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  1. Feb 26, 2019 #1

    PRR 60

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    Amtrak Unlimited Forums presently uses Invision Community as the site software. Soon, the site will be moving to XenForo software. XenForo is a widely used forum software package with a look and feel like Invision.

    When we have an idea with timing, we will let you know.
     
  2. Feb 26, 2019 #2

    pennyk

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    I guess I will be the first one to ask questions here.  I understand that Angie (the admin that works for the forum owner and who has used XenForo) will be answering our questions.

    Will we be getting BBCode back?

    Will we still have the opportunity to "like" others' posts?
     
  3. Feb 26, 2019 #3

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    Will we still be able to have signatures underneath each post?
     

    Will we still have "titles" based on our post count (Engineer, Conductor, OBS Chief, etc)?
     
  4. Feb 26, 2019 #4

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    The answers would appear to be yes and yes.

    The company says that "integration with Facebook allows easy registration and sharing."  Is this mandatory?
     
  5. Feb 26, 2019 #5

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    Hmmm, looks promising
     
  7. Feb 26, 2019 #7

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    Regardless of how this ends up going I just wanted say thanks for the advance warning.
     
  8. Feb 26, 2019 #8

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    For future reference (and I get that there's a 99.9% chance that someone will have remembered this anyway), here are all the different member groups, colors, associated post counts, and titles:

    Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 4.25.24 PM.png

    EDIT: I realize I omitted the Gathering Team Members group from there. They are green.
     
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  9. Feb 26, 2019 #9

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    I second DA’s gratefulness for the advance warning.
    Will the mobile app continue to be functional?
     
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    Looks like XenFro can plug into Tapatalk, so it should still work.
     
  11. Feb 26, 2019 #11

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    I've created a free demo site (valid for 30 days until 1 March) that I'm playing with.  Looks decent.

    If anyone wants access, shoot me a PM.

    HALLELUIAH!!!!

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  13. Feb 27, 2019 #13

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    I have not checked out the test site created, so I don't know how it is set up or how it will relate to the settings that will be done during the transfer and the few days after when tweaks are applied.

    I have used bb code in signature, or in notices.    

    Levels of membership as shown in that chart can be set up.     Most love that images can be easily uploaded or copied and pasted into a post/message.    Private Messages are called conversations, but most still say PM when wanting to privately talk to someone.

    That Rocketry Forum is another one I Admin on.   It's a fun group of people but dedicated to the technicalities of Rocketry.   You'd probably relate to that.  

    Signatures are a yes.  

    Likes are yes.   I have one forum that had me take the likes away and that was hard to do, as I like likes.

    And I don't know the exact day of transfer yet, but looking as if somewhere at the end of next week.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2019 #14

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    Can we get dislikes included as well? 

    Without genuine choice each like and thank you begins to feel more hollow and pointless.

    If there is concern over abuse maybe turn off voting for new members until they reach a certain level.
     
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    A forum I know has replaced "dislike" with "disagree" -- there are solid social reasons for this. :)
     
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    • There are no dislikes in the software we use.   If you do not like something, just do not LIKE something.  That withholds your approval.
     
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    You seem to be misunderstanding the problem.  I'm not looking for a faster/easier method to show disagreement with the posts of others.  I merely desire to provide a simple and easy method for busier and/or less vocal people to express a larger range of single-click reactions toward my own posts.
     
  18. Feb 27, 2019 #18

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    Don't make a rod for your own back!  :D

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  19. Feb 27, 2019 #19

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    The software has the capability to add custom reactions, so it’s a staff decision...

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    Encountering adversity is part of living in the real world.  It may not be rational but at least it's genuine.  What we have now is a kindergarten reaction system that gives you a choice between head pats and participation trophies.  That description may be slightly exaggerated but hopefully you can see where I'm coming from.  That's not to say I don't appreciate it when people agree with me, but when we withhold the option for negative reactions it dilutes the meaning and relevance of all other reactions.  Or at least that's my view on the subject.
     
  21. Feb 27, 2019 #21

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    I made one for you, I think we should keep it. 

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  22. Feb 27, 2019 #22

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    Once the change is done, I'll see if I can find a special emoji just for you.
     
  23. Feb 27, 2019 #23

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    I like the look, but I am concerned about integration with Facebook.

    I do not go near Facebook and will have nothing to do with it.

    If integration is mandatory, as much as I love AU, I would have to leave.

    Will it be mandatory? If not, is there any guarantee that something I post will not get on there somehow anyway?

    Also, will our old PMs stay? Or be deleted?
     
  24. Feb 27, 2019 #24

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    I too would like some clarification on Facebook integration. As someone who does not use Facebook, will I still be able to be an active member here? Or will I be relegated to just reading?
     
  25. Feb 27, 2019 #25

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    The content of the site does not automatically go to FB page.   

    Here is the Facebook page for the AU Forum, it is basically ignored for some time.

    And just because that test forum was set up by Ryan, we don't use thinks like Facebook and Twitter feeds, etc.    You're content here is safe.

    I want to double check about the PM's.  
     
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