question Seeking informed opinions for best way to freeze a forum COMPLETELY

April 25, 2018, 02:55:04 PM by ABoretz
Hello fellow SMF users!

I've been moderating an SMF forum for several years and now the owners have decided to cease active operation but leave all the accumulated info on the forum online as a Read-Only archive.  Their open message to visitors states: "It [the forum] won't be deleted entirely, but it will become impossible to create new topics or reply to old ones."

I've volunteered to tick off all the necessary settings to disable any future registrations and make all boards on the forum "Read only" and am pretty sure how to make that happen:

Admin> Registration> Settings> Registration Disabled
Admin> Permissions> Apply pre-defined profile> Restrictive> tick off "Regular members"> Set permissions

I'd greatly appreciate informed opinions on two issues:  First, will the two processes I've figured out actually "freeze" the forum and Second, what can I do to prevent the Ban Log from filling up while I and all other mods are no longer checking forum status daily?

I've disabled the Error Log, so that's gone dormant (yay!)  But I see that the Ban Log continues to show daily attempts to access the forum.
My concern is that without moderated attention the Ban Log will continually fill up and blow up the forum.

Here's why I think that's happening:  between myself and other 4 or 5 mods that have been around since the inception of this forum we've established about 500 pages of explicit bans (a mix of IPs, emails, and hostnames).   

Question: If I were to delete all those explicit bans would the Ban Log go silent or will the Log continue to register attempts to spam the forum?

Here's the Version Information of SMF I'm working with:

SMF Package  SMF 1.1.20
Sources  1.1.18   
Default Templates  1.1.5   
Language Files  1.1.18   
Current Templates  1.1.12

Thanks very much for reading this far into my post!  :)

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xx Upgrade forum 1.1.20 to 2.x

April 23, 2018, 03:38:31 PM by JessyKa
we are at the end of our limited knowledge and I have to ask for your professional advice.

About 8 years ago I inherited a smf forum installation, which was fully equipped with chat, themes, anti-spam software etc.
I had never maintenanced a forum yet installed one. So in the first years I kept doing the suggested updates and otherwise did nothing.

When I realized that this was probably not the most intelligent way to let things go in order to keep the forum running for another 8 years I took action: I contacted someone who knows how to upgrade smf forums.
Yet: we could not do it. There were hundreds of error messages because of the numerous packages that were installed.

So we decided to try and copy the forum in order to remove all packages and try to update to the latest version and finally to upgrade then. No success. There was an error saying we would not have sufficient rights to do the upgrade.

Now we are running out of ideas. We are trying since 4 years now and any attempt fails.

It would be great to transfer the hundreds of thousand messages in our recent forum to a 2.x smf. We would even be satisfied if all the links to the user etc. would not work anymore. But we want them to still be searchable.
And surely all the users should be taken over.

Is there a masterplan to upgrade such "misconfigured" old installations with end-of-life-packages?
Which version 2.0.. or 2.1.. should be considered?
Is there anyone who experienced similar difficulties?

Thanks so much!
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solved Cannot Edit Posts after moving to HTTPS

April 14, 2018, 02:54:50 PM by BLueSS

A few weeks back I converted my forum to use all https with proper certificates and all that jazz.
Everything has been working so far, with the exception of editing posts. This happens on the default theme in addition to my own theme, so it's not theme related from what I can tell.

Here's the steps I take to reproduce the issue:

I'm trying to understand the difference between making a post (which works fine) and the edit a post processes, and I'm not familiar enough. Any suggestions on where to look or start?

Thank you for the help!
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clip Youtube embedding, error no longer available

April 12, 2018, 05:06:41 AM by 2jzhx60

Any reason why our forums aren accepting the Youtube embedding any more. We put the link without the S on https but there's nothing to be seen and an error "no longer available"

SMF version 1.1.21

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xx Re: charset=ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8

March 28, 2018, 01:34:36 PM by JaVa^
Sorry for bringing this topic up, but i have problem with encodings on our forum. Our service provider changed their database setup so that the default encoding is UTF-8. Our previous encoding was ISO-8859-1. This messed up those special characters we use here in Finland so i took a dump of the database and run it with iconv to convert those special characters. Now that did not go so well as it didn't change euro sign properly and i could not get the dump in because of error: #1267 - Illegal mix of collations (latin1_swedish_ci,IMPLICIT) and
(utf8_general_ci,COERCIBLE) for operation '='. I repaired those manually and replaced them with € that seemed to do the job. Then i realised that iconv did not properly replace Ö character so i modified that also in notepad++ by find and replace. That sorted the rest of the problems. I tried also using the forums own database HTML entities to UTF-8 convert but i think it is not intended to use for that purpose. We are using SMF version 1.1.21.

The problem now is that all the posts and categories etc. are fine and displayed properly but the personal messages part is broken so that those special characters display wrong. Could someone explain why the forum acts differently than personal messages?

We have set this to Settings.php:
$db_character_set = 'utf8';

Also we have modified the index.finnish.php and index.english.php files to have this line:
$txt['lang_character_set'] = 'UTF-8';
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question Hello

March 26, 2018, 10:31:38 AM by dndperas
how to make my name be red ? i mean as am an administrator with this role color, but my name aint red too ?
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xx Re: How to post a table?

March 26, 2018, 01:32:20 AM by deciph3red
Ran across this old thread and found it VERY useful, so thanks guys.

Im curious as to why the editor isn't a little better at automatically generating the correct code (like an HTML editor).

For example, if I click the LIST button while highlighting 3 items, it doesn't list the correctly.  You always have to start a list, switch out of edit mode and hit enter.
It would be could if the TABLES worked that way. . . except tab doesn't work and takes you to the submit or post button.

It was be really cool to see the button itself know what the table is supposed to be.  Like if I create 3 titles (name, current version, old version) it should generate the proper tabes if I highlight it and click the table button.  Automatically add the tags like this:
Code: [Select]
[tr] [td]SMF File[/td] [td]  Your Version[/td][td]  Current Version[/td][/tr]
Displayed like this:

SMF File  Your Version  Current Version

Switch back to Editor (Toggle View) and just click at the end of "Current Version" and hit the enter key.

Topic split.  Please avoid raising four year old topics, especially when they have been marked as solved.  Link added for reference - Iris.
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