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Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by Forum Administrator, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Brim, I'll handle this question...

    We chose vBulletin because of how robust and proven it is. Major corporations and other large forums use vBulletin for this very reason. Also, it is an extremely secure package. As for phpBB, take a look at the 'security vulnerability' list on many security sites and you'll quickly realize that phpBB is the PHP application with the most security issues and one that is broken into most often.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge proponent of Open Source software and all. But when it comes time for me and the rest of the Tech Committee to install something, we need to make sure that the following things are taken into consideration:

    1- Will everyone's information be secure?
    2- Will the software be able to scale with the large increase of use we are season year after year?
    3- Can we count on the forums being up at 3am?
    4- Does it offer a robust set of features enabling the team to moderated posts, handle issues, and track problems?
    5- Is the application a burden to run by a small team of volunteers.

    As such, we went with vBulletin. It meets all our needs and comes with support.

    Hope this answers your question.
     
  2. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Brim,

    The reason the birthday is needed is in order to meet with the current COPPA rules. We need to determine if each of our users is younger or older than 13. Sure, someone can put in any date they want, but in case something happened down the road, we can then go back and state that we asked for the age and the person was dishonest.

    Take a look at this page for more information on COPPA:

    http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm
     
  3. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Trust me.. there's no FEMA spending going on here ;) The committee discussed this at length and we are very concious of what and how we request budget from the HOA.

    On someone else's comments on themes.. I believe more have to be installed before you can choose from them. Please keep chiming in so we have things to look at for improvements for the future.

    FYI.. my priorities right now are (flexible of course)

    - stable, functioning platform after the move
    - proper layout and permissions
    - proper board variable settings to our requirements and user desires
    - branding of the forum view
    - polishing out the customizations users have (icons, themes, etc)
    + whatelse comes up

    This list just covers the forum.. not even touches the rest of the website or hosting platform that we have available for use for other Broadland's functions (mailing lists, websites, etc). So there is still lots of fun to be had, and we do our best to deliver what we think people would like to see or have.

    Unfortunatly the previous platform's performance had become so miserable, the sooner the move, the better.. so only points 1 and 2 were focused on before we went live.

    If you like doing this type of stuff for fun.. please stop by and join us at the Community Center at 7:30 second Tuesday every month. We're always looking for new faces who want to help and play.
     
  4. brim

    brim Member

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    That's fine...how about this tho, with the way existing users were ported over from the other forum (where no birthday was required) there is no pre-existing birthday data for those users. The only way that field will get populated is if the user updates his/her profile and puts the info in. If that's the case, you get unquestioned/unverified potentially under-aged users ported over from the other board.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm just starting some discussion...not trying to step on any toes.
     
  5. decalr

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    I like the new format of the forums. Thanks for keeping up with changes and making things better.
     
  6. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Brim,

    I can't go into details regarding what and how we moved data from the previous forums. If you would like more information and/or discuss this, please feel free to buy a plane ticket back to the Ashburn area and attend our next Tech Committee meeting, held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (March 14th is our next meeting).
     
  7. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    the old forum didn't have this capability.. the new one does. Can't import what doesn't exist. Kinda simple :)
     
  8. brim

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    Right...but if you're looking to keep > 13 year olds out then you're relying on all pre-existing users that were ported over to be > 13. The only way you can verify those ppl (and have a legal leg to stand on) is if they go into update their profile and put in a birthday.

    Say you have Timmy Tattletale who's a 12 year old, on the old site...you port him over here where you're now concerned with keeping youngsters out, you have no way of knowing he's 12...only someone registering as a new user will be able to be weeded out.
     
  9. Mr. Linux

    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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    Brim,

    As I was insinuating in my previous post, let's take this offline please. Thanks.
     
  10. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson New Member

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    Thumbs up! Various gaming communities I am a member of use this service. It's great. Just too bad all the good boards are in php and not in .Net.
     
  11. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    why the desire for .NET Homer?
     
  12. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson New Member

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    Cause my servers are Windows and I am a .NET programmer. I like to mess with the software. I have a copy of Snitz but it is limited. The other .Net boards I saw were pay to play so I won't be fooling with them.
     
  13. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    ah.. yes, one of our goals was to move off the Windows host we were on, so no .Net was a + to us :) Having LAMP will open us up to a number of programs.. and is also the desired platform for alot of the skillsets people on the committe have.

    We leverage webservices in .NET at work extensivly.. but I don't code. I just harp the people that do :)
     
  14. Homer Simpson

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    lol, I can see that from your posting!
     
  15. brim

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    I was going to say, "Management then, eh? That explains a lot."
     
  16. Homer Simpson

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    Ummm, yeah...., I'm going to have to ask you to come in this weekend. Did you get the memo? Umm, yeah, if you get us those TPS reports that would be great.
     
  17. flynnibus

    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    Not anymore. You don't have to be the developers boss to work with them.

    Regardless, the company likes the work I do enough that I've been there coming up on 10 years.. so it can't be that bad
     
  18. Dutchml

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    Admins,
    Could you check to see if the "no email notification" of replies in a thread is working (under user options). I've tried to shut it down, but it keeps sending email to me after every new post.
     
  19. Forum Administrator

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    Dutchml, I don't see you as subscribing to this thread. Since your registered email address is an aol.com address, and we have seen AOL do some strange things with our emails in the past couple days, could it be that the email you got was from before you unsubscribed?
    If you're still having issues, send us a Private Message and we'll investigate.

    Thanks!
     
  20. Dutchml

    Dutchml Member

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    I had elected "no email notification" and was getting emails. I've since changed it to unsubscribe and that may have stopped them. Thanks for looking into it.
     

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