If you haven't been following along on our Facebook page, you might not know that our horrible server admin accidentally nuked a good chunk of everything. We decided to take this opportunity to upgrade the website and rebuild a few features, rather than just try and fix what was already broken!
Now, we asked if our users would prefer a "soft" relaunch where we release things as-is, while we work on finishing touches, and got an overwhelming "Yes!" on that front. So here you are!
New Features -
phpBB3.2 base code - launched just this month! It features a neat new coding framework behind the scenes, and with the upgrade to a new, more modern framework, we have updated large parts of the website's code to make new features easier to develop.
New Look - After shopping around, we upgraded the new forum with a fully mobile-responsive theme by that we have customized to work with our avatar system. Included with the base theme is the Lazy Loader down at the bottom, which shows you some of the most recently posted in threads at a glance.
Emoji! - We're catching up to the rest of the world here! We've replaced our outdated BB style smilies entirely with emoji. We have installed a plugin that helps you find the emoji you're looking for (type : and see what happens!), as well as replaced the smilies on the post editor with emojis. Because the emoji library is so large (over 1500 icons!) the emojis in this space are currently randomized. We are using the Emojione project as the source for these features
Urls - URLs have changed, so all old links/image links will need to be updated accordingly.
Patch Notes - Here's What's Working
Patchier Notes - Here's What's Mostly Working
--Platinum Purchasing (appears to be fine, but we won't be sure until people start to use it for real!)
--Roliava (should work, but again, needs testing.)
--Wheel (Works entirely, needs to have items re-inputted into it before made live again.)
--Aesthetic stuff --- Lots of tweaks still needed on the new layout, as well as spots where we need to put info in to the template still. Will happen on a rolling basis. Colors/images/etc are all still not settled on. Lot of old pages may not work as well in mobile as the forums.
Coming Soon --
--Relaunching all items from August 2016 - present
--Several Top Secret Features
We plan on restoring most, if not all, old functionality, but these are the prioritized bits right now. Thanks for hanging in there and for putting up with us always breaking things! We'll have another announcement regarding items ASAP.
Note: All posts, item purchases, new accounts, password changes, ANYTHING from after AUGUST 2016 are gone. Everything. It's like a time machine. Sorry! That being said, we DO have paypal receipts for platinum purchases, so these will be redistributed over the next week. (Plus, our new code and cleaning has made backing up things easier, so hopefully this will never happen again!)
post more or I'll ban you~!