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  1. Not an admin anymore?

  2. Is this improved at all in the last few days?
  3. Will be disabling some forum features (including the SSMB themes) for a short time to do some troubleshooting.


    1. Blue Blood

      Blue Blood

      Is this anything to do with the fact that the board keeps being unavailable due to "updates in progress"? It's happened a handful of times over the past week or so, and each time it only lasts for a few minutes. I'm just asking cause it's seemed really regular and short term for actual updates.

    2. bmn


      Yeah, I've been behind the scenes for a couple of days working on improving load times and reliability on the forum, as well as overhauling how the databases are backed up offsite - both of which should be far better now than they were previously - so downtime you've seen will likely have been related to that.

      The current unsolved problem is with a feature that stores the guest version of entire pages in server RAM for a few minutes, and would greatly reduce the amount of data processing related to guests... if it wasn't actually storing them in the database instead.










      ...there was an actual update at one point too.

    3. Zaysho
  4. In the process of being fixed. The entire search index has to be rebuilt, so some results will be missing until its complete.
  5. @Jovahexeon Pirate Ridley I've heard back from IPS; the image pasting behaviour is a design choice on their part. Reportedly, Firefox's behaviour is different in this situation, and IPS's approach is to respect the browser's behaviour. In this specific situation, it may not even be possible to create matching behaviour if Firefox is only providing the data and not the reference. Image data copying/pasting is one of those things that has never been addressed in a web standard as far as I know, and it's only in the last couple of years that sites have actually started to do sensible things when faced with it. Thankfully, copying the image location isn't much of a stretch In terms of some of the other issues, this post may be of help:
  6. I've made a new theme available, "SSMB '18", which you can try out and see if it makes things better. This theme is a recreation of Sonical (light version) starting from an up-to-date codebase, and will eventually replace Sonical. Please note: This is a work in progress, and it's not in the least bit finished We'll be making changes, and strange things/breakage may occur All complaints will be ignored If you can handle that, give it a shot.
  7. Looking into it. (The information in the previous post about how images are stored in the clipboard was slightly incorrect - they're stored as two fields, one with the raw image data, one with the original URL.) https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/topic/446652-browser-specific-behaviour-pasting-images-into-ckeditor/ (for my own info - this link won't work if you aren't an IPS client, but you get the idea)
  8. Slowness: We're running a maintenance op in the background to rebuild the content of all the posts and status updates. It's been running for about a week handling 750 posts a minute, and should be going for another week or so. I'm hoping this is the cause of the intermittent slowness, but will look at it again once the job's complete. Problem ads: I haven't looked at the monetisation strategy in a couple of years, so that's planned when there's some free time, but I am inclined to move away from the type of advertising that invites the problem ads, if we can make it work. I should note that it's disabled on the forum for logged-in users, so your ad blocker isn't really hurting us in that sense! Multiquote: Should be fully functional. It may be a skin-specific issue, or related to an outdated cache or cookies, so try clearing those. If it still doesn't work, could you open the developer toolbar (F12) and switch to the Console tab, and see if any errors appear when reloading the page. Notifications: May be related to the multiquote issue. Editor image importing: This does seem to be different, looking at it more closely. This is intended behaviour. Standard text editors (used in IPB3 etc) will fail to paste an image, or will insert the local path for a drag-and-dropped image (which won't work anyway). Early versions of IPS4's editor would store a pasted/dropped image in the post itself as a data URL (a very long URL containing the entire image data), which isn't ideal for the database - this may be the behaviour you're thinking of. The current editor should work like this: Drag and drop an image from your computer = upload as an attachment Drag and drop an image from a webpage = hotlink to the original image Copy and paste an image from Windows Explorer = upload as an attachment Copy and paste the URL of an image = hotlink to the original image Copy and paste an image from a webpage = upload a true colour PNG of the image browser-specific? The latter case happens because, when copying image data, it's stored in the clipboard as a raw uncompressed image (of a single frame - forget using it for gifs) and nothing else (no URL, for example), so the editor doesn't have much choice but to convert it to a web-suitable format. General theme problems: We're working on a new set of themes, which should resolve the small wear and tear problems from updating a load of times. No ETA.

    1. Chris
    2. Supah Berry

      Supah Berry

      Why is this a fucking emoji now

      Get away from me

      It looks even scarier as a reaction

      Sombody pinch me





      But the important thing is that the pupils are actually still on the eye this time


    3. The Master

      The Master

      Dug up from the depths...


    4. Forte-Metallix


      He's not so way past cool anymore.

    5. Blacklightning


      Oh come on man we didn't need two of these

  10. New Reaction coming later tonight 👍

    1. MightyRay


      Sounds great!

  11. Will be bringing the forum down for a minute or so in 10 minutes. 1 melodramatic panic = 1 ban 👍

    1. bmn


      Done 😃

    2. Forte-Metallix


      Dang! I missed it!

      Is that offer still on the table?

    3. bmn


      Sorry, limited time only 😉

    4. Kiah


      Good thing @Zaysho missed this!

    5. Zaysho


      Oh why did I get tag--

      Dammit. I was so close!

  12. This should fix itself eventually. As far as I know it's to do with one server taking a request intended for the other, and acting as a middleman (proxying) for it; there are a few things not quite working properly, and this is one of them. It was previously the backup server proxying for the main, now it's the other way around. It's necessary to do it because it can take days to make every visitor's system aware that the site is on a different server (DNS propagation), and during that transition period there's no real way of controlling which server a system will try to access - imagine two diverging versions of the same forum where one group of people can't see what the other has posted, and vice versa. That isn't what we want, so the moment we switch from one server to another we replace the forum on the old one with a proxy. That allows us to take people stuck on the old server and give them a way to use the new one anyway, until eventually no-one remembers the old one any more! Might be worth clearing cookies/cache in the meantime, though I'm not sure it'll help with anything.
  13. The move went smoothly, if slowly. There's still a lot going on in the background, so things may be slow at times.
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