By on July 29, 2015

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For a while, TTAC has had a forum hidden in the depths of its technical innards that’s gone almost wholly unused. Most of this had to do with the forum itself, while being a part of TTAC, requiring a different user login that was entirely separate from your WordPress commenter login.

Well, we fixed that, and some other stuff. This is TTAC Forum 2.0.

If you click the link above — or the Forum link in the main menu — you will notice you’re taken directly into the forum and you’ll already be logged in. There’s no need for an additional user login anymore.Also, you will hopefully notice the new solution looks a hell of a lot better than the old one. We are relying on a more common software package for the forum this time around, so those of you who are members on forums elsewhere will likely find the UI very familiar.

There’s likely still a few kinks we need to work out. For instance, you will need to upload your avatar manually for now if you want it to match your WordPress login. However, we hope to make it a pretty seamless experience between commenting on an article and moving to a forum thread.

Please give our new toy a whirl. If you find any bugs, feel free to post them in this article’s comment thread for now. I will work on adding another section in the forum to report issues for the forum itself.

Enjoy!

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24 Comments on “For(u)m Follows Function – TTAC Gets A New Discussion Area...”


  • avatar
    mike978

    Is this the big news? I had forgotten about the forums, as I am sure others had. Just went in and they seem very lightly used with the most recent comments, excluding tests, from June.

    I think most people took your previous article to mean the commenting system for the main site was changing. Is that planned?

    • 0 avatar

      We definitely need an upgrade to the comment system and I keep yelling for it, but there is no ETA yet.

      • 0 avatar
        Sjalabais

        Kindly allow me to say that it wasn’t a smart move to hang out a “guess what’s coming”-sign, when all commenters clearly agree that the ancient discussion system here needs an overhaul. Can’t be news to the crew either?

        It is positive though to have a clear and easy way to recommend articles etc though. I’m sure improved integration of the forum will lead to noticeable more use of it.

  • avatar
    Mathias

    You-all gots a bit of a spam issue.. i was going to comment on russcycle’s question regarding a minivan, but there’s one page of good discussion followed by fourteen (14) pages of spam.

    I suggest disabling ‘guest’ posts entirely; that’s how edmunds.com been from time immemorial, and they still get the occasional spam attack.

    -Mathias

    • 0 avatar
      Mark Stevenson

      I thought all the spam had been cleaned up but it looks like a few threads have slipped through the cracks.

      • 0 avatar
        Land Ark

        You’re probably in the middle of cleaning it up, but there are a few threads (most importantly mine) in Used Car Discussion with a bunch of Nike spam replies.

        Also the formatting has gone away and my main post is now a wall of text. Is there a way to get back into them so I can edit the old posts?

        Finally, what’s the story with attaching pictures? My work computer blocks the site I used to upload photos so I can’t see if mine work, but I’m not seeing anyone else’s. It looks like a more traditional way of posting pics, which I am excited about. If it means the old ones are gone, I can live with that.
        EDIT: Poked around some more and I can see some other folks’ old photos.

        • 0 avatar

          All the spam posts should be cleaned up now. I just did a quick sweep.

          Moving from the old forum system to the new one, it looks like a lot of the post formatting has gone awry. I don’t think we will be doing anything to fix those old posts either. However, you might be able to edit them. Give it a shot and let me know what happens.

          I am seeing a few photos on member posts but not a ton. You can upload photos through the forum system itself now.

          • 0 avatar
            Land Ark

            There is no edit button that I can see, so I can’t edit old posts.

            I attempted to do a test post using Explorer and I got this:

            The website cannot display the page

            HTTP 500

            Most likely causes:
            •The website is under maintenance.
            •The website has a programming error.

            Also, I attempted to post using Firefox and it took me to a blank screen. I’m not sure if this is because of NoScript and one of the scripts needs to be allowed.

          • 0 avatar

            @Land Ark: Can you try with script-blocking plugins off to see what happens?

            Maybe we have an issue with users who previously signed up in the forum with usernames matching their WordPress accounts.

            In the meantime, I will alert the forum folks.

    • 0 avatar

      So, all those spam ‘Guest’ posts were migrated from the old system. Hopefully we won’t have to deal with walls of spam like this in the future.

  • avatar
    Greg Locock

    Forum link is borked as of 2059 AEST

  • avatar
    seth1065

    So DW is not gonna get a TTAC year long ATS to fall in love with??

    • 0 avatar
      cgjeep

      DW should have a Forum category.

    • 0 avatar
      cartunez

      DW is interesting to me along with Big Truck, Ruggles and a few other commentors.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      If I had a forum it would be titled “Unleash The Hate” and everyone would be encouraged to speak honestly – perfectly honestly – about the many horrendous failures of automotive manufacturers, the dealerships that sell their products (protected racket) – which evolve (or devolve) at a galacial pace – and the incompetent and/or corrupt legislatures and regulators that enable/embolden/encourage many (though necessarily not all) such failures.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        Are you old enough to remember Madge saying “You’re soaking in it”?

        • 0 avatar
          DeadWeight

          Unleash the hatred and contempt towards things serving of it.

          Scientists have proven it’s extremely unhealthy to bottle that righteous hatred up inside your innards.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Pass me some of that delicious hateorade.

          • 0 avatar
            RideHeight

            Madge’s customers were always surprised that a dish soap should be recommended for skin care. When Madge told them they were already soaking in it they were mildly shocked.

            TTAC is Palmolive in this internet adaption of the play. Why would it need a dedicated forum for hatred and contempt? It’s already soaking in it.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Garage and signatures section in the user CP (profile section) don’t seem to be working in Firefox or Safari for me.

    Also the default time zone was GMT but that was an easy to fix in the user CP.

  • avatar
    VolandoBajo

    Just gave it a cursory whirl in a new tab…seemed to work ok, descending into a specific thread, even. And I have ghostery and a lot of other protection mechanisms for both virus and privacy issues, but no apparent conflict. A brief list, Comodo I/S, Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot v 1.x, an adblocker, etc.

    But I haven’t found (not that I looked hard) an explanation for red vs blue envelopes on the left, on my first visit. Couldn’t have been the obvious visited vs. non.

    But this is close to what I was hoping for. Much now will depend on spam control, moderation, etc. plus editorial oversight of the architecture of the forum structure.

    But BRAVO! A good first cut at a step forward…

    Carry on, ever onwards, into the fog (as said by Oat Willie).

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