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    vBulletin Options

    vBulletin can be configured in thousands of different ways.

    As this forum community has a lot of vBulletin operators in it, we will use this thread to talk about the vBulletin options which we're using on Net Builders.

    If you would like to suggest a specific option, please open a suggestion thread.

    Initial Option Changes

    Censorship Options

    You may have certain words censored on your forum. Words you choose to censor will be replaced by the character you specify below. All message titles and messages will be affected.
    I changed this one to "No". I think that sort of censorship looks silly and doesn't fix any real problem.
    Verify Email address in Registration

    If you set this option to 'Yes' new members will not be allowed to post messages until they visit a link that is sent to them in an email when they sign up.

    If a user's account is not activated by the user visiting the link, it will remain in the 'Users Awaiting Activation' usergroup.
    I changed this setting to "Yes", because I of previous negative experiences fighting spam.
    Default Registration Options
    I changed a couple of the Default Registration Options. I changed each of these to match the options I set for my own user accounts on other vBulletin forums.

    I changed the Automatic Thread Subscription Mode to "Subscribe with no notification."

    I changed the Message Editor Interface to "Show enhanced (WYSIWYG) Editor Toolbar."
    User Profile Options
    I enabled Profile Styling to enable all of the Net Builders to customize their own profile pages.
    User Listing Options

    You can define a minimum post count that a user must reach before they are displayed on the memberlist.
    I raised this from 0 to 1, to make the memberlist more viewable as the forum grows.
    Message Posting and Editing Options

    Posts that contain more characters than the value specified here will be rejected with a message telling the user to shorten their post.

    I raised this from 10,000 to 50,000 because I have broken this limitation before.

    When a new post is submitted or edited vBulletin will check the number of images and smilies in the text and reject it if the number is greater than the value specified here.

    I raised this from 4 to 10 because I have hit this limit before.

    Time to Wait Before Starting to Display 'Last Edited by...'
    Time limit (in minutes) to allow user to edit the post without the "Last edited by..." message appearing at the bottom of the edited post.

    I raised this from 2 to 30 because those messages are just really annoying.

    Maximum number of options a user can select for the poll.

    I raised this from 10 to 25 because I have some polls in mind which will need more than ten options.

    Depth of Forums - Forum Home


    Depth to show forums on forum home forum listings. If you set this value to '2', forum listings will show the current forum level and any child forums one level below (etc.)

    Depth of Forums - Forum Display

    This setting does the same job as the setting above, but this time for forumdisplay.php pages, rather than forum home.

    Depth of Sub-Forums

    If you have forums below the depth specified in the 'Depth of Forums' settings above, you can display them as sub-forum links in each forum's display area.

    I set these three related options to "1, 1, 2" because the defaults look really bad when you have more than a few forums defined.

    Enable Social Bookmarking


    Use this switch to quickly disable the display of the bookmarks section of the page, on which links to social bookmarking sites are shown.

    I enabled this, because a lot of us here use social bookmarking.

    Search Engine Friendly Archive

    I disabled the Search Engine Friendly Archive, because I am not really interested in traffic from people who will only view our pages and not contribute to the conversation here. In addition, we're going to use vBSEO to make our regular pages rank well -- which makes the archive unnecessary.

    Attachment Permissions

    I increased the file size limits on most types of attachments (png, jpg, pdf, zip, etc...), because the defaults appear to be a few years behind the times.

    We want Net Builders to share good things with other Net Builders. Making that hard to do didn't seem very smart.

    Please let me know if you hit one of these limits and I'll bump them again.

    Can Upload Custom Avatars

    I changed this to "Yes" because we should all be able to have our own avatars.

    Can Open / Close Own Threads

    I changed this to "Yes" mostly with Marketplace threads in mind. It's really annoying when people respond to a thread years after the web site or domain has been sold. I think we can all be trusted to close our own threads.

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    I bumped the limit on "Maximum Stored Messages" from 50 PM's to 5,000 PM's.

    Props to Shenron for pointing out the need for this!
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    I just made a big change which has temporary negative effects for everyone.

    Everyone's threads are now marked unread -- just this one time.

    I believe that the long-term benefits outweigh the temporary annoyance. This resolves issues with threads and forums being marked as read or unread incorrectly.

    Here's what vBulletin says about the change:
    
    Thread/Forum Read Marking Type

    This option controls how threads and forums are marked as read.

    • Inactivity/Cookie Based
    • Database (no automatic forum marking)
    • Database (automatic forum marking)

    Inactivity/Cookie Based - once a user has been inactive for a certain amount of time (the value of the session timeout option) all threads and forums are considered read. Individual threads are marked as read within a session via cookies.

    This option is how all versions of vBulletin before 3.5 functioned.

    Database (no automatic forum marking) - this option uses the database to store thread and forum read times. This allows accurate read markers to be kept indefinitely. However, in order for a forum to be marked read when all threads are read, the user must view the list of threads for that forum.

    This option is more space and processor intensive than inactivity-based marking.

    Database (automatic forum marking) - this option is the same as a previous option, but forums are automatically marked as read when the last new thread is read.

    This is the most usable option for end users, but most processor intensive.
    I changed this setting from "Inactivity/Cookie Based" to "Database (automatic forum marking)".

    Sorry everyone, I should have done this a week ago.

    Personally, I just clicked the Mark Forums Read button.
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    Spam Scanning Post Threshold

    This setting controls how many of a user's posts will be scanned by the Anti-Spam Service. Once a user's post count exceeds this threshold, his or her posts will not be scanned for spam content. To always scan posts set this value to 0.
    I set this to 3 for now, because I think it might be related to the issue where several of us (Me, Szise, JohnSON, sam, stickycarrots, Sameer, Tom, maybe others?) have seen our posts automatically sent to the moderation queue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I increased the file size limits on most types of attachments (png, jpg, pdf, zip, etc...), because the defaults appear to be a few years behind the times.

    We want Net Builders to share good things with other Net Builders. Making that hard to do didn't seem very smart.

    Please let me know if you hit one of these limits and I'll bump them again.
    It turns out that doing this wasn't enough. vBulletin limits the size of graphics in three ways: file size, width, and height.

    Increasing the file size limits was an easy call.

    Increasing the width limit can cause problems when people post graphics wider than the screen width of other visitors or wider than the size of fixed-width themes.

    The default maximum image size in vBulletin is 620x280.

    280 was the maximum height. That's odd. I don't see a reason for a maximum height, and it caused images to scale more than necessary.

    I've removed the height limitations altogether, but I've left the width limitation at 620px.
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    I changed Can Use Custom Title for the group Registered Members to Yes.

    I think we can trust ourselves with custom titles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    I think we can trust ourselves with custom titles.
    For now

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    Will - I notice when you click on someones most recent blog post it opens in the same window. I'd set it (or any link in a post) to open in new window rather than taking the user offsite. IMO. I see that's already that way for siglinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robjones View Post
    Will - I notice when you click on someones most recent blog post it opens in the same window. I'd set it (or any link in a post) to open in new window rather than taking the user offsite. IMO. I see that's already that way for siglinks.
    Fixed. This wasn't directly related to the hack -- this involved editing carpinc.php.

    Old line:
    Code:
    "<a href=\"$link\"".$this->linktargets[$carpconf['linktarget']].
    New line:
    Code:
    "<a href=\"$link\""."target=\"_blank\"".$this->linktargets[$carpconf['linktarget']].
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    Attachments Per Post
    Number of files that may be attached to a single post. Set to '0' to have no limit.
    I bumped this from 5 to 25 because Mr.Bill hit this limit on a very nice post he made.
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