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Old 31 Aug 2003, 10:46
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I think having some adminstrators that you can trust is not a bad thing, however database access and/or FTP access is website suicide.
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Old 31 Aug 2003, 12:58
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Website suicide... sounds like a new band.
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Old 19 Sep 2003, 00:01
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In refrence to additional admins. I had someone I thought I could trust when we started ,and they took the liberty of downloading their very own copy of the data base and tryed to clone my site....Good tip,,,,
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Old 19 Sep 2003, 03:34
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Originally Posted by CyberNinja
In refrence to additional admins. I had someone I thought I could trust when we started ,and they took the liberty of downloading their very own copy of the data base and tryed to clone my site....Good tip,,,,
You have to make sure you can trust them BEFORE you admin them. I have adminned several people, although there was one which I adminned out of pity for the hell of it, and he took the liberty to take advantage of me setting debug mode on and deleted all the settings.

But now that I have (rather, had) admins that I can trust, I haven't had any problems.
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Old 10 Mar 2006, 23:30
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1. Never ban search bots. They may use a bit of bandwidth when crawling your site, but you'll get more users when people find your site via Google, Yahoo, etc.
Where is the setting to ban search bots so I can check my settings?

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Old 11 Mar 2006, 00:19
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Great tips if you intend on building a very big and busy site.

However, there are some forums that are tightly focused, intimate even, and bigger is not always better in those cases. With them, content (and therefore, quality of membership) is king. I suspect sites like that need different strategies.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 00:30
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Originally Posted by filbert1
3. Don't use a graphics-heavy layout such as those like Yaxay and other sites. Some people think they look good, but remember the majority of computer users are using 800x600 on a 56Kb modem. Also, remember that search engine bots can't index the text within images.
That's a little out of date.
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 04:25
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Always backup your database and files on a regular basis.

If possible and resources are available, even test a restore to ensure your backup process is effective...

Huge one!
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Old 11 Mar 2006, 14:25
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The worst things you can ever do?

Auto promote new users to Administrator on Activation
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Old 04 Apr 2006, 18:23
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Originally Posted by Trigunflame
The worst things you can ever do?

Auto promote new users to Administrator on Activation
And send the FTP details of the site with the activation mail
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Old 04 Apr 2006, 19:54
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as someone said, it totally depends what you're going for. sure, your car forums might benefit by someone seeing all the super flash threads and stuff and joining, but something like my teen support & advice forum requires a certain amount of privacy for my members. i show thread titles and fully published articles, but hide anything that a member wouldnt want their worst enemy seeing.
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Old 05 Apr 2006, 00:57
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Originally Posted by hambil
That's a little out of date.
As hambil was referring to graphics I agree. A site design is dependent on its theme and audience. For gaming sites, the people expect a layout that appeals and is strong.
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Old 14 Apr 2006, 19:04
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Originally Posted by filburt1
6. Don't even bother considering promoting those who ask to be moderators. Instead, promote a moderator when you feel that (s)he is a great asset to the forum in a sense of maturity, responsibility, and resourcefulness on your site.
what i normally do is create another usergroup which does not have the power to edit post etc but can access admin sections and have their own colored username.

i put them in here on trial whilst i c if they are up 2 the job or not, plus it gives them a sense of power
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Old 14 Apr 2006, 19:25
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Originally Posted by hambil
That's a little out of date.
Why is it? I know a lot of people who still use Dial Up and often I am found using 800x600 resolution, especially late at night.
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Old 14 Apr 2006, 23:46
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8. If you do ban somebody, remain firm in your decision. Never let down! If they keep trying to register, keep banning. Most importantly, don't keep in communication with them. It only gives them further incentive. Publicly and privately with them, just pretend that they never existed.

9. Never, under any circumstances except for corporate websites, have another administrator.
some nice suggestions
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