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I can't login anymore! What happened?

There are a couple things that might've happened here. 

  1. You had multiple accounts on RPC that used the same email.
    Anyone who had multiple accounts on RPC with the same email will find that the new email-based accounts here have merged all their secondary accounts. Which every account was oldest was the one that was made primary. You may need to reset your password!
     
  2. You registered after our final save.
    We were able to snapshot data from February 11, around 11AM-12PM. If you registered after this date, your account was not carried over. Please re-register.

Is it just me or does the site crash or go offline a lot?

It's not you. It's me. I've been working on tweaking the server config for performance and features and have to restart servers now and then. Occasionally I break something to x_x

 

The old site is gone! What happened to my posts?

All content should have been migrated, however there may be some formatting issues that the converter couldn't catch. You can find RPC's old site at https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/mybb/ and any old links you may have bookmarked should continue to work.

 

Where did my avatar image go?

During the conversion from our MyBB site, avatars were not carried over due to a limitation in the converter tools. RPC staff can help you retrieve an image if you'd like to reupload it for use again.

 

I was a patron on RPC but it doesn't show any more. What gives?

Let Unnamed Mercenary know in a PM, chat message, or some other mean. I'll cross-reference from the old site and get your name updated! Chances are, you had an older account that your patron name was merged into and that removed your group access.

 

Why are my Linkshells and Free Company listings are missing?

The new Linkshell Hall and Free Company Hall pages are built off InvisionPower's new "Clubs" feature. They allow users to make full sub-communities on the RPC! While we can't migrate a listing from the old halls directly, we can migrate your old list's thread into a club forum. 

 

What happened to my Gallery images?

They aren't gone! We promise. RPC previously used a gallery software called Coppermine, with some delicate code that bridged the gallery to upload using your credentials. We've converted and transferred all images over to the new gallery, but we'll need to manually re-assign your uploads to you. We understand that this is not ideal and ask for your patience and understanding in the matter. If you'd like to help us out, you can send us a list of which photos were yours with links from the new gallery and we'll  get the linked to you so they show up in your profile.

 

The editor is quirky.

Yes. Yes it is. If you're trying to make a line break, you can use HTML or shift-enter if you don't want paragraph block spacing.(The enter key is now a line break and not a paragraph.) For advanced users, you can technically edit fully in HTML. We use CKEditor now. If you want a certain plugin, we can try getting it integrated. 

 

I noticed a post that looks weird. There are BBCode or formatting issues.

RPC's previous forum made use of a lot of custom and nonstandard BBCode. Users are encouraged to update their posts to make them pretty again. The new editor will access BBCode, but you cannot convert formatted text back into BBCode. Users are able to post with some basic HTML tags now, however! If you need any assistance, please contact the staff! Internal links will need to be manually updated. If you spot something that seems out of place, please report it.

 

The theme is very...bright.

We're working on making the theme easier on the eyes. If you have experience with Invision Power board themes, please contact Unnamed Mercenary.  Users should be able to select an IPS4 Dark theme now as well. The css hasn't been check yet, but it should give a very simple black and blue appearance better for evening viewing.

 

The site feels kinda slow. Are you sure it's better?

The sluggish performance is partly to do with the migration procedures and shouldn't be permanent. (But may last until the server bill's paid again.) We used a lot of processing getting everything moved over and should build up speed as things are cached and stored away again.

 

I keep getting asked if I want to allow notifications. Why is the site nagging me?

It loves you. IPS keeps more active connections to the server to help update you on content faster. The new RPC site is excited to notify you about all sorts of things! Notification popups are handled by your browser. Most should give you an option to blacklist the RPC if you no longer want them. 

Be sure to check out all of the notification settings here, as the defaults may not be the best for you!
https://ffxiv-roleplayers.com/ips/index.php?/notifications/options/

 

I was doing something on the website that took a while and suddenly the page became filled with garbage text. Did something go horribly wrong?!

This is tricky. And to give a basic explanation, some of the webserver code might not have had a good time trying to process your request. We're working to tune the server config so that this doesn't happen. If you can provide details like what browser you were using, the page you were and, and what you were trying to to do, we can check to see if something happened at that time.

So far, this most often appears when uploading larger images to the gallery. You can sometimes resume by reloading the page. 

 

Edit 2018/04/18: We've upgraded to IPS 4.3 - Technical Details

  • Users can now make read-only club listings for the FC and LS halls. These are viewable to any, but require invite/membership to post.
  • The Gallery now supports anyone-can-use albums. The general categories will now allow uploads if you don't want to make a personal album. Users who already have albums can adjust the settings.

 

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Additional fun. What else needs to be done?

  • Integrate logins with the wiki (the code is ready, but not deployed as it needs some more testing)
  • Move this site to ffxiv-roleplayers.com and the old site to ffxiv-roleplayers.com/mybb
  • Notify any users who haven't moved over here yet (A PM from the old RPC has been sent to each user)
  • Manually adjust posts that didn't convert well. (Please report these if you see them. I'll be working on Sounsyy's Lore Index first)
  • Work on the theme or find another one. (Suggestions for IPS 4.2 compatible themes are open) (There's an optional "dark" theme now)
  • see why locking a thread locks edits (perhaps that's normal?)
  • adjust the password lockout feature if possible.
  • add some gallery display options that are available to users!
    • [default] Random assortment of guarenteed SFW content (Art, Screenshots, Other)
    • Recently uploaded assortment of guarenteed SFW content (Art, Screenshots, Other)
    • Random assortment of all uploaded works (Art, PG-13+, Screenshots, Other)
    • Recently uploaded assortment of all uploaded works (Art, PG-13+, Screenshots, Other)

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Cool nonstandard things we've used to enhance the forum (plugins):

  • Club plugin pack was grabbed. This should help make FC and LS listings look and feel more normal. They have an optional (not enabled by default) home page where basic info can go.
  • There's a secret "dark mode" theme. It's extremely basic and could break.
  • We buffed up the spoiler tag to make it work like the one on MyBB. It also won't disappear if you switch to code view and back.

Things we're mulling over that could be done:

  • Third-party logins could be enabled. (Facebook, google, discord, etc). We're still thinking this over.

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2 hours ago, Teadrinker said:

I'm not a fan of the change.

 

I'm not either. The small thin black text on a see-through background makes them really tough to read. At least before the white on black made the text pop out.

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18 minutes ago, Xihsa'li Tayuun said:

 

I'm not either. The small thin black text on a see-through background makes them really tough to read. At least before the white on black made the text pop out.

 

I wish I could figure out what you're talking about.  Maybe it's the theme I'm using?

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21 minutes ago, LiadansWhisper said:

 

I wish I could figure out what you're talking about.  Maybe it's the theme I'm using?

 

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This is how I see the tags now for threads. That's what I'm talking about at least.

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Don't bother then. I find them insufferable myself though. :c

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12 hours ago, Xihsa'li Tayuun said:

 

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This is how I see the tags now for threads. That's what I'm talking about at least.

o_O

 

It looks like this for me:

 

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1 minute ago, LiadansWhisper said:

o_O

 

It looks like this for me:

 

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You're using the dark theme. I'm using the Default. White text on black background fucks up with my eyesight x_x

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Hm. The change looks good with a darker background.

I think it's safe to say the theme isn't finalized. There's several things being considered, a few of which cost money and all of which cost time. I'd think holding off further aesthetic changes until the theme is finalized is a good suggestion.

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Promoting linkshells and free companies is kind of hard now that they've been sectioned off into clubs -- clubs that don't even appear on the front page when a new post is made.

 

For example I use to bump the ERP: NEO linkshell thread on the old rpc every other week. I'd post in the thread a screenshot, the thread would appear on the front page in the sidebar, and people would see and click on it and maybe join. But now with clubs, they don't appear on the front page and you sort of have to click through a bunch of links just to find what's up.

 

My suggestion is either the inclusion of new posts made in clubs added to the sidebar on the index page, visible to all, or maybe just revert back to using regular ole' threads for linkshells and free companies. I think it's much simpler and easier that way, and less of a hurdle for gaining exposure. I think clubs are a nice idea but they're sort of segregated in their own little bubbles away from the rest of the site in a manner that's a little detrimental in enlisting new blood.

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On 2/24/2018 at 9:00 PM, Max said:

inclusion of new posts made in clubs added to the sidebar on the index page, visible to all

 

Now that most listings have been remade in the new clubs sections, we'll likely be turning this back on. This gets a little tricky with public/open clubs as all their content ends up in the sidebar, including posts like "[FC/LS/Group's internal rules" which can make things a bit confusing for users. (However, all RPC-related posts to that end would always be posted here in the Announcements board.)

 

As we're still determining FC/LS cleaning rules and how to better increase exposure, we are looking into how to better integrate club content into the site without the need to create a public bump thread. I can look into making a club side panel box to show groups with recent activity, perhaps? As the old forum's halls were heavily specialized forums, a similar setup where the first post of a thread always displays, on top of filters is not something that can be done without heavy modification and resources. (It was all powered by an extremely complex plugin which replicated many of the features we now have here, but also many other conflicting ones as well.)

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Also to note: a basic "moderator alert" message has been enabled on the site. While not quite as robust as the old alerts that would only be a notification to the user, this is currently being handled by an automatically generated private message to the user with some basic details. 

 

Should a staff member need to use a moderator tool on a thread or post, users should be notified automatically now! (Including a link to the post/thread if locked/unlocked or hidden/unhidden). As we get more familiar with IPS and how it functions, we may be able to adjust this to a notification instead.

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On 2/24/2018 at 9:00 PM, Max said:

Promoting linkshells and free companies is kind of hard now that they've been sectioned off into clubs -- clubs that don't even appear on the front page when a new post is made.

 

To better help with this, I've implemented a very basic activity box for Linkshell and Free Company activity. While it can't link to the specific activity like a forum topic feed, it will display a list of all clubs marked as active. (This does mean if someone sets heir listing to inactive, it will not display in the feed.)

 


 

I've also noticed there's a memory leak with RPC Chat, which seems to target Firefox and Chrome users the worst. If the page begins to get slow and unresponsive, users should close the tap and open a new one. This removes the extra javascript data that piles up. I'm currently looking into methods to enable user-friendly experience options again. Things like "disable chat," "disable gallery," "make the gallery show recent images," "make the gallery show random images," among other things. As before, these will likely be profile options handled internally by secondary groups. A full announcement will be made once implemented/tested.

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With the clubs' "Last Active" date and their ordering in the new "Recent Club Activity" box, I've noticed that only making club topics seems to count? Which is really inconvenient.

 

The members of the groups I manage don't use the RPC forums (we keep in contact via Discord and our main 'website'/public presence is Tumblr), so I have topics disabled in the clubs I own because they simply would never be used. Insofar as overarching group updates go, I prefer the "Blog" tab and format since it's similar to Tumblr, which I'm used to using and like more. Adding events to group calendars also don't seem to count as "activity."

 

Going forward are there any plans to make it so that adding events to a calendar, uploading images to a club album, or making posts in the club's blog updates the "Last Active" date and bumps it up on the "Recent Club Activity" list accordingly?

 

Also, are there any plans to make "custom" tabs for clubs a thing, kind of like the tabs on the old FC and LS hall where you could just type whatever you wanted? It would be great if I could make a rules/lore/contact information tab since the description shown on the "main" tab is pretty short and doesn't seem to support rich text/html?

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On 3/7/2018 at 1:32 PM, zaviire said:

With the clubs' "Last Active" date and their ordering in the new "Recent Club Activity" box, I've noticed that only making club topics seems to count? Which is really inconvenient.

 

The members of the groups I manage don't use the RPC forums (we keep in contact via Discord and our main 'website'/public presence is Tumblr), so I have topics disabled in the clubs I own because they simply would never be used. Insofar as overarching group updates go, I prefer the "Blog" tab and format since it's similar to Tumblr, which I'm used to using and like more. Adding events to group calendars also don't seem to count as "activity."

 

Going forward are there any plans to make it so that adding events to a calendar, uploading images to a club album, or making posts in the club's blog updates the "Last Active" date and bumps it up on the "Recent Club Activity" list accordingly?

 

I need to check in on this. ...it should be pulling from -any- activity, unless the regular clubs display only shows for topics. Then that might get a little harder to pull information from. (It should be doable nonetheless because there -is- an activity feed, but seeing how/where that gets its information will require additional research.)

 

Edit: A simple test shows that other modules aren't bumping it like they should! Let me see what I can do about that. In the meantime, adding a topic section and a bump thread can help in this regard.

 

Edit2: I poked IPS support and this is apparently working as intended. I've submitted a feature request for a better activity bump, but we cannot count on that happening. :<

 

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Also, are there any plans to make "custom" tabs for clubs a thing, kind of like the tabs on the old FC and LS hall where you could just type whatever you wanted? It would be great if I could make a rules/lore/contact information tab since the description shown on the "main" tab is pretty short and doesn't seem to support rich text/html?

 

Currently, the tabs mirror the modules we have on the main forums. It should be possible to hook new ones in, but they'd have to be global options for all clubs. We do have a plugin that does a little of this currently in place, where you can override the default club view with a more feature-complete "home page" post instead of a simple description text-box. It's not enabled by default, but can be turned on from the home page item inside the "manage club" menu.

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On ‎13‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 12:34 PM, Unnamed Mercenary said:

The theme is very...bright.

We're working on making the theme easier on the eyes. If you have experience with Invision Power board themes, please contact Unnamed Mercenary.  Users should be able to select an IPS4 Dark theme now as well. The css hasn't been check yet, but it should give a very simple black and blue appearance better for evening viewing.

 

How do you change the theme? I can't find an option in my profile or account settings.

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1 minute ago, Charity322 said:

 

How do you change the theme? I can't find an option in my profile or account settings.

 

Theme option's on the very bottom of the page. You might need to hide the chatbar to see it (I personally do not, but others have reported they did.)

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Is it possible to make subforums in the club's topics section? I want a seperate area to stick character sheets. Thanks!

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When we upload pictures into whichever Album we choose, there's still the problem that makes us choose between an existing album (which doesn't work) and creating a new one. Or going without Album at all.
So pictures have to be uploaded album-less and only afterwards, they have to be manually selected and transferred to the desired album. Is it possible to make it so people can upload directly into the right album at the first step of the process?

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5 hours ago, Thunder said:

Is it possible to make subforums in the club's topics section? I want a seperate area to stick character sheets. Thanks!

 

At this time, we can only add in one module of each time. I've heard this may change later, but I haven't seen an option for it on the admin side configuration either. Unless the character sheets are purely FC/LS-only material though, something like a catch-all thread inside the club with links to Making Connections or Player Directory threads for your members might work? Otherwise, maybe something like a Character Sheets thread where each member makes a post they can edit as needed? Club Owners/Leaders/Mods can hide/unhide posts as needed, the same for splitting/merging posts!

 

22 minutes ago, Dwassyith Swanra said:

When we upload pictures into whichever Album we choose, there's still the problem that makes us choose between an existing album (which doesn't work) and creating a new one. Or going without Album at all.
So pictures have to be uploaded album-less and only afterwards, they have to be manually selected and transferred to the desired album. Is it possible to make it so people can upload directly into the right album at the first step of the process?

 

This is one of those import quirks. Ideally, everyone should be uploading into the cateogry directly, but it seems to -really- want to make an album. Normally I'd fix this by making a single category for all images, but then it'd break the gallery feed on the main page which only pulls from categories. I'm still looking for better alternatives!

 

Edit: What I could possibly do is turn off album creation for the generic categories (Artwork, PG13+, Screenshots, Other) so that people only get prompted for that if they want to add something to User Galleries.

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12 hours ago, Unnamed Mercenary said:

At this time, we can only add in one module of each time. I've heard this may change later, but I haven't seen an option for it on the admin side configuration either. Unless the character sheets are purely FC/LS-only material though, something like a catch-all thread inside the club with links to Making Connections or Player Directory threads for your members might work? Otherwise, maybe something like a Character Sheets thread where each member makes a post they can edit as needed? Club Owners/Leaders/Mods can hide/unhide posts as needed, the same for splitting/merging posts!

 

Oooo that's not a bad idea, thank you!

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We've upgraded to IPS 4.3 - Technical Details

  • Users can now make read-only club listings for the FC and LS halls. These are viewable to any, but require invite/membership to post.
  • The Gallery now supports anyone-can-use albums. The general categories will now allow uploads if you don't want to make a personal album. Users who already have albums can adjust the settings.

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...I'm still trying to figure out that editor bug! (It's been narrowed down to our use of site caching engines, but without those, we'd see -really- slow page loads and a LOT more cpu/bandwidth use. Finding the right balance has been difficult /cry )

In more positive news, I've added a plugin to pin posts, demoed here in this thread. It's part of a larger update to the forums that is planned as soon as I can get said changes implemented!

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The Latest Threads block now has prefix support! For threads that make use of prefixes (generally server name), this will now be shown instead of having to editing the title to include a [prefix] which doesn't provide you the fancy search/filter options.

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