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Title: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 09, 2009, 05:11:39 pm
I say scheduled only in that I intend to do some revamping soon (hopefully this afternoon). But my schedule is such that I can't really specify a time that Zebra Huddle will be down.
I started out knowing pretty much nothing about the forum software. In doing that, I did a lot of manual edits to the software to add modifications. I later found that there is an automated installer for modifications. I think what has happened is that I've built a house of cards.
A few things aren't working the way they should and it means serious work to fix it. So, I am going to shut down Zebra Huddle while I do a full restoration. I've been working on getting everything in place so the process goes smoothly (and hopefully doesn't take much time). The database will be backed up immediately before hand to multiple locations, so there should be absolutely no data loss. Some features may not be available immediately upon reopening the site, but I will be working to make it functional to what it once was.

Thank you for your patience through this.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on June 09, 2009, 06:38:20 pm
Do we need to log out during this time? If so, will you warn us that it's time to do so? By us, I mean people like me with nothing better to do than refresh this page all day long at work.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 09, 2009, 06:42:53 pm
There shouldn't be any reason to need to log out.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 09, 2009, 10:14:09 pm
For those of you who are on here right now, I intend to get started with this very shortly. I hope to do this as an in-place rebuild, so hopefully there won't be any true downtime. If you come here and things look really screwy, that's why.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 10, 2009, 04:19:31 am
Everything seems to have gone smoothly, but please let me know if you notice any problems.

Most things are back up and running mostly as they were. Unfortunately the ref registry information and the log of changes to everyone's stats sheets is now gone. The number you had for your stats sheet is still accurate, but the information up until today as to who gave a major or grand slam to whom and why is missing. The ref registry information going missing is a mixed blessing, because it allowed me to make some minor tweaks that I was unable to do because it would have messed up what everyone had entered.

I want to list things that are currently missing, new features, fixed features and tweaks.

Currently missing:

New features:

Fixed features:

Tweaks:


I'm sure I missed some things. I'll continue to work on getting the missing features added in and will update this as that happens.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Darkjester on June 10, 2009, 08:35:11 pm
Schweet  ;D
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Stegoscorus on June 11, 2009, 05:12:19 am
I don't know about other folks, but my "Show unread posts" feature only works sporadically.  My "Show replies" one works all the time, as far as I can tell.

In other news, I like the new "New" buttons with the little stars!   :D
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 01:19:20 pm
I don't know about other folks, but my "Show unread posts" feature only works sporadically.  My "Show replies" one works all the time, as far as I can tell.

This seems to be a problem with all forums based on the software (possibly other forum software as well). What tends to happen is you go to a section of the board (which happens after you post in that section) and it shows the threads in that section that have new posts (by using the "new" icon) along with all the other threads in that section. At that point, those threads are marked as read, so they don't show up in the unread posts page.
At least that's my understanding of it.

In other news, I like the new "New" buttons with the little stars!   :D

That was unintended and is also sporadic. I've seen the image, but not on any page on Zebra Huddle. I wouldn't know that it was being used if I hadn't heard that from Jess and yourself.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 05:05:21 pm
I have my checklist of missing features from earlier in this thread completed, except for the ignore user modification.

I still have to:

Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 05:06:53 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Scoldin' Girls on June 11, 2009, 05:08:22 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

Creepy!
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: FNZebra on June 11, 2009, 05:20:06 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

I've seen in other forums how this one plays well, until someone like [you] decides to  get a little too frisky with this new power.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 11, 2009, 05:21:20 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

From now on if I post about a ref making a bad call I'm going to say it was made by [you]!
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 11, 2009, 05:22:24 pm
It's kinda like madlib. Remember that time [you] couldn't call a track cut to save his life?
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 05:30:28 pm
Of course, if this is abused, it will be removed immediately.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on June 11, 2009, 05:44:33 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

I already don't like it, based on the previous posts.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: L8R SK8R on June 11, 2009, 05:45:24 pm
It freaked me out at first. I was like "Why is Wood directing this sentence at me!?"
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on June 11, 2009, 05:49:05 pm
Same here. Unless it's obvious that it's a statement directed at every single reader, I think it could seem like a personal attack.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Bishop on June 11, 2009, 05:53:12 pm
It's kinda like madlib. Remember that time [you] couldn't call a track cut to save his life?

LOL!!! :D  Track Cutting calls are one thing I think I'm actually good at - except for maybe those ones on the outside of the track when I'm serving in Jam Ref capacity.  


Well ... at any rate ... I hope I didn't unintentionally breach any message board etiquette.  I simply like to give credit where credit is due.  
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: DayGlo Divine on June 11, 2009, 06:06:34 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

Testing, [you].
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Johnny Zebra on June 11, 2009, 06:15:41 pm
Out of curiosity, what is the practical application of this feature?

~j.z.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 06:34:56 pm
As far as I know, none. I figured I would add it and see if a use came of it. If there is no use, or it gets abused, it's very easy to remove.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Bishop on June 11, 2009, 07:11:51 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

Testing, [you].

Ok, are you guys expecting me to confirm something here?

All I'm seeing is, "If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, Bishop" and "Testing, Bishop."

Now, if I go to quote you, I see "If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [ you ]." and "Testing, [ you ]  ."

Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 07:19:26 pm
It is working, I don't need anyone to test it or confirm that it is working.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Stegoscorus on June 11, 2009, 07:31:44 pm
I was really confused for a minute.  I thought everyone was talking about me, and that Joe forgot I'm a woman.  Now that I understand what the hell is going on...I also wonder what the use of the thing is?  Not complaining, just curious as to why someone invented it, or if anyone here has an idea of how we could benefit from it.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 07:33:24 pm
I am too, which is why I installed it. I have a little hesitation with it, but I'm curious enough to try it out.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: DayGlo Divine on June 11, 2009, 07:38:41 pm
I am too, which is why I installed it. I have a little hesitation with it, but I'm curious enough to try it out.

Makes it too easy to say "[you] sucks!" ;)
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Bishop on June 11, 2009, 07:44:23 pm
Yeah, I see.  I was expecting it to do something like the opposite.

Fun - I'm confident I'll find a practical use for it.

Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 11, 2009, 08:07:02 pm
Thought of another good pranky way to use it... but not a useful one yet.

Major Wood runs Zebra Huddle (with the help of some friends) now did I type Major Wood or [you]... hmm... Major Wood wouldn't know know... unless he quoted it... or some other easy things. Anyway, I really want to think of a legitimate use for this.

I got one!

Hey [you], I've been hearing you're an awesome ref and I would like you to come to my town on [date] are you available?
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Bishop on June 11, 2009, 08:09:18 pm
I suppose this is as good of place as any:

Thanks [you], for all your refereeing tips and advice.  I wouldn't be half the ref I am now without your help!

(funny, because it's true)  ;D
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on June 11, 2009, 08:13:26 pm
Practical - Perhaps the occasional private message/announcement to all from admins or whatnot, with that extra "personal" touch. Just to show ZH cares for its constituents.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on June 11, 2009, 08:14:43 pm
Practical - Perhaps the occasional private message/announcement to all from admins or whatnot, with that extra "personal" touch. Just to show ZH cares for its constituents.

Ah, yes. Form letters FTW!
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 11, 2009, 08:26:49 pm
Unfortunately the ref registry information and the log of changes to everyone's stats sheets is now gone. The number you had for your stats sheet is still accurate, but the information up until today as to who gave a major or grand slam to whom and why is missing.

I lied. I got all the old stats logs back up.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on June 11, 2009, 08:27:46 pm
Practical 2 - A "You make the call" poll.....with that "extra personal" touch.

Example:

Question
What would you do,
[you]
, if say a random herd of Stormtroopers...er.."stormed?" the track.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: DayGlo Divine on June 11, 2009, 08:55:35 pm
Hey, everyone! I heard that [you] was the streaker at last week's London Rollergirls bout!

How's that for personalization?
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on June 11, 2009, 08:59:40 pm
Love it.

But now I do wonder whether that was meant for me, or was it just the "you" tag.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 11, 2009, 09:50:00 pm
The [y o u] tag doesn't work in subject lines. haha
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Noah Tall on June 11, 2009, 10:09:18 pm
Wow!  I'm just a newbie here, and all of a sudden I'm so popular!  Thanks, [you] , for making me feel welcome!  Oh, but I am a girl, or rather, woman, so, please make all of your pronouns reflect my gender ;).
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Darkjester on June 12, 2009, 03:28:04 am
Wow thats SOOO weirdly hilarious, I didn't start at the beginning of the thread so I'm looking at the quotes about "Darkjester" thinking.. Man, what did I do become so popular?

Hehehe

And yes... I was the streaker in London..
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: FNZebra on June 12, 2009, 07:50:34 pm
No, [you] wasn't the streaker.

I am Spartacus!
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 15, 2009, 08:58:55 pm
Just checked to see if the [ y o u ] feature works in PMs, it does
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: mick hawkins on June 16, 2009, 03:11:20 pm
Also... A new feature, that this post will serve as a test for. I added a "you" tag. That inserts the users name in place of the tag.

If it works, this sentence will be directed at you, [you].

From now on if I post about a ref making a bad call I'm going to say it was made by [you]!


it wasnt me... i swear!!!
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: mick hawkins on June 16, 2009, 03:12:43 pm
Practical 2 - A "You make the call" poll.....with that "extra personal" touch.

Example:

Question
What would you do,
[you]
, if say a random herd of Stormtroopers...er.."stormed?" the track.

oh lordy     :D
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: L8R SK8R on June 16, 2009, 03:36:08 pm
From now on if I post about a ref making a bad call I'm going to say it was made by [you]!

it wasnt me... i swear!!!

Uh, I think he was talking about me.  ;)
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Professor Murder on June 17, 2009, 04:32:44 pm
I, for one, think the "you" tag sucks and has no use other than to be obtrusive and obnoxious.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Jessticular Fortitude on June 17, 2009, 04:34:27 pm
I, for one, think the "you" tag sucks and has no use other than to be obtrusive and obnoxious.

I agree wholeheartedly.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 17, 2009, 05:53:59 pm
I am agreeing with this. I don't like the way it has been used and what it is turning this forum into.
I am going to disable the "you" tag until someone can present to me a legitimate use for it. Expect it to disappear later today.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: JoeXCore on June 17, 2009, 06:21:00 pm
I'm sad to say... I'll be glad to see it gone. It has made the board too fun, I don't come here for that kind of fun. (I think this sounds sarcastic, but I mean it literally).
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: L8R SK8R on June 17, 2009, 07:12:05 pm
I am agreeing with this. I don't like the way it has been used and what it is turning this forum into.
I am going to disable the "you" tag until someone can present to me a legitimate use for it. Expect it to disappear later today.

I couldn't find a good use for it.
This is why you gave the disclaimer earlier that it would be removed when abused.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Bishop on June 17, 2009, 09:48:34 pm
I'm sad to say... I'll be glad to see it gone. It has made the board too fun, I don't come here for that kind of fun. (I think this sounds sarcastic, but I mean it literally).
I regretfully concur.  Although it did seem to flush out some lurkers!  :)
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: noidd on June 17, 2009, 10:00:25 pm

I still like it  ;D
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: FNZebra on June 18, 2009, 12:03:47 am
Farewell [ you], we hardly knew you.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on June 18, 2009, 04:18:37 pm
I know there's clearly "New Replies" and "Unread Posts" functionality. I dodn't suppose there's a way to add "Recent Topics" or "Active Topics" to the functionality. Threads with the most current postings. Just a query. Thanks.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on June 18, 2009, 04:22:03 pm
I know there's clearly "New Replies" and "Unread Posts" functionality. I dodn't suppose there's a way to add "Recent Topics" or "Active Topics" to the functionality. Threads with the most current postings. Just a query. Thanks.

In the forum stats section, near the bottom of the main page, there is a "view most recent posts" link.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on June 18, 2009, 04:35:08 pm
Ahh. There it is. Thank you. Thought it may be around.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Cliquework on October 23, 2009, 02:45:35 pm
Just a thought and I don't know how feasable this would possibly be, but:

1. We have our locations in our profile...
2. Along with that we also have how far we're willing to travel...

Is there a way with some programming genius to search for a ref based on proximity to a location? Say I'm having a bout in Louisville. What refs are in a 300 mile radius. Or just create a list of refs arranged in order of who's closer to a specific location, closest first and so on. Either way, some sort of ref search/organization function based on distance from a point. Is that some kind of info you can extract from google maps in some way? Somehow make it do a "Get Directions" type search where it displays the total miles, then use that mileage to organize the list of refs within the search, closest to furthest?
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on October 23, 2009, 03:17:40 pm
That is certainly WAY over my head. If someone else feels confident that they could patch that in, I would be interested. It's tricky, because that may be something that could be broken pretty easily by upgrading the forum software.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: noidd on October 23, 2009, 03:31:59 pm
It can certainly be done and I've done something similar (I took my city's restaurant health records and used them to plot the street location of every restaurant in the city).

MajorWood,

If you're willing to apply for a google maps API key and host such a thing, I'm willing to look at writing the DB backend -> Mashup code for you to run automatically from cron.
Title: Re: Scheduled downtime
Post by: Major Wood on October 23, 2009, 04:14:35 pm
I've got the api key. Contact me off-board and we'll talk about this further.