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Old 10-31-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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Gallery change and site downtime

We have some changes coming to the gallery and I wanted to make sure you are all in the loop.

Our gallery is an add on piece of software that is sort of prickly and hard to keep running. Several versions ago of vBulletin (our forum software) Picture albums became available and we enabled them. Many members are using these albums now and they are much easier to navigate. They are also less prone to breaking. But now we have images in two places; the Gallery and Member Albums.

We are going to migrate all the gallery images into member albums but retain the gallery categories. Members will now be able to manage their images all in one place. They can add new albums as well and when they do, they can choose to have that new album be in one of the categories or not. They can also make an album private.

The site will be offline for a brief period very early on Wednesday morning (Nov 2, 2011) to make this change.

We will also be adding a rotating image display of member pics at the top of the forum. Food pics are always great inspiration and I am looking forward to this very much.

You will be able to edit your albums, move images from one album to another and edit the names of you albums. You'll also be able to edit images more easily. One final thought... Since albums allow you to leave long comments, you can add recipes and anything else you think might be interesting right there with the image. Here's an example: coconut cake

Here's a screen shot of what's coming and I think you will find it a huge improvement:

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Old 11-01-2011, 03:09 AM   #2
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Will there be a way to turn off the pictures (thinking of those who might not have the bandwidth or when I'm using my pay-as-you-go device).
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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Will there be a way to turn off the pictures (thinking of those who might not have the bandwidth or when I'm using my pay-as-you-go device).


This new feature won't use much more band width unless you click on one of the rotating thumbnails to view the full image.
If you are concerned about speeds and data rates you should be aware that there is a setting in your account options to view the site without many images and features (like avatars, signatures, etc). While the site look a bit barren this way, it's a nice feature for those on dail-up.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:07 AM   #4
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The gallery changes have been made. Please post if you have questions.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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I don't see the changes. I closed and restarted Firefox, but nothing.

It may be that my ad blocker is working.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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Nope, it's not ad blocker.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:17 AM   #7
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Have you got them yet? Try marking all posts read, then see if they pop up for you. If not, try clearing your cache.
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It's okay. I've had enough problems with my computer this morning. I don't need it.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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You can only see them on the home page Zhizara. So if you're accessing the site with New Posts or anything you won't see them. I think there are only a few anyway. I seem to have run the gamut and am getting repeats already.
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:37 AM   #10
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The gallery changes have been made. Please post if you have questions.
I have some questions.
First I'd like to say that the pics are not rotating for me, but I like it that way. Nice job on the pics. It's a pretty cool feature.

But, what (or who) actually chooses the pics? Some of those members, 99% that I've viewed the pic, haven't posted here in years... A couple pics belonged to people who have never posted here. At least that is what their profile said. 0 posts. And one pic I just tried viewing, to see who it belonged to, the forum said I did not have access to that page Pic from a banned member maybe?
So I guess I am just curious as to how the forum chooses the pics that it does.
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