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Offline AlecWest

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Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:51:35 am »
I've not officially launched it yet.  And even when I do, there won't be any eye-popping graphics or fancy features on it.  But, I'm getting ready to launch my own forum called the "Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek" here:

http://forum.p2trek.com

If you can think of any other topic categories I could add, let me know.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 03:17:31 pm »
Maybe a forum area for the races we have seen in Trek and/or maybe the worlds we have seen in Trek.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 06:12:57 pm »
Alec,
Good luck with your forum. I have a lot of experience in that field as I have been running my own vBulletin based forum since 2002 and it now has over 10000 members. It is a lot of work and responsibility, but it it helps a lot of people, it is also very rewarding (although not financially I must add).

A separate New Voyages forum was tried before, but that went nowhere. The problem is motivating people to join if they are already in one location. I personally think this forum should be fixed as all the members are already here. Rob seems to be already overworked so perhaps he should find some deputies to help with running the forum and website including solving technical issues.

By the way, I am currently revamping my own www.startrekphase2.de website. It is being updated to make it more iPad/iPhone/Android friendly and allowing for streaming to all these devices (html5 compatible) independent of YouTube, which has been giving me a lot of problems recently. I am also making changes to make it much easier to support more languages. My site currently runs in English and German and another major language is about to be added as well. Once my changes are complete, almost any number of languages could be added limited only by the number of volunteers prepared to write the text.

Look out for some great improvements shortly. Are there any guys out there armed with iPads, Android Tablets, etc. willing to do a beta test?

Regards

Peter
« Last Edit: October 12, 2013, 08:43:13 pm by trekcon »
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 09:47:05 pm »

Maybe a forum area for the races we have seen in Trek and/or maybe the worlds we have seen in Trek.


Good idea.  I've just added a "Non-human Cultures/Races" category to the board (with a few topics under it).


Good luck with your forum. I have a lot of experience in that field as I have been running my own vBulletin based forum since 2002 and it now has over 10000 members. It is a lot of work and responsibility, but it it helps a lot of people, it is also very rewarding (although not financially I must add).


I've run forums in the past, too ... but much less complicated than the forums of today.  I'm using SMF forum software (like here).  I hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew.  But, I'll give it a go.


A separate New Voyages forum was tried before, but that went nowhere.


Mine encompasses the entire Trek world (shudder).  Again, I hope I'm not biting off than I can chew.


By the way, I am currently revamping my own www.startrekphase2.de website. It is being updated to make it more iPad/iPhone/Android friendly and allowing for streaming to all these devices (html5 compatible) independent of YouTube, which has been giving me a lot of problems recently.


That's what motivated me to rethink my "med" format files (428x240).  A lot of people are going "handheld" today ... and the "med" format files can easily be made compatible with them (if they aren't already).  At least, hehe, that's the theory.  I've never owned a handheld device (except a cheap Tracfone) and wouldn't really know.

Good luck on those changes to the German mirror.  I'm sure the new offerings will find an audience.

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2013, 04:26:36 am »

That's what motivated me to rethink my "med" format files (428x240).  A lot of people are going "handheld" today ... and the "med" format files can easily be made compatible with them (if they aren't already).  At least, hehe, that's the theory.  I've never owned a handheld device (except a cheap Tracfone) and wouldn't really know.

Regards,
J. Alec West


I have never heard of the "med" format and Google did not seem to know about them either? ???

For mobile devices, the formats of choice are "mp4", "ogg" and "webm" along with "divx" and "mkv"

On my website, I have been using the FlowPlayer as that supports flash and subtitles, but not as well as I would like. I am therefore currently looking into other players like "Kaltura" and "Video-js" as they seem to support flash and html5 format videos and importantly, multiple subtitle languages and video sizes (360p, 480p, 720p) as well. I am currently trying to test them, but am having problems working out the exact configuration I need and getting it to work.

Is there anyone on this forum who is an expert on this and can provide me some technical assistance? That would speed up the implementation of this all. My aim is to provide all episodes with all available subtitles languages using the mp4, ogg and webm formats in video sizes 360p (640x360), 480p (854x480) and 720p (1280x720).

These videos would be offered on www.startrekphase2.de with the website being available in English, German and a third language (yet to be announced). Once all this is implemented, it would be possible to add further languages as we find volunteers interested in providing the text for the respective languages.

As you can see, that is a lot of work getting that all organized and I preferably want that all to be ready in time for Kitumba. As I do not know when Kitumba will be finally released, it is difficult to plan the timing for that. I hope to have the updated website with at least some of those new features online by Halloween if I can.

Are there any beta testers out there interested in helping me out?

Regards

Peter
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2013, 10:41:06 am »

I have never heard of the "med" format and Google did not seem to know about them either? ???


It's not a "format" reference, per se.  It's a "resolution" reference (of my own creation).  I used to encode "med" files (of different formats) at 640x360.  But as more and more handheld devices came out, I could see the handwriting on the wall ... and wanted to give those folks something their devices could swallow ... with a 428x240 size.


For mobile devices, the formats of choice are "mp4", "ogg" and "webm" along with "divx" and "mkv"


My "med" MP4 files should do the trick.  BTW, I'm assuming "webm" is a YouTube-created format.  I've never understood why they did so.  They're so easy to transcode into other formats so it's not like they're "secure" files.  Does the format have any advantage over others?

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2013, 01:39:24 pm »
The forum looks good. I am not sure I can follow that rule though, it seems kind of hard to live by...lol

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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2013, 10:16:10 pm »

The forum looks good. I am not sure I can follow that rule though, it seems kind of hard to live by...lol


Well, I didn't want to post a long list of rigid rules that few would read (or obey) and just give a "golden rule" that leaves discretion in the matter in my hands, hehe.  BTW, I also dispensed with the lengthy list of "forbidden words" like this forum has ... and resorted to George Carlin's "7 words you can't say on television" - along with the 8th word that he said didn't make the list because no one would use it:

TURD

People can get away with using it in this forum - but not on mine. 8)

But, I allowed use of one of the words on the list ... p**s ... because it has different connotations.  For example:

1) I'm going to take a p**s (refers to a bodily discharge of liquid waste and is considered a naughty use of the word).

...but...

2) I'm p**sed (refers to being angry in the USA. ... or being drunk if you say it in Britain ... neither of which are considered offensive uses).

P.S.  In the last few hours, I updated my forum homepage with a plethora of new categories/topics.  So, if you haven't looked at it lately, look again.  Just a few more tweeks and I'll officially launch it.

Regards,
J. Alec West
« Last Edit: October 19, 2013, 05:18:06 pm by AlecWest »
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2013, 03:38:45 am »
As someone who has run his own forum for years, I have some important advice.

As soon as the spammers find your forum, you are going to find hundreds and in time thousands of spammer registrations to your forum every day. If you do not put suitable anti-spam mods on your forum, you will be overwhelmed in sorting out the good from the bad.

Luckily, there are some good countermeasures that I can recommend. I highly recommend the following:

Check new registrations against the www.stopforumspam.com database.
The mod for your forum can be found here:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1547

Do not use the standard captcha, use FunCaptcha instead.
https://www.funcaptcha.co/

These two tools in combination should prevent just about all spammer registrations while letting normal users in.
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2013, 08:35:46 am »
Implementing both is very good advice.  Thanks.

Regards,
J. Alec West
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2013, 06:19:32 am »
Peter,

Check out this post I made to the SMF forum:

http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=512645.0#new

Regards,
J. Alec West
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Re: Trek-A-Lot Forum - All Things Trek
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2013, 01:28:11 pm »
I've decided to put my forum project on hiatus for the moment.  Too many irons in the fire ... and I need more time to become more knowledgeable about the different software available to me.  I'd rather make an "educated" leap onto the information superhighway than just toss it out there.  The forum was, after all, planned as an adjunct to my mirror sites ... not as an independent "career" function. 8)

Regards,
J. Alec West
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