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    Upcoming Features

    I have hinted around to some upcoming new features that will be added to the forums. We will probably be rolling them out in about 2 months as soon as the bugs are worked out. Here is a list of them:

    Added Features:

    --to the user interface


    • Quick registration system...username, password, email and any required custom fields and timezone

      Pop-up auto-refreshing buddylist with ICQ-style alerts when new buddies come online. You'll find a link in the temp buttons top right in the nav bar.

      Show the title of the last posted to thread for each forum on index.php

      Subscription to Threads/Forum without receiving e-mails

      Favorite threads - you don't get email from these either.

      User reputation rating (not sure if we will turn this on yet)

      User ranking

      Password break-in watches -- too many failed attempts warning with a preset wait after too many failures.

      Threaded view

      Password protected forums

      Similar threads display

      Send an email "thanks for registering and welcome to .." on user registration (welcome email)

      Validity check for homepages

      Search engine friendly archive of open forums

      Happy birthday e-mails

      Much improved calander system (too many changes to mention)

      hit counter on announcements

      Digests: new posts/threads in selected forums daily/weekly/monthly

      "excerpt of message:" are now in the new reply email notifications

      'report post to mod' sends anonymous copy to the original poster of the message

      Restyled FAQ section now looks similar to a forum


    • WYSIWYG Editor for major text input fields (IE 5.5+Only). This works like a word processor. You highlight the text and click the option you want, like bold.

      Minimum number of characters in post

      Insert smilie/vB code where cursor is (IE 5+ Only)

      Preview on edit

      Ability to add attachment when editing a post instead of just when creating

      Reason for editing

      Reason for deleting (for admins and mods)

    User CP - Profile

    • User Pictures - user can upload a personal picture. This picture is shown in the profile of the user.

      Completely revamped PM system (currently in work)

      Longer signature field with optional limit


    • Get daily for just one category

      Search only in subscribed forums

      A list of ignored words or words used in a search are added to the results page

      Option to find only started by 'username'

      Display matching forums in results

      Support for searching custom profile fields

      Search for exact username (e.g. turn off wildcards)


    • Option for users to see who voted for which option (public vote)

      When you vote your name is highlighted when viewing results

      Poll results ordered by most to less voted

      Ability to post a poll AFTER a thread had started

    • Hitting the back button no longer necessary when you have too many images

      Option to save cookie *on this computer* when logging in

      Login/logout ability in all pages, with user/pass form -- single login system

    And whatever else gets done...
    I feel a great disturbance in the Force.

  2. #2
    Sounds GREAT SirSteve!!! I can't wait for all the features to come into action . This place just keeps getting better and better!

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    Wow Sir Steve, that really is a "butt-load of new features". You know I am gonna run that quote right into the ground. All of them sound great. Is there any chance that they long rumored custom rankings could make their way in also? Oh, and don't forget that chatroom.

    I have a ton of questions, but I need to put my thoughts in order. Though how is the "user ranking" feature going to work? That one sounds like it could be the most misused, and become like a SSG version of Survivor.

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    Re: Upcoming Features

    Originally posted by SirSteve

    Password protected forums
    What exactly does this mean? Does it mean for forums for mods & admin or what?

    Another cool thing you could to the forums is to have a feature where the user could set the forums he/she wishes to see. For Example, I rarely check any of the toy sections anymore and I never go to the auction/trade forums so I could choose in my CP not to view them. This would help from scrolling up & down a long list to get to and/or find a forum I want to get to.

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    Custom ratings? That's already a feature, I just have it turned off. It could get really messy. As for master jedi - yes, that feature is coming but it may be for the follow-up of the new version.
    I feel a great disturbance in the Force.

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    hey what new user rankings are coming? and are rankings like Jedi and Sith Paths, and will their be like a Bounty Hunter Path?
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    User ranking is more like, you rank a user but it is anonymous. Not sure if I will use it or not yet...
    I feel a great disturbance in the Force.

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    I vote "not" on the individual user rankings, I don't like the idea of voting on a specific user.

    As for password protected forums, I could swear we have it on this version and it WORKS.
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    Hey, if we use it, it could make the forums more like Face the Jury.

    And I would LOVE the chatroom back.

    And instead of custom rankings, have a group of new rankings to add, that we can all vote on. Maybe take ideas from us, and then take, say 20 of those, let us vote on them, and the top, say, top 3 for each side (light, dark) get added. Just a thought.

    But most of that stuff sounds GREAT!
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    In addition to all the past comments on the subject, I think today's GenDisc thread stirring the post-padding pot seems to make a lot of good arguments for a chatroom feature, too.

    I suppose it might be a pretty big hassle from a Mod's perspective, though.
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