Oh for cryin' out loud you peep's are startin' to sound like babies here.
"Whaaa I'm on a 56K so everyone should go down to only text-based."
Get real. The net is EVOLVING beyond text-based and into the graphic-based. Sure, text is still necessary, but the fact remains that more and more of the net is starting to use a hell of a lot more graphic's.
And believe me, this forum is no where NEAR what it CAN become as far as avatar's and sig pic's. Go over to www.gamecombos.com
forum's, or even www.shoryuken.com
forum's. THERE, you'll see that this forum is VERY low-key. (And yes, many over there are STILL on 56K modems).
The problem is that you are all trained on the simple text-based of the old forum. Well it's time for you all to grow up as well as with the site.
The ONLY thing that I can see that will help the forum's is this:
- Disable HTML That there alone can totally screw up a Message Board faster than any 45K animated GIF can. If you get a hardcore HTML programmer in here, and he gets totally pissed off, he can write up some HTML that can have it so that everytime someone loaded that thread, it'll shut down their browser, or send them to a porn site, or whatever they can think of. And if he's pissed off, don't think he'll just stop with only one thread. Hell no. He'll just copy / paste his code into all the major / hot threads all around, and then it'll be takin' the Moderator's job and Administrator's job to clean up the whole Message Board. And while they are cleaning, all the rest of us will have to sit on the side-line's until they are done.
- Get Moderator's Now If this forum was small in members and post growth, then I can see that the Admin. take his time in choosing Moderator's. But man, this place has gathered nearly all the posts in one day that my forum's have gathered since it's started!! Therefore, a "overseer" needs to be known and present. I do suggest that this here will be the people from the most respected and most known AMV Studio's that are out there, AND are completely trust-worthy.
- Set Limits Now don't get this confused with all of the current bitching that has been going on. I'm all for Avatar's and Signature pic's. But actually setting up php script that will detect any and ALL incoming signature IMG code size's and also avatar sizes will help. And I do think that a setting of 10K and 80 x 80 Avatar and 50K and [normal current signature bottom width] x 100 for Signature pic's.
The problem is, I don't know if phpBB's code IS really editable, like what VBulletin's is. (I'm very familiar with VBulletin, and use it as well.).
Oh and for the one who said that there are many other forum's that he could have chosen from - well yeah, there is, but all the MAJOR and most recommended for USE do come with some forum code, avatar ability, signature ability, HTML ability, and smilie (yes, those are what are at the right hand side are called) ability. I've typed this whole thing out, and not once have been distracted by the smilies. I don't know what your problem is, but you need to go and view a lot more Message Boards that are truly established before trying to condem this one.