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New Features 10/16/06

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New Features 10/16/06

Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:19 am

For those of you that noticed the forum was down yesterday (Sunday, Oct 15th), I appreciate your patience. I closed the forum temporarily to make backups and install a few modifications.

At first glance, two of the most obvious changes are shown in the screen shot below: 1) The category description is showing beneath the category header, and 2) there are category-specific sponsored listings displayed (which each open in a new browser window).

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Another much-needed addition was the ability to opt-in or opt-out of Forum Notifications. While this was one of the most difficult modifications to the forum script, it was obviously one of the most necessary. You’ll find the option within your Profile if you are a registered member:

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If you are a registered member of the SSWT Forum, you might want to double-check that your preferences are set to receive emails from the forum so that you dont miss out on future messages. You may find that your preferences are set not to receive notifications by default. You can edit your preferences in your profile.

Emails are only sent 2-3 times a month at the most, and include a digest of the most popular threads along with any freebies or specials that are set up for registered members.


Another feature you’ll notice is the new Printer icon at the top of each thread:

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Clicking the Printer Icon will open a lightweight print-friendly view of the thread you are reading. From there you can select which of the posts in that thread that you want to print, and set up custom pagination.



And finally, the option to report offensive posts or blatant spam. On each individual post at the forum, you’ll notice a “Report!” button at the top right. If you feel that post needs to be reported to the Moderators of that category and the Administrator, you can do that with one click:

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Clicking this button will flag the post in the Moderators Control Panel, and also sends an email to the moderators of that particular forum category. The moderators can then take appropriate action, and all actions will be logged. This will help determine when a user should be deleted, as moderators can see a history of spam.

It will also help me to resolve disputes over deleted posts, and explain the reason as noted.

Be sure to let me know if anything is not working or displaying correctly on your end! ;-)
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Postby Ladan Lashkari » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:04 pm

Great new features, Lynn!

Also adding the "report" button was a wise idea - especially following your post on your blog about getting frustrated with the number of spams you receive. Now you can get help from your forum members to find and fight with spam posts.

Lynn wrote:Be sure to let me know if anything is not working or displaying correctly on your end!

Everything worked fine for me... except one thing. I tried to change the part in my profile that lets me include myself in the forum emails, but I received an error message.

I tried several times to make sure it's not on my part, but I still couldn't update my profile. I'm going to send you an email sharing more details about the error message.
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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:38 pm

I'm working on that... and hope to have it resolved by the end of the day ;) Sorry!
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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Oct 16, 2006 2:58 pm

I believe it's corrected now - would you mind to try again and let me know if it is working on your end?

Thanks :D
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Postby Ladan Lashkari » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:04 pm

The problem is 100% solved and the section is working fine now. Thanks! :)
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Postby Lynn Terry » Mon Oct 16, 2006 3:31 pm

Excellent :D
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