Forum Upgrade 1/8/17 - Follow Up

Administrative announcements, suggestions, opinions, complaints, problems, wish list items. Whatever it is about the administration or operation of the site or forum, you can find or post it here.
User avatar
dlf_kenm
Administrator
Posts: 1133
Joined: Sun May 14, 2006 12:28 am
Contact:

Forum Upgrade 1/8/17 - Follow Up

Postby dlf_kenm » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:12 am

This thread was previously titled "So what the heck just happened?!?"
I have renamed the thread so it will be more clear and relevant.
I have also unpinned this from being a global post.

.....

You may have noticed the forum was down for the entire weekend.
You have undoubtedly noticed the forum looks different.
You'll no doubt run into some issues with things not being where they used to be - links, buttons, etc.
And you may not even like the new look and wonder why we can't just stick with the old design.

Well, here's the (quick) scoop.

Friday night I was running a routine upgrade of the forum software. It was a necessary upgrade as the version we were using was more than a dozen releases behind the current version and was actually no longer supported. These upgrades are fairly routine and usually only take a few hours.

During the upgrade process, the database running the forum became corrupted. The two backups of the database taken the night just before the update were faulty backups and could not be used for a full restore. After several attempts over the weekend to restore the database, we were finally able to get a good restore from a backup taken on Thursday night at midnight. We also had to upgrade to the very latest version of the phpbb software in order to make everything work again. We didn't get everything fully functional again until late Sunday night.

So with that background, here are a few things you'll want to know.


Did the Russians hack the site?

No. But I might have almost preferred that.

Why does the site look different?

The forum theme we were previously using is not compatible with the latest version of the forum software. We had to use a new theme for the forum. I selected this theme based on a number of forward-looking reasons, including good mobile compatibility. I know there will be some acclimation necessary to the new layout and functionality - this would be true for most any theme. But this is the theme we'll be using moving forward. I'll be making tweaks and mods to it as possible.

Why are my posts from Friday Jan 6th are not showing?

Because we had to restore the database from a backup taken at midnight on Thursday night, all posts made on Friday the 6th have been lost. I am truly sorry about that. But given the fact we were potentially looking at losing most of the posts from the last ten years, one day's worth of conversation now seems like an acceptable price to pay.

Why doesn't Tapatalk work anymore?

The Tapatalk plugin is not yet compatible with the latest version of the forum software. I'm sure they will roll out a compatible plugin soon, and when they do, I'll get in installed. I use Tapatalk as well, so I feel your pain.

I can't figure out how to do ... ?

We will all no doubt run into issues where we are trying to perform some function that was located in a certain place on the previous forum theme, but now is in a different location. The forum has not lost any functionality, it's around somewhere, it's probably just in a slightly different place or the button or link looks different. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience, I'll be going through the same learning curve as you. But we had to change the theme. Let's just make the best of it and help each other out. Before we know it, this will be the new normal.

I tried to do X and I got an error message. What do I do?

If you try to do something and it doesn't work, or you get an error message, please let me know right away, preferably by DMing me or posting here on this thread. I'll follow up an any issues as soon as I can. Given that this was a major upgrade that din't go 100% smoothly, I will not be at all surprised if there are some lingering bungs to work out.

Thank you for your patience, I sincerely appreciate it. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly (via DM) if you wish. I again apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. And as always, thank you all so much for making the DLF community the most awesome dynasty community on the planet!

spider321
Practice Squad
Practice Squad
Posts: 107
Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:55 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby spider321 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:18 am

Theme/layout looks much better now.
12 Team Standard Dynasty - QB, RB, 2WR, 2Flex, K, 3IDP (WR and TE are the same)

QB - Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Marcus Mariota
RB - Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Le’Veon Bell, Saquon Barkley, Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, Mike Evans, Amari Cooper, Corey Davis, Evan Engram, Courtland Sutton
K - Wil Lutz
IDP - Khalil Mack, Alec Ogletree, Roquan Smith

User avatar
skip
GOAT
GOAT
Posts: 18165
Joined: Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:35 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby skip » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:24 am

It's a mess on Android. Sent a pm.
Casinos Aren't Built on the Backs of the Winners

User avatar
Cult of Dionysus
All Pro
All Pro
Posts: 1574
Joined: Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:02 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby Cult of Dionysus » Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:48 am

Not sure if it bothers you or you can do anything about it, but it seems that the spacing between lines is too great in the thread indexes. When I mean "thread indexes", I mean the sub forums where you skim through the list of current threads. It just seems that there's too much space between thread titles, making it difficult to skim from top to bottom in one quick swoop. Historically the titles were much closer together, perhaps a little too close. But now we've gone the other extreme. The font may also be a little too large...

jmho, btw.

User avatar
pokerface40
All Pro
All Pro
Posts: 1677
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:27 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby pokerface40 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:43 am

Not gonna lie, I hate it. Yes I get that technology happens and you need to update/upgrade your databases, etc. But upon initial browsing it has a strong feeling similar to reddit, which isn't good imo.
Team 1
12 Team PPR - 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, 1Flex, DST
QB: Stafford/Tyrod/Dalton
RB: L.Bell/Fournette/Crowell/Burkhead/Lynch/CJA/Blount/J. Samuels/Perine
WR: Nuk/Julio/K Allen/Cooper/Fitz/Moore/Gallup/Geronimo
TE: Kelce/Watson/Andrews/V. Davis/Higbee
DST: Ravens

Team 2
12 Team PPR Superflex - 1 QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE, 2Flex, 1 Superflex
QB: Dak/Roethlisberger/Tyrod/Rudolph/Daniel
RB: K Hunt/Hyde/A Collins/AP/Barber/Lindsay/Ware/Doug
WR:AJG/Thielen/Landry/Alshon/Fitz/Dez/Kirk/Golladay/Lockett/Miller/Beasley
TE: J. Graham/Burton/Brate/Rico/Hollister

User avatar
saw061600
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Posts: 4424
Joined: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:58 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby saw061600 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:24 am

Various links drop down menus (like the jump to at the bottom of page) are default to "open" which is it a bit distracting.
10 TM 85 RST -WW STD
Dalton Mariota Tanny Tbisk
Miller Ajayi Henry Foreman AJones Buck AA Gio Dixon Collins
Julio Evans ARob Cooper Watkins Cooks Parker MWilliams Tread Doctson Boyd
Gronk Kelce Engram
Watt Ansah Williams Richardson Taylor Graham
Davis Collins Mosley Kendricks Bucannon DCampbell DJones DLee Compton
Vaccaro Joseph Church Iloka McLeod Williams

12 TM .5ppr 45 RST Orphan2
Mariota Dalton
Penny Miller Foreman Duke Yeldon Dixon Eckler Clement JKelly
Evans ARob Watkins JMatt Parker Meredith Agholor Golloday Samuel Tre'Q Callaway Boyd
Njoku Jonnu Ebron
Williams Hunter Clark Barnett
Williamson Perryman Campbell Onwuassor ShaqT Reddick Vander Warner
McLeod Jones Budda JJohnson

12TM .5PPR 45RST Orphan1
Rodgers Rivers
Howard Freeman Crow McG Prosise AA Thompson DaWill
Cooks Amari DT Edelman PRich Hogan Samuel Pryor CColeman Gabriel AWilson Geronimo
Ertz Olsen
Garrett Wake Zettel
Bucannon Lee Wright Minter CJones Burgess
RJones Church Apple White Mitchell Carrie

ericanadian
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Posts: 4225
Joined: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:13 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby ericanadian » Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:39 am

Been there with this forum software. New format isn't great, but the old one wasn't either. I was just used to it. I'll get used to this as well. I do like that going to latest post in a thread no longer requires hitting that tiny square.
The Jolly Rodgers - 16 Team IDP League (Pass TD 6pts)

QB - Stafford, Carr
RB - Gordon, Martin, Montgomery, Foreman, Booker, Darkwa
WR - Julio, Landry, C. Davis, Watkins, C. Williams, Pettis, Beasley
TE - Kelce, Henry, Clay
LB - Kuechly, Lee, McMillan
DL - Ansah, Suh, Hunter
DB - D. James, Vaccaro
K - Just a stupid kicker

User avatar
FiremanEd
Legend
Legend
Posts: 5472
Joined: Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:51 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby FiremanEd » Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:52 am

Things never go as smooth as you expect or hope. Everyone will get used to the new layout. I do agree that some of the Menu's appear to be defaulted to Open, which hopefully can be corrected, and hopefully Tapatalk is back online soon (i suspect limited access until then), but it all looks good otherwise. Good job resolving on the fly.

User avatar
Valhalla
Ring of Fame
Ring of Fame
Posts: 3581
Joined: Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:26 pm

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby Valhalla » Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:29 am

Initially I don't like it, but like I heard a few times in Sherlock last night, "it is what it is." Good job with the recovery.

User avatar
bigchiefbc
Pro Bowler
Pro Bowler
Posts: 1189
Joined: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:32 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby bigchiefbc » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:45 am

I am also having the problem of every drop-down list default to open/expanded when I load the page. It is pretty annoying.

User avatar
WhatWouldDitkaDo
Legend
Legend
Posts: 7207
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:02 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby WhatWouldDitkaDo » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:12 am

I like the new theme a lot overall. A few suggested edits though:
1. thinner post titles so we can skim all the top threads more quickly
2. a brighter color or larger colored area for unread posts instead of the little red circle would make it easier to clearly distinguish read and unread threads
3. larger buttons for quote post etc. The more experienced users on this forum will be able to find these buttons and others, but new users may have trouble locating them.
Lynch Loves Kittles | Championships: 2015, 2017
12-Team PPR | QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, W/R/T, K, DST
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady
RB: Christian McCaffrey, Jay Ajayi, LeSean McCoy, Rex Burkhead, Marshawn Lynch, D'Onta Foreman, Chase Edmonds, Ito Smith, Jerick McKinnon [IR]
WR: Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, Brandin Cooks, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Jake Butt, Ian Thomas | K: Stephen Gostkowski | DST: BAL
PS: Dante Pettis, D.J. Chark, Dallas Goedert | 2019 Picks: 1st | 2020 Picks: 1st, 2nd

Ruggenater
Starter
Starter
Posts: 533
Joined: Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:36 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby Ruggenater » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:23 am

WhatWouldDitkaDo wrote:
Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:12 am
I like the new theme a lot overall. A few suggested edits though:
1. thinner post titles so we can skim all the top threads more quickly
2. a brighter color or larger colored area for unread posts instead of the little red circle would make it easier to clearly distinguish read and unread threads
3. larger buttons for quote post etc. The more experienced users on this forum will be able to find these buttons and others, but new users may have trouble locating them.
Agree with all of these. Report post and quote/reply to post are right next to each other and look exactly the same--some differentiation here would be helpful.
12 Team Superflex - PPR, 0.25 PPC - QB/2RB/3WR/TE/Flex/Superflex
QB: Rodgers, Dalton, Bortles, Tannehill, L Jackson, J Allen
RB: Michel, L Miller, Collins, Foreman, Dixon, Martin, Gore, Yeldon
WR: Hopkins, Robinson, Watkins, K Cole, Lockett, Hollins, Allison, Grant
TE: Kelce, Gesicki, J Smith

Lotto4Life
Player of the Year
Player of the Year
Posts: 2142
Joined: Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:48 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby Lotto4Life » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:35 am

Did all my previous bad advice/predictions get wiped out so I can pretend they didn't happen?

Glad you got it fixed. Don't like it initially but I'll get used to it.

sharkattack
Pro Bowler
Pro Bowler
Posts: 1000
Joined: Thu Dec 04, 2014 8:26 am

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby sharkattack » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:22 am

Thanks for the update! I like the "new" outlook. I learned that I probably use the DLF forum a little too much, because my weekend was borderline ruined because of it being down, haha!

On a serious note, I am struggling finding a link to return back to the DLF homepage, or more so to navigate to the rankings / ADP portion while using the forum. Am I just missing it? If so, could someone please point out where it is....thank you!

User avatar
the_lung
Pro Bowler
Pro Bowler
Posts: 1220
Joined: Fri Jan 04, 2008 11:16 pm
Location: Ardmore, PA
Contact:

Re: So what the heck just happened?!?

Postby the_lung » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:32 am

Viewing on iPhone 7 with iOS 10.1, I personally think that it looks fantastic. The previous phpBB forum software look was quite dated...and this version looks far more modern, imo.

If you ask me, 'twas a blessing in disguise! :thumbup:
Image


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest