Forum Added & Setup

Written by rob on February 9, 2006 – 3:55 pm -

I added a phpBB forum to the site, just for the heck of it. You can access it by clicking on the appropriately named “Forum” link on the side bar. People have been using the comment section of the blog to ask me questions, etc., mainly because that was the only place they could write stuff. Well, now I added the forum, so that is where questions should be posted. I’m going to try to keep the comments as… comments. Any tech questions or general things should be on the forum.

I am also contemplating a wiki for the site, but those are most effective with a lot of users who don’t mind writing content. What the topic of the wiki will be, I don’t know, but I am waiting for more users before I even think about that. One idea that may be cool is a Product Review wiki, that would be in the style of consumer reports. You could post your own pages about various products you have tried, your experience with it, and so on. That is just a brainstorming idea for now, but it could work if enough people felt like writing about their product experience.

As you can see, I have big plans for this site. Too big, perhaps. But maybe it can become a useful site, as opposed to just a place for me personally to translate thoughts into words.


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4 Comments to “Forum Added & Setup”

  1. Ben Says:

    Do the forums require e-mail authorization (send me a code?) or should you just be able to register then log in.

    I registered… quite a few times, but my account apparently doesn’t exist.

  2. rob Says:

    The problem was that the theme I was using doesn’t display the Confirmation Code section of the register area, even though it is there. So when you submit the form, it was seeing the blank text box and thought you were a spam bot. When I configured the forum, I remember seeing the confirmation code setting (to turn it on or off) but can’t for the life of me find it now. Anyway, I solved the problem by putting the default theme back on. After you register you can put it back to Solaris or just keep it. In the mean time, I’ll try to find that option to turn it off…

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

  3. rob Says:

    It seems there is a strange bug with phpbb. About five users I found on Google have the same issue, but no one knows the cause. Tonight I am going to write a Perl script to query the MySQL database itself, and eventually modify it (after I figure out where the option is located). It seems Perl or PHP is the only way to access the MySQL databases on my host, as Shell access is not enabled by default. I’ve used C++ with MySQL before, so I should be able to figure out Perl. All I really have to do is dump the database, and then ALTER one value… shouldn’t be that difficult 🙄

  4. rob Says:

    OK, it’s officially fixed. I got lazy and didn’t try to debug my Perl script that didn’t work, so I just used PhpMyAdmin. It’s a very cool script, and helped immensely.