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Admin
05-07-2012, 11:11 PM
Welcome back, everyone. :)

I'm adding information in this info thread, please hang tight for a bit and we'll start posting some updates.

Admin
05-07-2012, 11:43 PM
OK, here’s the gist of what’s been happening.

We have a new layout design, which is pretty much completed. However, we had to take the site down for a couple of days for the database restructuring, and anything posted during that time would have been reverted back to the take-down date, or possibly broken the code here or there. We took the site down for a couple of days, and then on Saturday realized that a few of the layout changes were messing up in other browsers, mostly mobile browsers.

Additionally, we are spending hours upon hours running through each page over and over to make sure everything is showing up properly, and finding a few missing items here or there.

Basically it’s been a sleepless few days. :)

Our list of fixes is down to one page (from around 10 pages) so we’re close to being finished. I apologize for things taking this long, we didn’t anticipate some of the issues that were encountered.

What we will be doing is opening each section one at a time, once each is complete. The first part to open will be the new calendar, the second part will be the photo galleries. As we finish a section, we’re going to open that section, make sure nobody is having any problems with it, and then move on to the next one. I’ll detail the sections in another post later.

Clicking on any of the links in the navigation bar up top will lead to a maintenance page until that section is completed.

There are a *lot* of changes to the overall layout. We’ve cleaned up most of the bugs and also consolidated everything more naturally into their proper areas. For example, instead of hunting down three different places to work on your costumes, everything can be done from the Costume Dropdown and Costume Administration page. Also, your event planner is now fully integrated into the actual calendar, so you can view the event calendar and add/remove events as you go.

Photo uploads are now much larger, and we’re displaying the higher resolution images for each photo that was uploaded even before we did the layout change.

I’ll post a few screenshots momentarily so everyone can see what’s coming.

Syagria
05-08-2012, 07:30 AM
The first part to open will be the new calendar, the second part will be the photo galleries... your event planner is now fully integrated into the actual calendar, so you can view the event calendar and add/remove events as you go.

OMG THAAAANK YOUUUU!! :D

Pirogoeth05
05-08-2012, 07:36 AM
Thank you so much for taking your time. I would rather wait longer and let you all figure out all the bugs than have the site crash or not work for someone.

Karitsa
05-08-2012, 08:13 AM
* Question for the Admin/Mods...

Hi there. I'm really worried about the larger images being displayed only because I reported a bug a while back that I'm pretty sure wasn't fixed. Basically, when I went to "replace" a photo, the larger image still displayed the old photo instead of the new one I uploaded in its place. Does this mean, since the larger images are automatically being displayed, that I've lost all of the edited replacement photos?! I didn't save any of them, since I wasn't expecting this to happen!! Please tell me the replacement photos will be visible and not the unchanging larger ones... :(

Here's the initial thread about the photo replacement bug...
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=198129
(Way back from 2010. Please tell me this is fixed! I don't want to lose all of my edited images... :()

Gwydion
05-08-2012, 09:24 AM
Thank you so much for all of your hard work updating the site! I'd rather wait longer than planned and have it ready than open it too soon and have a lot of bugs. I'm really excited to see what changes have been made! ^_^

orah257
05-08-2012, 10:52 AM
Thank you for taking your time to fix the bugs!!! Will the costume and picture bugs be fixed as well as in like the 45839329332 commet and picture ones? Thank you so much for updating your website! I really love the new look so far! Can't wait to see the rest of the website!!! And take your time, rushing only makes things worse :>

AutisticAlice
05-08-2012, 11:57 AM
Is there a set time when everything will be set? I don't see much info about the OFFICIAL time when it will be. I kind of would like to know since I kind of panic when I don't have a good idea of how long it will take.

double00beaver
05-08-2012, 12:16 PM
Thank you so much for your hard work! Quick question though, there's no link for the marketplace in the new header. Is the marketplace being uploaded again with all these new updates or do we have to wait for that a bit longer?

SakuraxTsubasa
05-08-2012, 02:33 PM
Thank you, Admin! I (and most of us, at the very least) appreciate your hard work and sleeplessness for this. I really like the previews I'm seeing!

JasonTerror
05-08-2012, 06:03 PM
um..question..if the first part to be open was the calender, how come when i go to it, i cant go anywhere past Dec. 2006?

Admin
05-08-2012, 06:27 PM
You're likely looking at a very old version of the calendar on a legacy URL. The calendar is at http://www.cosplay.com/calendar/ - (which isn't live yet) so if you're looking at a different page than that, let me know what the URL is and I'll turn it off since it's not an active URL anymore.


Edit: I just realized you're probably looking at the built-in vBulletin calendar. I'll turn that off, we don't use that.

Karitsa
05-08-2012, 06:51 PM
* Question for the Admin/Mods...

Hi there. I'm really worried about the larger images being displayed only because I reported a bug a while back that I'm pretty sure wasn't fixed. Basically, when I went to "replace" a photo, the larger image still displayed the old photo instead of the new one I uploaded in its place. Does this mean, since the larger images are automatically being displayed, that I've lost all of the edited replacement photos?! I didn't save any of them, since I wasn't expecting this to happen!! Please tell me the replacement photos will be visible and not the unchanging larger ones... :(

Here's the initial thread about the photo replacement bug...
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=198129
(Way back from 2010. Please tell me this is fixed! I don't want to lose all of my edited images... :()

Any news on this? I'm so worried! Please get back to me when you can. I know this is a very busy time, so I'll try my best to be patient, hehe! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication - the site looks fantastic so far and I can't wait for it to go live! Once I know my photos are safe, I can relax and fully enjoy the upgrade. :)

Admin
05-08-2012, 06:59 PM
They're still there, it's likely that when you uploaded a replacement image, it just didn't replace what the server thought was the "larger" image. That was an old bug. For all photos, if you are seeing the wrong image we'll have something you can do to automatically correct it, both versions are stored on the server for that reason. It's on the fix list. :)

Karitsa
05-08-2012, 07:27 PM
They're still there, it's likely that when you uploaded a replacement image, it just didn't replace what the server thought was the "larger" image. That was an old bug. For all photos, if you are seeing the wrong image we'll have something you can do to automatically correct it, both versions are stored on the server for that reason. It's on the fix list. :)

PHEW! Now I can rest easy. I'd rather have no larger image than the wrong one!

Thank you sooooo much for getting back to me so quickly! Keep up the awesome work. <3
You guys are the best!! :)

Chelseahavoc
05-10-2012, 11:49 AM
i find it odd that in order to get here i have to type in cosplay.com/showthread (ect) and when i go to just the "cosplay.com" add it says its still down. is it going to keep doing this until everything i up?

AutisticAlice
05-10-2012, 12:40 PM
On the Saboten 2012 it says Sept 2 -Jan 3 and that is wrong. The real info for the site is here at the official Saboten page: http://www.facebook.com/sabotencon

edit: And I accidentally submitted my gallery to a photoshoot. >_< I haven't worked out any poses. My dad can't use my cellphone's camera worth shit and my mom gets upset when she has to take more than four pictures... and I don't know anyone else who can take my photoshoot so... it was accidental. >_<

Nemuren
05-10-2012, 02:08 PM
The home page no longer has a link to the forums as it did when the forums first went back up, while entering the direct address into the browser (obviously) works.

Admin
05-10-2012, 02:12 PM
The home page will be back online today once the costumes pages are back up. There are too many links on the new home page to areas that are currently not activated.

Karitsa
05-10-2012, 10:16 PM
Whooooooooooa! Everything looks AMAZING!! Thank you all for your hard work - it's definitely paying off! Love it, love it, love it~ :) <3

Aphex
05-11-2012, 08:59 PM
Whoot! I'm just wondering but when will the marketplace reopen? :D

Ion
05-12-2012, 01:29 PM
Just wondering, am I the only one seeing the vBcode displayed now instead of the actual output in the forums? I did not see any sort of option for different views and it is not the end of the world. It just makes things a bit more work to read through when I edit/update some of my link-heavy posts.

Admin
05-12-2012, 01:41 PM
Do you mean seeing the code during edits instead of a wysiwyg editor?

Ion
05-12-2012, 04:04 PM
Sorry I was not really clear: Yes.
I did not see an option to switch between wysiwyg or code so it is a mystery to me.

Viveeh
05-13-2012, 10:41 AM
How do I get to the page that shows all the galleries I have?
How do I see the last comment that was made to my photos?
I noticed that the costume I've edited last appears first, could you put a setting to change that, please, pleeease? Thanks.

LakuriSyaoran
05-13-2012, 12:16 PM
I'm really really liking the lay out!! ^^ but I do have 1 question. is there going to be a thing that notifies you when you have comments? I really liked that so I didn't have to memorize my comment numbers for costumes then look through all my pictures...

RavenTifa
05-13-2012, 05:25 PM
Any clue on when the searches will be functional again? Not sure if it was asked before, but been having trouble navigating too far from the main page so thought I'd just go ahead and ask it rather than keep getting jumped to the temporarily down page.

Admin
05-13-2012, 08:38 PM
I'm really really liking the lay out!! ^^ but I do have 1 question. is there going to be a thing that notifies you when you have comments? I really liked that so I didn't have to memorize my comment numbers for costumes then look through all my pictures...

Yes, should be tonight.

Any clue on when the searches will be functional again? Not sure if it was asked before, but been having trouble navigating too far from the main page so thought I'd just go ahead and ask it rather than keep getting jumped to the temporarily down page.

Basic search is now re-enabled. Advanced search is coming.

cactusmomma
05-13-2012, 09:24 PM
The drop-down menus disappear if my mouse moves even a little bit. Between clicking on the search box and the photo button.. this happens every time and is becoming very inconvenient. Will there be a way to make them stay until clicked on again?

Admin
05-13-2012, 09:27 PM
I'll fix that shortly, but in the meantime if you directly click on the "Search" button, the search form should stay open even if you move away from it. This is not working in the forums area, but should work in the rest of the site.

Nemuren
05-14-2012, 08:47 AM
Will search be allowed to look for 3-letter words?

Viveeh
05-14-2012, 09:29 AM
When will the last comment button be functional and also on the page of all the photos?

Edit: Nevermind, I like the new green comment button. :D
Thank you so much for the bigger inbox as well!!

scuryghost
05-16-2012, 11:30 AM
Can we get the private messages up and running soon? I think they are sending but I don't believe there is any notification.
I really need to get in contact with a girl who sold me a wig a few days before the site went down. She's been online but I suspect hasn't checked her inbox so I think she has no idea that I've been trying to reach her. It's been really stressing me out!
Is there something an admin can do to help me in the mean time? I need the wig in 10 days.

EDIT: I've gotten in contact with her! All is well.

NyhteAngel13
05-17-2012, 05:06 PM
any idea when the marketplace will open up? i can't find it anywhere so i assume it hasn't been loaded yet.

errido
05-17-2012, 06:59 PM
any idea when the marketplace will open up? i can't find it anywhere so i assume it hasn't been loaded yet.

Do you mean this?http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=78
One thing you should know is that the threads are viewed differently in the marketplace. The threads are viewed by the time the threads were started by default.

solstis
05-17-2012, 07:34 PM
Gallery images do not show up for me in Firefox browser ...... icons do but thats all

NyhteAngel13
05-18-2012, 05:08 PM
Do you mean this?http://www.cosplay.com/forumdisplay.php?f=78
One thing you should know is that the threads are viewed differently in the marketplace. The threads are viewed by the time the threads were started by default.

no i am not talking about that. i found that. i'm talking about the actual market place where i had my items listed and i even checked the forum version to see if it was turned into something there, it was not. like the marketplace sect. "for sale: non cosplay" or something like that

Blood_Sword
06-03-2012, 03:12 AM
Is it just me or haven't any site updates been done in a while?

Viveeh
06-03-2012, 09:20 AM
May 22nd was a while ago...

Karitsa
06-06-2012, 09:54 PM
I really hope the updates continue! They were looking so awesome!!