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#1 rookie1ja

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 05:03 PM

Note that this forum will be upgraded to new version shortly. This is a major upgrade with many changes (visual and functional):
IP.Board 3
IP.Blog 2
IP.Gallery 2


July 3, 2009 - Forum Upgraded Successfully


This is just a short list of new features. Don't hesitate to let me know YOUR favorite feature ;)

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- registration "question and answer" to combat spam bots
- better topic/forum subscription controls
- view new content: you can go directly to the first new post you have not read yet (which is better than in the old version when you went to the last new comment and you had to go up and find the first post in the thread you have not read)
- watched content (subscribed topics/forums) visible on the forum home page
- more control over "friends", mutual friends (adding and removing friends is now a mutual option)
- per-group signature restrictions (at last :-)
- search index (no more reposts due to hard searching? let's see)
- gravatar support
- reputation logs (I can now edit a member's reputation points and also view the record of ratings that member has left for others and the ratings others have left for that member)
- enhanced watched topics/forums (displays the number of new topics or posts since your last visit and visit only them)
- filter forum by new topics (you can now filter a forum using the filter options bar at the bottom of the page to show only new topics posted since your last visit)
- I can also optionally allow members to delete their vote and re-vote in polls (so the "Solved" functionality can be edited by topic starter - with newly-created polls only)
- reputation system (positive and negative reputation points) - content highlighted after 50 points
- enter media directly in posts (eg. youtube video)
- separate button for spoiler directly visible in "add reply"


Personal Conversations (instead of old Personal Messages)
- invite other members to conversations instead of forwarding/copying the message
- fast reply
- each participant apart from the topic starter can choose to leave a conversation at any time
- each participant can also view all participants and see the last time they read the conversation
- search private conversations


SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Semantically correct HTML
- Removal of "lo-fi" version (so that when you search and find this forum you go to the full version) - no more duplicating content (possibility for customizable skin for mobiles only)
- mode (eg. linear or outline) can be changed in user panel and search engines should not "freely" choose in which mode they present the search results (only linear mode should be indexed) - reducing confusion when entering the site with different mode/layout
- friendly URLs (of course the old URLs are still working - they are just "redirected")
To show a forum (My Test Forum): www.board.com/forums/index.php?showforum=10
New possible way: www.board.com/forums/forum/10/my-test-forum

To show a topic (My Test Topic): www.board.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=99
New possible way: www.board.com/forums/topic/99/my-test-topic

To show a user (Matt Mecham): www.board.com/forums/index.php?showuser=30
New possible way: www.board.com/forums/user/30/matt-mecham


Administration improvements
- navigation, searching, better integration, permissions, templates etc.
- nice for me :-)


Blog & Gallery
- integrated searching (search everything)
- site blog
- image editing
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#2 unreality

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 05:24 PM

cool :D Sounds great
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 05:51 PM

Will you need to shut down the site again while you're performing the upgrades?
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Posted 01 July 2009 - 09:20 PM

- registration "question and answer" to combat spam bots


does this mean that we can kiss goodbye to the annoying can't-send-PM-again-until-yymmdd thingy? :D I'm excited!
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:41 PM

wow! I like it :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:44 PM

Aaaaggh! My eyes!!!! Too bright! Too shiny!

Oh well, I can adjust.

Seriously though, I miss the old Brainden Logo at the top of the screen.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:51 PM

Aaaaggh! My eyes!!!! Too bright! Too shiny!

Seriously though, I miss the old Brainden Logo at the top of the screen.

I agree. Can we get a color changing (maybe formatting) option in the dropdown menu at the bottom left to allow us to see this in a more BD-classic style?
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#8 rookie1ja

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:18 PM

does this mean that we can kiss goodbye to the annoying can't-send-PM-again-until-yymmdd thingy? :D I'm excited!

Yes, for a testing period.

Aaaaggh! My eyes!!!! Too bright! Too shiny!

Oh well, I can adjust.

Seriously though, I miss the old Brainden Logo at the top of the screen.

The old BrainDen logo is back ;)


I agree. Can we get a color changing (maybe formatting) option in the dropdown menu at the bottom left to allow us to see this in a more BD-classic style?

You could and I might look into that later.
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:25 PM

I think it looks great! There are certainly a lot of changes...It'll be hard to get used to calling them PCs instead of PMs. :P

I'm curious as to how the reputation system will work though...what causes a change in reputation points?
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 11:28 PM

Where's the TOP button, I'm too lazy to scroll?! :huh:

I'll get back to you on rest of the stuff when I get used to this ;)
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