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The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:11 am

Ok folks, we're back. The Stew was having issues running with an old verison of phpbb (our forum software) on our old webhost (1and1 - they aren't bad, but you don't get much when you're a small fish like us) which resulted in frequent database crashes. I decided to finally upgrade to the newest version of phpbb and I moved us to AWS (Amazon's cloud). The newer version of phpbb will hopefully give us slightly more stable forum performance, maybe a few new features, and it will be easier for us to stay up to date. AWS in theory gives us more control over the forum and I can easily re-launch the Stew on beefier hardware. The move was difficult, largely because phpbb isn't very well written and I was trying to run stuff on a small underpowered server without much drive space. Running the board on the old hardware was ok, but the database migration was brutal on it.

I've done some basic testing on the site, but there may still be things that aren't working, in fact I'm sure there are. If you see anything that looks broken, anything at all, please post on this thread to let me and others know and I'll try to fix things. Let me know how the site performs for you as well, I think the hardware is adequate but it might not be, it's also hosted in Oregon so network latency might be something to worry about.

Now is also a good time to suggest mods/ extensions to the site, so if you're interested, check out https://www.phpbb.com/extensions/. I'm open to suggestions.

edit: Here's the current to do list for me

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Re: The New Stew

Post by andybox » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:13 am

The entire stew community owes you a huge debt of gratitude. Thanks Mutha for getting our social life back up and running.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:16 am

X2 Thanks, Mutha!

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Potpie » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:17 am

thank you mutha!!

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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:29 am

Tapatalk doesn’t work.

The globe is not showing as our browser icon or home button.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by andybox » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:45 am

How much did this cost you? We should contribute.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:52 am

It only cost me time. I do think the monthly cost will be higher, but I’m not sure yet. AWS will bill me.

A few people have asked to be able to donate, I’ll probably throw up a PayPal link. Thanks for the offer.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by andybox » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:54 am

All good, you do an amazing job to keep it functioning, the least we can do is pitch in.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by veronica_inheels » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:58 am

op is a cunt.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:00 am

I’d titty fuck you

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Moethebartender » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:02 am

Thanks for putting in the time to fix this.
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Re: The New Stew

Post by ben_hanscombe » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:18 am

IT LOOKS DIFFERENT. I HATE IT. MAKE IT LOOK THE SAME AS IT USED TO LOOK.
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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:20 am

That awful pro silver style is still available to you

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Klara » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:35 am

Thanks so much, Mutha. I really appreciate how you take care of this board. It's coz you love us, isn't it? I knew it! I love you too.


Does anyone know how to get the mobile version of the Stew? I can only see the desktop version now, but I got used to the mobile version and I'd like it back.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Paddox1 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:37 am

Nice work mutha.

On my iPhone none of the site formatting works but it’s fine on my iPad. Are others experiencing the same iPhone thing?

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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:43 am

The mobile style is not compatible with this version of phpbb so I’ll have to find another. I’ll need to upgrade tapatalk too.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Vodd » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:48 am

Well done mutha. Now can you ban Avalon and anyone else who posts porn links. This is supposedly a site for adults after all. Thanks
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Re: The New Stew

Post by CatScanMan » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:49 am

Thanks Mutha.

It looks more or less the same... But only used it for a bit. One great thing I no longer get the mobile version by default when using Firefox.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by CatScanMan » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:50 am

Yeah, I'm still a Goat Roper, excellent.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Lincoln » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:27 am

The Op is a wanker.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by leela » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:34 am

Thanks for your efforts mutha. Is the Tapatalk issue easily fixable? I've realised I've come to rely on it.

Now I just have to find a way of escaping the black look!
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Re: The New Stew

Post by Chip_Oatley » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:36 am

muthafunky wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:20 am
That awful pro silver style is still available to you
1995 called and wants its black background and white lettering back.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Klara » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:46 am

I tried changing the style to 'light' but it didn't work.

muthafunky wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:43 am
The mobile style is not compatible with this version of phpbb so I’ll have to find another. I’ll need to upgrade tapatalk too.
Thanks, much appreciated. If it's too much trouble we'll just get used to the desktop version. It's not a big deal.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Usher73 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:52 am

I would also like to contribute to the continuing operation of this shithole website. How?

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Post by VinnyD » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:55 am

muthafunky wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:20 am
That awful pro silver style is still available to you
Where do I go to find it? I can find user control panel, but forget how to change the look.

Thanks, mutha.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by Lincoln » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:57 am

Usher73 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:52 am
I would also like to contribute to the continuing operation of this shithole website. How?
You can send your cheque to me Usher...i'm handling the cash sideof things,PM me your bank card details and i'll sort the rest out for you.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by CatScanMan » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:27 pm

Usher73 wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:52 am
I would also like to contribute to the continuing operation of this shithole website. How?
Put midget porn everywhere.

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Post by shunter » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:31 pm

I’m not going to be happy until I’ve read Eric moaning about how it wasn’t done to his requirements.
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Post by incognita » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:39 pm

Wow, the new board łooks great. It seems to be much faster than before and it opened up exactly to where I was when the board went down.

Thank you Mutha! Mwah.
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Post by 5waldos » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:00 pm

Thank you thank you- I missed all you folks. Don't realize how much it all means until it is not there. So appreciate the work you put into it Mutha- and please, let us contribute to the upkeep. You're a father now- don't have all the time in the world to just mess around on our behalf.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by shilgia » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:29 pm

Echoing everyone else's comments: thank you so much, mutha! And yes, please let us know how we can contribute to the upkeep of the site.

Just one question so far - it seems some people have found a way to change the style of the forum, but I haven't found that option yet. (I went through all the User Control Panel options, but am not seeing it.) Does the style-switch option still exist? If so, where?

Since you asked, I'll go look at the list of extensions.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by CatScanMan » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:34 pm

incognita wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:39 pm
Wow, the new board łooks great. It seems to be much faster than before and it opened up exactly to where I was when the board went down.

Thank you Mutha! Mwah.
Yeah, much faster for me too which is great because my internet connection would have been an embarrassment in 2004 let alone now.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by shilgia » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:39 pm

So extensions. How do you feel about the following, mutha?

- easy uploading and linking of photos to one centralized imgur account. (There are also extensions that let users upload images to the site itself, but that seems like a worse idea, with the storage issues that might generate.)

- non-logged-in users can only see the first post of every thread. Would force lurkers to log in; presumably also avoids total indexing by Google.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by harry_flashman » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:02 pm

-1 replies?

Are you sure this platform is not still 'beta'
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Post by incognita » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:25 pm

shilgia wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:39 pm
So extensions. How do you feel about the following,

- non-logged-in users can only see the first post of every thread. Would force lurkers to log in; presumably also avoids total indexing by Google.
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Re: The New Stew

Post by leela » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm

I'm another who can't seem to find a way of changing the skin. I've done it in the past, but now can't find it anywhere. The black background is depressing (to me).
Pass the wine...

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Post by northern_goddess » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:37 pm

I am also looking to change the skin but even though I found about a gazillion options for it none of them 'stick' when I come back to the Stew.

Oh, and I am set to not show when I am online but it's showing when I am online anyway.

And thanks, mutha!
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Re: The New Stew

Post by Klara » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:45 pm

northern_goddess wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:37 pm
I am also looking to change the skin but even though I found about a gazillion options for it none of them 'stick' when I come back to the Stew.
X2


The Stew just needs some time, I guess. It's been through a lot, poor thing.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by harry_flashman » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:45 pm

well that didn't last long

How did I end up with administrator permissions and why are you fcking with my account

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Post by snowgirl » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:45 pm

leela wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm
I'm another who can't seem to find a way of changing the skin. I've done it in the past, but now can't find it anywhere. The black background is depressing (to me).
Ugh, another who hates the black. Tell me how to fix it!!

Oh, and thanks and whatnot.
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Post by shilgia » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:46 pm

Where do you find a gazillion options that don't stick? I'm not even finding the gazillion options. (I would have thought it would be under Board Preferences - display options, but no. Tried all the other settings pages, too, but no dice.)
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Post by brodie_bruce » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:46 pm

Top work mutha - is there a way of buying you a beer remotely for all this?

I actually had to do some work last week instead of fucking around on here!
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Post by Agent009 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:17 pm

Thanks dear leader.
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Re: The New Stew

Post by 5waldos » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:28 pm

snowgirl wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:45 pm
leela wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:31 pm
I'm another who can't seem to find a way of changing the skin. I've done it in the past, but now can't find it anywhere. The black background is depressing (to me).
Ugh, another who hates the black. Tell me how to fix it!!

Oh, and thanks and whatnot.
Me too. Especially when I am posting a reply- it somehow looks evil.

And the little hidden font size changer seems to have gone completely missing now.

But still better than than the Stew being gone entirely.

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Re: The New Stew

Post by incognita » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:40 pm

I like the black, i find it to be easier on my eyes.
harry_flashman wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:45 pm
well that didn't last long

How did I end up with administrator permissions and why are you fcking with my account

Good job I am honest
Don't know how that happened either, it looks like you had one admin permission, so I rest them all to never. Thank you for the heads up. I'll be randomly checking other user permissions to make sure everything is as it should be.
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Post by pezworld » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:18 pm

Oh my beloved Stew! I've missed you! (I just got 10 hours sleep (not) knowing you were up!)

Another person who wants a white background back and doesn't know where to find it.
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Post by pezworld » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:25 pm

Oh, and I can find the Mod CP (well, I stumbled on it - I can't easily find stuff yet) but not the moderator forums.
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Re: The New Stew

Post by leela » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:32 pm

Okay, on this black version, where's the button to find the threads I've posted in?
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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:35 pm

You can change your default style to prosilver (the phpbb default) under User Control Panel -> Board Preferences -> Edit Global Settings

http://politicalstew.com/ucp.php?i=ucp_ ... e=personal

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Re: The New Stew

Post by muthafunky » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:36 pm

Looks like emails aren't going out

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