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MTA Forum is back online and with a new look!

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jhxp    212

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Hey, I wonder what this button does... <presses the button> huh? delete all forum users? oh sna-

Hi there,
the MTA Team is happy to present you with the result of what we have been up to recently - the redesigned and refreshed MTA Forum!

This is something that we have wanted to do for a long time, and for several reasons. The forum software we have used until now (phpBB) has served us well through the years, there is no doubt about that. However, as time went by, our needs were changing too. It was becoming less and less feasible for us to use and maintain the forums in their present state, so we decided it was time to try something that is more suited to our current needs. We were recently presented with an opportunity to switch the forum software on attractive terms and we took it. Lo and behold, here are the new forums!

Highlights of new features that were not present on the previous forum:

  • forum now runs on a proprietary, secure, well tested and widely used software solution - the IPS Community Suite
  • a completely new, mobile-friendly forum theme
  • a fully fledged rich text editor for posting or editing your content on the forums (instead of the previous plain text box with BBCode buttons)
  • an improved user profile system for greater personalisation of your presence on our forums
  • a new, customizable real-time notifications system
  • also a new, simplified Private Messaging system
  • improvements to the quotation system (quotes link to the original post, and are fully collapsible) and replying in general (the multiquote feature)
  • an ability to 'like' and rate topics and posts, awarding reputation points to their authors
  • topic authors can now assign tags to their topics, making it easier for users to find the content they are looking for
  • several new enhancements and customization features to improve your browsing experience (eg. topic previews; the ability to hide forums you are not interested in)
  • moderators now have an ability to promote your topic on the forum (similar to stickied topics, but separate to them)
  • several new features for us administrators too, which will make forum maintenance easier and possibly allow us to implement new forum features without a hassle
  • ... and more!

List of features that were present in the previous forum but are missing or are less functional now:

  • no topic icons
  • Private Messaging system is less pleasant to scroll through. Getting used to it might take some time too
  • it is no longer possible to view the source code of posts. If you really need that functionality, you can check the page's HTML source code directly, then use a third party converter to obtain the BBCode
  • code boxes are no longer integrated with the MTA wiki URLs


FAQ:
Q: Are my posts still in place? What about my private messages?
A: They are both fine. You can find them in the same place you left them before.

Q: Will the old forum URLs still work? A bunch of places on the web link to your forum using old URLs...
A: Yes, they will work. We have a on-the-fly converter in place for such URLs, so they will still link to where they should.

Q: I have found an issue with the new forum. Can I report it?
A: Sure. Send a PM to one of the forum administrators (darkdreamingdan, jhxp or Jusonex) and describe the problem you have found. Make sure you provide all the details or steps to reproduce your issue, where applicable.


We would like to thank Audifire and the mta-sa.org team for donating the forum software license to us. And naturally, you can not forget about darkdreamingdan and Jusonex, our team members who had both put a tremendous amount of effort in preparing and performing the forum maintenance and migration. Awesome job, guys.


Did you like the change? Please let us know in the comments!

See you next time.
--MTA Team

 

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Havi    0

Amazing work.

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dpower    0

Looks great, it's about time the forums got an update. I think night mode would make this forum even better!

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Kenix    33

Good job MTA Team. Reputation system is awesome!
Also available a lot of more features, keep up with the times!

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Kenix    33

Only one problem what i founded. Old mta forum had a links in functions to wiki.mtasa.com in code-paste window. Now it's lost.
Also maybe increase a messages limit? I can't send a message to anyone, because " Your inbox is full. You must delete some messages before you can send any more. " (But i can do this before)

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18 minutes ago, Kenix said:

Only one problem what i founded. Old mta forum had a links in functions to wiki.mtasa.com in code-paste window. Now it's lost.
Also maybe increase a messages limit? I can't send a message to anyone, because " Your inbox is full. You must delete some messages before you can send any more. " (But i can do this before)

There should now be a Wiki button to fulfil what you're describing :).

Regarding messages, how many messages do you have?

 

edit: I see you mean in the Lua code boxes.  Yes, that's a lost feature that is unlikely to be reappearing unfortunately.

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Kenix    33
6 minutes ago, darkdreamingdan said:

There should now be a Wiki button to fulfil what you're describing :).

Regarding messages, how many messages do you have?

I mean auto-link, you can click on function name and you will be on wiki.mtasa.com (before update), also a function-name highlighting (blue - shared, red - client side, orange-server).

Now i have 1k messages. (Maybe because messages is not transfered correcly to new engine, because before this update i can send a message to any one - i had around ~300 messages)
 

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Ab-47    0

Great work guys, finally you got a new theme and it looks way more modern than the old 19th century style ;)

Other than the fact that I have to login again and again, everything's great, gotta get used to allot now :3

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Tails    59

Looks nice but a couple of problems!

 

I lost 3-4 pages on my cinema resource topic, including the original post and possibly other topics too.

The links in my signature are all pointing to this topic.

There's no button at the top of the forums to show all my topics/recent posts.

 

Please fix. Thank you :)

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22 minutes ago, Tails said:

Looks nice but a couple of problems!

 

I lost 3-4 pages on my cinema resource topic, including the original post and possibly other topics too.

The links in my signature are all pointing to this topic.

There's no button at the top of the forums to show all my topics/recent posts.

 

Please fix. Thank you :)

I've restored your post from your Cinema resource post.  I don't know why this happened.  As for 3-4 pages missing - they're not missing, simply that the new forum shows more posts per page so they should all be there.

I have no idea why your signature got corrupted, but please reedit to add your links back :)

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Sha67    84

I don't like it and i think that my posts was 4700 and above :| ,  keep going!

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jhxp    212
8 hours ago, Abdul KariM said:

Do you there are his way to return to Theme old ? 

No, it is not possible to use the old forum theme anymore. We have switched the whole forum software so it is no longer compatible with it. We may or may not make adjustments to the current theme though.

 

7 hours ago, Kenix said:

I mean auto-link, you can click on function name and you will be on wiki.mtasa.com (before update), also a function-name highlighting (blue - shared, red - client side, orange-server).

Now i have 1k messages. (Maybe because messages is not transfered correcly to new engine, because before this update i can send a message to any one - i had around ~300 messages)
 

All messages should have been transferred correctly. The reason you are having over a thousand of messages is due to the Private Messages system being different in IPS. Folders are no longer used so it dumped messages from all your folders into a single place, including ones from the Sent folder.
I will look into increasing the PM box sizes for certain user groups, but you should really remove some of your older Private Messages...

Edit: box sizes increased.

 

6 hours ago, Tails said:

Looks nice but a couple of problems!

 

I lost 3-4 pages on my cinema resource topic, including the original post and possibly other topics too.

The links in my signature are all pointing to this topic.

There's no button at the top of the forums to show all my topics/recent posts.

 

Please fix. Thank you :)

Thanks for reporting the problem with signatures.

As for the button for showing your own content, you can move your mouse over your profile avatar, then click the Find content link.

 

6 hours ago, Walid said:

First, Good job.

Second, i will post my report here: i think it's not possible to edit old posts.

 

 

5 hours ago, Tails said:

Another issue, we can't edit posts if someone else posts after it.

Yes, it was set that way on purpose, due to users abusing the editing right and changing the topic contents after a longer while. If you need to edit your older posts, you can send a PM to moderator with the link to your post and your desired changes.

 

3 hours ago, Sha67 said:

I don't like it and i think that my posts was 4700 and above :| ,  keep going!

This is most likely the correct amount. As stated in the Forum Rules, there are sections where post counts are not incremented when users post in them. We have applied that setting to more sections where users were posting solely to bump their post counts, mainly Offtopic subforums in the Other Languages section.

Changing that setting did not affect user post counts retroactively. So if you posted in such a subforum before we applied the change, the posts you have made in there were still counting towards your post count. During the forum maintenance, we have recalculated all user post counts so that is why you have a different posts number now.

 

6 hours ago, Ab-47 said:

Great work guys, finally you got a new theme and it looks way more modern than the old 19th century style ;)

Other than the fact that I have to login again and again, everything's great, gotta get used to allot now :3

Thanks for reporting the problem. We are already working hard to find the cause. Apparently you do not need to re-login, you can simply visit any subforum once that happens and you will be logged in again. And if the problem happens again, try visiting another subforum.

 

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_sEEk_    2

IPB invasion :-o

Nice to finally see a modern look of the forum after all these years, great job guys! I will report asap if I will find any bugs.

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