and want to remove the post you made to start the thread unfortunately the entire thread must go with it. This, I suppose, is one of the reasons deleted content will go in to the Moderator control panel so in an event like this a mod or admin can review it if somebody raises a concern with a deleted thread. This would obviously need to involve a conversation with the person who created the thread and if its deemed that they simply need their post(s) removed from the thread we can recover the thread but manually remove the content from their posts. If you consider something like Facebook, if I were to make a post on Facebook and then a bunch of people made their own comments on that post I can still delete the original post and all comments will be removed with it. As I said though, this is only possible within 30 days of the thread being deleted so if it's gone past this time there's no way to recover it as it's been hard-deleted from the database.
  15. Deleted threads/Posts are visible for up to 30 days in the Moderator Control panel (accessible by both admins and mods for the relevant sections), after this time they are deleted permanently and can not be recovered. I don't want to prevent people from being able to delete their own content, they have a right to do so. You can delete any post you make on Facebook, Twitter etc. and I see no reason why it should be any different here. If somebody needs something they posted removed for any reason they are free to delete it so it is instantly wiped from public view. Consider somebody who has a job interview coming up and finds they have some personal information available on here that they decide is best for the interviewer not to find, they should be able to remove it from public view without having to run it past an admin/mod first. As I said above, any deleted content will be recoverable by an admin/mod within 30 days of it's deletion, so if anything is accidentally deleted or an admin/mod has a logical reason to recover the content it can be restored (mods, please be respectful of peoples privacy above your own personal feelings towards them - don't abuse this system). I understand that a lot of what makes the wheels go round on these boards are the beefs people have with each other, and without you giving me any more context for your question(s) I imagine I'm probably right in assuming that's got something to do with what's going on here. Above all else though I respect peoples right to their own privacy both online and offline, and I think we need to consider that when dealing with this stuff. If you disagree or want to propose any changes to the way the system works in this regard, by all means let me know your thoughts and I'll hear you out. I'm not the only one making these calls so if there's something that needs to be discussed internally I'll make sure that happens.
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