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#1 2018-06-19 20:41:14

jburk
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Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Hi all,

I'm James Burk, the IT Director for the Mars Society.  We'd love to get your help with maintaining the forums. We are an all-volunteer staff and could use technical help with updates to FluxBB and overall improvements to the domain newmars.com.  It would be great to build out newmars.com to be a news-worthy website with original writings about sending people to Mars.  If you would like to work on that, or help us to maintain the FluxBB forums, please drop me an email:  jburk@marssociety.org

Thanks,


James Burk | Director of InfoTech & MarsVR | The Mars Society
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#2 2018-06-20 05:06:23

kbd512
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

What kind of help do you need?

I've done extensive work on SQL Server and Oracle databases.  I've done Java and C# web application programming in the past, but I'd need a week or so to bring myself back up to speed.  I mainly do pl/sql programming, performance tuning, and data analytics these days.  Without knowing specifically what you need, it'd be hard to know if I can actually help.

I've always wanted to write a useful web app, instead of the play things I've built in the past to entertain myself, that uses an object database.  I can explain why that would be particularly useful, if the concept is not well understood.

Edit: A really useful feature would be the ability to have livestream so we can actually talk to each other instead of simply writing to each other.  I think a lot gets lost in translation.

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#3 2018-06-20 17:17:00

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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

I would agree that you are a good fit to the task as I am just a hack at all of those and would need quite a bit more help.
I do hope that you have the time to devote to the cause and of course you have my vote as it is needed to help maintain this site in good working order as we have a lot to lose if it should go down again.

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#4 2018-06-20 19:54:51

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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

I sent a PM to you.  I tried to call JBurk to get more info about what was required, but no dice.  I'm reading about FluxBB so I can understand how it works.

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#5 2018-06-20 20:52:23

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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

The functions of edit, post, quote, create a new topic are all scripts that are part of the free program that sends the data to the sql data base.

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#6 2018-06-21 21:47:58

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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

I don't have much skill with regards to programming or site design but I would be glad to write an essay or article for the site, perhaps as a weekly or semiweekly column, if you're looking for content


-Josh

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#7 2018-06-22 17:25:39

SpaceNut
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

I would love to see a topic round up with they way some of our topics stray but end up with an even better discussion. Such as the solar on mars we just went through due to the dust storm....

Kbd512 I did send an email to Jburk as well.

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#8 2018-07-05 19:33:30

jburk
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Thanks to Danny Murawsky for fixing our CAPTCHA.  New user registrations are back up!!


James Burk | Director of InfoTech & MarsVR | The Mars Society
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#9 2018-07-22 20:42:10

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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

jburk,

I responded back to your E-mail stating that I would do whatever you wanted me to do to help maintain the forum, but never received a response back afterwards.

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#10 2021-01-14 18:00:36

SpaceNut
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Just an FYI from James the forum has received an upgrade to Newmars from PHP 7.1 to 7.4.  Let me know if there were any issues is the request.

Now to dig in and see what the differences are...

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#11 2021-01-14 18:44:08

tahanson43206
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

for SpaceNut re #10

Thanks for this update!  I'll let you know immediately if I see any differences in how the tools I'm using behave.

As a reminder, FluxBB.org is back up if you want to look for information there.

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Update after work session 2021/01/15 ... no differences were noted.

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#12 2021-08-07 22:23:42

jburk
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Hi all, I have updated the Forum to the latest FluxBB (1.5.11).  Please let me know of any issues you experience.  jburk@marssociety.org


James Burk | Director of InfoTech & MarsVR | The Mars Society
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#13 2021-08-07 22:28:37

tahanson43206
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Hi Mr. Burk!

I just reported the message to SpaceNut ... glad to know you're on top of things !!!

Hopefully this new version will fix the problem of duplicate Bans entries.  We've been dealing with a lot of those in recent times!

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#14 2021-08-08 07:51:41

SpaceNut
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

Just went to the new version topic https://fluxbb.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=9472 to check the release information out.

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#15 2021-08-08 08:48:52

tahanson43206
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Re: Help maintain New Mars Forums!

For SpaceNut re #14  Thanks for the link to the updates notes for the new version...

I am glad to finally announce the next patch release of FluxBB: version 1.5.11.

Feature updates

Increase minimum password length
Prohibit links in topic subjects (based on existing anti-spam permission)
Allow longer SMTP passwords
Return correct HTTP status code on error and maintenance pages (to prevent search engines from indexing)
Prevent duplicate bans
User profiles: Use user's date/time formats, not the viewer's
Improve error message for very short searches

Please check out the details in the full changelog. In addition, this release fixes nine bugs, some of which affect...

Security

Proper CSRF protection for rebuilding the search index, logging in and promoting users
Stop using insecure random number generator on certain PHP versions
Fix insufficient escaping of HTML output in installer and error pages

This release has benefited from contributions by jasonrohrer, nsuchy and Visman. Thank you!
I also want to thank TheBritain, Visman, Li of SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab and Omar Kurt of Netsparker for respectfully and responsibly disclosing security-relevant issues.

Project update

As you know, this is the first release in a long time. I have decided to continue giving FluxBB the maintenance it deserves. However, I need support to achieve this. Before I announce all of my plans, as a token of goodwill and to regain some trust, I plan to release the long-awaited v1.6 within the next few weeks. This release will clean up some of the dusty bits under the hood of FluxBB. By removing support for old PHP and browser versions, we can lay the foundations to carefully modernize the codebase, while staying true to the spirit of FluxBB. This means that 1.5.11 is the last release to support PHP 4 (which is horribly outdated). In addition, 1.6 will get some much-needed love in the realm of security hardening.

With that out of the way: please go ahead and download the new version on the downloads page. If you are upgrading an existing forum, you can find instructions and resources on the upgrade page.

Enjoy using FluxBB and stay tuned for more news on v1.6!

fluxbb.de | develoPHP
"As code is more often read than written it's really important to write clean code."

I note that the update notice was from 2018, so I assume Version 1.6 is still in development.

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