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Some changes on the Forum
« on: April 17, 2020, 04:37:11 PM »
Hi Folks - Been doing some house keeping on the forum as of late.
-Fixed the email subsystem, which would affect new users signing up, or exchanging personal messages.
-Removed a bunch of unused user groups, mostly because those people are no longer patrons of the forum anymore.
-Combined all of Matt's "TWCClassics.com"-related forums into one grouping.
-Eliminated the old website which has not been touched ~10 years. Visiting twctodayforums.com will immediately redirect to the forum.

There have been thoughts on adding a "home" page which integrates with our forum, and perhaps bringing some of the old website content back to that in a better curated format.

BIG NEWS: I have set up the integration between the forum and the Tapatalk app for mobile devices. This will allow easy mobile access to collaborate and discuss on this forum.

Coming soon, perhaps a visual re-theme and new logo -- something to fit our time.

I know an old legacy admin 'Stephen' patronizes this forum from time to time, and I would like to hear his input, along with everyone else who visits here.




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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 10:42:32 AM »
Looks good to me! :thumbsup: I do like the idea about a home page integrated with the board.

I definitely think a visual re-theme for the board is needed and long overdue.

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2020, 04:16:59 PM »
I agree with Steven. These changes are long overdue. I registered my account on this website almost five years ago, and basically nothing has changed since then.

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2020, 05:48:01 PM »
Very exciting! Time to breathe some life back into this place :bleh:

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2020, 07:37:45 PM »
Glad to see some action happening on here! It's going to be good to get a modern touch going on.

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2020, 12:01:44 PM »
Thanks all for the encouraging words. Continuing with some more house keeping news..

Some updates for today:

Updated the server engine to support SSL encryption, then enabled it for this site.
Made changes in the SQL database that previously referenced HTTP to reference HTTPS for calls. The website should now only load on the HTTPS side, therefore will be encrypting user communication end-to-end.

This comes as Google has made several changes, including down-ranking unsecured sites, and also notifying users inside of Chrome that the site is not secure.

If anyone notices any issues, please drop them here.

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2020, 05:04:31 PM »
Glad to see some movement around here for the first time in a long time! I think it's a great idea to do some sprucing up, especially with regard to the old website. I'm all for bringing back some of the older content with better organization and I also wonder how viable it would be to add some more informational content not unlike what Matt's done with TWC Classics to a redesigned "home page".
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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2020, 10:34:36 PM »
Well I hope more people will come back here on a regular basis now that these changed have been made. I do wonder why the TWCC tab is gone though.
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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2020, 10:31:08 PM »
Definitely going to be worth it to update and bring some fresh air into the place! Can't wait to see the finished results

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2020, 08:01:58 PM »
I do wonder why the TWCC tab is gone though.

The TWCC subforums are now under the "Classics - The Weather Channel from 1982-1999" section.

cc17926 - Can I re-add my menu (with links to my site) to the top of the forums?
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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2020, 07:16:54 PM »
I understand eliminating the old website that hadn't been touched in 10+ years, but would it be possible to have some kind of way of retrieving the video clips and the music files that were on it?

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2020, 02:13:29 PM »
Yes, to answer to the above questions, and to reiterate a previous point.. We are working on a plan to design a forum-integrated 'home' page. Two goals that are apart of this are to re-theme the forum, and to include basically a landing page where these previous components of TWCT website would be available.

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2020, 02:52:08 AM »
Thanks CC good work.  :clap:

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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 09:53:39 PM »
Yes, to answer to the above questions...

I don't seem to have permissions to edit the menus anymore. :hmm:
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Re: Some changes on the Forum
« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2020, 03:47:56 PM »
Hi Folks-
Been working through some mild changes.
-Added some internal page formatting which will allow forum thread data to appear in social-networking posts, such as Twitter, Facebook, Discord, etc.. This will include the name of the site, the title of the forum thread, and also a snippet of the text in the thread. (See picture 1)
-Added a webhook to the WxCINE Discord chat https://discord.gg/EbM3Vfs that will display when a post has been made inside the channel #twctoday-forum. (See picture 2)

I am optimistic that some of these changes will help the newer generation of guests to interact and collaborate with others on the forum while keeping abreast of recent posts.