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YaBB's servers will be down for ~ 4 hours while we get a system image backup & perform maintenance

Started Sep 14th, 2015 at 9:26pm by JonB
0 87 Last Post Sep 14th, 2015 at 9:26pm
By: JonB
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Moderation Policy - Read & Heed
Thanks to all for your recent opinions, and those given to me in the past.
A. I waited for timed banning to work before using it.  There was a reason, just as beating your dog every time it acts ...

Started Feb 10th, 2015 at 10:45pm by JonB
1 578 Last Post Mar 3rd, 2015 at 12:26pm
By: JonB
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Update Session
For those who are NOT using their password as their Session Update answer, please go to your User CP and re-input your answer. We've changed how the answers are saved to avoid problems with non-Englis...

Started Jun 12th, 2014 at 11:51pm by Dandello
1 1,611 Last Post Jun 18th, 2014 at 1:44pm
By: vteams
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page caching
My host suggested that I use page caching to reduce server load. Is this a good idea? Will it mean that the forum does not get updated as soon as people make posts?

Started Dec 24th, 2012 at 12:04am by freediver
0 578 Last Post Dec 24th, 2012 at 12:04am
By: freediver
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quick upgrade tips
I always seem to have trouble with my message folder when I am upgrading. I think the main problem is that the ftp thing moves one file at a time, which take a while if you have 30000 threads. Drag an...

Started Dec 2nd, 2012 at 9:29pm by freediver
0 723 Last Post Dec 2nd, 2012 at 9:29pm
By: freediver
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Script can't 'require' file from directory
Hello! I decided to move my YaBB forum from my current $45 VPS to $5 Digital Ocean VPS. I managed to install PHP, MySQL and Perl on Ubuntu. I tried to copy the forum to the new location, but got '500 ...

Started Jan 4th, 2014 at 8:50am by MaxPower3000
1 5,146 Last Post Jan 10th, 2014 at 10:34pm
By: Elfen
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permlink set up
This is just a cut/paste from an email on a tech list on problems setting up permlink

Started Mar 20th, 2013 at 5:04pm by mrbrklyn
1 806 Last Post Mar 20th, 2013 at 5:18pm
By: mrbrklyn
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managing template images
It is my understanding that if YaBB cannot find a template image in the specified folder, it searches in the default folder. Is it a good idea to use the default folder as much as possible so you only...

Started Dec 21st, 2012 at 11:00pm by freediver
1 1,058 Last Post Dec 27th, 2012 at 12:47pm
By: freediver
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After upgrade threads incorrectly showing as new
I've upgraded from YaBB 2.1 to 2.5AE (using the new install and transferring the necessary files over manually technique).
At first glance everything seems to be working well apart from one thing...

Started Aug 13th, 2011 at 8:27am by djblamire
1 954 Last Post Aug 13th, 2011 at 5:55pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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Admin Email Setup - Keeps Failing
I can't get YaBB to email. 
Here is the setup.  It is Yabb 2.5 AE
In the Admin, Advanced Settings, Email tab
Send using - YaBB SMTP Engine
Server Au...

Started Feb 8th, 2011 at 3:59am by Delpi
1 1,773 Last Post Feb 8th, 2011 at 5:17pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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Error message when trying to access profile.
I just moved an older version ( 2.1 ) to a new host company and everything seems to be working fine except when I try to access a member profile I get this error message…
Can't open directory ...
It looks to

Started Oct 21st, 2010 at 11:37pm by singletracker500
1 1,001 Last Post Oct 21st, 2010 at 11:41pm
By: singletracker500
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Newbie needs help
Ok its been years since i messed with yaBB. I'm trying to install yaBB on my HostGator site. HostGator says they allow yaBB2, and that its not a problem. However, when i try to install my site. I get ...

Started Oct 8th, 2010 at 12:07am by l0k0
1 1,111 Last Post Oct 8th, 2010 at 2:31am
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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Can't understand this line.
This Line is not Understandable to me:
Step 1 - Editing the Path to Perl
Make note of the very first line in each of these files, which is called a shebang or "path to Perl." Depending on...

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Started Sep 3rd, 2010 at 4:53pm by Sahil
1 1,113 Last Post Sep 3rd, 2010 at 9:00pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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My proposed forum is likely to draw "hate" spammers who would register just to cause trouble. Can yabb be configured so that ALL posts must be approved by an administrator/moderator before becoming vi...

Started Jun 4th, 2010 at 2:23pm by Empirical
1 1,439 Last Post Jun 4th, 2010 at 3:30pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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Unable to open default.css
When I'm in the Admin Center, and trying to go into either Template Configuration or Style Sheet, I get the following error message:
Unable to open

Started May 10th, 2010 at 2:37am by DecimalGirl
1 2,512 Last Post May 10th, 2010 at 3:11pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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Problem with Image Upload to Attachments Directory
Hi All. First posting as I'm trying to set up my 1st Bulletin Board.
Nearly everything seems OK but I want users to be able to upload images to posts (and avatars later, which also isn't current...

Started May 5th, 2015 at 9:52am by MorrisMinor
2 57 Last Post May 5th, 2015 at 3:45pm
By: MorrisMinor
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Re: error
Release 2.6.11 error
Software error:
Can't locate /default/Other.template in @INC (@INC contains: /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.12.4/BSDPAN /usr/local/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.12.4/mach ...

Started Feb 9th, 2015 at 7:32am by Velocity
2 46 Last Post Feb 9th, 2015 at 5:59pm
By: JonB
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yabbfiles/avatars/UserAvatars - 644 or 755?
My instructions (2.5.2) told me to make this folder 644, but this makes in inaccessible. Should it be 755? Maybe it got the folder and files mixed up.

Started Dec 10th, 2012 at 2:43am by freediver
2 964 Last Post Dec 11th, 2012 at 4:58am
By: freediver
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server requires all perl files to be .cgi
server requires all perl files to be .cgi
which files do I need to  change please

Started Feb 4th, 2012 at 12:22pm by Draz
2 1,375 Last Post Feb 25th, 2012 at 4:02am
By: Elfen
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Help Me Find Syntax Error
I have made numerous attempts to retrieve my backup file and dump it on my updated SQL server/Linux.  A Syntax error msg comes up all the time.  The database is too large too. This is the area where m...

Started Jan 21st, 2012 at 11:46pm by SusieQ
2 1,019 Last Post Jan 23rd, 2012 at 10:21pm
By: Elfen
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Moving to GoDaddy
I moved YaBB from out old host to GoDaddy.  I did follow the instructions to change some of the paths since they use cgi and not cgi-bin.  I also went through and set all the CHMODs again.
When I...

Started Apr 19th, 2011 at 6:27pm by rfscholl
2 1,409 Last Post Jul 4th, 2011 at 3:18am
By: Elfen
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No ADMIN option on new install
I use HostPapa as a hosting service and they offer a script to install YaBB 2.3.1 which I have done. As part of the installation I was asked to provide a password for the Admin function. Installation ...

Started Jun 2nd, 2011 at 10:41am by steveL
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2 1,242 Last Post Jun 3rd, 2011 at 1:32am
By: steveL
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Weird Problems, 2.3.1, 2.5
Okay, so the other day I was deleting excess/old database from my host. It then came time to delete my PHPBB2 DB since I now use YaBB2.3.1.  I noticed it would delete the /forum directory (where I had...

Started Jan 14th, 2011 at 1:19am by Sassle Frassle
2 1,504 Last Post Jan 14th, 2011 at 5:48pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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From Windows to Linux - lower/upper case
Hi guys,
I've just migrated a 2.5 forum from a Windows to Linux server.
I'm now having a very specific issue regarding "ex members".
For reference, please have a look at a cut-out from ...

Started Jan 12th, 2011 at 11:50pm by binary
2 1,520 Last Post Jan 13th, 2011 at 10:20pm
By: binary
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HTAccess file
My Forum creates an HTAccess file daily in the cgi-bin directory that causes a 500 error. Once I delete the file my Forum is online again as if nothing has happened. The line in the file today was "# ...

Started Oct 22nd, 2010 at 12:55pm by Alan Bennett
2 1,632 Last Post Oct 30th, 2010 at 1:05pm
By: Alan Bennett
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Unable to open ./Variables/cook.txt
I'm trying to install v2.4 on Perl version : 5.008007 (don't know how to find the Apache version). I'm putting the contents of cgi-bin directly in the /forum/ folder where I want the boards to appear,...

Started Jun 26th, 2010 at 1:09am by ap0110
2 2,458 Last Post Jun 26th, 2010 at 4:53am
By: ap0110
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Setup Stuck 'You are running the YaBB 2 Converter'
I try to continue with the default path, ./Convert, and I get a message 'Directory: ./Convert/Members No such file or directory '. I can't get past this screen. I can't click any of the other tabs. Th...

Started May 11th, 2010 at 9:29pm by lp22
2 1,864 Last Post May 12th, 2010 at 5:11pm
By: Captain John - Ex Member
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