Some forum updates

Holy shit I went way too long without installing any forum updates. I’ll try to stay on top of that a little better.

Updates to this software usually introduce some new options and the defaults don’t always work for us, so let me know if you notice something weird and I’ll take a look.

Here’s a quick rundown of some new features that we have:

Spoilers

For spoilers, in addition to the “Hide Details” feature we’ve been using, there’s a new option on the gear menu called “Blur Spoiler”. Just mouseover the blurred section to unblur it some, and click it to completely reveal it, like so:

OU sucks

Navigation Menu / Sidebar

You may notice the new navigation menu off to the left. It is visible by default, but you can collapse it with the menu button in the top left if you so choose. On mobile devices, at the bottom of the menu is a button to toggle between this default “computer mode” (which is more friendly for larger screens like computers and iPads) and a “phone mode” (more friendly for smaller narrower screens) where the menu is hidden and the button is moved to the top right.

There is a “Categories” section where you can customize what categories (e.g. TZ, GZ, etc.) you get links to. By default you get pretty much all of them.

There is also a “+” button at the bottom where you can add your own links section. You can use it for your own personal bookmarks, like specific Astros reporters’ social media, or a “boss button” that loads your work e-mail, or anything you want. I’ve added a “Quick Links” section for everyone that has some stuff I thought might be useful, and am open to suggestions on what to put there.

Chat

There’s a new chat feature. You can show the chat window by clicking the chat bubble in the top right. It can either live at the bottom of the window or you can expand it to fill the whole window. Obviously there’s nothing set up in there right now, but I’m kind of wondering if we can move GameZone discussion there since a chat room is probably more appropriate for faster-paced stuff like live game commentary. We can also archive chat history to a forum thread for safe keeping. Maybe that’s something we can try during a few ST games.

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In the words of Lou Brown, “that’s a hell of an idea”

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If the first thing typed into the chat room is “I put on my wizard’s hat and robe…” I’m blowing that fucker up.

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HudsonHawk doesn’t play games. He fucking charges your ass.

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Thank you for making these updates, @Waldo.

I was playing around with the chat feature on my IPhone and I saw we can create channels, which could obviously be used like the GameZone. My question is it appears you can invite 20 users to a personal channel you create. Is there going to be a way to invite all site users to a game chat?

That’s currently the limit for user-created chat channels. Admins can create channels that everyone can access. Everyone should be able to see a GameZone channel now.

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Thanks for the clarification. I see the archived GameZone channel now.

Reopening the channel after archiving doesn’t seem to work right now so I’m filing a bug report.

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Thanks for always tinkering under the hood, Waldo, and keeping this big freight train rolling down the tracks.

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Amen.

Really appreciate this looney bin.

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