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Posted By: John West Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 6:47 PM
Greetings!

I had a member ask if there was any way to change the default member status from "User" to "Member" because it has come to our attention that certain applications or uses of a discussion forum software such as using the UBB platform for substance abuse websites finds the word USER offensive. I offered to pose the question and possible remedy here in order to pass it on. Thanks! (I believe they use the 7.5.? version)

I could probably modify the correct files and/or database entries myself but would rather ask/shortcut for an answer here. Status is hard coded and not part of the Title or Group entries that can be manipulated via the control panel.

In our 15th year with UBB and still flyin high!
Posted By: isaac Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 6:51 PM
MEMBER TITLES:

1. Control Panel > Profile Settings > Member Titles
Edit the titles to whatever you want.

2. Check the box if you want to update existing users with those new titles.

That's all smile

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LANGUAGE FILES:

If you want to edit the language used for your entire site;

1. Control Panel > Languages > Language Editor TAB

2. Enter "Search String" text, such as "User". Click the "Go" button.

3. Edit the fields as you choose. Click the "Update Language File." button after each edit.

Posted By: John West Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 6:59 PM
Thanks but that alters the display in posts only - however it does not alter the Status when viewing other areas of the forum such as the User List where the Member is still listed as "User" when viewed. The desire is to change the "User" to "Member" by default throughout the display in all areas.

Of course i am commenting per our conversation (the questioner and I) and will investigate the display properties better ASAP while we converse here.
Posted By: isaac Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 7:00 PM
RE: "LANGUAGE FILES" grin
Posted By: John West Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 7:00 PM
Originally Posted by id242
MEMBER TITLES:

LANGUAGE FILES:

If you want to edit the language used for your entire site;

1. Control Panel > Languages > Language Editor TAB

2. Enter "Search String" text, such as "User". Click the "Go" button.

3. Edit the fields as you choose. Click the "Update Language File." button after each edit.



Will also examine this suggestion as it applies to the entire forum display output. Thanks.
Posted By: John West Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 7:11 PM
Yes the suggestion appears to be acceptable at face value and I will attempt to assist them in resolving the issue after a test run at one of our existing Forums. I had simply missed the Edit tab when examining the Language option in the control panel.

Thanks for the instructive and wish them luck!
Posted By: isaac Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 7:15 PM
Good luck to them - I'm aware of how hard it can be for recovering persons to re-join the "functioning" world. Any open-hand is very welcomed.

Cheers and good luck cool
Posted By: John West Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 8:24 PM
::UPDATE::

I was informed that they originally asked/wondered if the UBB team would consider the change in future releases so they would not have to update all of the files and I replied "no". I then backed up their site (given access) altered the necessary entries and tested the output. (requested change in access code to protect myself)

They are happy and it was a success.

I highly recommend that everyone keep two complete backup sets as one is manipulated the other is only updated after extensive testing. We all know how unnoticed wrinkles come up even after preliminary tests are completed sometimes.

UBB Rules! or as we know it - U'r Best Bet!

Posted By: Gizmo Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 9:42 PM
Originally Posted by id242
RE: "LANGUAGE FILES" grin
+1

Originally Posted by John West
I was informed that they originally asked/wondered if the UBB team would consider the change in future releases so they would not have to update all of the files and I replied "no".
Likely not going to happen, these titles are for defaults and likely won't change, especially since a community could update them easily themselves (don't upload the language files during an update, simply elect to "update these files automatically" during an upgrade).[/quote]
Posted By: Ruben Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/05/2014 9:44 PM
All from the UBB control panel.
The first item to do is add a member group called members.
Then set permissions the same as users.
Then in registration settings change the default group from users to members.
Then all new registrations will be in the members group.
Then the other suggestions in this topic will move existing people to users and change any reference from users to members.
Posted By: Baldeagle Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 03/14/2014 8:16 PM
Originally Posted by Ruben
All from the UBB control panel.
The first item to do is add a member group called members.
Then set permissions the same as users.
Then in registration settings change the default group from users to members.
Then all new registrations will be in the members group.
Then the other suggestions in this topic will move existing people to users and change any reference from users to members.

Or use the database tools to change all users to members. All the usual disclaimers apply; make sure you have a good backup that is restoreable, take your forum offline so no changes can occur while you're manipulating the db, etc., etc.

Run this sql query to find out what the group id is for members:

select * from (your board's prefix)_GROUPS

Once you have the ID for Users (4) and Members (?) run this update query:

update (your prefix(_USER_GROUPS set GROUP_ID=='?" where GROUP_ID='4'

That will change all the current Users to Members but will not affect Administrators or Moderators.
Posted By: John West Re: Forum Member asked a question: - 07/22/2014 1:42 PM
Thanks Guys and it is sad we have come to the point that now words are under attack. It reflects the downturn of a society when the bulk of the citizens are petty. And boy have most Americans gotten petty!

Of course none I know!

My grandson said it best! "Why can't everyone just SHUT UP?"

I said "You have a point son!"

We didn't speak for the rest of the day! (laughing)

Anyway it is nice to have a place where we can come when we are too tired to scan the core of UBB and bounce stuff off of those who have been working with it forever. Sometimes even the best of Developers run down and look foolish over the simplest things just trying to get a project done. Boy don't I know it.

Be good - and if you can't be good, be GREAT!

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