Tetra-WebBBS Support Forum
: Maybe some of the solutions in the forum could be added to faq
: There are probably others who will want to know how to replace
: links with buttons and how to get an index of forums.
: If we all posted solutions and they were easy to find, a lot of
: effort and time would be saved.
Of course you're right John.
Only such a thing would require:
- someone willing to share
- ... and taking the effort to write down ALL details correctly
- plus someone willing to lecture and approve for FAQ, without much need of editing, revising, proof-testing for various different machines, pointing out limitations and such
- PLUS interested folks willing to READ the FAQ.
Unfortunately my experience here over several years is:
(1) hardly anybody is willing to share. Most folks are just out for running their business/website
(2) hardly anybody is willing/able to write up detailed solutions including coverage of various platforms and testing or at least pointing out limitations
(3) it's almost impossible to just let people "post" to FAQ. Too many false or incomplete information in most "suggestions".
(4) hardly anybody reads the FAQ or any other documentation. Viewcounts on FAQ board are not worth mentioning, even for posts on how to embed the forum or how to change colors or how to use CSS properly almost nobody is willing to read.
Time has changed during the past 10 years. People come here to upgrade their old forums or to start a new site. Ask tons of questions and then vanish again. No feedback, no suggestion, nobody willing to share.
E.g: people even hesitate to post the URLs of their websites even if they have questions. The majority expects help though they try to stay anonymous themselves.
.... That's why I ended up to spend time on a registration system, so that at least one get's an idea of where the software is running and how the upgrades work (by visiting the forums to see what problems may arise).
Project support has changed as well. Those folks actively supporting the project are doing it backstage. E.g. ongoing maintenance for which they get really personal and optimized solutions for their specific site.
.... like you did for running boards using your shop-specific CSV file. The solution working best for your site would hardly work on other sites because their setup likely is different.
... and it would be better for others not to just copy such a solution unless they know how to write Perl code themselves to adopt to their own requirements.
my 2 cts.
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