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Welcome to the New Ornery American Forums!
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:13:42 AM »
We have migrated the Ornery Forums to new software.

The old forum has been disabled, but will remain available for reference.

Accessing your Acccount
  • Password Reset - In order to access your account, you will need to reset your password. You can do that here: http://www.ornery.org/forum/index.php?action=reminder. Please enter your username or email address from the old forums, and a password reset link will be sent to you.
  • Account Missing -  If your account does not exist, please simply register it, using the same email address you registered with on the old forums. If you do not have access to that email address, please contact me to discuss the matter.
  • Problems - If you have any trouble accessing your account, please email me for assistance: OrneryModerator@hotmail.com.

Continuing Conversations from the Old Forums
There is no completely painless way to way to make this transition. After reviewing the matter for a bit, we decided to disable the old forums immediately. If you are in the middle of a conversation on the previous board, I recommend that you start a new thread here to continue that conversation. For the posts that were active in the past few days, I have created these topics already. If it goes back more than a week and you'd like to pick up the conversation, please follow suit.

Inactive Forums Removed
The Ornery Writers Workshop, Ornery U, and the Ornery American Book Club have been removed, due to inactivity. Posts that used to be appropriate for those forums can now be posted in general comments instead. If there is significant interest in bringing these forums back, let me know. :)

New Features
  • Like Posts - You can now "like" posts.
  • WYSWIG Editor - You can use a visual editor by clicking the appropriate button when making a post.
  • Additional UBB Tags Enabled - The following tags are enabled, feel free to play with them: abbr acronym anchor br code email hr nobbc pre s sub sup

If you run into any issues with the new software, please contact me by email (or post here) and let me know what problems you're facing so I can help resolve the matter.

Once the forums are up and running, we can look at enabling some of the other features of this software, like private messages and polls.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2015, 04:03:51 PM by OrneryMod »

Greg Davidson

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Re: Welcome to the New Ornery American Forums!
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2015, 01:05:45 AM »
Thank you for your efforts to update the Forum!

Pyrtolin

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Re: Welcome to the New Ornery American Forums!
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2015, 12:19:49 AM »
I'll add my voice to thanks for the effort that went into the upgrade and transition.

Greg Davidson

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Re: Welcome to the New Ornery American Forums!
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2015, 01:56:00 AM »
On the other hand, where is everyone?

scifibum

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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2015, 04:57:05 PM »
Glad to see we're finally on a newer platform. :)

Are there plans to migrate the content from the old forum?

D.W.

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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2015, 09:17:07 AM »
Is this still hosted by the OSC?  Shouldn't there be a link on the front page going back to his "front page" of Ornery.org?

As to "where is everyone?"  Rafi emailed me informing me of his current digital waterboarding; demanding he repent and reveal his true identity if he wants to be released from forum detention.

But more over, people probably haven't seen it yet, decide how suspicious they are it's not a some sort of fishing expedition, then decide if it's worth the effort to replace a bookmark.  :P

Pyrtolin

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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2015, 10:16:40 AM »
Other than the tread titles, I don't think there's going to be backend content migration. We just have to manually grab what we want to reply to and bring it here.

I do need to remand myself that it's pointless to refresh the tab that I have open to server that purpose when I find the time to, though.

scifibum

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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2015, 11:26:19 AM »
Other than the tread titles, I don't think there's going to be backend content migration. We just have to manually grab what we want to reply to and bring it here.

I do need to remand myself that it's pointless to refresh the tab that I have open to server that purpose when I find the time to, though.

That's pretty disappointing, if true.  I would have to admit that I don't have the spare time to volunteer to work on it, though, so I can't really fault anyone else for not signing up for the work.

Seriati

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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2015, 11:31:00 AM »
Is it a general setting, or a personal setting to have the forum sorted so that the threads with the most recent posts are on top?  Be darn inconvenient if it can't be done at all.

EDIT- Or is it already done that way and I should have checked out the date and time stamps?   :-\

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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2015, 01:22:33 PM »
Glad to see we're finally on a newer platform. :)

Are there plans to migrate the content from the old forum?

I'd like to, but there are some problems with doing so. First, someone would need to write a translator from the old database to the new database. Second, some user names with unique characters (like ') are not permitted on this software, so we would have to work out a mapping from the old user name to the new user name. Finally, something was slowly breaking with the old database; a lot of old threads were not loading correctly, and posts seemed to be missing.

Finally, there is cost, security, and time concerns.

For the time being, we are keeping the old forums as "read only". This is very similar to what things would be like if we imported the old threads, so it seems like a "good enough" solution.

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Is this still hosted by the OSC?  Shouldn't there be a link on the front page going back to his "front page" of Ornery.org?

Yes. I believe the system administrator is making that change this week. I know he has a heavy workload, so it might take a little time.

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Is it a general setting, or a personal setting to have the forum sorted so that the threads with the most recent posts are on top?  Be darn inconvenient if it can't be done at all.

The general setting is the same as the old forums: newer posts on the bottom.

I believe there is a personal option you can choose to reverse that.

edit: here is a link to that settings page: http://www.ornery.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;area=theme;u=26
« Last Edit: December 14, 2015, 01:31:27 PM by OrneryMod »

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Re: Welcome to the New Ornery American Forums!
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2015, 01:25:42 PM »
I've added a link to the old forums in the index of these forums, for convenience: http://www.ornery.org/forum/index.php

msquared

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2015, 02:18:39 PM »
I'm here now. Let the discussions begin.

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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2015, 01:36:00 PM »
Hmm I wonder how many people will drop their ornery habit due to the migration.  I admit to contemplating doing so :)

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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2015, 06:41:07 AM »
Hmm I wonder how many people will drop their ornery habit due to the migration.  I admit to contemplating doing so :)
Would it make a difference to you (or others) if the old content were brought over?

AI Wessex

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2016, 11:51:02 AM »
Except for the somewhat understandable loss of the old threads and the somewhat surprising (to me, at least) loss of most of the old posters, this forum functions better.  It even seems like the Mod has taken a day job or something and is leaving us to hash out our family problems for the most part.

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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2016, 08:27:57 AM »
Alas, I've received word that AI Wessex was crushed by the recent election.  It's a sign of the coming times that I have appeared to take the place of that noble soul.  I predict things won't go well.

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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2016, 09:23:22 AM »
Alas, I've received word that AI Wessex was crushed by the recent election.  It's a sign of the coming times that I have appeared to take the place of that noble soul.  I predict things won't go well.

Odysseus is going to build a wall, and Hector's children will pay for it.

Kasandra

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2016, 02:34:32 PM »
Ω, όλα είναι αλίμονο! Οι τοίχοι θα πέσουν και οι στρατοί θα κάνει πόλεμο. Θάνατος! Μιζέρια!

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« Reply #18 on: December 25, 2016, 06:18:17 PM »
Merry Christmas everyone!

And thank you for being an awesome community this past year. Despite a highly contentious election, I don't think we had any serious issues arise. I think we all found that happy medium of hard discussions without personal attacks, and I'm grateful for that. Looking forward to an even better 2017. :)

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« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2017, 03:32:08 PM »
I have decided to make my role as OrneryMod publicly known. I have been serving in this role since ~February 2013 when the previous mod stepped down and asked me to take his/her place.  I believe I am the 8th person to have the job since 2004.

I have often considered making my identity public.  My main reason for keeping it private was that I was afraid it would negatively impact my ability to participate as a regular member. In addition, Ornery has a long tradition of secret mods, and I didn't want to mess with the "magic recipe" that makes Ornery the special place that it is. For those reasons, I attempted to keep my identity secret.

Over time, more and more posters have managed to guess, deduce, catch me accidentally posting from the wrong account, or learn from me directly OrneryMod's identity, so at this point it's basically an open secret. I think that creates some negative situations that I would like to avoid, and it is unfair to those of you who haven't figured it out or been told. This is especially true given the small size of our community. (I think we have around 35 active members right now).

So I am OrneryMod. When I am away on vacation, I ask Paladine to serve as my substitute mod. It hasn't come up in these four years, but if he's also unavailable, I would probably ask one of the previous mods to help out while I was away.

When I post as JoshuaD, I am just myself. At no point when I post as JoshuaD am I talking as the moderator or threatening moderator action. Similarly, if I post as OrneryMod, I am that station, doing my best to fairly maintain the rules given to us by the Cards.

I try my best to keep the two identities entirely independent.  I would appreciate it if each of you took the same approach when discussing with me -- if you disagree with my politics or philosophy, talk to me; if you have a rules issue, please email OrneryModerator@hotmail.com. This will help maintain the clear distinction between my personal account and the job of OrneryMod.