Hello forum users! Today I upgraded the forum hopefully to serve our community better. I hope you like the changes because they are here to stay.
The most obvious change is the theme. I hope you like the new default them better than the old one, I do at least. But even if you don't like it, that's ok. You can change your theme if you want! Right now there are three to choose from: the old theme, the new blue theme and a red version of the new theme. Go to the account tab and click change stylesheet to change your theme.
The next change is rather small, you'll notice it on the left of the page. It's a little pulldown that lets you view only certain categories of messages. This should be helpful now that there are multiple pages of discussions.
The third change is the addition of private messaging, aka whispering. You can now create private discussions between yourselves that are not visible to everyone else on the forum. Just start a new discussion and enter somebody's username in the whisper box. It's that easy.
The best part about whispering is that you can whisper from within an existing discussion. For example, you are talking with four people about bananas. Two guys go off arguing about the gros michel banana vs. the cavendish banana. You whisper to your friend "man, I wish these guys would shut up". To you and your friend it looks like a normal post in that discussion. But those other two arguing guys don't see it. And the website will help you type people's usernames in the whisper box. How awesome is that? Very awesome.
I hope you have fun with the new forum, keep up the good talks.
1) BBCode now actually works!
2) You can now preview your posts before you submit them! Just click the preview button down there.
Of course, the cost of the hosting is exactly doubled as well. What was once $40 a month is now $80. This isn't really that big of a deal. We can easily afford this cost. However, it comes out to be almost $1000 a year. Makes me cringe a little when I think about it that way. So we've decided to put a paypal donate link in the bottom right corner of frontrowcrew.com. Keep in mind we are not asking for donations. In fact, we're telling you not to donate. We probably have more money than you, so you shouldn't give us anything. However, if you feel absolutely passionately compelled to give us some cash we will no longer prevent you from doing so. We will talk more about this on Monday's episode.
So just stay on the lookout for all that coming soon to a forum near you.
- Editing whispers will no longer unwhisper them
- Better ability to quote other people
- No more needing to learn bbcode or html
- Easier ways to search the boards
- RSS feeds to monitor discussions instead of just Atom feeds.
- The theme will look even nicer.
- Spell checking to ward off Mr. Period
- And much much more...
It may just be that profiles of banned members don't get updated to work with new features, and it's not the most vital of functions, but I thought I'd mention it.
You can also go to the page for a particular category and mark that category as read.
How does the database track if I have read it or not? Is there a table with userID, postID and a bool for read or not read? Or is it thread based with userID, threadID and lastpostreadID?
I'm just curious as I've been getting more and more into PHP with mySQL coding lately.
Think before you post the same way you look both ways before you cross the street.