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Post by Whyperion » 23 Jun 2013, 17:42

While browsing for a thread I had posted a couple of days back via the Portal Page , it only bought up 22 active threads I could view , as a guest , checking Google cache and then into live site it said for the thread I needed to be logged in to view. Logging in Portal brings up 25 active threads I coulc view.

As the thread menu is What's Happening Locally ‹ Tourist Guides ‹ Barnoldswick , which I would have been the most use to casual visitors ( assuming we want people to divert off A Roads into the town ) , may I suggest that maybe some of the board settings are a bit awry , or have I somehow set up thread and postings to be only visible to registered users somehow in ignorant error / set up in my profile ??

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Post by PanBiker » 23 Jun 2013, 18:38

There are a number of anomalies with the site since the crash about a month ago. Development is underway to redeploy the board when we have a stable platform again. The Portal is not designed as a means to browse the board rather than as a front end to the site. As a registered user your normal path onto the site would be via your logon anyway which should give you full access to the majority of forum features.
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Post by Whyperion » 23 Jun 2013, 21:41

Yes , I understand for me , and understand what the site wobblies have probably ended up doing , its more that some threads cannot be looked at by guests ( it does not bother me particulary if I cannot see something ) , which when some (most?) of my postings are intended to be of some use/interest to the wider world rather defeats the object of posting some stuff , I cannot recall if that ( and other ??) threads were not totally visible to guests anyway when the site in its current format was established which is more why I raised the point, I am not rushing for a solution as those with the knowledge are busy , but just flagging it up if it had not been noted before.

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Post by Stanley » 24 Jun 2013, 03:18

Be patient and wait for the eventual solution. You have no idea of the time and effort which is being expended by Ian and Pluggy to rectify the faults caused by the crash. We all owe them a big vote of thanks.
One more thing, when the revised platform goes online don't start asking for lots of bells and whistles, it was these which caused the crash in the first place. The whole Idea is to have a more robust and stable platform.
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Post by Tizer » 24 Jun 2013, 09:06

Ian, a related issue that I think needs consideration (when time becomes available) is the big intimidating red signs that come up saying "You do not have permission to view this image" when one browses without being logged in. It makes me wonder what people think when they first find the OG site and all the images are replaced by these signs - it looks as though we have something to hide and it might give a bad impression.

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Post by PanBiker » 24 Jun 2013, 16:44

This is another product of the site crash Tiz. I have checked the Guest User permissions on the board and they are correctly assigned. Guest Users are assigned the Anonymous User account whose permissions are considerably restricted compared to those of a Registered Member. This is for security reasons as the account can be targeted by site attackers.

The error is being produced by the Gallery itself which has it's own permission set. During the site crash it looks like the Guest User access was re-assigned in the database and no longer has Gallery access. Due to the current unstable state of the database and how the Gallery is interfaced I feel it would not be prudent to attempt to rectify this at the present time as the permissions have to be appended to every Category, Album and File. The issue should rectify itself once we are in a position to redeploy the forum onto a clean and stable platform

The answer of course is for individuals currently browsing the site as a Guest to register, in which case they will then get full access to the site.
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Post by Stanley » 25 Jun 2013, 04:35

I don't totally agree about registering but of course it is true. The new site will give access to view the pics so the problem will go away. At the moment Ian's time is best used getting the new platform working smoothly, we all owe him a vote of thanks. (Aren't we lucky to have people like Ian and Pluggy to do the work for us!)
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