Well, I only started on it about two years ago.
Reason: my wife needed help to start a forum..at the time I used YabbSE with supermod installed, and as probably some of you know, it was not always stable, at least some versions.
But graphics is really my field, just had always a knack for programming. I tinkered some years with the Amiga, and learnt a lot there. So when it was needed to learn PHP I bought a book : PHP for absolute beginners
, and went from there. Btw, the net is an incredible palce to search for info and programming problems...
So I guess it just stuck what I found/read. One day my wife - who really runs that forum, wanted a gallery integrated, not another script, and a quiz function like the poll. And so I began....after alot of trial I eventually got a working script and its been enhanced a bit, but still the same base.
The gallery is just a simple "show pictures/upload/category" thing with no commenting, but the quiz I am somewhat proud of.
It works like this:
- a member start a new topic+quiz, (like topic+poll) and insert questions + correct answers. Also how many max points an answer can have and links to pictures if she/he want to show a illustrative picture next to the question.
- members answer each one by writing in a textfield(plenty of room for extra short comments to the creator/admin , which they often do.)
- when done, it gets sent in awaiting someone to set points to them.
- That someone is either an admin or the creator. We basically trust our members, so they usually correct it on their own. When each contribution is done it gets a total, when the quiz is closed, results show up over which members scored most. Some of them is regualr, and the winner get titles like "member of the month" , that sort of thing.
But themes is what got me really working, since it is a challenge to delve through the existing theme code and change it to look like you want - without rendering the theme useless....