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Announcement!

We have moved to new, and hopefully better hardware! Along with this move came a bunch of updates to our code base. Please let me know if you spot something wonky.

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This thread will be used to make any major notifications of changes to the site. This will be non-obvious performance related changes for the most part.

Current Status: Looking into a bug re: thread update notifications.

Please report bugs in another thread- this thread is FYI only.

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4.11.7 - Moderate changes in how include files are handled. I'm making an attempt to clean up our memory usage in Apache.

4.11.7 - Changed quickpost and moderator options to use the same function to draw themselves.

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4.19.7 - Major change in queries to retrieve threads. This should seriously reduce memory load on large threads (and hopefully result in happier hosting services).

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5.24.7 - Some fairly major changes in user tracking and login. This should cut down on how often we hit the database for user information such as login times or username and the like. Overall - it should reduce the amount of free floating memory we're eating up... cross your fingers. Let me know if anything breaks.

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5.29.7 - Reduced database calls for common forum post options (asking for the list of smilies each time). Should reduce overall memory load per thread.

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6.13.7 - In the midst of bug hunting, but found a spot to reduce wasted CPU cycles and DB calls. So - fixed that while I was at it.

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6.14.07 - MAJOR CHANGE: Upgraded server information to PHP5. Should cause no problems (I try to write backwards compatible code) *but* there's a lot of code here. Again, trying to slice down on mem. usage.

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7.4.07 - Created wysiwyg quick edit options throughout site in terms of editting page contents. Proof of concept change before rolling it out into other site features.

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7.4.7 - Changed encyclopedia. It now looks for a file on system before tapping the database for more information and constructing a file. This *should* reduce memory access and CPU time as the encyclopedia simply uses existent file chunks for output - thereby reducing the effort of construction and of tapping the entry in the DB repeatedly.

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7.4.7 - Same thing with author boxes for forums. Again a speed, memory and cpu enhancement. Forum user boxes and sigs are often repeated - we really shouldn't grab them more than once if possible. So. Now we don't. Scream if something broke!

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7.4.7 - Make 'make this a PW article' into a popup link. So you folks will a) know what it looks like, b) know what you're *doing* when you hit that button so I'll hopefully get less forum spam to wade through while editing.

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7.5.7 - Added to the JS for the WYSIWYG editor for PW entries and section text. It now has an anti-Word button and seems to work to totally nuke troublesome Word tags. Writers: Please Make Use Of This.

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7.20.07 - Hey look! Easy to access RSS Link in our URL for general forum updates! (I'm also adding specific ones for forums - possible even for threads...)

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7.24.7 - Corrected bug in PM section that was preventing forums from showing up. Revised new user and profile editors with nifty collapsible divs so that they look nicer.

Added thread controls link (in beta at the moment) allowing user access to subscribed threads list. Fixed errors in searching to display threads properly. (Moved thread row display to its own function).

Added curvy corners to a few more things around the site (exploring the design some).

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7.25.7 - Added RSS links under the forums, bug fixed encyclopedia crosslinking.

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8.28.7 - Minor modification to RSS feeds and alt tag teasers removing quoted material from actual post.

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11.23.07 - Fixed one off error in thread display. At points in threads == thread show length, the system was calculating a page ahead of where it should have been. (45/45 = 1, NOT 0 )

11.23.07 - Fixed sticky threads getting unstickied when edited by posters without sticky-powers.

11.23.07 - Fixed broken emoticon popup page.

11.23.07 - Fixed smilies listing.

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12.10.07 - Fixed SQL error in portals. Still got some navigation bugs to sort out in that section.

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12.22.07 - Working on server optimization to avoid losing our hosting: implemented file cache for new-entries on site page and forum header.

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'Clueless' wrote:
12.22.07 - Working on server optimization to avoid losing our hosting

EEK! Tell me this won't happen, Clueless! (the loss of hosting)

:shock: :shock: :shock:

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I'm hoping not - but I *have* to get our system as optimized as humanly possible. If we can't get under the requirements then we may have to move. Thankfully we'll be able to afford the upgrade we're looking at needing if that's how it turns out.

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12.25.07 - Forum thread viewing optimization: a scalable solution. Involves a column in the DB caching the page# of threads to avoid scanning over long indexes. Required changes to post creation functions, and view thread and view thread navigation generation.

Expected side effects: viewing a thread should be much faster. Making a post to a thread may be a little slower but not much.

12.25.07 - Identified cause of some errors I'd been spotting for awhile - posts without thread roots. Now rooted - should fix that.

12.25.07 - Post page now shows the user information for previous posts in the thread. Only shows threads on the parent's own page, but optimization makes up for this loss.

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01.17.08 - Corrected portal navigation to a pair of drop down selection filters. Play gentle.

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04.02.08 - New hosting
04.04.08 - Converted HTMLArea textareas to TinyMCE - should make cut and paste operations easier in Firefox, also adds some nifty bonus features

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04.07.08 - Google analytics code added to get a better idea of site usage
04.07.08 - Page view count tracking added across all sections for the same reason

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04.21.08 - Corrected My Planewalker text input field to use Tiny MCE.
04.21.08 - Same for the Encyclopedia editor page.

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08.xx.08 - *** MAJOR

08.xx.08 - *** MAJOR SYSTEM CHANGE *** Now running Drupal 

10.07.08 - Revised RSS feed system - now it includes nodes without comments, and sorts all by timestamp.

10.07.08 - Minor corrections to the link in the feed to the correct location in the site.

10.07.08 - Updated .htaccess to redirect old crss feeds to rss feeds

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10.10.08 - Added fivestar

10.10.08 - Added fivestar module to site - allows for rating of articles, images, reviews, and imported articles from the previous system.

10.10.08 - Added image picker - allows for images to be uploaded and inserted into an article all at the same time. Allows you to browse through previously uploaded images to reuse images if they are commonly used. (Please don't abuse this one, guys. Eye-wink

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11.04.08 - Added a new

11.04.08 - Added a new module to track recent articles, blog posts, forums and comments. Intended to take the load off of the Views module for those common views - and hence to take the load off our server some.

Those who have turned off the 'new stuff' blocks in the forums in the past - will need to turn them off again in their configurations.

(I don't have any way to propogate that setting throughout your account at the moment.)

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11.04.08 - Javascript and cookie based toggle for turning the right sidebar on and off. Will be enabled on forum side only pending any requests to turn it on on the entire site. Just lick the text at the bottom of the forum page that provides the option to hide the sidebar.

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11.20.08 - New feature :

11.20.08 - New feature : Save thread, still working on some CSS needs for it - but function is working now. You can save the contents of an entire thread out to text.

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12.16.08 - New modules to

12.16.08 - New modules to track recently updated node types, and to create views for submitted articles and user's own articles. Custom code - allowed for the deactivation of Tracker, Tracker 2, Views modules amongst other custom modules. And should produce a serious speed boost for the site.

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12.17.08 - Minor bug fix to

12.17.08 - Minor bug fix to the new module. Scheduled transitions were not being recorded properly. They are now. All is well.

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12.31.08 - Updated database

12.31.08 - Updated database name in settings.php to new server as per hosting's notification based on their recent reconfigurations of database servers.

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02.17.09  - Finished

02.17.09  - Finished compiling taxonomies for faceted search feature: /faceted_search/

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02.27.08 - Added module to

02.27.08 - Added module to submit a node to various social link sharing places. Also added sitemap module to submit site maps to google, yahoo, ask.com.

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03.16.09 - Updated a host

03.16.09 - Updated a host of modules to latest versions:

Quotes Quote Taxonomy Menu User Stats Subscriptions Thickbox User Titles Share Word Filter Filter By node type Google analytics Recycle Node Signatures for Forums DHTML Menue Node Teaser Freelinking Persistant Login Imagepicker Actions  

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Test post - removed TAC.

Test post - removed TAC.

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03.17.09 - Site using

03.17.09 - Site using default permissions now. Hopefully that will help some of the SQL issues we've been seeing. Also updated to Drupal 5.16

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03.18.09 - Moved site file

03.18.09 - Moved site file structure around to a multi site configuration in preparation for sister site configurations, also added .htaccess rewrite to make sure the old file links went to the new file directory.

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03.18.09 - Added Captcha and

03.18.09 - Added Captcha and reCaptcha to site.

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05.20.09 - Changed a number

05.20.09 - Changed a number of tables to InnoDB to try to speed the forums up some and keep our cron running smoothly. Also modified cron system to present useful logs. Also enabled cached blocks to speed the page up.

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06.03.09 - Upgrade to

06.03.09 - Upgrade to version of JQuery. Should result in no change - but that's not always the case.

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06.16.09 - Updated to Zen

06.16.09 - Updated to Zen based theme for clarity and sanity in user interface work. Noticing problems with general posting pages under JQuery with TinyMCE - will look into that. (May have to turn off Tiny MCE for a nonce.)

edit: Confirmed bug - JQuery and TinyMCE don't like each otherunder FF: http://drupal.org/node/235972 - Will be upgrading to another WYSIWYG editor as I want to keep JQuery up to date.

edit2: Upgraded to WYSIWYG module based on recommendation from original TinyMCE author.

edit3: Loads of CSS cleanup for IE6, FF3 errors still unable to be replicated. Mostly back to working though.

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6.24.09 - Updated WYSIWYG

6.24.09 - Updated WYSIWYG settings for TinyMCE to try and fix lingering line-break issue, also refactored site imaged to reduce image sizes and speed page load.

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Added Views module back in -

Added Views module back in - with Block Caching to keep the impact on the server down. This should let us do the sidebar boxes much more smoothly and reliably now. 08/05/09

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This be supposed to gravely reduce reminiscence load on big clothes.
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customized corn scheme to in attendance helpful firewood.
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the color scheme is not so good. change it if you can. and maintain the internal links.

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