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#1 Kaeloree

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:28 AM

Hey all!

As part of SHS' 12 Days of Christmas, we decided it was time for us to upgrade our forum software and give our forums a new look. IPB v3 comes with a slew of new and improved features, the most important of which are outlined below. A quick note is that the sub-forums will once return their vertically-placed selves later in the week. We are still ironing out problems and bugs, so if you find anything strange please report it here!

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Unfortunately, due to a complication with the Download Manager, SHS' downloads will not be available for the next few days. My sincere apologies for this, it is the worst possible time for it to happen with 12 days going on! As a result, 12 days is on pause until the DM comes back online. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Onto the new and improved features of IPB v3!

Private Conversations
The biggest change (apart from the new interface) is the switch from Private Messages to Private Conversations. Private Conversations work very similarly to forum threads, but only those you invite into the conversation can see and post in them. It has been likened to GMail by some, and in my opinion it's a huge improvement over the old system!

New file uploader
A brand spanking new file uploading system is in place, making the process of uploading files that much easier. In order to use the new uploader, you have to enable it in the user control panel. You can do this by clicking on the drop-down box in the top right-hand corner, and going to My Settings > Forum > Enable Flash Uploader.

"View New Posts" forum filter
A feature that people have been requesting for some time, View New Posts can now be filtered! Simply click on the drop-down box in the top right-hand corner, and go to My Settings > Forum > Block Forums.

Improved spam protection
IPB v3 comes with much improved spam protection, so with any luck we won't be seeing any more irritating spambots around!

"Friendly" urls
A new links system is incoporated into IPB v3, using natural language URLs. This makes it simpler for us and for search engines.

We hope you enjoy the new and improved Spellhold Studios forums!

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#2 Daulmakan

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:47 AM

Sounds nifty. Is it possible to make the old skin available again with the new software?

#3 Kaeloree

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:56 AM

The old skin was built specifically for IPB v2, so unfortunately not, I'm afraid. The layout differences are too extreme. I'm extremely happy with this layout, myself. :)

#4 Lollorian

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 12:59 AM

Woah!!! This looks great!!! :D (although a tad too bright :P)

You're still probably tweaking this and stuff but one thing I miss are the quote/codeboxes ... Can they be brought back??

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#5 Lava Del'Vortel

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:00 AM

Well, that's a big change! It looks good, but I will have to get used to those all changes. :)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:22 AM

What happened to the red-on-black theme?
"Tyranny is a quiet thing at first, a prim and proper lady pursing her lips and shaking her head disapprovingly, asking, well what were you doing (wearing that dress, walking home at that hour, expressing those inappropriate thoughts) anyway? It's subtle and insidious, disguised as reasonable precautions which become more and more oppressive over time, until our lives are defined by the things we must avoid. She's easy enough to agree with, after all, she's only trying to help -- and yet she's one of the most dangerous influences we face, because if she prevails, it puts the raping, robbing, axe-wielding madmen of the world in complete control. Eventually they'll barely need to wield a thing, all they'll have to do is leer menacingly and we fall all over ourselves trying to placate them." -godlizard

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:33 AM

Looks awesome! Color gamma is great and soft for eyes. Thanks! :wub:

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#8 Kaeloree

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:37 AM

Woah!!! This looks great!!! :D (although a tad too bright :P)

What part of it is too bright, exactly?

You're still probably tweaking this and stuff but one thing I miss are the quote/codeboxes ... Can they be brought back??

We're working on it. :) They should all be back momentarily.

What happened to the red-on-black theme?

This is just the next incarnation of the theme. :)

#9 Lava Del'Vortel

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:39 AM

But I realized a strange thing... there are no options in PM's... no attaching files, no copies for other users, no things like font size or colours... Is there any way to add those? Maybe it's just me... maybe I am blind or something....

#10 Azkyroth

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:42 AM


What happened to the red-on-black theme?

This is just the next incarnation of the theme. :)


That's what I was afraid of.
"Tyranny is a quiet thing at first, a prim and proper lady pursing her lips and shaking her head disapprovingly, asking, well what were you doing (wearing that dress, walking home at that hour, expressing those inappropriate thoughts) anyway? It's subtle and insidious, disguised as reasonable precautions which become more and more oppressive over time, until our lives are defined by the things we must avoid. She's easy enough to agree with, after all, she's only trying to help -- and yet she's one of the most dangerous influences we face, because if she prevails, it puts the raping, robbing, axe-wielding madmen of the world in complete control. Eventually they'll barely need to wield a thing, all they'll have to do is leer menacingly and we fall all over ourselves trying to placate them." -godlizard

#11 Kaeloree

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:44 AM

But I realized a strange thing... there are no options in PM's... no attaching files, no copies for other users, no things like font size or colours... Is there any way to add those? Maybe it's just me... maybe I am blind or something....

On the left, "Invite Participants" replaces copying to other users. And I think you want "Use Full Editor", possibly. ;)

#12 Lollorian

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:51 AM

Woah!!! This looks great!!! :D (although a tad too bright :P)

What part of it is too bright, exactly?

Well, this is what I see :P Posted Image The white part seems like ceramic (mebbe it's me monitor's brightness?? :P)

Is it a speciality of this forum or did my attachment privileges go fubar?? :lol:


You're still probably tweaking this and stuff but one thing I miss are the quote/codeboxes ... Can they be brought back??

We're working on it. :) They should all be back momentarily.

Great! Thanks :coolthumb: (I see they've come back :D)

Edited by Lollorian, 02 January 2010 - 01:59 AM.

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#13 Lava Del'Vortel

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:53 AM

Oh, thx :P I was afraid that this quick-private-message thing is the only option of sending PMs now :P

I think that Lollorian wanted to say that the main forum part, the post and this everything what has white/pearl colours may be too bright. Maybe let's experiment with that? :D maybe the colour of the wood or... I don't know... it's hard to say which composition will be less bright but also good since I can't experiment myself :P

However, after the moment foum looks nice now, I am only (also) not sure if not too brigh (Sometimes I check forum when it's still night and I am afraid that swiching on the screen will change into a blinding flash piercing into my eyes and brain :P)

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:56 AM

This shocked me wide awake. (I just woke up).
But it's a nice change. Cheers :new_thumbs:
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#15 Archmage Silver

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 01:57 AM

It's a lot to get used to all at once... but I guess I'll get used to it over time.

The looks are generally OK, but I liked the old skin better, it had kind of grown on me. Any chance of either you or Seb looking into creating a version of it for the new board software in the future?

The personal profile page is now a lot less cluttered, I certainly like it better now. One thing I noticed on it though, is that prior to this post my post count reads 4622 there, but it's actually 4618, which is exactly what my previous forum posts show.

Next pointer: I don't what it is actually, but I'm experiencing slower load speeds on the forums in general.

This seems big: All previous posts that have quotes now have messed up tags for those, so the quotes don't show up correctly. Example

You already answered the previous.

I had to rewrite my signature as well, all tags for it (url, img) were a mess.

Spoiler tags ands smilies seem to work OK (I don't know if a few smilies are missing from the list though, it seems somewhat empty). I don't see any problems with uploads in posts either.

The pinned threads don't stand out that well at the moment, perhaps a separator bar or two would be in order?

Otherwise it seems like you guys have done a great job again. :)

Edited by Archmage Silver, 02 January 2010 - 02:09 AM.


#16 Mike1072

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:15 AM

I'm going to chip in and also say hooray to the upgrade and boo to the look, or at least part of it. There's something with the background and text colours, and/or the font, in the post content that is irritating my eyes.

Quotes on the other hand look great.


Edited by Mike1072, 02 January 2010 - 02:18 AM.


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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:30 AM

Great job guys! This is sexy.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:36 AM

(and is this forum looking nifty or wot?? ... kinda miss the codeboxes though :crying: ... is it my browser or is the crying simley not showing up?? :o)

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#19 Qwinn

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 02:50 AM

As a result, 12 days is on pause until the DM comes back online.


Phew! Couple more days to finish testing, yay.

Board upgrade looks pretty good to me guys, nice job.

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#20 ghostdog

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 03:10 AM

Updates are always good :)

-One problem I found is that when I tried to edit one of my posts, the code that turned up wasn't the usual forum code, it appeared in html. Thank god I had that introductory post saved in my pc.

-Since you're updating , is there a way to keep track of the topics you have answered/started ? If not it would be a welcome addition.

-A secondary, slightly darker skin would be nice.



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