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Old 11-13-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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Attention Forums and Photos Sections Upgraded

My apologies for closing the boards overnight, but I needed some extra time to test the new forum and photos changes to make sure everything was working properly. Additional features will be added and activated over the next few days, but troubleshooting some bugs in the new forum search engine feature kept me from posting everything that was planned. While the forum search feature is currently not working at 100% of its capability, you should still be able to find results for anything you might be looking for.

Below is an overview of some of the new features and enhancements to the forums and photos sections. Some former features, such as support for wireless devices will be re-integrated again soon.
  • New AURA and SKY boards
  • New S-Series, ION, and VUE Mods (old 'Mod and Performance' board has been closed)
  • New reputation system (will integrate into upcoming member moderator capability)
  • New RSS feed for photo section
  • New RSS feed for forums
  • New calendar view for new photos uploaded
  • New chat room integration in navigation bar
  • New vertical postbit to allow for more room when including photos in posts
  • New verification system to prevent any new posts from being added to threads older than 15 days; all threads older than 6 months have been locked to prevent inadvertant "bumping" by unaware members
  • New spell check for option for Internet Explorer users
  • New forum search engine
  • Enhanced forum photo posting capabilities when including one of your gallery pictures in a post.
  • Updated photo section layout

Post any questions or issues if you notice any problems. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me know what you think!

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Old 11-13-2005, 04:13 PM   #2
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Charlie,
Got one question for you: did my settings change? or did the gallery link (photos for each member in the posting) disappear? I thought there used to be a little camera icon near the name to see that member's pics, but now I don't see it. ?
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:24 PM   #3
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Hi Charlie-

I noticed that the forum is faster after the upgrade. Thanks. However, I notice that now it does not say which model Saturn a poster has on a given post. Just wanted to let you know.
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Old 11-13-2005, 04:44 PM   #4
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Evertyhing is working good! One thing I don't like though. I don't like how it shows the persons name, vehicle, etc on top, instead of the left hand side, like it used to be. I went through all my settings to see if this could be changed, and I don't see a place for it.
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Old 11-13-2005, 05:06 PM   #5
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The 'quick reply' feature isn't working for me. It may just be me though.

I'm also not as fond of the avatar and user info being above the post - I've never seen a forum do it this way, I think it's easier when it's on the side.

But other than that, I LOVE the new features!! Especially the auto-lock on threads. Go Charlie!!

And it's always good to have the forums back after them being down for awhile.
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Old 11-13-2005, 05:14 PM   #6
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Nice redo Charlie! RSS feeds?!? Yes! Now I can get my updates when I'm not logged onto SF....
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Old 11-13-2005, 05:50 PM   #7
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50 more horespower, No stalling, Some flashy new sheet metal, What's not to like. Nice job boss.

One question, What does "New verification system to prevent any new posts from being added to threads older than 15 days" entail?
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Old 11-13-2005, 06:47 PM   #8
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"New spell check for option for Internet Explorer users"

...nothing for us Firefox users?
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:17 PM   #9
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wow. this is freaking me out.
I just checked my spelling!
oh yeah I suggested the car models be in order of appearance:
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:49 PM   #10
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Spel chek? Wee don nee no stinkin spel chek!
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Old 11-13-2005, 08:56 PM   #11
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One question, What does "New verification system to prevent any new posts from being added to threads older than 15 days" entail?
Sweet, sounds like it will be harder for people to place irrelevant posts in old threads like "your price is too high!" on a classified ad from 5 years ago!

I like the user info being above the post, I think it's more space conserving.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:18 PM   #12
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This feels weird with the new interface...but I love it!
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:25 PM   #13
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GREAT work Charlie. Much faster all around and we appreciate the features. Keep it up Sir.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:33 PM   #14
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:36 PM   #15
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Looks good Charlie. I like it. Thanks for keeping the best Saturn web site around moving forward. Don
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:55 PM   #16
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I see the cars have returned to our mini-profile. Awesome.

Now, one more change I'm not as fond of was moving the information about who's online, today's birthdays and chat room users to the bottom again. I liked it at the top cause I could easily see if there was anyone in the chat room.

And my quick reply is still broken.
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:00 AM   #17
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These are some of the best upgrades to the forums to date! Great tweaks and feature adds. While I use www.iespell.com's plugin for my spelling stuff, having it on the forum board is great stuff indeed.

The ability to format text just the way I want it with only having to highlight once is also great stuff.

The add a link to your gallery thing is a nice touch too.

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Old 11-14-2005, 12:06 AM   #18
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Hey Charlie,

You did an EXCELLENT job on the forum upgrades. I like all the neat new features, and I am looking forward to the updates in the coming days...
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Old 11-14-2005, 09:45 AM   #19
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I think it's very nice...except it's going to take me a while to get use to the "avatar & info above the post" deal. Kind of awkward for me...

Past that it seems nice, especially the photos section. I can't seem to do any type of TEXT editing deal. Not even change the color!

Maybe this has to do with firefox.

I give it a thumbs up and a thumbs down at the same time.... dang... I can't even do emoticons!!! wtf? I'll have to type them in thenn.....what is it.... ....and....

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Server is still slower than molasses in January. (with 36 members?)
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