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Found 26 results

  1. Kodiack

    Site News, Feedback, and Help

    The Site News, Feedback, and Help board has been closed in favour of containing discussion in one thread. Occasional site news will be posted here, and you may use this thread to provide feedback or ask for help with using the site.
  2. It's that time of the year again. Hello and welcome to Ninfora's second annual Secret Santa event for 2017! I am your host, Santa Chrom, here again to make everyone's holiday season a great one. To have the opportunity to bring back Secret Santa to this community once more is my honor and pleasure, and I am looking forward to seeing the fun unfold again. Last year's format proved to be very successful, so for everyone's convenience, this event will largely be the same as last time, but all participants are still expected to read up on everything outlined below. What is Secret Santa? In Secret Santa, members fill out a form to tell Santa Chrom a little about themselves (such as where they live, what they like, and more), and are later randomly assigned another participating member as their Tiny Tim, whom they must deliver a gift to by the holiday season, receiving the information that Tiny Tim shared with Santa Chrom. At that point, it becomes the Secret Santa's responsibility to pick out a gift for their Tiny Tim based on the given information. At the same time, the Secret Santa's own information is shared with yet another participating member, so they too will be a Tiny Tim to another Secret Santa. In short, in Secret Santa, you will give to one person, and you will receive from another person. It's called Secret Santa because you should remain anonymous until the day your Tiny Tim receives your gift! Rules All gifts should be valued at least roughly $10 USD (before tax/shipping). Pay what you want, but don't be cheap. Personally crafted gifts are waived from this rule. Delivering directly via Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and other storefronts is acceptable. Any way to wrap your gift and include a personal message should be taken if possible. Same goes with tracking, share that with Santa Chrom via PM. Digital items (games, movies, etc.) are acceptable to be gifted. You may specify on your form that you would prefer not to receive these kinds of items. This exchange is open to all members regardless of residence. Santa Chrom reserves the right to decline a registration if he believes an applicant may not be suitable to participate. Only sign up if you are serious and committed to participating. It makes organizing this a lot easier for Santa Chrom. If at any point you believe you will no longer be able to participate, please send a PM to Santa Chrom at the earliest opportunity. Received gifts must be shared in this topic with some kind of visual proof. Tiny Tims may choose to open/share their gifts received early if they want to. If a Tiny Tim has not received their gift by a certain date, Santa Chrom will personally deliver a gift to them as compensation. The dates to remember, take note! Nov 19 - Last day to sign up Nov 20 - Secret Santa-Tiny Tim sortings distributed Dec 20 - Gift delivering period begins (if international, consider shipping sooner) Jan 04 - Santa Chrom makes his rounds for empty-handed Tiny Tims, if any ➡Sign up here!⬅ (sign-ups closed as of November 20, 2017)
  3. Youngster Joey

    Route 30 - N4A Chat Thread - September 2017

    Pokemon Gold & Silver will be available September 22nd! Anyone looking forward to revisiting Johto?
  4. Kodiack

    Suggestions and To-Do List

    In the name of transparency, this is a prioritised list of things that need to be done. Check back often for updates. Red indicates high priority. Yellow indicates medium priority. Green indicates low priority. If you feel that something is missing or want to see something made a priority, please share your input here! Fix the Twitch block so that online streams are shown as online Optimise mobile viewing so that scrolling is smoother Create a ranking system Potentially allow members to choose their own name colours/styles Make it easier for Pelord and other staff to create content for the site Continue improving post editor functionality and usability Complete: Provide a dark skin Decide on a name (not set in stone) Purchase a domain Bring back emoticons Improve the dark skin (still some work in progress) Install some site mods (still more on the way, however) Increase per-user file storage limit to 128 MB
  5. Kodiack

    Ninfora - A Not-So-Brief History

    To say that the last 24 hours have been hectic would be nothing short of an understatement. Now that the dust is starting to settle, I'd like to take a moment to explain why Ninfora came to existence, and what we have planned for the future of the site. NSider2 was a great home for nearly a decade. Deciding to leave NSider2 was a decision that was not made lightly. The NSider2 staff has realised that the site has been stagnating and dying for a very long time. We have desperately wanted to turn that ship around. Even if we didn't wind up attracting new members, we wanted to at least make the site a welcoming place for members that have been around for so long. Unfortunately, working with CrowdGather - the site's current owners - meant that it was nigh-on impossible to accomplish even our most basic of goals. We have a lot of admiration for this ever-resilient community and hope to see several ambitious ideas come to fruition in the coming days/weeks/months. Transitioning to a brand new site was our very last option, but it's unfortunately the one that we needed to go with. I personally tried to reach out to CrowdGather on June 1st and expressed interest in purchasing the site. After waiting for so long without a reply, I was assured that the email was forwarded to the sales team. I waited. And waited. And asked some more. Nada. My request to CrowdGather falling on deaf ears was not the first. CrowdGather's apathy and inactivity was what spurred me to submit a buyout request in the first place. I assumed that they may be interested in earning some money for having kept NSider2 running for so long. I can't imagine that the site is generating too much revenue at this point, and the cost of operating it is certainly non-negligible, especially when you consider their staff hours that have been (ineffectively) poured into the site. Difficulties with CrowdGather have been ongoing for years, which has also become immediately clear to the community as a whole as CG tries to perform damage control. In the name of transparency, I'm going to openly share some of the issues that have proved to be a headache for us: Years ago, NSider2 began serving malware when reached through Google and other search engines. Users that clicked on a link to NSider2 would be redirected to unsavoury sites if they did not already have a cookie from NSider2 on their system. This issue would not often affect users that frequented the site, but people unfamiliar with the site would be immediately turned away from the malicious activity. CrowdGather has not maintained NSider2. Basic security needs were entirely neglected, as indicated above. We were running with painfully outdated versions of IPS and various other software packages on the back-end. Administrators visiting the website or logging into the admin control panel would also be nagged with messages prompting us to update to newer versions of IPS 4 to patch critical security issues. Sadly, we were powerless to do so, and requests to fix this were ignored. The entire upgrade process was not handled well. The database took weeks to rebuild, and after realising that one queue of work was constantly getting "stuck", I had found that a simple plugin was conflicting with the automated tasks. This plugin was a very old version, and the problem we were experiencing was a bug that had been fixed long ago. As usual, we were unable to do anything beyond disabling features and making the site less enjoyable to use. Things get broken. A lot. View counts not updating is one of the more notable recent problems. Performance is awful, but could be trivially improved with a few hours of maintenance. I was able to optimise the database substantially with the limited SQL Toolbox that the IPS admin control panel provides alone, but I could only do so much. Simple details such as copyright footers would not even be updated. @Pelord's story is particularly telling: He had requested that CrowdGather update the home page's copyright footer from 2014 to 2016, but this still has not been done. The front page in general clashes heavily with the rest of the site. With all of these problems and no buyout option on the table, we were left with one final choice: Start fresh, and try to keep the community involved every step of the way. Admittedly we could have had a bit more to show at the time of @Chrom's original announcement, but our first priority was to gauge interest and to force CrowdGather to show their hand. We believed that CrowdGather may have been open to the idea of a buyout if they saw how unhappy the community (and particularly the staff) had been with their non-involvement with the site. CrowdGather showed their hand. Their iron fist, even. CrowdGather "quickly" (relatively speaking :P) removed the announcement thread; banned Chrom's account; and placed a wildcard IP ban on Chrom, likely banning access to several others around him that may be using a similar IP range. I was not immediately banned, but I did respond to a single post mentioning Ninfora. I showed my enthusiasm for the new site and hyped up how awesome it was to have it running as it is. Shortly thereafter, I found that my ability to submit posts and use the private messaging system had been disabled. Curiously enough, Pelord has since also received similar treatment, despite not having any activity on NSider2 since the incident. The most likely speculation for this is the simple fact that he was an admin. So this is why Ninfora is necessary. It gives us the chance to start fresh. I have a personal affection for you wonderful people, and I wanted to be able to provide a forum that's given the love that NSider2 so desperately needed and deserved. I'd like everyone to know where Ninfora will be headed in the future. So here's an "FAQ" to explain things! Who owns Ninfora? While I am in control of Ninfora's domain name, cloud instance, and software licenses, I will primarily be focusing on back-end issues and bug fixes. I love technology and putting together things that "just work", so being able to personally determine the infrastructure and software to use was a fantastic opportunity for me. However, I am not a designer. I am not a community manager. I am not a mediator. I do tech, and maybe some other things when necessary. @Chrom will continue performing administrative duties. @Pelord will continue handling social media and I'm going to get some software in place so that he can make an awesome home page. @CCH will continue creating graphics and making the site more pleasing on the eyes (he'll do better with the dark skin than I ever could ). Likewise, it would be awesome to see other people getting involved with various aspects of the site. I want to be able to make this site engaging. Some recent members here enjoy posting weekly reviews and creating fantastic fan art. I would love to see your guys' awesome work highlighted on the main page and beyond. How will Ninfora grow? Crazy as this may sound for a website, none of us are focused on "growth" right now. We're focused on attracting the tight-knit community that has existed for so long. Only when the community is happy and settled will we think about how to bring in fresh faces. If you're coming from NSider2, then right now this site exists for you. Monetisation? Generating revenue from Ninfora isn't a goal at all. I've had a few people asking about how I will sustain the site, and right now, I'm paying out of pocket. If I wind up spending a few hundred dollars per year to keep this site going, then that is fine by me. I love this community and I would happily stomach the additional expense. However, server bills and license fees are still very much a realistic concern. Some members have expressed interest in chipping in a few bucks here and there. I may set up a donation system or some sort of crowdfunding campaign at some point, but I am not worrying about that until much more work on the site has been finished. You will also notice that there are no advertisements on the site at present. I'm a stern opponent of what online advertising has become. If there ever are ads, they will not be Flash-based; animated; or have any sound. Even image ads would be unlikely. If advertisements are implemented, I would stick strictly with text-based ads. And even then I wouldn't care if you guys used ad blockers, since I still would be too. What will come of NSider2? No one knows. Currently, NSider2 has an entirely brand new team of staff. Ultimately, CrowdGather will determine NSider2's fate. It is up to CG to decide whether they will keep it running, or decide to sell it yet again, or even flip it off permanently. Personally, I want to at least see NSider2's rich history preserved forever. One big reason that I wanted to purchase NSider2 instead of start from scratch is because the site holds so much personal nostalgic value and memories. I have never been a part of a more vibrant community in all my life. Alas, NSider2 has sadly degraded into a site that I can no longer enjoy. NSider2 is also potentially the first and only website that I have ever been banned from. It hurts. It really does. That's me for now. If you got through all of that, thanks for reading! I'm still organising my thoughts and coming to terms with everything that has happened. But after talking with so many of you here and on Discord, I am highly optimistic for the future. It's going to be a bumpy road, but this community has always persevered through even the most difficult of times. Here's to another decade of the NSider legacy!
  6. Sheri

    Reaching out to old members.

    CG is getting NS2 on lock down, so we've gotta try reaching out the old user base best we can. Just posting a thread about it not gonna work, it'll just get shut down. We can post it during inactive times, sure, but it'll also go over most people heads and they are almost certainly keeping a close eye currently. Right now, it looks like a good chunk of the regulars are here, but there are some major holes right now. IMO I think a good method is to start sending out PMs to members you know on NS2. Skype, Twitter and Discord, of course, are good ways to let them know away from the eyes of CG. Any other ideas?
  7. Hello all, I have set up (optional) two-factor authentication for Ninfora with the latest IPS update. If you're interested in the additional security that 2FA provides, you may now use Google Authenticator alongside your password to log into your account. Similarly, use of two-factor authentication has been mandated for all staff members of Ninfora. Your guys' security and privacy is important to us, and preventing unauthorised access to accounts is one of the many ways that we're ensuring that Ninfora remains a safe forum to browse. If you have any questions or issues regarding two-factor authentication, please feel free to ask! Thanks, Kodiack
  8. It's that time of the year again. Hello and welcome to Ninfora's first ever Secret Santa event for 2016! I am your host, Santa Chrom, here again to make everyone's holiday season a great one. What is Secret Santa? In Secret Santa, members fill out a form to tell Santa Chrom a little about themselves (such as where they live, what they like, and more), and are later randomly assigned another participating member as their Tiny Tim, whom they must deliver a gift to by the holiday season, receiving the information that Tiny Tim shared with Santa Chrom. At that point, it becomes the Secret Santa's responsibility to pick out a gift for their Tiny Tim based on the given information. At the same time, the Secret Santa's own information is shared with yet another participating member, so they too will be a Tiny Tim to another Secret Santa. In short, in Secret Santa, you will give to one person, and you will receive from another person. It's called Secret Santa because you should remain anonymous until the day your Tiny Tim receives your gift! Rules All gifts should be valued at least roughly $10 USD (before tax/shipping). Pay what you want, but don't be cheap. Personally crafted gifts are waived from this rule. Delivering directly via Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and other storefronts is acceptable. Any way to wrap your gift and include a personal message should be taken if possible. Same goes with tracking, share that with Santa Chrom via PM. Digital items (games, movies, etc.) are acceptable to be gifted. You may specify on your form that you would prefer not to receive these kinds of items. This exchange is open to all members regardless of residence. Santa Chrom reserves the right to decline a registration if he believes an applicant may not be suitable to participate. Only sign up if you are serious and committed to participating. It makes organizing this a lot easier for Santa Chrom. If at any point you believe you will no longer be able to participate, please send a PM to Santa Chrom at the earliest opportunity. Received gifts must be shared in this topic with some kind of visual proof. Tiny Tims may choose to open/share their gifts received early if they want to. If a Tiny Tim has not received their gift by a certain date, Santa Chrom will personally deliver a gift to them as compensation. The dates to remember, take note! Nov 16 - Last day to sign up Nov 17 - Secret Santa-Tiny Tim sortings distributed Dec 17 - Gift delivering period begins (if international, consider shipping sooner) Jan 04 - Santa Chrom makes his rounds for empty-handed Tiny Tims, if any Sign up here!
  9. Chrom

    Retiring the Pokémon subforum

    Hello everyone. Staff is interested in retiring the Pokémon subforum we have here soon since it's served its purpose and its activity peaked a while ago. We added it in the first place due to popular demand and thought it was worthwhile to experiment having some designated area for specific Pokémon discussion surrounding the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon back in November, but moving forward it's likely for the best to bring everything together again. For convenience, we'd like to try simply merging the subforum into the General Nintendo forum, as opposed to locking away the Pokémon one and asking you guys to tell us which topics should continue seeing use. Of course, any and all future Pokémon discussion should be just as welcome on the General Nintendo forum, so don't feel shy about starting or continuing any there. I'd personally enjoy seeing us continue trying something like this with other games or series. If it were to happen again anytime soon, I think a subforum dedicated to The Legend of Zelda would make the most sense (assuming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild releases this March), but waiting on information from Nintendo first (in particular the upcoming Nintendo Switch Presentation) would be wise to get a better feel of the direction Nintendo will be taking with their games. You're welcome to share your thoughts on any of this and let us know what you think, though I will say that I think the Pokémon subforum retiring really ought to happen regardless, maybe as soon as later tonight if people aren't opposed to it. Thanks for reading!
  10. Kodiack

    New Site Theme!

    Greetings Ninfora, As many of you will notice, Ninfora looks a bit different! We have been wanting to base our skin off of a different design for a while now, and tonight found a theme that should work far better as a base. I have set up this new theme and made many modifications that should hopefully be more visually pleasing. Switching to this new theme offers several immediate benefits. First and foremost, it updates the site with a fresh new aesthetic that's hopefully more pleasing than ever before. Second, the previous theme that we based off of had accrued quite a bit of technical debt, and it was difficult for us to properly maintain it. Finally, the previous theme was notoriously laggy while scrolling on some mobile devices. This new theme suffers from none of these issues, and so far I've personally found it to be an absolute pleasure to work with. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to share feedback here!
  11. Hey all, Life has been keeping me incredibly busy for the last several weeks! Ninfora was birthed during what has been perhaps the busiest point in my life, and as I've discussed casually on the forums, I'm hoping to have quite a bit more free time coming up. I would like to dedicate a lot of my free time to continuing to improve Ninfora. I want to make this site as enjoyable as possible to use. Time, however, is a finite resource. I've created a short poll that can help me gauge what's important to focus on. Effort that's put into area is effort that's not put into another. I want to see you guys are happy with, and what you think needs to be improved. Determining what you are least satisfied with will allow me to prioritize what's important. Feel free to submit feedback here as well. I'm hoping to make it easier to submit and discuss suggestions in general. The "mega-thread" presently pinned to the top of this board has been immensely useful, but there's also a lot of noise that makes it difficult to pinpoint which suggestions should take precedence. Thanks for your time! Your responses will shape the path that Ninfora will take in the coming weeks/months.
  12. Chrom

    Ninfora - One Month Later

    On September 20, 2016, a new site was born and later came to be known as Ninfora, breaking out from the previous site after long standing disagreements with internal management. Since then, Ninfora has managed to accrue over 150 members and 16,000 posts, while the old site remains almost completely abandoned with a future uncertain. CrowdGather, the old site's owner, has effectively gone AWOL. In commemoration of this successful move after one month, our staff would like to offer a big thanks to everyone who's shown support for Ninfora thus far. Settling on going through with this was not without its weight and grievances, and for me personally, it was very stressful for a long period of time. It's been a tremendous relief to see this play out much better than I was expecting. CG may rightfully own the old site, but they do not own this community, which for so long they've neglected to cater to in favor of their own interests. Thanks to you, the tolls of corporate acquisition are no more. To the next month, and many more!
  13. Welcome to Ninfora's new Pokémon board! It's here by popular demand and we're excited to see what you guys do with it. Whether it's about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Pokémon GO, or anything else about Pokémon, we welcome everyone to use this board to start new and in-depth discussions about the series and its products.
  14. I think it's pretty pointless, personally. I don't see the necessity of segregating that kind of content from the off-topic board, and other than one thread on that board, most people don't actually use it for anything. In theory it's a nice idea but in practice I don't believe it's worth it.
  15. Rizz

    Ninfora Steam Community

    Will we still be using the old Steam community, or creating a new one for Ninfora?
  16. Here's your announcement thread just for the record that this is indeed returning. Once I have things organized I plan to post a new thread later this month so people can start signing up to participate. I had a great time hosting Secret Santa on NS2 last year and I'm really looking forward to doing it again here on the new site. Please feel free to share any feedback to let me know what we can do to make it better. I don't think the format will really change since it worked well enough last time, but if anyone feels otherwise then they can say so. One previous comment that stood out to me was the lack of graphics and easy presentation. I want to be able to address that, but I'm not a graphics person, so please let me know if you think you're good with that and would like to help.
  17. Iridium

    Smallcaps

    hey @Chrom can you bring back the smallcaps bb code i liked that
  18. Chrom

    Ninfora hits 10,000 posts

    After about two and a half weeks since its establishment, Ninfora has reached a total of 10,000 posts on the forums. Congratulations!
  19. The Guardian Mew

    ITT I give away Steam keys.

    Seems like I'm giving away Steam Keys, so why not make a thread about it, eh? Just post what you want and I'll send you a PM with a Humble link. I'll only send one to you per day, so pick what you want most, and feel free to revisit the following day and see if there's anything left! Quadle Also Sun has a game to give away: Games Given Away: Elegy for a Dead World Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders Tick Tock Isle Cook, Serve, Delicious Oniken Necronomads Road to Ballhalla Room 13 Swords and Soldiers 2 (Wii U) Runbow (Wii U)
  20. Kodiack

    Index Page Sidebar

    I have removed the sidebar from the front page to see how everyone feels without it. For reference, the sidebar contained recent topics, the popular contributors block, and an upcoming events section. I have moved the contributors block and the upcoming events section to the feed page, and removed the recent topics section entirely since it is relatively redundant. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of sidebars on index pages, and I prefer the cleaner aesthetic plus the modest load time improvement this gives (particularly on mobile). However, I recognise that some people may have preferred this sidebar, so I'd like to get some feedback regarding this change here. I'm not going to make this a poll - at least not yet. I'd like to see some genuine discussion, and only create a poll if you guys find this to be a polarising change. Similarly, if there are any other forum statistics or blocks that you would like to see added/moved/removed, this is a great place to let us know.
  21. Chrom

    Reputation

    How do you guys want to do this? Reputation system or no reputation system? Positive only or positive and negative? Reputation levels and names? Tell us what you'd like to see.
  22. Chrom

    Member titles

    Just wanted to let others know that I did something just now. Originally, by default, the ability to edit your own member title was a privilege granted only to those who made at least 10 posts on the forums. For the sake of freedom, I have chosen to abolish this restriction, and have made it so that any member can change their member title as much as they'd like, even if they're just getting started with Ninfora. To edit your member title, just go to your profile settings and locate the Member Title field and enter whatever you want, then save your changes. It'll then appear on your profile in posts and on your profile page. Feel free to share any feedback on this change! We're always listening.
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