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#2309587 Enhanced Red Wings News Added to Forums

Posted by Matt on 25 June 2012 - 12:07 AM

Due to popular request I've added back the Red Wings news headlines feature that was present in the last message board version. This one comes with a few differences, however. You can see it by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking on the "Show News" tab. The page content pushes down slightly to display three different sets of news feeds: Detroit Media, Red Wings Bloggers, and Wings on the Web.

The "Detroit Media" is a feed displaying the most recent articles from the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and mLive (Booth Newspapers). The "Red Wings Bloggers" feed displays the latest stories from The Malik Report, Red Wings Central, Abel to Yzerman, The Production Line, DetroitHockey.net and others (as many as I could get working -- some I wanted to add didn't have valid RSS feeds). The final "Wings on the Web" column is a Google News feed that gathers the most recent headlines across the web that are focused on the Red Wings.

I hope you guys like the addition, which is expanded greatly from what the past version was!

#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).

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!)

#2306226 Winter Classic Prices Announced

Posted by Guest on 09 June 2012 - 03:27 PM

Hoping Leafs/Wings fans will be 50/50 in attendance. That would be epic.

#2301643 The 10 Best Sports Illustrated Stanley Cup Playoff Covers

Posted by Jedi on 16 May 2012 - 11:31 AM


The National Hockey League has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated — either the main mag or on a commemorative issue — 114 times, according to the SI Vault archive. Sometimes, it was a quick mention on a cover story dedicated to Tiger Woods another sports story. Other times, hockey was given the spotlight.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have been featured around 35 times, including Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers on a striking cover from April 2012. While some weren't exactly iconic, they all had their charms.

Here are the 10 best Sports Illustrated Stanley Cup Playoff covers.

#3 makes me sick. Like, I-can-feel-my-lunch-coming-up-even-though-I-haven't-had-lunch-yet, sick. :puke: I'd avoid looking at it, if I were you.

However, #1 makes it all worth it.

#2297498 Members photos

Posted by Norwegian Red Wing on 27 April 2012 - 08:41 AM

OK..guess I should post a pic of myself as well.. So.. here I am :)
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#2292773 600 Posts for a Game 5 Victory

Posted by MidMichSteve on 19 April 2012 - 12:05 PM

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#2289858 700 Posts for a Detroit Game Four Victory

Posted by Smite on 17 April 2012 - 02:46 PM

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#2284929 600 posts for a Detroit Game 2 Victory

Posted by McAwesome on 13 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

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#2284519 600 posts for a Detroit Game 2 Victory

Posted by MidMichSteve on 13 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Just a little feel good image.

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#2284505 600 posts for a Detroit Game 2 Victory

Posted by McAwesome on 13 April 2012 - 12:39 PM

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#2284459 600 posts for a Detroit Game 2 Victory

Posted by WizardOfOz30 on 13 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

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#2283757 2012 Photoshop War: Predators vs. Red Wings

Posted by bakerbert on 12 April 2012 - 04:52 PM

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#2283245 Darren Helm out for playoffs with lacerated wrist

Posted by Free_Candy on 12 April 2012 - 02:52 AM

Just stopping by to offer well wishes for Helm and hope he has a fast but good recovery.

#2282928 Shea Weber fined for Zetterberg "headslam"

Posted by dat's sick on 11 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

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#2279921 2012 Photoshop War: Predators vs. Red Wings

Posted by Ally on 07 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Not mine, but I saw it the other day and it made me laugh.
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