Feeling very ignorant... Perhaps someone can set me straight.

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Feeling very ignorant... Perhaps someone can set me straight.

Post by Jason1017 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:11 pm

I'm probably the least experienced member on this board, and admit I had no clue what I was in for when downloading phpbb. I do have very basic knowledge of code, from many years ago, but even that seemed unnecessary with the simple extensions replacing mods.
But I now find myself in a position I was not expecting.
Downloading the latest version, 3.2.1, seems to have been a colossal mistake and my users and myself find it so inconvenient without the updated extensions, the board is essentially useless until the extensions catch up.
For example, I have read and searched for hours looking for a simple image resizer, as images are so common on posts we are used to, not forums, but things like FB groups and such, a whole different world. I know how to turn a 3 mb jpg image into 100 kb, but my users mostly do not, and even if they did, I wouldn't ask them to. It's a huge inconvenience.
Really that's the only example I need. Why did I, or anyone else for that matter, bother downloading the newest board version when all the extensions that make the board simple and fun are simply not available?
My board sits idle while I search everywhere for compatible extensions that will make this board our home.

And I can't help feeling it was a stupid question, but I see no way around it; if I'd downloaded 3.0 I'd have long since made an easy to use, comfortable board out of it with what is available. Anywhere care to set me straight?

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Post by Elias » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:00 am

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Re: Feeling very ignorant... Perhaps someone can set me straight.

Post by warmweer » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:59 am

Jason1017 wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:11 pm
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Why did I, or anyone else for that matter, bother downloading the newest board version when all the extensions that make the board simple and fun are simply not available?
My board sits idle while I search everywhere for compatible extensions that will make this board our home.
That is a very strange way of putting things. You may have doubts about downloading phpbb yourself, but the statement that others have had to "bother", or that it's the extensions that make the board simple and fun, sounds a bit one-sided. I was always under the impression that the people made it fun.
Jason1017 wrote: And I can't help feeling it was a stupid question, but I see no way around it; if I'd downloaded 3.0 I'd have long since made an easy to use, comfortable board out of it with what is available. Anywhere care to set me straight?
Yes.
3.0 is a previous generation and no more support is given. Using it now is comparable to still using Windows XP. It works but if any problems occur, you're on your own and don't even think about refunds.
Also, 3.0 does not have any plugin-system so modifications would have to be done by hand (unless you find something made for automod)

Anyway, why even bother to mention 3.0 as even 3.1 is nearing EOL.
Currently focus should be on 3.2, and if you can't find a ready made extension to your needs (or one still in development status), there's still the request area.
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Re: Feeling very ignorant... Perhaps someone can set me straight.

Post by david63 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:04 am

Jason1017 wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:11 pm
... without the updated extensions, the board is essentially useless until the extensions catch up.
Which updated extensions? The vast majority of extensions work with both 3.1 and 3.2 and many of the "old" 3.0 MODs have been converted to extensions.

If you can be a bit more specific about which extensions you are having a problem with then perhaps we might be in a better position to advise you.
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Re: Feeling very ignorant... Perhaps someone can set me straight.

Post by Jason1017 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:57 pm

David, the most important are the image resizer and the social login, I can work around most of the other stuff with no inconvenience to my users. They share alot of pics and have no understanding of why one jpg is 3 mb and another is 100 kb, and I promised them a convenient login from FB among other things. most of the other stuff is just fluff, like an extended emoticon folder, etc.. I've found some extensions still in beta, but few if any 3.2.1 of any consequence other than cosmetics approved. Also, David, I was not aware that 3.1 extentions would be compatible, so that sheds much light,
Elias, I'll have a look at those links, I know there was a David guy working on the IMG resizer and assume it has something to do with that, though I never found a post announcing a completed project, thank you all.

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Post by Elias » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:52 pm

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Post by RMcGirr83 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:12 pm

David guy working on the IMG resizer
That is a client side javascript resizer, has nothing to do with physically resizing the size of the image as uploaded to the server or link shared on the forum.

3.1 extensions MAY work just fine on 3.2, then again they may not and the only way to see is to install them unless someone has already tested it and stated it works.
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