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Exclamation Forum Guidelines
Posted by: Arynis - 06-17-2015, 08:55 AM - Forum: Rules & Policies - No Replies


Guidelines on signature and avatar sizes and formatting, as well as posting go here.

Signature Guidelines
To keep the forum fast and easy to browse for everyone, we feel it's necessary to impose these limits. You can also reduce page loading times by disabling signatures by going to the User CP -> [Your Profile] Edit Options -> Thread View Options.

The maximum characters allowed in a signature is 600. This limit does not include MyCode (BBCode).

The maximum limit for pictures in a signature is 5, this includes smileys. Generally, try to keep it to 1 larger image and a few smaller ones if you must.

Signatures have no picture size limit, but please try to keep your image sizes reasonable, e.g., 500 width x 300 height. Don't put in something that would stretch the page even on larger resolutions.

Animated gifs are allowed in your signature, but please mind that animated gifs can have huge file sizes, which may cause loading issues for others. If possible, optimize your gif beforehand (reduce width/height, reduce colors used, reduce frames used, etc.) to cut down its size.

It is discouraged to copy someone's signature. (Such as using the exact same picture and text.)

Forum rules and policies apply to signatures as well.

If the staff feels your signature does not fit the guidelines, we'll first contact you in private about adjusting your signature. If the problem persists, we may give you an actual forum warning, and if deemed necessary, remove your signature altogether (as in removing your signature code, not your signature privilege).

Avatar Guidelines
Current avatar limits are 150 width x 150 height, up to 100 KiB file size. If you upload a larger avatar, the forum software will automatically resize it.

You may use your Gravatar, as long as its rating is G.

Animated avatars are allowed as long as they fit the file size limit.

It is discouraged to copy someone's avatar. (Such as using the exact same picture.)

Forum rules and policies apply to avatars as well.

If the staff feels your avatar does not fit the guidelines, we'll first contact you in private about adjusting your avatar. If the problem persists, we may give you an actual forum warning, and if deemed necessary, remove your avatar altogether (as in deleting your picture, not your avatar privilege).

Posting Guidelines
See also NACR-009.

The character limit for posts is 65535 characters.

In a similar vein to the above, do not include too many images, especially animated gifs in your post to preserve page loading times and save bandwidth for those on bandwidth caps. If you are trying to post screenshots, scans and/or huge images, post their image URL instead, or post it as a thumbnail. Image hosting services such as Imgur should have such features.

In the event that you post many or large images, the staff may ask you to replace them with a link to the image. If you fail to do this, they are at liberty to delete the offending images from your post.

Try to avoid one word posts or posts lacking substance. Try to write something more, expand on your opinions, rather than just going "Thanks" or "I agree with this".

When quoting someone, try to quote only the relevant parts you plan to respond to, rather than quoting the entire post. This will not only avoid you hitting the character limit, but also makes your post more easily readable. The worst combination you can do is a few word reply to a whole post quote - please, don't do this.

If the staff feels your post does not fit the guidelines, we'll first contact you in private about adjusting your post. If the problem persists, we may give you an actual forum warning.

On Guideline Updates
The rules and the guidelines may be altered in terms of content or be redefined at any time to keep the forum and a safer and better place for our members. Whenever a change is made, an announcement will be posted for every member to see. If this happens, please take your time to read the revised or additional content.

Last Revised
17th of June, 2015

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Exclamation Forum Policies
Posted by: Arynis - 06-17-2015, 08:30 AM - Forum: Rules & Policies - No Replies


Policies regarding forum operation go here.

Private Message Policy
No staff members are capable of accessing your Private Messages, including the Administrators. The forum software by default does not allow for reading Private Messages from the Administration Control Panel. The forum has no plugins installed designed to access the users' Private Messages from the Administration Control Panel or by any other means. Private Messages can only be read from the forum database itself, to which only Shadowfang has access, which he will not read unless necessary. If serious allegations are levied against you, we insist on the ability to check out the offending messages to make a fair judgment. These include any offense listed in the rules that would be punished by a permanent ban, anything that is a violation of actual law (e.g., child pornography), or mass-spamming in Private Messages. Furthermore, Private Messages may be reported by the recipients, in which case the entire staff can view the offending message(s) in the Moderator Control Panel.

Policy On Lolicon, Shotacon, and Child Pornography
Due to our covered anime series featuring underage characters, and the definition of "Child Pornography" varying country by country, any form of Lolicon and Shotacon is absolutely forbidden. This is due to the availability of our forum, the diverse nationality of the memberbase and many diverse and highly severe international laws related to the subject. In some countries even images stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder counts as possession in their books, and that could get people in legal trouble. Furthermore, there may be members on the board or visitors viewing the forum who may find the topic disturbing and make them feel uncomfortable. Therefore, we will keep the public image of the forum into consideration.

Do not post images or written material on the public forum or in Private Messages depicting obviously underage characters in a suggestive or sexual context. Do not try to justify or enable this behavior, we don't allow it, end of story. Do not try or allude to exchanging such content in Private Messages, as we are willing to check your Private Messages as part of the Private Message policy. First time offenders will receive a warning and have the their offending post(s) deleted. Repeated offenses will result in a ban.

On Policy Updates
The rules and the policies may be altered in terms of content or be redefined at any time to keep the forum and a safer and better place for our members. Whenever a change is made, an announcement will be posted for every member to see. If this happens, please take your time to read the revised or additional content.

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Information Issues with the site between 4:30 and 6:30 CET
Posted by: Shadowfang - 06-16-2015, 03:18 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - No Replies

Good morning,

TLDR: We had a little hiccup at 2:30 CET (3:30AM where I live) and allthough I get alerts to my phone for those kind of things, I didn't wake up to them until 4:30 CET (5:30AM here). Should be fixed now.

Our server ran low on memory. As we are currently running on the cheapest server our hosting provider has to offer, that means 512MB (Yes, I am aware that your phone probably has more than that, but AT&T doesn't allow us to host the forum from your phone. Thanks for offering, though)

It seems that, while our pretty name neorkcradle.net was still in interwebz limbo, a lot of search engines and most likely some less tech-savvy users were not accessing the site that much, so usage was pretty low. Now that it is available, usage has doubled.

The main part of our site using memory is our database; it stores stuff in memory before commiting it to disk for efficiency, in this case being efficient to the point of crashing. I have politely asked it to show some restraint in the future.

It's solved now and we'll be monitoring memory usage of the site to see how we can prevent this.

The good news is that this little downtime provided me with the time needed to do System maintenance for June, so that's done, too.

And now, time for a cup of coffee in the yard. The sun is up (or well, it never went down)



Edit: EET = CET+1

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Heart DNS Transfer In Progress - UPDATE: neoarkcradle.net WORKS!
Posted by: Arynis - 06-15-2015, 11:26 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (19)

Hi everyone!

I've been getting reports that the site cannot be accessed or that it has been down a lot lately.

The site has been up all along, however, our former URL, http://neoarkcradle.net or http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/ won't work until the DNS transfer finishes.

You could formerly access the current forum from the above URL because the site had a redirect to this location, but now that the DNS transfer is underway, the domain no longer points to said redirect, meaning the site would appear as if it was down.

Short Version: The DNS Transfer will finish in a few days, please access the forum from in the meantime.

Technical explanation on the situation below, if you're interested.

What is a DNS transfer, and why did we need it?

First of all, DNS stands for Domain Name System: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Domain_Name_System

In our case, neoarkcradle.net is our domain to make our site easier to remember and accessible over our IP address, which is .

Shadowfang explains:

Shadowfang Wrote:The DNS is a lookup table where your TCP/IP stack goes to ask "soooo... where is this neoarkcradle.net?" and it will answer 188.blabla
And then your IP protocol will try to ask your router to provide a route to that host with the least amount of hops.

Regarding hops, basically you're transferred from computer to computer until you're directed to your destination.

So what's the DNS Transfer about?

Now, we have needed a DNS transfer because we have moved hosts, but our domain was still pointing to our old location, which no longer applies. Ergo, we needed to transfer it so we can keep using neoarkcradle.net with our current host/location.

Shadowfang explains:

Shadowfang Wrote:First we inform our old registrar to unlock. Then we inform the new registrar we want to transfer.
Then the new registrar asks for a code. Then we ask the code from the old registrar. Then we give the code to the new registrar, which starts the transfer.
Then both registrars send an email to the registered domain admin email address, to ask for confirmation of the transfer.
Then the old registrar removes the A-record from their name servers and we add the A-record to the new registrar's DNS.
The A-record is a piece of text that says "neoarkcradle.net = 188.blabla"
The process of DNS update is one of thousands of servers telling eachother there was a change. And that takes a while for all of them to get the message. Think of it as one of those emergency call lists. Person A calls B and C. Person B calls D and E and Person C call F and G... ad infinitum.
If you're lucky, your ISP uses person A and you see the change within nanosecs. If you are not and your ISP uses person ZZZZZ, it might take 24h.

Since the transfer is already underway, the ETA for the process to fully finish is a few days as most. Once it's finished, you'll be able to access neoarkcradle.net as before.

Also, don't worry about links containing our IP address instead of neoarkcradle.net (such as in forum posts), they will not break - after all, neoarkcradle.net is just a fancy cover for, our real address.

So there you go, hopefully this explanation helps clear up the confusion. Smile

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  Plugin Updates and Additions
Posted by: Arynis - 06-09-2015, 12:54 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - No Replies

Hi everyone!

Added a few more plugins today. Here's the information on them below. If anyone has any questions or errors to report, please do so in this thread!

(06-09-2015, 12:51 PM)Arynis Wrote: Second part of plugin update shenanigans.

Tapatalk and the Thank You/Like plugin were updated to their most recent versions.

The following plugins have been added:

Style Usernames
Now usernames are formatted accordingly outside the threads and the Who's Online section.

View Unread Posts
Similar to phpBB, you can now see which posts have been unread since your last visit. You can find it at the top like this. Works for both themes. MyProfile
This is the visitor message system similar from vBulletin - it was an oft requested feature and now it's back! Friendlist and latest visitors are displayed on your profile, as well as the ability to message people rather than having to go straight to PMs.

A few things to note:
When replying to someone, the reply will appear on their profile, not after the comment you were replying to!
You cannot track messaging between X and Y ala vBulletin. (I think.)

You can set up your comment settings in your User CP: Your Profile -> Edit Options. Looks like this:

My Profile
Allow comments on my profile.
Who can leave comments on my profile?
 Nobody Buddy list Any registered user 
I should approve comments before they are published on my profile.
Receive a notification when someone leaves a comment on my profile.

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Heart IAmA - I am the sysadmin who moved your forum. AMA!
Posted by: Shadowfang - 06-02-2015, 06:04 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (21)

*crawls out from under the damp sysadmin rock*

First of all, thank you all for your patience and support during this forum move.
Your staff has spent an enormous amount of time and effort getting things up and running again!

As you might know, the phpBB3 forum was using up a lot of resources, requiring us to pay for a really expensive server.
The myBB forum allows for easier upgrades, more stable plugins and a lot more performance.
Now we are running the system in something the equivalent of an eighties calculator and it's still fast.

Briefly scanning through your questions I have compiled this FAQ-type list.
Feel free to ask if something is not on the list, I will edit this post as more stuff gets fixed (or broken, for that matter)

Forum availability
- We have opened up the search, which was completely unusable in phpBB3 (it basically blocked forum access for everyone while a search was done)
- We have enough resources to open the forum read-only for non-members

- Your password might not work. Resetting your password should fix this
- Mail from the forum might end up in the spam folder, as we now use a gmail account
- The forum redirects to, as we are having some issues getting our domain name pointing to the right place. Within a few weeks this will be back to neoarkcradle.net
- Avatars are a different size, I tried converting them, but they get all skewed
- If you have some heirloom avatar that has been in the family for centuries and can't be found anymore, let me know and I'll try to dig it up from the backups
- I am really disappointed the downtime was not used to sleep or go outside

- [spoiler] and [url] BBCodes have been fixed
- [strike] is still not fixed everywhere, but is on my TODO-list
- Postlinks and smileys look like poop. This needs to be fixed in the database and requires an extensive amount of testing to make sure none of your prose gets zapped in the process.

- Tapatalk is upgraded to work with the new forum
- A pretty picture is still missing (as it was with the old forum)
- If tapatalk does not work, log in again, your old credentials are linked to the old forum

Heart  Shadow

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  Login Problems and Solution
Posted by: Arynis - 06-01-2015, 07:01 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - No Replies

Hi everyone!

As I noted earlier, users may have problem logging in to the forum. Some can just fine with their old passwords, others can't login even after a password reset.

The cause behind this is a plugin converting your old phpBB password into MyBB's format, but it seems the plugin dun goofed for some reason and convert when it doesn't have to.

Shadowfang has looked into the matter. If your login stops working/doesn't work, please request a new password via Log In -> Forgot Your Password. If you don't see your password reset email, check your Spam folder. That should do it now and you'll be able to log in.

If anyone is still experiencing an issue, shoot us an email using the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the forum page.

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Heart Welcome to the New Neo Ark Cradle!
Posted by: Arynis - 05-31-2015, 03:20 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (112)

Hello everyone!

No, this is not the forum going Sawatari on you.

This thread is technically made way before the forum going back up, I'm just preparing in advance.

Welcome to the new -and hopefully more enjoyable- version of Neo Ark Cradle! This is us running on a different host as well a different forum software, MyBB. I have spent most of the downtime setting up the base forum as well as manually carrying over settings such as forum bans which did not carry over via migration.

This is just a bare bones setup, we went for stability first to ensure everything is up and running. Now that is done. Adjustments and additions (such as themes and bug fixes) are coming up later on. For now, just look around, check out the User CP and stuff.

To start with the bad:

  • Avatars have to be reuploaded. The new requirements are maximum 150x150 pixels, maximum size 100 KB.
  • Subscriptions are gone. So you'll have to resub to your favorite threads.
  • BBCode are broken, such as spoiler tags. Shadowfang is already working on a fix, but has stated it's not happening this week. You can choose to fix the formatting in your posts, or wait for Shadowfang's fix.
  • Smileys are gone, leaving only the default MyBB smileys. Certain smileys will come back for usage, certain ones will not (looking at you, rage meme faces). I'm going to look into a smiley set or two and see which one you guys'd like to use. I was thinking we could use more modern ones or something.
  • I have unfortunately nuked half of the forum rules. I don't know how it happened, my post was intact and fine before editing... may have been a last minute accidental select all + deleting due to being nigh-asleep while pulling this all-nighter. I don't have the willpower and energy to fix this, so I am leaving this to the rest of the staff to clean up. Sorry, guys. Well, sorry everyone, really. We'll get it back ASAP.
There may be further issues and errors I may have overlooked. If any of you finds a bug or things not meant to happen, please make a post in this thread about it - although Shadowfang might overrule me on this when he comes around to lift the forum downtime.

The good things!
  • We have potential for nicer themes that helps us look more attractive than an unsightly 90's website. I'll be honest, our selection on the previous forum was pretty shitty due to mods being too based on the themes rather than being more or less separate. I'm glad to be able to move on to something better without being limited in options.
  • Reputation is back! You can now give reputation to those informative or hilarious posts you wanted to thank, but didn't want to just post "Thanks". To avoid drama and complications, the reputation system is strictly positive reps only (no neutral or negative) and you can give out 15 reputation per day (i.e., rep 15 posts). The amount of reputation given doesn't stack with amount of reputation one has - everyone gives 1 reputation point regardless of their own.
  • Double posting should be no longer an issue as the forum auto merges posts made after each other.
  • Working email. The previous forum webmail was extremely difficult if not impossible to manage and get around. There were probably emails and inquiries that have been missed - but it shouldn't be that issue anymore.
  • PM inboxes can hold way more PMs now as they have been set up properly now.
  • The reply editor is way better than the basic one we had on phpBB.
  • BBCode will have to be worked on and such, but we have a way better video tag that can import videos not just from Youtube.
  • Our search function actually WORKS. Go ahead and try it out!
And.. that's where my mind gives out.

In a nutshell, report bugs and oddities and enjoy your stay at what will be hopefully an improved forum in every way possible!

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  Forum Move Announcement and Maintenance
Posted by: Arynis - 05-29-2015, 07:55 PM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (5)

Hi everyone!

The forum migration to MyBB and our new host will start from Saturday 7:00 PM CET (Central European Time). During this time, the forum will be unavailable and you will not be able to browse or post. We will aspire to set up the forum in its new place ASAP, but at latest the forum will be online by 7:00 AM CET on Sunday.

For converting this time into the timezone of your choice, please check here: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html">http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html</a><!-- m -->

To summarize, expect the following to happen after the forum is back up:

- Everyone's posts will stay intact. No posts will be deleted.
- Private Message Inbox categories will be lost (e.g., "Inbox 1" "Inbox 2") but the PMs themselves will remain intact. You will be able to find them all in your inbox as normal, albeit piled together.
- BBCode will be most likely broken. Please back up any code sensitive posts and edit them manually after the forum is back to fix breakage. Shadowfang suggested the possibility of using a script to fix the broken BBCode in retrospect, but we'll have to see.
- Post timestamps might be out of sync. This is harmless and should sort itself out.

About Warnings

Due to the changes in the infraction/warning system, everyone's current warnings will be reset to zero and will be able to start fresh. However, Temporary and Permanent Bans will not be erased and will be set accordingly in the new forum as well.

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  Forum Move and Donation System Starting Next Month
Posted by: Arynis - 05-18-2015, 10:32 AM - Forum: Announcements & News - Replies (36)

Hi everyone!

This post serves as a summary, clarification and continuation of this announcement, more or less:
<!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://neoarkcradle.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4319">viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4319</a><!-- l -->

After roughly 4 years, it came to that NAC can no longer function with its current hosting, which costs Shadowfang roughly 60+ euros (~$68+). Starting next month, in order to reduce such costs, we are moving to another service. Furthermore, we're ditching phpBB as a forum software and going to migrate MyBB. Not only it has more and better tools for us staff members, but we also feel the software would be more user friendly to members as well. Some of the changes to expect, good and bad:

- Avatar sizes will be scaled back to 150 x 150.
- Custom usertitles are once again available!
- Better themes. PhpBB's themes intervene with mods, which made proper theme and mod choice a pain in the ass. We are hoping the theme we picked for MyBB will be more for your liking!
- Better moddability.
- BBCode will break horribly, including video tags and signatures, especially links. I advise everyone to redo their signature and back up their link heavy posts and redo those as well once the code is sorted out.
- A better infraction system which should allow us to dish out offenses more fairly (i.e., offenses have different levels of severity now) instead of every offense being equal on a strike based system.
- The current banner will unfortunately not be on the MyBB themes, because we've yet to figure out where we could insert the banner. I'm the only staff who's more technically minded barring Shadowfang, but unfortunately I'm not too good with CSS.

For us staff, the benefits are the following, for the sake of transparency:

- More settings in the ACP to customize the forum and permissions better.
- The aforementioned warning system.
- Modding with MyBB seems to be better and not as pain in the ass as phpBB. While we still don't want to go mod-happy for the sake of stability, we do have a little leeway now on what we can do and do not.

Furthermore, the forum will be running only on donations from this point (unless someone offers to be a sugar daddy/mommy), which makes everyone's help important and valuable. Our estimated hosting cost won't be too high for starting out (~$15), so that goal hopefully won't be that hard to reach. Without money to pay the hosting, NAC will shut down and we won't be able to provide you information or grounds for discussion. If we end up with excess money, we will use that for future hosting costs, as well as paying back to Shadowfang, as he's done a lot for us by paying out of his pocket to keep the site up.

This should not affect the download forum, it will be available as before.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about the move, MyBB, the hosting or any other changes please don't hesitate to post here. We're willing to hear out everyone.

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