At 3/2/07 07:56 PM, Tommy wrote:
I remeber you once posting saying how you didn't like other forum software packages. This was a long time ago I could be wrong.
I don't think I've ever written that... What I might have said is that other forum packages are not suitable for Newgrounds... and they're not. Not only would we have to change all of the sql tables and queries to match the username/password/other naming conventions. Not only that, the forums that have been written for the site are highly optimised for the site.
As for allowing more images - other forum packages tend to hotlink images, rather than upload them to the site's directory so that they're there for as long as the site owner can keep up with the bandwidth charges and provide enough storage to keep the images.
There are a number of downsides with respect to hotlinking, that's why it's in the list of rejected ideas. Not to flog a dead horse, but I'll go through some of the immediate downsides now:
1. The remote site's host goes down.. broken images.
2. The remote site runs out of bandwidth.. broken images.
3. The remote site originally allows hotlinking of images (or rather doesn't allow, but doesn't know how to prevent users from hotlinking). They suddenly find out how to prevent that stuff and you end up with a "This images is hosted on ... " image, which is no good to anyone but the site hosting the image... given that they're just getting a free ad at this stage.
4. The remote site swaps out the image for a script that outputs an image, but also collects a great deal of private data on you, such as your IP address.
Will there be any real changes to the forums in the re-design, besides the sigs? That you can tell us about?
There will be some changes, most of which cosmetic and some functional changes... Nothing much that I can tell you about, though. Other than this, which I mentioned some time ago now.
At 3/3/07 06:17 PM, I-have-2-arms wrote:
Another question is, is this more or less worth arguing over or am I wasting my time over something that is dead and buried?
At 3/4/07 04:45 AM, MortalWound wrote:
This has probably been posted several times but I'm not going through 51 pages just to see if has been.
They have. And this is why, at the very least, you should have read the first post to the thread, which outline a list of do's and don'ts... If you'd have done that, you'd have realised that the following two "ideas" are in the rejected list.
Edit button for posts
poll option (yes i know this is on the front page i just like polls.)