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About Windwalker222

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  • Birthday 06/16/1952

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  1. Hello Pete, it's been a while but i was checking out the new site you have and wanted to see if I can be validated. I am Windwalker on your site and Windwalker222 on the IPS site and a current client. 



  2. The chat app, bad or good for the forum?

    My Shoutbox is used a lot. We have an understanding that it is used for friendly hellos and not support, same with the Chat room feature. It depends on the forum like many have said.   Sadly like The Old Man, the new V4 is just too much worry and strain on resources and you lose so much in the upgrade. The Chat, Shoutbox and Custom sidebar blocks mod. are a vital part of my discussion forum. I have given up and will stay with 3.4.8 till EOL and then close after a run of 9 years. We little forums seem to have been left behind in the quest for business model customers.   But to get back on topic, I think a Chat room has a place for certain forums. If it's stealing your posts away from the main site then it isn't being utilized/moderated correctly. JMO
  3. What's holding you back from upgrading to IPB 4.x?

    I apologize for sounding so bitter. Your right that a total re-write is probably not going to happen for a long time now. What I speak of are the tweaks or fixes to maybe the editor or something else that seemed to be constantly going on in the older versions. Then your themes stop working, or a mod. I've just had bad luck with things that make the board "more than basic". Like a good mod for a shoutbox, arcade, or a links system or store. Along comes a tweak for the basic board and breaks things. To get back on topic since I seem to have wandered, let me just say I will hold off upgrading till just before end of life for the pre V4 and then I might attempt it. My apologies to all for getting off topic.
  4. What's holding you back from upgrading to IPB 4.x?

    I'm just going to wait before messing with it further. Maybe by the time they get the bugs out it will be smoother. Of course by that time the next major upgrade will be here and back to square one. Take a look at the numbers (members and guests) visiting here now. They are much lower than the pre V4 days. Those lucky enough to have a smooth install, which I always had up to this upgrade, are touting the new V4. Those of us that need something that "just works" are not."But it's not going to be something you'll have to do very often"  Your new right? Just wait till your themes stop working, or your mod you like breaks with the next latest and greatest "improvement". Total re-writes of software are not always a good thing.
  5. What's holding you back from upgrading to IPB 4.x?

    Well, after 9 years of running a general discussion forum I think when they kill off 3.4.8 I will fold up and throw in the towel. Over the last few years too many upgrades that broke things in the name of becoming the top forum software has worn on many people. Developers are tired of making mods that will have to be remade all over again within months. Skins stop working etc.I realize to be competitive you need to improve once in awhile, but it has become ridiculous. Now with the new IPS4 the upgrade reminds you of the early days where you had to nearly do it all by hand. Instead of a smooth upgrade as in years past, some of us are presented with a plethora of "newly needed" things. PHP, SQL, cURL upgrades it insists on having that stop you in your tracks. The upgrader says you can continue with the issues like php or sql version mismatch, but it won't let you. Now we need to inculde curl php which I haven't needed in 9 years, or if I had it then it was working fine till the new V4. I feel IPS is concentrating on business models more than us little guys that helped get them where they are today. Many will quietly leave since it has been shown in the past that complaining about the "improvements" just falls on deaf ears as IPS charges full speed ahead to be the biggest and baddest business oriented kid on the block. So okay you've outgrown us simple forum owners, cool. Just remember all those you are leaving behind will be going somewhere else, probably  the competition because like IPB of the golden years, I hear the other ones seem to  just work right out of the box. A lack of mods, fewer custom skins and less developers willing to re-write their mods every few months is killing a great forum software. Sorry for the long post. but In answer to the question I must say no, I will not be upgrading I don't think to V4. It looks nice but after years of smooth running I don't feel like rebuilding my forum from scratch just to have to do it again in a few months when the next "improvement" comes down the pipe.Again, the new format looks good but it "just doesn't work" for many when you loose half your sites personality that was made by the great mods that helped make the basic functionality better like shoutboxes, arcades, and some other items that appeal to other than business users. 
  6. Are Chatrooms Dead?

    Since someone is around nearly 24/7 (staff) I find it handy to help with small problems a member may have that needs help right away with doing something on the site.
  7. Upgrade to the 4.0?

    Thanks Aiwa, that's what I was afraid of. I'll just sit back and wait on skins and mods to be developed/upgraded then. Thanks for the fast reply.
  8. Upgrade to the 4.0?

    I have had my board for 6 or 7 years now. I am not a coder although I have gotten good at fixing any problems I run into during that time. I currently run my board on a VPS server. IPS has always had super support when I have asked for it. I have skins themes on my 3.4.6 board and some mods. Like everyone these days money has become tighter and tighter. I currently am not up to date with my support, which I hate as I consider it as a nice way of showing my loyalty to IPS. I am trying to get a feel for how much the 4.0 will cost me if I have to replace lots of current working mods/themes. What I am trying to get at is next month my board will celebrate it's 7th year. I plan on renewing my support but need to know what to tell members to prepare them for when 4.0 is released. Are all the current themes that we use going to cease to function and have to be replaced? Will most if not all mods be affected? I know with each update/upgrade we always run into incompatibilities and these are to be expected. However there are some mods that have just worked over the years without having to be updated, and some themes actually still work without causing problems. With the total rework of your code as I understand, do you foresee a big impact on "most everything" concerning themes and mods? I think I stumbled across the answer in '?do=embed' frameborder='0' data-embedContent>> But it was not from a support member. "Themes and mod's cannot be transferred. (From the announcement)" I could not find the "announcement though. So everything regarding themes and mods will have to be replaced correct? Thanks for the great support from all the support personnel that have helped me in the past. Thanks for any information you can share.
  9. I'm actually seeing a resurgence on my board, and seeing some General Discussion forums that the owners had migrated to FB return and start the forums again. I think in time, that FB will lose some of it's appeal. People really like the privacy and personal touch that a forum brings. Just my 2 cents.
  10. Signature image size limit

    In the ACP pick the member group you wish to restrict the signatures in. Select Edit for the group Under the Global tab scroll down and find Signatures Set the options/restrictions you want for size.
  11. IP.Board 3.3 and IP.Content 2.3 Coming Soon!

    Well done to all!
  12. What do you think of 3.2?

    Glad I saw this, I was afraid I had a bad install. It used to work perfect before the upgrade.
  13. Features removed from 3.1.4

    I'm really tired of all the broken things, or course I can fix them if I have $5 here and $15 there to replace something that was taken out. If not for the goodness of devs like Michael and a few others, this simple cookie thing would cost 5-10 bucks. Geesh. It would almost look like the conspiracy remark made here or another thread tongue in cheek, might have validity. "Things were stripped so modders could make money off replacing them?" or something like that. Gone are the days of doing it for the community, enter the "Market" I had a bad feeling when I saw the title of that section. So far I have spent more time chasing down and replacing or trying to learn how to fix them on my own, than I have enjoying the software. I still have, pictures that break the layout (even though my settings are the same as they have always been) Photobucket slide shows that no longer work, we just figured out how to get mp4's from photobucket to play. Some people are still struggling with that one. But I have it working on mine and trying to share (for free) how it was done. I'm sure as soon as someone sees the "need" for a mod to fix it they will be so kind as to rush out a $5-$10 fix for everyone else. :) My Facebook status connection stopped working, no one can figure out why. Disabled mods and 3rd party apps and it still fails to work unless you do it 2 or 3 times and then it works, posts your status to Facebook and kicks you to your profile page. Gonna be fun figuring that one out. Upgrade? I think the term was used loosely. Sorry, I'm ranting again. I need to spend this time fixing up my once smoothly running forum for my members to enjoy. :frantics:
  14. Features removed from 3.1.4

    Thanks for the remove cookies tip. Works like a charm.
  15. Features removed from 3.1.4

    Thanks, I appreciate the reply and the link. Looks like I will be needing to learn how to do the PHP coding. I just bought a book for starting to learn some php. Got to start somewhere I suppose, Thanks again.