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Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum <COMPLETE>

Postby proxima_centauri on Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:40 pm

Hello everyone,

In the coming days we are going to begin creating new subforums in the LMDE section of the forum.
Our aim is to better organize information by providing specific sections for users to post to. This should help the overall accessibility of support for LMDE users.

As the new sections become accessible, please begin to post new threads in their respective sections.
Eventually the main page of the LMDE section should show topic areas for posting (similar to the main edition), be locked for new thread creation (meaning you must post in a respective section), and will show an aggregate feed of all overall recent posts in each section.

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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:16 pm

Things are going well. I've managed to get a good list of topics to divide the LMDE forum. So far all of the posts for September have been categorized.

If anyone has any suggestions, or you notice a thread that was accidentally moved to the wrong place - please report it here.
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby wyrdoak on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:57 pm

Thanks proxima_centauri, for the hard work.

It should make it easier now to reference a similar problem already addressed.
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby lleiria on Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:53 am

Good work! Thank you!
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:00 am

We're almost back-logged to the beginning of July 2011.

I created a new section titled "Archive". After we reach a 6-month to 1-year period of organization (I'll think more about this) - I think it's fair to put the rest of the old uncategorized threads into the 'Archive" for safe-keeping.
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby xenopeek on Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:36 pm

Looks good, thanks for the work on this :wink:
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby xircon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:32 am

Quick question, whilst the old layout was far from ideal, it did have the advantage that I could see all the new posts. Is there a was to list all of all of the new posts in the LMDE area? Because if there isn't, it is going to be a pain having to enter each sub forum to see if there are any posts you are interested in / can help with.

The top-line board index 'new posts' feature pulls in a load of standard Mint posts, which are of little interest to me ;)
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby vicshrike on Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:38 am

great work proxima and a very good idea xiricon
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby xenopeek on Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:30 am

xircon wrote:The top-line board index 'new posts' feature pulls in a load of standard Mint posts, which are of little interest to me ;)

Don't be too hasty. Just listing the LMDE new posts also misses out on BASH forum, all Development forums, all Chat forums, and all languages other than English. Something more fine-grained might be needed...

And hey, no discriminating! I'm running LM11 but I also help out the LMDE folks :evil: :D
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby GeneC on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:19 am

xircon wrote:Quick question, whilst the old layout was far from ideal, it did have the advantage that I could see all the new posts. Is there a was to list all of all of the new posts in the LMDE area? Because if there isn't, it is going to be a pain having to enter each sub forum to see if there are any posts you are interested in / can help with.

The top-line board index 'new posts' feature pulls in a load of standard Mint posts, which are of little interest to me ;)


by Vincent Vermeulen on Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:30 am

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Don't be too hasty. Just listing the LMDE new posts also misses out on BASH forum, all Development forums, all Chat forums, and all languages other than English. Something more fine-grained might be needed...

And hey, no discriminating! I'm running LM11 but I also help out the LMDE folks


I have to agree with xircon.
The new reconstruction is a very good idea, and well implimented,
BUT having the option to see all "new posts" or "active topics" in the LMDE sub-section is quite valuable.

I see Vincents point, but no reason we cant have both! :D
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:47 am

Thanks for the suggestions folks.

As I stated earlier, it is my hope once all the old topics have been replaced in their respective section - that an aggregate feed (Active Topics) of all the subforums in the LMDE forum show up where the old topics currently are located, on the main LMDE forum page.

Once all the old topics are moved, I need to change the main LMDE forum type to "category" from "forum", and I just want to be sure when I change that all the subforums remain intact.

Is this what everyone is hoping for? Or was there another feature people were previously using that I'm missing?

EDIT: I tested out what I outlined above and it will work as advertised. Will be similar to the Networking section under Support where you have a list of subtopics, and an active topics list underneath. Now it is just a matter of sorting out the last 500 or so topics before that is done. Thank you for your patience, it is a tedious process - but I think one worth it. :)
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby xircon on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:28 am

OK Vincent, perhaps I am being a bit blinkered :)

@Proxima_centauri, sounds good, I am sure everything will come together and it really needed to be done. If you need any help give me a shout.

Vbulletin has a very useful feature, you can specify the forums you wish to see new posts from, don't know if this is available for phpBB?
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby gotjazz on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:55 am

Just on a side note: seems like Tapatalk doesn't see the new categories.... Weird

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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby GeneC on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:00 am

proxima_centauri wrote:Thanks for the suggestions folks.

As I stated earlier, it is my hope once all the old topics have been replaced in their respective section - that an aggregate feed (Active Topics) of all the subforums in the LMDE forum show up where the old topics currently are located, on the main LMDE forum page.

Once all the old topics are moved, I need to change the main LMDE forum type to "category" from "forum", and I just want to be sure when I change that all the subforums remain intact.

Is this what everyone is hoping for? Or was there another feature people were previously using that I'm missing?

EDIT: I tested out what I outlined above and it will work as advertised. Will be similar to the Networking section under Support where you have a list of subtopics, and an active topics list underneath. Now it is just a matter of sorting out the last 500 or so topics before that is done. Thank you for your patience, it is a tedious process - but I think one worth it. :)


Thanks prox!
Yes, this is what I was hoping to see.
that an aggregate feed (Active Topics) of all the subforums in the LMDE forum show up where the old topics currently are located, on the main LMDE forum page.

But, I see you have this well in hand.
Very nice, and surprisingly fast job in the re-arranging.
I can only guess at how much hard work it is.
Thank You for you efforts. :)
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:08 am

gotjazz wrote:Just on a side note: seems like Tapatalk doesn't see the new categories.... Weird

I know Clem implemented the Tapatalk plugin - but I'm not sure how it functions. I will investigate once I get a chance, thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:56 am

I figured you guys shouldn't have to wait till we finished, so I implemented the active topics and simply put the threads not yet moved to a temporary section. :D
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:26 pm

Well after a couple of days and a little bit of eye-crossing - the sorting is complete.
Enjoy :D
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby GeneC on Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:46 pm

proxima_centauri wrote:I figured you guys shouldn't have to wait till we finished, so I implemented the active topics and simply put the threads not yet moved to a temporary section. :D


Hi again proxima_centauri

Thanks again for all the work.
I must be doing something wrong, as I don't see the "active topics" option on the LMDE forum

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Or, did I misunderstand?

I only see it at the main board index, and that is for all forums.
If its not possible to do, no biggie, but its helpful monitoring LMDE forum. :wink:

PS.. Sorry to be a pain.. :lol:
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby tdockery97 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:48 pm

Thanks for the hard work. It's very much appreciated.
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Re: Announcement: Restructuring the LMDE Forum

Postby proxima_centauri on Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:51 pm

Currently, there is a list of Active Topics below the different LMDE sections, you'll need to scroll down a little bit.

I am unaware of how to set up specific buttons like "new posts" or "active topics" to the LMDE forum page - as far as I know that is only possible for the original parent forum of Linux Mint. I will investigate further.
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