Exactly. Doesn't work without extreme danger of really creating a disaster of your .threads board, which is why we removed it.
phpmyadmin and other backup programs can restore your threads database because they are not actually using the database while restoring it. Restoring the threads database from within threads means you are currently using the database that you are trying to restore. We could, perhaps, write a standalone to do it, but then we're moving away from the aim of UBB.threads and our area of expertise, and moving towards an area where other people are concentrated and do a much better job.
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Ok, I get the drift. Just thought that the moving process was a bit complicated at first sight, and I personally lost mungo time figuring out how to get the job done. Maybe including a simple 32k php file with Threads or making it available from Infopop along with some short 'helpme file' would definitely make things easier for inexperienced users.
How will things look with regards to the Threaded-look in UBBT? Will this also be brought over? If so will there be an option to switch this off? I have users divided on the issue as some tend to like it but others simply prefer the old-style method of a single reply button, though personally I don't like the fact that I can't entirely delete certain posts because of this (all I get is an 'edited by' message) and a blanked-out post. Apart from that I like the option of having Threaded mode, albeit as an option.
On a side note, will there be any chance of seeing how progress is going and getting some sort of glimpse of the new design?
Good stuff, especially since toggling Threaded/Linear mode can have an effect on server load.
If I may add three more quick suggestions with regards to Threads and what could be changed then here goes:
1. Ability to switch of signatures in the CP. Option should then disappear from registration/profile screen as well as from post/reply screens.
2. 'Edited by' control. Would be useful (in my case vital) to have more control over this. I could really do with the ability to switch off users' power over whether their message should contain the "edited by" phrase or not. Once again a simple *click* in the CP would remove this option from edit pages, and mark all edited messages as edited. Or maybe the following setting:
a) edit post time limit (master setting) b) time limit without "edited by" message showing up
If you don't want the "edited by" message to show up, the two can be idential. If you always want it, the second option is set to 0. You could also allow a five minute window for example which would give users time to edit their newly-written post without having it marked.
3. Ability to switch off A) topic ratings. Useful feature, but should be an option to disable it via the CP. -and- B) publicly displayed email addresses (can be left out of the registration screen, but not out of the profile for some reason).
One more small one, I'm starting to like the censor feature in Threads which replaces words with others specifically chosen by the Admin. It would be great if the feature could switch phrases that contain the "=" sign. As it stands the equal sign is part of the syntax so it can't be used.
Little tiny one to add - please allow the Admin to switch off (globally) the ability to alter the thread title by those who reply. As it stands each new post has the ability to change the topic title, and this new title is the one that appears on the main forum index. It gets a bit confusing because of this.