• Welcome! The new FreeMathHelp.com forum is live. We've moved from VB4 to Xenforo 2.1 as our underlying software. Hopefully you find the upgrade to be a positive change. Please feel free to reach out as issues arise -- things will be a little different, and minor issues will no doubt crop up.

phpBB3 Upgrade Coming Soon

Ted

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Hi guys, hope everyone is having a good summer so far!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have setup the next version of this forum software at http://www.freemathhelp.com/phpBB3

If you are interested, check it out and let me know what you think. I finished setting up the LaTeX today, so that should work. There's a lot of new features in this version, including lots more administrative and moderator controls.

Any feedback, positive or negative is very helpful.

Thanks,
Ted
 

Ted

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Oh, and you'll notice that it's full of messages from here, but it is NOT the same database, so feel free to make as many test postings as you'd like. Once it goes live in a week or so I will update it to match whatever is on here at that time.

Ted
 

galactus

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Yes, Ted, you're a good egg. I like. It now has features I have noticed on other forums this one has lacked. :D
 

daon

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I like it, however it feels a bit cramped. Right now I'm on my parent's computer which has a small resolution monitor (SVGA), but I'm sure it would look nicer on SXGA or better.

I also don't care for the brownish-gray colored box for quotes. The way the forum is now I feel it is very readable and the newer one seems less so (mostly due to the colors, I think). Just my opinion.
 

jwpaine

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Hey Ted, good work.

I like the theme, it goes well with the rest of the freemathhelp page. (although I would much prefer a separate forum apart from the freemathhelp index..to give it a little more room. This current forum just seems a little more comfy...but the new layout is nothing we can't get used to.

The user of the post on the right side is a little annoying...might just be me.

You might want to enable entire topic/thread bar to be clicked, instead of just the hyper links... makes it easier than moving the mouse all the way over to the "Calculus" or "Advanced algebra" links.

Also, if you can, you might want to throw in a nice blue image favicon.ico file...something that stands out for bookmarks / tabs.

Thanks for a great site!

Cheers,
John.
 

Ted

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I like it, however it feels a bit cramped. Right now I'm on my parent's computer which has a small resolution monitor (SVGA), but I'm sure it would look nicer on SXGA or better.
It depends on what you mean by SVGA, but if it's 800x600 then there's not a ton I can do to space it out. I will try at different resolutions before I launch it for good. It should definitely be fully functional at 1024x768. I see that 11.93% of my visitors this month use 800x600 so I want it to be reasonably useful at that resolution, though.

I also don't care for the brownish-gray colored box for quotes. The way the forum is now I feel it is very readable and the newer one seems less so (mostly due to the colors, I think).
I also like the colors on the current board. Perhaps I can tinker a little with the new boards.

I like the theme, it goes well with the rest of the freemathhelp page. (although I would much prefer a separate forum apart from the freemathhelp index..to give it a little more room. This current forum just seems a little more comfy...but the new layout is nothing we can't get used to.
This is a tough call for me. Part of me wants it better integrated so new visitors won't feel like there are two separate parts of the site, but I know it's mostly wasted space for forum regulars. Worse case I can always make two separate styles so you can have the option.

The user of the post on the right side is a little annoying...might just be me.
You're not the only one here. I'll look into changing this, I doubt it's that hard. But I've read a lot of comments on phpBB.com expressing the same opinion. I'm ambivalent because I think it might actually make the focus more on the post, which is probably a good thing.

You might want to enable entire topic/thread bar to be clicked, instead of just the hyper links... makes it easier than moving the mouse all the way over to the "Calculus" or "Advanced algebra" links.
Agree 100%. I figured I wasn't the only one annoyed by this behavior!

Also, if you can, you might want to throw in a nice blue image favicon.ico file...something that stands out for bookmarks / tabs.
Good thought.

Thanks a lot guys, keep em coming! :-D I'll do what I can and get back to you. There's no rush to jump to the new program.

Ted
 

jwpaine

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Show the users that are viewing a thread you are in.. and have their name italic or red to show that they are creating a post.... like IPB

Would this be possible with phpbb?

Hopefully.
 

jonboy

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jwpaine said:
.. and have their name italic or red to show that they are creating a post.... like IPB

Would this be possible with phpbb?

Hopefully.
I would like that but sometimes people are only helping on one problem on one post so it would be more beneficial if there was a more specific way to communicate. Is that possible? Any advancement would be good though.
 

jwpaine

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jonboy said:
jwpaine said:
.. and have their name italic or red to show that they are creating a post.... like IPB

Would this be possible with phpbb?

Hopefully.
I would like that but sometimes people are only helping on one problem on one post so it would be more beneficial if there was a more specific way to communicate. Is that possible? Any advancement would be good though.
Well phpbb isn't exactly the best forum software out there, hehe... It would be nice to get this site moved over to invision power board...there are good communication tools built into that. It does cost money though.

We have almost 10k registered users.....it's not up to me but phpbb really isn't the best way to go..for a growing site. I'm sure we can do a donation to get the money to buy it.


(I'm prob going to get a slap for saying this.....) Oh well...I tried.
 

Mrspi

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I'm on a Mac....the new format looks good to me.

And for the posters who've suggested "better" software that "costs money," maybe they could chip in from their allowances.
 

Ted

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I'm not really familiar with IPB, but I will look into once I've recovered from my Night of Flight Delays. I have no problem providing a paid forum software if it is superior to this one. I've always used phpBB and I just don't really know how it compares.

If the rest of you guys have a recommendation for a different message board software I'm all ears.

Ted
 

jwpaine

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As an administrator, you will really enjoy IPB, and so will everyone else. It's THE best forum software IMHO. It's really worth the money.

I've spent a lot of time on forums and I can say that there is nothing quite like IPB...it's also becoming the most commonly used forum software on the internet. (and it is far superior to what we are currently running.. even the latest version of phpbb)...I say this without hast.

Invision offers a free fully working trial for 12 hours, so you can play with that. After that I would be willing to make a donation (once my summer job starts).

Nothing against the dedication and time you have put into Freemathhelp, just my whole hearted recommendation.

Cheers and thanks for a great site!
John.
 

Ted

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I added a poll as a new thread in the "News" board. Please vote on what you would like. I'm not going to just pick the highest number of votes, but it's more to get feedback from lots of people if possible.

Thanks!
 

tkhunny

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Personally, I don't use all the links or secondary information. If I could turn off all the extra stuff, I'd be happiest. Just give me the text and the LaTeX (or whatever it is).

Note: I realize I am not anywhere near the target audience.
 

jonboy

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I would like if it there was a thing where you can thank posters by pushing thanks on the bottom. Almost all the time people want to thank a poster and it would save space for more important information, such as how to work the problem. Math Help Forum has it and its' nice.
 

VIVIANRIOS

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It looks as though that the message board is updated on a daily basis. However, I am wondering how often the content on the site is updated and when the last update occured. Also, did the content of this site come from text book?

Thanks,

Vivian
 

galactus

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Straighten up!. :roll:
 

Zeezrom

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I agree with jonboy, I'd like to be able to easily thank people with helpful information.

Thanks for all the work Ted sir!
 

daon2

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I am trying out 800x600 now, and it seems very usable. Though web designers do not need to consider this resolution anymore, or at least will treat it as a minimum viewing space. w3 lists that about 1% of all users in 2012 use this resolution for web browsing, and less than that last year.

Not to mention, you can use the browser's zoom function to see more of the page at once ("ctrl" and "-" for my browser).
 
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