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Michael Walden
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Nov 12, 2017 - 2:03 am

OH and the forum is functioning just fine other than this particular plugin... no errors or warning appear to the end user

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Nov 12, 2017 - 2:26 am

If you like I can provide you with login information. Just let me know how do do so privately 🙂

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Yellow Swordfish
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Nov 12, 2017 - 5:10 am

Let me pick up on a few things here.

I think the most important question regards the install. You have said above that you tried uninstalling. Can you confirm that you do mean using the plugins 'Uninstall' option and NOT the 'Deactivate' option? If you just deactivated it then you need to Uninstall. It looks to me like for reasons I can not start to fathom, when you first activated the plugin it failed to fully create the default data.

Next - as far as displaying errors (or in this case Notices and one Warning) - as Mr Papa said above - it is really bad form to have these show on the normal display - admin or the public side. They should NEVER be shown as they can sometimes display information useful for potential hackers. Your hosting company should always turn this off on a production website and I strongly recommend that you have sharp words with them and get the settings changed.

On to images. There is no reason I am aware of why multiple images should not be made a part of the forum post - unless the excerpt option is used of course. Images are, after all, simple a tag with a path to a file which if correct in the blog post should still be correct in the equivalent forum post copy. But when we sort the admin issue out i can take a look at a linked post to see if anything looks wrong.

Try a full and proper uninstall of the blog linking plugin first and if that still fails in any way to save the data then we can take a look for you.

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Michael Walden
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Nov 12, 2017 - 5:45 pm

I uninstalled and the deleted the files.

I talked with my hosting provider and the messages no longer appear anywhere. 

I completely uninstalled the plugin as described above. I then deleted the files. I waited a couple hours just in case there is some kind of behind the scenes caching going on and then resintalled the plugin.

I went to a blog post, chose edit and the box with the blog linking options did not appear. So, I went to the options for the blog linking plugin.

There were default options set, The only thing I changed was the assigned forum. I clicked update and the entire page returned with NO options selected at all. I reselected the options and again attempted to update the settings. The page again came back with NO options selected.

To put it in the current interwebz vernacular, I haz a confuze. confused

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Michael Walden
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Nov 12, 2017 - 5:59 pm

OK, after another round of testing. I uninstalled the plugin again. When I reinstalled it there were default options set. I did not attempt to change anything.

I went to a blog post and the options for linking did indeed appear. Everything worked alright.

I went back to the options for the plugin. Changed the forum and changed the text for the blog link portion. Clicked update. The page came back with no options selected and the warnings/errors appeared again.

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Mr Papa
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Nov 13, 2017 - 12:07 am

first, have you seen this behavior on any other simple press admin pages?  sounds like something is interfering with the javascript doing the save...  would be nice to know if generally the admin pages are working...

when it occurs, any errors in the php error log?  also, what about the log on forum - toolbox - error log?  for the latter, please clear before you try the test so it will be current...

also, when you attempt to save the blog linking admin panel, with the browser console open, any errors shown there?

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Michael Walden
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Nov 13, 2017 - 12:51 am

The other admin pages appear to be working fine. The warning/error does show in the toolbox/error log. Just as I described in a previous post. Same warnings/errors. 

Php error logs? This is beyond me. I do not know what the browser console does or if I even have one. I am in no sense a coder other than VERY old html hahaha!

It is only this specific plugin that is harshing my mellow 😉

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Mr Papa
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Nov 13, 2017 - 1:04 am

did you see the link I gave for browser console?  explains what to do..

good to hear about rest of panels...

every server running php has an error log...  perhaps check with your hosting company if you dont know where its at?

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Michael Walden
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Nov 13, 2017 - 1:28 am

OK I looked at the console thing following the instruction in the link you provided. I did not see any errors.

I did manage to find an error log but it is gibberish to me. I have attached it.

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Yellow Swordfish
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Nov 13, 2017 - 3:37 am

Thanks for the error log. There is one hint in there so can we try one last thing before we ask about coming into your admin to take a look?

Could you ask your host support of they are using 'mod_security' on your server and if so, would they be willing to turn it off briefly so that you can run a test? When turned off, clear the browser cache and try the linking admin  panel again.

If it now works, ask your hosting support to whitelist the offending post variables.

If this makes no difference then yes - best we come on in and take a closer look.

[Update] - I would suggest you ask the hosting support to take a look at the php error log when you contact them. Some of the errors in the log may point to a potential file permission error as well. They should be bale to check this.

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