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Exclamation Forum Warning System Update
Posted by: Arynis - 02-19-2017, 07:53 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (1)

Hi everyone!

As I previously said, our warning system has been updated after discussing it with the rest of the Staff. We felt the previous warning expiration dates were too short and thus too lenient, so we increased the expiration dates. The new values are the following:

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Everything else is unchanged - warning levels stay the same, so do temporary ban times. No new warnings have been added.

Forum Warnings and Levels thread for the full system overview here: http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=4903



Other forum changes:

I have enabled the Stop Forum Spam integration in our forum settings. I have kept everything at the default settings for now, I've also set it to check for emails, usernames and IP addresses. I don't know how effective this change will be, I am hoping it will help catch a spammer or two.

Regarding the user registration setting changes, I've run into a bit of a snag regarding CAPTCHA - I'll have to run it through Shadowfang first. As soon as that is sorted out, I'll be switching user registration to require email verification only, rather than the current admin verification + email verification setting. I don't want to open the floodgates on spambots until the CAPTCHA issue is sorted out (especially in case Stop Forum Spam isn't helping as much as I think it would), so please bear with us a bit longer with the old system!

If anyone has any questions on concerns, feel free to ask and comment! Smile

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Information Upcoming Changes & Report Button PSA
Posted by: Arynis - 01-29-2017, 03:21 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (1)

Hi everyone,

This is a heads-up announcement that we'll be changing the way warnings work on the forum very soon, we are still working out the final details with the Staff. This is to ensure that people who violate our rules enough will be sufficiently punished by the system and not dance around the fence. Hopefully that should ease the issues surrounding the forum discussions.

We are also aiming to change our registration settings, so signing up for our forum will be much less of a buttpain.

Details coming soon on both matters, once everything is sorted out and is implemented.

Furthermore, if you feel anyone is causing trouble in a discussion, please use the report button.

This cannot be stressed enough, please report any post or member who you feel are causing issues. Alternately, you can contact the Staff Members either via Private Message, our Discord Server, or Twitter.

The Staff is not omnipresent, but we are more than happy to resolve any issues. However, if we don't know of these problems, we can't help out.

Me and Ark, as well the other staff members, want this place to be an enjoyable site for everyone.

If you have any comments or feedback on the matter, please don't hesitate to share your views.

Arynis

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  Happy Holidays Everyone
Posted by: NeoArkadia - 12-25-2016, 02:01 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (28)

Probably should of put this up, but happy holidays everyone.

Whatever domination, religion, or culture, happy holidays. And a happy New Year to all of you.

2016 might of sucked, but let's hope for a happier 2017.

Love and Best Wishes!

http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/showthread...#pid412649
And for those who care:

The Duel Terminal Master guide's lore as a Christmas present

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  NAC Discord Chat
Posted by: NeoArkadia - 07-13-2016, 08:59 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (13)

So me and Ary have decided to set up a NAC chat on the Discord App:

https://discord.gg/J3YPfTQ

If any of you guys want to join in, feel free! We'd love to chat with you all.

Just remember: Don't be jerks.

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Information User Awaiting Activation Usergroup Permission Fix + Summer Plans
Posted by: Arynis - 07-05-2016, 09:12 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - No Replies

Hi everyone,

In the past months, we have gotten several inquiries and emails from newly registered users. Users thinking they were immediately banned, or thinking they may have done something wrong. Basically people being confused and worried. In reality nobody did anything wrong, and unfortunately it is my fault this confusion came to be in the first place, as I was the one who made the setting in question.

Basically, our forum requires newly registered accounts to be activated by Administrators, as we've had history of some notorious ban evaders. Users awaiting activation could browse the forum, but not being able to post until their accounts were activated. However, an issue started when an user I won't name would create accounts to avoid bans, and while they were able to view the forum as an user awaiting activation, they'd use that information to harass our members, rather persistently. In order to avoid this happening, I went ahead and changed the permissions for the User Awaiting Activation usergroup so they would not be able to view the forum at all, save for the same sections they'd see as a Guest - or at least that was the plan.

Unfortunately, what I didn't anticipate was that instead of seeing an empty forum page due to the way I changed the settings, newly registered users would get a No Permission Page or something along the lines. This caused many a worry and confusion for a long time, which I feel pretty bad about in retrospect. After talking it over with the rest of the Staff, the account activation is not going away, but hopefully as of today, the permission issue should be fixed and there should not be any error messages anymore.

I deeply apologize to every new user, be it a posting newbie or lurker alike, for the confusion and complication. As always, if anyone has problems with their account, you can use our Contact Us page or send us a message on Twitter. Smile (If there are still issues, I'll give it another check.)



As for the summer, we'd like to shoot for the following goals:

- Finally, finally add the long due smileys our members have suggested to be added.
- Update our forum plugins to fix bugs and make things run more smoothly.
- Look into a nice forum style that offers a snazzier look than the default forum styles. (The default skin and the dark skin will not be going anywhere of course, if anyone wishes to stick to them.)
- Assign more Moderators to several forum sections that lack a Moderator, especially the ARC-V related ones.

Hopefully we can actually get them done and implemented by autumn the latest.

Lastly, as a side note, the site has been having hiccups here and there, people have been reporting to me that the forum was being down. Unfortunately I'm not sure about the exact causes at this point, but for the time being, the forum does eventually come back and everything is fine.

If anyone has comments or concerns, feel free to post in this thread, or make a thread in the Suggestions section.

Arynis

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Information Server Error: 500 Downtime & Plugin Problems
Posted by: Arynis - 03-06-2016, 11:50 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (10)

Hi everyone!

Some of you may have noticed the forum temporarily going under with a simple Server Error 500 message. The forum should be working fine now, but if anything else seems off, please let us know ASAP.

What happened is that Shadowfang and me attempted updating plugins. It seemed to work fine until we hit the new version for Style Usernames, which unfortunately has been the cause of username display glitches. For one reason or another, this plugin's update caused a lot of errors, and when PHP encounters bad code, it just dies. And that's why the Server Error 500 message popped up.

Thankfully, we have backed up the forum files beforehand, so restoring the forum files fixed the issue. (This is just the software itself, posts weren't affected or lost by this, which are stored in a database.) The plugin seemed to be rather stubborn despite backup restoration attempts, so Shadowfang just had to manually eradicate the plugin from the files. It seemed to have worked, the forum runs fine for real.

We don't know what's the exact cause behind the updated plugin's issue - testing in XAMPP yielded a functional forum, but in a live environment it was beyond fatal. Shadowfang also attempted updating with the Github version, no dice. Either way, we are scrapping this plugin for good, for a long, long time. Maybe one day it will have a definitely functional version, but this much hassle is not worth for an aesthetic mod. Usernames will probably look bland and odd now without the coloring, but you shouldn't encounter #STYLE_USERNAMES_UIDXXXX# messups anymore, either.

On the topic of plugin issues, posts may be occasionally glitched up. This is caused by the While You Were Typing plugin, as noted here: http://community.mybb.com/thread-189213.html By the looks of it, a plugin update should be able to fix this issue just fine. Until then, you should be able to minimize this error occurring by previewing your post to make sure new posts show up before sending your reply.

We'll revisit upgrading the rest of the plugins at a later date, due to Shadowfang's limited time. Until then, Shadowfang optimized the databases so things should be running a little nicer now.

We apologize for the downtimes and confusion caused by this incident. Have a nice day! Smile

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Heart Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Posted by: Arynis - 12-25-2015, 10:26 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (24)

The staff of Neo Ark Cradle wishes all of you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We hope your holidays are going great. May 2016 be a fantastic year!

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Heart Do you like the forum? Now you can support us via Tapatalk! + Future Plans
Posted by: Arynis - 12-13-2015, 01:31 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (12)

Hi everyone!

Shadowfang has informed me that Tapatalk has undergone some changes, meaning that now we get paid some from Tapatalk usage! Tapatalk paid us retroactively for June and July, generating a decent amount of additional revenue, which is helpful alongside Patreon. However, we did not get paid for the other months, meaning some kind of threshold is involved.

This means that sufficient Tapatalk usage also gets us money, which is something to consider if you don't want to / can't support us on Patreon. If you are capable of using Tapatalk on your devices, please consider browsing NAC that way if you'd like to support us.

As a reminder, our Patreon is the following if you wish to support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/neoarkcradle

Right now, our account balance is pretty good, the monthly server fee is sufficiently reached and Shadowfang made some use of the spare money too.

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting us so far, be it via Patreon or Tapatalk!



The other announcement is future plans to do as a System Administrator. My university semester ended, freeing up more of my time... or not, because exams. Regardless, I should have more time.

I previously promised I'd go through the smiley suggestion thread and add more smileys. I'll go through the thread sometime and see which ones can be added. For example, I won't add smileys that are too big in terms of file dimensions.

Right now, plugins seem to work as intended, I'll check though if upgrading the plugins is worth it, or if there might be issues caused by upgrading. This might be trickier since while I can upload/upgrade plugins on my own, I'd want Shadowfang around if, god forbid, the forum breaks somehow. Alternately, I could always do a test run via XAMPP first...

On which note, plugin bugs we are aware of, and at the present, can't fix it due to outside circumstances:

-Usernames showing up as #STYLE_USERNAMES_UIDXXXX# when you Like a post, or make a post, and so on. This is a present bug in Style Usernames, and cannot be used due to the plugin itself having merge conflicts (i.e., downgrading or reinstalling is not an option). Refreshing after making a post/liking a post fixes the username display, but the problem persists in other areas of the forum. There's a similar plugin for this purpose, but I don't know if that plugin works well. Currently, we are just waiting for the developer to do something about the plugin.

-Posts getting scrambled when you make a post. Initially I thought this was the cause of MySQL cutting off connections while posts were being made. However, the cause might be tied to a plugin we are using, "While you were typing", which makes a notification if there was a post made while you were viewing the thread, or were working on a post. If you post when the notification was made but didn't refresh the page by Previewing your post first, there's a chance that your post will contain glitches in it (e.g., it/'s). Seems avoidable if you allow the new posts to appear by not posting your post immediately, but Preview it first.

The other plugins should be fine, but if there's a bug not mentioned here, let us know.

We should be fairly covered in terms of functionality, and the forum runs alright with the plugins as well, barring the above mentioned issues. So we are not looking for new plugins for install. Except possibly the ability to report Private Messages.

I'd be more interested in possibly installing more Themes for the forum, since it would be possible to install theme(s) specifically for Patrons, making the donation more worthwhile. However, I lack CSS knowledge, making theme editing extremely limited on our part. i.e., I can get Shadowfang to add the header for simpler plugins, but not extensively edit a theme.

Maybe far, far, far in the future, I will possess enough knowledge to design themes specifically for NAC. Which would be cool. Maybe I'll go master Stride Fusion instead. Tongue Seriously though, maybe. One day.

On the coding side of things, the script for automatic MySQL restart has not been implemented yet. Seeing how the forum hasn't had MySQL crashes recently, this is fairly low priority, but I'll get to implementing it in the future, if only for the challenge, and to have it as a safety measure.

If you guys have any questions or comments, feel free to make a post.

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Information Clarification on Account Registrations
Posted by: Arynis - 11-30-2015, 11:59 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (2)

Hi everyone!

Due to multiple inquiries about the user registration process (e.g., why can't I view the forum, etc.), I have posted a clarification on how we handle registrations on the forum: http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=5435

Admittedly this is something that we should have put up earlier, but better late than never. I hope this clears things up for new users or users-to-be.

Lastly, I would like to apologize to everyone whose emails I haven't gotten back to. Some I didn't because their issue seemed moot from my viewpoint (i.e., account was already activated), some because I had no time to reply and too much time had passed by the time I could. I am aiming to speed up responses to such inquiries by sharing the email account with other Admins, since at the present I am the only one logging into said account.

As for why you shouldn't PM Shadowfang: he logs onto NAC only during tech situations (e.g., plugin updates, etc.), so if you PM him any inquiry, you'll more than likely end up like this:

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Use the Contact Us form or PM any other Admin if you have any questions. Smile

Also, if you guys have any comments on the matter, feel free to post in this thread.

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Exclamation On Account Registrations
Posted by: Arynis - 11-30-2015, 11:43 AM - Forum: Rules & Policies - Replies (2)

This thread summarizes things to know when you make an account at our forum. The aim of this thread is to clear up confusion and make everything smoother for everyone.

Neo Ark Cradle is a members only forum. As a Guest, you can only see a few parts of the Bureaucracy forum, such as the forum rules and important announcements. If you wish to view the rest of the forum, you need to make an user account. You can do so by registering.

After your registration is complete, you need to wait until an Administrator activates your account. Furthermore, you will receive an error that you cannot access the requested forum page - this is normal. User accounts awaiting activation don't have permission to view the forum until their account is activated. Formerly, users awaiting activation could see the forum contents but not post, but unfortunately we had to remove this permission due to past abuse. We apologize for the inconveniences caused by this change, as soon as your account is approved, you should be able to view and post on the forum without problems.

UPDATE 16/04/2017 - All you need to do now is verify your email. Once you do so, you should be able to browse the forums!

As an important note, Neo Ark Cradle has a policy that you may not have more than 1 account. (See Forum Rules: http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/showthread.php?tid=4902) Users violating this rule will be banned. Please do not make multiple accounts to get around user activation - you can't, as every account has to be approved by an admin. Please be patient and wait for your account to be activated. Furthermore, if you find yourself banned for no reason, chances you may have made duplicate accounts on the forum. If you have an account at the forum and have issues with resetting your password, please contact us using the Contact Us form: http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/contact.php

Lastly, spambots will be purged without mercy.

If you have any questions or inquiries about the forum, feel free to PM one of the Administrators except Shadowfang. Alternately, you may use the Contact Us form mentioned.

We hope you have a pleasant experience at our forum!

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