Oh look at that shiny thing gleaming underneath your Christmas tree!
The site now has achievements represented by a gold, silver, and bronze medals. So a single achievment has three different levels. The first two awards are:
Old School Digi - awarded to original members. Edit your profile to set your "old username" to get your medal. Tree Decorating 2009 - awarded to people who competed in the tree contest.
Right now there are only two awards but expect more to be added soon after I work out the details of the points system. The idea is that each award gives you points (more for gold, less for silver & bronze). The points will determine your ranking.
You can now link your old digibutter account to your account here. This will help people know who you are and let you claim your old username. It will also set your joined date and may be used in the future for rewards and to pull down other stats. I will eventually remove this ability, so link it while you can!
You can also set your username (it defaults to random letters & numbers). This will help us tell people apart even if they have the same name, since no one can have the same username. Also the link to your user profile is now easier to remember... digibutter.nerr.biz/profile/username
In addition to your username, you can set a password. So you can now login using a regular username/password as an alternative to OpenID. This is a good backup incase your OpenID provider stops working. Click the old-school login link at the bottom of the Sign In page.
I now auto-collapse the posts and load more on the page. Click on the grey info bar to expand a post and see it fully formatted. Clicking on the topic title opens the topic in it's own page.
You can still Quick Reply, but you can also now post fully formatted replies on the view-topic page.
I think I like this. You can scan the list of topics like you do in regular forums, but you can still quickly view the full post in-line without loading a new page. I also try to give hints about what the topic is about by showing if it has an IMaGe or VIDeo. Post formatting/images are now more visible too.
I know some of you don't like using your OpenID to login, partly because you are stuck with whatever you started with and it probably sucks (like Windows Live). To help solve that problem you can now add a new one to your profile. So if one stops working, you now have a backup!
Just "Edit Profile" and then click "Add another login account".
I recommend using myOpenID.com. That's what I have been using and I haven't had any problems. Google seems to work well too.
(If you ever accidentally created a new user, let me know and I can merge them)
Now you can post to any user's board. This is considered a "direct message". There is a checkbox to make it private, which makes it a "private message". Only the sender and receiver will be able to see the private message. Anyone can see public direct messages. There is a new link at the top of the page for you to easily see all messages sent to you.
Also, you can now set the privacy for an entire message board. Click on Manage link at the top of one of your boards to see the settings:
Public: Anyone can see and post to this board.
Protected: Anyone can see & comment, but only you can post.
Private: Only approved subscribers can see & post.
You can now ban people from your boards, which means they can't post anything there. Just click "ban" next to the user's post or comment. To unban someone, go to the board's page and click on the "Manage" link near the top.
If you click on a topic title, the post links & comments will roll up. You can also click the "Collapse" style to make all collapse all topics, and the posts will flash blue if someone makes a comment.
When you click on an image it will now take you to a larger view. Also links put in the post body or in comments are now clickable.
1. You can now search for message boards!
2. There is an "All Gaming" link on the right which will show you all topics that have been made in the general Gaming board, or in any specific game board.
3. There are "official" boards that show up in a list on the right.
4. Avatars show up next to comments.
5. Other bug fixes.