I try to implement ordering by date / creation. Please not that this tool is meant for exporting your data according to GDPR and not to search your posts. That should be possible under https://www.ugx-mods.com/forum/profile/area=showposts;sa=messages (although I'm unsure if it will show messages which are moved into a private area)
Update: I'll discuss the map idea section soon - no worries. Just have a lot to do
The Forum / Site has some critical issues atm.The most dramatic one is the 502 error thrown by Cloudflare due to most likely our server.I assume it's performance related and my hopes are to find a solution during the weekend. If you encounter issues a simple reload should most likely fix it. - I know: not perfect - but thats what you get when a single developer is responsible for everything and only a small testing group checked the beta site out. The post will be updated once we make progress - be sure to also check out our Discord for more frequent updates. Hey guys,
after over two years it's finally here, our site overhaul. It was a long and stressfull journy and we are happy to finally share this project with everyone.
Please forgive us if there are some issues in the next few days, we will monitor the site and might hotfix issues which we simply couldn't find in our Closed, Donor & Open Beta
Most noteworthy changes compared to our old site:
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Today is an exciting day for us. We have finally released our new UGX-Mods Forum as Open Beta to everyone.
Simply head over to https://beta.ugx-mods.com to get started - be sure to give us feedback (see below) so that we can improve it before it goes live on our main domain (production).
Please note: Your user settings won't be carried over, so beta and non beta (production) won't share the same settings. This also effects some forum settings and statistics like total forum user count and such.
Other than that, Beta and Production share the same data and you are free to use Beta as long the Open Beta goes.
You can also share beta links, once we move out we simply redirect the links to the correct site
Before we dive into the major changes, let's talk about you and your privacy first!
GDPR | Your privacy
Major changes in Open Beta
The work began 2 long years ago and we added and improved a lot since then. Here some major highlights but there is a lot more:
New HTML5 theme which is responsive and mobile ready (now you can browse on your phone without issues!)
New HTML Text Edtior (CKEditor) for creating and editing your topics and replies.
New gallery and slider options for images
Easy media emebed with iframely, simply paste a link into the editor and magic happens
Autocomplete for emotes and widgets (try to type in : ) or #UGX and see what happens)
Improved registration process for new users
Better client side validation (in general this effects many areas)
Email validation (no more typos and support requests)
Email registration check → we let you know about your status of your email
Beautiful HTML emails with nice links
Connect and authenticate with your social accounts, like Twitter, Facebook, Steam, etc.
Discord connection with our UGX Discord. Link your account and sync your forum groups with your Discord Account (you'll also receive the UGX Member role in Discord)
New Avatars and Usercard functionality
shows online state of user (green or red for online / offline) - in the future we want to extend this with the UGX Launcher.
click on any avatar to show the Usercard, to get more information about an user.
more avatar visibility! Yup we added support for your avatar to be displayed in many new places on the site.
Forum Index improvements
Child Boards can be viewed and entered directly from the index
Message index improvements
Preview of posts without navigating to the post (first and last message are shown)
Personal Messages improvements (mostly design)
Adding our very own blog which UGX-Mods doesn't use yet due to not enough time atm
User Interface improvements
new modern blue look
Custom dropdowns, checkboxes and radioboxes
better error, info, warning display
Offline mode & better caching
smaller total load helps to reduce bandwidth
in case you go offline the site shows a nicer offline site (great for mobile devices on the go)
receive alerts & desktop notifications for subscribed boards / topics and other actions
The sound and the desktop notification can be disabled in your settings!
link any ugx-mods.com url in Discord and such to show a nice preview. Forum posts actually show the first image if available
nicer URLs (with page title, etc.)
(lot of internal work has been made)
New landing page available under https://beta.ugx-mods.com which will unite all our sites and with information about UGX-Mods.
You can also write here directly on this announcement.
We evaluate your feedback and put it into our development roadmap. Hopefully you are excited with the new forum and everything works out smoothly. That would mean that production would be soon ready for the new forum theme.
It has been a long journey for me (Delta) and I'm personally very excited to share with everyone my work
Due to the recent SSL move and harder security we are facing issues with the UGX Launcher (legacy version) and I'm sorry that it didn't work for some time.
Good news: I just fixed it and it should work again.
I have to spent $5 /month to fix this issue, but hopefully thew new UGX Launcher will be out soon.
Also this section is wrong to ask these kind of questions. I kept it here for refernece now but colse it. For any further discussion, please use the Donor Section for now (as the UGX Launcher is for donors only atm)
NOTE: the new html emails might also be sent out (rarely) to non-beta users!NOTE2: we changed the sender email from [email protected] to [email protected] for the new emails.We will deprecate noreply soon or later, so be sure to update your email rules & filters and include[email protected] to your contacts list, to ensure you get them without any issues!
After weeks of work, a new update on https://beta.ugx-mods.com/forum is out for all donators.We are getting closer to the Open Beta! The biggest update are our emails which we sent out daily to you.We now have shiny new HTML based emails. Not all emails will be sent out yet due to production vs beta state - but you'll progressivly notice the new emails and once we go Open Beta and beyoned, you'll get used to them
This is a major change - feedback as usual much apprecaited. If you notice something is totally odd, let us know!
The migration to our new server went almost without any issues (so far ).
We had an issue with mail sending for around 18 hours, all registration emails should have been resent. If not, simply contact us or request the registration email here: https://www.ugx-mods.com/forum/activate/
New Server - Okay?! - So what exactly does that mean now?
We have now twice as much bandwidth which means a total of 500 Mbps. Our server is also faster (better CPU) but thats not relevant to you.
In the end, the new server means faster downloads & better page loading times.
We also divided our sever into production and development.
Before our new server, our development tools (Jira, Confluence, ...) and our production websites (UGX-Mods Forum, ...) where hosted on the same server. Now the forum and upcoming services will run on their own server, this ensures less performance impact when we do some busy dev stuff
We can ensure more redundant backups. We have in total three server now, so each (critical) backup is synced to two servers now.
The new server offered us a new fresh start.
I'm a hobbyist server administrator. That means I didn't received any porfessional schooling or anything like that. It's all based on carefull internet resarch, learning by doing and my technical interest in these things.
For UGX I do this now for over 5 years and a fresh start offered me to revisit best practice. That helped us to migrate easily to a new database engine, a newer PHP version and also improved web server configuration.
The result is a faster and more secure system than before.
Speaking of security
We recently moved our site to enforced full TLS encryption. With the server move, we also send now an so called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) Header. We configured it that way, that your browser will remember the website as HTTPS only and will only make HTTPS connections now. If our certificate is wrong or anything like that, the browser will block the access to the site / request. (it's a really easy explenation - but the message is here that we enhanced the security )
We are applying to the preload list now, so browser vendors (like Chrome and Firefox) will hardcode our domain in their list.
Meltdown & Spectre
You might have heard about Meltdown and Spectre recently, especially with Intel CPU.All our servers use Intel Xenons (Server CPUs) and yes - they are all effected by this.
The good news first: Our systems are patched against Meltdown (case 1).
But apparently we are not secured against Spectre (case 2 & case 3) yet. We are awaiting patches by the devs and as soon as they are out we will update our systems.
It might impact performance but based on our current state it won't be noticable (at least for you ).
Fruther improvements this year
We will monitor and further improve / tweak the server. This is an ongoing (time consuming) process. On my todo list is more monitorng, better security audits,
The server migration is over and I can slowly go back to web development. A new major patch is almost ready for the Closed Beta and we hope that the Open Beta can happen soon. Maybe February?
Thank you sooo much
I would like to thank foremost our donators and supporters, every individual who contributes to this website and / or community. Thanks to you, I can do this fun, great and amaizing hobby and while I had some sleepless and stressfull nights (especially the past few days) it's still filling me with joy and a good feeling that we serve for over 6 years now this amaizing forum for amaizing people (like you!).
Also please take part on our survey if you haven't yet. It's a great motivation boost (I read every single one of them) and insight into what you guys think and want from UGX-Mods.
Expected downtime of the forum: under 1 hour Please note that it might come to further issues after the maintenance, so please forgive us if the first 24 hours might be a bit slower or if there are errors.
The forum will be put into maintenance mode. - You won't be able to read or write.
We will update the status on Discord, Twitter and at https://status.ugx-mods.com/ following by an new announcement (with more information) once we are confident that the new server is fully running.
Jira and Confluence (our wiki) won't be affected by this.