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Also, about something that @Megalomaniak mentioned the anti-spam in the forum has worked well so far, as you guys can see. I've had i think 2-3 anti-spam plugins configured and tweaked to the the right balance, along with changes to the registration process. Anyone with admin access can see the plugins I added and change them as needed.
If the idea is to change to another engine discourse is a great one, I did advise that to Akien, specially because of the maintainability. But it all really depends if there will be someone to maintain it. Plus i think discourse has a one time license cost, and much higher server requirements than vanilla. So it's a choice to be made.
If MyBB or phpBB is chosen, I'm not sure there is a DB converter, but there may be if you guys search enough.
Beyond that you can have vanilla in the same server and MyBB in a separate folder, with it's own DB etc, so you keep the old discussions, it's not a problem. it's all php and mysql.
Hi there, I'm Kiori, I basically wrote all of the custom stuff, visible and not, that the forum uses, technically I'm no longer involved with the forum(not an admin anymore), but I thought I should give everyone a little bit of history and clear some doubts in the air.
First, I'm one of the original founders. I, like everyone here, and unlike the main godot devs, knew that a forum was essential to the creation, management and survival of the community. So back in 2016 me and another community contributor(Toger5), started the first version of the community forums. It had it's issues and it was very hard adding features to it, so something better was need, but we didnt have any money to devote to it(great forum engines are not cheap).
I actually paid for hosting and everything for quite some time, after a while I decided to use vanilla forums, it was just me at the time and I needed a better solution. Vanilla was free and usable, with ok customization options, It allowed me to build what you see, from the Dark theme, to the cool thumbnails at the project pages, etc. The dark theme, is actually a spin off of another theme(copyright in the forum footer), with a lot of carefully crafted changes to make it work for us( I had an artist friend help me at the time), specially on mobile at the time.
Vanilla has it's quirks, it's not he easiest thing to learn on the planet but at the time, I had the time, and not that much money, so I sat down and added all of these things.
Flash to the future, and currently I'm in a situation where I have a few management positions to manage, so I really can't devote any time anything else anymore. There are ppl in the Godot core devs that have the expertise to do it but no one has ever volunteered.
In order to maintain the current setup you guys will need someone with basic php knowledge, there is no need to diff anything per se. I actually took the time to write a list with all of the specific changes that need to be made with every update, anyone can apply them to a new version of vanilla, after the update, via ftp for instance. That was intended to help whoever took over from me.
Also, in the current setup, the host is namecheap, NC offers pretty cheap hosting(around $60 total a year i think), and with a CPanel. In the Cpanel, to update vanilla, all one has to do is access softaculous(it's a auto installer), and tell it to update. Then apply the changes i mentioned above, and it should just work.
Now adding features is another thing, one has to understand vanilla a little, but that's another topic.
Also, the Cpanel does have a very easy export that can export the forum in any form basically, the whole thing, just the database, etc. I thought @BinaryOrange had the login and pass, but just in case i re-sent him the keys and everything today.
Whoever ends up being in the lead of the forums can get it from him. I also sent him the patch notes i mentioned earlier, through email a while back, so he has those. Thing is BO is a great guy, one of the best, but not a php programmer or a systems admin. So someone needs to fill those shoes.
If you found the forum and all the work done here useful, I hope you wont let it die, be it by re-using the forum in some form, or by coming up with something new. This version of vanilla has a few cool things I added to it, but still has it's vanilla-related flaws, so it has it's ups and downs as with everything in life. I wish everyone the very best, and hope you guys enjoyed the forum for what it is while you were using it. For me it was nice working on it, and adding features that the community needed was always a gratifying experience.
Thanks again for being kind and patient with the imperfect things in the forum I couldn't fix in time.
Also, all of the extra customization, and the forum name(godotdevelopers.org), the logo, etc. Basically everything that i didn't get from free open source sources(like vanilla, the base theme,a few plugins, etc), is basically © Me, and I'm giving it to the community for you guys to use in any way you see fit, I hope it helps.
What to post
This is an art category for any form of art(music, drawing, 2d, 3d, modelling, you name it), you can post links to your works or your works proper. You can talk about learning art, game design or anything related, it's meant to be a very open ended Artist Hub.
Take notice that GD forums is not responsible for any links leading to third party websites.
Remember to post resources for use in Godot in the resources category, so people can easily find it.
How to post it
If posting your artwork bear in mind the size of the file you are uploading. The server has a file limit of about 1mb per file, which may not be enough for your works, image hosting services however don't so you should look into using those.
Also, the built-in upload system sometimes ruins alpha and doesn't support animated gifs properly.
We have imgur integrated through the add Images button, alternatively you can use your own service and paste a direct link through the file Icon-> img url interface.
If you want your post to expose a thumbnail, please use a direct link to the image. Remember, the first image link found will be added as a thumbnail.
- As in any category, use Tags instead of tittle posts like W.I.P or whatnot, the tags are there to help you.
- Any shader posts should probably go in the shader category, but if it is about FX demo you can post here, it's really up to you, use you common sense.
- Also, if posting any finished effect, that may be used with Godot, please consider posting in the Resources section and optionally linking back to discuss the making of it. Again, use your common sense.
- Please use constructive criticism when users ask for an opinion on their works.
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