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Started by Joseph, April 18, 2005, 09:19:11 AM

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bjones9942

Quoteus the most important this is to respond quickly to our members whatever the case

Probably the fastest response to my questions I've seen in a very long time.  I think Richard sleeps less than I!
'No one can be exactly like me.  Even I have trouble doing it!'
  -- T. Bankhead

Richard Rhoden

Sleep, what a interesting concept, well since the release of echo I've adopted the Uberman Sleep Pattern where I sleep 20 minutes every 4 hours around the clock. Ready for support at a moments notice, and that explains some of those 3:30am technical support answers.  ;)
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greystone

I was wondering if there would be a way to have a text listing with the listing of the forums available(Excluding the Usenet 1's)...  or maybe improve the search a little? It is difficult to select forums to choose when you have a list of thousands with a couple per page..
otherwise I think this is a great idea..

Richard Rhoden

Thank you, well a text list could get long and still need alot of detail, tell me from your experience what type of powers would you want in the search page of our system, assuming that we had many different kinds of content, and lets say 100k different feeds across the board, what all search powers beyond and/or/not/phrase would you want. Or how would you design it to be more useful...

I'll start things off... what is beside each forum title there was a field "Avg Msgs A Day" or the like showing that this forum gets 17 msgs a day on the average would that be of use?

Well thats the ball rolling, please help us design what you think would be the best and most useful interface to a search page or method for all our content, we really want to know expecially since its the members that will be using it most often. Have a great day.
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bjones9942

Richard -

Though you might need this 

re: echoforum - I'd like to see the 'Advanced' page merged with the main 'Host a forum' page.  Too many steps, and too many clicks on 'yes I saved that'!  :)
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Richard Rhoden

Ok sounds good, i've marked them down, any other ideas? And a nice IV of Jolt cola would be nice right next to the workstation.  ;D
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Gregor

Quote from: Richard Rhoden on April 28, 2005, 10:38:53 PM


Well thats the ball rolling, please help us design what you think would be the best and most useful interface to a search page or method for all our content, we really want to know expecially since its the members that will be using it most often. Have a great day.

Here my suggestions: First take out all images, flash stuff, sounds and thinks like that from the admin section. Also I would like to see a txt file for d/l. "Avg Msgs A Day" would be interesting, on the other hand I know most of the groups I would select, and if not I would monitor them for some time anyway before opening them to the public.


Richard Rhoden

Hey Gregor,

Nice to see you again over here. As we discussed on our site, I've put the request in for a textual version or some type of downloadable version of the Complete Feeds list, still not sure of how to implement it as a by category, or during a search using the control panel maybe there is a option to download results, or just a complete downloadable list(rather large), but I'll see what everyone else around here has to say on it.  Yes, I tossed out there Avg Msgs a Day, but for the most part the majority of members know of the newsgroup, listserv, RSS, or whatever feed themselves and have been a member of it and now are just importing it into their SMF.  So they are aware of the traffic it has. So not as usefull as I had once thought and of course as was brought up by another member, for a newsgroup he could easily bring down the last 1000 or so msgs see if he likes it and how many it got over the last few days to give him an idea of traffic. On the admin section, there are no sounds and such, there still in the flash header as in the main website, but of course a much smaller version, your the first we have had mention this for the most part we have gotten compliments on it, but no its slowing down anything remarks.  Does it seem to make things sluggish on your system? Have a good day, and again glad to have you as a subscriber.
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Anguz

Richard, I've never used usenet or RSS so far, but the concept of your service sounds awesome. I just wanted to congratulate you. I'll read more about EchoForum at your website and have it in mind for whenever the need arises. ;)
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Richard Rhoden

Hello Anguz,

Thanks for the kind words, we are very exicited about the service and getting everyone involved.  So far the response has been great, and we will be making some new announcements shortly, including one related to mod developers and free access for SMF operators to a new SMF Enthusiasts Community. Well have a good day, and if you have any questions about echoforum, just let me know.
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spiros

Hi,

How does moderation work say in an imported alt group? Do local moderation actions reflect to all forums sharing the content?

Richard Rhoden

Hello,

if you were say importing a ALT group, local moderation would only effect your local system, as the content is imported from a newsgroup to all members subscribed to that feed and we didn't want one systems moderation to effect anothers, whats off topic for one SMF may not be considered off topic for another SMF.

More moderation powers have been discusses but only in the context of hosted out content between multile systems and not imported feeds. So say if you were hosting out a forum from your systems, we would allow you greater moderation over the forum considering it more "yours" and others are subscribing to it. But as of now they are just on the drawing board, along with it seems dozens of great ideas we are getting from members, there needs to be more hours in the day!  ;) Have a good day.  And hope this answered your question.
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spiros

Thanks for you reply Richard.

Are there any examples of SMF forums running echoforum that we can see? Any updates on Echoforum development regarding SMF?

Richard Rhoden

Hello,

Regarding the latest SMF development, for the most part the most recent change was to ensure the new version 1.04 was working and compatible with the network, which it was and required no code modifications.  Most of the changes we are working on currently are more network wide features and enhancements that our members are submitting to us, one example would be a daily activity summary that is delivered via email once a day. Although alot of this information is contained within the log files, many of our members told us it would be far more convenient for them to have it delivered via email then have to log into their server and view a log file, or setup a Cron task to have the log delivered to them etc...  So we have added that to the development list, and have other members commenting on it with excellent ideas such as not only having a summary but having it where you could "checkbox" that you want a summary delivered via email and then (of course) your email address, but also have a series of checkboxes that represent all the info you would like to have or not have included in the summary, we think this is also a great idea but haven't finalized all what could be included in the summary.

Well not to get too long winded but thats an example of one of the upgrades going on, its not "SMF specific" but will be a useful addition for SMF forum operators none the less.. As far as example SMF sites, we don't really give out any of our members forum sites unless they agree to be included in our testimonials section. But I will ask around a bit and let you know, of course you could just setup a FREE trial account yourself and take a look at everything first hand, there is no better way to evaluate any service than trying it out for yourself, and of course we are always there to help you if you run into any problems or have any questions. Hope this answers your questions and have a great day.
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claygucci

This is a great idea. I remember the ol'  BBS days and the echo's.  I was thinking about this while a go and hoping someone would develope something that was similiar to that way FidoNet,ChateauNet, and other national echos were back "in the day". Congrats.  I have signed up and have gotten to a stopping point(Before I want to stop).

I realise that this is not an EchoForum support area or forum, and I hope I'm not "stepping on any toes' but I've submitted a suport ticket and posted in the forums over there and would really like to use this service.

I have gotten to the point where I am supposed to point to smf_laci.php and get this error when I do:



Warning: main(MyLibrary.inc): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/pilldis/public_html/smc/smf_laci.php on line 3

Fatal error: main(): Failed opening required 'MyLibrary.inc' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/pilldis/public_html/smc/smf_laci.php on line 3





What am I doing wrong?

Richard Rhoden

Hello Claygucci,

No problem, thats what we are here for, you can post on our forums, enter a helpdesk ticket, or email us and we will get you up and working.  This is an easy one, you forgot to upload the Mylibrary.inc file to your site along with the other files.  If you have any other questions or run into any problems just let us know.

Glad to hear from another BBSer we have several now that remember the "old days" and see what we are doing and where it is going to lead, expecially with all the advancements and additional features the internet offers now, we have alot of very cool plans on the board, just wish there were more hours in a day  ;)

Well have a great day, and looking forward to seeing you in our forums.
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spiros

Richard,

A couple more questions.

1) Is it possible in the "Recent posts" section to display only local members posts?

2) Has there been any progress in not displaying remote users birthdays?

Thanks!

Richard Rhoden

Hello Spiros,

Sure always happy to answer some questions  ;D

1) Actually this is outside the scope of echoforum, we have added the messages to the forums within your community and then SMF picks them up for stats, "recent posts" maybe some last 20 post generators etc... The best way to do what you are asking for is to look for a configuration on these mods or SMF itself that allows you to exclude certain member groups from the stats (some forums call this a "does not count list") and then you could flag the echoforum member group to not be including in your stats, recent posts, etc... But there isn't a way that I know of to have SMF ignore messages in its system.

2) Yes for the birthdays, now it shouldn't be a problem, as we will not enter any birthday records for remote user accounts now, this will result in a much cleaner calender and all the echoforum remote users birthdays will not appear in your system.

Hope this helps answer your questions, if you have any others don't hesitate to ask, and have a great day.
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Xarcell

I can't seem to find a list of feeds you support.

-Xarcell

Richard Rhoden

Hello Xarcell,

All you need to do is create a account in our control panel at http://members.echoforum.com and then you will be able to use the search for feeds function and sort them by portal type or just use keyword searches. Currently the feed list has grown to over 140k feeds and counting. Hope this answers your question, and if you have any trouble or are looking for something specific let me know. Have a great day.
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