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Title: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 03:28:26 pm
Greetings all,
It was by chance and by shear will that I discover this message board hosting site, and related forums
I'm no stranger to the phpbb format, as I've had message boards in the past. e.g. 'Tough Crowd' with Colin Quinn and The Daily Show (TDS) Experience with Jon Stewart. I had at one time, some servers set up using Microsoft's Enterprise software, which came with the phpbb format as an added feature, and so I had set up many message boards in different ways just to see what is possible with the phpbb format. Well, it seems endless, because of its open source format, and continual updates... and if you know what you are doing, it is quite possible to fully customize a message board to a large degree. For example this site: https://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/forum/41-forums/
I have a question: is this hosting, in it's basic form, free indefinitely?
About 20 months ago I had a heart attack that led to heart failure, and so, I can't work enough hours a week to constitute an income of the sustainable kind. I've applied for SSI disability, and if I get it, I plan to buy the Ultimate Plan package from Create A Forum.
Thank you for all your time and effort!
Sincerely,
maintain
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 02, 2018, 04:00:30 pm
Yes Create A Forum is free to use forever. After 30 days ads do appear on the forums.
We offer a large number of options and a lot of custom styling to make your forum unique.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 04:26:00 pm
Thank you for your reply. Heart failure coupled with the lack of sleep, makes for fuzzy thoughts regards what is read. Add free for thirty days... the rest is free for life! Got it.
Again, thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 04:42:57 pm
I have another question: due to the trolling nature of some people, I wish to make my message board 'private' and where all members registrations must be approve by me. I found a feature in the registrations section of the admin panel... but I'm not sure exactly will happen if I start making changes.

I can't seem to find these features as I remember them, at present, and so any help regards this subject will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 04:53:54 pm
Just to be clear here: when I had those other message boards, I had an IT Admin., and I was most fortunate to have a co-Admin., sign on--who was/is well versed in phpbb and Linux systems.
It is sort of a bad thing when I'm poking around the Admin panel... OOPS! was said too many times, ergo the caution regards making changes to a functioning message board.

Note: the public may read, but posting and etc., will be for members only.
I may set up a hidden section for admins/mods and family members... if I can just figure it out.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 02, 2018, 08:13:02 pm
The setting to turn on admin approval is found under
Administration Center Registration Setting

Then if that is enabled under admin -> members you can review members to approve them.

I like to use custom fields on registration to collect more details on members that signup as well.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 08:22:50 pm
Thanks!
These new lay-outs for Admins are fantastic. Back in the day... some of the Admin. stuff was off limits to me, because you had to know the code and where to place it.

Some of the terms have changed over the last 14 years, and so I just need to figure out the semantics of it all and I'll be doing fine.
I looked and looked for an 'edit' button... then it dawned on me that 'modify' is the same function as edit. 
Thank you for your timely reply!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 02, 2018, 08:54:46 pm
Glad you enjoy it. I have run a few phpBB hosts over the years. Then built Create A Forum with a lot of features that I normally would use.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 02, 2018, 08:58:45 pm
Rather than waste a lot of time looking for features, that may not be available for this version of phpbb, it's easier to just ask the question:
I've included a section, of which in the past I was able to hide from public view, even the forum itself, and only members approved for that forum could see it from the main page, and of course were allowed to enter there.
Is that possible with this version?
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 02, 2018, 11:50:00 pm
Yes you can do board level permissions and choose which group can see the forums
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 03, 2018, 12:21:21 am
I think I have located the correct permissions and whatnot. I'm sure I'll get this figured out, eventually.
These forums are so rich in features that I get lost in thought as to all of the possibilities.... which is where my biggest hang-up is.
Again, thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 03, 2018, 03:01:46 am
YAY! I found all the controls & setting and I was able to set up and hide a private forum for family members.
However, the last post's title shows in the forum stats in the lower left-hand section of the main page.
Is there a way to stop 'private' postings from showing there?
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 03, 2018, 03:21:03 am
There is not a way unless you have the private board upgrade one time fee.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 03, 2018, 03:39:10 am
In due time. It's not a big deal, not much shows anyway, save for the first few words in a thread title.
Give enough time and resources, I'll max-out that forum.
Might even build another site, if warranted.
You've been most helpful!
Thank you.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 04, 2018, 05:25:17 pm
I am at wits end... and I know I'm going to be embarrassed by the answer, once the question is asked: How do I force a post to the top of a forum and make it sticky?
I've looked and looked for this feature, but can only find the icon that relays the meaning of what a sticky post will look like if it marked as such.
Thanks!
 :o at self.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 04, 2018, 08:23:38 pm
When you create a topic under additional options there is a make a topic sticky option.

Or if you are inside a topic.

At the bottom above quick reply. Click on Set Topic Sticky
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 04, 2018, 08:33:13 pm
Thanks!
I found that if I simply  click on 'modify' I can make it a sticky post from there, which automatically sent it to the top of the forum, exactly where I wanted it.
Again, thanks!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 04, 2018, 08:45:21 pm
I had already made the forum the the topic in which I wished to make sticky, a 'read only' forum, and so, to make the topic sticky would be a redundant action.
I was up way too late, building this site... is my excuse.  ;)
https://maintain.createaforum.com/index.php
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 05, 2018, 12:18:41 am
This is just a heads up note: (no need to reply)
These are points of interest that I'd like to see modified on my message board.
In addition to preventing 'private' posting's thread title information from showing in the stats section, I'd also like to remove that aspect in programing which shows any Admin editing in the footer of all posts modified.
I'm expecting my SSI benefits to come through anytime now, as I have a bad enough heart condition to warrant such, by law.
In due time.

(there may be more mods I'd like to see, and I'll be sure to post them ahead of time for your consideration.)
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 05, 2018, 12:41:38 am
For the posting option you can turn that off under Admin -> Layout Settings
uncheck "Show last modification date on modified posts: "
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 05, 2018, 12:59:47 am
Tank-you thank-you THANK-YOU!
When someone sees a modified posts--days after it was posted... well, you get the picture.
I'm one of those who, regardless of the time spent editing, before I post a topic/post, I'll always find that mistake, either shortly after posting it, or days later.
Again, thank you!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 05, 2018, 03:52:08 pm
I have some friend whom are  mathematicians, and so, I am wondering if would be possible have a feature within the posting field that gave them all the math-notations they could ever want. Something akin to selecting emoticons. There's already super and sub script, so why not the rest of that ball of wax?
Thank you for the fine job you've done... I don't mean to seem patronizing... but WOW!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 05, 2018, 09:33:59 pm
See attachment for a probability of a set of math symbols. I'll get this pinned-down by those whom actually use these symbols, but for now, you may ponder the possibilities.
Google 'math symbols' to get a good idea of what may come, regards this request.
Cheers!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 05, 2018, 10:44:29 pm
Would be a niche feature to add so not sure.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 05, 2018, 10:55:58 pm
I was thinking along the lines of emoticons, but after some thought, it would be better to have such accessible as a 'font style'.
I had a Microsoft word program that had something of the like that was easy to select via a function key.
I'll look around an see what I can find.
Thanks for your time and consideration of this idea.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 02:14:09 pm
A query: what would it take to install a button with which I can assign members to their membergroups, with a single click on a button that is located between Admin and moderator buttons on the Admin page?
Mornings are the worst for me... I've already assigned two members to their membergroup, but I can't for the life of me remember how I did it.
It would make things simple for me to not have to wade through menus and instead click on a single button to take me to that function.
Thanks
PS I found a bug: when applauding another member, when a video is playing, the video will stop and reset to the beginning. 
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 06, 2018, 03:09:02 pm
Easy way would be go to there profile then click on account settings and change membergroup
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 03:16:01 pm
Thanks!
I going to make me a 60' X 120' poster in # 48 font size, that shows the membergroupe assignment instructions and post it on a wall where I can read it.  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 06, 2018, 05:08:43 pm
It gets easier the more times you do it.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 05:16:08 pm
Truer words were never spoken, practice-practice-practice makes perfect.
I currently have too many irons in the fire, which makes for chaos when efforting to get things done. I have help on the way, hopefully.

It is a pleasure to have met you, and work with you. You have been nothing less than helpful.
Thank you!
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 06, 2018, 05:31:00 pm
Yeah I run many online websites and handle other businesses I have hard time focusing on just one thing.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 05:54:07 pm
At the very least I do not feel all alone. As it's been said: "it ain't easy, sometimes."
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 09:06:50 pm
I'm having trouble setting up polls. I've turn on the poll feature on a board, set up for polls only, and I have turned on the poll feature in the board permissions panel.
I can't seem to set up any polls because there is no icon nor anything that indicates a poll can be added to a post.
HELP!
Thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 06, 2018, 09:39:59 pm
Inside a forum you can click on Create New Topic or New Poll in the top right inside a board.

If you are in a topic already go to the bottom of the page and right hand area by reply click "Add Poll"
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 09:54:36 pm
I must have missed something in the set up of polls, because I do not see anything within a posting field that indicates that a poll can be set up.
I'm at a loss. I've tried everything I can think of.
Polls are restricted to five forms: Vendors forms (2),the  private forum, World Leaders forum, and of course, the Polls forum.

Is there something else that must be turn on, somewhere that I'm missing? The above mentioned forums show to be poll enabled in the board management section. In board permissions I have turned on the poll feature. What am I missing here?
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 06, 2018, 10:40:00 pm
I figured it out! I repeat: I figured it out!
I'm not going to tell where I went wrong, as it too embarrassing.(https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji47.png)
Thanks, anyway.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 06, 2018, 11:40:08 pm
Glad you have it working
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 07, 2018, 12:29:06 am
Thanks!

And for the benefit of others: BE SURE TO HIT THE MODIFY BUTTON AFTER YOU MAKE A CHANGE TO ANYTHING!!!! (sorry, I didn't mean to yell)
Edited in: some fields have a 'save' button and others have a 'modify' button you must click on, or any changes made in the field will not take.
(Thems be some wise words right there, I'ma tellin' ya!) (I'm a humorist, I do funny/creative things with slang and made up words)
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 14, 2018, 06:12:03 pm
I have a question: in the stats section, this text shows... (see image below) Is it search engine bots or...?

Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 14, 2018, 07:43:50 pm
Generally that is what it is.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 14, 2018, 11:44:12 pm
What would it take to get the stats to show who is who? I've never had a message board that didn't show the various bots like google, bing, yahoo, alexa and so on... in fact, my admin. at the time set the who's-online stats to indicate if/when the fbi and nsa were poking around.
It's important to me to know which bots are reading my site so that i may adjust my 'feelers'.
Thanks, other than that, I've figured things out... well, so far at least. There's still a few features, of which I'm not sure what they are, or even if I need them.
Again, thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 14, 2018, 11:53:35 pm
Stats like that are hard. I would suggest an external hit tracking script such as statcounter
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 14, 2018, 11:55:47 pm
I'm 'on it'!
Thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 15, 2018, 12:28:11 am
 I found a stat analytics program at  https://clicky.com/help/custom
How much would you charge to set up and ensure that this program is functioning to my liking?
Thank you for considering this request.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on August 15, 2018, 12:47:49 am
if it is just javascript code. You can place in your headers/footers under Admin -> Style Manager -> Headers/Footers
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on August 15, 2018, 12:53:13 am
I'll see what I can do, but fair warning: you may be hearing from me again... that kind of thing is 'off limits' for me... just ask any admin (board or IT) I've had in the past. (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji11.png)
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on October 02, 2018, 08:27:07 pm
I seem to be locked out of my own message board... It's telling me at login, that my user name does not exist.
What's up with that?
Edited in: I managed to login, but I had to use an interim name I had made up, until I had settled on a new one.
I'm going to try and reset all of that in an effort to reaffirm the name I intend to use.
I Hope that will fix the problem... thanks.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: CreateAForum on October 02, 2018, 08:37:52 pm
Glad you have it back.
Title: Re: Hello.
Post by: maintain on October 02, 2018, 08:45:04 pm
I don't know what had went wrong, but I reset every bit back to my initial, real name. There's some changes coming, and I plan to change with them. I'm revamping the entire message board, to change what I can and to allow for the changes to come... course there's other things to accomplish in the interim.

Thanks for the quick reply. Cheers!