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Old 05-03-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default ErollisiMarr.Com Website Changes

As you can see, I've finally updated the website. I needed an excuse to get to it and the EverQuest's 10th Anniversary seemed like a good enough reason to. I hope you all like the changes. It was time to get rid of the default look and the forever Under Construction homepage.

- New Layout
It's not really that new. It's based on the old layout which I made 5 years ago for this website which is still being used at dakor.net. The new logo is pretty much the old one but refurbished. The background... I have no idea what it is, but is from a EverQuest screenshot. I've tested the site with IE6, IE7 and FF. Let me know if there are issues with the browser you use.

- Updated Software
The forum version has been updated to the latest version. Hopefully this will cut down the spam some and you should find some new features such as the user profile, Social Groups and Albums.

- Homepage
The homepage is finally back. No new neat features yet but the EverQuest related links, such as class links, are back and hopefully we'll get some people to post news. It has always been possible for everyone to post news here. It's moderated to keep spam out but once it's validated by one of the moderators then the news item will show up on the homepage. Raiding guilds are more than welcome to post their archievements, boss kills and such, and roleplay guilds (if they still exist) may post news about their upcoming events.

- Advertisements
We have tried it but there is no way to block all plat selling advertisers (since the blacklist can only hold 200 advertisers). I found the leaderboard ad under the nav bar with one huge plat advertiser a bit too intrusive. I've decided to split it up in 2 (small) banners instead so hopefully the ads won't be as 'in-your-face' as the old leaderboard ad used to be. The leaderboard at the bottom has been removed in most pages or replaced with tiny link ads. I hope it will suffice. No ads will be displayed in "Fallen Heroes: In Memoriam" (credits for the name goes to the Magister forum).

- User Profile Fields
I've finally gotten rid of all custom User Profile Fields (primary character and such) because the data seemed to have disappeared and people were reporting problems with entering new data. I've now added 5 fields in which you can enter the characterId of your PlayerEQ profile (the 12 digits code which you can find in the URL). Maybe someday in the future the website can crawl to EQPlayers, grab the data (character name, level and such) and automatically update your profile (and link to Magelo when a profile exists there) but I'd need help with that from someone with some php knowledge.

- Social Groups and Albums
It is now possible to upload images to this website and share them.
Please read the following threads for more information:
1) Erollisi Marr Anniversary Screenshots
2) Show us YOUR mug!


- Todo
1) Need to make a new guild links list. Would be sweet to combine it with the user profile fields and make the crawler grab all the names of the Erollisi Marr guilds so we'd just need to manually enter the URLs.
2) I might turn on the newsgroup gateway again once the mod is updated.
3) Looking for suggestions. What would you like to see added?
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:20 AM   #2
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It looks very nice, and your work is appreciated. I would suggest having mods also approve pictures in the albums sections, thus ensuring improper content did not get uploaded, nothing like getting a report of some freaky porn.
If you like we have a few different resize scripts we have written, I can email them to you. I have never used vbulletin, so have never seen how they manage sessions. I don't know if they allow you to change their coding. If they do, you could email me a copy of the upload script used now, I could put the image resize script into it, this also checks for embedded code in the images, which is a real common way for websites to get infected with scumware (the sections that appear in yellow when testing your website for infection).
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:37 AM   #3
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There is a size restriction for uploading at the moment but within the [img] tags, which simply gets converted to <img src=>, there isn't. So someone could [img] a picture of 10000*10000 and there would be nothing I can do about it other than not allow [img] at all, like what we are doing right now. There used to be dynamicy resize script but it's not updated to work with the current vbulletin version.

As for the moderated uploads, yeah, I was thinking of doing either that or putting some sort of limitation on it (for instance allowing users above 100 posts to upload without moderation and those below, with moderation). But that's not possible at the moment. I'll change the restriction if there are people who abuse it.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:54 AM   #4
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To update the script to work with yours, should just include sessions management, and database calls. I would imagine (this is just my opinion) what they improved was better authentication on sessions and better order to the database tables. So it shouldn't be to much to update the script to work with the website now.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:21 AM   #5
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I have a copy of the v3arcade that should work with newer versions of vbulliten if your interested. I recently installed it on version 3.7.2 (Resolution boards) and it was quick and alot easier then I expected. Also have a zip file of a ton of games for the arcade. Let me know if you want em, and hit me with an FTP site I can upload em to. I can probably just email you the arcade stuff, but the games are 33mb packed in rar format.

Nice update btw, boards look real nice!
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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Thanks for the offer but I'm leaving vbArcade off the forum for now. Although I imagine it will be easier to upgrade the forum nowadays with the plugin/product system and all, I still like to keep the amount of mods to a minimum because mods/hacks keep me from updating the software and that's a bit of a waste of $40 which I paid to renew the license.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:58 PM   #7
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By the way, Oggie, I really like the site upgrades. Commendable work, sir.
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