Posts by UBT - Halifax--lad

1) Message boards : Number crunching : New Boinc ONLINE help system using Skype (Message 32316)
Posted 9 Dec 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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And there is also email communication if a user wants to use that


There is NO email link on the "Online Help system" page.


Yes there is lots of us have been dealing with email to us asking for help
2) Message boards : Number crunching : New Boinc ONLINE help system using Skype (Message 32278)
Posted 8 Dec 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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And there is also email communication if a user wants to use that
3) Message boards : Number crunching : No annonymous moderators (Message 27428)
Posted 18 Sep 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Tony: my first act as a moderator would be to ban you, so I don't think this would work . :)


That's the funny part of moderation, there is no banning feature. ;-)


There is to the project Dev's just not plain old nameless mods :D
4) Message boards : Number crunching : No annonymous moderators (Message 27357)
Posted 18 Sep 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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This is my 1st post in a long time and probably one for another long time.

Named Mod's are not needed, maybe the project wishes them to be just blank people that way no personal abuse can be thrown at the they can't be traced to other projects to be abused there too.

Finally there is a small bunch of pathetic people currently using this forum to cause chaos and upset people, and the project.

Not mentioning names if you take offence to this then your one of them

I hope to come back in a few months to see these certain people gone or less in your face, funny how it is the same few over and over again
5) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25303)
Posted 28 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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its one section for all teams to use it keeps the clutter out of the rest of the boards
6) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25292)
Posted 28 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Carl
Could you elaborate a little on what you envision for the teaming area of the forum? I mean, crued as it may be, why not create threads in the cafe with the team name at start of the subject line, and then a topic description? I know you're probably picturing something much more sophisticated, but wouldn't that be a rough draft of what you're suggesting? That way everyone could review, and participate, and perhaps find a team more to their liking or whatever.


I think what he means is to have all the team talk in a forum section for teams so then each team can have there own thread, similar to SETI or QMC rather than hogging the cafe

Link to QMC forum Just makes it easier for people who don't want to look at team stuff, if there was a separate area then people could avoid it if they are not interested
7) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25256)
Posted 28 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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If anyone is interested then go over to Pirates@Home there current mission is to play with the BOINC forum code
8) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25230)
Posted 28 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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This isn't a social community like MySpace. It's the support forum for a serious scientific project.

No need for preview- Edit message works fine - if ya can't fix it in 60 minutes, you ain't ever going to fix it.

Can't see a reason for attachments - and the security risks are way too great

Themes? Why? You can't read this?

How else would you subscribe to a thread other than email? By coming to the forum?

How many levels of quoting do you NEED? This supports at least 6

Good grief. this works - why waste a whole bunch of time recreating something with useless bells and whistles? If people would learn to use the forum preferences to sort threads, and messages within threads, cut out images, sigs and avatars, control the displayed thread length, and the other configrable features, you'd find the forums a lot easier to use.


OMG I'm agreeing with everything Angus says :) lol!!

The current system has a great many shortcomings, to list only a few:

No private messages
No preview function
No attachments
No user selectable theme
No thread subscriptions (closest is an e-mail if someone makes a post, only useful if you watch your e-mail all the time)
Very limited quoting


PVT messages, one it takes up valuable server room and puts an extra load on to the servers (imagine all those hundreds of people with PVT messages), it would be open to abuse (yes you can switch it off on most forums) just imagine some poor sole getting abused through PVT messages. The projects need to see everything that is happening on in the forum having PVT messages takes that away from them. (you want PVT messages then you can always sign up to someones team board and use PM there)

Preview function, there is a facility already on 1 BOINC project for this, all Rosetta need to do is ask that project for the code if they wanted to upgrade

Attachments, we don't need it again opens up the forum to a whole new issue (Copyright) The mods have enough to do already.

Themes, not needed it works fine as it is, the team can change the theme again if they want to.

No thread subscriptions so what are the emails I get every day in my inbox from the project if I subscribe??

quoting, works fine and dandy here, and as people have already said there is already the facility to put a quote in and say who it is from, most projects don't have this switched on.

And finally the forum code here is old its not up to date with the latest BOINC forum code as yet

Edit:

Forgot to say you don't run away from a problem you get it fixed, same as what phpbb are doing now by developing there new version of there boards to keep people happy. All it needs at BOINC is php devs to recode everything
9) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25186)
Posted 27 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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SIMAP had phpbb from the start, abandoning the BOINC forums is not the way to go, finding volunteers to re-code it is the best way to go.

Hell the Dev's here can even tweak it to there liking if they so wish (but they don't seem that interested in the forum side of it)
10) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25182)
Posted 27 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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UBT, I`d like to agree with you, cos I`m that sort of bloke....but...

It is obviously hard cos many of us asked for eon`s, now had we asked for something really hard like a fair points system...<whistle>


Nice and simple to do don't know why they will not listen to the users for more sections to be added?

I suppose that is another story ;)
11) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25179)
Posted 27 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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It`s lacking in sections, there should be a whacking team section where teams live within the project, instead they`re outside you don`t know what they`re doing and vice versa.


Then sections can be added its not exactly hard to do that
12) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25176)
Posted 27 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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There is still no point changing to a new forum, this one works fine for what the project needs, the only way it will get better if is php developers will come forward to tweak all the forum code
13) Message boards : Number crunching : New Forum Software (Message 25152)
Posted 27 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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The forum code is open source so all it needs are some developers to come along and improve it but so far no one has.

I think it would be a mistake to change the forum to another type, as this forum enables you to look at peoples user accounts on Rosetta quite easily if the computers are not hidden and you also get to view peoples Rosetta profiles, all things that are not hard coded into any other type of forum software
14) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : Will someone from the project team participate in the next BOINC workshop? (Message 24885)
Posted 25 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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The BOINC website although how long it takes for them to be made available is anyone's guess
15) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : Will someone from the project team participate in the next BOINC workshop? (Message 24882)
Posted 25 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Thanks for telling. I hope he will share some impressions with us after he returns.


read the minutes of the meetings when they become available
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Discussion of project communication (Message 24780)
Posted 24 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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OK whatever dude. In the U.S. (as opposed to the UK), "quirks" means peculiar aspects of your personality. It's in no way sexist because the same applies to me and to everyone. Hopefully the people in our lives ultimately accept us, regardless of what minor faults we have.


Don't worry it means the same here in the UK and I knew what you meant :)
17) Message boards : Number crunching : One last request for backdating of credits. (Message 23762)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Time to grow up now people


Time to get these people who continue beat the dead horse of backdating to Stop.


Have to agree, the dev's have made it clear that there will be no backdating at all so posting messages now asking for it to still go ahead is really not worth it, and is just making the situation get worse again
18) Message boards : Number crunching : One last request for backdating of credits. (Message 23757)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Time to grow up now people
19) Message boards : Number crunching : A cynical viewpoint. (Message 23709)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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@moderators, please lock this thread, because it's only trolling to start a new flamewar!


Can't lock threads
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Thread Delete: Why I am pulling my machines out. (Message 23638)
Posted 20 Aug 2006 by Profile UBT - Halifax--lad
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Oh, I thought it was possible for entire threads but not for individual entries, I misunderstood that.


The options available to mods on a normal BOINC board are to:

Remove individual posts
Remove entire thread
Move individual posts to another thread or a new thread altogether
Sticky & un-sticky threads


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