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adrian.adrian.
edited March 2007 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
I just had an idea for an extension... I don't know if any solutions exist for this situation, but here goes:

When adding extensions and/or testing stuff, you don't necessarily want your users to see what is going on, so I propose the idea of an extension that stops everyone but Admins and maybe moderators from seeing the forum.

I figure this could work by temporarily stripping all permissions from each category, but then you might not be using categories.

thoughts everyone?
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    Yeah that could work.. or simply have a variable (defined in the database) that when set to 1 it doesn't display the forum and instead shows an offline message that is user set.

    Of course it also should not show for admins, instead they can get a little notice at the top of the forum saying the forum is closed.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    This extension would have been so useful for me when I was doing the add-ons upgrade. I wish I had thought of it.
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    Just make it so that when you "hit the button" only those with permission can keep viewing the forum, everyone else should just see a custom configurable maintenance page. I think there should be a permission option to still have complete access to the entire forum when this is activated, as you need to test it, and that way can even have the equivalent of a beta group :)
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    personally, i would love to have extension that would allow you to have the forum running on the default theme without extensions but the admin will have full control of the rest of the forum with everything running as usual. This would only work if the default theme wasn't tampered with, there aren't any mods made into vanilla. The fact the the extension would need to be the first thing to run wouldn't be needed because all it would do is to duplicate extension.php, make it empty and reload for the admin with it being the only extension.

    What this would enable is the fact that the forum could keep on running while the admin runs the addon/theme modifications to the site and letting the users run a compromised version of vanilla that will essentially still work.
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    I like that as an alternative option Vincent :)
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    http://lussumo.com/addons/?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=202 hmmm i thought there was something like this already
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    True, but that isn't my idea ;)
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    Okay, I'll bite: Here's Mary.

    It works pretty much exactly as Stash described. Then again, I see Mark just released V1.1 so maybe it doesn't work at all. What do you think, folks?
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    So roles can be allowed to still view and post on the site with Mary?

    P.S. When are you creating "Doris" and what will it do? :D
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    @Squirrel: not that I don't enjoy the plug-ins and your extensive documentation, but is there a special reason for not including/uploading 'Janine' and 'Mary' on the regular add-ons site so the 1.1 update mechanism will work on them too?
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    yea you should really upload them
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    What I want to know is: whats with the naming scheme?
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    edited March 2007
    I plan to upload them soon. I'll probably submit Mary today because it's pretty simple and I don't expect problems with it. Janine, unfortunately, has one more medium bug that I know of and possibly one more big one that I'm still looking for. Janine turned out to be a pretty complicated task for my first Vanilla mod and I want to make sure it's solid before submitting it for general consumption.

    I have one in the pipeline, Louise, that will be a toolkit for performing moderator actions on multiple items (discussions, comments, categories, users). After that I've got one on the drawing board, Madeline, a tool for creating simple data sets, and then a few other half-formed ideas. Does that help explain the naming scheme?

    I'm quite glad I found Vanilla. I think it has a lot of potential both as a forum and as a platform for other multi-user apps.
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    MarkMark Vanilla Staff
    Glad you like it, and even more glad you're creating extensions!
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    Quote: Krak
    pic What I want to know is: whats with the naming scheme? pic
    Extensions are ornery things, difficult to understand, many variables, often display unexpected behaviour so it's natural one expects them to be of the female persuasion.

    Same reason they used to call cyclones after female names until the feminists got their proverbials in a tangle.

    <duck mode="on" height="very low" head="covered">

    Posted: Tuesday, 6 March 2007 at 12:19PM (AEDT)

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    If I had that many exes I'd name name them after add-ons too, I mean, the other way around... ;-)
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    edited March 2007
    you could make the names more elegant as the complexity of the add-on increases... for example, 'Jane' might be a simple add-on, whereas 'Isabella' might be a little more exotic. lol.
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    And "Rosario" is a good name for one that simply won't work pic

    Posted: Wednesday, 7 March 2007 at 8:59AM (AEDT)

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    [waaaay off-topic] IMHO there's nothing 's wrong with Rosario Dawson. I think she's damn hot... (link may be NSFW depending on your google prefs)
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    She's hot, no two ways about it, but can she cook and clean? pic

    Posted: Wednesday, 7 March 2007 at 11:37AM (AEDT)

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