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GDC has been upgraded to 4.0!

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Lone

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Hey everyone, welcome back to GDC. Sorry if you guys felt lost or worried that we'd never come back online. The upgrade finally went through - and this blog is to list a few of the major changes.

First off, everything posted after July 18th is lost (PM's, posts, statues, etc.). This is because the failed upgrade Andres attempted last weekend was causing some problems when we tried again, so he had to restore the database to an earlier state and in doing so, lost the most recent data. None-the-less - here's the new stuff.


New Features

Only one username now.
There is no longer a difference between a user's login and display name. They are the same thing. 

Mentions
You can mention members in post by typing @username and clicking their display name when the drop down appears.

Profiles
Profiles have been completely re-done. You can now add a cover photo to customize your page a bit, and it should be easier to see a user’s content when first viewing their profile.

No More Mobile Theme
The upgraded code means that whatever theme you prefer (dark or light) will be the same one you use on a mobile device. It's pretty awesome.

Along that same note, we're not going to get a custom light theme for now. We'll just stick with the default one since the developer of the old light theme has not indicated he'll be upgrading it to work with the new software.

That's it for here. There's a lot of new buttons and stuff to look at, too much to try and summarize. If you have any questions or problems, post below and let us know.

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There's a few things that are not working or that we will be changing/updating. Read the comments below for more information. We'll update this post tomorrow evening with more information.

Current list of Questions, Comments, Concerns and Suggestions.
(Last Updated: July 27th 1:07am EST)

  • Is the followed content missing.
    • Yes. We definitely need to replace this. We'll look for a new solution.
  • It seems like the forum is using larger font is squished more horizontally.  
    • This is mainly by design. Just lots of padding around some content. Fonts aren't really too much larger overall. Andres has adjusted font-size in the editor though to make it match the other content.
  • Some media icons are missing
  • Are signatures gone now?
    • Yes. Not sure why, they may come back. Andres isn't really sure.
  • No link in announcement. - 
    • You have to go into the announcement itself to click on the link since it seems to have its own page. Will research a better option like before.
  • Is the back to top button gone?
    • It is. Andres will look for a solution
  • Update backgrounds
  • Can the number of posts needed to make a topic popular be increased?  They are going popular at 9 posts at the moment. - 
    • We will keep adjusting this till we find a right solution. Right now it's only a few posts within the last 30 minutes.
  • What happened to friends?  Do we need to follow everyone again? 
    • YOU HAVE NO FRIENDS. :( You can follow users to get notifications on their content, but it's not a mutual relationsihp anymore.
  • Can the name list in chat be in alphabetical order again?
    • No. It's not an option and would require some coding that Andres isn't up to doing for now.
  • Image adder not loading images.
    • Seems to be some bugs in this code and Invision is looking into it.
  • Join date not with posts anymore
    • Added
  • Are things running slow because of the scripts running in the background? 
    • Yes. There's still a lot of work going on to the database that could be causing some of the issues.
  • Search not working
    • Major issues going on with the search database. Will work on this asap.
  • Can we confirm that only users with 100 posts can see the advice posts in the activity log in the profile? 
    • Yup. Only those with 100 posts can see advice posts everywhere.
  • No notification when a user is kicked from the chat. 
  • Avatars beside the names in the chat. 
    • We'll look into this later on.
  • Can pictures be automatically removed when quoting?
    • This was a third-party addon. Will have to see if another has been created.
  • Move user title under avatar
  • Remove member group below avatar
  • Adjust blue header in chat
  • In chat, change notification colors for entry and exit
  • Replace forum icons with warning man
  • Re-enable cover photos for all users
  • Source code to be changed to BBCode
    • I don't think this is happening. I believe Invision is phasing out some of the bbcode stuff and just want people to use the rich editor.
  • Ads stretching page on mobile devices
    • Ads have been disabled temporarily while I research a fix.
  • Allow quick reply to statuses
    • This is something Invision will likely support in a future release.
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Fuzz

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If you guys have any errors or suggestions, please post them here. This will be the easiest way to keep track of it all.

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Grinch

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I've been refreshing GDC for the past 2 days seeing the same error message and as soon as I gave up, I was told it finally got upgraded. thx aNDRES

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Afflejack

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If you guys have any errors or suggestions, please post them here. This will be the easiest way to keep track of it all.

the only suggestion i have, just because i dont do much else, is to possibly put pictures back to being next to someones name in chat rather than jsut on the side by the name. other than that, i'm all for learning the new site! :thumbsup: 

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lizziebix

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Two things:

Search not working.

No more listing for top posters day and to date?

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Fuzz

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no following thread column?

No, not yet. Either it's not built in or we're missing it. We couldn't find that before it came back.

Two things:

Search not working.

No more listing for top posters day and to date?

Added search to the list of things I will look at more (either tonight after dinner/shower, or tomorrow after work).

Looks the "top posters" was replaced by "Popular Contributors" with rep.

 

 

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belinda jane

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my photography thread is all messed up. a few posts repeat themselves and i was sure i posted some updated ones the other day?

i'm so confused :(

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Steven Seagull

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This theme keeps crashing my phone. Bring back the mobile theme

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21guns&novacaine

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All these fancy bells and whistles and the 'like' button still isn't called 'Love' and there's no 'Rage' button for dislike. :lol: It'll take some getting used to for sure. 

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I like the new swanky look of the forums. The popular contribution thing is good and the UI seems much more compact. I'll get to exploring! :D

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Fuzz

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is there a way to fix how quotes look in threads? like, for instance, they look like this now:

the first part of that is actually lil, but since the quotes don't show up anymore it looks like it was all tom and it's making things kind of confusing :P

It's actually not "broken". Quotes are working. New quotes will work just like this one did. However, because of a change in the code there's a script that is currently running that's going through and updating every post with the updated code. This will take a week or two to complete. Until then some quotes might look a little fucked up. When the upgrade first finished on Friday, all bbcode on every post and blog was not working. It's currently about 30% done with one part of this after about 50 hours or so. 

This theme keeps crashing my phone. Bring back the mobile theme

Get a better phone.

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Grinch

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also in the top right corner where it says GDA and Forums, I think it would be better the other way around since that's how I get back to the home page and it keeps screwing me up and going to the GDA

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Fuzz

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also in the top right corner where it says GDA and Forums, I think it would be better the other way around since that's how I get back to the home page and it keeps screwing me up and going to the GDA

I'd like to, but adding that link up there is now built into the code and I can't find a way to move that over.

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Fuzz

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Fixed header is annoying

I'm on the fence about it. Might be nice for easy access to the home page and other sections (chat/blogs/gda). I don't tend to like perma-headers on non-mobile devices though.

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Steven Seagull

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I'm on the fence about it. Might be nice for easy access to the home page and other sections (chat/blogs/gda). I don't tend to like perma-headers on non-mobile devices though.

Yes, it's probably useful when scrolling through long threads but I don't like how it overlaps them.

EDIT #1: I don't know if it's just me, but every thread opens on the first page. Would be better if it opened on the last page or even better, the last post

EDIT #2: "Show that the message has been edited" should be unchecked when you want to edit a post

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Iva

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The fonts are too small even on the 1280 pixels wide screen. If I zoom in, the layout breaks. Other than that, I'm yet to get into any thread, but the first thing Seagull mentioned in the post about mine sounds like a major inconvinience. Since I have not upgraded to the new Invision yet, I can only guess that there's a setting for this somewhere...?

Also, are the subscribed threads supposed to be gone?

As usual, Invision makes users of their software pay for things that aren't properly tested yet. 

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Hermione

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I like the heart next to the like button, heh

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Mar

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When I go to view given rep on my profile, while the number is accurate (or, at least accurate as of July 18), there is no recording of the posts that received rep/who gave you the rep. Is this a permanent change that rep can only be seen in the topic of the post, or has it just disappeared for rep given before the upgrade?

Can I also rally for a space between the colons and the data in the gender/location section under the avs? :ninja:

Seconding the question about signatures. I know there's a lot of hatred for them around here but I think the voluntary nature of them was nice for those who do like them and use them to more effectively ID posters (especially if their avs/usernames change often). And what will we do with our banners now?

 

I feel bad for complaining, but since you asked for suggestions/things to notice ... :lol: I really do appreciate all the work done this week!

 

Edit: Whoa, blog comments count toward our post count now? :o 

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Amanda

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It looks nice, although it will take some getting used to.  The thing I've noticed so far is join date missing from posts.

I think this is an important feature, it helps identify brand new people quickly etc.

Now to go and have a little play around and discover the new stuff  :happy:

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Mykee Mexx

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Ooooh, this is like a renovated house, if not a new one, have to get used to it. The most important thing for me is, that we can go on and that Andres managed not to delete the whole forum. Great work, Sir!

I can´t find all of the emoticons, are some - a great deal - of them  lost?

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