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  • What makes a hack a hack?

    What makes a hack, a "hack"?

    From a different thread, I have the impression from the Steve Machol person that using a conditional <if $vb....> to solve a problem is better than installing a hack, because then it's easier to upgrade.

    Up to that point I thought I was creating a "hack" because I was modifying my forums' skin code.

    So what makes a hack, a Hack?

    Stachel

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    A 'hack' is to edit any php file....... if you only work in templates then it is a 'template mod'

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    • #3
      A hack by definition is a quick and dirty way of doing things... At least that is what I thought.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Shining Arcanine
        A hack by definition is a quick and dirty way of doing things... At least that is what I thought.
        Not really..

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shining Arcanine
          A hack by definition is a quick and dirty way of doing things... At least that is what I thought.
          Correct, although in this context, the term also somehow became applicable for editing vB code.

          It is virtually always preferable to do anything but edit the PHP files for two reasons: ease of upgradability, and stability.
          --filburt1, vBulletin.org/vBulletinTemplates.com moderator
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          • #6
            yeah it really sux when you upgrade cuz you have to do it allllll over again
            Rebel Designs Studios

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rebelsrock06
              yeah it really sux when you upgrade cuz you have to do it allllll over again
              No kidding I'm usually stuck for emotions, I want new releases but I don't want to reapply my hacks

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              • #8
                I just use Meld (or Beyond Compare and Notepad on Windows) to update the files in about 30 minutes or so, although updating the templates takes a bit longer.

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