View Full Version : New Users and Promotions

11-12-2012, 08:27 PM
New users... firstly, welcome to PGD. To try and minimise the workload for administrators and moderators, we use a scheme of automated promotions. You should make your first post in the designated thread (http://www.pascalgamedevelopment.com/showthread.php?32234-Welcome-to-PGD!-Make-your-first-port-here-in-this-thread) in this forum, it will then be approved (or queried, further verified) by a moderator or administrator. At this point you should be automatically promoted by the system.

Or so we thought...

Some of you may have noticed that promotions seem to take quite a time and I've been investigating this for a while trying all sorts of things, so here's the low down and instructions on how to ensure this works nice and smoothly.

1. Signup
2. Verify your email address
3. Login
4. Make your first post
5. Wait for it to be moderated (and thus become visible to all users in the forum)
6. Spend a few minutes reading a few forums... modifying your profile... checking out a blog or two
7. Post some replies

Stage 6 is important... the system runs the scheduled task processor every time a page is requested. The user promotions task (which is what moves you from the moderated to the un-moderated groups) is set to run every minute... BUT... to minimise server load, it only processes users that have been active since it last ran. So, if you post your first post and then just wait, you'll be waiting ALONG time to get promoted.

So, please, if you are a new user, once your post has been moderated, visit the site a few times and fingers crossed, if my PHP interpretation skills are correct, you should find yourself promoted. Please report problems directly to me by email at athena at outer hyphen reaches dot com.

06-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Update - April 2014

It seems our hosts have changed the options available to us with regards to running scheduled tasks. When the promotion issues first cropped up, I tried to setup a scheduled task that would automatically call the scheduled task processor in vBulletin, but I was unable to call it sufficiently frequently to achieve satisfactory operation.

With the transfer of the domain and hosting from WILL to myself, I've been able to change the server it's hosted on (and consequently gain access to an improved scheduled job manager). This has allowed me to setup a scheduled task that calls the scheduled task processor in vBulletin every other minute. Combined with the calls that are made when pages are served, the system should appear to be quite responsive in terms of promotions.

But you MUST still login and surf around the site AFTER your first post has been approved to ensure that you appear to be active in the eyes of the promotion system.