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Changes Approaching - Open to Suggestions!


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Hi all. I just wanted to update you all on some upcoming changes around the site. In the next week or two I am going to be rolling out several changes in my free time here is a short list:

1st. I plan to remove the 'Like' system. It isn't compatible with our current theme or it stopped working. Either way I think a "Thank you" system would be better. Let's reward those who are helping out the most, if we can encourage people to use the system correctly, the right people will get promoted or get site rewards that are to be determined. (Special user group maybe?)

2nd. Integrating Facebook + Twitter logins. We want our members to join with as little effort as possible.

3rd. Bring back the file host! - I want to make a similar filehost to what Eclipse used to have, it is too useful to not have.

4th. [branch out, advertise. - This is the worst part and I hate doing it but we need to start announcing updates on IndieDB, Facebook, etc. Progress updates for the engine will bring people in. And people coming around will keep us motivated to keep working. -- Started anyways.

5th. Open up a 'Support This Site' page. You all probably don't understand just how critical likes, and shares, subscribes, ratings, and follows are to a site these days. If you want to help us out there will several buttons all on one page and all you have to do is click them!

6th. You all have told me several times that the new theme doesn't quite cut it. While I know I can't impress everyone I am going to install some alternatives that will be easy to switch between. Let's see what I can come up with!

7th. We've already added "Best Answer" options to the question section of the forums. That allows users to select the best answer and then others to locate the reply with the solution quickly.

This is the short list - if you have any suggestions feel free to shout them out, we're always open to hearing your thoughts!

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Hi all,

The new theme is now online! Let me know what you all think. Whether or not you like it, drop a line here and tell me how I could improve it. If you notice any issues with the theme please let me know and I will be more than happy to fix them.

As always, you can find every theme from the past here and can go back at any time as long as you are a registered member.

Enjoy!

JC

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I also just installed a "Say Thanks" module. Basically, if someone helps you, say thanks to them. In the future we will offer rewards and benefits to members who are the most helpful versus having the highest post count. Quality posts are better than spamming always!

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Hey everyone!

The filehost is up and running! It can be located in the navigation bar. It is a submenu in the Extras category or you can just click the link below. It accepts most file formats but nothing executable. (No php, html, stuff that could be exploited on the server.) Zip archives, images, and music is fine though! Enjoy!

Link to Filehost

-JC

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Just curious is there a limit to how much a user can upload?  It never specifies that anywhere on there.  I'm not sure how all of that works tbh, but it might be wise to allot a certain number of MB to each user's account...say each user can have a max of 10mb uploaded on their account.

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I want people to use it for all purposes if they'd like. I know some projects can be huge and therefore the maximum upload size both here and in the official downloads center is 500mb. With no cap on how much a single user can upload of all their files combined. With that said, only registered members are allowed to access the filehost and all uploads are logged so uploading anything illegal or abusing the system in general (please, no pornography) can be linked back to you rather quickly. (Use common sense :P)

-JC

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Annnywayyyys..............

I continued fixing up the site a bit. Stickied post no longer show up devastatingly white, I relocated the navigation menu to be a little closer to the forum itself. I also uploaded my current logo design for Ascension, it currently looks like this:

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This is not the final version of our new logo, I may end up scrapping this all together. I like how the logo and slogan holds true to the Ascending theme but I don't know how I feel about its resemblance to the Intersect logo. I think it is cool that since it is under the same company/group the logos share similar features but I also feel kinda lazy reusing the layout.

What do you think about this logo? Do you like it? Hate it? What could I do to make it better?

Thanks all,

JC

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Thanks for the Input Dino.

I will try removing the border and making it less transparent to see what looks better. Keep the suggestions coming!

Another small edit for tonight, I removed the terrible looking smiley and sound buttons from the shoutbox and make a new sound icon that actually displays if sound is on or off. I am leaving sound on so I know when you all are talking but that option is completely up to you!

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I don't think it clashes at all.  It actually turned out quite well.

I didn't see the outer border as a shadow, just part of the design.  If you are going to keep it I think it should be a darker blue than the rest of the blue in the middle (just slightly).

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JC, what are the odds that you are going to have an RSS feed posted on the site?  I think it would be great because then I can read off of it on my main menu ;)

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