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Last post Author Topic: Official New DC Members Pages Thread  (Read 14728 times)

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2018, 04:37 AM »
It seems the best choice as it's the most popular/used. Adding another if this one doesn't suffice shouldn't be that much of an issue? As they aren't backward compatible in any way, why worry?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2018, 07:56 AM »
My strategy for resisting installing plugins is:
  • Don't install lots of junk
  • Each plugin is one more thing to worry about maintaining, security patches, etc.
  • Don't install a plugin that isn't very well regarded/trusted, and/or can be verified by me looking at code to be safe and unlikely to be exploited
  • Don't install multiple plugins that do the same job just for the fun of giving people lots of choices
  • Keep bloat to a minium
  • Prefer simple over complex
  • Prefer plugins that are actively maintained and updated
  • Prefer open source over proprietary; but am willing to purchase plugins as last resort

But given that baseline of resistance, if there is a plugin members need, I will install it.  A table plugin seems reasonable, I'd just like to try to pick the right one.
TablePress looks pretty good so I'm leaning towards it.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2018, 12:04 PM »
TablePress plugin is now installed. Have at it!

Note:  The TablePress plugin is more useful for heavy duty tables where you may want to edit it more flexibly, or provide searching and sorting functionality.

If you just want a simple table, I have also installed the TinyMCE advanced plugin which provides some simple insert and visual editing of tables, as well as shortcodes ultimate which can do something similar.
« Last Edit: January 07, 2018, 12:21 PM by mouser »

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2018, 02:51 AM »
The password protection has been removed from http://www.dcmembers.com so everyone can access it now.
Hopefully this will light a fire under the members who have pages there to get them updated!

I'm really happy with the new members system.. If for example you look at skrommels page on the new member server, I think it is much improved.
However we could use some alternative but suitable wordpress "themes" to let the members express their personalities better.  I've tried a bunch but didn't find many that fit well.  If we have people who are interested it might be nice to see people take the theme we are using (a slightly modified version of Themelia) and try some customization (beyond the color customizations offered built into the theme).
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 05:38 AM by mouser »

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2018, 04:47 AM »
Looks great mouser
just looked as Skrommels pages so far -- the listing and individual pages are really nice :up:
FWIW, the home page is a bit barren** -- I initially wasnt sure what to click on in order to get info about the software (=>downloads)

** maybe the homepage is meant to be a blog type page?
Tom

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2018, 05:40 AM »
maybe the homepage is meant to be a blog type page?
Yes by default it is set up to show a blog, but for member pages without a blog they can just use homepage.

Now when you say the homepage is a bit barren -- which homepage are you referring to? url?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2018, 05:40 AM »
just looked as Skrommels pages so far -- the listing and individual pages are really nice

Thanks for saying so -- I really do hope the new system is an improvement over the old pages (you can search, leave comments, etc.).

It lacks a bit of the personality of the old pages, at least so far, but the improvement in maintainability cannot be overstated.  That's the BIG thing.
And now skrommel (or any helpers he designates), can add his new apps and updates to his site. Previously it was just too much trouble to update the page.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2018, 12:59 PM »
^ I like it, the way it looks, but more importantly, how accessible it is: with skrommels software is much easier to actually see what's going on -- it was much too cluttered before.

Now when you say the homepage is a bit barren -- which homepage are you referring to? url?
http://www.dcmembers.com/skrommel/
I see the text below was added since, which solves the problem
If you’re looking for my software, jump to the Downloads page.
Tom

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2018, 08:34 AM »
Just confirming that domain name mapping for the new dcmembers pages works well and is fairly easy to set up.  That means that your normal url will be
http://www.dcmembers.com/YOURSITENAME
  but that we can easily park any domain you want at that address so that your dcmembers site and pages will be available at
www.WHATEVERYOUWANT.com
.  Easy to change or remove it as well if your plans change.


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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2018, 04:54 PM »
There is some discrepancy between https://www.donation...ftware/friends-of-dc (linked to in Software menu in DonationCoder header's)
and https://www.dcmembers.com/

Oh and feel free to move me from the inactive to active list on dcmembers.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2018, 03:53 AM »
Awesome.  Updated you to active on the dcmembers.com page; are you ready for your close-up (entry on friends of dc page)?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2018, 11:36 AM »
Is the friends of DC page only for those pages hosted on the DC servers?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2018, 11:52 AM »
Is the friends of DC page only for those pages hosted on the DC servers?

No, not necessarily.  It's basically for folks who are long time/active dc community members, who are primarily free-for-home-use/donationware coders, and share their software development news on our site.  Essentially, coders who we are recommending and who hang out here.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2019, 12:23 PM »
I hate to say it, but I still feel that we should employ a system like myspace does with their groups, new members have to be members a full week before being allowed to post ANYTHING.  This ensures they are serious about the forum and keeps out most spammers, also gets them well acquainted with the rules and procedures before they can break them....
Only problem is that it hampers legitimate new users from requesting help for their issue.
     "I need help, and I need it NOW!"

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Perhaps an approval from a moderator might work? there'd be some back-and-forth interaction to ensure the poster was valid?

(Also, i'm kind of surprised we're adding this to an ancient thread ?)

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2019, 01:10 PM »
Spammer?  Posing as someone concerned with spam?  Shows the hallmarks of that being the case.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2019, 01:47 PM »
It is kind of strange - a poster with just one post saying that there ought to be more control over posting!  haha!  He registered on August 5, and is posting today, the 14th.  Maybe he saw a bunch of spam.  I receive the rss feed for new posts and there IS a lot of spam.  Maybe MichaelLal's idea isn't so bad?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2019, 01:53 PM »
It is kind of strange - a poster with just one post saying that there ought to be more control over posting!  haha!  He registered on August 5, and is posting today, the 14th.  Maybe he saw a bunch of spam.  I receive the rss feed for new posts and there IS a lot of spam.  Maybe MichaelLal's idea isn't so bad?

To be fair, we catch most spam within a few minutes of it being posted and it gets zapped.

The issue really is that a lot of spammers register then keep the account dormant for months before using it to go crazy with.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2019, 08:22 PM »
Spammer?  Posing as someone concerned with spam?  Shows the hallmarks of that being the case.

Agreed. Looks like a bot or spammer to me.

Not only is the post reviving an old thread, but it's not even on topic for this thread. Also, it is written as if this person has voiced their opinion on the subject in the past ("I still feel..."), yet it's their first post.

And yeah, also interesting that they propose new members have to wait a week before posting anything when that's exactly what they did, as if to lend legitimacy to their own account.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2019, 11:09 PM »
To be fair, we catch most spam within a few minutes of it being posted and it gets zapped.
This is true - the spam does not appear on the forums, usually.  But it does crowd my rss feed...  I see *all* of them, I think.  Probably 1/3 of my DC rss feed is spam.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #44 on: August 14, 2019, 11:14 PM »
It's too bad that the RSS feed publishes new posts immediately instead of after, say, an hour delay. It's not often that a spam post survives longer than an hour.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #45 on: August 15, 2019, 01:01 AM »
Another reason to move to a system where first posts from users need to be approved before they show up, huh?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #46 on: August 15, 2019, 02:40 AM »
Another reason to move to a system where first posts from users need to be approved before they show up, huh?

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #47 on: August 15, 2019, 02:42 AM »
It's now been put in place; see post in admin area.  Testing has begun..

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2019, 05:27 PM »
I'm seeing more spam on the forum than ever before, mostly in the morning UK-time, i.e. 5 to 8 hours ahead of US-time.  I wondered if spammers were particularly busy then, vomiting as much as possible in the small hours US-time, hoping for the spam to stay on the forum longer when there perhaps aren't as many moderators about.

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Re: Official New DC Members Pages Thread
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2019, 05:32 PM »
I'm seeing more spam on the forum than ever before, mostly in the morning UK-time, i.e. 5 to 8 hours ahead of US-time.  I wondered if spammers were particularly busy then, vomiting as much as possible in the small hours US-time, hoping for the spam to stay on the forum longer when there perhaps aren't as many moderators about.

You won't see any now (unless it's not from a first-time poster) :)