vBulletin 3.7.0 Coming Soon

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vBulletin 3.7.0 Coming Soon

Postby BuckGB » Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:19 am

In the coming days, I'll be installing vBulletin 3.7.0. This is a major update to the forum software, with a strong emphasis on social networking. For a list of some of the new content, you can check out this thread on the official website. The software is currently at Release Candidate 2 and a Gold release is expected any day now.

This update has a lot of great features like user-specific picture galleries, customizable user profile pages, etc., but obviously that leaves some extra room for potential violations, too. If you get a chance, try to familiarize yourself with the update, if only to get a jump on what changes the update might have on your regular moderating routine.

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Postby Xandax » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:23 am

How many of these changes are you planning on implementing/activating here at GB?

I would imagine something as image gallery would be controversial because "we" do not allow images in posts, and because of the space requirements (or are they linked from off site?)

The moderating changes looks good though.
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Postby BuckGB » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:08 pm

Images aren't allowed in posts due to the gruesome/pornographic photos we've seen attached in the past, but I don't think it would be as much of a problem with personal image galleries (simply because the offender wouldn't be getting the audience they so desire). I would assume there are some countermeasures to that sort of thing, too.

Space shouldn't be an issue. The hard drives on our current server are maybe at 20% utilization, and that includes all system files and 8 years worth of content. I'm sure there are limitations to how big a person's gallery can be, anyway.

In any event, we'll just have to see how it goes. If we find that features are being abused, then they'll just have to be retricted or removed.

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Postby dragon wench » Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:26 pm

Maybe it should be regarded in a similar way to the blogs, since they are both personal space??

In other words, if somebody is blatantly and grotesquely violating forum rules they should be dealt with accordingly, but allow for some grey areas where something could be borderline???
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Postby Xandax » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:51 pm

BuckGB wrote:<snip>
Space shouldn't be an issue. The hard drives on our current server are maybe at 20% utilization, and that includes all system files and 8 years worth of content. I'm sure there are limitations to how big a person's gallery can be, anyway.<snip>

I was thinking more bandwidth/traffic wise, seeing as you have remarked on the expense of servers on more then one occasion and having to send images back and forth to the server will put a larger load on it.
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Postby BuckGB » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:24 am

dragon wench wrote:Maybe it should be regarded in a similar way to the blogs, since they are both personal space?


Yeah, the new user profile options would probably be handled in a similar way. We'd really only have to address any major issues with them, since they're not really "public."

Xandax wrote:I was thinking more bandwidth/traffic wise, seeing as you have remarked on the expense of servers on more then one occasion and having to send images back and forth to the server will put a larger load on it.


I'm not concerned about the bandwidth, as we're now alotted 1 terabyte of data transfer a month. I don't think Verio would care if we went above it anyway, given that I've been a loyal customer for so many years.

Server load is another story, but we'll just have to see how it goes. vBulletin's code is pretty solid, so I don't foresee an issue here unless the features are very popular. If we have problems, I can always look into another upgrade.

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Postby BuckGB » Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:01 am

3.7.0 is now officially installed. Please let me know if you run across any issues with the new features that need to be addressed.

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Postby Siberys » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:38 am

Ehh, this is more of an opinion of mine, but I still want to say it. I really don't like the new profile look, the division of clickable categories thing seems unnecessary and too extensive, the old one was working pretty alright as it was.
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Postby BuckGB » Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:57 am

Siberys wrote:Ehh, this is more of an opinion of mine, but I still want to say it. I really don't like the new profile look, the division of clickable categories thing seems unnecessary and too extensive, the old one was working pretty alright as it was.


I have no control over the profile changes, unfortunately. The general consensus, though, is that vBulletin administrators across the web are very happy with 3.7.0.

Anybody notice any administrative changes worth mentioning or have any questions about the new features in this version? For example, I was surprised to see that I now have to re-input my password in order to permanently delete a thread. I also have all sorts of new options at my disposal in the control panel (in regard to user albums, visitor messaging, profile customizations, etc.), so let me know if you discover anything that should be tweaked.

One thing that I've enabled in this new version is to have all infractions and reported post violations automatically added as a new thread in the Moderator Discussion forum so that we can talk about each one. If this becomes too cumbersome, I can always disable it.

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Postby Xandax » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:19 am

BuckGB wrote:<snip>
One thing that I've enabled in this new version is to have all infractions and reported post violations automatically added as a new thread in the Moderator Discussion forum so that we can talk about each one. If this becomes too cumbersome, I can always disable it.


While off the bat it sounds nice - I think it would just be too spammy if we had that and all discussion would drown. I think that should be disabled.
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Postby fable » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:49 pm

Xandax wrote:While off the bat it sounds nice - I think it would just be too spammy if we had that and all discussion would drown. I think that should be disabled.


I'm with Xan on this. I think each mod can be trusted to come here and let us know in the Problem thread when something arises that requires our joint attention.
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Postby Xandax » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:20 pm

I found that the Blog links under post count is broken.
It points to : http://www.gamebanshee.com/forums/blogs/a/ which does not exist.

Edit: similar link happens with the "Your blog" link in the blog section. Something has broken there :D
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Postby BuckGB » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:06 pm

Alright, I've removed the option to auto-generate a new thread after an infraction or report is issued.

Xandax wrote:I found that the Blog links under post count is broken.


Fixed.