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#1 Matt

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:39 PM

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As you've undoubtedly noticed, things look a bit different around here! The LGW Forums have underwent the biggest upgrade since 2010 and there are a lot of significant changes -- far more than I think I could meaningfully gather into this post. Many you'll notice as you continue to surf the forums as many of the enhancements are functional. Bullets:

There are currently two "main" template skins, labeled "White" (the default one) and "Red"
You're free to switch among them as you see fit by clicking on the "Change Theme" link at the bottom of the page.

Removal of profile pictures
IP.Board opted to merge the two into one avatar, and as of the last update I believe that remote-linking of images for avatars is no longer permitted (security risk).

Speed
The forums should show some significant speed improvements. Some of this is due to inline updating: Posts can be added to threads seamlessly. I'll continue to try to make as many speed improvements to the forums as I can.

More integration with social media
You'll see the ability to add topics to your Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Rep System replaced with "Like" button
No more +/- functionality as it has been replaced with a "Like this Post" button.

Topic Preview
When viewing the forum index (like 'General Discussion' here), you can mouseover a topic and see a dark gray down arrow icon appear to the right -- click it to expand the topic to view the first few posts before going to the topic page itself.

TapaTalk functionality is BACK
Some members have been clamoring for it to return as a mobile viewing option, so here it is. TapaTalk is now compatible with the forum (in addition to the standard Mobile theme that's also available if you're still looking for an easy mobile browsing solution.)

Custom Topic Tags
Options vary by forums and by member group, but there are now customized topic tags (or 'badges'). In the past it was limited to "PINNED" and "POLL", but I've expanded that to include "GDT" (for Game Day Threads), "SIGNED" for *official* signings, and "TRADE" for topics discussing an official trade. (Do not abuse this ability! It's a great visual aid for visitors of the forums and those that abuse it will be promptly suspended/banned.)

Better Spam Protection
All new registrations are IP checked against a known spam list remotely hosted and updated. This should help eliminate a large number of spammers that manually attempt to register and stops them before even seeing the registration form.

New Profile "Statistics" Tab
Just what it says: No see just how addicted you are to LGW by looking at your recorded posting habits by time of day and by forum activity.

Gallery Link added to Profile
A new "Gallery" tab has been added to your User Profile, for quick access to see what user's have uploaded and shared with the community.

Topic "Tags"
These replace the the topic subtitle (the smaller, gray text that was present on the last version). You can enter up to 10 per topic, separated by commas. Use vital keywords describing the topic, like a player name, team, etc., and it'll help catalog forum topics more efficiently to help search engine spiders and the search feature here work more efficiently.


There are plenty more, and I'll add to this thread as I can -- right now I'll be tending to little bug fixes here and there that tend to pop up following a major upgrade like this. (Also, if any members see something I didn't mention, please feel free to add it here!)

Edited by Matt, 25 June 2012 - 07:31 AM.
Making updates!


#2 evilzyme

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:48 PM

Looks amazing Matt, appreciate all the hard work

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#3 Jasper84

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:51 PM

Looks awesome, great work!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:52 PM

Holy Crap! The forums are updated! Watch out punks, I have a warning point!

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Edited by esteef, 20 June 2012 - 06:54 PM.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:02 PM

Stellar work as per usual. LGW continues to be the Cadillac of hockey forums.
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#6 evilzyme

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:03 PM

Lol esteef i dont believe anyone can see your warning pointss. I believe you can only see your own.

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#7 Salviaman

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:04 PM

This is awesome!
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#8 esteef

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:06 PM

Mobile version looking good too. Nice work Matt!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:22 PM

Change is scary :(
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#10 WingZNut13

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

This looks great!!! Great stuff Matt. I'm not shocked anymore but this is amazing!
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#11 wingsgirl001

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:27 PM

whoa.
okay, gonna have to play around.

Looks nice though!

....I see I'll have to fix my avatar.

Edited by wingsgirl001, 20 June 2012 - 07:27 PM.

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#12 MabusIncarnate

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:41 PM

Looks excellent, nice work!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:57 PM

Don't forget to donate you freeloaders!

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#14 wingfanatic4alltime

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:05 PM

Great job Matt. Thanks for all your hardwork! Just noticed what are warning points?

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:09 PM

Looks great!

#16 Jedi

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:13 PM

Warning points are the way the Mods keep track of how many times a member has been warned for violations of the forum rules. If I'm not mistaken, that information shouldn't be public, so other members shouldn't be able to see how many warning points another member has. I believe it only shows how many you have.

Forum's look great, Matt! Like the new design!

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

looks good.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:17 PM

Looks great! Thank you for all the time and hard work that you put towards this forum.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:20 PM

I'm going to miss people nagging about their posts getting negged.

#20 wingfanatic4alltime

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 08:21 PM

Warning points are the way the Mods keep track of how many times a member has been warned for violations of the forum rules. If I'm not mistaken, that information shouldn't be public, so other members shouldn't be able to see how many warning points another member has. I believe it only shows how many you have.

Forum's look great, Matt! Like the new design!

Ok that would explain why I am not seeing it on other people lol. Thanks Jedi!
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