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Website upgrade September 2014 - changes and new features

Martok

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The website has just been upgraded. :)

There are some changes and new new features which are detailed below.


Online Status
This is now built into the forum software and is no longer an add-on. The Indicator is now a green triangle in the top left corner of a user's avatar:

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In your privacy settings, in addition to specifying whether you show as online or not, you can now choose whether to show your online activity

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(note that moderators can always see these for all users)


Selective quoting
For some time posts have had Quote+ and Reply links at the bottom right to allow for quoting in replies. Reply would quote the entire post and Quote+ would add the whole post to the multi-quote list (see this post on how to use multi-quote). Whilst these were useful, it was a bit of a pain at times when you only wanted to quote part of a post, as you had to edit it after quoting.

Now we have selective quoting, which is easy to use. Simply highlight the text in a post that you want to quote and you will get two options:

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+Quote will add the selected text to multi-quote and Reply will immediately quote the selected text in the text editor at the bottom of a thread.

The good news is this worked on mobiles too!


Profile Posts improvements
There have been various improvements to Profile Posts which hopefully will make them easier to use.

Note: Profile Posts and the Profile Posts block are only visible to registered users, guests cannot see these.

Firstly, the New Profile Posts block has some changes to its appearance and it's now more interactive. The "Update your status" box is now at the top of the block (previously at the bottom). Type in here to add a new status/profile post which will appear in the block as well as on your profile page. Whilst typing, a character count will display along with a post button (the post button is hidden until you start typing).

Note: The "Update your status" box is for typing messages to you on your profile page, it's not for replying to other status updates. To do that, see how to comment below.

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In addition, the block now shows profile posts made by users on another user's profile. These are indicated by two names with a grey triangle between them (see above).

Thirdly and most importantly, you can now easily like or reply to someone's profile post directly from the block. Click on the the three dots next to a profile post and a pop-up window will appear.

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Click Like to like the profile post, or click on Comment to comment on it. Here you will also see any other comments made by other users.

Finally, as well as new profile posts being visible in the New Profile Posts block, they can also be seen by clicking on New Posts at the top of the forums and then clicking on the New Profile Posts tab.

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This will take you to the New Profile Posts page (which can also be found via the Members link at the top of the forums). Here you can see all new profile posts (the block only shows the last 5). You can also update your status here using the Update Your Status link at the top right as well as like and comment on profile posts.

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Poll improvements

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There are a number of new options and controls when you create a new poll:
  1. Polls are no longer limited to one or multiple choices. The creator can now control exactly how many responses a user can select. If they select the maximum amount, the other options will automatically disable to indicate this.
  2. Voters can now change their votes, if the option is selected. This is useful to handle cases where people make mistakes, a response is missing, or if people just change their mind.
  3. Poll results can be limited to only be viewed by people that have voted. This can help to limit gaming of polls or "groupthink".

The options surrounding public votes and poll closing remain as is.


Editing a Poll
These new options spill over into the existing system for editing a poll, but there are some important changes.

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First, a poll can be added directly to an existing thread. This can be done by the thread creator or a moderator.

The thread creator can also edit an existing poll with some limits. If there are no votes in the poll, they have full access to edit everything about it or to simply remove it. However, if there are votes on the poll, some options remain editable and new responses can be added; the question and existing responses cannot be changed. Moderator poll editing remains roughly unchanged.

Moderators always have the option to entirely remove a poll. Additionally, they can also reset all votes in a poll without changing any other options.

Finally, if you merge a thread with a poll into a "basic" thread (just a simple discussion), the poll will be maintained.


Watch Threads management
If you watch any threads, you can now quickly disable all email notifications or stop watching all threads from the Watched Threads list (link at the top of the forum)

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And finally
There are many other additions and changes that are behind the scenes too. Oh and beware, there is a new thread ban option that moderators have if you misbehave. ;)

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