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12 May 2012
2.31am
meanmistermustard
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Cool. Thanks Joe for the speedy service.

 

And the 1965 pics at the very top look fabulous - if they are still there, its great how those pics change.

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21 May 2012
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For those interested, we're going to get topic splitting/merging soon, and the ability to add polls to posts. This is a good thing. Should work better on touchscreens too, according to the forum software devs: http://simple-press.com/5-1-st.....-update-5/

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21 May 2012
10.27pm
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Sounds exciting. I presume only the mods and yourself will be able to split and combine threads, posts etc otherwise it could get messy.

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23 May 2012
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No idea where this should go but it fits here so there here it is.

 

No idea if its been reported elsewhere but the quote thingy isnt working properly in places, just lumps everything together without actually highlighting that its a quote. Done it manually when replying in the Let It Be thread.

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2 June 2012
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meanmistermustard said
No idea where this should go but it fits here so there here it is.

 

No idea if its been reported elsewhere but the quote thingy isnt working properly in places, just lumps everything together without actually highlighting that its a quote. Done it manually when replying in the Let It Be thread.

Testing

EDIT - does that look wrong to you? It has a box around the quoted text - seems clear enough to me.

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2 June 2012
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That one worked fine. Its seemed to be in relation to certain posters and trying to quote them, Into The Sky's posts were the main casualty of this. It seems to be an irregular error and i have no idea how it could be replicated and repaired - if it hasnt been already.

 

Thanks for your work in all of these bits and pieces of the site Joe.

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2 June 2012
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I'll have a look and see if I can fix it. Not sure what the problem is though.

EDIT - there's now a preview function in the edit screen, so you can check how something looks before publishing it. Hope it's useful.

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19 November 2012
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I discovered I could create sub-forums, so I've made them for each of the key albums, plus the Anthologies, Love and Live At The BBC. It'll hopefully save anyone creating any more of those "what's your favourite song on x album" threads, of which there are many.

I can create more sub-forums if people think they'd be useful, for example each of John/Paul/George/Ringo's solo albums. I'm not sure whether it'd be useful though.

I don't to overload the forum with sub-sections because it might become harder to navigate (for example if there were a sub-forum for every Beatles song), but I'm all in favour of making things work in a more navigable way. Let me know what you think.

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20 November 2012
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Nice idea, Joe.

Who'd have thought there'd be more threads dedicated to "Love" than to any other non-SPLHCB album?!

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6 February 2013
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I had to re-enable the spam filter as we were getting quite a few rogue registrations. It sometimes catches false positives - ie legitimate messages are sometimes held as spam. If this happens to you don't worry, I'll approve it as soon as I can (and sorry for the inconvenience).

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9 May 2013
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On another thread, SatanHimself said:

Hell…  It's 2013.  He should be amazed that these forums still exist at all.  These things are ghosts of the old internet.

It got me thinking about the way conversations online are happening. A lot of sites use social logins, and most people seem to have Facebook, Twitter etc accounts. So I've signed up with a third-party service that allows up to six different account logins for the forum, in addition to the normal registration/sign-in. So, more options to encourage people to join in.

The current services are Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo!, Blogger, Google+ and Disqus (the last two might not be immediately invisible). That should cover most people.

It took a bit of head-scratching, and involved signing up for developer accounts, dealing with API keys etc. I've tested it with Twitter and it seems to work, but if you use the others and spot a problem please let me know.

Note that when you log in via Twitter, you have to authorise the Beatles Bible. It says: "This application will be able to:

  • Read Tweets from your timeline.
  • See who you follow, and follow new people.
  • Update your profile.
  • Post Tweets for you."

As far as I can tell this is a formality, and nothing will get posted/read that you don't do yourself. But *please* let me know if anything looks dodgy. I really don't want to piss people off by doing anything unwanted.

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9 May 2013
2.55pm
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Check you out, Joe...  Impressive.

I appreciate that you didn't take my comment as an insult.  These types of forums really are a throwback to pre-2003 internet, so it's nice that you're aware that linking them to newer social-media sites is important to keep them relevant.

I know it's a different platform (and I'm not too knowledgeable about this sort of thing) but if there was any way to integrate with Tumblr at all, that would be my focus.  

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9 May 2013
4.38pm
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I can only add six login options, so I don't know what I'd lose. I did think about adding Tumblr, but it seems like more of a blogging platform, whereas the others (apart from Blogger, obviously) are more about engagement and interaction. Obviously if the demand is there I can swap things around. It's more worth me focusing on the logins/IDs that people are happy to carry around from site to site.

Nah, no insult taken. I got the point you were making. Message boards have been around for ages, but they still have life in them. You only need to look at a site like Reddit to see the demand's still there if the community is good enough.

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9 May 2013
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Zig said
I can get used to this. Still the best site on the web.

Thanks, Joe.

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26 June 2013
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OK, I removed the third-party login options, as it didn't work as seamlessly as I'd hoped (someone reported an issue with Yahoo! registration, and I couldn't troubleshoot it as I don't have a Yahoo! account).

If you'd already registered via a third-party site (FB, Twitter etc) and you're now locked out, send me a message via the Contact page (there's a link at the bottom of every page).

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13 August 2013
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New mods!

I thought I'd shake things around a bit here as skye and mithveaen tend not to post so much nowadays. I drop by every couple of days but I've become aware that Zig's essentially been doing all the moderation on his own.

I'm glad to say mja6758 and fabfouremily have kindly agreed to become mods. As before, there aren't too many forum rules, but having a couple of extra people means they can edit, delete or move anything that shouldn't have been posted.

For everyone, if you see any spam, just report the post and I'll deal with it. If I see it I can zap the account and/or block the IP address.

Thanks to Mith, Skye, and of course Zig. Virtual handshakes to mja and ffe.

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13 August 2013
3.34pm
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Thank you for the invitation, Joe. Glad Emily also proved willing.

We will serve to the best of our abilities, and hopefully take some of your and Zig's load!

Just got to get the head around it, there's now something at the top of my page telling me there are 652 posts in the admin postbag that need removal! Oh well, a learning process!

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13 August 2013
11.48pm
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Nice to be able to share some of the load and responsibilities - it's not fair on Zig if he has to keep an eye on everything when you can't be around that much, Joe. I don't have a full-time job nor children so, lucky for me, I can come on here fairly regularly.

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14 August 2013
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Well done lads! :)

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14 August 2013
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mja6758 said
Thank you for the invitation, Joe. Glad Emily also proved willing.

We will serve to the best of our abilities, and hopefully take some of your and Zig's load!

Just got to get the head around it, there's now something at the top of my page telling me there are 652 posts in the admin postbag that need removal! Oh well, a learning process!

You'd better get busy removing them, new guy! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15
Actually, you don't need to do anything about that at all.

fabfouremily said
Nice to be able to share some of the load and responsibilities - it's not fair on Zig if he has to keep an eye on everything when you can't be around that much, Joe. I don't have a full-time job nor children so, lucky for me, I can come on here fairly regularly.

Yeah, I don't get to log on as often as I would like...something about life getting in the way of other plans or some such.a-hard-days-night-john-1

I've told both mja an ffe via PM how happy I am about this. The Forum always has been, and will now remain, in good hands.

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