At the time I've come to read this thread you seem to solve everything on your own; thanks.
Just a tiny addition to your statements:
The File / Image Attachments add-on
I would like to somehow preserve original filenames, so the uploaded files could be more easily referenced elsewhere.
is truly associated with the message IDs, so Jaime explained it properly above. This approach can't be changed, because in the system, there could be truly a lot of similar file names, but they should be recognized some how. In addition to this, you may use Descriptions
of the file. Descriptions are for that you're suggesting: they allow to recognize files and index them well in search engines. Descriptions are also used for ALTs/TITLEs in pictures. As I know, this approach is enough for most of the customers. Noone truly cares about filenames, because they could
or could not
be descriptive; but the Description provided near each file, makes more sense.
Yes, I see you already tried File Bank add-on
- this is actually for what you suggest. It keeps the original file names (even if a file will come with an existing file name, it will be renamed with as less difference as possible); these files could be pasted anywhere in the message, this add-on has more sophisticated logics to handle uploaded files (but also, users must be truly experienced for that; it's not easy as the Attachments add-on, that's why we have 2 different add-ons for mostly similar purpose).
minibb seems to be leaving the "edit" button active for a short period of time. Is there a convenient way to turn that off? So posts can be edited hours days or weeks later?
There is $useredit
option in setup_options.php. Read in Manual
for more. Actually it is about the period of time (in seconds) when users could edit their messages.
But our recommendation is to keep this value as short as possible. Edited messages do not come over older posts, so moderators / admins could merely skip them. But users might me truly angry or jealous sometimes, you know. They could edit they messages posted month ago to fill them with s-words and remove much of the necessary stuff. As I know, most of blogs, even Facebook have turned off editing of messages or provide it only for a short time (to fix spelling, for example - not more than this).
Up to you.
like this forum software. I'm a fan.
Thanks so far :) If you'll be happy for more longer time, drop as a note so we could add your wonderful forum to our Gallery
I would have put this post in the "Addons" forum. But I don't seem to have write permission there.
In this forum, we keep the structure of a Topic -> Add-on discussion, so each add-on has a related discussion only. But your question is not just about one add-on or just the add-ons. For your case, you might to provide a reply for 2 related topics and create at least one another topic to ask about something which is not about add-ons at all.
That's why your topic is suiting the "Specific" forum actually...