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peterska2 15 Apr 2006 00:09

Just thought about another couple which I have experienced as an end user before I got my first vB.

Don't pretend that you are someone else. Multiple personalities always get themselves found out.

Make sure you have your usergroup permissions right. You really don't want to have banned users having access to your admin forum.

If you are going to invent stories for the change of ownership because a site started out as a spin off from another one and you are trying to keep incognito then at least try and make it remotely realistic.


I think that is it really.

(No digs at anyone are intended with this post - it is simply for educational and informational purposes only.)

Freesteyelz 15 Apr 2006 00:15

If you're suggesting to be true/up-front then I agree fully. :)

rossco_2005 16 Apr 2006 19:57

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Originally Posted by filburt1
It is a bad idea because you're effectively giving the keys to somebody else. They can then wreak havoc when they want.

Still that just depends on the case.
In the forum I admin at i'm 1 of 3 admins.
The owner is an admin because it's his site. The other admin helps to run the site. I install, create and maintain hacks and the forum software.
So in our case 3 admins is good.

Lea Verou 01 Jun 2006 05:58

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Originally Posted by filburt1
9. Never, under any circumstances except for corporate websites, have another administrator.

Perhaps you should change it to "another administrator that you met online"?
Cause if you know a person from real life and you make the site with him/her from the beginning how can that be bad? It's not your site then, you own half of the site and he/she owns the other half ;)

Personally I own my site with my boyfriend and we equally share the responsiblities (although I code more and he pays more but it balances in the end).

jasharen 20 Jun 2006 17:31

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Thats a little bit out of date
Personally I know over 100 people online, of those that I know only 1 user is still on dial up. So I do tend to believe that the statement indicating that the majority of online users are on a 56k line is in fact out of date. Not to say that they don't exist, but imo they are not the majority anymore, at least not of north american users, I don't know much about the rest of the world in this regards.

blawson12 30 Jun 2006 17:18

Out of my entire forum, I, the owner, am the only user still on 56k. lol
The worst part is uploading and downloading.
/me eagerly awaits cable internet

Great advice! Thanks!

CAMS 01 Jul 2006 01:42

good read, altho i dont agree with the 56k part ;)

pretty sure here in scotland u cant get 56k anymore.(or atleast near the big citys) think the lowest is 4mb and am on a 10mb line wich most peeps i know have aswell.

LOLO Boutique 08 Jul 2006 16:03

Overall a good thread, well written.

To add our views to this, our site has three administrators. All have full access to the site, the adminCP, FTP and the SQL database. One of us deals mostly with the hosting and financial side of the site. Another deals with the graphics and the content of the site, along with the general user interaction as he's slightly less impulsive than me. I tend to deal with the coding side of things, making additions to the site and generally keeping it all together technically.

We all have complete trust in eachother.

We have a variety of forums, some of which are not displayed to guests, some of which are. This is more due to content within the forums, as opposed to enticing signup.

We have a few moderators across the forums, just to keep them tidy, but more importantly they are tasked with adding content to the forums and driving their respective areas. We give them pretty much complete creative control over their respective areas. The IT and electronics section is moderated by a guy who has an intense area in the subject. The vBookie forum with the betting threads is moderated by a fellow admin, as he has an intense interest in all forms of sport.

The adult material forum is moderated by a man. Because we're generally more perverted :p

We tend not to ban users, based purely because a lot of us, including the three admins, have came from a forum which was bought out and has had a great deal of restrictions imposed on it. We're all adults on our website, the youngest registered age is seventeen if I remember correctly, so we think that simply warning a user who oversteps the mark is the best way to proceed. It's working very well for us.

Just my two cents.

King Internet 10 Jul 2006 02:10

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Never, under any circumstances except for corporate websites, have another administrator.
haha you're kidding :(

All the other advice was spot on but there is nothing wrong with giving administrator permissions to other people, especially in my case where I have known the other administrators for around 5 years. Unless your board only has like 5 people viewing it at one time, having only 1 person who can actually get stuff done is impossible :/ If this is a guide for newer forums, sure. Don't make another admin. Established communities with more administrators is perfectly fine.

zooki 10 Jul 2006 23:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by jasharen
Personally I know over 100 people online, of those that I know only 1 user is still on dial up. So I do tend to believe that the statement indicating that the majority of online users are on a 56k line is in fact out of date. Not to say that they don't exist, but imo they are not the majority anymore, at least not of north american users, I don't know much about the rest of the world in this regards.

that depends on the forum target audience........... :bunny: I think i get a lot of hits from 3rd world countries without cable.. one of my members is in Iraq, she has 56k.

Marky 19 Jul 2006 13:25

Great guide - Good job!

ronoxQ 01 Aug 2006 20:34

Actually, I think another part of this is a bit out-of-date: most search engines nowadays DO read text inside images. At least, Google does.

rogersnm 03 Aug 2006 07:54

well it was posted 3 years ago..

Mauu 26 Aug 2006 20:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by ronoxQ
Actually, I think another part of this is a bit out-of-date: most search engines nowadays DO read text inside images. At least, Google does.

Google reading text inside images? I highly doubt it. If you are referring to image search, that searches the alternate text and surounding text. :-)

kobescoresagain 26 Oct 2006 18:39

I at one time lived by all these rules. On my second forum nonw, almost a 1000 members. 1 rule that I have broken that I think makes it better is this one.

2. Always allow guests to view your site. You may get many registrations if you turn off guest viewing, but virtually nobody will post because the majority of registrants will simply view your site and leave.

I have found that if you have automatic login prechecked, the ability to show only post topics and not bodies, and make people to sign in that you will
1. Get more registrations (which is a no brainer)
2. Get more posts per user (has increased by 4 since I required)
3. Have a more active forum in other areas.

The second thing I have found that I don't agree with now is this one.
11. Always stay up to date on your version of vBulletin. There are literally no exceptions to this. Always use the absolute latest stable (non-beta and non-RC) version which contains the latest security and bug fixes.

My suggestion is not to use the newest one. Use a stable one. Use it for awhile, if you have alot of hacks on your board, don't change it. It will only cause headaches.


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