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spyralout

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New Moderator

Congratulations @Deebs.

You have shown so many selfless acts of generosity and genuinely enthusiastic love for this community. From the (free) raffled prizes to the countless times you've helped another grower out with (free) seeds, equipment, advice. These are qualities that are truly representative of pHenohunter, of which the staff has granted you Full Moderator Rights.

πŸ’™ :phenohunt:
 

spyralout

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Reputation Points - Update

Based on the piloting of Reputation Points. The max has been updated to +25 available to give for Registered Members. Staff and Moderators are still able to give higher points as needed - reason being is we can help balance the continuity of Rep Points while not exposing us to abuse of the rep system. This will be re-evaluated and could be adjusted after some more piloting.

Thank you! :) For your participation and embracing of the new Reputation Point system. It has been very effective and fun so far! :phenohunt:

And just a reminder. If anyone has a LEGIT GOOD IDEA for a "Reaction (aka Like)" PM me and I'll see if it's feasible. This includes Emojis (aka "smilies").

Happy August friends πŸ’™
 

spyralout

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New Site Enhancement

Chat Room


In honor of having our 300th member join, and after seeing the community's interest in a chat feature, we have have added this functionality, courtesy of the staff at pH :)

In the Main Menu bar (side for mobile):

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Click on Chat ^

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You will automatically be placed in the General chit-chat room, which is the only room we are piloting at this time.
The same forum rules apply in chat.
Please review if you are not familiar with them here:

On the upper right corner:
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This shows the chat rules for this room:
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On the upper right corner:
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This shows the functions you can use in the chat room using a "/" symbol:
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More to come folks. If this pilot goes well then we will consider expanding functionality.

Have fun :)
 

spyralout

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Chat and Site Theme Update

For the best experience in chat functionality, the site theme needs to be in pH Classic Dark or Light, not Evolution. This allows the bottom tool bar to be functional to easily switch chat on and off the screen:

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Notice on the far right the Orange Chat key. Click on that to toggle the chat window on and off. The slider button is to turn chat off completely.

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Notice how the chat window pops up in any forum section you're in. Click on Chat again and it toggles it back down to the bar. VERY handy feature.

With that in mind since the chat functionality seems very popular as we are continuing to pilot it, it makes sense to have the default site theme work with its desired functionality. Site theme has been defaulted back to pH Classic Dark and future developments will continue with this theme. Please bear with us as this Classic Dark theme may need some updates that will require some manual rebuilding. All a part of piloting and dialing in. Thanks for all the feedback so far folks, it has been absolutely instrumental in making things work smoothly for everyone.
 

Capt. C

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Chat and Site Theme Update

For the best experience in chat functionality, the site theme needs to be in pH Classic Dark or Light, not Evolution. This allows the bottom tool bar to be functional to easily switch chat on and off the screen:

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Notice on the far right the Orange Chat key. Click on that to toggle the chat window on and off. The slider button is to turn chat off completely.

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Notice how the chat window pops up in any forum section you're in. Click on Chat again and it toggles it back down to the bar. VERY handy feature.

With that in mind since the chat functionality seems very popular as we are continuing to pilot it, it makes sense to have the default site theme work with its desired functionality. Site theme has been defaulted back to pH Classic Dark and future developments will continue with this theme. Please bear with us as this Classic Dark theme may need some updates that will require some manual rebuilding. All a part of piloting and dialing in. Thanks for all the feedback so far folks, it has been absolutely instrumental in making things work smoothly for everyone.
Sounds like a nice feature. I was glad to here others having difficulty as i usually am the one having issues with the tech stuff. Hope you are having a good weekend.
 

spyralout

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Sounds like a nice feature. I was glad to here others having difficulty as i usually am the one having issues with the tech stuff. Hope you are having a good weekend.
It has been a good one Capt. Hope yours has been good too. Join us in chat. It will keep expanding. We'll have new rooms soon as well so it's not so busy in one room. I must say I am impressed with its functionality especially for being a forum based add on. So far it hasn't taken anything away from forum posting so that's a HUGE PLUS and a good indicator that we'll keep it around and expand on it.
 

spyralout

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New Section/Forums

Food


Inspired by @SSGrower and his posts regarding diet and nutrition. Separate forums for Cannabis Infused and "Regular" (non-cannabis) food. We all love our munchies.

 

spyralout

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Chat Functionality Enhancement

Direct Image Uploads


In the menu bar, click on the Chat Image Upload Icon:
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A window will pop up:
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Click on Upload Image. A window should pop up to select your image from your hard drive/mobile device. Select your image, as seen in example below:
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You can upload multiple images at a time. Click on the image to upload:
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Click on Insert selected (or Delete selected if it's the wrong image, or you want to clean up your uploads):
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Image will show up at the cursor for text entry. Press enter.

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The button to link images is still there in case you would like to link an image instead, which can be helpful if image file sizes are large.
 

spyralout

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Site Enhancement

We haven't had any significant enhancements to the site for a while. In light of our One Year Anniversary and hitting Double Sparta (600 members) at the one year mark, we've implemented some enhancements that will improve the user experience.

- We have always utilized unshared VPS, which means that our server is not shared with any other site (better security and no bottlenecks). We have increased our server bandwidth, RAM, and SSD storage space. We have also added another two cores of CPU processing power.
- We now have the ability to host VIDEO - not just little clips but decent sized videos (please use discretion, no full 4k movies please lol :)).

The page loads will be faster than ever before, and now we have another way to share our experiences together.

We hope you enjoy these enhancements. As always, feedback is welcome.
 

spyralout

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Site Enhancement

We haven't had any significant enhancements to the site for a while. In light of our One Year Anniversary and hitting Double Sparta (600 members) at the one year mark, we've implemented some enhancements that will improve the user experience.

- We have always utilized unshared VPS, which means that our server is not shared with any other site (better security and no bottlenecks). We have increased our server bandwidth, RAM, and SSD storage space. We have also added another two cores of CPU processing power.
- We now have the ability to host VIDEO - not just little clips but decent sized videos (please use discretion, no full 4k movies please lol :)).

The page loads will be faster than ever before, and now we have another way to share our experiences together.

We hope you enjoy these enhancements. As always, feedback is welcome.
Folks, as we test and troubleshoot some of the video functionality, which we've always had but now we're able to post longer videos/larger file sizes, we will post certain things that may help optimize the loading and display of videos. We're looking for that sweet spot.

- Check your video resolution on your device (likely phone).
- 640x480 (480P) will give you the "mid-youtube" quality and the longest video time
- 1280x720 (720P) will give you slightly less quality but still longer video time than 1080P
- 1920x1080 (1080P) is what the site is optimized for photos. It will give you a bit better quality video but shorter video time

- Longer videos will initially make your page load lag, but once it's cached it should load up quick
- Settings are cranked pretty high right now so we'll back it down a bit if it starts to get too laggy. Remember this isn't youtube and we don't have million dollar servers. It was meant to give us more video capacity within reason.

Thanks for your patience as we work out the kinks.
 
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