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12/28/06

  12:56:02 am, by Nimble   , 225 words  
Categories: Announcements [A], Thoughts, Science

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Link: http://forums.nimblebrain.net

I have gone ahead and added some forums, since Halton Arp's site has been offline for "maintenance" for an awfully long time. It may come back, it may not. In the meantime, it's a decent excuse to experiment with new forum software.

I had a tough time choosing forum software, and it came down to a matter of personal preference on the features. Personally, I like seeing threaded posts, and I like seeing them in their entirety, a la Slashdot. There are precious few pieces of forum software that do this, and even fewer that do it for free.

So, the software I chose was MWForum. It's in Perl instead of PHP, which is not my preference, but it works relatively well, is free, and has the threading ability that I really like. I will have to gussy up the style sheet it operates with, though, and I do not yet like the way that it handles adding in URLs: I'd like to modify it to work like b2evolution's editor a bit more. [UPDATE: I did actually manage to do that - yay! Thank you, example b2evolution code]

Still, it's as or more forgiving than Halton Arp's forum was at the time.

The sole board in the forums right now is Alternative Cosmology, a particular pet interest of mine.

This one's for you, Ari :)

4 comments

Comment from: Ari Jokimäki [Visitor]  
Ari Jokimäki

Thanks, Richie!

I tried registering, and got an error message saying that I have illegal character in my user name, which probably is due to the ‘ä’ in my last name. I replaced the ‘ä’ with ‘a’ and clicked register which resulted:

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@forums.nimblebrain.net and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

Dear webmaster, time of the error was 10-15 minutes before I post this (16:57 Finnish time) :)

I thought that my registration went wrong, so I tried it again, result:

This username is already registered.

This email address is already registered. Only one account per address.

So, apparently I’m registered, but I didn’t yet receive the confirmation e-mail (I hope I didn’t spell my e-mail address wrong). Perhaps it takes a while, so I’ll wait. At any case, it seems that there were some problem with my registration.

12/30/06 @ 08:56
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  
Nimble

Thanks, Richie!

Ritchie! :)

I tried registering, and got an error message saying that I have illegal character in my user name, which probably is due to the ‘ä’ in my last name. I replaced the ‘ä’ with ‘a’ and clicked register which resulted:

I found out the hard way (why can’t it just give a simple error in the log?) that there was no Mail::Sender installed on my provider. I have since added it, which helps greatly.

I also figured out that there is a regular expression in the software that is only accepting plain English letters, with the comment, “May have to be changed for non-latin languages.". I altered it so you ought to be able to get your name in just fine now :)

(I hope so, anyways - hopefully it will recognize your ä as an ä, and not think “oh, no, this is from a Finnish code page".)

This username is already registered.

This email address is already registered. Only one account per address.

I’ve deleted you out of the database, so you should be able to register again just fine. You probably want your ä anyhow ;)

One more note: the “lost password” link is behaving oddly. It’s actually not the software’s fault (!). If my provider’s server sees pwd anywhere in the query string, even as part of another word (!), it automatically flips up an invalid access error. I’ve never heard of anyone configuring their servers like that; perhaps I can ask them why. Otherwise, I will be doing surgery to the program.

The lost password link DOES work, it’s just that the redirect has a pwd in it. You can just totally remove the &msg=tktaftgpwd+ part of it, and it will work. (It’s just actually used to give you a message about what you just accomplished)

Sorry about that, Ari. I wasn’t expecting all those surprises. I didn’t have problems registering solely because I was the first user in the database (they’re treated specially) - I should have done more testing first :)

12/30/06 @ 20:04
Comment from: Ari Jokimäki [Visitor]  
Ari Jokimäki

Ritchie! :)

Sorry, Ritchie! That mistake appears to be now in my muscle memory, it resurfaces itself if I’m not paying attention. You know, old dogs, new tricks, and all that…

I have now registered succesfully so we can move on to the next problem. How do I answer posts? How do I create a new topic? I don’t see any buttons for these (when I’m logged in).

12/31/06 @ 01:26
Comment from: Nimble [Member]  
Nimble

Sorry, Ritchie! That mistake appears to be now in my muscle memory, it resurfaces itself if I’m not paying attention. You know, old dogs, new tricks, and all that…

Every time you type it correctly, it undoes some of the damage ;)

I have now registered succesfully so we can move on to the next problem. How do I answer posts? How do I create a new topic? I don’t see any buttons for these (when I’m logged in).

Well, I got the private message you sent, so that’s all working well.

I’ve opened up posting to all who self-register. Otherwise, you would need to wait until I added you as a member of that board.

I’ll keep it open like that until (and if) any abuses like spamming start happening, then I’ll put it back to board members only.

I’ve also given you moderator status in case you catch abuses before I do :)

I’ve also managed to get the lost password link working by changing one of the localized names to avoid “pwd". I’ll need a version control system at home to keep track of these changes I’m making :)

12/31/06 @ 03:24