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    Welcome to TecmoBowl.org!

    By Guest, in News,

    Greetings!  Welcome to the non-April fools - April Fools joke!

    For the last several months I've had conversations with our very own Maynard G Krebs about all sorts of topics since both of us had a lot of free time.  Some of these conversations revolved around this very site and how to let other people know about it.  One very simple fix he proposed would be to change the domain name to something to do with Tecmo.  I didn't seriously consider this at first...why change after all these years?  Over time this made more and more sense....a radio interview where I gave out the site url and then stated listeners wouldn't be able to spell it really brought home the point and the idea of Tecmobowl.org, a site I've owned for a little while, was born.

    After I decided to change the site name, I shortly formulated a plan and time frame to change it and I decided what better way than April 1st.  I posted this message back on March 11th.

    This is going to come as a shock to most of you but effective at the end of the month knobbe.org is no longer going to host the Tecmo Repository.  In a nutshell, I was given an offer that I couldn't refuse. Please understand this was extremely difficult for me but in the end the pros outweighed the cons.  I can tell you that this is from a "prominent" member of the Tecmo Community and it's my hope that you find things in the future to be as good if not better than they are now.
    As many of you probably deduced (Tony probably did well on the SATs), the site was to be hosted on a new url...specifically TecmoBowl.org.  The offer I couldn't refuse was to move to a more apt domain name in order to reach more Tecmoers.  This decision was difficult for me but one I believe will pay off in long run .  I suppose it might be a stroking my own ego to deem myself a "prominent Tecmoer" but it certainly fed the rumors about what was going to happen with the site.  (#1 being that I sold out)

    Anyway, along with the new site is a new effort to streamline the way that the site brings you information about Tecmo.  The truth is that there is a lot of fairly exciting stuff that happens all the time and the former layout was a failed attempt to bring some organization from the chaotic knowledge of the message board.

    Going forward, here is the logic-layout of the site:

    Front Page/Blog - This will cater to the casual Tecmoer and help to server as one gateway into the online community of Tecmo.  (Social media sites like facebook, twitter, etc will be another way).  It's a way for people to keep up with what might be new with Tecmo in terms of tournaments, hacks, etc with minimal effort.
    Info/Wiki - The original TecmoWiki was initially hosted on TecmoBowl.org, there was a pretty decent amount of information put in, the Wiki was defaced by bots, i pulled the site.  Eventually I fixed the site and enabled only forum users to edit but by this time the site was no longer trusted nor updated.  It has been brought back because basically it is the optimal way for people to contribute to the combined knowledge of Tecmo and I've seen elsewhere that it's possible to run a successful video game wiki.  When people are trying to find information about Tecmo Super Bowl I hope for this to be the defacto source.
    Forum - The cutting edge of day to day Tecmo.  This shall basically remain the same though I have been looking at switching to a different software.
    I want to thank everyone who has been visiting and contributing over the last nine years.  Without your presence, this probably would have just been another Tecmo fan site that eventually faded away.  It's been fun chatting with you all and even meeting some of you.

    Finally, I'm looking forward to the future.  I think we can build something even better here and I welcome your help.


    What Is A Frontpage?

    By admin, in Documentation,

    IP.Content 2.0 uses the term "frontpage" to refer to both the homepage of the Articles module, and the landing page of each individual category. We have introduced this new navigational structure to better allow you to showcase content, while presenting it in a standardized format that your users will be able to understand and jump into without assistance.

    Firstly, you will now be able to define "frontpage" templates in the ACP for the Articles module. IP.Content will ship with 3 defaults:

    1x2x2 Layout
    This layout will display articles in a traditional "news" style layout.
    Blog format
    This format will display articles in a blog-style format.
    Single column
    This layout will force articles to display in a single column, one per row.

    You can use one or more of these frontpage layouts, or you can create your own. Experiment with displaying articles in different formats on your homepage to determine which layout your users like best.

    Articles must be set to "Show on front page" in order for them to display on the homepage frontpage.

    In addition to the homepage frontpage, each category has it's own frontpage. The category frontpage functions identically to the homepage frontpage, except for two important factors:

    Only records from within that category (and it's subcategories) will be displayed
    The "Show on front page" setting is not honored for the category frontpage

    You will be able to easily review and manage the articles set to display on the frontpage from a new section of the ACP labeled "Frontpage Manager". We feel that this new area of the articles section will help showcase important articles and increase user interaction with your articles section.

    With IP.Content articles and custom databases you can mirror a topic to the forums when a new article or database record is submitted. In doing so, IP.Content can also utilize that automatically-generated topic as the comment "storage" for the article or record. When a comment is submitted to the article, the comment is actually stored as a reply to the topic. Similarly, replies made directly to the topic in the forum also show up as comments for the record.

    This functionality can be enabled at a per-database and per-category level. You can specify separate forums for each category in your article section, for instance, or you can turn off forum commenting for a specific category, while enabling it for all others.

    A few additional configuration options, such as allowing you to automatically remove the topic when the record is removed, and specifying a prefix and/or suffix for the topic title so that your users can more easily identify that such topics were stemmed from the articles section help round out the feature, giving you better control over how these automatically posted topics are handled.

    The forum cross-posting capabilities allow the administrator to better tie in articles with the forums, giving you better opportunities to expose your content to a wider audience. Additionally, forum management of comments provides for easier maintenance and stronger managerial options of the comments, utilizing IP.Board's powerful, proven feature set.

    IP.Content allows you to promote posts from your forums to articles in the IP.Content Articles database.

    The administrator can configure the specifics of this feature in the ACP under My Apps -> IP.Content -> Promote Article Settings. You can turn the system on and off, control which groups can copy and move posts to the articles section, and specify a few other details for the feature. A new hook is included with IP.Content which adds a button to each post labeled "Promote to Article". This button only shows up if you have permission to use the feature based on the ACP configuration.

    When clicked, the button will take you to a new form where you can formalize the details of the new article. You can tweak the text and title, upload an image, and specify other pertinent details. If you are able to both move and copy posts to the articles section, you will also be asked which type of promotion you wish to use. Upon submitting the form, IP.Content handles the rest.

    This new feature can be used to showcase important content otherwise hidden in your forums by pushing this content to your frontpage. It is then up to you whether you want a copy made in the articles section (leaving the original post in tact), whether you want to actually move the post to the articles section, and whether you want any cross-linking left in place. With such powerful options, we are sure you will find many uses for this great tool available in IP.Content.


    Page Management

    By admin, in Documentation,

    The page management module interface has many powerful tools built in, designed to help you work with pages and folders in IP.Content efficiently.

    Firstly, the folder navigation utilizes AJAX to load the folder contents inline without requiring you to visit a new page to view the contents of the folder.

    We have also updated some common management features to utilize AJAX to help facilitate management of your pages. Actions like clearing folders and deleting folders, for instance, will now occur without page refreshes, making your managerial activities flow smoother and quicker.

    Additionally, the interface as a whole has been updated to provide a nicer, smoother feel for the page management areas. In practice, we found that many administrators spend the majority of their time setting up and utilizing IP.Content in the page management areas, so we wanted to update the user interface to make this experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. Minor details like confirmation dialogs have been updated to bring everything together for a more consistent feel.

    A new filter bar, utilizing AJAX to retrieve the results without the need for a page refresh, has also been added to the page management area. You can begin typing in the name of a page and a live-search action will occur in the background, showing you the results of your search as you type. If you have many pages and many folders (and many pages within those many folders), you will find that using the filter bar to locate your pages can dramatically speed up your navigation of IP.Content within the page management areas of the ACP.

    Overall, we've modernized the IP.Content page management area of the ACP, polishing up the little details, in an effort to make your experience all the more pleasant.

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