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hoptis
30-01-2010, 23:04
This is a discussion thread for any questions or issues concerning the announcement (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?p=8029223) that we are reaching the end-of-life for the Gallery and vbJournal products.


Main text from that ANNOUNCEMENT:

In the coming year we plan on upgrading the software Bluelight runs on, hopefully twice to bring us up to the latest version.

Doing so will mean that some older parts of the site, parts that will not be compatible with the latest version of vBulletin may break permanantly.

In anticipation of this, the administrators have decided to close the Bluelight Gallery (http://www.bluelight.ru/gallery/) for good and put on notice to those with jounals in the old vbJournals plugin (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/journal.php) that they must archive their journals if they want to keep them. Image uploading and commenting in the Gallery has now been turned off.

We will do everything possible to keep these modules working in future, if we're lucky one or both of them will hang around as parts of our history but we also have to take into consideration the time constraints we're under and that the priority of our efforts will be on improving our forums.

We have set an earliest estimated date of deactivation of both for April the 1st 2010. This is the earliest that we estimate we will be ready for the second upgrade to vBulletin 4 Suite.

Until that time, if you have content on either, please copy and backup anything you would like to keep. There are tips in this thread (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=435563) on how to export your journal quickly.

Journals of course have been replaced by blogs (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/blog.php), the blogs module is now a fully integrated part of vBulletin and a valued part of Bluelight, they will not be going anywhere.

After our upgrades are complete, we may look at starting new galleries using the vBulletin member albums feature but we are a long way from evaluating whether this will be worthwhile.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. Also we'd like to thank and express our gratitude for everyone over the years who has worked on Galleries and Journal.

Updated March 13 - We are still holding April 1 as the 'earliest' time frame for these upgrades to occur. Those who know us may expect us to be a little later than that ;) but YOU, the public, should assume that the Gallery and vbJournal content will be gone without any further notice after that date. Consider it YOUR deadline to save stuff.

tathra
31-01-2010, 19:17
i would like to preserve the vbjournal of a deceased friend of mine for anyone interested in reading it in the future.

is the only option to download as text and upload somewhere else (such as one of his tribute threads in the Shrine, but thats a lot of entries), or could there be some way to transfer everything to the "Blogs" plugin? or perhaps have it somehow linked on his tribute page (http://bluelight.ru/content/thad.php), still hosted here on bluelight?

L2R
31-01-2010, 22:25
make it april 2nd or march 31st. people may think it's a joke if the due date is april fools.

LiLCv2
31-01-2010, 23:05
That sucks, but then again my care-o-meter is real low anyways.

spork
01-02-2010, 05:37
:( :(

hoptis
01-02-2010, 08:21
i would like to preserve the vbjournal of a deceased friend of mine for anyone interested in reading it in the future.

is the only option to download as text and upload somewhere else (such as one of his tribute threads in the Shrine, but thats a lot of entries), or could there be some way to transfer everything to the "Blogs" plugin? or perhaps have it somehow linked on his tribute page (http://bluelight.ru/content/thad.php), still hosted here on bluelight?

Unfortunately downloading the text version is the only way to back up a journal.

There is still a chance journals and gallery may exist in some form after we're finished with upgrades, but it depends on the amount of work required to modify them. Also, we have to give priority to the forum, so for now we're issuing the statement that they're both going to be gone when we've finished all our upgrades.

Captain.Heroin
01-02-2010, 12:47
Long live the gallery!

That'll be sad to see it go.

lolwhatzdrugs
03-02-2010, 12:19
You should remove the FAQ section about uploading images to the gallery for the slower ones. Those poor people with no understanding about the inability to upload pictures despite a clear posted tutorial!;)

Pillthrill
03-02-2010, 13:08
I was just curious as to the reason they are being removed. Are they not being used enough.
What is going to be the new answer to, "Take it to your blog?" Idk, just STFU???
I don't think removing the blogs is a good idea just because of that fact. Some users just need to have a safe place for outlet and if they don't have it our forum may become clogged with stuff that should just go to a blog...

felix
03-02-2010, 14:06
read the announcement!


Journals of course have been replaced by blogs, the blogs module is now a fully integrated part of vBulletin and a valued part of Bluelight, they will not be going anywhere.

Pillthrill
03-02-2010, 14:12
Oh, sorry. PT is dumb. I just read the title. Please excuse me. Good idea. I was just concerned thats all. Thanks :D

skoat
03-02-2010, 14:27
Quick reader, huh PT? haha <3

I'm really going to miss the Gallery. That was one of the reasons I stuck around a while back. Clearly nobody cares as to why I joined/stayed, but if a Gallery in the future is at all possible I beg of you Admins (Hoptis? Finder?) to somehow do it.

It doesn't look like that pipedream is too likely though.

Pillthrill
03-02-2010, 14:29
Like I said, PT= dumb. I haven't slept yet. Brain is failing. It may be time to close BL for a few hours.

TheLoveBandit
03-02-2010, 17:09
came across this, may be of use for those who wish to save information from journal or gallery before they are gone (aside from the downloading already available)

http://www.pdfmyurl.com/

Noodle
06-02-2010, 18:52
April Fool's day?

:D

guineaPig
07-02-2010, 10:26
^doubtful. gallery has been sloooooowwwww for quite awhile now. if it's costing money, i don't see it as being the greatest investment right now.

what's truly sad, is that the last pic to ever be posted in gallery is some random cock-shot.

in fact, i'm gonna go delete that. we ain't goin' out like that.

hoptis
08-02-2010, 14:29
lol... thanks gP, but given the relationship the gallery had with our benefactor, perhaps an adult photo isn't that inappropriate as the final photo.

I can assure you that this is not an April Fools joke.

Besides from the difficulty of maintaining an add-on product for galleries, the decision is also partly motivated by an evaluation of where our priorities need to lie, now and in the future. There are plenty of photo hosting sites on the web that are able to provide a much faster and powerful service than ours, if anything, we think that if the potential is there for Bluelight to host files of any sort, they should be things like documents related to HR information that forums like Other Drugs or Drug Studies would find extremely useful.

Roger&Me
08-02-2010, 23:53
Aw man, the gallery is dying. :( This thread makes my heart hurt, its like learning that an old friend has been diagnosed with cancer and only has a few months left to live.

I understand the reasoning for getting rid of it, but BL just isn't the same without it. Its been around for as long as I can remember BL-- I remember being a 15 year old kid, browsing through the gallery after toking up late at night, looking at all the droogz pictures and nudie pictures....it was fuggen awesome man. :D The thought that future generations of young druggy web-browsers will be deprived of that experience is distressing to me, to say the least.

You guys do what ya gotta do, I guess-- but let it be known that its a travesty.

RIP Gallery!
*pourin' out some of my 40 ounce*

katmeow
09-02-2010, 06:53
Is it possible for this to be made a site wide announcement that pops up no matter what forum you look at (like the current donation drive one)? There are probably people who would like to save things who might not read annoucements or support.

Dissonance
09-02-2010, 19:33
make it april 2nd or march 31st. people may think it's a joke if the due date is april fools.

x2.

When I read the announcement and saw the bolded April 1st 2010 I thought it was an April fools joke as well.

TheLoveBandit
09-02-2010, 21:15
Is it possible for this to be made a site wide announcement that pops up no matter what forum you look at (like the current donation drive one)? There are probably people who would like to save things who might not read annoucements or support.



Taken up with the admin, on how we can balance the multiple site-wide things we need to notify people about :\ Good suggestion, though.

Raw Evil
10-02-2010, 13:32
x2.

When I read the announcement and saw the bolded April 1st 2010 I thought it was an April fools joke as well.

I still think it is. >_>

OverDone
10-02-2010, 18:32
came across this, may be of use for those who wish to save information from journal or gallery before they are gone (aside from the downloading already available)

http://www.pdfmyurl.com/

That's a cool idea for a site and seems useful. I attempted it but it looks like if a person wants to use it for BL they may need to do some tweaking. I tried twice for two different BL pages and it PDF'd the BL login page.

Just want to mention this so folks don't go bugging you for support for a site that you have no control over

fizzle
10-02-2010, 19:02
I still think it is. >_>

If it is, its being played on mods too.

felix
10-02-2010, 20:32
For the record, it is definitely not an April Fool's joke. Comments and uploads are already switched off.

TheLoveBandit
22-02-2010, 14:58
Taken up with the admin, on how we can balance the multiple site-wide things we need to notify people about :\ Good suggestion, though.

We've launched an open call for WIKI mod applications to run until MAR 5 with the anticipation of replacing that global announcement with one related to this thread for the last 3.5 weeks of MAR. Nudge us if we don't have this up by MAR 8 ;)

my innerself
25-02-2010, 11:08
surely there must be some way to keep the gallery????????????

Im a huge fan of the gallery, dont get rid of it.

Captain.Heroin
25-02-2010, 20:12
surely there must be some way to keep the gallery????????????

Im a huge fan of the gallery, dont get rid of it.
Just save all the pictures to your hard drive.

Then, put them all in one giant .rar file.

Put a nifty password on it, and upload it to megaupload or rapidshare or some uploading site.

Not that hard, eh? It'll just take some time.

However, if I can download and listen to 300 gigabytes of music, I have faith you can back up the Gallery on your own. :)

askaboutme
25-02-2010, 20:18
fuck facebook!

Captain.Heroin
25-02-2010, 20:20
fuck facebook!

LOL okay! Seems a little random but whatever.

Facebook banned me so you can imagine how I feel about them. ;)

Maybe talk about how much you don't like FB in your journal or the lounge?

TheLoveBandit
13-03-2010, 23:15
Self-nudged after March 8 :\ Expect this to be a site-wide ANNOUNCEMENT running March 14 - April 3 to nudge everyone else to do some right-click saves and copy-pastes.

crOOk
05-04-2010, 23:59
I've always feared this day would come. :(

Synto_
06-05-2010, 04:03
This really sucks. I had to reset my account in 04 but I've been a member since late 99 or early 2000 and the gallery was 40%-50% of the reason I visited BL. There HAS to be a way to keep the gallery.

L2R
16-06-2010, 00:46
so is this happening?

Evad
16-06-2010, 02:24
from the HEADS UP June announcement:



Upgrades:
Bluelight proper - upgrade from 3.6 to 3.8 during the 3rd quarter of 2010 in an effort to close some security gaps and clean up some bugs. It is possible that this upgrade will break the old JOURNAL and GALLERY areas. We will explore the migration to vb 4.0 sometime later in the year, but that jump will most assuredly break the old JOURNAL and GALLERY. We ran this announcement (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=486299) in an effort to prepare our members for losing these old areas of the site, no more notice will be given regarding them. We will, however, try to give some advance notice of possible down time when we do the planned upgrades both in site-wide announcements and through our twitter feed (http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?t=442760). We expect to have brokelight up and available during those times.

so...maybe I guess is the answer, depends how the internet elves do their shit.

LLueBight
27-08-2010, 22:48
I cannot for the life of me figure out how to upload a picture to this site. I understand that it asks for a URL when you click on the picture insert in the reply box, but I just don't understand how you upload a picture from your computer that isn't on a website. Is there anyway to post a picture to bluelight without uploading it something like photobucket? From what I understand you used to be able to use the bluelight photo gallery but that appears to be closed. ANy help woudl be much appreciated, and I apologize in advance if this is a 'stupid' question. I really did try to search for an answer on this one. Thanks

Enki
27-08-2010, 22:52
Welcome to Bluelight LLueBight :)

The gallery isn't very compatible with vBulletin and is being phased out. Its my understanding no one can upload pictures anymore.

LLueBight
27-08-2010, 22:55
Ah, okay..so I'm not a complete moron. Being somebody who is fairly adept w/ computers, I was really starting to flip out on myself for not being able to figure out a seemingly simple task such as posting a picture. Thanks!

fizzle
28-08-2010, 00:21
The gallery is closed, but you can still upload pictures... I'm assuming you are talking about to a regular post... honestly the easiest way to do it is to upload it to another website to host it and just use the img tags, I know thats not what you were looking for but it really is the simplest way.

Enki
28-08-2010, 00:43
The gallery is closed, but you can still upload pictures...

http://www.bluelight.ru/vb/showthread.php?p=8029223

Image uploading and commenting in the Gallery has now been turned off.

felix
28-08-2010, 00:53
she meant upload to imageshack (or whatever), not the gallery. :D

LLueBight: please figure out how to use imageshack or photobucket, there really isn't much to it.

as an admin of this site i'm kinda glad the gallery is being switched off, cos all it does it cost us bandwidth fees for something other sites do so much better for the grand price of zero. :)

Enki
28-08-2010, 01:05
I was contradicting fizzle in the hopes I could provoke her into roughing me up a little :)

fizzle
28-08-2010, 02:19
Provoking not required for that ;):D