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Discussion in 'The Inside Scoop' started by Floris, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    March 15th, 2018

    - Time for a new changelog, as I finally get around to making a couple of changes to the site.
    Note: You can find the 2017 version here.

    - Upgraded the forum software to 1.5.17.
    Note: And soft-patched to 1.5.18.

    - Fixed the footer notice from 2017 to 2018 finally.

    - Updated the description of a couple of category names.

    - Updated my little todo list to get an overview of upcoming changes.

    - Uninstalled a couple of plugins that we're not going to use.

    - Made a proper manual backup of the website and database to offsite location.

    - Made some changes to the internal staff forums.

    - Prepared a -test- setup to play with prior to making any -live- changes.

    - Reviewed some categories and stand alone pages (and took notes)
    Note: They will be updated this Spring finally

    - More to come :) Welcome to 2018 everybody (I know, it's already March)

    NOTE PLEASE: In 2018 we're allowing people to comment in our changelog thread, unlike last year.
     
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    Floris

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    March 15th, 2018:

    - Moved the donation button from the bottom of the site to the bottom of the frontpage side-bar.

    - Removed obsolete code that was rendering avatars and loading a couple where we weren't showing them.
    Note: This really helped with first-time page loads.

    - Removed a few outdated links from the bottom right part of the footer.

    - The copyright notice in the footer finally says 2018.

    - Disabled our Trending/ plugin that was hardly being used.
    Note: Maybe this Summer we finalize it and make it public.

    - Updated the Popular Content page to show active content from 2018 onwards.
    Note: It was 2017 by the way.

    - Finally got around to changing 'cookies' to 'Cookies' in the Help tab dropdown.

    - Removed the 'Community' and 'Sign up' buttons from the About page.
    Note: They're kinda obsolete and logs showed they were hardly being used.

    - Uninstalled a couple of plugins that were no longer in use.

    - Quickly glanced over the categories and forums list, and didn't have to make any significant changes.

    - A small update to the internal 'staff' forums so it's more '2018'.

    Finally, some todo items off my list, hopefully all for the better. Bigger changes probably coming later this Spring.

    Come post! :)
     
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    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    May 17th, 2018:

    - Upgraded the forum software to the latest build.

    - Made some internal changes in preparation for future updates.

    - Have fun posting everybody!
     
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    Vloop aka: Rodolfo Donator

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    June, 2018

    - Vloop (a true noob) was invited
    - He is still finding his way around...
    :D
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    May -> September 2018

    - From May onwards we've been disabling most mail notification default
    - From May onwards we've been requiring to re-accept our privacy and terms policy pages
    - From May onwards we've been compliant with GDPR stuff (we let XenForo handle it)
    - From June/July onwards we've been updating the forum software (slowly)
    - And we now have a Discord server if you want to join (more info)

    Invite a friend, get a hug
     
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    Floris

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    September 15th, 2018:

    - (temporary) removed inline post editing, you will now be brought to the full post editor instead. This is to address an issue with XenForo and Chrome 69's latest build. If you were unable to submit an edit to your post in the last 12 hours, please try again.

    - Prepared the server and software for an upcoming manual seasonal backup and maintenance, and potential forum software update. Nothing you will notice, but at least now you know we're not sitting still.

    - Created a sub-forum for information and vote-links for the Minecraft server.
    https://omgboards.com/forums/mcvote/
     
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    February 11th, 2019:

    - Upgraded the forum software, and hosting packages.
     
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    Floris

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    August 28th, 2019:

    - Made changes to forum structure.
    Note: Some categories got moved around and/or renamed.
    Note: Some (sub)forums got moved around and/or renamed.
    Note: A couple of sub-forums have been merged together.

    - Made changes to the category titles and descriptions.

    - Pulled the Sub-forum Minecraft to the frontpage, calling it the 1MB Minecraft category. Making it easier to find.

    - Removed some empty sub-forums (after moving their threads to a better destination).

    - Rebuild some caches and counters, and gave search engines an updated sitemap.

    - Renamed 'The Library' (a closed forum) to 'The Historical Archives'

    - Renamed 'Writers Hangout' (a public writers forum) to 'The Library', as it was more fitting.

    - Renamed 'Design Den' to 'The Studio', and together with other 'do' forums, moved it to the newly named 'Creativity Corner' category.

    Note please, that the overall frontpage is more compact, and the Minecraft forum is now easier to find.
    In the remaining months of this year we will probably rewrite some of the forum descriptions to fit this new situation a bit better.
     
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    Floris

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    September 21st, 2019:

    - Attachments to a post can again be over a couple of megs, in fact, screenshots can be up to 25 megabyte in size.
    Note: We prefer if you keep things small so it stays manageable for us, but feel free to show off your artsy work or minecraft builds, etc.

    - General maintenance has been performed on the database, more will follow in the coming months.

    - Headsup: Donations (personal gifts) will be reconsidered for 2020; these are the ongoing (internal discussions).
    Note: We have the option to discontinue donations, introduce a subscription model, or raise the price for lifetime.
    Note: This is a headsup, in case someone wants in on the donator rank on Discord/Forum/MC-Server (currently 10 euro or up) before we remove the option or raise the minimum.
    Note: Clarification: Any donation below the minimum is possible/welcome, but does not come with the cosmetic rank (a great way to remain anonymous for example).
     
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    November 7th, 2019

    - Moved the Historical Archive to the bottom on the frontpage.

    - Removed some sub-forums from visually showing on the Minecraft sub-forum (but they are still there).

    - Small tweaks and reorganization, which might help with some cached-pages loading performance.
     
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