It's not specifically just about using the software either, its about how to setup and run a forum using this software, so right at the beginning of this manual should be the first ten steps a forum owner/admin needs to do.
Here is a another reason why a manual is necessary, look at this thread:
Which setting(s) to allow a moderator to ban people?
I looked like a complete idiot in front of my staff, because they assumed I hadn't clicked the correct button in the ACP to allow them to ban people. I had. What I was unaware of was the Accessible User Groups feature, which is totally hidden in the ACP and no mention made of it in the help guides
I think you outlined perfectly the need for a thorough and complete, comprehensive guide. It is important that the functionality of the software is well documented and not just how to install the software.
To clarify the request made in post #1. We need more than just a PDF file. We need something that is easy to navigate and follow with ease. A PDF document (book) is not something I want to jump up and down through pages or trying to commit it all to memory. We need something even the simplest of customers can easily navigate and perhaps even pull up in a quick Google search online. -- WoltLab really should not cheap out on this and really should deliver by using the examples provided in post #1 and post #2 as a guide of what is expected in the spirit of this request.
edit: Updated post #1 to include this reply.
First, I noticed the copyright here on WoltLab.com has been updated to WoltLab Suite™ 3.1.0 Alpha 3 which means you are now using the 3.1 framework and I have to admit, I am loving it. Well done. But I am very curious if that means we can expect an update on the rest of the development, for example, can we expect the forum to be updated to 5.1? I ask because there are some feature I have been waiting for and have no plans on purchasing 5.0 at all since what I need is still pending.
Well, if you need something like this, you can implement it basically yourself.
Create a new Super Admin group.
Grant this Group Access to manage all other Groups and add an Backup useraccount to the new group.
Set the Priority of the group to 0 so it won't be shown.
Edit (with the new User) the standart admin group to not be able to edit your Super Admin Group and you'll be done^^
The only thing there is missing is the option to mark a user as super admin throu the file system...
This is an acceptable solution. Thank you Morik
A super administrator is essentially another administrator but with additional permissions. For example, only a super administrator can manage other admins. A super administrator can also not be banned by a rogue member. In addition, this feature could be used as a tool to recover a site if someone successfully hacks your account, as only you would have access to the file server and have the ability to change the user ID to a new super administrator.
Super administrators must be added to the config.php file to enable their super admin status:
This feature is found in vBulletin
I know throwholics, but as I said this happened just after I installed the software, literally minutes after. There must be a way to prevent a lockout. It was critical time for me and I needed access. It is my site and I should not be locked out if, ever, for any reason.
Be smarter? Nothing can be done to prevent or fix the error between the user and keyboard.
The forum software they use is called, Discuz!, which is made by Comsenz Inc. Comsenz Inc is headquartered in China and while they use to make an international version, which once did have English support, they have since discontinued the international build and today only offer it in Chinese. If you're willing to take the time and translate it (or pay someone to do so) it can be successfully converted into other languages, but you should know that their support is only offered in Chinese.
Their version 3 comes with new licensing terms:
- Free license: Comes with unrealistic attribution requirements that we're unable to comply.
- Premium license: Disallows the use in open source projects.
We're therefore unable to use the version 3 without deliberately violating their license terms. We may consider moving to a different set of smilies if there isn't going to be any change to their licensing terms in the future.
Alexander, thank you for bringing that to my attention. I had been unaware of their new terms. I can imagine the idea of adding a copyright to WoltLab would not be an idea and see why you would be seeking a possible new alternative.
I looked on my server a minute ago and Woltlab uses two sets of files for each smilie, one of them being a HD variant. Do you know what size that is?
Jupiter, if my memory serves me correctly, I believe it is the 64x64 size, assuming they are PNG files and not SVG. I am not on my home computer at the moment, so the best thing you can do is download them and compare them side by side.
ISB, I've asked and asked and asked for a manual, even made a small mention of it in my signature...
Jupiter, great minds think alike. I figured it was about time someone made the official request. Since you obviously not alone in wanting or needing one, I would encourage you to visit that thread (link provided in the post above) and vote up the requestion.
ISB, are the emojione smiles the same high-quality ones that Woltlab provide? If they're not, do you know if Woltlab has the full set that it can make available to us assuming it must have purchased a license to use their high-quality ones, to begin with?
Thanks for that Twitter link, will look at that next.
Jupiter, I believe WoltLab is still using the older 2.3 version. You can, of course, upgrade yourself to 3.1 fairly easier, but overwriting the files. WoltLab uses the current 32x32 size in PNG format. You can download the full suite here on their download page ( https://www.emojione.com/developers/download ). If you prefer them to be larger, you can, of course, download the larger sizes which are available.
Your post has prompted me to make a request of the development to publishing a full comprehensive instruction manual ( Full comprehensive instruction manual ). I encourage you to up vote the first 2 post of that thread (please and thank you).
Just to further drive the point, Invision Power Board, has also added an instruction manual (https://invisioncommunity.com/…ng-your-new-product-r257/ ) and they are not alone as even Xenforo has their own documented instruction manual as well ( https://xenforo.com/help/manual/ ).
In comparison to vBulletin ( https://www.vbulletin.com/manual/ ). So, those simple things, like sending an email addressed to your users ( How to send a mass email to individually named members ), will be known from the very beginning. WoltLab has made a wonderful product and has some impressive features, but it is important that they all be documented.
To clarify the request. -- We need more than just a PDF file. We need something that is easy to navigate and follow with ease. A PDF document (book) is not something I want to jump up and down through pages or trying to commit it all to memory. We need something even the simplest of customers can easily navigate and perhaps even pull up in a quick search online. -- WoltLab really should not cheap out on this and really should deliver by using the examples provided in post #1 and post #2 as a guide of what is expected in the spirit of this request.
I don't like many of their smiles from their latest versions and their version 1 smilies are no longer available, which in my opinion, was better.
As an example, their smiling face actually looks very aggressive rather than happy! Plus, there are no animated ones on their site.
Hello Jupiter, they do have animal emoji's but do not display all 2,666 options on their site as that would prove problematic to load all at once. You can download the full suite and pick whatever you like. Here is a very small sample of what they do show on their site https://www.emojione.com/emoji/v3
Alternatively, if you still are seeking something else, I would suggest the alternative Twitter gives for free.
Beyond this, it really comes down to your own personal likes and dislikes and you're better off using Google to find alternatives. Just be 100% sure whatever you find using Google can, in fact, be used freely.
WoltLab using EmojiOne as their default smilies. You can download the full suite of smiles off their website of which there are 2,666 to pick from. I am confident you will find something you like.
Hello Internet Serious Business ,
The following data could be imported from Xenforo 1.2.x-1.4.x:
- Users, User groups, Avatars, User profile fields, Wall comments, Followers, Ranks
- Threads/Posts, Forums, Forum permissions, Attachments, Polls, Watched threads, Labels
- Conversations, Labels
- (If WoltLab Suite Blog is purchased)
Blog articles, Blog categories, Blog attachments, Blog comments, Blog likes
Thank for answering my question. Am I then to assume that there is no importer from xenforo gallery and filemanger to woltlab gallery and filemanager? My question was surrounding the complete suite of tool after all.