PriusChat Software Update May 2014

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  1. Danny

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    Hi everyone -

    Just a quick note to thank you for your patience while I did some updates over the holiday weekend. We are now on the latest and greatest version of our forum software, and most of our server software has been upgraded as well.

    As you can tell, PriusChat has a new look! It's been almost 2 years since I last tweaked the look of the site, and I'm especially happy with this redesign. The site is completely responsive, which means you'll have a great experience whether you are on a desktop with a big screen, a laptop, tablet, or phone. Just shrink the window down on your computer and you'll see how the site adapts in realtime.

    As with every update, there are some bugs and items that need to be attended to. You'll likely see visual and functional changes to the site in the coming hours and days. Please respond to this thread with any suggestions of things to change (or remember to add back). I love positive feedback as well, so if you have any to offer, I'm more than happy to accept it! :)

    I wanted to share some of the bigger changes to the software, so here goes:

    The Editor
    The editor is now completely different, as you'll see below this post. It is lighter, faster, and less buggy. It also has some great modern features like drag 'n drop to upload photos and other files.
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    User tagging. We've had this one for awhile, but now it's fully baked-in to the core software. It's a great way to get a fellow PriusChatter's attention because it sends them an alert when they are tagged.

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    Auto save drafts
    While you are typing a message, every X seconds (currently 60), a draft of your message will be saved. If you reload the page later, your message will be automatically re-shown. Drafts will be automatically pruned over time.
    Each draft is associated with a particular piece of content, such as a thread, forum, or conversations. A draft reply that you start working on in thread 1 will not be shown to thread 2 and so forth.

    Display if messages have been posted since you started your message
    Tied into the auto-saving, when you're writing a reply to a thread, we will check to see if any new messages and display a note if there are. You can then display those new posts without reloading the page.

    Watch forums
    Again, this is one we've had for some time, but it is now baked into the software. Great way to use the awesome Alert features here on PriusChat to keep up with forums that interest you.

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    Multiquote
    Now quoting multiple posts is much much easier. Just click on the +Quote link to choose a post to quote. You can re-order the posts you want to quote, carry quotes over to different threads, etc. It's very powerful.

    These are just a few of the changes. I'll try to go through the rest soon, and you'll see announcements about new features as well!

    As always, thanks for being a member of PriusChat!

    Danny
     
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    Boom. Nice!
     
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    Danny, when the update subsides:

    Any posts I make maybe since yesterday evening, are accompanied by a message saying the posting is only viewable by me, pending review by moderator. And that never seems to happen.

    I've not received any email or message explaining why.

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    @Mendel Leisk , I'm not sure why it's doing that but I'll take a look.

    List of things to be fixed/done
    • Search not working
    • User info under avatar
     
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    @Danny Nice to see the tagging feature! (y)

    Also, hi!
     
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    @KennyGS !

    @Mendel Leisk , it looks like anyone who has more than 5 posts and has been posting over the last 24 hours had their posts thrown into the moderation queue. Please try posting again now and let's see if it's fixed.
     
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    Test posting

    working again, thanks!
     
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    If this forum update prevents users from posting 5+ identical threads I'll be a happy camper (and the mods as well). :p :D

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    thanks danny, really fast! i was hoping for more smilies...:love:
     
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    Wow, at present the main page is easily the most butt-ugly forum presentation I've seen. You can't be serious?
     
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    I think you did a GREAT JOB!(y)
    It looks way more like most other forums now, and is much more user friendly! Also seems to be much faster, and less likely to double - triple post! Thank you for your work!:)
     
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    @Danny the 4 the updates.

    No more PC withdrawals :)

    VS980 4G ?
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Ditto. :D
     
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    32kcolors, you didn't do it 5 times. :D

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    Haha, I think I see a bug.....my avatar pic is under xliderider's quote only when ?.

    VS980 4G ?
     
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    Good job Danny. All of the minor quirks I was having seemed to have been fixed. I really like the new look. Thanks for taking your Memorial Day weekend to do this.
     
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    Congrats Danny.
    No small feat to compress content while keeping an open look. I like it! A lot

    I have noticed a couple of buglets:
    1. The Alerts drop down menu shows the thread titles in a grey that is hard to read.
    2. An advert on the home page spills over into adjacent text.
     
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    Maybe this is just a user error but every time I click on the logo to go to the homepage it takes me to the Priuschat shop.
     
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    [your username] - Your Content, in the top right, gives me an error.

    Still not resolved.
     
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