Up first are the squeaky clean new forums. You'll notice that they have been given a complete makeover, and we are now running the latest version of IPB!
Likewise, we have installed three skins for you to use for now. They are tentatively named: IP Board, Grey Day, and Clean Cut. Obviously, none of them have been properly skinned yet, but instead of having to delay them, we decided to release them and have our graphics staff work on them as time goes on. (We also have a couple others we're playing around with.)
A lot of things have changed in this upgrade of the forums. Here are some of the changes:
The userbar has been replaced with the user dropdown menu. Click the dropdown arrow next to your name towards the top of the page to get access to your profile, settings, messages (private messages, also called conversations) and a listing of your friends.
Private messages have been renamed to "Conversations", and you can now have multiple people all conversing in one "private message." Think of them as essentially email lists where lots of people can talk together over email.
The shoutbox is temporarily down. We tried installing one, but it didn't work, so we're going to have to pay money to get a working one. We'll let you know when we're close to closing a deal.
The Joodle Mart will not be returning until after the Altador Cup, most likely. We have no ETA right now, but it *will* be coming back. :)
The forum homepage now not only has a forum listing, but a nifty sidebar that lets you know of the latest topics, and a module for your watched content. We're looking into installing more modules soon. Also, if you don't like the modules, then click the arrowy icon near the top of the module column to turn them off.
Some of you will notice that post counts have dropped. This is because we ran the post recount tool during the upgrade process. All of the deleted posts have caught up with everyone. :P We also emptied the Joodle Contests forum, and parts of Random Blah, forum games, and Roleplaying, but those didn't count in the first place. We also deleted old topics in the Jellyneo Question and Suggestions/Comments forum as we felt that questions from 2006 weren't really relevant today. The mass pruning helped make some upgrade scripts run much more quickly. :D
To view new posts since your last visit, click the "View New Content" link towards the top of the screen. Make sure the "forum" tab is selected so you can see the newest posts.
You can now fill out an "About Me" page for your forum profile. To do so, visit the change About Me page.
You can also further tweak your profile settings on the Profile Page. Emails were added to the profile pages in the new version of IPB, so if you do not want your email displayed, go toggle it off.
- Members: 2 images max; max dimensions of 450x200px; 10 lines max; 10 links max; (no signature at all until 10 posts)
- Active Members: 3 images max; max dimensions of 450x200px; 15 lines max; 10 links max;
- Elite Members: 5 images max; max dimensions of 450x200px; 20 lines max; 10 links max;
- All Members: 1024 characters maximum.
- Members: no uploads at all
- Active Members: 2mb of upload space for your photo and avatar combined. Max photo dimensions = 150x150px.
- Elite Members: 3mb of upload space for your photo and avatar combined. Max photo dimensions = 200x200px.
- Active & Elite Members: 100kb max avatar upload size.
What do you think?
We've been scurrying around trying to toggle everything to be just right settings wise. If you have any suggestions or comments or ideas about the forums, let us know here! Keep in mind, we can't change everything, but you can always ask and we'll see what we can do.
Still Coming Soon:
- Joodle Mart
- Neopetized Forum Skins