How to use this blog

Posted on 01/05/2019 1.40 PM

Kosh's Shadow 1/5/2019 4:22:29 PM
Basics and notes

First, note this is alpha test software. The only person who has done QA has been me, the developer, and developers are not known for great QA.

There will be a Bugs thread with more information about how to report bugs.

Note that if I have to change the database, I might have to drop all the posts up to that time, and possibly all the users.

For now, you will have to refresh the page using the browser.

The editor should be easy to follow, but note about pictures:

PLEASE resize pictures to no larger than 480 width. You can click on the picture and a resize box will appear. Drag it to the right size. And while it does let you upload pictures, I am not sure how much disk space we have, so for now, just use links.

Posted by: Kosh's Shadow

Kosh's Shadow 1/5/2019 4:57:47 PM
Getting started

First, use the Register link at the top right to create your account. That is a two-step process.

First you give your username and password, then more information.

Then you complete the process.

Then log in.

For now, use the threads listed in the main part of the page. Those links work.

Kosh's Shadow 1/5/2019 6:25:05 PM
More info

Note that you can hide your own posts, but once hidden, I haven't written the code  to get them back.

Also, there are several "roles":

Member - we are all members. That is needed to post

Admin - can create, hide, and edit users.

Editor - can hide posts and create threads

The ability to edit posts is planned, but doesn't work yet, so there is no easy to find link to do so.

I do want to have more admins and editors. Currently, since JCM posts the daytime posts, I will make him an editor once he shows up.

Kosh's Shadow 1/6/2019 11:10:47 AM
No avatars yet

I have been asked about avatars. Right now, there is no way to change yours, Mine was coded specially in the code that sets up the first user.

I did look up how to upload images, but I wanted to get the blog working first.

Kosh's Shadow 1/6/2019 12:04:33 PM
Changing your username and other info

To change your password, click on the "Hello yourname!" near the top right. That brings up the screen that controls your login info.

All other information can be changed by clicking Users in the top middle, and then Edit by your user info.

Kosh's Shadow 1/6/2019 1:27:25 PM
Creating threads

Creating threads is a two-step process.

First, go to the Forums page at the top.

Then, click Create Thread in the line for the forum you want.

Give it a title, and set visibility if it is a private thread.

TO SCHEDULE the post, change the Posting Time. Note that currently all times are Pacific time. I have to fix that sometime.

Click Create. You will set up the first post in the next page.

This brings you to the create post page, where you set up the initial post. It is done the same way as comments. Use the picture button to add a picture, but please resize it (click on the picture and drag a corner).

Then click on Create on that page to post it.

Note the main page will show -1 comments for threads without a main post. Some of this is still pretty crude.

Kosh's Shadow 4/7/2021 5:28:58 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 5:

Also, on the main page for each forum is a link at the top to show or hide scheduled posts (for those who can create threads)

Show scheduled threads to be sure you aren't posting another thread at the same time, then create the new one. 

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