- Modification Support
Galleries simply allow you to organize your avatars so members do not have to look through endless scrolling to find the avatar of choice. Simply add a new folder to your avatar directory (BlahImages/Avatars). Creating a new folder will create a gallery. To add images to the gallery, move the images to the folder you just created. No special characters (such as %+-) are allowed. Also, convert spaces into underscores (_).
- Modification Support
This feature is
still in its VERY early stages. Currently we are the only perl
board which included a Modification manager. For those unfamiliar with what
modifications are, they are "hacks" -- better known as
Modifications (or mods) that allow users to change the way they're board
looks, functions, basically anything. You must find someone who has made a
mod, however, before you can install one. Modifications are community
supported, if there is not a community, there will not be modifications.
They generally do not come from the e-Blah! programmers, unless they are
included in later version of the project, and are included as a service
patch for the system. To create a mod, it is highly recommended you
use the built in Modification system (Administrator Center/Modifications).
To add modifications to your "Install" directory, upload it to
"cgi-bin/Blah/Mods". Then go to your Modification center and
install it. If there is a problem with the modification it will NOT
be installed (unless you override this feature and install it anyway).
Modifications released are used by you at your own risk. We or the
modification authors can, and will not be held responsible for damages
that modifications could possibly do to your board. The probability of
anything negatively occurring, however, is slim to none (we do, of course,
suggest you follow the instructions, if any, given to you the client).
- Theme Support
A very limited amount
of perl messages boards have this feature (with out the use of
modifications). We have decided to add it to blah because it is a very
cool feature (especially if a member hates the default theme). It's easy
to create a theme, just go to themes (Administrator Center/Themes), then
go to "Create a Theme". Change the colors, the templates, etc.
To allow your members to use the themes you must first enable the Themes
via the Administrator Settings (Administrator Center/Settings). Then to
change your theme, modify your profile (under Board Settings in Profile).
In an attempt to
make the board software smaller (for server bandwidth), we have made what
easiest to use, and the fastest of all PHP and Perl boards. We have one of
the fastest systems around the internet, and will strive to always stay
- Session Identification (SIDs)
We want to be different,
be the first to have certain features. And for a Perl board, we are the
first to have SID's, which are usually only included on PHP systems
(because PHP actively supports SIDs). However, we have made our board to
use SIDs, which to our knowledge is the first to do so (unless you use PHP
or a modification to the board). We know that some people do not have
cookie support on their computer, so we have made SIDs for those people.
such as time, username and password, and the users IP address. The user
will have to login every 3 hours (for security reasons). With every SID
supporting board, it doesn't work on a proxy. It does not work on a proxy
because the users IP address randomly changes, and in order to ensure that
the user is valid, there must be a way to validate that user - in other
words, e-Blah! has to have a valid IP address from the user.
- Ban Groups
From a request by ejdmoo, comes Ban Groups.
Ban groups are simple to understand. Say you have a member on your board that cusses and you ban him. Well, with the basic way of banning just adds his IP to the ban list and who knows who is who with all those IP addresses running around. But with grouping, you can add (for example), a "Cussing" group, which will just tell you who he is (just put him, and other cussers in that group). Banning works the same way in previous version of Blah, this is just a more organized fashion of finding out whos who in the list. Say you also have two hackers on your board, ban them into a group called, "Hackers". If you ever want to delete a group (with all the banned members in it), simply go and remove them by going to the "Ban Users" section of the admin center. You can also add, edit, or remove bans within groups. Once you get the hang of it, you'll see that this way of banning is much easier than the way you may be use to banning (from previous blah versions or other board software).
In e-blah! we
allow users to upload files to your server for downloading. When the user
downloads the file it is counted, and is shown in the message view.
Attachments are allowed only when you upload messages, go to Post and then
add the file to your message, simple as that.