For those who didn't receive the memo, Silent Hill Talk has now teamed up with Silent Hill Community! With this merge comes a lot of information that needs to be discussed so I'll try my best and cover all bases about this merge and what you should expect from it.
To start: All members, posts, threads, polls and PM's from SHT have been transferred over. This means that all Silent Hill Talk members have to do is login with their normal username/password and they can start discussing once again in addition to having all their original posts/threads/etc remain intact.
If you were a moderator back at SHT your mod rank/position will be carried over very soon. Fungo has spoken very highly of the mods so I look forward to your services and thank you greatly for them!
One thing that had to be changed in this merge, however, is user avatars from SHT. Because the majority of users uploaded their avatars to the database (instead of hotlinking them elsewhere) they could not be carried over. Thankfully enough, though, this is an easy fix as all a user will have to do is re-upload their avatar. Keep in mind the max avatar dimensions are 100x100 pixels. This is because the site's layout was made around that size so anything bigger will mess up the layout. However, when the new layout comes out you may be able to make this larger (explained further below). Signatures and the like are still attached to everyone's accounts so no worries there!
Also note that all the off-topic forums (such as general discussion, media room, etc) are found in the sub-forum labeled "Various Discussions" on the front page. Clicking on that link will take you to a whole new world of non-SH related discussions: viewforum.php?f=14
You may see a good amount of broken images inside posts. Chances are, those broken images are of smilies that SHT had that SHC didn't. Don't worry as the smilies will be re-uploaded and those missing images will be re-filled!
Members also have the ability to create their very own custom-ranks without waiting for us to make them for you. Simply go to your User Control Panel > Profile > Additional Info and have at it!
Info about changed post counts is a few replies below or you can click here.
So why did this merge happen in the first place?
Well, a few reasons: Silent Hill forums are few and far between. Even worse is that most are not very active. Sadly, both SHT and SHC were suffering from this dilemma. With that in mind, and that Fungo and I have been good online SH friends since late 2000, it made sense to merge our two communities into one. This is great as members from both sides can meet each other and spark all sorts of discussions once more while the community grows into a bigger and better place. The intent of this from Fungo, Whitney and myself is to bring as many people who love SH, in all its shapes and sizes, together to discuss the town we all know and love so a merge was the way to go.
Now, Fungo already brang this up previously, but he, Whitney and I all compliment each other to some degree. Fungo is the man who is very eager and willing to help make the forums a better experience for everyone in any way he can. Putting aside how busy he's been lately, he's been great at listening to people and trying his best to help. Whitney is the lady whose great at engaging the boards, keeping the SH-discussing spirit alive and really helps make this place more open and welcome to all. If you don't already know her, she's a sweet gal. And finally, I'm the guy that likes to make sites and other stuff look and work pretty and keep things going smoothly in the background.
Speaking of which, I have some plans lined up for SHC later down the line: After upgrading to the latest version expect to see a whole new layout for SHC. This new layout will function near-indentical to SHT's layout (see here) but its design will be over-hauled to look like Silent Hill.
We'll also be keeping an eye out for a stable, gold-release MOD for a ShoutBox and the good 'ole Shop MOD once more. However, these MODs are still in development and until they're finally approved for a live forum it'll have to wait.
After the new layout is complete, a new feature will be in the works called "Silent Hill Community Mobile." Can't wait to talk more about SH? No worries, you can log in to SHCMobile on your cell phone and talk away. SHCMobile will be a stripped-down, fast-loading version of the forums made for cell phone browsers.
And finally.... SHC may have its very own mascot in the far future. More details on this will come later down the line!
Phew... that was a lot to type but hopefully this'll make the transition over a little less scary. As mentioned before, all SHT user's can login with their normal username/password, all their posts/threads/etc are still here and you can begin discussing again right away!
Oh, and please be sure to post any weird behavior that you may notice in this thread as well. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask here. Fungo, Whitney or myself will answer the best we can.
Hundreds of my posts, and I'm sure others, seem to be missing. Was this overlooked or a compromise? Will this be fixed? I personally don't care much for post count, I'm just asking for the sake of others that might.
Don't quote me on this, but I did prune a lot of old posts and that may have something to do with it. The merge couldn't keep up with all the posts you had since they were previously removed. Ratiocinator should be able to explain this for us.
Fungo wrote:Don't quote me on this, but I did prune a lot of old posts and that may have something to do with it. The merge couldn't keep up with all the posts you had since they were previously removed. Ratiocinator should be able to explain this for us.
Fungo hit the nail on the head. I'll help explain it in a bit more detail about how the post counts were changed:
Before Fungo sent me SHT's database he pruned his board. Pruning is basically deleting all very, very old and inactive threads from the site to help reduce clutter and size on the database. He did this in particular to help me with the whole merging process (reduces time and work to merge this on my end). Now, if you simply prune a database, which deletes those old threads, and nothing else, then your post count won't change/be reduced. Only if you "Resynchronize Post Count," an option available in phpBB3, will the post count be reset to its "true" count.
Now, there were five members who had an account both here and at SHT. What I had to do was merge those user's account into one account along with merging their threads/posts/etc. The problem here is their post count will be all out of whack afterwards unless I do the "Resynchronize Post Count" dealio. I apologize to people who put a lot of value into their post counts but it's something that was necessary for the merge.
@ Floodclaw After upgrading this place my next assignment is the new layout. It'll happen!
@ DarkStreet Darren you gotta post here more often! You're one of the veterans from back in the silenthill2.com (ezBoard) era!
Ratiocinator wrote:@ DarkStreet Darren you gotta post here more often! You're one of the veterans from back in the silenthill2.com (ezBoard) era!
Yes I know! Work takes up so much damn time but I try and check in every now and then. Pity how SH boards were such a hive of activity a few years ago and much quieter these days. On another note I read an article yesterday rumouring a Silent Hill 6... Perhaps a good topic for discussion as some think they will turn it into a first person view!
@ Xuchilbara I understand the grief this may have caused, but we are currently at our peak for Mods per active member. I'd recommend sticking around and posting as we gain more members and eventually we will consider you once a Moderator position does become available, Xuch. Just be patient - also continue to be kind and helpful on the forums - and you'll get there soon enough.
@ DarkStreet Yeah, that's me! I used to be dustfungus - that old username is one I came up with when I was just 11 or 12 and I've since changed my name. Good to see old ezboard members still around!
I think its more like Fungo does not like me, nor has liked me in along time. He's made it clear to myself and other people.
I was told by Brandon I would have my mod status here. Brandon gets his information from Fungo and being a good friend of mine since circe 2005 I know he doesn't lie about these sorts of things. So would anyone like to tell Brandon he is a liar? Is it a fair to promise one thing to someone and do another? I don't think it is.
Fungo did said he would eventually bump me up to mod. but like I said, I don't think he likes me.
Broseph, let's not make assumptions, that's a dangerous road there.
Yup... Don't wanna go down that roahd... (said in Pet Semetary Voice).
If more mod are needed, they will be chosen based on who can keep people from tearing throats. Yeah, it matters if your liked. If the mods are not liked then the forum suffers from it. People skills is something you need, as well as logical thought and a level head.
Another thing to try to stay away from is making a post look like an attack.
The point is even if you and Dustin were best friends it dose not look like more mods are needed at this time.