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  1. I've restored the moderation powers (It seems that mod powers don't get inherited from secondary groups anymore?), so that's step 1. Step 2 will be to find investigate the posting permissions issue in that forum.
  2. Added a plugin to show post numbers again
  3. Sure, I can elaborate on it. If you go to your own profile page, you'll see a list of your posts. Right above that, there's a text box that says "What's on your mind?" in which you can type a "Status Update". That gets posted on your own page. If you go to someone elses profile page, you'll see in the same spot a text box that says "Leave a message on <member>'s feed". Those messages that are on someone elses feed are the ones that appear to be directed at someone. The one in your original picture is a post that Ritchie made on GRP151's feed. Side note: For some reason I don't seem to see that "Leave a message on Cadillacman's feed" on your profile page, and I suspect that means that you don't see the "What's on your mind?" box either. Everyone elses profile that I've looked at has had that box. Probably some weird permissions thing that I can look into. EDIT: Went looking to figure it out, and either you disabled status updates on the previous version of the site, or some other setting got converted into this one in the upgrade. Slightly relieved to find it isn't some weird group permission interaction
  4. Interestingly, there used to be an actual "Help" feature with a set of guides that outlined all of the functionality of the software suite, but it seems to be missing in this version. You can also disregard the snapshot I posted above now, as I've already rejigged the menu a bit to make the main features show on the top level of the menu.
  5. If you hover over the "Browse" tab at the top of the page, you'll see most of the options that were at the top of the old site. Perhaps what should change is all of the options that are currently underneath "Browse" should be moved up to the top level, such that they sit alongside the current "Activity" tab. Some general fiddling with the top of the site menu might be in order. EDIT: If you're visiting on mobile, it'll obviously look a bit different, but you should see the same categories if you click on the hamburger menu at the top right of the page (3 horizontal lines in the top right)
  6. From a site user perspective, the site was "broke", in that some links from search engines were being hijacked and users were being taken to a different site, where they could have gotten a virus. From a webmaster's perspective, the site was "broke" in that there were security holes in the software allowing hackers to gain access to the site storage, allowing said hijacking attempts to be allowed, personal data (such as email addresses and hashed passwords) to be potentially extracted, and server resources being used on who knows what (spam emailing potentially) From a software developers perspective, the software was "broke in that it had been based on more than 10 years of code, which means they're constantly working around design mistakes they made when they still didn't know what they were doing. The software had to be rewritten from scratch to become more efficient and to allow for better features to be developed over the next 10 or more years. I realize that anytime something changes on a website people will say "Why did it need to change", but software updates are inevitable, and things need to change to address new features, fix bugs, etc. On a major update like this, things take time to get everything back in order. In order to speed up that process, it's always best if users can provide some assistance of their own, by trying to provide constructive feedback that I can actually use to make the site more usable again. Simply saying "It sucks now!" doesn't help me do that. While Cadillacman's comments are showing frustration, he is also pointing out specific things that I can look at and try to improve. (PS: Regarding the stupid new line vs paragraph thing - There is a toggle switch to switch between them, but it doesn't seem to actually change anything, and we're still left with the huge gaps when you hit enter. Still investigating.)
  7. I noticed the large gaps between paragraphs as well while making my last post (some huge gaps there!). Since this version of the board actually uses CKEditor for creating new posts, I imagine it shouldn't be impossible to get that corrected. Still investigating getting topics to show rather than posts in the activity stream though. As an aside, I will mention that FINALLY this version has addressed my desire for the activity stream (formerly "view new content") and the search functionality actually show ALL content across the site, meaning that a search will finally show results from the Wiki mixed in with results from the forum, and an edit to a wiki page will show up in unread content...
  8. Follow-up: I got an email from Google saying that they've given us the all clear, so they won't be delivering any warnings. Different browsers use different sources for determining whether or not they'll serve up a "malicious site" warning, but at least that's one source down.
  9. Yeah, now that we're getting some activity again wit the new version, I think you're right, the "all activity" stream does look a bit too verbose. Try giving the "Condensed" version a shot (There's a little toggle at the top right of the activity stream), and see what you think. Condensed is still showing one item per post, but since it doesn't show the actual content of the post, I think it looks a bit better (And I think I'll probably change that to be the default). The red item is a comment on someone's "status" (Basically a public message on the user's profile), and that probably doesn't need to show up on this "All activity" stream either (Nor do new members, in my opinion). I can tweak the streams in all sorts of ways to change what shows up by default (And actually, I think there's a way members can make their own custom streams too?), as well as making different streams available to different member groups (eg. people who aren't signed in).
  10. As Mike said, the upgrade should have cut off any of the major security holes that were lingering, and should have cleared out the hijacking issues. I've sent a request for the site to be rescanned, which means the warning should be gone within 72 hours. I realize that with the upgrade some things need to be relearned, but this version isn't too wildly different from the old. It's unfortunate that there had to be 2 major leaps in versions so soon, but this version took a lot longer to be released than they had originally said, and there were many issues when it was first launched. This version brings a lot of benefits too, which may help us out somewhat (for one, it is much more usable on a phone now).
  11. It'll take some time for the site to be re-evaluated, then it should go away. Not entirely sure how long though.
  12. It should. That was a malicious piece of code that was being injected into the site through a backdoor in the old version of the forum software. Definitely keep an eye out for it still, but I'm 99.9999999% certain it should stop that one.
  13. The site is now back up in its most basic form, on the new version of Invision Power Suite. I'll be working to restore full functionality over the course of the weekend.
  14. Hi all, It's been a while since I've last been on here, but I've been kicking around and occasionally keeping an eye on here. I've been trying to fire fight the link hijacking issues that are popping up, but I think there are just too many security holes in this version of the forum software to keep them at bay. As such, I'll be putting the site into "Maintenance Mode" later today so that I can upgrade the site to Invision Power Board 4. I've been holding off on doing this upgrade as it's a full rewrite of the forum software, and as such, there will be some differences to the current experience, and there will no doubt be some issues in the upgrade. That being said, I'm sure you'll learn to adjust to the new version quickly, and be able to take advantage of some of the new features! I'll leave you with that for now, and if there are questions, feel free to ask them. This post has been promoted to an article
  15. Hi all, It's been a while since I've last been on here, but I've been kicking around and occasionally keeping an eye on here. I've been trying to fire fight the link hijacking issues that are popping up, but I think there are just too many security holes in this version of the forum software to keep them at bay. As such, I'll be putting the site into "Maintenance Mode" later today so that I can upgrade the site to Invision Power Board 4. I've been holding off on doing this upgrade as it's a full rewrite of the forum software, and as such, there will be some differences to the current experience, and there will no doubt be some issues in the upgrade. That being said, I'm sure you'll learn to adjust to the new version quickly, and be able to take advantage of some of the new features! I'll leave you with that for now, and if there are questions, feel free to ask them.