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VANILLA-BASED BETA SITE LAUNCHED (reviews/comments welcome)
I talk lurk a lot on these forums, and talk once in a while, but to put my 'money' where my mouth is, my long-awaited vanilla-based site is now live (in beta). Feel free to check it out, but when you sign up, please add "vanilla friend" in the reason for signing up, so I can filter you out at a later stage. I am too busy to comment much on the site, but you can try anyhow (use whisper here). Some implementation notes below. Implementation notes: - custom theme, based on vanbook (thanks so much dkodr) but with major revisions (this took a loooong time, gave up on perfection, no need to tell me something is off by a pixel) - integrated elements from formspring (contact form, join, etc.) and google maps (latter live, driven from a google spreadsheet) - running a long list of add-ons (see below) and still get decent performance - favorite add-ons: page manager, tagthis (visible only to admins), nuggets, and my modded make-it-simple formatter - thanks thanks thanks for all the effort spent on add-ons (mark, spode, wallphone, spode, jim, squirel, subjunk, myschizobuddy, sirnot, lieven, miquel, grahack, dinoboff and spode (yes twice!) Tricks, gimmicks and features I'm particularly proud of/happy with - spacing in tabs trick - home button in tabs trick - move new discussion button (CSS, but looks good IMHO, more logical to me) - sticky discussions marked on page with red line (CSS) - integration google map and forum selection, this was supposed to be my cities page, but canceled it due to UI limitations of google maps on some platforms (simple, pagemanager) - comments indicator in category overview (CSS) - page manager pages: cities, photos, and footer pages Issues: - failed at seamless integration of site registration and forum registration (working on it) - need better tagging to support more advanced features incl. a calendar (working on it) - need to add category-level tags (spode?) - need more refined posting controls (not working on it, categoryroles failed me miserably) - need to link feeds to feedburner (currently feedthis hammers the server due to search) - need to refine all user communication (notifi et al) - need to show POST DATE of discussion - need to verify auto-close/expire (does add-on even work?) - need to fix annoying page manager 'feature' of looping only over active tabs, not all pages CORRECTION: this is a nuggets problem, not page manager - need to make site markdown compatible (no HTML to avoid exposure to the latest hacks) - I will update this page in the future with more issues as they arise. Hosting: - site hosted @ MOSSO in the cloud. Rackspace quality. Real support. Let me state one more time that MEDIATEMPLE SUCKS *ASS (don't ask) So with a little trepidation, but also with a lot of pride, here she goes: **EDITED** WHISPER ME FOR THE SITE ADDRESS, BETA TESTING IS OVER If you make test posts, please make them in the SOUTH AMERICA - OTHER CITIES section. I will remove them daily. Final request please please *please* do not link to the site on your blog etc. at least not until it's out of beta (scheduled for may15th) -- My add-ons Applicant Discovery 1.2 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/docs Auto Selection of Category 0.1 Roman "S" Vasiliev None BlogThis 1.14 Andrew Miller (Spode) lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=364 Bookmark Stickies 1.0 WallPhone lussumo.com/addons Category Hider 2.0 WallPhone www.lussumo.com/addons Category Jumper 1.0 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/docs Chronological 2.1 WallPhone lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=197 Comment Links 1.3.2 WallPhone lussumo.com/docs David/Hide Stickies 1.0.1 Jim Wurster lussumo.com/addons Downtime 1.1.0 squirrel code.google.com/p/vanilla-friends Duplicate Email Check 1.0 WallPhone lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=Search&Keywords=DuplicateEmailCheck Expire 1.0.2 squirrel code.google.com/p/vanilla-friends FeedThis 1.03 Andrew Miller (Spode) lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=419 * MODDED TO MAKE IT XHTML FRIENDLY Flickrizer 0.3 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/addons * MODDED Guest Post 1.5 Andrew Miller (Spode) lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=182 Guest Welcome Message 3.0 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/docs IP History 1.0.1 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/docs Make It Simple Text Formatter 1.12 Gambit lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=399 * MODDED, see forums, auto-links images, videos, etc. in a nicer way New Applicants 1.3 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/addons Notifi 2.0.3 Klaus Burton [email protected] * MODDED Nuggets 1.1.6 MySchizoBuddy lussumo.com/addons * Used for various page elements. Page Manager 2.5.3 SirNotAppearingOnThisForum lussumo.com/addons * Used for various tabs and pages (but... after a bad experience of losing content, all page content now INCLUDES vs HTML in field) Panel Lists 1.2 Mark O'Sullivan lussumo.com/docs Participated Threads 1.3.1 SirNot lussumo.com/addons Password Reset 0.3 Lieven Tan lussumo.com/addons Set List 1.1.0 squirrel code.google.com/p/vanilla-friends Show Participants 0.5 miquel lussumo.com/addons SimpleCache 0.0.2 Christophe Gragnic (Grahack) tools.assembla.com/vanilla_simple_cache * Not in active use, will use if site gets slower. Smile 0.6 Alexander Weiher inkscape-forum.de * MODDED, icon set, icon count, code TagThis 1.08 Andrew Miller (Spode) None * MODDED TagThisNLB 1.07 Tom Tester based on TagThis by Andrew Miller (Spode) None * Not in use, in development, extra features (one-click fixed tag addition, date, and more) Tag Discussions for per User, Discussion and Site Tag Clouds TimeKeeper 0.0.1 Christophe Gragnic (Grahack) tools.assembla.com/vanilla_simple_cache TweakThis 1.01 Andrew Miller (Spode) lussumo.com/addons/index.php?PostBackAction=AddOn&AddOnID=365 * Very useful, Spode knows his details User Filters 1.0.2 Aaron Olson lussumo.com/addons reCAPTCHA 1.10.2 squirrel, inspired by Dinoboff's CAPTCHA code.google.com/p/vanilla-friends