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Title: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Arwym (آرویم) on March 02, 2019, 06:35:05 PM
As we prepare to modernize FBG's website and forums, some features will have to inevitably go away, as a part of the software upgrades required to make the websites more secure and relevant to today's standards:

- Profile comments
- Shoutbox
- Media Gallery

Almost every non-essential forum feature. This is because relying on these old, third-party modifications to the SMF forums software, has kept us from making some significant changes. We also realized they are no longer as relevant today, due to the changing nature of the World Wide Web, and especially with social media and things like Discord.

I already removed the Shoutbox, and will officially remove the gallery in 2 months. If you need to save anything from there, please do so. I will take down the gallery in May 2nd, 2019.

Apologies for any inconvenience, guys. And thanks to everyone who contributed to the Gallery and who kept the Shoutbox alive.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Kyo on March 03, 2019, 08:59:59 AM
- Shoutbox
Quote
no longer as relevant

(https://i.imgur.com/qDqyaU1.gif)
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Arwym (آرویم) on March 03, 2019, 06:20:39 PM
- Shoutbox
Quote
no longer as relevant

(https://i.imgur.com/qDqyaU1.gif)

I'm sorry! There's a possibility that I can bring it back after the upgrades. I can't guarantee it until I've tested it, though. :( Don't you have a Discord now, though?
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Dragon Mage on March 03, 2019, 08:02:34 PM
You can take away our profile comments, you can take away the art gallery but the shoutbox? I mean sure it wasn't as active but I'd like to think it was easier to chat then a PM or thread post.

Ok sure, I use the Klei forums and they don't have any of these features but maybe this small forum community could use a bit of uniqueness.

If we can't get it back, it's sad to see it go. There were a lot of good memories in that box :noahtear:

On another note, there's a few member here yet to join the Discord. I don't know why. The Discord's kinda dead at the moment so a bit of activity is definitely what we need.

Psst, da link: https://discord.gg/62g6X4
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: fenzil on March 03, 2019, 08:37:47 PM
*takes off hat*

My fellow Freebirdians, it was a pleasure shouting with you.

Spoiler: show
I'm pretty chill about changes but I really hope we're not moving to Discourse
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Kyo on March 04, 2019, 02:33:45 AM
Don't you have a Discord now, though?
Discord is for cool kids with their fancy smartphone thingies.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: EgotisticalRaven on March 04, 2019, 07:19:47 AM
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Kyo on March 04, 2019, 02:36:45 PM
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
If you think about it, we're all sort of dying anyway.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: EgotisticalRaven on March 04, 2019, 06:48:42 PM
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
If you think about it, we're all sort of dying anyway.
Time to remove the members from the forums!
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: fenzil on March 04, 2019, 06:58:21 PM
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
If you think about it, we're all sort of dying anyway.
Time to remove the members from the forums!

Time to rebrand as a kitchen sales forum.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: EgotisticalRaven on March 04, 2019, 07:53:37 PM
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
If you think about it, we're all sort of dying anyway.
Time to remove the members from the forums!

Time to rebrand as a kitchen sales forum.
The true purpose of the Freebird Forums, and what it will inevitably become. We must stop resisting.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: fenzil on March 04, 2019, 08:06:42 PM
It looks like a lot of image embeds on the forums are broken, e.g. the images in Dragon Mage and Reives' signatures.

I changed my signature image from http to https and that fixed it. So I guess non-https embeds are disabled? Good for security but that will break a lot of old threads  D:
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Dragon Mage on March 05, 2019, 11:25:02 PM
Don't you have a Discord now, though?
Discord is for cool kids with their fancy smartphone thingies.
Are you saying you're not a cool kid with a fancy smartphone thingy?

Pretty bold of you to assume any of us have a fancy smartphone though tbh XD
The shoutbox was sort of dying anyway.
If you think about it, we're all sort of dying anyway.
Time to remove the members from the forums!
RIP, time to delet myself.
It looks like a lot of image embeds on the forums are broken, e.g. the images in Dragon Mage and Reives' signatures.

I changed my signature image from http to https and that fixed it. So I guess non-https embeds are disabled? Good for security but that will break a lot of old threads  D:
I noticed that. I'll try to see if that works.

Edit: It worked.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Sirius on March 09, 2019, 01:59:42 PM
social media and things like Discord.

Another one bites the dust.

Does that mean my job here is over?
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Arwym (آرویم) on March 09, 2019, 06:15:09 PM
Just for the record, forums aren't going away! They're being cleaned up and updated, which is mainly for security and performance reasons. The next reason is so that it can be more accessible from modern devices and to a younger and more diverse audience.

Then there's something you need to know if you haven't found out yet: we have an official Discord server now. An announcement will be posted here soon.

Regarding the issue with the image, apologies. A proxy was supposed to take care of the non-https images automatically, but I guess it didn't. I'll take a look. For now, yes, media embeds with "http" must be updated to "https" in order to show. Again, sorry for the inconvenience!
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Sirius on March 10, 2019, 03:34:05 PM
Amazing. An official Discord server. Do you have any idea how many unofficial Freebird Discord servers you just killed with that?
Millions. You killed millions.

Ah, at least there's a designated hell place people can be redirected to should they become insane enough to create another unofficial Freebird Discord server then.

In any case, notify me should an IRC server arise. That, at least, would be relevant.
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Arwym (آرویم) on March 11, 2019, 01:30:57 AM
Amazing. An official Discord server. Do you have any idea how many unofficial Freebird Discord servers you just killed with that?
Millions. You killed millions.

Ah, at least there's a designated hell place people can be redirected to should they become insane enough to create another unofficial Freebird Discord server then.

In any case, notify me should an IRC server arise. That, at least, would be relevant.

Sadly, IRC isn't used much by the latest generations. :( I like IRC a lot, too, but that's the truth. Anyway, we always have the forums, they aren't going anywhere. :)
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: EatingToastYay on March 11, 2019, 09:04:46 AM
Oh no the shoutbox! But I'm glad that the website is being worked on and not forgotten  :kardiansmile:
gosh i really haven't posted for a long time either. Maybe it's time to start making fanart once again!
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: atommo on March 13, 2019, 06:09:58 PM
While security is good and all, I cannot approve of the shoutbox being removed

Here's the problem: this forum is VERY inactive as-is. The shoutbox was one of the few things that was relatively active. Now that it is gone, this forum feels like a graveyard. The point I'm trying to make is, what's the point of the changes if it causes a dead forum?

Its not just the shoutbox. I didn't really see the need to remove the long-gone 'chat' and 'shop' either. They were fun things to have and even if they weren't used much, they were still used (I miss those Quintessence darts and the football passes). Yes, there are alternatives out there, but those won't help the forum be any more active (and I mean active in a good way (not the toxic kind of active)). Better to have something and not feel the urge to use it than feel the urge to use something that is no longer there. And this site just feels... wrong... without the shoutbox at the top.

Those features are what make/made this forum more fun than any other. I mean they kept me around this long (and for the record, this is the longest I have ever been semi-active on any forum). This is/was a nice, cozy forum and I haven't seen any other forum that's been able to give the same feeling. All the others I've seen are either too toxic or repressive.

It just seems like the removal of pretty much all the features that made this forum unique is going to end up ultimately killing it

:-\
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Stardale on March 22, 2019, 04:42:42 PM
Make the Freebird Games Forum Great Again!!! T_T

But on a serious note:

Regarding customized forum titles (e.g. Arwym's "Keeper of the Fantasy" line below her username): In the past, we were able to modify our own forum titles through the Quintessence darts, which were only bought from the store. Since the store had been removed, what could members with titles do to have them changed or removed?
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: atommo on August 11, 2019, 09:32:08 AM
.... Any chance the shoutbox will be brought back?

The forum is looking pretty dead ever since it disappeared and it is quite sad to see
Title: Re: [IMPORTANT] Features going away
Post by: Erenussocrates on August 18, 2019, 05:57:39 PM
come oooon this kind of sucks. I always enjoyed returning to the shoutbox here.