Well we are just talking past each other. Lets see if any other members have comments on your recommendations.
At the risk of saying something silly, I'll throw in my 2 cents.Being no expert about forum software in general, and SMF in particular, I can only say modeller's comments look reasonable to me, from a technical point of view. The fact that there's a mismatch between actual responsibilities and SMF "slot" assignments is indeed something that should be fixed, as the "expired document" problem reported before.OTOH, I don't see this place being plagued with spam or a high number of misbehaving posters, name calling or things like that. IOW, my (limited, I admit) experience here tells me there's nothing (so) wrong that prevents experts and newcomers to do here what they come for. I.e. asking questions, providing answers, discussing about programming, microcontrollers and electronics in general.So could the forum be better managed from a technical point of view ? It seems so. Is there a compelling need for this improvement ? It seems not. Or at least, I haven't seen those in charge of moderation and administration complain about technical shortcomings that make their life hard (at least in public).
As a user, the only real technical concern I have is about forum performance. Maybe an SMF ugprade would bring benefits in this area. But then again, I can live with the occasional performance problem, and I think it's reasonable that a (frightening) task such as an upgrade of a huge forum like this is subjected to the time constraints of the admins' agenda.
Since yours is not a simple rant but a technical suggestion from someone who dirtied his hands with the very software we're talking about, I would expect some kind of response from the admins.My guess is they are very busy and these issues are way down their priority scale, so they "can't" even ask for help.
They should really consider upgrading to SMF 2.0.4, because this version will not be supported in the coming months and it will not be receiving any more security updates after that time.
Maybe the fear of a future unpatched security hole will make the SMF upgrade climb up the priority list :-)
I'm a moderator.I have no (nil, zippo, naff-all) knowledge of SMF, moderator slots, permissions or privileges, and until I retire and have some spare time, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in acquiring such knowledge, and even then I can't imagine I'll be that excited about it.I honestly don't see what everyone is getting so stressed about.(Poacher-turned-gamekeeper, that's me - I just like thumping spammers)
Wow - finally a response.
So why do you denigrate a person with knowledge.
that someone with expert knowledge should be put down like you are doing?
If you are a Global moderator then you should have knowledge of SMF
it's about being an expert in running the forum.
If all you do is answer electronics questions, then you don't need to be a moderator.
Moderating isn't about being an expert in the subject of the forum, it's about being an expert in running the forum.
What's that supposed to mean?Was this thread ever reported to the moderators?I happened upon it, and thought I'd respond.
Forum Error Messages Involving SearchesThe courtesy of an official response in-thread is requested regarding the documented problem in the thread linked below.Thank you very much for your attention,Modeller"Document Expired" Messages When Going Back to Search Resultscc:Massimo BanziDavid CuartiellesmellisDavidecmagliemadbob
Don't see any denigration - can you point it out please?
Why? I have an adequate set of tools that work.
I have no (nil, zippo, naff-all) knowledge of SMF, moderator slots, permissions or privileges, and until I retire and have some spare time, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in acquiring such knowledge, and even then I can't imagine I'll be that excited about it.
I don't want to run the forum - that's Big Government - I want the forum to run itself.
A job description! At last! After twenty months in the job.
I think you have a serious misconception of what a global moderator's role i(s)
It should be obvious to a Global Mod. Considering you need it pointed out, it wouldn't do much good.
You should not be a Global Moderator when you admit this:Quote from: AWOL on Today at 12:33:32I have no (nil, zippo, naff-all) knowledge of SMF, moderator slots, permissions or privileges, and until I retire and have some spare time, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in acquiring such knowledge, and even then I can't imagine I'll be that excited about it.You should be at minimum a board Moderator, but not a Global Moderator
Modeller, I think you have a serious misconception of what a global moderator's role it. Moderators of any level are NOT administrators.
QuoteI think you have a serious misconception of what a global moderator's role i(s)We're also not omniscient - no-one (to the best of my knowledge) has used the "report to moderators" control on this thread.
still waiting on this one.
despite you not being able to locate the "report to moderator" control on every single post on the forum (yes, really!), and despite you misunderstanding the difference between a moderator and an administrator, I feel compelled to tender my resignation and my sincerest apologies to the forum for posing as an unqualified moderator for the last twenty months.