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smeezekitty


After the borking update a few months back, it appears clear the forum will never work as well
as it used to. Still tons of space wasted. Still broken karma system. Still numerous other bugs
Avoid throwing electronics out as you or someone else might need them for parts or use.
Solid state rectifiers are the only REAL rectifiers.
Resistors for LEDS!

nickgammon

I am communicating privately with Mastrolinux (forum adminstrator and guy in charge of IT) and he assures me that some changes are being made to the development forum for testing.

I am encouraging them - to put it mildly - to get on with fixing the problems.

Trying to keep a positive slant on things: if you notice forum bugs please ensure they are posted to the arduino/forum-issues/issues/ part of Github ( https://github.com/arduino/forum-issues/issues/ ). Check if problems already exist. If not, add them. If they do, add a comment suggesting that it is important to you that it be fixed. Updates to GitHub will be emailed to the Arduino administrators, so the more comments people make, the more they are likely to think that someone wants things fixed.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

Robin2

Updates to GitHub will be emailed to the Arduino administrators, so the more comments people make, the more they are likely to think that someone wants things fixed.
This is not aimed at you, Nick.

The Arduino admins should have the common sense and the commitment to their task to follow this section of the Forum so they can keep in touch with their customers.

Can you imagine Marks and Spencer sending you to the next town and asking you to join another club if you want to return  a faulty garment?

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

nickgammon

The irony is, they will probably not read that suggestion.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

smeezekitty

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Trying to keep a positive slant on things: if you notice forum bugs please ensure they are posted to the arduino/forum-issues/issues/ part of Github ( https://github.com/arduino/forum-issues/issues/ ). Check if problems already exist. If not, add them.
Sorry. It's just frustrating that most of these issues were raised on github a very long time ago
and are still not fixed.
Avoid throwing electronics out as you or someone else might need them for parts or use.
Solid state rectifiers are the only REAL rectifiers.
Resistors for LEDS!

Robin2

The irony is, they will probably not read that suggestion.
As the Americans say "Tell me about it"

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

AussieSusan

I have just looked up one of the "bugs" that bugs me the most: not being able to see the unread posts across the forums (#54, opened 29 October 2014) and I see the following:
- it is marked as "bug" and "critical" which is good
- it is also marked as "Work in progress", added on 5th November 2014, which is encouraging
- finally under the "Assignee" heading is "No one assigned"!!!!!
So it is "work in progress" by no one.
"Go figure"
Susan

nickgammon

I have forked the forum code and am planning to do some coding of my own (if I can get a test server up) with a view to trying to progress this a bit.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

Robin2

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Feb 18, 2015, 11:17 am Last Edit: Feb 18, 2015, 11:17 am by Robin2
I have forked the forum code and am planning to do some coding of my own (if I can get a test server up) with a view to trying to progress this a bit.
You have my full support but I am not competent to assist.

HOWEVER ... if when you are successful I forsee the situation where the entire Arduino Forum system will be run without any input from the Arduino "management" who clearly benefit from our contributions but show scant regard for their customers.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

nickgammon

We are making progress on the problem of spam. This of course does not directly affect ordinary users, so then hopefully we can concentrate on some of the other issues.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

Chagrin

Nick, if you get stuck finding server resources I can help. It wouldn't be much trouble to spin up a VM with whatever environment you need and provide you with full access. Just drop me an email.

nickgammon

Thanks for the offer. I managed to get a SMF forum going here on my home PC. It doesn't have the "skin" that the Arduino one does, but I got some testing done on it.

It looks like we are making progress on the spam banning.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

Robin2

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Feb 20, 2015, 12:50 pm Last Edit: Feb 20, 2015, 12:50 pm by Robin2
Just a thought from outside the box ...

Would it be an option to use some other off-the-shelf forum software (eg phpBB) and get it to work with the existing database of Forum posts. Maybe it would be necessary to take the Forum offline for 24 hrs while the database was converted - but that would hardly be an obstacle.

By the way I only mention phpBB as an illustration - I know nothing about its capabilities.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

nickgammon

No doubt anything is possible, and I once converted my own forum to use phpBB, but then I found its limitations and abandoned the idea.
Please post technical questions on the forum, not by personal message. Thanks!

More info: http://www.gammon.com.au/electronics

Robin2

No doubt anything is possible, and I once converted my own forum to use phpBB, but then I found its limitations and abandoned the idea.
Well, maybe the stuff you use would be suitable.
I just mentioned phpBB because it was a name I had heard of. I didn't mean my idea to be set aside just because phpBB is not the right alternative.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

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