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Title: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on September 15, 2008, 11:50:46 PM
Now that SMF 2.0 is getting more stable, I am adding features back into the system
 
First to be added is the member map. However, it's not the map that you might remember...
 
Advantages:
This new map uses Google Map's API to build the world map and track everyone.... So less of our system resources are used.
 
Disadvantages:
People will have to re-enter thier pins.
There is no "country flag" associated with this mod package. I will be looking to re-add the country flags back into the message display soon.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Qui-Gon Jinn on September 15, 2008, 11:56:07 PM
Well, sounds good, especially as I sign in on 4 different computers now with Uni to keep track of this place.  A new Map?  Hmm...perhaps we will be able to use that over our Regional board to locate people.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: bca11 on September 16, 2008, 12:19:12 AM
Re-enter our pins?  I have no idea what mine is.  I assume I must have had one, but have no idea what it would have been.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Balthraka on September 16, 2008, 12:31:47 AM
Re-enter our pins?  I have no idea what mine is.  I assume I must have had one, but have no idea what it would have been.

When he says 'pins' I don't think that he means PIN's as in Personal Identification Number's.
I believe he means pins as in tacks.

When the member map first was introduced you had to place a little pin on a virtual world map to show where you were living.

You may have never seen this feature when it first came in; or you may be to new to have been here before they were discarded.

Hope thats clear.

-B
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Cpt. Pain on September 16, 2008, 09:35:42 PM
I just did it: jsut go to your profile -> forum profile, then scroll down to the google maps bit, then follow the instructions...
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Qui-Gon Jinn on September 16, 2008, 09:37:23 PM
My only complaint is that a few people I have noticed are placing their Pointers for where they live in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, close to Africa. :-\  Nothing lies that far away from the mainland, try to be honest for the general area you live in. :P
Hope to take a nice look at the map if everyone fills their Pointer in again and try to start a gaming club in my area based on that.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Fugitive on September 17, 2008, 01:01:33 PM
Ooo... this is excellent. Since google earth has satellite images I could place the pin exactly on the roof of my building. :)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Qui-Gon Jinn on September 17, 2008, 01:03:27 PM
You could, but that is giving us a bit too much info, I am a-thinking.  I would just place at nearest intersection to be on the safe side, and avoids people finding out the exact living location of anyone by using our Forums.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Sir Sam Vimes on September 17, 2008, 01:58:50 PM
Hehe, this is a really nifty invention. I zoomed in so close I could litterally feel the lens of the sattellite in my neck.

Pretty powerful technology this is :P
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: CODE BLACK on September 17, 2008, 02:08:13 PM
You could, but that is giving us a bit too much info, I am a-thinking.  I would just place at nearest intersection to be on the safe side, and avoids people finding out the exact living location of anyone by using our Forums.

It seems to me that most of the people on this forum would be to lazy to do anything with this imformation anyway, but you never know ::).
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Jester (Hadn't Changed His Profile Recently) on September 17, 2008, 02:13:55 PM
Woot, first little pin in Vermont...wait...I hate Vermont. And as far as I know Shade and I are it for this site anyway...
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: FifthWindDieGermanator on September 17, 2008, 05:52:02 PM
It seems to me that most of the people on this forum would be to lazy to do anything with this imformation anyway, but you never know ::).

Thats when someone lurking finds this thread, logs in for the sole purpose of the map, and finds out where you live. Paranoid? Yes, but thtas why I just put my marker generically over the area I live in.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: CODE BLACK on September 17, 2008, 05:53:25 PM
It seems to me that most of the people on this forum would be to lazy to do anything with this imformation anyway, but you never know ::).

Thats when someone lurking finds this thread, logs in for the sole purpose of the map, and finds out where you live. Paranoid? Yes, but thtas why I just put my marker generically over the area I live in.

Yeah you can never be too careful on tinternet.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: bca11 on September 17, 2008, 05:54:48 PM
Yeah that's why mine is intentionally a few miles off.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on September 17, 2008, 05:56:30 PM
If you don't want to place it on your house, or specific location, then just don't zoom in that far...   palce the pin when you're at the town or even state view....
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Jerseyboy381 on September 17, 2008, 06:10:11 PM
I put mine (which was the first in NJ) right on my store.  Any locals are welcome to come visit..though even wth the map it's near impossibleto find.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Qui-Gon Jinn on September 17, 2008, 06:59:01 PM
THAT, Jerseyboy, sounds like a great idea!  Put it on the store, that way you know where they go, and to arrange at later dates!  I will change mine asap.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: FifthWindDieGermanator on September 17, 2008, 07:06:12 PM
THAT, Jerseyboy, sounds like a great idea!  Put it on the store, that way you know where they go, and to arrange at later dates!  I will change mine asap.

Same, great idea Jerseyboy.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Inquisitor Subs on September 17, 2008, 10:42:01 PM
My only complaint is that a few people I have noticed are placing their Pointers for where they live in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, close to Africa. :-\  Nothing lies that far away from the mainland, try to be honest for the general area you live in. :P

Isn't it obvious? They live in Rapture.  ;)

Honestly though this is really cool.  Got to add myself after I finish playing around with it.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on September 18, 2008, 01:29:25 AM
So, in addition to the membermap, I have re-added the user control panel to replace the standard edit profile screen. All it really does is make a nice graphical interface to get to the same locations....

Coming soon: Galleries!
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Sir Sam Vimes on September 18, 2008, 02:20:20 AM
Coming soon: Galleries!
Will the galleries be open to add to for everyone (but perhaps that would swamp the server) or for senior members (or the like) and above only?
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Onanon on September 18, 2008, 04:40:17 AM
I'd say it's going to be like article submission. Something gets spotted, tagged and then added to the gallery.

People do abuse google earth to send hundreds of take-away meals to the victim's house. If you really wanted an exact adress beyond the town, you should PM. Usual internet safety rules apply, all 13 year old girls are FBI agents, etc.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Jerseyboy381 on September 18, 2008, 09:25:24 AM
all 13 year old girls are FBI agents

It's funny because this sleazy guy I used to know actually learned this lesson the hard way when he sent pictures of his naughty bits to a "14 year old girl" who was actually a Bergen County official.  No one's surprised though.  I used to run a youth theater group that was mostly teenage girls.  Some of the ones I kept in touch with are now 19 so I can say they are some attractive women, but back when they were 15 and Mr. Sleaze was 20 he was seriously coming onto them.  I love it when bad things happen to bad people...and it's even more interesting to consider he's the second one to have an accusation from the same small town in a year.  The first one turned up to be a lie as the girl who accused him said it happened when she was 3 months old so that got thrown out, but our favorite sleaze is going to have some trouble denying the e-mails and pictures he sent to the cop.

Back on topic though, I think by now most of us should know to not do something completly stupid while out wandering the tubes here.  Oh and for the record, when I said mine was on my store, I meant just that...not my LGS but MY store.  I sell 40K goodies in my video game/hobby store.  I'm expecting my weekly box of goodies from GW today actually.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Fugitive on September 18, 2008, 12:33:58 PM
Thats when someone lurking finds this thread, logs in for the sole purpose of the map, and finds out where you live. Paranoid? Yes, but thtas why I just put my marker generically over the area I live in.

Oh please, the odds are ridiculously small of some one finding this forum by chance. Creating an account just to get access to the member map and then pick me out of the 31521 members and then come to my home to do... What is he going to do exactly?

Besides there are 40 apartments in my building so I doubt they would find me any way.

I'd be more worried that someone would pass by, select my building at random, and burn it down.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Shas'Oink on September 18, 2008, 12:35:46 PM
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a "14 year old girl" who was actually a Bergen County official.

you see, one has to ask, why are county officials posing as 14 year old girls!?!
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Rasmus on September 18, 2008, 01:01:56 PM
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a "14 year old girl" who was actually a Bergen County official.

you see, one has to ask, why are county officials posing as 14 year old girls!?!
  To catch people just like that in fact. Every law enforcement agency does it now.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on September 18, 2008, 01:23:40 PM
Haven't you ever watched Dateline" To Catch a Predator"?
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Jerseyboy381 on September 18, 2008, 02:16:43 PM
Exactly.  It was a sting and good for Bergen County to get those people off the streets before they can do something.

Once again returning to the topic...anyone else amused that almost every pin is blue?  Not so much for the fact thgat this is indeed a mostly male hobby (our first female player in my store tries her army out for the first time Saturday) as it is female members just choosing not to mention that they are female.  As an intro thread a few weeks ago showed, there are a few people that get "over-eager" once they discover that somewhere someone on this board might have boobies somewhere in the vicinity of their keyboard while posting here.  To quote Kevin Smith regarding a girl working in a British Comic shop-"'She's one of them...Nigel what do you call them?' 'ladies.'  'YES!  She's one of them ladies'"
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Balthraka on September 21, 2008, 06:51:15 AM
Is something wrong with my map?
Or have only 5 people placed pins?

There are like 4 in Australia and there's 1 in the States.
Is that all everyone else can see?

-B
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Noble on September 21, 2008, 07:12:50 AM
Well you see this topic only yet has <300 views, some of those will be people returning to read further, so not many people will have heard that the map is back. And for those that have, it would seem that a lot of people don't care or are in no rush... I placed my pin.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on September 21, 2008, 10:16:05 AM
if you zoom IN on an area a little bit, more pins will become visible.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: FifthWindDieGermanator on September 21, 2008, 10:16:48 AM
There are like 4 in Australia and there's 1 in the States.
Is that all everyone else can see?

Zoom in. In the states, there are about 4 in my tri-state area, plus about a dozen more in the eastern US.

Darn you for ninjaing Kindred!
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Balthraka on September 21, 2008, 10:59:46 AM
Ah ok...
That makes sense...

But why can I see all the Aus ones and 1 in the States without zooming?

-B
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Mr.Zombie Pogo Stick on September 21, 2008, 11:03:22 AM
Oh please, the odds are ridiculously small of some one finding this forum by chance.
That how I got here! LOL
 
 
mine wont stay on the map any way so no one is gonna kill me via the map!
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Banned Solorg on September 21, 2008, 03:26:05 PM
Nice new feature!  Looking forward to Galleries, too.  I have about a million pics of my Orks that would look great in our 40K Gallery.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Fugitive on September 21, 2008, 05:37:30 PM
Oh please, the odds are ridiculously small of some one finding this forum by chance.
That how I got here! LOL

Yea, I found it by "chance" as well, while googling 40k. :) The odds of that aren't to small. But that quote doesn't really cover what I actually said.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: bca11 on September 21, 2008, 08:52:21 PM
I found it by chance too in 2003 when there was eldaronline.  Was inactive forever, and came back to find this site.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: FifthWindDieGermanator on September 21, 2008, 11:30:47 PM
mine wont stay on the map any way so no one is gonna kill me via the map!

You have to go down to the very bottom of the page after placing it and click on the button that saves/updates your profile.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Toad_Raider on September 22, 2008, 07:22:18 AM
Wowzors, I can see my house!  Well, kinda.

That's actually awesome, in a kinda scary way.  Think I'll throw my store location up instead.  Not that there's any other Tasmanian's on there anyway, but if one of the Melbournians (or someone from further away) comes down for a visit they'll know where to find me.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Starrakatt on September 24, 2008, 11:50:11 AM
Quote from: Toad_Raider
Wowzors, I can see my house!  Well, kinda.
As I am, or the lack thereoff.

Seems that the satellite pictures have been made somewhere in late Spring/Summer 2007 as my own house wasn't built yet - but my neighbour's was. I shall do as many does and put the pin in the town's center: paranoia is a healthy trait.

But all in all, it is nice to see that Kindred is getting through the update(s), thanks dude for the time you put in there. :)

   Starky
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Jehan-Reznor on September 25, 2008, 07:53:57 AM
If you click on a pin you can see the name of the owner.
It seems that xaal & varun are on a small raft in the ocean  ;D
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: TagniK'ZuR on September 25, 2008, 08:39:58 AM
Cool, I didn't know I was actually that close to the shops. And, no, I'm not scared of anybody on this site knowing where I live, if anyone with malicious intent manages to get from the airport to my house unscathed, they're welcome to do what they want ;)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Gutstikk on September 25, 2008, 10:19:27 AM
I rule connecticut with an iron fist!

I'm hoping this feature will work a little more strongly when coupled with the regional forum than in the past. I would like to see some more non-gw events that could get a good showing from members of 40KO in a given area.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Shas'Oink on September 25, 2008, 11:56:02 AM
Well; us in the UK have that sorted i thinks!   ::)

although, i think until the little maps get put into the profiles of people with pins the map wont get the attention from users.

Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Locke on September 25, 2008, 07:34:32 PM
Why don't people read this forum? I placed my pin as soon as I saw this, I find it amazing I'm the only one in the biggest city in the south U.S... I'd be cool to get regional tournaments up for 40kO as somebody mentioned above.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: TagniK'ZuR on September 26, 2008, 02:15:31 AM
Yeah, the little flags the first time round were great, also, the first time round there was a little message on the top somewhere asking/reminding users to place their pin on the members map, that helped quite a lot too.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: bca11 on September 26, 2008, 02:24:40 AM
Why don't people read this forum? I placed my pin as soon as I saw this, I find it amazing I'm the only one in the biggest city in the south U.S... I'd be cool to get regional tournaments up for 40kO as somebody mentioned above.

I'm shocked that there are several states with noone at all.  But hey there are three of us in GA now...
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: The_Outcast on September 30, 2008, 02:21:37 PM
Yeah I actually put mine in the wrong town, but I guess that's what i get for not zooming in any closer.

Quote
But hey there are three of us in GA now...

I know seems a little low.

The_Outcast
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Tauir - "The Shadow" on September 30, 2008, 06:30:08 PM
Is it just me, or does no one have avatars.

Ah, some people live near me, we could play sometimes.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: FifthWindDieGermanator on September 30, 2008, 06:43:18 PM
Is it just me, or does no one have avatars.
What happened to Avatars? (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=170758.0)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: moc065 on February 6, 2009, 08:57:02 AM
I know this is an old topic... but I am not sure where else I would put this.

As I see we have a new way to handle Blogs.... Which I think is fine... but I have to ask a question in regard to the blogs themselves.

I used to be able to update or modify my Blog primary and they were always set so that you could see all the articles in a Blog as well the primary post (where I did the Updates, etc).. as well as then having the comments from others, etc... I no longer have a means to update my primary Blog, nor are the different articles readily viewable... is this the way it will remain, or is this area still under development ?

CaHG
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on February 6, 2009, 09:01:35 AM
did you read the posts in the project board?

There is a glitch in the permissions that is not granting you edit rights, even though I set you as the owner.  So, bear with it until I can get the gltich fixed and THEN make comments on what you can or can't do.

Most of the blogs had not been updated in over a month anywa.... :P
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Interrogator_Chaplain on February 11, 2009, 12:49:02 PM
May I bring up an issue? Whenever I'm in a topic thread and I want to go back to the main fourm section, I press Main for instance in the section, and it sends me back to the homepage. Whenever I hit the Forum page it shoots me back up to the top and I scroll down. It's a minor annoyance and this more or less sounds like I'm whinning but if you could fix it, that would be nice.
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on February 11, 2009, 01:58:07 PM
the categories links currently do not work...  it's been noted and explained previously. :)

Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Interrogator_Chaplain on March 21, 2009, 02:28:11 PM
I'd like to give mad props to whomever decided to put web slices on the site, fantastic idea!
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on March 21, 2009, 09:37:07 PM
web slices?
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Tauir - "The Shadow" on March 21, 2009, 10:32:11 PM
Did someone take down the member map? Because I can't find it...
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Changeyname on March 21, 2009, 10:42:47 PM
been there, asked that (http://www.40konline.com/index.php?topic=74356.msg2189877#msg2189877)

link to my similar question and the reply to save you waiting and Kindred repeating himself ;)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Balthraka on March 21, 2009, 11:06:32 PM
web slices?

From what I've gathered it's the new thing on IE8... (Don't use it myself but was reading about in the Computer forum).

Not sure what it does exactly... But I think it only works with sites that are set up for it (which 40KO apparently is).

-B
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on March 22, 2009, 01:32:49 PM
hmmm... I refuse to update to IE8 for various reasons (not the least of which is that it sucks even worse that IE7 and respects the supposed standards even less). Also, after looking, it only supports Vista, which I utterly refuse to use.

So, I don't know it we do web slices or not...   but since we use essentially the default SMF design with only CSS tweaks, it is possible.

Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Interrogator_Chaplain on March 22, 2009, 03:39:17 PM
These are Web Slices, this one displays the most recent posts for the web site.

(https://www.40konline.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi79.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fj159%2Finterrogator_chaplain%2FWebSlice.jpg&hash=c290d8f33e6d49e9e59b5b55f0de1f6205bf42b1)

Don't know who did it if you didn't Kin. Maybe it was Raine? Either way it's still a damn fine feature. Mayhaps you did it in your sleep?
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Kindred on March 22, 2009, 07:51:09 PM
nope... as I mentioned, I assume that it's a standard part of smf 2.0 that I never even bothered to look into. :)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Rasmus on March 23, 2009, 03:17:42 AM
Basically - if you like it "Great - we are happy you enjoy it!"
If you don't - "We didn't do it. We have nothign to do with it." :)
Title: Re: New features being added!
Post by: Interrogator_Chaplain on March 24, 2009, 12:13:09 AM
Basically - if you like it "Great - we are happy you enjoy it!"

We'll go with that, keep up the good work. :)