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Discussion in 'news' started by Mars, 17 Nov 2010.

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  1. Mars

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    two minor things to post
    • reopened the in-world presence poll to give more people an opportunity to vote
    • made a change to the forum sidebar to display online avatars rather than a list of text names. we will do the same to the front page after the next beta core update.
     
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  2. Mars

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    the MCP has made public a specialised node. posts that violate the spirit of MCP-initiated threads will be split off from the discussion and moved to this node. this will allow both the on-topic and off-topic discussions to continue unhindered.

    the thread 'gotVirtual.net StarBase Hangout - under construction -' has been marked read-only. this thread has activated the internal security policy, specifically directives pertaining to the wellbeing of the genesis of gV.

    until such time that we have completed the colonisation, we will continue to operate wholly under the ISP.
     
  3. Mars

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    it appears we are finished with our members rights. we have removed the reference to member representation, because to be honest, it doesnt appear people care much whether they are represented or not.
    looking to push through members rules now. or perhaps people would prefer to forgo it all? time will tell.
     
  4. Mars

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    made some changes to allow inhabitants to see a placeholder for deleted content.
     
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  5. Mars

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    core has been updated to beta 5.
    over the coming hours we will be making various adjustments here and there.
    you may experience some anomalies.

    if you are going to be posting long comments, it may be a good idea to paste them into a txt doc before submitting until this maintenance is completed.

    more detailed information regarding the changes associated with beta 5 will follow.
    eta- beta 5 changes
     
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  6. Mars

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    while there is no policy forbidding the use of proxy servers, those which are particularly malicious and attempt to scramble the gV logfiles, use phony referrers, or other such tactics... they will be issued 403 redirects.
     
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  7. Mars

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    made changes to the underlying servers.
    also moving various things about. if images are not loading please be patient wile your dns propagates (4hr ttl).
     
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  8. Mars

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    we have started to display a conditional notice designed to draw attention to the fact that one has not earned an inhabitant trophy. it is likely that the message will also feature a link to a forum post further detailing the trophy, why it exists, which features it unlocks, and so forth.
    we have also been processing feedback regarding the system. at this point the post/like requirement will continue, but any plan to confine new users to a 'new arrival node' are on hiatus for an indefinite time. if we do again look at the confinement aspect of the inhabitant trophy, we will make another announcement.
    we have also corrected a permissions oversight that resulted in an inhabitant being able to invite only one member to a conversation.

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    on the mobile theme front, the theme developer has been hard at work with the newly released jquery mobile framework putting together an all new mobile style. we will implement the style when it becomes available.

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    as always, if anyone ever has any concerns or questions, please let us know by posting a comment in the feedback node. if you prefer to discourage much commentary, you may leave a profile comment.
     
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  9. Mars

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    we have patched a major security hole in php.
    if you host a website some place, pay attention.
    in short, this effects 32/64-bit windows and linux servers running the 32-bit php <5.3.5, meaning any php version older than a couple of days.
    particularly nasty, this bug will allow people to hang php (crash the site) by simply passing a floating-point number in the url.
    if you have ssh/console access you can test if your server is vulnerable by pasting this code into a test.php document and executing php test.php
    if you believe your website is vulnerable, yet you cannot update your own packages (you use shared/virtual hosting or the like), there is a quick and dirty fix available here (untested).
    we would have warned you earlier, but we were waiting on ubuntu updates and didnt want to bring attention to this prior to being patched.
     
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  10. Mars

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    we have completed this first draft of the gV community standards.
    both the inhabitant rights and community standards can be found in the 'help' menu.

    after taking community feedback into account, there was clarification made to 'unwanted behaviour' (spamming, trolling, bullying). there was also a major shift in the pornography policy:
    • xxx pornography will be contained to the mature subforum, and will not be used in avatars and signatures. 'xxx pornography' should be interpreted to mean, generally, depictions of: people engaged in a sexual act, genitals in an aroused state, or graphic depictions of nudity (spread-eagled, etc)
    • a nude sl avatar is not xxx pornography
    • simple nudity, even 'erotic' nudity, is not xxx pornography
    • this is not an invitation to spam erotica into threads carte blanche.
    we are hopeful that this is in keeping with the community spirit.
    as always, please bring it to our attention if we have gotten it wrong.
     
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  11. Mars

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    default theme has been set to 'lightish'.
    an inhabitant may revert to the dark black and orange style by selecting 'dark' from the theme selection menu.
     
  12. Mars

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    we skipped the beta 6 core update and, as expected, a new update was made available shortly thereafter.
    in 15 minutes gV will go offline for ten minutes of maintenance. we will be updating the core to rc1 (release candidate).
    this brings some new functionality and some performance improvements that we will detail at a later time.
     
  13. Mars

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    the chrome issue of pasting colour-formatted text is so problematic, so annoying, and so pervasive we have disabled all colour-formatting.
    • pasted text will no longer carry colour-formatting.
    • the colour-formatting button has been removed from tinyMCE
    • php code will continue to colour-format (syntax highlighting)
    • colour-format stripping is not retroactive
    perhaps when chrome devs fix up their pasting behaviour we will re-enable colour-formatting.
     
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  14. Mars

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    brought the server up to date. this is regular maintenance, typically done on a weekly basis, updating various packages and such. this ensures that the technologies that gV operates on are always up to date. this includes things such as php, mysql, apache, the firewall, various libraries and assorted dependencies, etc.
    also fixed a bug affecting private conversation edits.
    a couple inconsequential template modifications for the sake of aesthetics

    it is possible that in approximately 12 hours gV may be unavailable for 15-20 minutes while there is some major revision to the core.
    we will make a post once that is completed.
     
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  15. Mars

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    maintenance has been completed.
    this was mainly maintenance to 'under the hood' extensions, with a few template updates for good measure.
     
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  16. Mars

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    re-enabled the smilie drop-down pane.
    adding more user-submitted smilies.
     
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  17. Mars

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    updated core to rc2.
    rc2 addresses various backend issues.
     
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  18. Mars

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    an ignore feature is scheduled for core 1.1. release date expected in 6-8 weeks. kier is taking a lot of flak for not including ignore in 1.0. its not something he will drag his feet on, nor does he need to. xf is built on the zend framework. development is accelerated as a result.
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    please be aware of which node you are posting nsfw images in. nsfw imagery is not to be posted outside the mature-nsfw subnode.
     
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  19. Mars

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    some minor maintenance is taking place.
    expect the cache to be dumped and the styles to be rebuilt within minutes. (this is what is happening when gV pages go blank for a couple minutes).
    it may be a good idea to paste comments into a txt document prior to submission until this maintenance is complete.
     
  20. Mars

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    maintenance complete.
     
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