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  I've sold the site!
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 03-31-2010, 09:55 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (12)

Yes, I'm here to tell you that I've sold the site to an investor in Tehran for a boatload of money. I'm sure you'll all like him. Yes

Feel free to ask any questions here. Question

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  Credit System updated
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 03-16-2010, 07:50 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (6)

I have finally upgraded the Credit to the new one I've been working on for the past few months. Happy

The credit rates are still the same as specified here along with these new rates:
-5 Credits for a new attachment
-2 Credits for referring a new user
-1 Credit for rating a thread (thread can't be your own)
-5 Credits for sending a PM (PMs to yourself don't count)
-5 Credits for a new Calendar Event
-2 Credits to download an attachment (if you're the owner of the attachment, you don't have to pay). This fee is bypassed if you're a mod, admin or a 100 club member.
-You will lose 5 Credits per warning percentage if you receive a warning (for instance if you get a 10% warn, you will lose 50 Credits).

Other changes include a new donation system (called transfers now) and a new fine system (available to mods and admins only). You also have a new history form available by clicking your credit number (mods and admins can view anyone's history).

Please note this system isn't 100% bug-free, so they may be a few bugs (though they should only be limited to my end).

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  Board Updates- 1/20/10
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 01-20-2010, 07:35 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (2)

You might've notice some changes I've been making to the site for the past month. I figured I'd formally announce them:

-Ten new games in the Arcade (Autobahn, Blow Up, Colosseum Blackjack, Connect 4, Yahtzee!, Super Slot Slingo, Scrabble Blast, Pyramid Solitaire, Mini Golf 3 and Space Invaders).
-I've brought MyAwards back but there might be some display problems (currently they're jammed into the space between the Credits and MyMood and I can't move them to the end).
-I've converted the Plug Your Forum to a more general Web Design/Chat, which will allow you to discuss more general website stuff (you may still advertise there if you wish).
-Added a Science forum, where you can discuss science-related subjects. All science discussions have been moved there from The Cantina.
-Did some upgrading of the site which patched some annoying bugs (the bug that made your birthday required is now fixed).
-Added four new BBcodes, a border one (inspired by the one in ZetaBoards), an Acronym one, which allows for the posting of an acronym/abbreviation with a hover over, a blinking one and a notice one, which allows for a notice to stand out.

An example of border code: This text is bordered

The code to use it is:

Code:
[border=1,dotted,#0000FF]This text is bordered[/border]
(the first value must be the border's thickness, the second is the style and the third is the color).


An example of the acronym code: LOL

The code to use it is:
Code:
[acronym=laugh out loud]LOL[/acronym]


An example of the blink code (and please don't abuse it): Hey, look at me!

The code to use it is:
Code:
[blink]Hey, look at me![/blink]


An example of the notice code:

This is an important notice. Thank you.


The code to use it is:
Code:
[notice]This is an important notice. Thank you.[/notice]

That's all for the changes. If you're wondering about the new credit system, I've holding back on it. It's finished more or less, but I must do alot of testing to ensure that's when it's installed, it works the way I want it to. Expect to see it within the next 2 months.

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  Board/Account Security
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 10-05-2009, 10:28 AM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

Because it might come up in the future, I figured I'd make a note on this subject. Many boards in the past have been destroyed because they were cracked.

Most boards and user accounts are cracked into because the owner of the account had an easy password that was easy to guess. To prevent this, your password should be at least 12 characters long, not be a dictionary word, all numbers, or a simple keyboard pattern like "qwertyuiop". Make sure you use a different password on different boards. NEVER use the same password on different boards, especially if you're a staff/moderator on any other sites.

Make sure you protect your account's e-mail address, especially if it's registered on a site like Yahoo!, MSN Hotmail, GMX or Google Gmail. Someone can crack your password on you e-mail account and use password recovery to obtain your password. Also protect your email recovery information, make sure it's not easily guessable or info that can found online.

Also you should scan your computer for keyloggers, someone could've slip one in when you downloaded something.

A good password should contain: lowercase letters, UPPERCASE LETTERS, Numbers, Punctuation signs and other keyboard symbols ([email protected]#$%^&*,.;`~-_+=()[]{}), or special ALT characters (§∂ªº¶®øߥ)

Just remember:

  • 'password' is a bad password
  • '12345' is a bad password
  • 'qwerty' is a bad password
  • 'dge7{]QYEqie13' is a good password
  • 's8hbdfs9D£˝∂ƒ©'fd[':LD;'sfhj∂¬' is a really good password
If you have trouble coming up with a good password, you can use this password generator:
http://www.pctools.com/guides/password/

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  Askimet activated
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 09-27-2009, 04:26 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (3)

I've activated a program called Askimet to hopefully control any future spam on this board that maybe posted by spam bots. This program identifies and hides spam posts and will ban anyone who posts more than 3 spam messages it can identify.

If a spam post does get through, please report it by using the Report button on the post and we'll deal with it ASAP.

And let me take the time to tell you that if you do spot a spam post, DON'T EVER CLICK ON ANY LINK IN THAT POST. They might be scams and they might put viruses and key loggers on your computer. If you get a spam PM be sure to forward it to me so I may deal with them.

If you have any questions, please post them here.

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  Board Updates- 7/17/09
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 07-17-2009, 02:43 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (7)

I think it's becoming obvious that I'm neglecting this site for awhile. Pinch

I'm hoping to get back into the loop again. So here's some updates:

-As requested, I've added the 10 Yeti Sports games to the Arcade.
-I've added two new themes, called Afresh Leaf and Dig. Be sure to check them out (User CP -> Edit Options -> Board Style).
-I've removed that annoying Social Bookmark box. No one was using it anyway.
-I've restored the MyMood. Be sure to specified your mood.
-Onto that Store I promised. Yeah, I haven't been too crazy about adding it. I might some day in the future. But as it stands now, don't expect it.

Other than that, I got noting new to say, other than the fact I'll be going around and promoting this site on other forum in the coming week.

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  Credit system added
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 06-16-2009, 01:51 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (3)

Based on user feedback, I've gone ahead and added a credit system to the board. As an added gift, everyone has earned credit on all their previous posts based on the current rates:
-10 Credits for registering
-5 Credits for a new thread
-5 Credits per poll creation
-2 Credits per new reply (10 characters minimum)
-1 Credit per vote
-1 Credit is also given to the original thread starter for every reply posted to the thread.

I haven't added the Store yet, as I still have to do much testing on that (it should be ready in a few weeks). However a Marketplace forum has been added for you to be able to spend your credits among your fellow members.

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Smile Arcade restored & 3 new forums
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 04-09-2009, 10:57 AM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (4)

I have (finally) added the Arcade back in with all the games the old one had. You can play it here. Biggrin

I also have added 3 new forums to the board. A Star Trek forum, for discussing Star Trek and a Doctor Who forum for discussing (you guessed it) Doctor Who. Both of these forums are subforums of Primetime T.V. There's also been a Competition Zone forum added where members can compete with each other.

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  Email Validation Enabled
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 04-02-2009, 12:17 PM - Forum: Announcements - No Replies

I have decided to turn on Email Validation for this board, which requires any new members (or members updating their email address) to answer an confirmation email to be able to post. All current members do not need to validate, although this is a good time to check to see if your current address is valid and to update it if needed.

All members awaiting activation will have a Italic user name

In conjunction, I have altered the group promotion slightly, now all registered members have to have 10 posts before promoting to the higher member group. Also, all registered members under 10 posts now display as a normal black user name (formally they had an Italic user name). No other permissions have changed.

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  Win a free vacation on me!
Posted by: Starpaul20 - 03-31-2009, 11:42 PM - Forum: Announcements - Replies (8)

Yep, to show that I'm a really nice person, I'm going to start a very simple competition. The prize for winning this competition is a full expenses paid vacation to the great Byzantine salt flats, which from what I heard are beautiful this time of year (especially considering Spring Break is coming Wink ). Oh, and supposedly this is the very spot where the prophet Muhammad buried the Sword of Damocles to hide it from Lord Voldemort.

You can win this exciting vacation by simply guess what number I'm thinking of. I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 1,029. First person to guess it right wins the vacation. Happy

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