I'm compiling some information that should help us with our growing pains as we ease into the new software.
Q: The forum's friggin' ugly now!
A: Install this.
(Also, that's not a question.)
Q: Why don't I get notifications for posts that people reply to?
A: That one's being worked on. For now, you can put an @ symbol in front of the user's name when you quote and it'll page them and let them know you mentioned them in a comment.
[quote=@DaRabidDuckie]Some thing I said.[/quote]
Will come out like this:
Some thing I said.
See the @ symbol? That will page me.
Anywho, that'll work for now (unless you're unfortunate enough to have a space or punctuation in your name). Like I said, the higher-ups are working on it.
Q: Where is (insert feature here)
A: Good question. It just may not be enabled yet. One of the features of Vanilla Forums is that they're quite bare at the default level. It makes them really fucking fast
. Unfortunately, they're a little er... vanilla (ha!) and there are some things that haven't been installed yet. Features are coming. Give them a day or two, and please be patient.
(I personally know that animated avatars, signatures, and quote notifications are being looked into, along with MANY others. Really, give it time!)
Q: How do I edit my posts?
A: Hover over a post you made. See the little gear? Click on that, then click "edit."
Q: What about Tapatalk?
A: Currently not supported by the host. Fortunately, the native mobile browser is VERY good!
Unfortunately no, we don't currently offer the Tapatalk addon on our hosted sites. It hasn't passed our QA and security review at this time.
) -- Thanks, @Kyle
Q: Where did the emotes go?
A: Emotes are now in the text box. Look to the right. It's a drop down box. (credit to @WTF
-AKUMA-HAX for that one!)
Q: Why don't previews work?
A: They do, you just may not have noticed it because it doesn't change windows anymore. When you click preview, the text box changes from edit mode into what I'm calling a "live mode" where it shows you how your post will look. If you like it, click "Post Comment." If you don't, click 'edit" and continue working with it until you like it.
Q: I made a post and it disappeared? Where did it go?
A: Did it have a link or several embeds in it and not much other content? It could have been flagged as spam. One of the best features of the new forums (at least for the mods and admins) is the anti-spam control. Click on your profile and look at it for a sec. See that bit that says "unverified" or "verified"? That's part of the spam filter protection. Every time an "unverified" person posts a link that contains only images or an excessive number of flagged words, it removes that post automatically and puts it into a queue. A moderator reviews that post, and when they determine that it isn't spam, they approve the post for viewing and then get an option to mark that user's account as "verified," which means that they won't be flagged for spam anymore. Even so, people can still flag stuff for spam in case someone's account gets hacked or something.
Q: Why did my post get buried?
A: If enough users mark as post as "spam," "troll," "abuse," or "off-topic," then a post is automatically buried. The best way to prevent this is to not make crappy posts, plain and simple. It could be possible that people are messing with you, and do note that every time a post is flagged, it goes into the moderator queue for review, so I wouldn't worry about people abusing this feature for very long...
Q: Why do people keep clicking "disagree" on my posts?
A: You're either a crappy poster, or people are messing with you. Probably both.
Q: I had a post with a lot of links in it, and now they're broken. Help?
A: It's pretty easy to fix, actually. Edit the post, and look at the link. Delete everything before the numbers in a link and put "http://forums.shoryuken.com/discussion/
" in front of it.
Q: I started to make a post, but I changed my mind. Why is it still there?
A: It has to do with the new auto-save draft feature. If you've ever lost a "wall-o-text" when your browser crashed or you accidentally clicked back, this is a godsend. Sometimes it causes problems, though. If you have a stuck draft saved on your text box, delete the text, and then put a single period in the post and click "save draft." It saves over the text, and if nothing else you've at least got a good head start on proper punctuation for your next post.
Q: The (x) thread is missing from the (y) section. Can someone move it?
A: The admins had to filter several thousand databases containing millions of posts. It got a little wonky, and there are glitches. They're sorting it out, but that takes time. Patience is appreciated! UPDATE 2/16!
From the higher-ups: "We should be able to fix it on Thursday of the upcoming week. There are
some caching problems on this server, so they have to step in and
Q: Is there a way to delete a post?
A:Not right now. You can edit posts, so feel free to just edit your post and say something like "nvm, please delete this post" or something of the sort.
Q: Why did the forums change?
A: The servers that SRK had been hosted on for years could no longer handle the load from all the traffic we were getting. The people who made Xenforo have been in legal troubles since 2010 and the development cycles have gotten shaky. Vanilla Forums handles both the forum hosting AND the software, so it's a pretty good value. This is just an educated guess, though, as I'm just a moderator trying to field all the complaints/questions/etc so the admins can work all the kinks out without being interrupted.Q: Did we lose our watched threads?
A: Sadly, yes. The older method of tracking threads was not able to be
converted to the newer style, called Bookmarks. If you click the star
next to the opening post (or while you're browsing the forum list) you
can start tracking threads that way.
Anywho, if you guys have any more questions, feel free to ask and I'll try to answer as quickly as I can.