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#2308268 Forums Upgraded

Posted by Matt on 20 June 2012 - 06:39 PM

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!)


#2307025 Nashville to trade Suter's rights?

Posted by Matt on 12 June 2012 - 08:37 PM

I don't think it really matters where he's traded to in the event he is prior to July 1. He can still switch hands prior to July 1 if the team he's initially traded to doesn't sign him. Personally, I think he'd be dumb to not wait until July 1st if he gets traded to another club besides Detroit. The money, term, minutes, organization and track record lines up perfectly with everything that Suter has either hinted to in the press (in terms of market, commitment to winning) or through media sources. There are plenty of indirect ways to drop Suter hints about an offer coming his way without violating any bylaws.


#2306420 Conn Smythe Predictions

Posted by Matt on 10 June 2012 - 06:42 PM

Well, because it is a waste. Perhaps we should discuss if we need oxygen to breathe, next.

I don't recall appointing you the individual responsible for determining what is and isn't "worthy" of being a new thread. We won't be suppressing opinions today, regardless if 99% of the membership agrees on a certain individual. All that guarantees is that the topic will slowly get bumped off the first page eventually, unless someone decides to continually debate its merit for no legitimate reason and bumps it.


#2306415 Red Wings Prepared to Offer Hudler Contract

Posted by Matt on 10 June 2012 - 06:35 PM

Likely well below what he'd get on the open market.


#2303914 Nick Lidstrom retires after 20 seasons

Posted by Matt on 30 May 2012 - 04:23 PM

:bye2:


#2297467 Thanks, Matt!

Posted by Matt on 27 April 2012 - 07:22 AM

Wow, I didn't expect to stop in and see this -- thanks guys! But honestly, you all should be patting yourselves on the shoulders: It's the people that make up the community that have made this place work over the last 15 years. The moderators here, while not always universally liked deserve the REAL round of applause as they've been fantastic in helping to keep the site humming along as efficiently as possible.

Thank you, mods! You guys do a great job and the site wouldn't exist without them. Thank you, fans! Without you guys here this community just wouldn't work the way it has!


#2291543 Nashville and this series.

Posted by Matt on 17 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Yeah it's clear to me at least that the Wings are giving their ultimate best in terms of energy and emotion.

I haven't seen anything remotely close to this at all.


#2286039 #5 Philadelphia Flyers vs. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins

Posted by Matt on 13 April 2012 - 09:25 PM

Peanut butter jelly time?


#2281534 2012 Stanley Cup Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 11 April 2012 - 03:12 PM

The bracket can be a little confusing. If one didn't know better, the wallpaper implies that the winner of the 1 vs. 8 series will automatically play the winner of the 2 vs. 7 series. This isn't necessarily true - the surviving teams are re-seeded for round 2. I guess I don't understand why you would even need to show the empty bracket spaces for rounds 2 and 3 in a round 1 wallpaper? It looks great, just might be confusing to somebody who doesn't know how it really works.

This comes up every single year. The 1st Round matchups are separated from the brackets from the 2nd Round on. Any self-respecting hockey fan knows that the teams are re-seeded following the opening round and if they aren't sure it's already done for them when the Round 2 edition gets released.


#2280856 2012 Stanley Cup Bracket Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 10 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

Enjoy!

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Widescreen: 1920x1200 | 1920x1080 | 1680x1050 | 1600x900 | 1440x900 | 1366x768 | 1280x800

4:3: 1600x1200 | 1400x1050 | 1280x960 | 1280x1024

iPad 3: 2048x2048 iPad & iPad2: 1024x1024 iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S: 640x960 Android: 480x800




#2276855 April 2012 Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 01 April 2012 - 11:17 PM

Enjoy!

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Widescreen: 1920x1200 | 1920x1080 | 1680x1050 |1440x900 | 1366x768 | 1280x800

4:3: 1600x1200 | 1400x1050 | 1280x960 | 1280x1024

iPad & iPad2: 1024x1024 iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S: 640x960 Android: 480x800




#2265270 March 2012 Schedule Wallpaper Now Available!

Posted by Matt on 29 February 2012 - 11:10 PM

Enjoy!

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Widescreen: 1920x1200 | 1920x1080 | 1680x1050 | 1440x900 | 1366x768 | 1280x800

4:3: 1600x1200 | 1400x1050 | 1280x960 | 1280x1024

iPad & iPad2: 1024x1024 iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S: 640x960 Android: 480x800




#2264071 Post-TDT: Red Wings stand pat, no additions

Posted by Matt on 27 February 2012 - 03:30 PM

The Nashville Gaustad deal screams as a pure (for lack of a better term) c*ckblock move. A 1st and 4th? I'm half a mind to think that Holland was working that trade for a while this morning and then Nashville swoops in at the end, trips all over itself to make that move to prevent him from landing in Detroit. (On the flipside, you'd say "Nashville to do all that just to prevent Detroit from landing a player -- the level of Guastad -- it was clearly persuing?)


#2263464 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by Matt on 27 February 2012 - 11:45 AM

FWIW, I think Gaustad is a perfect fit on this team. Big, physical, character guy that wins faceoffs. Perfect plug for the 4th line, PK.


#2263451 2012 NHL Trade Deadline Thread - February 27th, 3:00 PM ET

Posted by Matt on 27 February 2012 - 11:37 AM

Article on the Gaustad talks "heating up", FWIW (this was after the Allen tweet):

http://aol.sportingn...gn=jessespector

Ok guys. Let's refocus the discussion to the trade deadline. I think there's been more than enough criticism of each other's posting styles.

^ This. Shanabans forthcoming for those that don't. No further bickering about it from this point forth.