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Posted by: Duffy - 05-10-2018, 12:07 PM - Forum: Forums Issues, requests, and FAQ - No Replies

Some common answers to some common issues.

Q: Why is everything looks so different?
A: We recently changed to a new server. When we did, we took the opportunity to upgrade to a more current forum software. We also took the opportunity to update the look of Big Blue. There are two themes to choose from, the default Dark and a light version. They can easily be selected by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and selecting a desired theme from a drop-down box in the lower right corner.

Q: My attachments are missing or have broken links.
A: There are roughly about 45,000 external files  that needed to be manually uploaded. Three is lots of room for things to go wrong. It appears that the migration program didn't handle converting the attachments very well. Some attachments in some posts have gone away. Unfortunately, the only fix is to re-upload those attachments.

Q: What up with my avatar? They're missing or look distorted.
A: Again, another issue with the migration. And again, the only fix is to re-upload the avatar.

Q: Holy heck! My signature size is off the chain! And not in a good way.
A: Strange side effect of the migration is how it changed the signature formatting. If you reformat your signature and select the "Enable my signature in all of my existing posts." check box before you hit the "Update Signature" button, it will fix the signature throughout the forum.

Q: Hey, where did the chat room go?
A: Meh. Was there a chat room before? It really wasn't a highly utilized feature, therefore, we opted not to load one. If there is a major consensus and outcry for one, we'll approach the possibility of bringing it back from the dead.

Q: The forum icons are so small, I can't tell what they are trying to tell me.
A: This is a terrible, terrible design in MyBB. They made the thread icons so small you can't see if it's saying there's a new post, or old post. This is being looked into to be fixed so hopefully they will be big enough for everyone to see.

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  You can almost smell the new software smell
Posted by: Duffy - 05-10-2018, 12:47 AM - Forum: Forums Issues, requests, and FAQ - No Replies

As you noticed, we are now running an brand new forum software (Something called MyBB for those who are interested). As I'm sure you are all aware, with new comes issues, and this is no exception. Due to some inherent issues with the migration process, there undoubtedly will be thing missing, out of place, or just plain different. We will try to address those issues here. If you are experiencing some odd behaviors or need to know how things work, drop a note here. 

We will provide an FAQ for the more common questions that will be asked.

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Posted by: ezdays - 05-07-2018, 11:04 AM - Forum: - Replies (1)

We have the new software in place, and our current database has been moved over to the point that it’s functional. In order to keep from loosing any new posts, we’re going to go ahead and open the new software that is currently in a temporary location. We still have to shut everything down this coming weekend, moving the database to the new server literally will take an entire weekend, and that’s if there are no hiccups.

Just so you know, there are lots of things that will need tuning up that we’ll try to fix between now and when we make the move. Some of the things we can’t change and will have to live with, some things we can and will change, some you may have to change yourself. For one, a lot of our avatars are distorted and you may have to re-upload them if they are. I found that you can download the existing one, even if it looks distorted, then upload it again, that works fine. It is our intent to have the look and feel of the old Big Blue, so you can change the style from dark to light by selecting it in the lower right corner of any page.

We will have a thread open that you can post your comments, observations and complaints. We want to get this right, so feel free to speak your mind and maybe even find some problem that we’re not aware of. This new software is much more flexible and has more features that what we’ve been using these past ten or so years.

We will change sometime tonight, feel free to post as usual and explore, and yes, comment please.....

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  Shutdown for maintenance
Posted by: ezdays - 05-05-2018, 11:53 AM - Forum: Forum Announcements - No Replies

We rarely shut down for any reason, but this one is a biggie. On this coming Friday, May 11, we will shut things down here so that we can move over to a new server. It takes a good eight hours just to download our database, then another eight to upload it to the new server. That means we plan on being down for the entire weekend assuming that things go as planned. We will try to do this a quickly as possible, but there are things that we can't control that can get in our way.

We have our Big Blue Google group where we will try to keep everyone updated. Our objective is to get on the new server with new software but still maintain the look and feel of what we have now. The new software will be easier for us to maintain and it has many new features that we all can use if you want.

Remember, Friday, May 11 sometime late in the day is when we plan on starting all this.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 5/4 - 5/10/18
Posted by: bdw9535 - 05-04-2018, 07:52 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

WPMA-40 makes it's way down Division Street at Whiskey Point.


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  3-D printing results
Posted by: nachoman - 05-04-2018, 02:40 PM - Forum: Upper Berth - Replies (10)

Hi all - been awhile since I posted here. Twin babies have kept me quite busy (and quite broke!) for the past year and a half.

Lately my modeling has been in front of a computer screen - drawing things up to be 3-D printed. I can do that inside at a desk while the babies sleep or play, whereas it's not as easy to get time in my workshop. I have had some success printing things on Shapeways, and here is my latest result:

It's an HOn3 hopper I drew up based upon some others I had scratchbuilt following a 1958 article in Model Railroader. The print came out excellent, and the assembly was easy.

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  A New Switcher For UP.
Posted by: Brakie - 05-03-2018, 05:22 AM - Forum: Upper Berth - Replies (3)

When I first saw this photo of UP's new switch engine I had a feeling of Déjà vu because of the resemblance this engine has with the Alco's C415.

Who would have thought?

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  All Scale Rails Issue #20 May 2018
Posted by: All Scale Rails - 05-03-2018, 12:05 AM - Forum: HO Modeling - No Replies

All Scale Rails

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  4-30-18 Happy Birthday
Posted by: ngauger - 04-30-2018, 05:43 AM - Forum: Hobo's Camp - No Replies

Congratulations to:

Schraddel (62)

Happy B-day and many More!!!!

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  Fine Scale Miniatures, the I.M.DUNN Co.
Posted by: Ensign - 04-29-2018, 11:38 AM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (8)

Hi everyone, I thought I would share with you my version of "Fine Scale Miniatures" last kit Jewel Series No.19 I.M.DUNN Co.
I have always been a big fan of George Sellios, and of his kits and of his fabulous layout the Franklin & South Manchester.
I built my Dunn's kit slightly different from what the instructions suggested.
I hope you will enjoy my photos, of the completed scene.






Greg Shinnie

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