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Experimenting with rearranging the subforum order. The more social (and much busier) groups are above the more professional groups. I think having the Planning and the Built Environment subforums at the top, to give the impression that Cyburbia is really a professional site, is less critical now — especially given the popularity of professional discussion groups on social networking and news aggregator sites like Facebook and Reddit.

A shortcoming --FAC regulars may not scroll down to see the planing-related posts. Let's see how this works for a week or two.

EDIT: Never mind. I think folks might be used to the FAC where it is, and not scroll past the planning-related subforums.
 
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Ahhhhhh! A nice healthy purge of:

* Users with 0 posts, who haven't visited Cyburbia in a year or more. NHPlanner did a purge of some older 0-post members a while back. I just squeezed out a bit more.

* Also deleted the banned spammers with 0 posts. A minor shortcoming -- they could re-register, as one already did. (From India, but through a server farm in Denmark. We now completely block registration from IP addresses in India and a few other countries with a very high spam-to-legitimate-user ratio.)

Some message boards don't purge, but I thought it was about time. (I'm glad NHPlanner did it while I was in the distant background the past couple of years.) It makes the membership count more accurately reflect reality, and reduces bounced emails from notices.

 

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Added a few more smiles.

:shrug: Shrug

:dd: Debbie Downer

:il: Illinois

:wi: Wisconsin

:mullet: General contractor

:flamingo: Flamingo

:ca: California

More this weekend.
 
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Added more smilies. This is getting ridiculous. :D
 

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Added a regular expression to control new user names. New user names can include the letters A-Z (uppercase and lowercase), eth and thorn, numerals 0-9, spaces, and period/full stop, hyphen, and underscore symbols.

Names can’t start with a space or non-alphanumeric character. They also can’t use accented letters, Cyrillic/Arabic/Hebrew or other non-Roman alphabets, Chinese/Japanese/Korean, other symbols, or emoji. Sorry, but your username can’t be 👉👌 or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Removed Google Plus from the "Share this page" widget.

Directing search engine bots to stop trying to crawl long-gone parts of the site. This should help accelerate the now-slow reindexing of the site, and boost the number and placement of more content-rich pages on Google and Bing.
 

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Added a few more smilies,
 
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I tried to edit a longer message, and got an error. Again, something probably related to the site's firewall. I'll have a look tonight.
 

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Why'd the total message count go down? I did a long-needed purge of the (hidden) spam subforum. I originally saved the spam messages for "research". Most forum spam now takes the form of profile links from new users, and we catch them pretty quickly.
 

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The Career Development and Advice forum is now Workplace and Careers. The scope is a little bit broader, with discussion about the "daily grind" also welcome.

The Economic and Community Development forum is now Community and Economic Development.

The Student Commons forum is now Student Union.

💑I merged the Announcements forum into the Job Board forum, and changed its name to Jobs and Announcements. Same rules apply.

✂ I deleted the Plannersphere forum, after moving its threads into other relevant forums. Feel free to post links to interesting news articles or blog entries in other forums, with your thoughts about the content as a conversation starter. Don’t just post a link alone, like on some other web sites (coughRedditcough).

✂ The long-dormant APA Los Angeles Chapter forum (previously hidden) is gone. I moved relevant remaining messages to other relevant forums, and deleted posts announcing webinars, lectures, job listings, and the like.

✂ I also deleted another dormant forum, Perry’s Cantina, which served as a proto-blog from the late Perry Norton, FAICP. I moved its messages into other relevant forums. Some Perry's Cantina threads date back to the late 1990s. The moved threads don’t have any tags or prefixes with their original source, but participants in most of them include Perry Norton or Earl Finkler. If you stumble across an interesting old Perry’s Cantina thread or post deep in one of the forums, feel free to upvote, or add a comment. There is no such thing as a “zombie thread” on Cyburbia. :)
 

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I’m really liking XenForo on mobile devices Dan! Very quick loads and nice, clean look.
 

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I’m really liking XenForo on mobile devices Dan! Very quick loads and nice, clean look.
Thank you! So far, no problems with slowdowns, except for some minor drops in speed when I'm making backups or doing something processor-intensive behind the scenes.

Today's update - another style to choose from. :)

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I increased the number of posts per thread page from 20 to 50. I'm hoping this will help make threads more "content rich" in the eyes of Google and Bing, make them more likely to be indexed, and increase their position in search results.
 

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Even though the back end control panel is fairly simple, I'm always finding new features to play with. For example, you know the little alert notification thingy on the top right of the screen? I can send an alert to everybody, or users who meet certain criteria. I can send a poop emoji alert to everybody if I wanted to. I won't, though. I'm nice like that.
 

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A higher resolution Cyburbia header/logo image will now display on a retina/high resolution display.

Mobile phone bookmark icons should display in full resolution on your iPhone or Android home screen.
 

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Upgraded to Xenforo 2.1.1. (Phwew. It's the first time I upgraded XenForo.). Please let me know about any problems or issues here.

EDIT: There's a bunch of new features (see the link for some), including Facebook-style likes with like, love, haha, wow, sad, and mad faces. I'm not a fan of the whole "K" think for numbers of posts, threads, and views in a forum, so I might dig into the code and change that.
 
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