Forum Updated 10-3-2008

Discussion in 'Admin Announcements' started by Bob Hubbard, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    I've just finished the main part of a major site upgrade on our core forum software. Over this weekend I'll be moving FMATalk to a new high speed server and working to add in more tweaks and goodies. While I do this, some features may be temporarily disabled, and other features may end up as Supporting Member only ones.

    Please watch this thread for more details.
    Thank you for your continued support.
  2. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

  3. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Ok, move to new server is complete, some fine tuning is ongoing to smooth out some hiccups. Let me know if you have any problems.

  4. Bob Hubbard

    Bob Hubbard Darth Vindicatus Supporting Member

    Features include the following. Note, some are admin only and some are reserved for supporting members.

    Inline Spam Management and Prevention Tools
    Forum spam is an increasing problem for many boards. Unfortunately, due to the visible-source nature of vBulletin and most other forum systems, most preventative measures we might add to the system can simply be reverse-engineered and worked around by persistent spammers.
    Therefore, 3.7 contains a new set of tools to help clean up spam and deal with spammers.
    Threads and posts can be selected in the usual inline moderation fashion, and then the new 'Delete Threads/Posts as Spam' command can be selected, which will load the spam management interface, which contains options on a single page for removing the spam posts and threads, banning the spammers and finding other spam they may have posted.

    Thread Tagging
    A new way to facilitate searching and grouping of threads, it is now possible for users to add tags to threads they post or read. Tags can be added when creating a new thread, or to an existing thread by any user (with appropriate permissions). Any users who then click on these tags will not only find all thread that have the same tag as the one clicked, but will also contribute to the building of a search tag cloud, which gives users a quick guide as to what has been searched for recently and most frequently.

    Reciprocal Friendships Between Users
    As part of our new social networking system, users can now request that people on their buddy list confirm their friendship, after which time a person's list of confirmed friends will be viewable to other users.

    Public Messaging
    While private messages between users have been in vBulletin since version 2.0, vBulletin 3.7 introduces the public messaging system, allowing users to communicate publicly via their profile pages.

    User Picture Galleries
    vBulletin users can now create albums and upload pictures to their account. The ability to view these albums and pictures can be limited by the user to just board staff and people on their buddy list if they want privacy.

    User-Created Social Groups
    To further social cohesion between users and to encourage people to make friends, vBulletin now includes a facility to allow users to create their own social/interest groups.
    These groups are enhanced by having their own public messaging system, and the ability to add pictures to the group from user albums.

    New Member Profile Page
    In order to accomodate all the new features in vBulletin 3.7, the member profile page has been completely redesigned from the ground up.
    The new page presents information in a far cleaner and more logical manner, while dividing up information into manageable chunks using a tabbed interface.
    Individual profile field categories can be displayed alone in blocks in the right column, in addition to appearing by default in the 'About Me' tab.

    Member Customization of Profile Page
    The administrator may choose to allow his members to use the profile page customization tool, which allows users to alter fonts, colors, background and borders etc. of their profile page in order to create a more personalized look.
    The administrator can lock-down customization permissions, in order to prevent the personalized pages being made too offensively awful by aesthetically challenged members... nobody wants to see some of those really ugly MySpace pages on your vBulletin installation!

    Inline Editing of Profile Field Values
    The 'About Me' tab of each member's profile page has edit controls, allowing them to quickly change values without leaving their profile page.

    Attachment Viewing Lightbox
    Clicking on an attached image will now open a lightbox rather than open a new window, with the image scaled to fit the browser viewport. A click on the image in the lightbox will open it in a new window as before.

    Post Edit History
    For boards where the history of posts is important, it is now possible to log all edits to posts and then review the changes at a later date.

    Inline Moderation Enhanced Authentication
    When performing inline moderation actions, board staff will now be required to re-authenticate themselves if they have not done so in their browsing session.
    This prevents the possibility of unauthorized parties acting as a moderator on a public computer where a board staff member has accidentally ticked the 'remember me' box.

    Navbar Notices
    Administrators can now set up custom notifications that will appear underneath the navbar when visiting users fulfil specified criteria.
    For example, one may want to set up a notice to display when a user is a member of a particular usergroup, or to show a congratulatory message when a user has posted their 1,000th post etc.

    New Human Verification Systems
    In addition to the image verification system available in previous versions of vBulletin, 3.7 introduces the means for the administrator to choose the verification system employed on their board.
    They may choose to use the popular RECAPTCHA™ system, or to define a set of questions and answers for their visitors to deal with.

    User Change History
    In order to track changes made to users' profiles by administrators, a change log is now kept for various user profile fields including username, usergroup etc.

    Social Bookmarking of Threads
    Administrators can now define a list of their favorite social bookmarking sites and have them available for use on the showthread page for bookmarking threads.

    There are plenty more new features in vBulletin 3.7.

    Here is a brief list of some of the ones we haven't yet touched on:

    * Visitor tracking on profile pages
    * Automatic resizing of attached images to match filesize or pixel dimensions
    * Enhancements to custom bbcode system
    * Custom icons per forum
    * Advertisement locations defined in templates
    * Add multiple moderators in one go through ACP
    * ATOM support for RSS Poster Robot
    * Hooks to allow attachments to be passed through a virus scanner
    * Posts by users in 'Tachy Goes to Coventry' will no longer count towards the total number of posts in a thread or forum. They are now truly hidden!
    * All AJAX systems now employ the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI) for a more consistent and predictable system
    * YUI files can now be switched from locally hosted to remotely hosted by Yahoo! with a single option change, saving you bandwidth
  5. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Excellent! [​IMG]
  6. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

  7. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    nice work bob

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