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  1. Yeah, in my recollection I was actually close to fixing PM's before I got distracted with some other more pressing item. I can see someone else is busy tweaking things though... I just noticed the thread review at the bottom of this reply form. I have three or four small-but-important tweaks I know about, and then there's always the big to-do list sticky. I've been super busy with work (and busier than expected over the holidays) so unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time to devote to the FAQ... I'll get around to it soon though.
  2. Yeah I've been thinking that this and a few other "common mistakes" can be avoided through some simple design tweaks (such as removing the big "New Topic" button from the top of the threads and just leaving it on the topic listing, thus forcing people to use the "reply" buttons).... I was telling steve (and I think you) that I should have some time over the next couple weeks while I'm on "vacation" to work on some of these things that have been bugging people. I'll keep you posted.
  3. The default setting for new people and non-logged-in people is threaded, but if you signed up before the threaded view was re-introduced, it's probably stuck at flat for you. Not sure why the setting would not be sticking... I will try to reproduce it.
  4. And if you click on "Who is Logged In"? (the title for that section) you get a breakdown of what everyone is doing at the moment. Pretty nifty, eh? One thing I've noticed is that if you see a lot of guests from the same IP range or very similar IP's, and you do a reverse lookup on those IP's, you'll find that many of them are bots for yahoo!, google, etc. We want those bots because they're what make the site searchable via google, but keep in mind that they're not likely to join you in chat any time soon
  5. I have to admit to laziness on this one... I've only looked at the search page long enough to see that my other changes didn't massively break things. I know of at least a couple of other things I need to add -- like the fact that words less than 3 letters are ignored, but I haven't gotten around to doing it yet. This is an evening project I'll put on my list for some time in the near future.
  6. Thanks for the link! This video was "linked" from an ad for the new 3 series that popped up on my DirecTV/TiVo unit a while back (on the main screen where those "special features" appear). If I recall correctly, it was one of those "press thumbs up to learn more" kinds of things while I was watching the ad. But before I could re-watch the full length thing on my TiVo, one of my housemates deleted it! I did a quick search for it, but couldn't find it at the time. In any case, I remember it being pretty cool and 02-centric for the first 10 minutes (then into how great the new 3 series is for the second half). Worth a watch.
  7. We had more of a table style layout on here when we first made the switch, but most people seemed to prefer the line style of layout (where the author name and date are just appended to the title of the post). Is that what you mean? In general, the goal here is to keep the site a lot cleaner than some of the other forums out there (I just mean visual clutter, not content).
  8. Someone else reported this also. There should be a picture of a car at the top, and you should see an icon when there's a file attached. I will attach a screenshot to this post so you can see both what the site is suppose to look like at the top, and so you can see the little paperclip icon which means there's a file attached. If you don't see either of those on your browser, please reply here and I can try to figure out why not.
  9. Save it as a JPEG with higher compression (lower quality). Somewhere around the middle of the scale should do fine. In the photoshop "Save As..." dialog, it will tell you the resulting file size right there.
  10. Here you go: http://www.bmw2002faq.com/component/option,com_forum/Itemid,57/page,viewtopic/t,259604/ Unfortunately, if you don't know the ID of the topic (as opposed to the individual reply) it's difficult to find the exact post by number. If you do know the topic ID, you can just replace the "259604" in the URL above. If other folks are in this predicament, I can add a special feature to enable this. We can probably do a poll or something about old bookmarks and see if people would think it useful.
  11. I've thought about turning away searchbots, but I think it's in our best interest to let google and others crawl the site -- that way the archives, etc. will be googleable eventually. I don't think it hurts performance too much.
  12. We did not change anything, so right now I suspect something on the ISP side. We are investigating this right now -- sorry for the inconvenience.
  13. We're way under the board-wide quota... can you give a specific example of a post that used to have a pic but is gone now? Just paste the link here. Thanks for helping us track this down...
  14. There was actually a thread on the OT board on this a few days ago. The upshot of it was this: http://imcdb.org/vehicles_make-BMW.html ... which I found to be pretty impressive. Not just 02's but pretty much any car you can think of, with nice screen shots also.
  15. Click on the "Thread View" button (upper right) and it will display the forum or topic as a tree like the old board. You can also set this in your profile so it displays that way by default. We could definitely trim down some of the picture stuff... we've been trying hard to "keep it simple" since the upgrade -- we've trimmed out a ton of fat from the default installations. Thanks for your feedback!

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