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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.


To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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  • Update on forum features

    I thought I would update everyone on where we stand with Spam, moderation, etc.

    Over the past weekend, we successfully installed a new version of the forum software, along with a couple of nice new anti-spam features. It works like this; we are now using a sophisticated image identification feature that keeps computer spambots from registering fake members. So far, it is working nicely. I have been moderating new member sign up this week, and the spambot registrations are gone for now.

    I went back an manually deleted the obvious spam registrations, but there are still a few, so we had decided to moderate the first posting for all new members. It's easy to do, and there won't be a long delay for first postings to appear. This way spam postings won't appear in the forum, and there is a one-button click to delete spam posting member (or bot).

    Finally, there is new software that scans member's first few postings for obvious spam patterns, and puts those in a moderated queue.

    Over time, we may ask members to moderate postings, which will speed up how fast a new member's first posting appears. But for now, we're looking good!

    Thanks for recommendations that we go ahead and do this.
    James
    Last edited by james; 10-15-2008, 09:01 AM.
    Pizza Ovens
    Outdoor Fireplaces

  • #2
    Re: Update on forum features

    Glad it's working James!
    Ken H. - Kentucky
    42" Pompeii

    Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

    Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
    Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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    • #3
      Re: Update on forum features

      Thanks James,

      I appreciate your work and efforts to keep this forum first rate!

      JED

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      • #4
        Re: Update on forum features

        Dang! Now where will find all those great deals on electronic stuff?

        Thanks, James

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        • #5
          Re: Update on forum features

          Just a note of thanks to James, and a word to our many new members. Forno Bravo expends a lot of time, effort and money to keep this brick oven forum the best on the internet. Other than a prime Google position for his website, he gets precious little out if it.

          Anyone who's been around the internet for a while knows that online communities tend to fall into petty disputes with anger and hurt feelings all around. There's been precious little of that in my years on FB, and I think it's because of the James' example of warmth and generosity.

          I think we all need to give a big thank-you to our forum founder, who has worked hard to bring an obscure occupation of specialists to the wider community of cooks and home builders worldwide.

          Thanks, James!
          My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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          • #6
            Re: Update on forum features

            Wow. Thanks David and everyone. That is very kind.

            Now, I'm off to make a bread video -- though I will only post it if it comes our really well. :-)
            James
            Pizza Ovens
            Outdoor Fireplaces

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            • #7
              Re: Update on forum features

              Hear! Hear! I agree as well. Thanks James!
              My oven progress -
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/c...cina-1227.html
              sigpic

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              • #8
                Re: Update on forum features

                Thanks from us down here too! Good luck with the bread video...I guess I will have to think about doing something like that too! Could be too much fun though!
                Best
                Dutch
                "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity. " Charles Mingus
                "Build at least two brick ovens...one to make all the mistakes on and the other to be just like you dreamed of!" Dutch

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                • #9
                  Re: Update on forum features

                  thanks from this corner of the world

                  cheers
                  <raises glass in the air>
                  Cheers
                  Damon

                  Build #1

                  Build #2 (Current)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Update on forum features

                    This new system seems to be working really well, no spam for quite a while now. Cool!

                    I just wonder Ken, dmun, how many first posts do you have to delete? One or two a week... or a day? or more?
                    "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                    • #11
                      Re: Update on forum features

                      Originally posted by Frances View Post
                      I just wonder Ken, dmun, how many first posts do you have to delete? One or two a week... or a day? or more?
                      Actually, James didn't set that part up. I think we are enjoying the benefits of the Captcha thingie that's required to sign up now. James, are you screening first posts?
                      Ken H. - Kentucky
                      42" Pompeii

                      Pompeii Oven Construction Video Updated!

                      Oven Thread ... Enclosure Thread
                      Cost Spreadsheet ... Picasa Web Album

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                      • #12
                        Re: Update on forum features

                        I haven't been asked to approve anyone: either James is doing it all, or I haven't figured it out yet.
                        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

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                        • #13
                          Re: Update on forum features

                          Am actually curious about that too Frances Forum seems pretty tight from my perspective, and I thank all of you that are working to keep it that way for that luxury!

                          Travis

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                          • #14
                            Re: Update on forum features

                            I turned on Captcha's, which keeps computers from registering, but a few manual spammers still get through. So I set a rule where the first post everyone makes gets moderated. I'm still catching quite a bit (a few a day), but is so much faster this way, and it's easy to ban the spammer and delete the postings -- so they are really wasting their time. It never hits the forum.

                            If the volume goes up, or when I am going on vacation, I will be asking for some help with moderation. It's really easy -- postings are postings, and spam is spam.

                            I feel pretty good about where we are right now. At least until the next big spam events comes along.

                            Thanks for the offers to help.
                            James
                            Pizza Ovens
                            Outdoor Fireplaces

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                            • #15
                              Re: Update on forum features

                              I turned on Captcha's, which keeps computers from registering, but a few manual spammers still get through. So I set a rule where the first post everyone makes gets moderated. I'm still catching quite a bit (a few a day), but is so much faster this way, and it's easy to ban the spammer and delete the postings -- so they are really wasting their time. It never hits the forum.

                              If the volume goes up, or when I am going on vacation, I will be asking for some help with moderation. It's really easy -- postings are postings, and spam is spam.

                              I feel pretty good about where we are right now. At least until the next big spam events comes along.

                              Thanks for the offers to help.
                              James
                              Pizza Ovens
                              Outdoor Fireplaces

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